Last summer, my boyfriend, boyfriend's dad and I went on a road-trip to the nearest city for various things, including picking up hunter-orange fleece to make "Dad" a hunting shirt to match the one I made my hunny. While we were at the temple of sewing (aka Fabricland), my boyfriend fell in love with this border-print fabric and demanded I make a sundress:
I fell in love with Simplicity 2591 just because of the 50s flavour. Later, through reading reviews here and on Pattern Review, I realized it had pockets and literally SQUEEEEEED with joy! I am sooooo looking forward to wearing it out
This thing took ALOT of work. What a doozy to pick for my first dress! I wrote a bit of a review for it:
It was very frustrating, though I love the results. I should have picked a simpler pattern for my very first dress. Here's a quote from my reply to a question regarding a Simplicity pattern:
"It's only the second Simplicity pattern I've used, but I've noticed they are always waaaaay too big. My dress states right on the pattern piece the finished bust measurement and the ease. According to the pattern envelope, I needed a size 12 bust because I'm 34 inches around. However, on the pattern, size 12 gives a finished measurement of 37 inches because of 3 inches of ease. BUT, the size 8 gives a finished measure of 34.5 inches. So I did a size 8 bust but with 4/8 seams instead of 5/8 seams so that in total, I'll have about an inch of ease.
The waist was more work, though. I had to measure across all the pattern pieces at the waist for my "proper" size (in this case 30 inches = size 16), subtract 5/8 inch for each seam that the measuring tape went across, and I discovered it was EXACTLY the same amount of ease as for the bust, so I went down two sizes as I had for the bust portion. Then it was just a matter of making the lines neatly curved from size 8 bust to size 12 waist.
I used 4/8 seams across the whole thing to make sure there was SOME ease, although you would suspect from the envelope picture that it's supposed to be a fitted dress, not a sack. Seriously, 3 inches?!?! I could stuff a cat down my front!"
Also, I didn't understand the instructions for turning the pocket towards the centre. I couldn't visualize how I was supposed to attach the bias side-front piece if the pocket seam was... unavailable. So my pockets are not quite as they should be. Also, I took the shoulders up alot to compensate for the gapping of the neckline (I know, I know, I should have done a FBA), so now the bust dart is too high. Oh, and it's too tight because I ran out of fabric, so the back bodice piece is an inch narrower than it should be. Otherwise, it would fit much better.
This is definitely a gorgeous pattern, though. I adore the construction, the instructions were very easy to follow except for that pocket bit, and the length is super cute on my 5'4" frame.
I would totally recommend this pattern. I gotta start taking my own advice, though, and make muslins
I used to dress like quite the little flower-child, but then I went and got all serious with very slim-fitting "chic" clothes, then went lazy with tanks, tees, and jeans. Well crap. I'm 26, and I want to feel my youth just a little bit longer before people start telling me I'm too old to wear such stuffs (ack, some people already do). So I spent yesterday and today measuring, cutting, gathering, swearing and sewing. My inner hippie has been RE-released!
These jeans used to have enormous holes torn almost all the way across the knees. The eyelet and tribal fabrics are vintage cotton from a rummage sale, and the black with flowers is just a poly-cotton fat-quarter. The thighs were wearing thin, hence the patches, taken from the second-tier fabric following the patterning. The patches are applied assymetrically, not the legs I'm just standing with my hip cocked. Oh yes, and the bottom circumference of each leg is now 35 inches
So, um, how the heck do I hem eyelet? Or should I just trim the hems to length and bind them with bias tape???
Because the white printed knit looks like sprinkles or nibblets It turned out a bit big, but it's still awesomely cute! It started life as a Calvin Klein size large long sleeve tee and a girl's size 12 hoodie with really gross sleeve-stains and stains on the chest.
I saved just enough of that awesome candy fabric for the upper sleeves, and some of the light violet sleeve fabric for the cuffs. I love the sunny yellow thread I stitched it with
My boyfriend's best friend has a 4.5 yr old daughter who is cute as a button! Unfortunately, she's 4 hours away, so no pix of the timbit modeling my creations yet. She's taaaaaaaaall and scrawny, so I hope these will fit ok.
