Tuesday, October 4, 2011

All over the place

That pretty much sums up my sewing of late.

I started this dress nearly a month ago and got everything done but the skirt and lost steam.

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The bodice turned out great, and I even did the version with long sleeves!  I'm super impressed with the sleeves.  They turned out perfect and without puckers for the first time ever.  The fabric is a 100% rayon crepe from Trimfabrics.com and it was so wonderful to work with.  Soft and drapey and easy to iron, just the way I like it.  Um, I borrowed inspiration heavily from the pattern envelope.  I even wear my hair like that most days!

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I keep having issues with the skirt. Since the seams sort of show through the white fabric, I'm doing French seams. I keep sewing them backwards! I've ripped it out and re-sewed them three times. I've finally got it straight and attached to the bodice. I'm waiting until I hem it to show a picture because the length is looking a little sister-wife at the moment.

I also finished this dress, which was my muslin for McCalls 6511.  I was worried the fabric looked a little dated, but Mike assured me I have far more elderly prints in my wardrobe. Heh. I don't know if it's going to become a wardrobe staple, but it's bright and comfy and barely took any effort to complete it since it was almost done anyway.  I just added a basic gathered circle skirt. 

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I also started muslins for my two new 40's patterns. I'm using this ugly rayon I got at a thrift store since it's the same drape and weight as the dress fabric I'm going to be using. They don't look like much at the moment, but I'm making progress!

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I am making View 1, and it will eventually be made in this fabric.

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I bought a similar sweater on eBay, so I am hoping it looks good with the skirt and my sparkly Miu Miu boots!

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I also made a muslin for this McCalls pattern.  I wish I had a real dress form so you could see it better.  This one is super skinny and boobless!

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I'm making it in black rayon crepe, and inspired by this dress, I purchased some gold sequined appliques. I'm bummed I couldn't find lillies of the valley, but I knew that would be an impossible task.

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Lastly in the "Miu Miu Knockoff" category, I bought this 80's dress with the intention of making it more like this dress.

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So far I have removed the collar, made a seam down the front instead of it wrapping, and reworked the skirt. I detached it, turned it backwards, and used a pattern piece for a fitted skirt to make a slit. It still needs a lot of work (namely, the bodice is WAY too long), but I like the direction it's going.


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I'm having a lot of trouble focusing on one project right now and I think it's because I am not excited about fall.  It's much more fun to sew a pretty sundress.  I hope I can find my motivation and finish some of these or I'm going to have to go naked.

3 comments:

  1. You may say your sewing's been all over the place, but I think you've been incredibly productive...especially with so many projects on the go!

    Butterick 5747 - this is looking stunning, can't wait to see it finished! I love french seams but I've often sewed them incorrectly when tired and it's such a pain to correct!

    McCall's 6511 - I think this is a cute little number and not granny-like at all...but maybe it's we both have similar taste ;o)

    Simplicity 1644 - the scallops are so cute and your chosen fabric is to die for!

    McCall 6751 - those sequined appliques are lovely!

    MiuMiu knockoff - this seem like a lot of work, kudos to you for attempting something like it. Again, can't wait to see the finished thing!

    I know what you mean also about autumn/winter sewing. I find it hard to get excited about anything other than flowery dresses and drapey blouses!

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  2. Wow you have a lot going on there. I love the vintage patterns and your print fabrics are quite delicious. My favourite though is the white and tan crepe dress, so I hope that you can resolve the issues with skirt.

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  3. I love reading about your process, and your blog is really inspiring to me as a beginning sewer. Thanks for writing it!

    I've tagged you.
    http://mycrankygut.wordpress.com/2011/10/09/liebster-award/

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