I have been pretty quiet on my blog lately but I have been sewing up a storm.
These ooshkas were nice and quick to make for a few birthdays that we had last week. This is another project hat I picked up at SIT this year. I bought a few extra faces and they will be great for a few more birthdays that are coming up soon.
I am still on my dress making kick. And I promised last time I wouldn’t take photos with my phone in my bedroom mirror. So tried to take one with the good camera in the bathroom mirror.
Not Successful. Then I thought “stuff it” and grabbed the tripod and took the camera out the back and held a “self timer” photo shoot!!
Ok, I have recently made three dresses. The first two are collette patterns crepe and parfait. This is a new to me pattern company. And even though the patterns are slightly on the expensive side they are well worth it. The instructions are very well written and are in a booklet form.
I thought that crepe was going to be my all time favourite pattern. I modified the sleeves and adjusted the back a little. It is a backwards wrap dress with a waist tie and pockets. The construction is beautiful but the fit on me is a little off – mind you looking at the photos – its not as bad as I thought it was.
Fabric is Moda Oliver & S City Weekend.
Possibly the main reason that I am “just” happy with crepe is that I am extastic about parfait. (The sun came out and the next photos aren’t as good!)
This dress has turned out fantastic and the fit is just perfect. I modified the button tab straps by omitting the button tab bit and just sewing them as straps.
Next time I would sew the zip to the top of the dress under the arm to make it easier to get in and out of (probably not big deal if you had done the button tab straps) and maybe made it slightly longer.
The fabric is slightly darker than what these photos show and is a navy and aqua. It is from the Denise Schmidt joann range.
The third dress is from Lisette - the Traveller pattern.
Lisette patterns are by Liesel Gibson -basically Simplicity distributed adult Oliver & S patterns.
Karen (And so, I sew) just made the Lisette portfolio tunic which looks fantastic. They are also very well written and very flattering.
I made my dress a size smaller than what was recommended for my measurements. The finished garmet t seemed to have a lot of ease and I wanted it a little more form fitting.
I think it looks better with a belt – but because I lowered the waist slightly, the elastic belt rides up. Maybe I just need a wider belt. Or maybe I should make a sash.
Fabric for the top half is basic spotlight cotton and the bottom is Amy Butler Twilight Peony.
The next dress that I am going to make is pretty much the same as this last one. I am going to use a different pattern (a Project Runway one) and I am going to use darker winter colours.
Even though it was nice and sunny out by my pool it is still too cold up here to wear these. Bring on Summer!!!