Sunday, April 01, 2018

My Easter Dress - Sweet Charity Part I

Last Summer and Fall I had the pleasure of taking 2 ause their comfypattern drafting classes at Sew Pretty Studio.  During my second term or Pattern Drafting 2,  we worked on starting a collection and had to design 3 outfits.  This dress was the first sketch I drew for class.



As Easter drew closer, and Sew Camp (I'll talk about that in another post) was fast approaching, I had to think about my fabric choices, as I knew this was what I wanted to work on while I was there.  Originally, I thought about making this dress in a scuba knit, and may still do that in the future, but for some reason I wanted to work with a woven material.  My instructor, Michelle, and the owner of Sew Pretty Studios says, knits are too easy to fit and are very forgiving.  Wovens  are more challenging and you have to work harder for that fit.  Plus, she's a seamstress and does bridal wear normally.  Since I do knits, regularly, because they're comfy, I decided to pick a woven fabric.

I am proud to say that this fabric was picked from my humongous fabric stash.  I chose this tweed boucle fabric which I purchased from Karlin's Fabric Store which used to be off of Market Street in Philadelphia, PA.  I'm sad to say that unfortunately, Karlin's has been closed for sometime, but he had some amazing fabrics.  Anyway, I digress.

I chose this cotton boucle.




At Sew Camp, my fabric was run through the dryer with a wet cloth to take out the shrinkage.  I'll dry clean the dress from here on out I think because I want the color of this fabric to stay rich and well preserved.  After it came out of the dryer I then laid my drafted pieces out on the fabric for cutting





and later drafted the  facings for the dress as I had not drafted them yet.







I was able to get the dress and lining cut out and sewn together at camp but attached them together when I got home since I did not have enough time to complete it while there.





I'm going to stop here for today as there are some really cool details I put on this dress and I don't want to forget anything.  Plus there are a couple more pictures I want to take., but here's a sneak peak of the finished dress.


Happy Easter Everyone!!!!!!


Sunday, April 03, 2016

Playing catchup Vogue 1261

I have wanted to make Vogue 1261, an Alice and Olivia design, for a very long time.  Better late than never, since the pattern is now OOP.  


I made the cowl neck version first.
 This is an easy and fast make.  I literally sewed this baby up in no time at all, the last Sunday evening of January.  I wanted something new to wear to work the next day, and I made the whole thing on my Bernina Serger.



If you haven't made this top or have it in my stash and have thought about making it, please try it.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Thank You, New Look 6378 and Burda 6764

First off I want to thank all of you for the wonderful comments you left me on my last post.  I loved working on that dress and was very happy with how it turned out, so thank you again.

I wanted something new to add to the wardrobe that I could wear out and to work depending on how I styled the garment.  I started with New Look 6378.  After seeing Andrea's version, I knew I had to have one of my own.



This was also great way to stash bust I had this fabric for a very long time and didn't know what to make with it.  I'm so glad the fabric finally talked to me and said this is definitely the garment I want to be.  

I apologize for the grainy pictures but they were taken at the end of the night and the lighting was  not the best.  This was one of the easiest and quickest garments I ever put together and it was all done on the serger.  Only 3 pattern pieces were used.  I serged all the seams and did a 3 thread rolled hem around all the edges.  



The second garment I made was Burda 6764. View B




This version consists of 4 pieces, the bodice front, back, back band and front band/ties.  This is another quick garment that sews up in no time at all if you want a cute little something to wear out at the last minute.



I wore it as a halter as I just liked it better that way.


I definitely sew a few more of these in my future.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Vogue 1471

When I saw Vogue 1471, I fell in love with it and knew I had to make it.

 

It is a cocktail dress by Nicola Finetti. I wasn't familiar with this designer so of course I had to check him out, and I must say that I do like his style. He is an Italian Australian fashion designer who launched his fashion label in 1995.  This dress is from his 2015 Pre-Fall collection.  He calls this a Miyake Lace V-Neck Dress.  I thought the dress was very striking and I love to dress up when I have a wedding to do or go to. Since I had girlfriend getting married this past weekend, I thought it was the perfect choice.

My first obstacle was finding the fabric.  I didn't have a lot of time.  I made several phone calls and and the problem I came up against was that I could get lace in a 2-way stretch knit, but not with a scalloped edge.  I even went to JoAnn's and came up empty.  I ended up getting a scalloped edge lightweight nylon lace with minimal to no stretch.  To compensate for not having the 2-way stretch, I cut the pattern pieces slightly larger, hence that is why my skirt is longer than the original pattern.  I'm contemplating taking off the ruffle skirt to shorten the regular skirt,but haven't decided yet.  Below is my review.



Pattern Description:

Lined dress (cut on crosswise grain) has close-fitting, underlined bodice and midriff, plunging V-neckline, long sleeves, double-lined skirt, hem ruffle, and exposed back zipper. Purchased trim.

