Posts Tagged ‘Dress’

Days 9 and 13

Whew, I know it has been a while; still not feeling 100% but am praying I will be better soon.

Day 9 was spent in Nashville with some of the in-laws for Mother’s day and I wore the same outfit as day 1 with the addition of a blazer (it was a little bit cooler on that day).  It is a comfortable outfit and just about anything can go with the trousers.

Day 10, 11, and 12 were spent wearing RTW clothes while day 13 I wore the first dress I made.  I enjoy the bound button holes and the flowers.  Day 13 was a hot and humid day so this nice light dress was prefect.

I am still working on my JJ blouse and hope to have it finished soon!  Have a great weekend!


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I have now completed my second version of the vintage pattern.  I enjoy the drape of the sleeves in this version made of rayon challis and the lightness; it will make a nice summer dress when the weather warms up even more.

This went much faster than the first dress but I had a hiccup with the zipper.  Oh, those stubborn zippers.  I thought I had it in the correct way to be zipped properly, but no, I had it in backwards.  I guess it is more of a silly me than those stubborn zippers.

I wish I could have taken these pictures outside, but when I took them it was around 9 PM and I had to do the self timer.  Maybe another day (I still need to take pictures of my pants full length also!!).

With this little number done, I am going to start work on the Beignet skirt.  I went ahead and picked a black fabric instead of a bright color or bold print; I wanted to be able to wear it with just about anything and not be bogged down with a certain type of top to wear it with if it had a bold pattern.  I do have two yards of a fun print that I may use for a second, more fun, version…we shall see about that.

What else should I add on my list in these last few days of Me-Made-May?  If I could at least have enough to make it with one me-made item each day, I would be content.    What have you created lately or do you have your wardrobe planned out for Me-Made-May if you are participating?

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I finished my dress on Sunday afternoon and immediately wore it and thoroughly enjoyed it!  The weather was nice and sunny but with a cooler breeze so it was perfect for this type of weather.

I did have an “Ah ha” moment with the cuffs.  For some reason, I was trying to sew together the sides that make the cuff round before sewing the ends of the seam together….So, instead of making a lovely cuff, I was making a pouch, envelope, or whatever you would like to call it; definitely not a cuff though.  Once that problem was solved, everything else went smoothly!

I went with a zipper instead of snaps and I did a blind hem with the machine rather than following the instructions of the pattern and doing it by hand.  I’m lazy, I know but I was ready to wear my new dress!

The fabric is cotton and I enjoy the weight of it for cooler spring and possibly autumn days but I am still going to make another version in rayon challis and I think I will enjoy the drape of that version more, especially in the sleeves.  I do like my sleeves, but I would like to have another version that falls/drapes more rather than poofing out. 

I’m on a roll now to get more done for Me-Made-May!!

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Sewing a Gem

First of all, I LOVE this pattern!  I love how much more simple it is for me to use than modern patterns.  It’s so easy to trace because the pieces are already cut out and have little holes where the seam allowance is, the darts, etc.  Those who have sewn vintage patterns before know this.  Since this was my first experience with a vintage pattern, I was overly excited.

So far, things are going very smoothly with my dress.  The time flew by when I was working on it and I completed quite a bit.  Here’s a sneak peak….

As of now, I am working on the sleeves and trying to figure out how to work the cuffs.  The instructions do not seem entirely clear to me on how do to this, but maybe I’ll have one of my “Ah ha!” moments and it will make perfect sense!  (In case it doesn’t come, anyone know what to do to attach the cuff to a gathered sleeve??)

I was hoping to have it done by today but it’s not going to happen.  I had originally bought a zipper for the closure but the pattern calls for snaps and I am thinking I might want to stick with the integrity of the pattern and get snaps.  With this mentioned, Tasia and I have the same problem; we go into the store with one thing in mind but come out with more projects on our plates.  The only way for me to avoid this is to bring the husband with me so I get in and out in a flash but I feel bad asking him to go to the fabric store with me; it’s just not his cup of tea.  We’ll see…

Anyways, wish me luck with finishing this dress so I can work on another one just like it in my pink floral print.  I’m telling you, I love this pattern!

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I think, after reading comments from those who left them, I will go with the pants in the black linen.  After putting a little bit of thought into it, I realized I would prefer the pants because as as few of you said, I could dress them up or down, depending on my mood and what I pair with it.  Also, I have a few black skirts already that aren’t quite like the Beignet and I don’t want too have too many black skirts.  So, here is what I did…

I looked around online and found a great deal on some fabric.  The fabric had a sale price, plus I had a 30% off coupon.  How great is that?!  (I hope this works for the Thrifty365)  I bought two (bold for me) neutral colors to work for a skirt and another pair of trousers.

I liked the feel of these colors and these are probably two of the few colors that look better on me.

Wait, I’m not done yet….!  I got one more thing, again, greatly on sale to make into a potential blouse or possibly another dress, or both!!  I was thinking after I make my new dress that should be coming in today (yay!), if I like the bodice enough (which I am 100% positive I will), I will make a blouse from the pattern.  And instead of a zipper, I could do lovely buttons or self covered buttons, whichever floats my little boat!

Ah, how I can’t wait for all of my goodies to come into the mail!

What would you make from any of these fabrics?  Would you do something completely different than me?  Would love to hear!!

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First Vintage Pattern

I have purchased my very first real vintage pattern!!!  I am so very excited!  I guess you could say this is my birthday present to myself!  I have been eying this pattern for, oh, only a month now and decided I MUST have it and must hurry before someone else felt the same way.

I have not been doing any sewing this past week because I REALLY want to work on this pattern that is on it way and will be here very very soon.  Oh, I am so excited!

The reason I had not purchased it before was because I thought maybe, just maybe, I could figure it out and make my own pattern from the picture.  I didn’t even attempt.  I think my ambitions are much greater than my skills are at this point…so sad.  But alas!  The pattern is now mine and I can make my dress with no worries or messing it up royally.  I have already purchased fabric for this pattern, the pink floral that I had bought a while back.

I will definitely make a muslin first because the pattern is actually a 32″ bust and I have a 34″ bust and I don’t want to mess up this fabric that I am in love with.

So what does this beauty look like?  Have I built up the suspense enough yet?  Here she is!  I bought this gem from Sandritocat, who is a doll.

I am going to make Version I with the V neck and 3/4 length sleeves rather than Version II or III.   I love the yoke, sleeves, length of the dress, and, well, everything about it!  Now only if I had a lovely hat to go with it when it’s finished….

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I am proud to say I am done with my spring dress!  I am super excited to be able to wear it soon.  I am going to a BBQ this weekend and I am hoping the weather will cooperate.  I apologize for it taking so long to get a picture of the Sencha blouse also.

Well, here they are!

Today was a no make-up and no fixed hair day...sorry!

For the dress, I failed to get a lower shot to show the hem (sorry!).  In the process of making the dress, I realized both pictures are the same dress, the only difference being tied up as a halter dress and the other as a strapless dress.  I took pictures both ways.

I am happy with the way both the blouse and dress turned out.  What projects are you working on or have recently completed?  Since I am new to sewing, do you have any suggestions or anything that you can see wrong in the photos of my projects?  I am open to any and all suggestions and critique!

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