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!