Pattern Sizing:

 A5(6-8-10-12-14), E5(14-16-18-20-22)

I cut between a 14 and 16  to compensate for not having any stretch but normally cut a 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes it did, but I modified the skirt and made it longer to compensate for the lace fabric not having any stretch.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

The instructions were well written and I followed them to the letter.  I love Vogue patterns because they are a wealth of information and they always teach me something new.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I loved everything about this pattern.  The dress is classy and makes you feel  sexy at the same time.  I liked that the dress was underlined and then lined.  Before you started sewing the dress, you had to underline each piece of the lace which was treated as one piece of fabric after basting and then on top of that, you had to line the dress after that.



Fabric Used:

I had a hard time finding 2-way stretch lace with a scalloped edge.  I called all over the place and ended up using a nylon lace with a scalloped edge with, minimal stretch.  For the underlining  and lining I used a taupe rayon knit with, 2-way stretch instead of tricot.  I fell in love with the way the taupe color looked under the black lace and thought it would look good with my skin tone.  I got both pieces from London Textiles.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I omitted the exposed zipper and used an invisible zipper.  To compensate for not having the stretch in the lace, I cut my pieces slightly larger to make sure the dress would fit.  I also made the skirt portion longer as I did not have enough time to make a muslin, before cutting this dress out.  The model in the photo does not have a large cleavage.  I on the other hand do have cleavage so I had to sew up the front a little bit, and my cleavage still managed to make an appearance.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?



This is a dress that only needs to be sewn once, but I actually want to sew it again with a 2-way stretch lace without a scalloped edge and I think I"m going to do that.  I definitely recommend this dress to others.  If you have never sewn with lace before, this is definitely the dress to try it on.  Every girl should have a bit of lace in their closet.  Go for it.

Conclusion:

I love everything about this dress.  As I said before, it makes you feel sexy and classy at the same time.  This is definitely a keeper.  

Sunday, August 02, 2015

It's Been A Long Time and McCall 6744

I can't believe I haven't posted since November of last year.  That is unbelievable and I have missed you all very much.  Life has been crazy busy and eventful, and time got away from me but, I haven't stopped crafting. I'll share some of that with you all in the future, but for now, I want to talk about McCall 6744.

 You all might know this pattern better by this picture.


I have had this pattern hanging around for quite some time.  I wanted to add another maxi to my collection of summer dresses and was interested in the racer back of this dress.



 I originally started with McCall 6559 and worked up a mini dress version of it,  but the racer back on that dress was not the look I was looking for.  I had almost forgotten about McCall 6744 but happened upon it when I was going through my pattern stash and liked the look. 


I especially liked that it has elastic in the waist. I made Version B. 


The fabric used was a rayon/polyester knit I picked up at Joann's right around July 4th.  I originally thought I'd make this dress up for the holiday, but never got around to it.  I'm so glad I finally did because I like it a lot.  It's very comfortable.
I'm thinking about making a couple of shorter versions to knock around the house in. With the heat we've been having lately, it's definitely one way to stay cooler.  Hope you are all doing well. 

Happy Crafting.



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Raglan Pullover

The first time I saw Lion Brand's  Thick & Quick Bold Raglan Pullover was this past summer while one of my friends was working it up in black.


It was a very easy knitting project that worked up very quickly as it's knitted in the round on size 13 needles.  I used the Thick & Quick yarn for this project and let me tell you, it was very hard choosing a color for this project as there were so many beautiful colors to pick from. 



Even though I finished it months ago, I only just recently got a chance to wear it with the cold temperatures we've been experiencing lately. 



I cannot tell you enough how much I love this sweater, and I plan to make a couple more in the future.  Mr. D got a chance to take these pictures right before we raked the leaves up in the backyard.  This was the perfect time to take these pictures as the fall colors accentuated the colors in the yarn beautifully.



As Thanksgiving is approaching, I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday filled with family, great food and loads of crafting time.  Hopefully I can get some sewing and knitting/crocheting done this weekend. I gotta go for now. I'm off to start prepping for Thursday.


Andrea



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Aprons

My church had it's annual spaghetti supper fundraiser.  I usually make the sauce for the whole dinner and serve in the kitchen during the dinner.  Mr. D works out on the floor serving all the lovely people.  I've been wanting to make aprons for us for quite a while and thought no time was like the present, so I worked up a couple of aprons for us.  Mr. D is a big Star Trek fan as am I so when I found Star Trek fabric at Joanns' I knew what it was screaming to be.  I found dark blue baltic fabric to trim it out in.  He liked it.

I looked for fabric that related to sewing or music but did not see anything I liked so I went with dragons instead.


The pattern I used was Simplicity 2691, a reversible apron.
 

Since I didn't have another fabric I wanted to use on the reverse side, I just used white muslin.  I widened the apron about an inch to an inch and a half and lengthened the apron by about 2 to 3 inches.  Overall I love both aprons and it was something I wanted to do for quite some time.  It also is bringing to mind things I want to do and make for the upcoming holidays.  I have a few friends that like to bake and cook, so this may be a great present as well. 



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