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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / $3 yellow sundress, red dress with sleeves, and high-waisted skirt on: February 23, 2012 09:25:11 AM
I promise I really do find time to do things besides sew! The only brand new project is the yellow sundress, the other two things I finished a little while ago and never go around to posting.

First the sundress! I'm really proud of this. I found this awesome hawaiian fabric on sale for $1/yard, so I bought three yards figuring that would be enough for most sundress patterns. I used McCalls 5094, which I bought several years ago to make the blue and green dress I posted here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=316594.msg3645353#msg3645353 I ended up never wearing the blue and green dress because it was too cleavage-y, so I made the more conservative view this time. I ended up with straps that were just the tiniest bit too long. Instead of ripping them out and making them shorter I just added the two thin diagonal straps on the back to keep the shoulder straps from falling down.

Now for the red flowered dress with sleeves. I used New Look 6864, but in the end the sleeves just didn't look right. I think it would have looked okay if it was a softer, drapier fabric, but in the fabric I used they ended up making it look like a nightgown. To save the sleeves I sewed a thin piece of elastic along the hem to make the sleeves poofy/puckered like that.

Lastly I have a high-waisted skirt. It was really simple...it's just a tube slightly larger than my hip measurement, sewn directly onto a thick piece of elastic for the waist band. It was a very quick project, only two seams and a hem.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: little black dress and maroon maxi dress from one pattern on: February 19, 2012 08:19:25 PM
I got the maroon knit print from fabric.com. I was experimenting with ordering fabric online--reading a description just can't match actually feeling the fabric in a store. It ended up being a lot thiner than I expected, so it actually sat around for awhile before I made it into anything. Luckily it's a dark enough color that it's not see-through, but if it was a light colored print it probably would be. I had better luck with the upholstery fabric I ordered at the same time, but the knit fabric was only $2-something per yard and brought my total high enough to get free shipping.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / little black dress and maroon maxi dress from one pattern on: February 19, 2012 03:25:03 PM
Awhile back I picked up McCall's M6074 at a thrift store for like 25 cents. I've made two versions of the pattern: a knee-length little black dress with cap sleeves, and a sleeveless maroon polka-dot maxi dress. They are both out of jersey knit fabric. I added a few inches to the maxi dress so I could wear it with heels, but I'm barefoot in this picture so it looks a little long.

I have a nice battle wound from making the black dress. I managed to sew through my finger, and the thread even looped into the bobbin thread, it was way gross. I was on like the last three inches of the hem, so maybe ten seconds from being done with the dress, and I had to stop and deal with bandaging up my finger. Then I had to wait all afternoon for it to stop hurting enough to finish the dress.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: First rolled hem on: February 19, 2012 02:51:11 PM
I like it! What shape is the scarf? Like is it is a big rectangle or triangle or...?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / poppy skirt on: February 18, 2012 08:39:21 AM
I made a simple skirt out of this cute poppy patterned fabric I got for $1/yard. It was the very end of a bolt so I was only able to get about 1.25 yards of it, so I didn't have enough to make pockets, but that's okay. The boyfriend got home as I was working on this one and his first comment, before even a "hello" was "well that's certainly a...bright...fabric", and he's right, it is pretty busy. But it looks okay toned down with a solid shirt right?

close up of fabric:

hello color!
6  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: red sequined bow pumps on: February 16, 2012 01:03:52 PM
Adorable! Makes me want to go skipping down the yellow brick road...

I feel your pain on finding cute shoes for odd feet; I usually need a 10 1/2, a size that doesn't exist in almost all brands, so I'm stuck with trying to find 10's that run large or 11's that run small.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / ottoman re-upholstery on: February 16, 2012 08:37:06 AM
 I re-upholstered an old ottoman to match my living room.

The ottoman was a hand-me-down from my grandparents, who bought it in the early 70s, and I think the original upholstery makes that pretty obvious:

I like the vintage look and all but the yellow was stained and didn't match my mostly blue and green living room.

I started with this white and teal fabric

but after my experience with a white table cloth I didn't want to risk white on something that was harder to wash, so I died it with RIt dye. The color was "cocoa" but it turned out a little more terracotta colored, but I like it anyway.

Covering it was pretty easy...it's really just five rectangles sewn together. To get the shaping right I just pinned it inside out right to the ottoman like this:

and sewed within about an inch of each corner. To get the corners nice and crisp I folded one side at an angle and stitched until I felt the little bump in the fabric where the corner fold was, and made one stitch into the fold and backstitched.

Then I turned the fabric and folded the other side, so I could just see the extra stitch into the fold, shown by the arrow below. Then I just stitched right to that point and backstitched.

Then the slid the whole thing over the ottoman, folded the edges under, and stapled them to the bottom with a stable gun.


8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: VDay gifts to Hubby and Sister! on: February 16, 2012 06:16:13 AM
I love your husband's shirt! Besides little things like mending I've never sewn for guys--how does it compare to sewing for women? I assume some parts are easier, like you don't have to worry about bust and waist shaping as much, but is there anything tricky that comes up that you don't have to deal with when sewing for women?

The boyfriend is tall and lanky, so a lot of his clothes look too big because if he goes down a size the sleeves are too short. I've been considering making him clothes. I'll have to start with something easy like PJ pants or a long sleeve T-shirt, but what he really needs are nice shirts for work.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / knit shell, corduroy mini-skirt, and navy ruffle skirt on: February 15, 2012 01:42:59 PM
So I have been sewing like crazy. It's so quick to finish projects compared to other crafts!

I whipped up this shell from some knit fabric leftover from the dress I made last week. I just traced a well-fitting tee. It's fairly tight, I plan on wearing it under a cardigan or blazer. I probably won't be wearing it with the corduroy skirt...the skirt is more casual than the top I think, but I liked how the colors happened to go together. The skirt is also made from leftover fabric--I've had it so long I don't even remember what I originally bought it for! It's a pretty thin corduroy and has some stretch, so the skirt is just two trapezoids sewn together with an elastic waist.

This skirt is a tiered ruffle skirt. It's four tiers long, each six inches tall before seaming. The top tier is my hip measurement + 2 inches with an elastic waist. The second tier is 48 inches wide, gathered to fit to the top tier. The third tier is 72 inches, and the fourth tier is 96 inches. It's a very poofy skirt but I like it!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / flirty apron revisted on: February 14, 2012 02:45:17 PM
So my friend saw the flirty apron I made for myself last week, and requested one for her birthday later this month. She picked out the brown and green fabrics, and then I appliqud some leaves and an acorn on one side using fabric scraps. I left the other side plain, so it's reversible. Her chest is much bigger than mine, so it looks a little low on me, but I think it'll be the right height on her.

Right side:

Reverse side:

Close up of pattern:

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