At the begin of the Winter, I was looking for a new wool coat but couldn't find any in my budget. So, I had the crazy idea of look at pattern and fell in love with the high/low hem of McCall 6800 view B
I bought some wool blend and a really cool satin for the lining. I had no problem with the pattern. The instructions were pretty clear and the result is really close to the pattern picture.
The lining was a challenge, satin is evil and I had a hard time cutting it so the fit isn't perfect but close enough. (must buy a big cutting mat and rotary cuter) I don't really like the way the sleeves are made and next time I'm doing this, I might try to do it in one piece instead of 2. I would also had something to the back, a simple tab with 2 buttons or maybe a corset style lacing. Other than that, it's an awesome pattern.
Here's some pictures
the side view
and the lining
I'm planning to sew that pattern again but as a trench coat for Spring, I already bought black twill and need to find the right colorful satin.
It's pretty but too much of "Annie" like to my taste. So, yesterday, I went to my Fabricville (Quebec version of Fabricland) and fell for a berriesque Ponte de Roma knit. I also bought a black Fall fashion suiting fabric to make kind of a Wednesday Addams version
Now, I need all of your sewing skills to see if I could use that fabric with Cynthia Rowley pattern #1873 from Simplicity? I would do view A but with the shorter skirt and a peter pan collar added. I've read that Ponte are stable enough to be use as you would a woven but with a ball point needle. I also have a serger that I could use to make this.
Any help is more than welcome before I cut and make a huge mistake.
With the beginning of the summer, I started to sew some more dresses to wear since I don't like the fashion you can find in stores right now. Last time that McCalls patterns came in sale at my fabricville, I bought the 5094 and gave it a try. After making a muslin with old sheets I bought at the second hand store for that purpose, I ended up making this one with some fabric I bought last year.
on a hanger
the back zipper
and an ugly action shot
I was not happy with the zip in the back, so I decided to make another one with a side zip. I'm pretty proud of it. I made alot of modifications : I made the neckline a bit lower in the front, I added a contrasting band to the skirt and I had to use a different kind a skirt because of the pattern on the fabric, I use to rectangle that I pleated to the top. Here's the result :
I need some help! I'm planning on sewing another sweetie dress, like I did before http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390076.msg4617977#msg4617977, but this time I want to make it dressier than plain and simple cotton. I was thinking black lace with a contrasting fabric underneath. Now I need suggestions for the type of fabric. Fabricland has a huge sale on satin, it's like 2 bucks/meter so that's a option but I've never worked with it. Any ideas?
Weeks ago, I post some piranha earring I made out of polymer clay. My friend asked for a pair, so since it's her birthday Sunday, I made her one. They're not as good as I wanted them to be and I don't have the patience to make more, I'm a sewing person, sculpting is a bit out of my league!!! Anyway, I'm going to give her those for the moment and make some more in the future. I also made her a necklace pendant, which I'm proud of and I made myself another pair of earrings
Back in the beginning of August, one of my friends posted something like this on facebook http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2011/08/05/super-mario-piranha-plant-earrings/ . I fell in love with it but they were back order till September. I didn't want to wait so I decided to try to make some. I went to the arts and crafts store to buy some polymer clay but I couldn't find the earring studs I bought some of Etsy and waited for them to arrived. I didn't had time to make them till today.
It is my first time playing with polymer clay. It's a little sloppy, I know, I'm planning to do better next time
not really a success because it came apart when I removed it from the dress. So I used tissue paper and trace around each of the 7 panels of the dress. I transferred it on a easel pad with grid lines and added the seam allowance all around. Then, I made a quick old sheet version of the dress to see if my pattern was alright.
It was a success
So, I made this one
It's a Robert Kauffman fabric with lovely gold outline butterflies. I line a whole dress with red broadcloth to which I added a ruffly trim to make it a little bit more dressy (I might cut the lining in the future) and I made regular straps instead of the halter ones (much more comfortable to wear all day). I even made a purse to go with it http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390075.0
I am so in love with that dress and how quick it is to make (it's basically a 7 gore dress) that I made another one the weekend after.
I had a wedding on Saturday. I made my dress and couldn't find a purse like I wanted. So, while looking around here, I saw a lot of those buttercup bag and decided to try to make one. Here are the result.
It's my first bag I ever made. It is a bit flimsy, I should have put interfacing on the lining of the purse, but it did its job of holding my wallet and cell