Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Yellow Bridges Dress (Emery + Simplicity 1419)

Helloooooo sewing friends! Meet the Yellow Bridges Dress. It is a mashup of the Emery bodice and Simplicity 1419 skirt. I started sewing this dress in September... or August. So long ago it has faded from memory... I blame the abominable state of the sewing room for sucking all my sew-jo away. I haven't sewn anything for months! Thank goodness for Christmas Break. And family that is willing to travel to you. Which forces you to clean the sewing room. And now it looks pretty, you want to sit and stay awhile. Oh, this old thing? Unfinished dress. Let's see... Zip / Press / Hem - done! That wasn't too bad, was it? :)

Pattern: Emery Dress (bodice) and Simplicity 1419 (skirt)

Fit / Alterations:

Bodice: Spent an afternoon working out the bodice fit with Ashley of Craft Sanctuary - you can see a few of her finished Emery's herehere, and here (which I tried on of course - why can't we always have finished garments in the exact size we need to try on before cutting in to our fabric?)

- Cut size 4 bodice (what?!) - my measurements put me at an 8, but we wanted a more fitted look. 
- Changed darts to hit at the size 8 apex, but placed where the size 4 was. 
- Vertical bodice/waist darts are curved
- Some roominess across the top (I am short from bust to shoulder), but everywhere else fits like a dream!
- I am sure there are other changes, but I have two different traced pattern pieces with scribbly notes and it was so long ago that I started this, I can't remember exactly what I did - ugh. Guess I will just have to make it again to be sure ;)

Skirt: Decided I wanted a pleated skirt to match the sharp lines of the bridges

- Cut a size 12 and adjusted pleats to match skirt to waistline of bodice

Fabric: Michael Miller Waterfront Park Bridgetown in Starfruit (Yellow) - also available in more colors!

Purchased at Bungalow Quilting and Yarn, an adorable shop outside Milwaukee, WI. In addition to a fabulous fabric collection, they have a bathtub of yarn. And the bathroom is wallpapered with old pattern pieces. 

Verdict: I didn't believe it until I zipped the finished dress up - it actually fit! And well! If you look at the product photos of the Emery, the fit is much looser. Thanks to Ashley, this one fits more like a glove ;)
The fabric is cotton, so a dream to sew. And this yellow color is so fun - I cannot wait to wear it to school!

Also, let's hope the newly revived sewing room will be inspiring for more sewing projects in the near future. I am focused on working through my existing stash. No new fabric. No new patterns. In fact, after my big sewing room clean and purge, I may need to get rid of some fabrics and patterns soon. Winter sewing destash, anyone?  

Hope you had a fantastic 2015, and here's to a New Year full of good things! Thanks for reading!  ❤ Sally

Monday, August 17, 2015

Bettine Dress in French Stripes

Pattern: Bettine Dress by Tilly and the Buttons

Fabric: Navy and white striped viscose from Anna Ka Bazaar (available online here)

* Purchased this fabric on my summer 2015 trip to Paris! We visited the fabric shops in Montmartre, which was wonderful. My favorite shop had to be Tissus Reine - such beautiful fabric selections! You can see my Paris fabric haul in this instagram pic. It was such a fun experience! The entire photo album of the trip can be viewed here, if you're interested :)

Fit / Alterations: Used size 4 pattern pieces all around

- Moved skirt pieces 1" from "cut on fold" line, adding a total of 2" to the front and back (4" all over) due to complicated hip curve and pocket - I needed more room for the junk in the trunk but didn't want to ruin the drafting by grading so far out. Gathered skirt slightly before attaching to bodice at waist
- Straightened skirt side seams (doesn't curve back in - goes straight down)
- No topstitching for facing - just tacked at shoulder seams
- For next time: sway back adjustment or something? There seems to be too much fabric in the back above the waistline

Verdict: This is maybe the most chic and versatile dress I have ever owned! Love the style, the colors, the stripes, the pockets, and especially the feel of the fabric. It has been my go to outfit ever since completion :) 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Summer Sewing :)

Helllooooooooooo wonderful sewing community! As I sit here writing this post, I see that my last legitimate sewing post was on April 30th - whew, that's a long time ago. So what I have I been up to? Well, to put it plainly, PRIORITIES. I realized that all my wonderful sewing and blogging time was taking away time from other things like exercising, keeping up the house, and even just relaxing with a good book. So this summer, I decided to prioritize these three things and see what happened. The good news is, I am now at the end of summer (back to school on Monday) and I feel healthy and fit, I finished physical therapy for my knee, I can sit on the couch and not see all the dishes/unswept floor/piles of clothes, and after this I plan to head outside with Neil Gaiman's "Fragile Things" and enjoy some reading. I did sew throughout the summer, as evidenced on Instagram, but blogging just never got to the top of my priority list. And that's okay. Here's a quick rundown of what I made:

1) Sewaholic Davie's Dress - ran big - had to take it in all over - cute design though! The top stitching takes a looooong time but the effect is more sporty and cool - love that contrasted with the floral print :)

2) Cap Sleeved Peplum Top from Bootstrap Fashion - first experience with this made-to-measure pattern company. Yellow striped ponte knit was cute, but the whole top was too big. Not sure if that's b/c I used a knit or put in my measurements wrong or the drafting. Love the fabric and may try to save it by cutting off the sleeves and taking it in at the princess seams.

3) By Hand London's Elisalex Dress - Made to wear to my cousin's wedding. After three muslins and with no time left, I finally cut it out of my pink and silver fashion fabric. I would move the waist seam down a bit, but it fits well everywhere else! :)

4) Lady Skater Dress - In floral ponte knit. Made several times. Still awesome.

4) Megan Nielsen's Eucalypt Tank - After finishing this top, I realized I may need to do an FBA! It fits perfectly in the shoulders, but was tight around the bust. I gifted it to my sister-in-law and plan to retry sometime with an FBA - help! Lol

5) Vintage Simplicity 8701, c. 1978 - A second version of one of my favorite, most worn handmade dresses (first one here) - still fits like a dream :)

6) Monetti! A mashup of the Nettie bodice and Moneta skirt with added bow in the back :) Fabric is navy with red anchor print knit.

7) Tilly and the Button's Bettine Dress - stay tuned for an ACTUAL blog post coming about this one!

And there you have it - an entire summer of sewing in one post! Lol. Obviously I didn't get into the super details, but some of these I have made before and others are super popular in the blogosphere so it's easy to find in-depth reviews. IF you have questions, comment below and I'll try my best to answer :)

So have you ever taken a break from blogging? And what did you do in the meantime?

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention - I also went to PARIS! And the South of France! In July! I will share a little more about this in my next post, but in the meantime you can view a photo album HERE. Happy viewing :)