Thursday, February 19, 2009

It CAME!!!!

I ordered a vintage 50s dress pattern from ebay last week, and was anxious to get it. It came on Friday (last week, yes I do procrastinate! :D). Somehow, I managed to talk my Grandma into taking me to Hobby Lobby to get some fabric!! She is always dressed nicely, and picks out good clothes, usually! :o) I learned one very important thing, do NOT ask the fabric cutting lady what she thinks of your fabric! ;) For some reason, I asked, and she said, "Well, I guess it's a matter of taste." Ughhh!!! It's pink, and it is pretty bright, but it's not any different than wearing a red dress. And I can wear a sweater over it when it's done. The fabric has some cream and black swirls. I got some really cute cream buttons to match, and can probably wear a black belt with it. Anyways, the pattern (which I copied on to tissue paper) said to do bound buttonholes, or to hand sew them later. So, I decided to do bound buttonholes, which are working out pretty well. I still have to do like 10 more, so I'll let you know. I did have some fitting issues. The pattern was supposed to be to small in the bust, but it was too big. I had to do a major adjustmant of the darts. After that, I was excited because it looked pretty good. I stitched the back to the front and it fit at the top, but didn't fit at the waist by like 4"!!!! That was really frustrating! I ended up taking the back darts out, and adding triangular shaped pieces to the side seam. I don't think they are very noticeable. I might have enough room to put smaller darts in the back though. The skirt is pleated, versus gathered, which makes me pretty happy, since pleating doesn't poof straight out as much. It also has a pocket!!! I LOVE pockets! I can't wait until it's done, it is definetly the hardest thing I've ever sewn. It's good experience though!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Peasant Blouse

So I stil haven't uploaded pictures (or even taken the pics for that matter) of the paper cuts that I did, but did manage to draft a pattern for a peasant shirt and sew it. It needed a little something else, so I decided to add a shiny bow/belt. The neckline is suppossed to be round, but it turned out kind of square which is okay with me. It looks better on me in person! These pics kind of make me look like a sack of potatos. And yes, those are my paint pants. We are trying to get a bunch of rooms painted. The tutorial for making your own pattern is here: It's a pdf. There is some questionable language in it, nothing too terribly bad I don't think, just words that I wouldn't say. Let me know what you think!
P.S. I need to remember not to tie the belt too tight, as it's hard to breath with it too tight! :D