Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Completed Project: Poppy Dress

For the Fourth of July, I wanted to make a dress in festive colors, so here it is! (I debuted it on my style blog on Monday.)

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It's an update on this dress pattern:

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I'm really proud of this piece! It's a simple design, but I'm really happy with the finishing (which is one of the trickiest parts about sewing, in my opinion). I'm not sure what a more experienced seamstress would say, but I'm so proud to say that this garment has no exposed raw edges!

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Specifics:

  • Fabric: cotton or cotton mix
  • Lining: cream muslin (fully lined)
  • Elasticized waist
  • Neckline casings for tie (black sash is from a purchased dress)
 Thank you for looking :)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Pressed

As a sewing enthusiast, the one activity I've had to learn to enjoy about the art of sewing is ironing (or pressing). In addition to having an initial fear of the iron (I was accidentally burned by one when I was 4 years old), I always found the task inconvenient, especially in my limited sewing space. Having a full-sized ironing board was cumbersome, so I've been using a small "Cut 'n Press" board laid flat on my cutting table. While more convenient than a folding ironing board, the size was still a problem.

There is a happy ending to this story! I've had this idea of creating a larger version of this small pressing board, and with the help of my loving parents, it happened! Pictures won't be able to do it justice, but just believe me: I am thrilled.

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It's made of 32"x30" particle board covered with cotton batting, ironing-board cover fabric from Joann's, and canvas-like material from an old curtains. The fabric was stapled to the bottom of the particle board using a staple gun.

I haven't actually used it for pressing yet, but I'm hoping it will work as well as I expect!

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I'm actually looking forward to the next time I have press a dart or seam.