June 26, 2007
I'm working on a new dress, and got the muslin for it cut out last night and sewed together tonight. I'm not taking any chances with the fit of this one, since there's a sheer fabric involved.
This is the sketch I made of what it should look like, though some of the detail got lost in scanning. The sheer is a bit pleated, so I'm thinking of doing the pleats at the top of the skirt and then letting it naturally flow out from there. And also to connect the empire waist (based off a shirt I saw and liked that had a slit down to the empire waist with a layer underneath), I'd like to take advantage of the pleats and do a section with those running horizontally between the empire waist and the skirt. (I know, horizontal pleats, but it'll look slimmer than it sounds due to the tie-dye print on it running vertically.) I'll probably have to stitch the pleats down, so this is going to be a very time-consuming dress. But if it turns out the way I'm picturing, the results should be worth it.
So here's my muslin so far, basing this off of a Butterick pattern. This muslin is actually for the underdress, which is going to be made from a brown rayon (the sheer is a brown, cream and teal tie-dyed looking thing.) I need to make some adjustments to the fit, which will probably consist of taking it in on the sides and then seeing if the armholes and back stop gapping. Should also have the effect of making it more fitted in the waist, because for this design to work it does need to be rather fitted down to the hips. I also need to raise the neckline by about a seam allowance-- I like where it's sitting now all right, but once it's actually sewn into something it'll be too low. The length will be shorter as well-- I already adjusted the floor-length pattern along the lines to shorten it on the pattern, but I think the final length will be just below the knee. As far as the layers go, I think what I'm going to do is sew them together at the armholes, empire waist, and zipper, so my plan is to get the muslin well-fitted (the muslin has a zipper basted in, purely for accuracy purposes) and, once I'm satisfied with how it fits on me, leave the muslin on the dummy and drape the sheer off of that (in order to get the print to work, I think I'm going to have to carefully plan where to cut it, since it's kind of a stripe.) Then once I have the sheer pieces how I want them (with the pleats in), I'm going to use the muslin to cut out the underlayer, and take it from there.
This dress is going to have to wait for further work until mid-July, when I get back from vacation, but I'm hoping to have it done while it's still warm enough to wear it!
June 17, 2007
At the request of sewjenny over at Wardrobe Refashion, trying to work this part into a quasi-tutorial.
....and voila! New black shrug. It did end up stretching just a bit on the bottom of the back, despite my precautions, but hopefully over my dresses it won't be too terribly noticable.
Edit: Surprisingly, I made a second shrug today.
Stylewise, it's a lot like the black one, but since this one was made from a woven it took me a little more time to get the front shaping. I had to take in at the sides and the darts (the dress came with the darts. I do have to say, it feels good to know I was taking in something marked as a size 4!!) This is it when I was pinning out the shape for the front, after trying it on with the dress I'm planning on wearing it with (though, by no means does that preclude it from being used elsewhere!) to make sure it worked with the V-neckline.
I also had to finish the edge differently-- the original dress had a neck facing that, when I took out the zipper in the back, didn't quite meet up in the middle. So I took it out, zig-zagged the raw edge and then just stitched it down. Not the best finishing job, but figuring out a pattern for the lining would have severely complicated things, especially since I likely would have had to pick out the hem on the sleeves (which I didn't have to touch at all here) and then re-hem it.
And then this is a close-up of the trim, which was left over from this skirt.
June 16, 2007
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June 1, 2007
So I've been working a bit on my Chile photo album, since I'd like to get that done before the road trip. I have discovered that I do need to develop a few more photos-- one of my favorite ones got lost, and there's another that one of the other people took that I'd like to get. I was due for a photo development anyway, so I'll have to sit down and get that order taken care of soon. Honestly, I'm not totally pleased with the look of this scrapbook either, but I'm hoping when I can go back and add finishing details it'll help. Right now it's just basic layouts.
I also started a refashion last night, since I want a short and simple project before I get into the Very Complicated Dress I'm envisioning. Right now it's just pinned on the dummy, but I was playing around...
The original was just a plain souvenier T-shirt from NYC's Central Park (the Strawberry Fields section, which I got because I'm a Beatles freak.) Then it got turned into this:
Taken back before I had the dummy. :P Cute in theory-- the straps are made from layered ribbon, of which the top layer is white with strawberries on it. But the straps ended up being rather uncomfortable to actually wear, not to mention the tank is shorter than I'd like. So I took the ribbon off, and took an old green t-shirt courtesy of my mom, and am now playing with a couple things.
The sleeves are just pinned in place right now, and the rest of the top will likely be edged with more of the green. I took the sleeves, flipped them around, added some elastic in the already-made casing that was the sleeve hems to help hold it in place, and I need to figure out what else to do with the back. It's likely that I'll just make a binding around the armholes as well. As for making it longer, these are the two ideas I'm playing with. The one to the right was my original idea of just extending the bottom with a band of green. The one to the left is expansion through cutting, sewing in a band of green, and then adding the white back on. I think I sort of like that better right now, though it looked better the first time I tried that before I pinned it to take the pics.