Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Simple Sailor

Ah, summer. Undoubtedly my favorite time of year--more so now that summer means being home from college with family and friends. Perhaps it's Tim Allen's voice in your ear rasping about "Pure Michigan" or the deeply ingrained desire in every Michigander to go "Up North" (Where? Up North, duh. Stupid question.) but seriously, I love summer. I literally cannot eat enough ice cream.

This was a dress I made a year or two ago, but the fit was wrong on it. It was from a Lizzie McGuire pattern, so there's your answer. But the fabric (blue and white stripe seersucker) and buttons were so cute! 
 So I rescued it into a simple sailor skirt!
 I basically just took the bodice off, chopped a few inches off the hem, and added plackets (cut on the bias).

On a side note: if I hear that Kid Rock "All Summer Long" song ONE MORE TIME...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Blaze of Morning Glory

I've been on the hunt for a good blazer/jacket pattern, but it is so elusive! I feel like most are either too long or too boxy or too stuffy or too old or too...etc. Maybe I'm picky? I want something that can be casual and dressy and preppy and stylish all at the same time.

This pattern, McCall's 6711 came pretty close to what I wanted.
I liked it because it was only six pattern pieces...#lazysewing.
 I was a little disappointed by the sleeves. It seemed like in this case "easing" the sleeves really meant "gathering," so they turned out a little puffier than thought.
 I'm also not sure if I want to add buttons to it or not.

I'll admit it: I have an addiction to loud, colorful prints.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Snails Away

Found this old swimsuit laying around from when I was ~12 and my mom and I ordered it off Lands' End because, snails.
I think I probably wore it twice because it's really awkward and unflattering, but couldn't bring myself to part with it because, snails.
Instead, I painstakingly ripped all the binding off to use for straps in a new suit, and used the top fabric to cut new pieces.
 The top comes from McCall's 5400. I left the bottoms mostly the same, just cut the rise shorter.
 The beach! (aka my back yard.)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Garden Party

 I made this shirt with a linen blend fabric from JoAnns, and Burda Style's long sleeve blouse pattern. Overall I'm pretty happy with how it turned out! Next time I would make a few fit adjustments to the pattern. I'm sort of a "measure-once-cut-twice" kind of sewist...which works out well about 90% of the time.
I'm also the person who never uses interfacing, never makes a mock up and sews over her pins...SUE ME.
Button up shirts are so versatile! I'm starting to accumulate quite a few of them. (Coincidentally, I learned that a button up is different from a button down--a button down has buttons on the points of the collar.)

Saturday, July 6, 2013

She Sells Sea Shells by the Sea Shorts

Made these like two months ago, still haven't blogged them...whoops. I LURVE this fabric so much! Kinda looks like water. The pattern is Simplicity 3850, which is a now out-of-print Built by Wendy pattern. It is literally the best zip-fly pants/shorts pattern EVER.

I've already worn them quite a few times. A customer at work asked me where I bought these, and was so amazed that I had actually made them! My friends don't even bother asking me anymore what I've made because they've just figured it out by now, so it's so flattering and surprising to get compliments from a stranger.
 The back "pockets" are really just flaps. Shh.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Acute Dress

Woo, am I ever excited to share this! This is one dress that I am really proud of.

I've had this cut of blue and white inverted fabric laying around forever, never knowing what to make with it. I brought it out one day and was bouncing ideas off my mom, when it came to me to do triangles!

This dress is made entirely without pattern, and is cut and draped off my measurements. 

I started by measuring my waist, and made a triangle pattern piece off those numbers. There are eight triangles all around. At first, I didn't take into account the fact that hips > waist, and had to add on a few triangles. I'm super pleased about how the hip pleats came out.

After doing the skirt, I worked on the bodice. The two white straps on the center front are each half of a skirt triangle, flipped the other way. 

My favorite detail of the dress is how the straps finish into the center back triangle.

Part of the reason I love this so much is because I love math and I love sewing, and I love math and sewing even more! Definitely had to whip out a little Pythagorean Theorem on dem triangles ;)

Some mid-creation details: