Sunday, June 1, 2014

Vogue 8755

I purchased this pattern a long time ago and have just been waiting for the right fabric/occasion to make it.  When I got my ticket for a white Memorial Day Play Date (game night + concert for adults), I decided I would make this in white denim.  

My version:

(It looks really good with this necklace)

(I forgot to take pics at the event, but I wore it to work.)

This very easy straightforward dress ended up taking me over 12 hours to make.  First, I must not have been paying attention when I purchased the fabric because I did not have enough.  I was making this dress the day before the event so I did not want to waste time going back to the fabric store.  Luckily, I had just enough eyelet scraps to make it work.  

Then when I was constructing the skirt, I noticed I cut the skirt too close to the edge of the fabric.  The ridges of the edge were visible and too wide to be hidden in the seam allowance.  To hide it, I ran black binding underneath the zipper extending all the way down to the hem of the dress.  If I had a long enough zipper in stock, I would've done that instead, but I had to work with what I had.

I really wanted to add pockets, but since I was running low on time, I didn't do it.  Next time, I will add pockets and make a size smaller...the bodice bunches in the chest area.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Blood, Sweat, and Tears

Last year a friend of mine told me that all she wanted was a colorful summer dress, but that she was having a hard time finding one.  Well a year later, I decided to make her one.  So for her 30th birthday/thank you for being so awesome gift, I decided to make her Simplicity 2250:

Here's my version:

This is by far the most difficult project I've done.  I was very surprised because it looks like such a simple dress...well, looks were definitely deceiving!  This took me a few days to complete...I thought it would take 1, at most 1 1/2.  The bodice alone took me like 2/3 of a day to complete.  This is because I did mess up the pleats and had to rip stitches probably twice.  Also, I was originally going to make spaghetti straps.  After spending 2 1/2 hours trying to turn one strap right side out and still only getting it halfway done, I gave up.  Luckily, I still had enough fabric to make the larger straps.  All the pleats were a bit confusing, but all in all not too bad.  I think it would've been much easier if I picked a fabric I could actually see my markings on!!

She loves it!!:

Sunday, February 2, 2014

My First Pants!

The past couple of weeks have been so cold (wind chill below zero), I decided it was finally time I tried to make some pants in order to stay warm.  I wanted an easy pattern for my first attempt so I went with Vogue 2923:
I had some brown suiting in my stash for a long time so I got to work.  The pattern was very quick and easy. My only qualm, is that the pattern is really just for coca cola bottle shaped women.  After I cut out the pieces I realized the pants were not going to fit my waist.  I couldn't re-cut the pieces b/c I barely had enough fabric to cut it the first time, and I don't know how to alter waists (I really need to take a course on pattern alterations).  I ended up just sewing it with as little seam allowance as I could and they just fit!  The effect - which may in part be attributable to the fabric - is a tummy control pant, which I love!  To be fair, the package does say that this pattern is not for boxy shapes...

...but I thought that only applied to the jacket.  I was wrong.  All in all, I am happy with the pants.  I did make one mistake...I ironed the pleats on the wrong side!  lol...oh well

(I still have to put a hook and eye in them.  I know I have a lot, but I can't find them and I refuse to buy more!)

I like the wide leg look.  But, now I know I have to be careful wearing these.  I wore them last week and was running up the escalator at the metro when my foot got stuck in the pant leg and I fell!  Luckily, no serious injuries and my pants are unharmed!  :)

I will probably make these again...just in a bigger size.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Fleece Navidad

This year, I decided to give everyone in the fam a gift and to make things easier on myself, I decided to make fleeces.  

For the little kids, I made McCall's 6222:
(pattern reviewed here)

For the teenagers, I made McCall's 5538 view A:

(pattern reviewed here)

... and McCall's 6252 view A with the pocket from view C:

(pattern reviewed here)

And for the adults, I made McCall's 5538 view B:

(pattern reviewed here)

I don't want to touch fleece ever again....  :)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Ladybug Rug

After seeing the bear playmat I made for a coworker using McCall's 6719, a colleague asked if I could make her a ladybug.  I knew the pattern had a ladybug option, but also knew the ladybug from the pattern looks nothing like a ladybug.  see exhibit A:

I agreed to make her a ladybug knowing I would have to do some modifications to the pattern, but thought it wouldn't be that difficult.

I used the head, body, face, and antennae from the pattern (view A).  I also used the heart applique from the bear.  I made the wings using the body pattern piece, but cutting it into a full circle and then cutting the circle in half.  I spent some time searching everywhere for my protractor to make perfect circles and after I found it and cut out all my circles, I realized the size I chose was the exact size as the cheeks, so if I ever make this again, I'll just trace the cheeks on webbing.  I added jumbo rick rack along the edges to give it a little something extra.  I drafted my own legs on parchment paper:

and made ruby slippers with some left over red sparkly fabric I had and some ribbon:

I also decided to make a bow for the antenna.  

I think it came out great!!  It was a lot of work (took me over 24 hours), but it's so cute!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Mini Wardrobe Contest 2013

So I decided to enter this contest again, and again my wardrobe is for work.  This time, I'm lightening up the color scheme.

PIECE 1:  Simplicity 1658 view A

Front view
(For some reason, the picture looks like there's a spot on the front, but I don't see the spot in person.)

Back view

This dress was a lot more work than it looks.  From the pictures on the envelope, I could not tell that the front overlay is open on the sides.  I also assumed that the overlay on view A was really just the dress such that there weren't multiple layers, but not so.  For all views, the bodice actually has 3 layers!  I completely wasn't paying attention to that when I bought the pattern, so I ended up having to go back to the fabric store to purchase lining...and then I had to go back again for the right size zipper.

This style of dress is my favorite...I love drop-waisted blousy dresses because they hide everything, but I think this one isn't particularly flattering because the overlay is open on the sides.  I just feel really big in football player big.  If I ever make this again, I'll sew the sides of the overlay closed.  I think I'll end up tacking under the arms so that it's at least a little more fitted in the bust.  Sadly, just as I was finishing up the dress trimming frayed edges, I accidentally cut a hole in the front!  It's small so I sewed it closed, but it's still visible.  I think once I tack under the arms, the hole will be under the arm so it won't be a complete disaster.

Anyway, piece one is done.  I also plan on making a suit and another top to complete my wardrobe.  I'll update this page as I complete my pieces.
Wore this today:


Saturday, July 6, 2013

For Yelena

On June 21st my cousin gave birth to this little cutie:

For months I've been planning on making her a quilt, but I just can't seem to get going on that project.  In the meantime, I decided to make her a dress.  Since this is my first attempt at making something so small, I decided to go with an "easy" pattern - McCall's 6015:

Here's my version:

It's not perfect, but it's pretty good if I say so myself.  :)

Design changes:
I completely enclosed the zipper...the pattern only has it enclosed on the bodice.

I also added a lace overlay to make it dressier.

Originally, I planned to use this as the overlay:

..but it was just too bulky to work with.

I went back to the fabric store and got this:

...which was much much easier to work with.
I also made bias tape out of the fabric remnants to enclose the raw edges of the lace:

Now I'm just waiting on my cousin to send me the baby's measurements so I can make the panty.  In the meantime, I guess I'll get back to the quilt...


I finally made the matching panties: