Sewing Dresses

11 Sep Butterick 5873

I believe relaxing vacations are a fantasy.  Mine began with a bust as I was greeted at the beach by an exploding water heater leaving everyone with cold showers for three days.  As soon as company left, the painters came w i t h o u t  their drop clothes……. Midweek I had the pleasure of meeting and spending an afternoon with my blogging and Pattern Review friend, Julie Starr! I wore the ribbon skirt in her honor ;)  Julie is wearing her beautiful dress with 20 darts!  The next day my oldest daughter became engaged, and we shifted into high gear! Hubby and...

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28 Aug Butterick 5917 – The Un-Preppy Version

After all of my carrying on about colorful clothes, I’m back in black.  I enjoyed sewing Butterick 5917 so much I had my second version planned before finishing the madras patchwork version (blogged here), and I’m tempted to make it again!  I envisioned this pattern as a black dress from the beginning and used a black textured French polyester/cotton taffeta from Tessuti. The fabric certainly highlights the dressier details of the pattern and gives the dress a more structured appearance.  I believe this is the fabric featured in the most recent Tessuti contest for a knee-length formal dress, but I think the...

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13 Jul Vogue 8904

Recently on Facebook, Mood Fabrics posed the following question to its followers: When do you put aside summer sewing and move on to fall and winter apparel? Is July too soon to think about cool-weather clothes? I must admit I have actually begun to think about my Fall wardrobe in July for the first time ever. I have even begun to look at Fall Runway shows on Style.com and even started a Mood Fall board, but...

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17 May Burda 7081

I’ve made friends with Burda and I’m all the better for it!  I was trying to convince myself that Burda patterns weren’t for me, but had a problem doing so. I really liked the looks of so many patterns! Was it me or was it Burda? In the end, it all came down to learning a new way of doing something. Learning to read and follow the Burda pattern was nothing like learning a new software program! It was more like driving a different route to a destination. I simply had to read the instructions s l o w l y  and carefully along...

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27 Apr Twist and Shout

I planned on publishing a post with  F O U R  garments  and here I am with  O N E. …….. and it looks really easy doesn’t it?  Well, it wasn’t. I'm determined to master sewing casual clothes, but mistakenly I’ve confused c a s u a l  with  e a s y . After thumbing through a J Crew catalogue, I ordered four fabulous knits from Mood Fabrics' enormous collection with the plan of making four garments for casual wear. This was originally to be my Farmer’s Market dress; my toss-on dress for weekend errands. I searched for a casual dress pattern, designed for knits which...

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14 Apr The Oonaballoona Dress

 In the first week of December, Oonaballoona, that sassy woman from Kalkatroona sent me a piece of fabric I had admired just a few weeks earlier. For readers post November 14th……….. During my one and only meetup with Oonaballoona, my husband's camera broke while in her hands at Mood Fabrics. Oonaballoona erroneously blamed herself, and three weeks later this tropical banana leaf jersey arrived at my house along with a chocolate bar for hubby . Or is feathers? The woman does love her feathers………. Whatever it is I wanted to savor every inch of this fun print, and I’m celebrating the return of warm weather...

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09 Apr The Regis Dress

Sometimes I make embarrassing mistakes, and for a while I thought ordering this white cotton/nylon lace from Mood Fabrics was one of those times. The flat lace reminded me of a tablecloth upon pulling it out of the box, revealing my inexperience in selecting lace. What can I say - I felt stupid for placing such an order when so many beautiful laces were available. B u t   w h a t ’ s   a   g i r l   t o   d o  ? After three worrisome weeks, I bought my first bottle of Rit Dye. Thirty minutes later….....

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23 Mar Mood Sewing Network Lace Challenge

While Tory Burch may refer to her Ginevra dress as the little lace sundress in the classic shade of navy, I’m calling my new navy lace dress my Easter dress, and it better warm up or I'm in trouble. This is my completed project for the Mood Sewing Network lace challenge and I must say I’m pleased. Inspired by the Tory Burch Ginevra dress, I ordered this navy cotton lace from Mood, and was set to go until I saw -  and touched the actual dress in a store. I suddenly lost confidence fearing I could never make a dress that favorably compared...

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28 Feb Sew the Perfect Fit – Review, Part 1

At last I’m now sewing along with Linda Maynard in her online class - Sew The Perfect Fit! The Craftsy course title and description completely captured my attention leading me to contact Craftsy. “Learn how to alter your patterns to achieve a flattering fit for your body. Fit specialist Lynda Maynard teaches fitting techniques you can use to customize any pattern to your shape.” Since I am receiving the class for free in exchange for a review, I plan to write at least two thorough posts.  I also want to let you know that Craftsy is offering a 40% discount on this class to my...

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