Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Simplicity 2690

Aww I'm so cute. Or dorky? Okay, I'm both. I am in love with this pattern! This is my second shirt I made with it. I bought this fun print at Joann's thinking to use it for a dress. I think it would have overwhelmed me. So here comes a nice top! The fabric is soft and flowy (is that a word?)  I made a ribbon tie for it and it's perfect.

Here's a 'better shot' haha. I'm serious guys I'm doing my research paper. This is just what happens when I have a free day. :)

Preview of christmasy getup... more to come

Elven Dress Time

I know last post I wrote about making a jacket. I think I'm having a serious case of sewing ADD, or just ADD (I should be writing an English paper right now). Here's the deal my inner geek wants to dress up to see The Hobbit opening night. Can you blame me? I've been wanting a fairy/elven dress for sometime now. So even though I should be getting ready for finals I'm about to make a elven gown.
This may be the most expensive thing I've made. It calls for about ten yards of fabric!! I tried to get the cheapest fabric. Even though there was some nice fabric for $12/yard- but the wallet said no.
I ordered some eggplant satin and some white sain. Next week I'm going to buy the pattern. I'm going for something like Simplicity 9891.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Winter Coat

I am on a quest for a nice winter coat that is not wool. Boy, is that easier said than done. After going to the store and only finding coats that I sorta liked, and three times my budget I have decided to make one! If I start my quest now, I may get my coat done by next winter. Hahaha.
I ask you, my readers, where is a good place to find some jacket material that is not wool? Cotton would be ideal.
Also, what pattern would be best? I call myself a decent seamstress, but I don't want to do fifty modifications. I found V8465 cute, but the reviews made it sound like a headache to make. Then I found S1759, cute, but there are no reviews. Maybe I'm chicken, about making a jacket with out reviews on the pattern. I just don't want to start cutting it out and realize I'm in a pickle!  

Here are the two I narrowed down my search to. B5424, I love the victorian style. The full skirt is fun too.
The other one that looks workable is S2508, I love that it has four collar choices, and a few choices to spruce up the coat. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Late Halloween Post

It's a bit after Halloween, so This post is a bit late. School may be the death of me.
With out further adieu... my flapper dress!
Roaring Twenties Couple
I really wanted to share my halloween endeavors. I turned an ugly 80's dress into a perfect flapper dress. I spent HOURS unpicking to take out the extra fabric. I got the dress at Savers for a buck, and loved the drop waist on it. I didn't like the ugly jacket or the length... Well all I liked was the waist line and the lace pannel- Though the pannel got altered too.
Playing Minute to Win It
I made Ben spats, and a vest for his costume. I thought spats would be an easy make. I only made one muslin for them, but boy was it time consuming!
And the vest... I now know to follow instructions the first time not the 3rd time. I spent forever trying to turn it right side out.  Luckily Ben helped make the covered buttons, and my new machine makes buttonholes a dream. I embroidered Ben on the inside to give it a nice touch... Just incase he forgets it's his vest.

Update! -I found before pictures of the dress-
Eh hem...

You have to admit this is a creative shot. I hung the dress from our fan.