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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Infinity + maxi + jewel toned dress = <3 on: October 07, 2008 04:56:30 PM
Yayyy I finally completed the infamous infinity dress! I made mine in a maxi version with a straight skirt instead of circle because I wanted a more casual look.

I'm a total beginner when it comes to sewing - this is my 3rd project and my first attempt at working with knit fabric. I must admit that I was being overambitious trying to deviate from the original pattern, attach a waistband, AND gather a skirt on my maiden attempt to work with four way stretch (while cursing myself X number of times in the process), but overall I'm pleased with the outcome and I learned so much!

Its definitely not perfect - the waist is kinda loose and the waistband is wonky (but both problems are solved when straps are tied around the waist Wink ). The side seams also aren't the straightest, but thankfully the fabric is very forgiving!

Please ignore the mess, I'm trying to draft a pattern for a new project! Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Instant Gratification! AA Fine Jersey T Dress knockoff on: October 06, 2008 04:54:30 PM
Okay so I know that there are probably a million others who have made this dress because its so simple, but I just had to post it because I'm proud to say that this is my first (not including my in-progress maxi version of the infinity dress) self-drafted and knit fabric project. Heck, its also my first completed project! My 99% completed Burdastyle Marie skirt didn't quite make the "I want to finish it" cut.

AA version

My version

I used a $1.99/yd rayon jersey fabric from a local fabric store. It took about an hour or less to draft, cut and sew the dress, so I'm pretty happy with myself for now Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My first ever sewing project! on: September 29, 2008 06:34:23 PM
Hi all, been lurking around here forever. I've wanted to learn sewing since forever, so I finally took the plunge. This past year has been spent reading sewing books and lurking on Craftster as well as other sewing blogs  Grin

My first project is Burdastyle's Marie skirt. I made sooo many mistakes along the way! I had to redo each and every seam probably about 3 times before it was to my satisfaction. Its still not perfect - the waistband is a little kooky; and the insides are a mess (but hey, its not like anyone can see it!).

I altered the pattern to shorten it by about 5 inches (REally proud of myself for that!), but forgot to widen the hem facing, so now I'll need to redraft and cut another set!  Angry I will update this post when the skirt is completed. I just had to post it up now to keep myself motivated...a skirt that takes an expert sewer less than 5 hours takes me more than a week to do  Roll Eyes

Flaws aside, I'm pretty proud of what I did. It was supposed to be a muslin, but I'm surprised its turned out pretty wearable Smiley I used $1.99/yd rayon blend suiting fabric which is matte in real life, but looks shiny with the camera flash.

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