First, the big news: my jeans muslin is finally starting to work! After literally hours of stitching and ripping out and adding fabric and whatnot over the past several days, the crotch is starting to fit like something I could actually wear in public. The turning point was in the last chat for class yesterday, when Jennifer mentioned that if we had a pair of well-fitting jeans, we could look at those and use it for a guideline. And I actually do have one pair that fits the bill...
Fortunately for me, these jeans are also made out of non-stretch denim, which is what I'm making my muslin for. I've learned over the years that even 2% lycra means I'll inevitably need a belt by lunchtime to stop the gapping. So I took a ton of measurements on both these and my muslin to compare the two, and finally ended up with this:
bracelets for Wendy, and when I ran out of beads for that, I did some necklace repairs that have needed to get done for awhile. (The blue one needed to be restrung because the tigertail had stretched out and it was looking bad, the grey one had to be restrung because the tigertail actually broke, and all the small chain necklace needed was a new clasp. Talk about lazy on my part!)
And I was so happy with how the muslin turned out (and didn't want to mess with it any more until I saw what the instructor had to say), so I did a small refashion this afternoon.
I found this dress a couple of weeks ago at Buffalo Exchange, and completely couldn't resist it. But there was one major issue with it, at least for me--the strapless bit. It's not that the dress wouldn't stay up...I was actually surprised at how well it stayed. (It's that super-smocked type fabric on top.) But I was a bit nervous about actually wearing a smocky tube-top style dress out in public, because the thing is, I'm clumsy. I'm constantly dropping things or knocking them over, I somehow managed to maul the back of my leg last week while shaving (I think I must have scratched it beforehand and didn't notice) to the point where it's probably going to leave a scar, and back when I was in grad school, I managed to break my toe by walking. (Granted, I probably fractured it the night before when I kicked it into my bed, but I swear it didn't fully snap until the next day when I was walking across campus.) The point of this little ramble is, knowing me, I would probably do something like step on the hem of the skirt and yank the whole thing down in a very public location. And I don't particularly feel like flashing people, so this needed to get remedied!
personal style "research" I did earlier this year, I can safely say that this dress pretty much epitomizes everything I like about the Boho style, while avoiding all of the things about it that annoy me. It's flowy, it's comfy, but it doesn't make me look like I'm wearing a maternity sack. Plus it has great embroidery on the skirt. And it's tie-dyed. And somehow, even though I usually avoid wearing shades of red because I'm a quasi-natural redhead, the colors look really great on me! I think the red is just burgundy/plummy/brownish enough to not clash with my hair. And I think the fact that I'm so pale actually helps it. Which is good, because I pretty much have to bathe in sunscreen to avoid getting burned, so no tanning for me! So I'm excited that I can actually wear this dress!
I also spent a good chunk of Saturday and Sunday working on this shirt. I'm kind of nervous that it's not going to fit me right-- I enlarged the bodice, but I'm thinking I may not have done enough. I guess I'll have to see once I get it all sewn together. No pics of this one yet.
And hey, look, the header of my blog doesn't clash with the background anymore! Maybe someday I'll actually put pictures there that's relevant to crafty stuff, but the water is good for now. And I did take the picture that I manipulated that from, so that counts as creative, right?