That is really pretty, and you did a loevly job. I've stayed away from cables in the past, but you said the pattern is an easy one. Is it easy enough to be a first cable project? As to it being belated...Haven't you ever given a half finished project with promises to finish it quickly? I think everyone in my family has had at least one Christmas present with pins or needles still in it!
I love the seam details, and your fit is fantastic - that's what 72 hours of drafting will do huh? I'm a good technical sewist, but run into trouble with fit. Maybe I need to take that course... I hope you got a good mark, because the dress is great. Its the style of dress you'll wear until you're sick of, and I'll bet you'll get loads of compliments. Congratulations!
Wonderful Job! It looks fantastic on you too. I made the skirt last year - of blue/black shot taffeta. I nearly lost my mind doing all those pleats though. I think they took about 8 hours of pleating, pressing and pinning as the taffeta was very slippy, creased in the wrong way constantly, and because there is so many of them, slid all over my sewing room. The end result was worth it though; my skirt rustles beautifully when I walk!
Beautifully made, and it looks fantastic on you. Its the kind of dress you will find yourself putting on year after year and for loads of different occasions. I'll bet you'll get all kinds of compliments, and when people hear you made it youself, they'll be gobsmacked!
That is one angry kitty! Seriously though, I think I'll try my hand at one for my daughter's best friend. She is a 'crazy cat lady in training' for sure; her 8mon. old kitty has been leash trained and she has clicker trained him to do various other things. Have fun!
I've had Modern Sewing bookmarked for a while, but I just checked out Manequim and there seems to be some interesting patterns there too. Very different from the usual patterns you find in the store. Thanks!
Thanks you for the directions, and the links. I'm going to search through my yarn stash for some blue yarn and give it a whirl. Here in Canada, they start showing past seasons of Dr. Who during the summer as a lead up to the new season in the fall sometime, so now i'll have a project to work on as I watch. Enjoy your summer!
That is ADORABLE! I am a crappy crochet-er (is that even a word?) but I'd be up to learning for this project. Do you have a basic pattern you started with? Or did you just create it all as you went? I'd love one of these for my desk - I need to show my 20-something coworkers that 56 yr olds can be geeks too...I've been watching Dr. Who since Tom Baker was The Doctor.
Preshrinking helps to hide my fabric addiction too. My washer and dryer are at the backdoor, so I can just toss my purchases in the washer without having to bring them into the house and thereby avoid my husbands questions about it's purpose. If he notices, I just tell him I've had it for a while. Seriously, he's not that dumb but he kindly ignore my lame excuses. 25 yards would be a few loads however, with a lot of dryer lint! If you happen to have a serger, I might run the edges through to finish them a bit as flannel tends to unravel and you'll have a heckuva big knot of threads and fabric. You'll love the finished results though - homemade Jammie's are the cosiest! Have fun.
I read your question and laughed my head off! You name it, I have a pattern for it! I have some patterns I used in the 80's, and some vintage patterns from the 40's (the kind that are just unprinted tissue with holes to mark darts etc. etc) and patterns from every decade in between. My Pattern Hoarding seems to go along with my Sewing Addiction. I like them all, Vogue, Simplicity, McCall's, Butterick... I've found Burda patterns have complicated instructions, even when there is a simpler way of doing something, and Simplicity, McCall's and Butterick sometimes have some great techniques to make a complicated process easy. As Aislynn said, the patterns are "waiting for the perfect pattern to show up". So in answer to your question, do sewists have any issues with buy patterns and then not using them right away (especially when there's a sale)...Yes we do, its normal accept it and on move on!