Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Laneway Dress V2: Pretty in Pink

Right after I finished my wearable muslin on the Laneway Dress from Jennifer Lauren Handmade, I started sewing my second version of this pattern. Did I mention that I really, really love this pattern? Jennifer has a keen eye on flattering garments with a vintage flair. Aside from the Laneway Dress I purchased the Gable Top a couple of months ago, to give knit fabric another chance. After a few projects that I just didn't wear (like this and others I never blogged about) and even fewer that I do wear (like these 2), I sort of have a love-hate relationship with knits. Yep, I love knitting and creating beautiful sweaters and the likes, but when it comes to sewing with knits... I just don't know... but with clear instructions from the Laneway Dress, I'm looking forward to sewing the Gable Top.

But let's get back to the Laneway Dress: I really love this pattern. After the muslin I wanted a plain version with a contrast collar and 2 buttons so all the beautiful details could be admired. And yet again: I loved it! Except for the poor fabric choice: the pink cotton shone a bit through, so I decided to underline it, but did a bad job at that. I wanted to wear it as soon as possible, so I rushed it a bit, thereby stretching both layers, with some bulk as a result. Luckily, it's not really that visible to the unpracticed eye ;-)

This time I shortened the waist with another cm (3/8 inch) and narrowed the shoulders by 1 cm (3/8 inch). On the muslin, I noticed the release pleats being a bit too high, so I also shortened them with 1 cm (3/5 inch). So the only real adaption I did to this pattern, was lowering the release pleats under the bust. The other adjustments (adjusting the waist placement and the center back) are changes that I always need to do, so those don't count.

I'll say it one more time: I love, love, LOVE this pattern! Onto the next one!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Akita Blouse #2

After I made Seamwork's Akita Blouse over a year ago, I knew I would make another version of it. It's just so simple and easy to make. Perfect for a quick and satisfying project.

Even though I said that I needed to define the waist next time, I didn't to it this time. I just like how this looks when tucked in a skirt or highwaisted trousers, so I didn't bother with that adjustment. The only thing I struggled with this time, was the biais I used for finishing the neckline. The color matched perfectly, but I should've gone for a smaller size. That way, the neckline would've been easier to sew, causing me less fidgeting and some words I shall not repeat.

Just like before: I love it and will make it again, when one of these two needs replacement.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

The Cyan Cocktail Dress

Today's post will be a short one. This dress is a true TNT-pattern (Tried and True): it's the 5th time that I've made it! So, if you're curious about the pattern, check it out here and here.

For my sister's wedding - one month after my own - I needed a new dress. 3 days before I decided I wanted to make it myself. To spare me the trouble of adapting a new pattern, I went with a classic for me. The Danielle Dress is classy and depending of the fabric it is perfect to wear to more formal occasions. I used fabric from my stash - stash-busting, anyone? - and purchased a matching zipper. 2 days later, this dress was ready! Oh, the joy of using a well-known pattern!

After that, I wore it to one other occasions: our National Holiday with a tribute to our veterans and people who are still in active duty. Really liked it and on both occasions I felt very classy, paired with a red purse and red shoes.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Laneway Dress - V1: Wearable Muslin

So, I know it has been a while since I blogged anything over here. I have been sewing lately, but no projects that I deemed succesful enough to put here. If you wonder what I have made, be sure to check out my Instagram of Facebook!

Aside from failed sewing projects, there are a few other reasons I didn't blog since January: I quit my job and started somewhere else, I had 3 (!) weddings to attend to in 1 month, including my own and my younger sister's. Those who got married will know that weddings take lots and lots of planning, especially those last few months. I wanted to make my very own paper flowers to decorate the room and fabric flowers to decorate the church. Oh, how I hated myself and those flowers! My dress was divine (check Instagram ) and I loved everything about my wedding. But I'm glad it's over and I'm able to focus back on sewing.

So far for the recap of the latest and greatest. Now, back to the stuff that matters! Last week, I finished the Laneway Dress from Jennifer Lauren Handmade. It is a classic A-line dress with an interesting collar that gives you a vintage vibe. I really loved the fit and how easily it came together. The only 'downside' to this pattern, was what fabric you needed to cut the pieces out. Every pattern piece just said 'fashion fabric' of 'interfacing',. But the collar was best made with a contrasting fashion fabric. Although a more experienced sewist might know this beforehand, I usually just do what the patterns tells me to do first time round. A small side note for a otherwise perfect pattern.

The pattern comes with different bust sizes (A - D). I really loved this, since I didn't have to do a FBA (full bust adjustment). I did have to shorten the back with 1 inch (2,5cm) - as usual - and I shortened the waist with 3/8 inch (1cm) - a little less than usual. I'm not sure if I brought the waist up enough. It looks good when I wear it, as you cannot see my tummy, but I'm used to the waist being on my natural waist, not 3/8 inch (1cm) to 5/8 inch (1,5cm) below it. Aside from that, I need to take in the shoulders 3/8 inch (1cm). But that's all I did when I adapted the pattern - which truly isn't much. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow.

