Saturday, March 28, 2015

More dress musings.

I am going to make this dress:

Carolina Herrera Resort 2015 Look 1

Toy (of Sew and Style blog) posted about this last year, of course I didn't stumble upon it until 2 days ago. I will admit that I don't keep up with designer collections. I usually stumble across things as I lurk blogs.

I saw this and all my other sewing plans came to an abrupt end. I must make this now. I must make this now. This is why I kind of hate making sewing plans -- I run on inspiration. I know that as soon as I make a plan, something new and shiny will come along thus ruining my plans. I will still make the Vogue patterns I mentioned but not until this dress is completed.

For this dress, I will use the bodice from See & Sew 4957. Melizza and Gaylen helped me avoid dart fail at Sewing Circle last weekend so now this bodice is perfect. I will add a cap sleeve. The skirt will be Simplicity 2758 (oop) view E minus the waistband and pockets.

Simplicity 2758

I wasn't sure about the fabric at first. While I would love to have the actual fabric (who knows, it could show up at Mood one day) I know that it's not going to happen. But Mood did have a whole lot of fun cotton prints. I liked this one the most:

Mood Fabrics: Stonewash Blue Bird Printed Cotton Poplin

I hope it's not too busy in person -- I'm still warming up to prints. I think it will be fine. 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

This and That.

At the moment, I'm knee-deep in trench coat sewing. This marks the third time I've used the Silhouette Barbara's trench coat pattern. I found some water resistant navy poplin at Joann and it practically demanded to be made into a trench coat.

Once I've finished with the trench coat, I want to make some dresses. I have quite a few poly prints in my stash that would make lovely spring dresses. Initially, I had one print earmarked for another Emery dress but halfway through my planning, I got sidetracked. I want to up my dress sewing game. I need a bit more of a challenge that a simple gathered skirt and bodice can't provide.

Enter Vogue patterns, with special focus on Tracy Reese.

From left to right: V1422 / V1433 / M6506 / V1225 / V1086
I want to make all of these dresses. I already have fabric in my stash for all of them except V1225. I need to source jersey knit for that one. Will I actually finish all these? It's possible. I've already muslined two of them. On the surface, these patterns don't seem terribly complicated (V1225 may be the exception) but they all have interesting designer features that make them much more interesting (or complicated. Three of them have petticoats).

This also marks an interesting turn in my sewing habits: sleeveless dresses. I hardly ever sew anything without sleeves. The dresses I have made are about 3-4 years old. Honestly, I loathe wearing sleeveless dresses mostly because I feel tubby and I think my arms look fat. I need to get over that. There's nothing wrong with my arms.

My goal is to finish these up by May. Since I spend every waking hour that I'm not at work sewing, I should be able to accomplish this goal. Fitting usually takes the most time. I have no problem switching out bodices if necessary.

Now back to my trench coat which should be finished by this time next week.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A brief overview of 2014

I've made a lot of clothing over the last year but I only got around to blogging a handful of items. I know, I'm a terrible blogger. I don't have an excuse, I just lost interest in blogging. However, I haven't lost interest in posting photos to Instagram. As seen here:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Looks like I'm about to make another coat.

It's been a while since I last made outwear. I believe my last go with it was back in February (my minty fresh trench). It's been too long. I've had fleeting thoughts of making Butterick 5966 for a year now.

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