Two maxi dresses

March 24, 2012 § 4 Comments

I didn’t really have time for a step-by-step this week but I just wanted to show off the two maxi dresses I made. As mentioned in the last post, I was invited to a fashion event on Friday and had nothing to wear. I decided to pattern a dress from this one by Lex:

But I’ve never sewn jersey knit fabric before and I’ve heard so many horror stories about it, so I decided to make a backup dress too in case things didn’t go well for the original idea. This time I went for the tried and true:

You’ve seen the tank top dress before. It was my first dress. Basically you just take a tank top, cut it mid-rib, attach a “skirt”, and voila! Dress! Only this time I made the skirt part ankle-length and I “stole” a crochet panel from a curtain and used it as a belt 😀

Side note: I’ve been eyeing these sandals for so long but they were a bit pricey so I convinced myself I wouldn’t use them in winter anyway and didn’t get them. Well, i walked past the shop, and there they were, half off and my size was one of the last three pairs. Of course I got them 😀

Now on to “the dress.” Many thanks to Lex for so generously sharing how she made her gorgeous dress. But there were a few things that made this project challenging for a beginner like me. First, she did her fittings on a dressform, which I don’t have. Second, the bodice is made up of four triangles sewn together. You could cut four triangles of your fabric and then try fitting as you go, but I felt you’d waste so much fabric this way so I actually took measurements for mine. Also, I knew from the picture that she was a lot thinner and taller than me and the dress wouldn’t drape as becomingly on me as it did on her. I decided for a “sleeker” fit rather than relaxed, that meant cutting to my measurements with only a quarter inch seam allowance.

One last thing. When sewing jersey knit, I read that people use that 3-stitch zigzag on their machines. Others would use the longest straight stitch with 0 tension. I tested both of these out and found out that the longest straight stitch with the tension at 2 worked better on my machine. You just have to take the time to experiment. And here is what happened.

I ended up going to the party in my backup dress since I felt this one was too “revealing” (you know how unforgiving jersey knit can be if you don’t have the right “foundation”) and I had places to go before the party. Can’t wait for the right occasion to wear this though. All in all I can say it was a good crafting week, don’t you think? 🙂

 

What all this is about

January 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

When I started crafting and sewing, even my closest friends said WTF? I know it doesn’t seem like something I would do, but I am constantly surprising myself with the ideas I am getting and how motivated I am to actually do them (trust me, changing the channel used to be the most “work” I would do on weekends). Most importantly, how now I look at stuff and my first impulse is no longer “Buy!” but “Make!” Stitch Punk is one of those blogs that never ceases to amaze and inspire me. Best part is, these craftsters aren’t too stingy with their ideas and tips either. Have a looksee at their newly launched Lookbook and see how edgy embroidery and even can be (no, Grandma, it’s definitely not how you used to do it in your day).

 

What day job?

January 5, 2012 § 1 Comment

Shhhh . . . it’s a quiet day at the office so I was browsing through Janene Spencer’s amazing projects on her blog and got to her interview on Burdastyle.com. So of course I had to check out what that was about and . . . OH MY LORD! You can lose days and not notice with all the project ideas and tips you can get from here. Now go follow the link, sign up, and ask your boss for some personal time.

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