I'll be making at least one more of this, perhaps even 2. This is a new TNT (Tried-and-True) pattern, I absolutely love the overall feel of it!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A very Tree Blouse

Because I simply didn't have time, it took me 2 weeks to blog about my latest make. The last part of my Vintage Pledge 2016 was finished on the very last day of the year: December 31!

The pattern has been lying around cut out and ready to go for a while, but my Birthday Dress and other projects that I have yet to blog about, has put this one on hold. I used Butterick 5015 in size 16 (bust 36 inches) and was planning on making view B. It looked a bit like a Polo and I thought it was more interesting than just a blouse. I ended up making view A with short sleeves because I forgot to follow the instructions for view B and ended up making view A. Because I didn't want to use my seamripper, I left it at that and am happy I did!

Thanks to the release pleats in the front and back, this blouse fits me perfectly. A few years ago I made 3 other blouses with the same or similar technique. And I have to admit: I fell in love all over again. This technique lets the fabric drape as it should around your body without all the hassle of normal pleats. Waaaaay easier with the same beautiful results. This technique was also used for the back, with it's advantages: you are able to move around without feeling restrained when you reach for something. Last but not least: there are some darts at the shoulders to give a proper shaping to the front and back

As far as alterations go: I didn't do any! Next time, I will take 1 cm (aprox. 3/8") at the highest point on the shoulders and shorten the back a bit. But yet again: Vintage patterns seem to be made especially for me! Very easy and satisfying to make. Even though I do like to adapt a pattern and make it my own, sometimes I get frustrated by the time it needs. Perfectionist Me and Impatient Me in a clinch :-)

Concluding: Even though I'm still in doubt with my fabric choice, I looooove this pattern!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Happy Birthday!

Or at least it was my birthday yesterday. Last weekend I cooked up a plan to make this dress from scratch by Thursday. No doubt I felt inspired by the all the dresses people made and shared on social media for Thanksgiving. Out here, we don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but I've been told that it's on the fourth Thursday on November.

I used Vintage McCall's 5893 for this dress. I already made the major changes last summer since I was originally planning on making it a late summer dress. The fabric hasn't been long in my stash: I bought it specifically with this dress in mind, something I rarely do. The finished dress is a bit too big, something that really bumped me, but nothing that wasn't solvable by a cleverly placed wide belt. The belt also covers the waistline that falls a bit too low. Well, that's my own fault for not making a proper muslin, but only a few on the bodice. At first, I didn't really liked the dress after I had finished it because of these 'mistakes'. It wasn't as flowy as I imagined and to loose around the waist. None the less: I have worn it 2 days straight, so I actually do really like it, a big part of that is on the fabric!

All the visible seams were finished with a French Seam. Because the outer fabric is really see through, this made for the nicest finish of the dress. The sleeves are finished with biaisbinding instead of facings as the pattern required. Yet again because of the sheerness of the fabric the original finishing didn't sound as a good idea. The bodice is interlined and the skirt is lined so the white fabric with golden dots can draw in all the attention.

The skirt on this pattern was originally a 3/4th skirt made of 5 panel pieces. Because the front of de envelope talks of a full skirt, I wrongfully assumed it would be a circle skirt or more. It really bummed me out because in my mind I had this nice, full and flowy dress in mind. With my petticoat underneath, it looked more like a hooped skirt and that was NOT a sight I wanted to see. Fortunatly I still had enough fabric left to make a circle skirt out of it. The original skirt won't be going to waist: this will become a nice spring/summer skirt as soon as I attache a waistband to it.

Oh and yes, this is my second make for my Vintage Pledge 2016. N° 3 is already on it's way: the muslin is already cut and ready to be sewn together.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Aberdeen PJ

Wow, I can not believe how time flew by. It has been 2,5 months since I last posted! So it's about time I get you all up to date on all the happenings.

These last few weeks we've been busy with the preparations for our wedding next year. The venue, catering, Church and town register have all been taken care of. Our Save-the-Dates went out about 4 weeks ago. So the more important things that needed to be taken care of well ahead of time, are done. Time for some relaxation.

Due to my fiancée's (hehe, I like that word!) occupation, we haven't had much time together, so whenever he is home, we're enjoying some us-time. Never underestimate the importance of investing in your relationship, no matter how long you've been together or how much time you (don't) have together.

So, besides these happenings, I have been able to squeeze in some sewing and some knitting. I needed a quick project, so I turned to Seamwork Magazine that never stops amazing me with it's wonderfully quick and easy projects. I normally do some standard adjustments, but so far I haven't needed to do that, mostly because of the use of knitted fabric instead of wovens like I'm used to. Hurray for fast and easy projects!

This time, I made the Aberdeen Batwing T-shirt. It wasn't my first time using knitted fabric nor was it my first time making a t-shirt, but it was the first time I made a V-neck t-shirt. I've found the instructions as straightforward as ever en easily to follow. The only mistake I made, was following the normal measurements instead of the finished measurements. This pattern needs it's ease, but after making it, I think it is a bit too much ease for me. A size smaller would work just fine with a nicer result. 

However, I have been wearing this as my PJ's ever since it came out under my sewing machine. Perhaps not the way I envisioned this t-shirt when I started it, but as soon as I had put it on, I knew this was destined for cosy nights, because it was a bit bigger than expected and the fabric is just soooooo incredibly soft!