Friday, September 21, 2012

Polka Dot Dress

Here is my latest sewing creation - a fun swirly black and white polka dot dress, made with Simplicity 2444.


When I found this amazing fabric at Joann's, I immediately searched for ideas for a large polka dot print dress in black and white.  Here are two of my favorite inspirations: (links can be found on my pinterest board)

polka dot dress idea 3

love this!

From the Simplicity Project Runway pattern 2444, I just used the plain bodice and skirt, added pockets :) and fully lined the inside, since you could see through the white polka dots.  The fabric is from the silky section at Joann's - I'm not sure what kind it is, but it is amazing - very drapey, thick, and doesn't fray too terribly.  I used a non-static black lining fabric.

Basically I sewed the dress twice, once in polka dot, and once in black, sewing them together at the shoulders with this wonderful technique:  Clean Finish Bodice Lining Tutorial by TheSlapdashSewist

Bodice and belt!


Fully lined inside

This is my favorite thing I have made since I started sewing!  I styled it with a turquoise belt, based on the first inspiration picture :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Ruffle Top

I found this cute top tutorial last year here and decided to try it!  I loved the fabric combination and it turned out great, but I never wore it.  About the same time, I began making a cute summer top for my younger sister, but then grad school started and I never got around to finishing it.  This past week my family came to visit and I pulled out the previously started top for my sister, only to find she had already outgrown it!  So, when I saw this cute little un-worn top hanging it the closet, it dawned on me... I bet she could wear this!!!  So after she tried it on, it was settled... the Spring Ruffle Top had found a home :)





Sunday, February 26, 2012

Plaid Half Circle Skirt

My newest creation :)  The plaid half circle skirt!  I have had this fabric for a loooong time - I bought it from Joann's awhile ago from the "Fall Suitings" section b/c I loved the colors: black/gray/plum - it went with half my wardrobe!  After I bought it, though, I didn't know what to make with it - it was too thick/heavy for a dress and so it sat in the box.  A few weeks ago, I saw this post on four square wall's blog and I knew... I had to make it into a half circle skirt!

Although there were all these tutorials on how to draft your own with math and things, I was feeling lazy so I just bought a pattern - Simplicity 2758 - a Threads pattern for two kinds of shirts and three skirts, including the half circle skirt - for $1.  It was worth it.  It took about two seconds to cut out the pattern and the skirt (only two pieces) and put them together.  The trickiest part to the skirt for me was the invisible zipper, since I have never done one before and figured this was the perfect opportunity.  It was going great... until I realized it was completely wrong, and in the process of trying to fix it, burned the zipper with the iron, rendering it useless and putting my project on hold until the next day when Joann's opened.  Haha!  Let's just say the second attempt at the invisible zipper installation went MUCH smoother, thanks to the Threads Sewing Guide which I got from the library, and will probably buy (seriously, it has had an answer to every single question/problem I have had).  My process was a combination of the Threads method, a tutorial online, and just trial and error.  I actually used a regular zipper foot, and it was super easy!

Front View
Back view
Sassy Front View :)
Side/Back view

The skirt up closer - love the colors!  don't love the weird hip lump caused by my duct tape mannequin... lol

My first invisible zipper!!!  Pretty invisible, eh? :)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Valentine's Day Dress ❤

A little belated... but here is my Valentine's Day Dress! :)  I knew I wanted to make something red, and when I thought of Valentine's day, I remembered this McCall's pattern (w/ a bodice somewhat shaped like a heart... perfect!  I went with a rose red crepe with matching lining.  I have not yet made anything lined, and this dress has a lining AND underlining.  It was much easier than I expected, and I LOVE the way it feels.  The pattern was great - I didn't even need to use the seam ripper!!! (until I tried gathering the skirt top and the thread broke when I was almost done....arrrrrgh.....)  I was super picky about the zipper, but it turned out to be one of the easiest/best ones I have done yet!

