Saturday, January 21, 2017

Day and Night Dress Challenge



Elizabeth from Elizabeth Made This has put together a really cool sewing competition called the Day and Night Dress Challenge. To be apart of it, one must sew a day dress of any color and a night dress that is all black (I double checked with Elizabeth just to be sure!). I really enjoyed this challenge, and yes, worked really hard too! My house is a disaster and I will probably have to take a week off of sewing just to catch up on my chores! 



 I call this my Zooey Deschanel moment ;)


 I wanted to take pictures outside for this "Spring time" dress, but my whole town is covered in snow and ice!!!


 Daisies are one of my favorite flowers!


 ~Shoulder bows are so hot right now~




 The before mentioned Elizabeth took photos of her night dress with her violin so I had to as well!


Yes, I can play violin. Once upon a time I thought I was going to go pro! But I didn't and I don't regret it at all.

 I am a big Project Runway fan but only in the last couple years figured out what the judges mean by the word "cohesion". To put it plainly, it means the same kind of person would wear all the clothes in one designer's collection. Well, from watching all the amazing entries that have come in for this competition, I must say everyone has their own "cohesive aesthetic"! I hope mine does too! I love vintage, French style things and maybe my dresses won't come across like that to everyone, but I certainly am reminded of those things when I wear them! I love these dresses and plan on getting a lot of use out of them! I used a Frankenpattern hack of Butterick B6259, McCalls M7087, and the sleeves of Simplicity 2444 to make my day look dress (a more modest copy of a Forever 21 dress from long ago that I couldn't afford at the time but I never forgot). I straight up copied the picture on the envelope of Butterick 6582 for my night dress. I've always wanted to just take the artist's cues for fabric on a pattern and I'm glad I got the chance to this month! I also used Simplicity 2444's sleeves for the night dress, I just cut them a little shorter. Also, I am very proud of myself for yet again trying French seams! I love how they look!


Thank you Elizabeth for putting this together! 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Years Leopard Dress


 THIS DRESS!!!


 We have a love/hate relationship.


 Things were going great with new pinless sewing skills until I had a deadline to meet....and late night sewing almost killed me again! My seam ripper and I spent a lot of quality time together. I know better but I did it again!!!


  Maybe I'm hallucinating but I swear the fabric stretched a lot!


Honestly though, I love this dress! The color of the fabric is great and I used the Joan dress pattern, which is awesome! I made this dress for New Years, but the extent of my celebrating will be some Martinelli's and going to bed early!

Happy New Years!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Audrey Hepburn Dress


This dress was a labor of love!




I've always been a fan of Audrey Hepburn. I love the movie "Charade" and the clothes she wears in it are fantastic!




I I made a plan in the summer to make a "two piece wiggle dress", for nursing purposes, and couldn't even find an actual photo of one. So I had to figure it out on my own!



(And shhh! I found this fabric at a stuff swap at my church!)


I don't know how to draft a pattern from scratch so I used bits and pieces from a bunch of different patterns:

Jacket: Simplicity 8047
Sleeves: Simplicity 1459
Collar: McCalls M6395
Dress: The Wiggle Dress from Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing


I really improvised for the top of the dress.


Like I wrote before, I wanted this to be a nursing dress. I could've used this last spring but oh well! Better now than never.
 

I even did a lapped zipper! I was going to make it fully lined with French seams, but I think if I tried that I would never finish it!


Done is better than perfect right?

Do you think Audrey would approve?


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Happy Halloween!


 I made the executive decision to do a 101 Dalmatian theme for our family this Halloween, and it was a hit! The kids loved dressing up as puppies.


It was a very light sewing costume year for me, and I am okay with that! I sewed the faux fur white wrap that I wore and I tried to sew red gloves, but they were a major flop! I bought my wig, baby's costume, and three white shirts. I painted spots on the shirts for my girls and made them masks out of felt, elastic, and glue from my hot glue gun! 

We had a blast this Halloween and hope you did too, if you happen to celebrate it of course!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Latest Projects

 Hello! It has been awhile since I posted, not because I didn't want to, I have just been SO BUSY. Being a mom is no joke. It's completely worth it and I ADORE my babies, but that also means sometimes life gets a little fast paced and non-essential things get left in the lurch.


 However I am so happy that I sewed a swimsuit! Good thing I got it done in September when it was starting to get cold and all the pools closed (I never seem to get something done in time for the right season)! Sewing a swimsuit was definitely a goal I was excited to check off my bucket list and I am pleasantly surprised by how much I like it! I used the Bombshell pattern in case anyone was wondering. A gingham vintage style one piece is a must in my opinion!



As I have posted before I adore holidays and I got a crazy idea to make a shirt for each one! I decided to give the Sorbetto top a try (it's from the Colette blog and it's free!). I added sleeves from another pattern and I love it so much! The fabric was a lucky find that I think is perfect! I love a cutesy, vintage Halloween look.




Years ago a friend wore and adorable Minnie Mouse-like top to a party and I thought it was amazing. She told me where to buy it and of course it wasn't there by the time I went looking for it. I never stopped thinking about how I could make it and I hoarded fabric for it for years. Well I finally decided to try a similar look with the Sorbetto top and I love it! I drafted the Peter Pan collar myself and now I want to make twenty more in all different colors! Also can I give a shout out to fashion fabric! Yes, I have finally grown up and discovered how fantastic it is to use fabric meant for clothes on clothes! I'm using fashion fabric from now on and not looking back (for the most part)! ;)


Have a great week!


Monday, August 29, 2016

(Belated) Fourth of July Shirt

 Everyone has a strange quirk right? One of mine is the love of celebrating every holiday to its fullest, at least the major ones. Like Buddy the Elf for Christmas, but also Halloween, Easter, Valentines, and don't forget St. Patrick's day! Anyways, I always see these adorable seasonal fabrics and want to use them but really don't feel like making a quilt. So then I had a brilliant idea to use one of my favorite patterns, The Sassy Librarian Shirt, and make a subtle or not so subtle (depending on the cuteness of the fabric) shirt to wear!



 I really tried to get this shirt done in time for the Fourth of July, which is kind of like the Christmas of summer (I would know, being a holiday connoisseur). I thought this "Sommer" fabric was a nice nod to the red, white, and blue and would be a good summer shirt. Then life happened and I could not for the life of me make any progress on it, simply from a lack of free time.


 Then the Olympics rolled around and I thought maybe I could get it done in celebration of that!

Nope.


 Finally, the planets aligned and I got this blessed shirt done! I surprised myself and made the shoulder seams larger.


 I also made the executive decision that although this pattern is precious and lovely, it is a time consuming one. Free time is something I don't have a ton of so I am going to stick with my crazy holiday shirt plan, but use a less complicated pattern.


 Happy Fourth of July! I love my home country.



Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Lemon Dress


 It's summer time! That means I finally have some time to sew.
 


 When I saw this fabric I fell in love! The lemons are perfect and the teal color is so fun. Then I saw a dress on a "Dapper Day" photograph that looked like the Simplicity 1459 pattern. I decided to try and copy it! I love how it turned out.


 I did French seams and a full lining inside. I have never made anything so nice (even though it is not perfect).


One has to have a drink of lemonade with a dress like this! It all makes me feel so summery and happy.

I'm linking this dress to the 2016 Vintage Pledge and Allie's Social Sew.