Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sew Simply

Another sewing update! The past few nights I made some simple dresses: tube dresses with a ruffle at the top. This type of dress is quite simple to sew and is a perfect summer dress!

Here it is in a paisley-like remnant fabric:

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Here it is in a shocking electric blue color, with straps:

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And lastly, here is a picture of this dress worn:

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I'll probably be making several more of the ruffle dresses for summer!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sewing Update: I am a Nocturnal Sewing Machine

Hello there! Finally I've been getting some solid (late-night) sewing in, so I have something to update here!

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I just completed this dress this morning! I didn't use a pattern and pretty much winged it with a "cut-and-sew" approach. I was inspired by the Vogue pattern V8380, which I considered buying but dissuaded myself with the somewhat naive idea that I could draft something similar myself.

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It didn't work out exactly as I had envisioned, but I'm pleased with the final product, especially since I completed the entire dress in about four-five hours and "free-handed" a pattern.

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I used the rest of the fabric from this dress and lined it with muslin because I had it on hand. To make the casing for the ribbon, I made something like a very narrow facing which I stitched down to the bodice.

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I also made another Open Heart dress, this time using up the left over fabric from my Valentine's Day Dress. It has the same bodice as my Yellow Bow dress. I cut out the pieces a while ago, but I became frustrated with the project and stopped working on it. I decided to finish it and put an open heart at the back, this time bound with bias tape.

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Thank you for taking a look!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wild (Open) Heart Dress


I'm so happy to share my latest dress! Inspired by Addie Marie and her simple yet genius video tutorial, I was able to create a dress featuring a heart cut-out detail. I have always wanted a heart cut-out dress, and thanks to Addie Marie, I was able to make one for myself!



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Details:

Fabric: $2/yd clearance fabric, approximately 2 yards
Notions: 16" zipper, fusible interfacing
Construction details:
  • Bust darts and back darts
  • Bodice back is lined
  • Heart circumference and facing are interfaced
  • Heart is top-stitched
  • Exposed front zipper
  • Invisible hem
  • Seam finishes: French seams and pinked seam allowances
The pattern is my own; the bodice is based on my Yellow Bow Dress pattern and the skirt has a gathered A-line silhouette. I'm pleased with this prototype, but I will still be making adjustments.

Comments always appreciated!