Entries from April 30th, 2012

WIP: High-Low Hem Tank Dress

April 30, 2012

My personal style is changing rapidly. I don’t know if it’s age or circumstance or season, but I’ve gone from wearing mostly jeans to mostly dresses. They are a millions times more comfortable! How was I not aware of this before?

I’ve been looking at my Pinterest boards trying to draw inspiration. I wanted to pair these two dresses for a simple high-low hem tank dress.

I used the bodice of Simplicity 2497 and made it into it dress. After making all of the alterations and a quick muslin, I laid the pattern onto the fabric I wanted to use – a black and white ikat from B&J Fabrics. I was INCHES short and couldn’t bring myself to change the pattern at all.

But I’m glad that happened because it forced me to dig through my stash! I found a striped cotton that I prefer for this dress anyway.

I used my walking foot to help with the chevron alignment. The bodice sides and all of the center seams are about spot on.

It’s all done, so I just need to get pictures. YAY!

Finished: Darling Ranges Dress

April 26, 2012

She’s done. Finally.

Pattern: Megan Nielsen’s Darling Ranges Dress

Mods: A whole bunch. See here. I over-fit the bodice. That top button is strained.

Fabric: cotton/silk blend from Fabric Mart Fabrics. Underlined in organic cotton batiste from Fabric.com.

I love this dress. There are fit issues for sure, but it’s still really cute. I took my time with finishing and think it looks as nice inside as out. It took me a ridiculously long time to complete mostly because I put off steps that I thought would be hard. Like buttons. I have FEET for that! It’s automated! Soooo, I’m learning to dig in and not be afraid of basic techniques. It has to be done at some point, right?


I’ve been sewing up a storm, so I’ll see you folks SOON.


Odds & Ends

April 12, 2012

  • I’m never going to be a consistent blogger. I just feel like I need to say that. I’m an obsessive person, so I can do one thing, intensely, for a short amount of time. This week it was reading. Last week was cooking. A few weeks ago, sewing. I’ve been slowly working on my dress, but only because I finished the last Sookie Stackhouse book I had on hand (more are on their way!).
  • Aaaaand, that’s why I like Twitter. If you are interested in pictures of my stash, retweets from hilarious people and sporadic blog updates, follow me.
  • Binks turned two yesterday! And she has a new cousin, Tebbs the bulldog. I couldn’t resist sharing the cuteness. And the weirdness.
  • Ok! On to the sewing related stuff….
  • I’ve registered for the Sewing Summit! Last year was really fun and I only went for a day. This time I’ll be there all weekend, so let me know if any of you are going as well! I’d love to meet up. Last year I got to hang out with Lavender and Suriah, chit-chat with Sunni (who just announced she’s teaching this year!) and take classes with Gertie. Officially, the Summit is sold out, but there’s a waitlist just in case they release more tickets.
  • Last week there was a HUGE sale on Craftsy courses, so I finally bought a few of them – Sew Retro Perfect Bombshell Dress, The Couture Dress and Jean-ius! I’m going to watch some of the videos before I decide what to tackle first, but I’m leaning towards Gertie’s dress.
  • As you can see, my darling ranges dress is coming along. I think I’ll be able to finish it tomorrow. I’m already antsy for my next project, so I’ll post some ideas soon.


Alrighty, now I’m off to read all of your blogs.

WIP: The Darling Ranges Dress

April 6, 2012

That’s it. I’m making a sloper.

I’ve made five bodice muslins to get this dress to fit. It has nothing to do with Megan’s pattern and everything to do with my really weird upper body. The front is seriously almost an xl and the back is an xs. WTF?!?!

Here’s what I did:

  • lengthened the back strap pieces and shortened the front straps.
  • lengthened the front side pieces and shortened the back to balance out the above mods.
  • lengthened the bodice by 2″ (later took out 1.5″ from cb and 1″ from cf)
  • increased dart length and did an fba
  • raised the neckline 1″ (I’m going to lower it back down…)
  • created another dart for a better fit
  • shortened the skirt
  • probably did a few other things that I’m forgetting.

So here’s the bodice that I was fairly happy with until I attached to the skirt. Lengthening the bodice was unnecessary. It looks better shortened. I also need to end the darts sooner. Maybe 1/2″ each way?

Okay, this one is definitely too short, but you get the idea. I’ll probably add two inches to the skirt because right now there’s nothing to sit on. Whoops! I’m also going to bring the neckline back down an inch. I’m nothing if not immodest.

Aaaand, here’s the fabric:

A silk/cotton blend from Fabric Mart Fabrics that I’m going to underline with cotton batiste. I’m a bit worried about the stripes and lining everything up correctly, but if I do it right I think it’s going to look really nice.

Honestly, I’m a bit burned out on this pattern, so I may finish something else before I cut into this fashion fabric.

Your thoughts?


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