I'm back from vacation! I haven't done any sewing, then again, I've only been back for like, 10 days. Seems like forever. Probably because I started working the day after I got back. Have to make up all that money I spent in Scotland! I've started going through my pictures, so those will be up eventually. You know, when I finish my vacation from over a year ago. Whatever. Anyway, I need to get back to sewing! I've just been slacking off. I'm also making some of my own camping gear for my camping trip to Seattle in August. I'm going a bit overboard. I'm going to have to do a lot of camping in the future :P
I finished this dress when there were still snow storms blowing through. It was my way to chase off winter. I was considering going outside on the first day of spring while it was snowing and take pictures of this dress outside, but I always feel silly taking pictures, which is why they are always taken in my room. That and it was cold...and snowing. Oh well, in my head they were awesome pictures.
Made out of a quilting cotton, I absolutely love the design of the birds. And so colourful! Anyway, it's a fun dress. Unlined and not too tight, which is all I ask for in a dress for summer, really. The belt helps cinch in the waist a bit, but then I can come home and just take the belt off and be super comfortable in it. And the contrast zipper was done on purpose :P
The pattern is Simplicity 1803. Easy pattern, no major fitting issues, POCKETS. I'd definitely make the pattern again or use it to frankenstein. Pretty versatile, basic sun dress. The pattern hides most of the design, it's a princess seam top with a notch and a gathered skirt. Just in case you were wondering :P
Get it? Does eat oats. It has deer on it and it is a blatant copy of the Deer&Doe Sureau pattern which I couldn't afford at the time and knew I could make myself. I was talking to a friend the other day and he when he asked if I had pictures of what I've been making, I was just like....no. I haven't taken any pictures or made posts in MONTHS. I don't know why. This dress was finished maybe in February? Something like that. Just not in the mood to take pictures I guess. I even took photos off a card in my camera that has pictures of dresses on it from last summer that I just never put up.
I almost didn't want to post this dress at all, I felt bad that I copied a design. But I had taken pictures, so I might as well put it up! Plus, I just bought a Deer&Doe pattern a while back (Bruyere) so I feel a bit better for supporting the company. I just read so many reviews of the Sureau pattern and it seemed like it would be one of those that I had to make so many changes on that I would end up, as I so often do, wondering why I didn't just draft the thing myself.
...So I did.
Made out of an Art Gallery quilting cotton that I just loved for some reason, even though I don't usually use cotton and the print doesn't really seem like my style. I saw it in a store and just really wanted it. Such a nice hand for a quilting cotton, Art Gallery makes some great fabrics. And in between making things out of fabric that I want to throw out a window, I've been doing easy dresses with cottons. Just for fun.
I made a bodice that fit better, it is still around somewhere, but decided that I wanted the dress to be loose and comfortable. Tunic-like and easy to wear. So I remade the top.
Novelty print sort of makes dresses look 'homemade' but I don't really care. I still like it. I'm quite happy with the dress and I've worn it a few times already. Lightweight cotton with sleeves is a nice for in-between seasons.
And it has pockets.
I took pictures of a few other dresses, but I'm heading to Scotland on Saturday, so it'll be a while before I post!
As we are in the midst of yet another blizzard here in the northeast US, I thought it an appropriate time to post this comfort-wear. A super soft, comfortable, oversized, and probably unflattering blanket coat. I'm totally in love with it.
The pattern is thanks to the amazing VeraVenus. She puts up some amazing free vintage patterns. Great source if you haven't visited her blog already.
I fell in love with the fabric when I saw it in the store and I bought everything they had. Which was 2 one yard segments. Blast. I knew exactly what kind of thing I wanted to make out of it and just prayed I had enough fabric for it. I found the free pattern on Sew Vera Venus when I was searching pinterest for jacket ideas. What luck!
This sweater jacket is basically the most comfortable thing I own. I don't even know how fabric can be this soft. But it is. And it is so warm and cozy and oversized and super fast to make. I serged all the edges (this fabric unraveled so bad!) and didn't hem or turn under anything except the pockets. Like I said, super fast. Totally works! If I need something to do while I'm snowed in, I might embroider a decorative blanket stitch around the edges. Might look cool! I used strips of faux leather to pipe the pockets.
My incarnation is also slightly shorter due to yardage restrictions. So glad I eeked it out though!
Hope everyone is surviving these never ending snow storms! I bought tickets to visit my sister in Texas at the end of the month. Just had too much of it!
And I want to semi-apologise for my total rant last post. Some things just infuriate me. Dodgy copied pattern still up for grabs if anyone wants it!
