Coming Together

April 3, 2011 § 4 Comments

My favorite part! When you are sewing something & it starts to take shape. A really ill fitting shape that needs lots of work, but hey, a dress-like shape nonetheless!

This is nothing like what I had in mind, but the lightness of this fabric felt so wonderful & pushed my brain to daydreaming of the possibilities of summer. So I need to buy some fabric to line this sheer thing as well as notions. Then I must continue sewing away until it actually looks presentable/wearable! Now that my bank cards are back in order, I’ll definitely be spending my next day off in a fabric store.


The Start of Something

March 30, 2011 § 4 Comments

My spring break wasn’t filled with as much crafting time as I’d hoped (oh well!), but I have been doing a bit of sewing lately. Here are two facts you may not know about how I sew.

1. I sew on the floor. I guess a table would be easier, but i don’t want to clear off my entire desk every time I feel like sewing & I don’t want to sprawl all over the apartment. So basically I use my knee to man the pedal! This way leads to more backaches, but I guess it works out okay for now.

2. My machine is a vegetarian

Much Better

January 27, 2011 § 3 Comments

Alright then, a few simple alterations to that dress & it is now possibly one of my favorites! As planned, I took in the sides, the sleeves, & took up the hem. It needed less fuss than I initially thought it would so this was actually a really quick fix! Also, I don’t really like skinny fabric belt things so I swapped that out for a belt I bought at the same store (good finds that day) which is much thicker, more contrasting, more my taste.

I did want to leave it relatively loose & long because I felt those were things that made the dress what it was. At any rate, I’m quite pleased with this little alteration.

This Can be Rebuilt

January 18, 2011 § 2 Comments

While back home I did some shopping with my friends and we ended up going to one of my very favorite thrift stores. One dress caught my eye, but it looked like it needed work so I kind of passed it by a few times. Eventually I grabbed it, it has some great details like

cute fabric, and really adorable details on the sleeves and neck.

The major problem is the shape is kind of unappealing, or maybe nonexistent

However, it did come with a little belt thing which made me realize that all I really need to do is take up the hem & taper in the sleeves a bit. It shall be rebuilt! I just need to go buy some cream thread!

Dress Completion

June 23, 2010 § 10 Comments

Finally done! This dress took way too long to make, but it is done!!! This is the first time I have ever made a dress without a pattern, simply making it up as I went along. It does feel great to know that the design & all the work is mine, but I think I will try something simpler for my next sewing project!

Further Dress Progress

June 14, 2010 § 6 Comments

Oh hello, it’s me, the slowest seamstress you will ever meet. I have some pictures to share of the dress actually looking like a dress. I am still fine tuning the fit because I get so obsessive over that kind of thing. I’ve spent so many hours taking it off, pinning, & putting it on again. The nice thing about being your own dress form is that the dress fits you perfectly. Every unsymmetrical aspect of your body has exactly the kind of tailoring it needs! The not so nice thing about being your own dress form is being pricked repeatedly by pins. At any rate, I am pleased with the progress & found a nice yellow ribbon which I am thinking of adding to the waist.

Hopefully the next time I post about this dress, I will be saying, “hooray, I’ve a finished project to show you!”

Dress Progress

May 19, 2010 § 2 Comments

As I’ve been saying, school is a time eater! Couple this with the fact that I am a bit of a slow worker (perfectionist) & you will see that certain projects can take months to complete! As the semester was winding down, I found myself able to cut my fabric & lining & at least pin the top half together.

Last weekend, I was able to stitch up this top part. I’m not using a pattern which is something I’ve never tried before & while I tried to pre-plan as much as possible, I’m much more of an “oh let’s just do this!” person & am essentially making it up as I go along. One thing that came out exactly as I wanted is the back of the top

Now that school is over, I’m hoping I’ll have time to attach the skirt part, put in a zipper,  & maybe add on any extra bits that appeal to me in the fabric store. This will probably take a lot more time than you think it should.

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