August 31, 2013

Elvis and The Polka Dots

Sometimes it seems that I never a chance to get pictures of some of my finished garments, and these 2 dresses are a great example of that. I made these both way back in May and wear the shit out of them, yet I keep forgetting to get proper pics. So apologies for the crappy "quick I need a picture of my dress" pics....but I guess a crappy picture is better than no picture, right?

Anyhoo, the first dress is my Elvis dress, and I love it to bits. I've been hoarding this spectacular Elvis print cotton for a couple years now just waiting for the right dress to come along.
Little did I know, I had the pattern staring me in the face right at home! I've had New Look 6557 forever and ever, and randomly pulled it out of hiding and had a eureka moment. Thus my Elvis dress was born!
When cutting the fabric, I wasn't really paying attention, so I didn't even think to line up the print, but I accidentally almost did at the waist seam anyway. Sweet!

I was so happy with this dress that I decided to make a second one. I used a lovely stretch cotton polka dot fabric for the second version. I also added a little more coverage to the neckline (just a wee little bit as my bra poked out in the Elvis version) and a little more flare to the skirt and ended up with this lovely creation:
Again, in hindsight, I should have made some effort to line up the print at the waist seam, but other than that, I'm super happy with both dresses, which is evidenced by how often I wear them. Love, love, love this pattern! I'll probably end up with a few more of these in my closet :) And hopefully, I will also end up getting some proper pictures of them to show off more detail than random quick shots while waiting in the monorail station in Vegas (just as an example).


August 21, 2013

Well, this sucks

See that? That's a huge ass cast for a wee fracture in my foot. The foot I use to operate my sewing machines... Ugh. So for the next couple weeks (until I am able to stand enough to cut fabric....and learn to use my left foot on the pedal) I am relegated to only knitting.... at least I can still create, right?
In the meantime I do have a couple of dresses photographed, so watch this space for a sewing post soon!

August 7, 2013

WIP Wednesday: August 7, 2013

Lots of changes are coming up soon, one of which involves moving, so I decided it's time to clean up the WIP pile. It seems I have a whole bunch of baby items on the needles, and they knit up quick so I want them done and sent off to their respective new homes.

First thing I picked out to finish is this Cutethulu:
All he needed was his body finished and stuffed, and wings added. It was a super quick job so not only am I showing off this cute and nerdy WIP, but it also became an FO:
He will be sent off to his new home this week! And I'll continue rummaging through the WIP pile to see what else I can bang out.
Check out more WIPs (and share your own!) with Tami's Amis

August 6, 2013

This time I went girly...

In this next installment of my adventures in repeatedly making the same dress over and over and over again, I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and go girly and floral. I've been really trying to change things up in my wardrobe, and get more colour in there. I found this super pretty floral cotton voile on super sale at Fabricland (I think I paid something ridiculous like $2/meter) and decided to give it a go. Everyone needs a light summer dress, right?
Once again, I used McCall's M6646 to make this dress, but this time I kept the fluttery sleeve thingies. I also added an inch to the bodice length (I may be short but I have a long torso), shortened the hem a bit and added pockets. I think all dresses should have pockets. Not gonna lie, they do add a bit of bulk to the already full circle skirt, but I needs me my pockets!

Sadly, I didn't get any twirly pics of this dress. There were too many people around in The Secret Garden to have room to twirl, and you have to keep your eye on the big cats in there or they will mark you as their territory. Not even lying. I saw a tiger spray a kid last time I was there. Eeeew.

Until soon. xoxoxo