Pattern here --> http://veravenus.com/diy-things-to-make-tutorials-patterns/
That is a picture of a vintage pattern. What I received in the mail was a (poorly) copied cover and instructions, and traced outlines of the pieces. In pencil. Not even straight lines!! I'm so annoyed, I was SO excited about getting this pattern. I'm going to retrace the pattern because I need to adjust the size, but I'd be more than happy to send this copied pattern on to someone who wants it. Shipping on it is $2.45, if anyone wants it! It is a cool looking pattern. In some colour blocking and cool fabrics, it could look really modern. Or not ;) Whatever you want
[EDIT] Actually, I won't even charge shipping. It'll be like a lending library, I'll just send it to you and maybe you'll trace it and offer to send it to someone else. Get the vintage patterns out and about!
Not all were failures though, all these patterns arrived and are awesome
Back in April I went on my first solo vacation. I rented a car and, for two weeks, drove around the former Yugoslavia: Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro, visiting the homeland of my mother's family. I've heard my parents talk about when they visited Yugoslavia my entire life and it didn't disappoint. It was such an amazing place and amazing experience. The freedom of being alone AND having a car was fantastic, the world was open to me!
I've actually enjoyed taking so long to put up these posts. It is like reliving the experience all over again. The city of Zagreb, the waterfalls of Plitvice, Split and my familial homeland/island of Brac, the war scars of Mostar, and beautiful Dubrovnik, and so many other places. Even at the time, the beginning of the trip seemed worlds away by the end of it!
Traveling solo is an experience I think every traveler should have. There were times when I wished I was sharing a view with someone, or walking around a city with a friend, but doing it alone really was freeing. I won't say it is soul-confirming or anything like that, I spend plenty of time by myself regardless, but it still made for a new kind of trip. And I have such an odd job that I can never really expect people to have the same kind of time off that I do. While I'll prefer traveling with some of my travel buddies, traveling alone makes the world my oyster at any time, any place I want.
"If you are alone you belong entirely to yourself. If you are accompanied by even one companion you belong only half to yourself." - Da Vinci
The idea was to have this dress around Christmas, but that just didn't happen. After the work on the movie was over, I got sick and was basically not in a sewing mood for almost 2 weeks. I spent my time knitting instead. But then I started work on this. I have such a severe love-hate relationship with plaids. They are such a pain to make things out of, but I just love plaid so much. My love of plaid really knows no bounds.
I saw Colette's Dahlia pattern and thought it would be perfect for this fabric, so I ordered it. This is only my second indie pattern and my first Colette. I was SO excited when it came in the mail, the packaging and instruction booklet and everything was just SO stupid cute!!! Awesome job with that. I was thoroughly impressed. I only wish they didn't have that ugly grey version of the dress on the front. What's up with that? I didn't really use the instructions, but they looked really good.
Then I started reading all the reviews. Not terribly positive. The neckline is apparently a disaster and never lays flat. I began to wonder how anybody managed to make the thing work at all! I mean, raglan sleeves in a non-stretchy material....the physics of that just don't work right...Reviews can be a scary thing.
I tweaked and cut and taped the pattern apart beyond all recognition, but it probably ended up almost exactly the same as it started anyway. So it goes. And lining up plaids. Don't even get me started. I don't want to talk about it. It is like sewing the dress 4 times, if it is off a single woven thread, it looks terrible to me. Rip out and redo! You probably can't tell in the pictures, but my plaids line up perfectly ;)
The neckline isn't perfect. It still doesn't lay totally flat, but I used a facing instead of bias tape and I think the thickness of the seam and fabric have something to do with that. I'm still fascinated by how all the pictures for the pattern have flat necklines, but basically not a single project I've seen does! Then again, mine might have been flat too. I never tried the pattern before making changes on it.
I'm not totally thrilled with it, I have to say. I don't really know why. Which is annoying because I spent so much time on it. The neckline doesn't bother me too much, and it is easily changed (without taking apart the entire dress) if I feel the need to. I don't know, maybe the waist is too high up? I don't have any pictures of it, but when I raise my arms just a little, the entire dress comes up with them. It makes for an odd silhouette or something. Maybe the smaller skirt would have been better? Maybe I'm making it all up. Maybe it is fine :P
It is pretty comfortable after all. I think I'm getting better at fitting things. Isn't that nice? I just need to find a reason to wear it now, it's toasty warm and perfect for winter-as long as it doesn't go back down to -20F
I was going to take pictures of more projects today, but I realised my hair looks terrible. I may not be posting things, but I've been sewing and have a massive backlog of projects to put up-- I just don't feel like taking pictures. Winter makes me so lazy!
Wow. Waking up this morning and not having to go to work was so bizarre. The movie is over! This is the first time in weeks that I've actually been on my laptop. I haven't talked about the job much (too busy ...plus I didn't actually read my contract so I don't know what I'm allowed to talk about, lol), but it was my first movie experience --I usually work on commercials, for those that don't know. A long and exhausting 6 weeks of filming Bleed for This in Providence working as Miles Teller's assistant. Such a cool experience! He was a great guy and I'm excited to see where his career goes (and I can say, hey! I know him!). He is so dedicated to his craft and, espeically coming from commercials, it was great to actually see some acting. And being a cast assistant (lead actor, no less!) was really amazing, I was right in the middle of everything; I could go anywhere on set, see the filming and process up close, was able to meet and talk to basically everyone, was able to be much more independent in my job, and got the best parking spaces, ha!