I haven't worn this yet - we are planning on going out Monday to celebrate Valentine's day AND February 20th... no, not President's day - it's the six year anniversary of the day we met ❤





Saturday, February 11, 2012

Silky Top Experiment

This is my first attempt at creating a garment using a silky fabric (acquired in the remnant section at Joann's for no more than $3).  I loved the fabric, which had most of my favorite colors, and already had a pattern I had been wanting to use:  McCall's 6359, View B.  Originally I intended to even out the bottom hem, but once I cut it out, I actually kind of liked it (if I change my mind, I can always re-hem it :)  The pattern was super easy to cut out and only had 3 pieces!  The trickiest part of sewing this top was all the fraying.  Also, since I did french seams to contain all the fraying, the top ended up being a bit small, but it still fits, so hooray!  Thankfully this print and fabric are very forgiving, so even though there are several little issues here and there, hopefully you can't tell ;)

Styled w/ long gray cardigan = love it!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Houndstooth Mini Skirt

This might be my favorite thing I have sewed so far!  I was inspired to make this little skirt after seeing a similar one at The Limited for lotsa dolllaz $$$.  I decided I could make one similar, if not cuter :)  I found this fabric at Joann's - the pictures don't do it justice - it is the cutest contrast-y black and white houndstooth.  I used the Simplicity 2451 skirt patten, view D.  Originally I was going to add the tabs and buttons from view B, but once I finished it I decided I liked it just how it was - I can always add buttons later!  I also decided to straighten out the bottom of the waistband from the original design after reading about it in a review - I wouldn't have even thought of it, but I really like the way it turned out.  I had a heck of a time sewing the hem - it kept bunching it up and making the skirt a weird sphere shape... after countless adjustments to the tension and test running it successfully on every fabric except this one, I gave up and hand-sewed the hem.  Thank goodness the print it vibrant and texture-y enough you can't even tell where the stitches are.  YAY!

The best thing about this skirt is that it fits my like a glove around the waist, and glides perfectly over the behind :)  So here is my newest addition to my little fashion sewing collection...

I love black and white :)
Closeup of waistband, pocket, and pleats  (and the cute fabric!)
Modeling in the

Even looks cute on the hanger!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Sewing School Skirt

A new skirt!  The "Sewing School Skirt" from Brett Bara's book Sewing In a Straight Line.  I made it using twill in "blackberry" from Joann's with silver/pewter buttons.  This is the second attempt - the first ended up in the "I'm too frustrated to keep working on this now..." pile, after a failed attempt at adding pockets (caused problems b/c of the french seams).  Anyways, I love this finished skirt, which was originally supposed to be for my sister, but I made it a little too small (it really was an accident... lol).  Be warned if you use this skirt pattern, the measurements in the book are wrong by a lot - as in about 8-10" around the waist area.  I will be remaking it in red for my sis, but for now here is the purple version :)  Just in time for school tomorrow!

Top pics:  Front and Side views in the dusty bathroom mirror (sorry!)
Bottom pics:  Front view on dress form, closeup of button

UPDATE:  A few pics of the red version I made for my sister :)

Happy New Year!

Hi!  It's been a long time since any postings, but I think the new year gave me a kick in the pants to get some stuff finished :)  Today was quite productive, starting with the reorganization of the sewing area.  After hoisting the Christmas tree out the window (literally) a little rearranging of the apartment was in order.  The sewing area especially needed rethought, so it doesn't feel so claustrophobic and there's no tripping over cords all the time.  Here's a pic of the finished product:

The other half of the table is in the "dining room side", which we used to try out a new recipe from the Cooking w/ Trader Joes' Cookbook - Pack a Lunch (by Celine Cossou-Bordes)  called "Crustless Tomato and Tuna Mini-Quiches".  They were super easy, cheap, fast, and DELICIOUS.  We used chicken instead of tuna - they would be great with any meat though :)  Here's my attempt at a picture:

There are a lot of great recipes that I am excited to try out - and hopefully post if they're good :)