Entries from August 6th, 2012

Gretel Braids + Ikat Dress

August 6, 2012

You talked me into it. I need a lot of hairspray, but this braiding thing is kind of fun! If I’m completely honest though, next time I leave the house in this dress it will be paired with Chacos and a messy pony. That’s just who I am.

I started this dress when I was still in Utah and had to set it aside when we started packing. I fully intended to rip out that waistband and cut a new one once I was settled. It’s not centered and there’s more black on one side than the other. I had already hand-sewed the waistband facing in and installed the zipper. I decided it wasn’t worth it and pressed on. From the photos I don’t think you can really tell. And if you can, you would probably be too polite to say anything to my face. There’s nothing too exciting inside. Just some serging and an excessive amount of edgestitching. My usual.

Fabric: B&J ikat. It’s an epidemic

Pattern: Simplicity 2497 by Cynthia Rowley

Mods: Size 8 top, size 10 waistband. Because I had a limited amount of fabric (maybe 1.5 yards? I don’t remember), I cut two rectangles with what I had for the skirt. I think the proportions would look better if it was longer. In fact, the maxi dress version would be super cute. I think I also raised the neckline a bit.

Whew! It feels good to finish one of my WIP’s.

Technical Difficulties / Some Plans

August 3, 2012

I ‘misplaced’ my camera battery charger during the move and it’s been hell trying to find a new one. Kind of ridiculous. So FO photo shoots have been delayed which makes me sad because I have some good stuff lined up!

In the meantime here’s what I have planned for early fall:

1. 100% Tussah silk given to me by my grandmother – I’m sure she bought it in Europe like 40 years ago. It’s beautiful. I love the color and it’s slubby texture. I’m going to make a slouchy, short-sleeve, top-down v-neck with a high-low hem. Ok, that last part is a maybe. I just finished the gauge swatch (!!!), so I’ll start on the top soon.

2. Cotton chambray for Grainline’s Maritime Shorts with the curved hem modification.

3. Cotton gauze with which I will be knocking off Wiksten’s super cute midi-length tank dress (first photo). I would wear that everyday.

I’m finding a lot of gaps in my closet. Loose dresses, slouchy tops and shorts are all that I want to wear. I’ll slowly build on that and add some cold weather pieces, too. I have a few really great coatings in my stash and I’d love to use at least one of them this year.

With a new place also comes the desire to nest. I’ve been hunting on Etsy for throw pillows and lamps. Trunks and treasures. Some things are reasonable, but I started balking at the prices of pillows. I wallowed for about five minutes, then remembered that I can sew. YAY. So in the next couple of weeks I’m going to make pillows out of this and this. And if extra ikat ends up in my shopping cart, so be it.

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