Monday, May 27, 2013

The Wedding Guest Dress

The Boyfriend's sister got married in Mexico at the end of October and I decided to make my dress to wear to the wedding.  I chose Simplicity 1873 because it was vintage-y and looked pretty simple to construct.  The bride instructed me to only wear certain colors, but I ended up in none of the pictures so it didn't matter either way.  I didn't follow her color instructions, so maybe that's why I wasn't in the photos.  Hahah.  

I chose a vintage cotton blend for the self and a cotton broadcloth for the lining.  I chose to fully line the dress.  I fit the bodice one evening a few days before the wedding and made a few changes.  I had to do a sloping shoulder adjustment, but I forgot to lower the armhole so it is a little snug.  I am super proud of matching the print at the CB.  I only noticed the front hiking after I took these photos!  I know what to fix if I ever make this again.

Look at my pretty hem.  I serged the edge and catchstitched it.  The lining was 3-thread overlocked with a very large SPI so it looks like a satin stitch.

Overall, I'm happy with the dress.  It was freakin' hot in Mexico, and the dress was sweaty, but hopefully I'll never have to wear it in humid weather again.  I need to find a way to style this dress so I can wear it to work.  Suggestions?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I Owe You a Post: New Look 6130

Hi Everyone!

I can't believe how long it has been since I've posted on here.   I moved 2 days after my last entry in January and it's been a little hectic around here since then.  The Boyfriend, Pearl, and I moved into a cute 2 bedroom apartment closer to both of our jobs.  I have a dedicated sewing room, but it took me 2 months to get my life together and set up the room!  One day, when it is cleaner, I'll take some pictures. I haven't sewn all that much, but I have some projects from last fall that I'm going to post.  I'm so tired after work and on the weekends I like to spend my time with the Boyfriend because our work schedules are out of sync and I never see him in the evenings when I get home.  He keeps encouraging me to start blogging again so here I am.

Okay, so my last sewing related post was about NL 6130.  And here's what I made:

I seriously can't remember much about the construction of this top.  The fabric is a poly. crepe that was a pain to cut and sew.  I'm fairly happy with the fit though.  I did some contouring to get a closer fit.  The invisible zip was pretty darn easy to insert and the hem took a very long time to do, but I am very pleased with my baby hem.

Not sure if I would make this again, maybe in a ponte knit and I would change the neckline and the peplum style.  I did get a few unsolicited compliments at work though.  One from my boss who is an expert patternmaker, seamstress, and fit specialist.

In spite of my lack of blogging, thanks to my new followers:

Sarah C

Also, I had my blog anniversary about a month ago.  I've been blogging for 3 years.  That is a long time!

I'll post a giveaway soon (I promise this time!!!).