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!