Monday, May 27, 2013

Pocketful of Sunshine

Before dress...

Anthropologie inpsiration...
 Some supplies needed for the total overhaul of this dress...I left the bodice the same, except I dyed it a deeper yellow, and then dyed three other pieces of fabric in varying sun shades.
I cut the skirt pieces free hand, gathered the tops and attached them to the skirt base. The edges were finished with a tight zig-zag stitch to give them a lettuce edge.

This dress felt a little more crazy than some of my other pieces, so I felt as if it needed a special photoshoot! The finished product...

Special thanks to my "photographers" aka best friends who not-so-willingly were forced into the gig :)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Le Serger, L'Amour

The serger is my new favorite thing ever! And it was actually really easy to figure out...I guess I thought it would be harder which is why I never tried to use it. But actually a piece o' cake! Now I just want to serge EVERYTHING! Like everything. Can I serge my homework instead of stapling it? Can I serge cupcakes instead of baking them?

Mmhmm! I was in a knit buying frenzy a couple weeks ago and bought a bunch off Etsy. This fabric was one of my purchases! 

The pattern for this shirt was pretty much self drafted. Boat neck top, cuffed sleeve, curved hem.
 Some wild Michigan flamingos! (...that I bought my dad for Father's Day, named Fred and Fern).
Look at how the zig zags/chevrons match up on the sleeve...oooh...aaah...oooh...aaah...

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sun's out, sew's out

Summer vacation! Let's get down to business!
I came home from my first year at college, and apart from immediately realizing how much I already missed campus and friends, I realized how much stuff I had! Specifically, how many clothes I had! Naturally, this led to a three day cleaning spree in which no drawer, cabinet, box, shelf or dark corner of the closet was safe. I came up with four bags of clothes to donate. That was just my room. Then on to the sewing room, where I filled two huge bags with fabric scraps to donate as well.

In the process, I also came across some less than stellar creations of mine, the creations that came up short...the clothes I made without the right materials, without the right effort, or really just without thought. Nevertheless, they (and some other garments) will be saved!

First up:
I love the seersucker, and the buttons, but the fit in the bodice is so wrong! (I guess that's what happens when you use a children's sewing pattern...)

Eww...not really sure what's going on here. For graduation, we wore light blue gowns, and I needed something that wouldn't show underneath. Pretty sure that I finished this to wear under my gown with about 30 minutes til show time (that would explain the awfulness here).

I actually really like this dress and the fabric, but there is a bit of a fit issue at the waist that I want to fix in order to make it more wearable.

 Also like this dress, but I hardly ever wear it because it is too tall in the shoulders!
 Oh, hello trendy hi-lo skirt...
While I am pretty happy with how this turned out sans pattern, the waist band is pretty wonky.

Eww what is going on here?
 This was my 1920s Murder Mystery Dress! Which I loved, but is in desperate need of some darts.
 I didn't actually make this dress, but it is too long, and has some easily solved fit issues to make it more wearable.
 I made this dress for Student Council Elections freshman year! Needless to say it is in some need of updating...

 Buying vintage always seems like a good idea...and then you never wear any of it! This (lime green!?) skirt is an example of a courageous vintage purchase. Needs to be shortened to be wearable!

 And this just needs to change.

Oh hello, serger that I have never used before! Maybe this summer is the time to actually learn how to use you!

I'll be updating with finished versions of those projects, not to mention new ones! I already have a stack of fabric waiting to be transformed, and I haven't even been to JoAnns yet!