Saturday, June 26, 2010

What makes us want to make something? Is it a walk through a department store and something beautiful catches your eye? That's what happened to me one day walking through Nordstrom. And there it was a beautiful sunny sundress. I had to touch it, feel it, see how it all came together. I even tried it on and it hit me, I can make that! Joann's has a linen in that exact color and I have an old newlook pattern #6457 that is almost that exact design. A couple weeks later the final product was ready to wear.   
Where ever it comes from and however you get started, it's magical sometimes how it turns into something special and uniquely your own. It's a great feeling to think "I made that." But how it all begins is with inspiration.

My inspiration dress by Shoshanna

Pattern Description: Women's Sundress

Pattern Sizing:Size 12 - 10

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes. The end product was even better.

Were the instructions easy to follow?Very easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I really liked the simple lines of this pattern. It went together very nicely. The inspiration dress was from the designer Shoshanna. That dress was fully interfaced at the bodice with a fusible knit facing. So I added the bodice facing to my dress.I also chose to line the entire dress and created a deeper hem. It gave the dress a vintage vibe. I didn't like the way the band at the top of the bodice came together. But after working with it, it came together very nicely.

Fabric Used:The fabric is a gold linen blend from JoAnn's.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:Because I'm petite I had to shorten it as usual. I used the size 12 bodice with the size 10 skirt. The fit was perfect even with out making a muslin first.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Most defiantly. I'd highly recommend it to anyone of any sewing level.

Conclusion I didn't use a muslin but I did make this dress before. It wasn't interfaced in the bodice but it was a cute blue cotton floral print. Also the hem was a 5/8 inch turn under and it turned out great!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Too Pretty for a Pig Roast!

This past weekend some good friends of mine hosted a pig roast. Now for many of you who have visited Hawaii this isn't any big deal but for me, I was so excited. Almost as excited as when Project Run Way returned to New York, excited. I know it sounds silly but I was thrilled. Of course once the event got closer I had to consider what to wear. My cowboy boots and a white ruffled skirt with a white jeans jacket? No time to find all that white. Or maybe the really cute fuchsia cotton ruffled neck blouse I just made? Well as the day came upon me I realized something, what if the pig roast was a big messy affair? They are awfully fatty. So I did what was needed put my latest creation on my mannequin until my next occasion of a higher caliber arrives. Wait I'm hosting a brunch soon, sounds like my blouse maybe best for my brunch.