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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cross Front Summer Dress - Butterick 5319 on: July 25, 2010 11:15:13 AM
Busted out a new pattern last week - Butterick 5319. I've seen a few other posts here with this pattern, and they turned out super cute.

It has a gathered cross front bodice with wide waistband, on a gathered skirt. Side seam pockets, and an invisible side zipper, too.

I'd never used a Butterick pattern before, and I guessed a bit too big on the sizing. And unfortunately with the way the construction of the bodice went, I couldn't really judge the size until it was all put together.

I feel a little frumpy in it actually, with the extra room around the waist, and it being a higher neckline than I am used to wearing.

Here's the best pic I have right now - sorry for the low lighting, our house is way dark all the time (I'll try to get some shots in the sunshine soon):

Comments always welcome, and thanks for looking!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Lining a gathered or pleated skirt/dress? on: June 15, 2010 10:03:23 AM
I've been working with a lot of dress patterns lately, and they all call for bodice lining only. I want to line the entire thing, but I'm not sure how work out a lining for a gathered or pleated skirt. There is like no information on the web, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / New Blue Frock (McCall's 5613) on: June 08, 2010 06:52:44 PM
New summer dress for my wee girl. Used McCall's 5613, and I really like out it turned out.


Front (yay, her first dress with pockets).


Thanks for looking!

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Brand spankin' new summer dress (Simplicity 2362) on: June 04, 2010 06:59:48 PM
Just finished my first adult sized garment using a pattern. I used Simplicity 2362, and I really like how the style and fit turned out, but I'm not sure about my fabric choice after seeing photos...

Anywhoo, here's some pics:

Weird side view, twisty shot - but it shows the pleats pretty well, and the pockets.


I couldn't get a good rear view, but there are a few more pleats back there.

Thanks for looking!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Little Man Shirts! on: May 31, 2010 06:38:21 PM
I just finished a couple of button front shirts for my little guy. I used Burda 9792, which turned out to be not too terribly difficult (I've never done anything with sleeves or buttons before, and I was just a teeny bit intimidated). I did have to size it down, though - for some reason all the little boy patterns I've run across are cut very wide and baggy  Huh.

Anyway, on to pics:

One with a pocket and cuffed sleeves; one just plain and simple.

In action - pardon our wrinkles, it was hot and humid, and the fabric wrinkled up a bunch in the carseat   Sad.

And the back.

I'm pretty happy with how they turned out. Thanks for looking!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Black Rose Halter Dress on: April 03, 2010 04:42:00 PM
This is the first thing I've finished for myself, and I really like how it turned out. I'm planning on wearing this to a wedding, so constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated before I wear it out in public. Smiley

The full shot (you can't see them too well, but there are small fabric roses made from the same gauze material as the dress, sewn onto random areas of the bodice):

Detail of front (I know it's sort of hard to see with my bad lighting, sorry!)

Back (There are roses here too, on the left side, hard to see):

Thanks for looking!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Vintage-y Halter Dress - My own pattern! on: March 26, 2010 09:40:14 AM
I got this book handed down to me from a friend of mine, it's called "Designing Apparel Through The Flat Pattern", and it is freaking amazing. My friend's mom saved it from a bunch of books she found boxed up next to a dumpster behind a big university here.

I just finished my first complete pattern based on the instructions therein, and this is what I came up with. The fabric is new, but the trims and buttons were salvaged from other garments. It has a kind of vintage-y feel to it, and I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.

Front (it doesn't fit perfectly in the bodice, but maybe she'll grow into it?):


Pocket detail:

Thanks for looking! Constructive criticism always appreciated!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Doc's "Mermaid Dress" or "Yes! It's nice enough to wear out in public!" on: March 22, 2010 09:36:26 AM
I am still very new to sewing, and I LOVE it. I just keep on practicing, and making lots of failed experiments.

But I reverse engineered a dress of Doc's (my wee girl's nickname, FYI), and changed the pattern to use elastic instead of a zipper because, well, I hate them. And it makes it easier to get in and out of. Very important when you're 3 1/2 and a very independent dresser. And guess what? It turned out really awesome!

Anyway, here's the final product. Named the "Mermaid Dress" by the little miss:

Twirly Girly:



Thanks for looking! Constructive criticism always appreciated!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Attaching a jersey knit waistband to a gathered skirt? on: March 20, 2010 10:08:10 AM
I'm still pretty new to sewing, so sorry if this is a really silly question!

I made a gathered skirt with jersey knit fabric, and the waistband out of the same material. But when I attached the waistband I got this big lumpy seam on the inside. It still looks nice from the outside, but for future projects I would like to figure out how to hide the gathered seam on the inside. Does that make sense?

Any help is greatly appreciated!!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / First Post! - toddler skirts from old garments... on: March 20, 2010 07:26:39 AM
OK, just now getting really into sewing. I've been doing a lot of reverse engineering of my daughter's clothes for practice (and I really don't want to buy patterns), and this is what I came up with (the only ones that weren't total disasters, anyway!):

Pink circle skirt from an old dress of mine. I think this is the first zipper I've put in since High School Home Economics class. Grin

Gathered jersey skirt with wide waistband from one of my hubby's donated t-shirts. I really like how this one turned out.

Anywhoo, thanks for looking, and I would really love any constructive criticism.
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