Thursday, June 27, 2013

A Wedding Present

 Remember my sewing tragedy? Well, I found a silver lining! I made an apron for my sister from what would've been the dress.

I thought it was all finished but it is a bit too stout on the top for my liking. So I'll take in the sides before I give it to her. Maybe I'll spot it in a thrift store months from now, but hopefully, after I've taken it in, she'll like it. It supposed to be vintage looking.

With the apron I've included a Frenchy Sparkling Rose Lemonade that looked fancy and yummy. Also, a book I wish I had when I first got married. Being a homemaker is sometimes snickered at, but seriously, if you live in a home, why not learn how to make it comfortable?

Happy wedding Jennifer!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

A "Muslin"

Muslins are brilliant.
They give one an opportunity to get familiar with a pattern before attempting it with a nicer fabric. Also, they help with fitting. I'll spare you the pictures of me wearing the muslin. I seriously have to take in the shoulders and add an inch to the waist!
Hopefully today I can get some dress lining and begin to cut out the real deal. First I have to wash my fabric, fold mountains of other laundry, make cinnamon rolls, and make dinner for the missionaries! So we'll see.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Geeking it Out and a Navy Dress

A few weeks ago I told Matt, my husband, that I wanted to be a sewing nerd.

"Well, you've got the nerd part down."

That's not far from the truth...probably because it is the truth!

But I feel like I am becoming a specialized nerd...I'm getting closer to my sewing nerd goals.

So my sister is getting married and her colors are navy blue and silver...but primarily navy blue. Luckily I've been able to score some great deals on dresses for myself and a few of my kids, but I didn't for my little Kate. I love how this dress turned out though, even if it is a little big. And although you may not be able to tell, the zipper is the best zipper I've ever made!

For the first time I did facing and interfacing in a dress. They really make a world of a difference in how a dress looks in the end!

So I must give a few shout outs to some great sewing references:

1. Sunni Standing's free Craftsy zipper class.

2. The book "Dressmaking: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Making Your Own Clothes." There are many great sewing books I've come to love, but just to have every step photographed was so cool. It  was so helpful for a very visual person like myself. 

Just like a nerd to recommend a book!