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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Another retro whirlaway dress (so much fun to make) on: August 23, 2008 04:40:43 PM
I fell in love with this dress when I saw it on craftster and my sister and I both bought the pattern at JoAnn's pattern sale a while back.  I had bought the damask to make curtains a long time ago, but it wasn't exactly what I thought it was when I bought it (dangers of buying fabric online).  The black stuff came into my possession last spring, and the two went together perfectly to make the dress, which I wore to a wedding last weekend.  I got a few compliments, though I knew every little mistake in it.  The neckline looks a bit wonky in the pics.  It looked great on the floor, but not quite so perfect when I put it on.  Anyway, I like the fabrics Smiley

Thanks for looking Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / blue and white tie neck blouse on: June 29, 2008 10:39:21 AM
Hey everybody,
I made this blouse last week.  I like the tie neck look, but this turned out a little big.  I'm hoping if I pair it with a slim skirt or pants it'll look ok.  Or, I can always use it if I ever get preggers.  I used Butterick B4293view D with view B sleeves.  I made it out of a nice cotton but next time I may go down a size and use a fabric that drapes better, maybe a silk or a light satin. 
A question, does anyone else find that when they use the size of pattern that their measurements dictate that the garment turns out a bit too big?  Just curious.
This pattern was really easy to follow and the blouse went together very quickly.  I also used snaps again, since I am in love with snaps.
Thanks for looking and happy sewing!

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Birdy Blouse (the beginning of a love affair with snaps) on: June 21, 2008 11:51:24 PM
Snaps rock.  My neighbors probably don't think so due to the pounding, but damn, they are so much easier than buttons.
Anyway, I cut this blouse out weeks ago and finally sewed it up today after a couple failed attempts at making stuff sans pattern.  I used Simplicity 4077 view D (with view E sleeves).  It was extremely easy to make and only took a few hours, even with hems and snaps and dinner thrown in there.  I definitely will make more blouses like this Smiley 
And I think the fabric is just adorable (surplus city, $2.00 a yard, yay!).
Thanks for looking Smiley

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / little green capelet on: March 22, 2008 10:16:31 AM
Whoo hoo, 2 posts in one day Smiley  So where I work is really cold sometimes and I thought it'd be nice to have a snugly little capelet to wear.  The outer fabric is sort of a canvas-like weave and I lined it with a nice deep green fleece that was on sale at JoAnns.  I haven't actually worn it yet, but just looking at it makes me feel warm and toasty Smiley
Thanks for looking Smiley

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Stepping out of the lurking shadows...butterick 4802 on: March 22, 2008 09:44:52 AM
Hi all,
I've lurked here for a while and have to thank everyone here for your part in rekindling my love of sewing Smiley  I used to sew a lot, but fell out of it for several years.  However, since finding that my body is a little too curvy for many of the current fashion trends, I decided it was time to break out the old sewing machine (or actually, buy a new one 'cause my mom probably killed the old one I used to use...).  Anyway, here is my first post. 
I used B4802 view D with minor mods (didn't add extra lace detail since the fabric has a busy pattern already, no vertical gather in the sleeves).  I used a fabric I am pretty sure was meant for life as an upholstery project and used this same fabric as my facings since I didn't have any proper interfacing (which I am pretty sure made things much more difficult than they needed to be, hence 3 hours of cursing and a minor temper tantrum when it came time to do the collar and neck facings).  The fabric was very unravelly so I did French seams through the entire garment.  It turned out fairly well.  I am wearing a white shirt underneath as it's a little low-cut.  Whoops. 
Comments and criticisms welcome.  Thanks Smiley

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