Saturday, January 29, 2011

Finally...Simplicity 6459!

You know what my least favorite part of having a blog is?  Taking pictures.  I mean, I love having records of things I've made, but I'm not a very good photographer and usually when I want to take pictures no one is available to help me.  I don't have a tripod, so I usually end up using my music stand and it just doesn't work very well.  On that note I apologize for the quality of the pictures.  I eventually gave up on getting good ones of myself and just slapped the dress on Matilda!

I actually a lot of trouble with this dress.  The pattern is vintage and while the basic pieces came together easily enough, I've never made something so fitted before.  I think I should have made a swayback adjustment but I can't really tell if I need it or not.  I ended up taking in the back darts a lot, and I also had to take in the sides.  I really need to learn how to make a muslin properly.  I made one, but I didn't use it to make many adjustments.  I think that would've solved a lot of my problems!  Any suggestions on making changes to muslins?

I like this dress a lot but I'm not sure how much use I'll get out of it.  Like I said, I usually don't wear wiggle dresses...I'm much more comfortable with dirndl and full skirted styles.  It's also not too easy to bend over or sit in!  

On a completely different note, I need to do a quick pants rant.  Why are low-rise jeans still on the market?  Most of my jeans are low-rise and I can't understand why I put up with it for so long!  I'm happy with my figure, but those pants just make me feel like my behind and tummy are all over the place!  I have two pairs that hit where I like them to, about an inch below my belly button.  My long-term goal is to get rid of all low-rise pants that make me feel unattractive and replace them with me-made trousers and jeans that rise higher and keep all my lady parts in place!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Wearable Fabric?

Is this fabric too crazy/strange/ugly for a simple elastic waist skirt?

My boyfriend's parents' neighbor heard that I sew and she sent over this and some other flowery fabric.  The underside has a sheen and it looks like silk, and the selvage says "An Original Screen Print--Bloomcraft."  There's just over one yard.  Part of me thinks it's cool and different, and another part of me thinks it's too out there and not my style.

I think part of the problem is that I would have no idea how to style a skirt like this.  Black top and tights?  Brown?  I have no idea!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Simplicity 6459 Update

Well, it's been another crazy week.  I'm so so glad we don't have class today--thanks, MLK!

Here's my progress on the vintage Simplicity dress.  I'm not totally happy with it yet--I need to lower the armholes a little, one side is tighter in the hips than the other, and it gapes at the lower back.  I also didn't use an invisible zipper like I normally do because I couldn't find one that matched, and I'm a stickler for matching!  However, I love the tie and I think the fabric is perfect.  I'm planning on finishing the hem with the JoAnn's off-white cotton lace pictured.  I need to finish it so I can get to work on a dress that I promised a friend!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Vintage Simplicity Muslin

Here's my quick muslin for Vintage Simplicity 6459.  I actually made it about a week ago but then I had to get back to school and in the craziness of the first week, I haven't even had a chance to unpack my sewing stuff yet!  

I made view 1.  I ended up taking 5" off the bottom, about 2" off the sides, and about 1.5" off the armholes because I made it sleeveless.  I love the way the collar folds over the zipper on the back and the tie lies really well.  I have all my pieces cut out for the actual dress, so I'm off to work on that now.  Finished pictures to come soon (hopefully)!