Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mad Men Challenge Finished

As you all know by now, I entered the Mad Men Challenge. I always adored Joan's green dress, but due to lack of time (moving and such), I decided to sew an other dress. One wich I already made twice and knew would fit. That saved me some time that I didn't have at that moment.
To be honest: the challenge wasn't the only reason to sew this dress. Moving made me realise that I don't have enough dresses and skirts. Time to change that. Aside from that, I also wanted some dresses I could wear with my petticoats. Because I did have petticoats, but no dresses to wear them with. It's my own fault: I shouldn't have donated the dresses I thought I didn't wear anymore. Because as it turns out: I do now! Oh well, just another excuse to sew :)
Back to the dress for the challenge. I used V8766 again, like I did for these two dresses. I really like the pattern: it's not hard and comes together easily. Ideal for a project like this. I kept the alterations i made before, but removed an extra 3cm on both sides of the center back; running to 0 just across the hip-line. Before I made these changes, it looked like my back was swimming in my dress, and I didn't really like that.

This time I omitted the lining, but underlined the buste because of the sheerness of the fabric. I didn't do this for the skirt because it's meant to be worn with petticoats.

There were a few pictures of Mad Men that contibuted to the inspiration for the dress. These next two are the most important ones. On the picture of the finished dress, it's not very visible, but the dress has a gold shine, quiet simular to this dress. I got my inspiration for the cut of the dress from the left dress and the flower motif from the right dress of this picture.

Pattern inspiration: left dress
Flower inspiration: right dress

Color inspiration


Friday, April 19, 2013

Clever Links: April 19, 2013

With moving into our appartment, getting used to my own household and the Mad Men Challenge, it's been a while since I kept you up-to-date about what you can find on the internet. It's about time that changed!

For starters, there is this really amazing tutorial from C&C. I have no doubt you can relate with the following: You're shopping for a new pair of pants and while fitting, everything fits perfectly. Everything, except one thing: you can barely close it! The waistband isn't wide enough or doensn't flex enough! In the future, this won't be a problem anymore, as long as you follow Cotton&Curls' instructions!

Tailer's Knot
Portia from Miss P. has a simple and really useful tip for finishing darts. If you're like me, you usually just snip the ends of and leave it like that, with the risk of unraveling the dart(s). From now on, you'll never do that again, because you've read Portia's tutorial and don't know how you never came up with this idea!

V-neck with facings
Lastly I've got a tip on how to sew that tip of your V-neck like a pro. The Fashion Incubator shows you 2 ways to do this. Don't hesitate, read and sew!
Miss P.
Fashion Incubator

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Yesssssss! Finally the time is near for moving-day! Just one more week and I'll be hoaling boxes and furniture. To prepare myself, I've been putting all of my stuff in boxes. Yesterday was - sadly enough - the day I put all of my sewing equipment in boxes. And by all, I mean everything: fabric, vlieseline, sashes, needles, ... There was no escaping it. This means that I won't be able to compete with the Mad Men Challenge. The time limit is april 17 and that is just after our moving-day. Since I don't feel like sewing like a lunatic to get everything done in time for the Mad Men Challenge, I won't be in time to enter the contest. However, I'll still sew the dress, after I did some domestic sewing.

The first thing on my To-Do-list are some pillowcases for our table chairs. I already drafted the pattern and cut out the muslin. All I have to do, as soon as we've moved, is to sew the muslin, see if it fits and make a couple more.

Moving-day is also the reason why it's been so quiet on the blog. Because moving is all I can think about at the moment - I even get distracted at work everytime I hear the movingdate - I've been neglecting knitting, sewing and blogging. It's about time that we get this show on the road so I can start focussing on the normal, everyday things of life, instead of planning!
But untill that day, I just have one more thing to say: Happy Easter to you all! Enjoy those (chocolate) eggs!  :-)