I am not a pink person, I never have been and I Love this dress. But this fabric drew me in, also it’s price was crazy good ($3 a metre at a Fabric Warehouse pop up sale) and I had … Continue reading
This is another curtains to dress creation. I finished it earlier this year, and got photos at Halloween when I used it as part of my costume. After I made the lego play mat I still had 1 ½ curtains left which I couldn’t let it go to waste… so I made a dress! Surprise, surprise. I used the bodice of Butterick B5748 and the same skirt without the pockets as the Deer doe ish dress.
I was feeling pretty confident making it and so managed to attach the skirt to the bodice before I had turned the bodice in the right way with the lining. I had over locked it and only realised as I went to top stitch it down. So I unpicked and unpicked some more. Then I re-sewed but again got slightly distracted and managed to do a Mobius loop of a shoulder strap… also after I had overlocked the seam. This time I unpicked just the shoulder seam and paying close attention I re-sewed them correctly and hand stitched the lining back to the dress. To finish it off I hand sewed the zip in during my lunch break.
and check out these little guys… Robin and the Arrow
I had never seen the Simone, from Victory Patterns. before Kat made her version and I was inspired. I bought this retro printed polyester birds from spotlight last year with no real plan in mind but it suited this dress perfectly – although it does get a lot of static cling.
Close up of the fabric
I tried to follow the instructions for the yoke with the tab and it did not work for me at all. I suddenly had the tab on the inside, I needed to unpick, so I threw the instructions to the side and made it work. I used a button from the stash to tack it down and I love how it looks.
Since I wasn’t following the instructions I didn’t put a zip in on the side and it isn’t a problem. However since Kat had issues with the chest size I had cut the largest size (slightly bigger than my measurements) and then took a small wedge out of the underarm to make it fit correctly when I was sewing up the side seams.
I love how this dress makes me feel when I wear it – like a strange combination of ballerina warrior woman as it flows out behind me as I stride around.
This dress was inspired by the WSBN Facebook group, when someone posted this fabric in a different colourway.
I liked it but it was not WOW! I was in Auckland at the time and had a small amount of time to fabric shop so I went to Centrepoint fabrics and after being overwhelmed by all the prints
Again I had to wait until I found a pattern that really shouted out to be matched with the fabric and I went with the princess seams of McCalls 6741 which I got from Arthur Toyes closing down pattern sale. The great thing about this print is that birds are evenly distributed with heads up and down so I could easily lay out my pattern pieces. I also managed to avoid bird boob – bonus points for that.
I was planning on making the sleeveless version, however since it is definitely Autumn…almost winter I thought to add the cap sleeves. I work in warm office so a cardigan, slip and tights will see me through with this. Before I did this I had to do my favourite adjustment a LBBA (Low Big Boob Adjustment) by taking out excess fabric in the princess seam above the bust so I don’t have flappy fabric on my upper chest.
The only other change I made was to do a facing instead of fully lining it – mostly because I’m lazy and could be bothered cutting out a whole other dress in lining. I just traced the neckline off the pattern pieces to make neat little facings.
This is a twirly swirly fun dress and thanks to Mel for taking sneaky photos at the Fabric Store the other day.
I have been very busy sewing and wesearing my me makes but not busy taking photos. So here is a dress with a sprinkle of spots. I love this fabric so much so I bought it twice by mistake. It is a sale cotton sateen from spotlight. I didn’t know what I was going to make with it until I found New Look 6183 at the Arthur Toye close down sale.
I made up view C but added in the cap sleeves. I had a few fun moments when my notches didn’t match… and then I realised there were gathers required under the bust – maybe I should follow the instructions more closely. Especially as I then repeated this mistake on the gathers in the centre panel.
But it does look good with my new ice cream and sprinkles necklace from Fortune and Blame. I love her necklaces and you will be seeing a few more around here soon.
Sometimes a girl needs drink. Sometimes she needs a dress full of drinks.
This dress is a hodge podge of the bodice of McCalls 6518 that I made here and a rectangle skirt pleated onto the bodice. The inside of the bodice is lined in black cotton as used on the band.
This dress was going to be my entry into the Dolly Clackett Competition but I have flickr issues and hadn’t written a blog post for AGES, so instead it is just a great dress to go drinking in as you can just point to a drink on it to order :).
I like the simple lines of this dress. I used a pattern from the 80s for the bodice which had triangles on the back. Not the same as the inspiration but I like them. The skirt was just a simple rectangle with a slight hip curve that was pleated with two large pleats in front as per the Belladone and darts in the back.
Since it was deer and doe inspired I appliqued a stag head that I traced off a search through Google images. The same fabric is the lining on the back and inside the pockets.
The back is fastened with a button and a zip and hook and eye on the skirt. I had to insert the zip twice, the first time I had to take out as the skirt was too big. It almost broke my heart as it had gone in perfectly, thankfully the second time was almost as good.
Did I mention it had pockets. Since I was basically making this up as I went I borrowed a pocket piece from another pattern, but I forgot it had no seam allowance so they are perfectly finished but a little small. They do fit my hands but mot my wallet.
The fabric is a cotton weave that frayed like mad so I overlooked all my edges. I did a burn test to figure out it was cotton. It is quite stiff so I think it might be furnishing weight. I have no idea when or where I got it.
I love my new dress and also discovering Wellington has some great sculptures to explore…