It was a small film, but had some amazing actors: Miles, Aaron Eckhart, Ciaran Hinds (!!!), and Katey Segal. In case any of you care, Ciaran is basically the nicest, lovliest person I have ever met and is consequently now my favourite actor. I shall start rewatching Rome right now.
Anyway. When it comes out I'll let you know :) Longest 6 weeks of my life, lol. I think some good things will definitely come from it though! If not in my career, then in the fantastic people that I met while on it!
AND most importantly, I can sew again!!! And check out what I got for Christmas!
THAT'S RIGHT. COLLAPSIBLE SHOULDERS. I can't tell you how excited I am to use her! Eeee!!
Nice to be back in the world again. I think my body realised the film was finally over and just shut down on me. That usually happens with big projects though. I'll recover in a few days. I have the Dahlia pattern from Colette, some fantastic plaid, and a new dressform to use. It's all good.
Well, looks like I was right in thinking that everything was going to be put on hiatus while working on this movie! Thanksgiving was the first time since it started that I had more than one day off. Mingling with movie stars is interseting and all, but this movie business is exhausting! Only 3 more weeks, filming is half over! It has been an amazing experience though, much more interesting than commercials! But I'm missing the larger paychecks that came from commercials, lol. We all have our reasons.
Just saying I'm alive and I hope everyone had a lovely thanksgiving! I haven't had any time to sew, but I just traced out the new Colette pattern I ordered and maybe I'll be able to work on that piece by piece. I hate not having time to sew! I'm super impressed by their pattern packaging, I must say :) Super cute.
Well, I might be working on a movie in November and December, so I'm trying to get all the posts up and pictures taken that I can. For some reason, I see the starting of the film to be the cut off date for doing absolutely anything. Which will probably be the case. We will see! Finished this dress over a month ago. Probably getting too cold to wear it now. I'm still having difficultly transferring to winter sewing!
Welcome to my thought process! I saw this fabric in the store and contrary to my mother's opinion (who thought it was the ugliest fabric ever) I needed to have it. It just screamed 40's dress to me and it was so soft and flowy. I waded through my boxes of patterns to be inspired and eventually pulled out a vintage 30's pattern. I don't know why, because I ended up changing it beyond recognition. I liked it, but I wanted to make it a shirt-dress. And I didn't want the waist that high. And I didn't want those sleeves. And the pattern is about 6 sizes too big for me. And I was missing all of the skirt pieces. I should have just drafted a pattern myself! The only thing that really stayed with the collar (which I actually ended up changing as well) and the pleats on the shoulders. Then I saw this dress and decided I wanted that dress. So I took this vintage pattern, traced the pieces for the top, did a slash and lap method of making it a few sizes smaller, elongated the front waist seam, and made the waist bigger so that it would fit some pleats. Then I found a pattern with a 6 piece skirt, which I thought was the most appropriate vintage style and adjusted it to be a button up, which it wasn't. Then I drafted some sleeves, twice, because the ones in the pattern were too 30's for my 40's style dress. And then again because I couldn't move my arms enough.
And I absolutely LOVED the dress when it was finish. Still do, no past-tense about it, it is crazy comfortable. I wish I had one more button on the front, but I sifted through my pounds of buttons and couldn't find another one. Whatever, I have a slip to wear under it, so I'm not going to end up flashing anyone. And I don't care if the colour washes me out, I love it! 40's shirt-dress mission accomplished!
So, I won't even tell you how PISSED I was when I discovered this pattern from Butterick a couple weeks later, and though you might not be able to tell from the truly horrendous fabric they used, but it is basically the exact same dress. Damn. Great minds? Luckily, drafting up this pattern didn't really take me too long, and I want to think that I like it more because I did it on my own ;)
Anywho, pleats are topstitched, all the inside seams are finished, and I had just gotten back from wearing it out so I didn't press it or do my hair, lol. Sorry. You can tell my shame from my total lack of a picture with me looking at the camera.
I won't let such a beautiful vintage pattern go to waste though, someday I will make a proper recreation of it!
\\While writing about my thought process on this dress I remembered once in university when I was writing a paper about The Odyssey, and I came up with a vague outline for it. I started in on a 20 page paper and part way through my line of thinking evolved, just built on idea after idea, until the end paper didn't resemble anything like what I had originally planned, rewritten about 4 times as I had epiphany after epiphany. The concept for the end paper wasn't even in my remote conciousness, and I didn't really notice until the end. Some things about us never really change, do they? Just sit back and let it evolve.[\]