Monday, April 27, 2009

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Well, looky looky....

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Make that Derby DRESSES!!!

Soo... I've been having 'refashion-envy' of my girl Antoinette since I found her blog... and being so inspired, I decided to try my hand at it this morning.

Now, for any of you familiar with the CleverGirl, you will know that what I have done is little more than child's play... But, I am rather proud of myself, thank you very much!

I took this mumu that I thought had a very nice print and decided to make a strapless summer dress.

It was super simple, since all it really took was cutting off the sleeves and shoulders then adding a simple encased elastic around the top.

I think it came out pretty cute... for an hour's work anyway.
Cute enough to wear to the second day of Derby I think...


Edit:.... I just added a review on

Friday, April 10, 2009

99.873% Finished!

Here she iiiisssss.....

.... I spent yesterday evening fitting the dress (...taking it in almost 2" in the hips!!) to give it a nice streamlined look... Now I just have to finish the inside.... I have a friend with a serger and I'm going to take it to her to get it as pretty on the inside as it is on the out!!


Sunday, April 5, 2009

You know what they say about 'the best laid plans..'


I decided to do pleats on the neck line of the s2925 this time... I wanted a more streamlined look than it had on the first version...
I took the neckline of a store bought shirt I got a few months ago and just kind of played around until I got the look I wanted and the dimensions I needed...
I think it worked out pretty well.

And I can proudly show off my 2nd successful invisible zipper installation...

Plus! The hem is coming together swimmingly on the s2925...
...lets just hope that my sides match as well as my two back pieces.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

I love it when a plan comes together!

So, I had this bright idea for saving time when cutting out the eyelet fabric and the underlining for the S2925 dress (....It's a little play on lsaspacey's tip about fusing the interfacing to the fabric BEFORE cutting the pattern pieces.)
I figured if I could adhere the eyelet fabric to the underlining before I cut it, I would save myself a lot of time. And it would save my having to sew 4 layers of fabric together (eyelet+lining+lining+fabric.) Instead, I would only have to wrangle 2 (eyelet/lining+eyelet/lining.)
Hence, I went on a hunt looking for air soluble fabric adhesive... of course, since I was actually LOOKING for it, I couldn't find it anywhere! But, I did luck up at the City Quilter where they had 505 Spray and Fix adhesive on sale... ... Its not air soluble, but that's probably better since I am notorious for my 'green light!/red light!!' sewing pace.

The trickiest part was figuring out how best to actually apply the two fabrics together... but I figured it out and it worked just like I like a charm!!!Now that I had both pieces stuck together, cutting out the pattern pieces was a snap.
I didn't.... exactly... obey the whole 'cut with the grain' technique on this one, because I wanted to take advantage of the scalloped edge along the selvage of the fabric as a natural hem.
Lucky for me, the fabric was JUST wide enough to fit the lengthwise pattern piece... SCORE!!

I took a break after that project to find my camera, that fell of the table at one point in the morning... AND DISAPPEARED!!.... Two hours later!! I found it.... UNDER the table, BESIDE the curtains, BEHIND the vase... I mean... REALLY?!?!..... now my head is out of the game... so I'm going to watch last week's 'Castle' and chill for a little while....