The first is a sky blue child's size 10 shirt featuring a silver guitar and stars. I cut off the bottom, took in the sides, recut the armscyes, made flutter sleeves out of the bottom fabric and then attached most of a women's cerulean tank top as the skirt (and yes, I had to look up what the colour is called ).
Secondly was a pain in the @$$! It took ALLLLLLL day to make because I engineered it as I went. I was super inspired by TeenyBunny's flapper dress:
Things did NOT turn out as planned. I have a rip to somehow repair, a halter to finish off, and hope that it fits remotely the way it should It's made entirely from a pillowcase plus white 3/4 inch elastic:
It looked terrible on a hanger, but it's slightly less terrible modeled by a speaker, sewing box and apple juice carton Thank you soooo much TeenyBunny, and I hope I'm not shaming your creative awesomeness
I say replace the logo on the front with something cute like RAWR! or MEOW! or... something I don't know what colours the shirt is, but make a rectangle out of a complementary colour knit and applique the letters onto the rectangle in a second complementary colour, then stitch the rectangle over the logo. For the thing on the butt, I agree with the others. Cut the bottom off and apply a band in one of the two complementary fabrics.
I also like the idea of cutting out the neckline and inserting a false camisole so that it's not too indecent, depending on how low you'd have to cut it.
I don't know what I'm going to do with the shirt, exactly, but I'm REALLY happy with how the stencil turned out! The branches are silver and the leaves are "Country Maple" with a whole bunch of red glittery powder eyeshadow mixed in. It's slightly iridescent and EXACTLY the colour I wanted! I think I'll be adding glitter to my paint on a regular basis
I was visiting at my boyfriend's for a couple weeks, so I raided his mom's yarn stash for wool and the recycling bin for a big piece of cardboard (YAY PIZZA HUT!). I chose blue as my colour theme and the aquatic scene simply emerged through organic processes. It was a very intense/relaxing experience. It took sooooo much concentration, it was Zen-like. And yet, I was still able to simultaneously watch many episodes of Doctor Who... Anyways, about three days of work = my boyfriend's plush purple platypus has a blankie (I'm not even kidding, that's the first thing he said and it now resides atop the platypus). It's around 7x7 inches, and those wobbly edges are quite embarrassing
I would totally recommend this as an activity for those who relax through concentration. I clean when stressed, so I guess that's why I liked it so much
This shirt didn't turn out quite the way I'd hoped, but the concept was AWESOME I've had the navy long sleeve tee for awhile, courtesy of my boyfriend who hates long sleeve tops. The Scooby Doo shirt was a child's size 6 and the red inside the hood and forming the not-visible front pocket are from an industrial truck supply company, both of which were in a pile of free clothes. I went through two Xena episodes just doing that dang hood, which happens to be quite warm. Enough prattle! The shirt:
You can see what I mean about a crappy hood shape Aw well. I don't care what people think about my clothes whilst I WoW. Not like they can see me
Can anyone recommend me a good hood shape? The one on BurdaStyle for Lydia was junk (sorry to the drafter, but I hated it), and the Rufio Hearts Lil Snotty space-helmet hood doesn't look quite right to me. If I gotta buy a Kwik Sew or something, I'll do it so long as the hood is EXCELLENT. Oh, and LARGE. I hate that most of my female-gendered hoodies have a tiny little hood, preventing me from wearing my hair in a bun. Thnx
So I got a whole whack of clothes for free, some in good shape and some covered in mystery stains. This robot shirt just called out to me, but it stayed in my to-do pile for a long time because I couldn't decide how best to deal with it.
It started out as a size 6 little girl's shirt, and as you can see, that's a SEQUINED robot!!! Those sleeves were atrocious triple-petal/flutter sleeve combo things that made no sense (one of which is already dealt with in the before-pic), and it was so tight I barely squeezed into it. With part of a brown tank covered in mystery stains (I think it was cooking oil), I got THIS! YAY!
Easy peasy, and the darker fabric on the sides is oh so slimming *eyebrow wiggle* I used this method: