The 30 Day Dress

……… also known as the Baltimore dress is completed.

IMG_5492I had the pleasure of taking it apart again only to discover the opportunities for alterations were limited…… but maybe my 30 day investment needed little else than minor adjustments.

IMG_5494 After separating the skirt from the bodice and removing the top ruffle, I removed all of the gathering threads and started over. Most of the gathers in the skirt were replaced with darts giving me a smoother fit around the waist.

I cut 14 inches of width off of the ruffle but sadly realized my new vision for the dress looked disproportionate. The decrease in gathers from ruffle to ruffle needed to be gradual rather than drastic leading me to add 6 inches back to the top ruffle. This meant the delicate ruffled fabric now featured an additional seam…… somewhere.

Can you see it?

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I hope not!IMG_5488Several readers suggested the dress needed a belt and I found one –  since then I was introduced to  Pat’s Custom Buttons and Belts a California a company specializing in self fabric belts. 

(209) 369-5410
537 York Street
P.O. Box 335
Lodi, CA 95241

( there is no website link) .

 In the end removing 8 inches of width from the top ruffle and reducing the bulk in the skirt made a huge difference in the dress.

First Try:IMG_5221Second Try– shortening the layer

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Third Try– reducing bulk in the waist and removing excess from the top layer

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 Not only can I live with the 3rd and final version but at last, I can tell it’s going to be fun to wear which should erase the memories of the stress and angst I experienced over the past 30 days!

Many thanks to all for seeing me through this one :)

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A Tale of Two Dresses

I realized I wrote something untrue in my April 6th post. I stated that I had accomplished my goal of making Marfy F2105 during my most recent trip to Baltimore with Susan Khalje, but what I made was a dress inspired by this pattern.

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The desire to make the Marfy intensified as I neared the completion of my ‘Baltimore dress’ and so I did something I’ve yet to do since I returned to sewing two and a half years ago. I set the unfinished dress aside and began a new dress.

Here is Marfy F2105 sewn from the Thai silk I received from my friend, Libby :)

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Yes, I know it’s short.

While preparing the muslin for Susan Khalje, my bewilderment brought the muslin construction to a screeching halt after attaching the skirt to the bodice,

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Susan suggested redesigning the skirt to accommodate the Valentino silk chiffon she had helped me select for the pattern. I was game and learned a fabulous new technique for sewing tiered ruffles, but I never learned how to assemble the Marfy skirt pattern portion.

Below are the thread traced and underlined dress pieces.

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After lots of trial and error with scrap fabric, the process became clearer. Starting with the bottom and working my way up, I folded the lower edge where the pattern was marked “fold inside”.

The two narrow lines are marked “Pleat” and “Seaming”image

The fourth pleat is brought down to the bottom pleat line below the top of the folded lower edge. Once stitched on the back side the front side looks like this:

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And so the process begins of graduated layers until reaching the top pleat – the long one attached to the skirt.

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It’s very tidy on both sides,

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 inside and out.

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When I attached the skirt to the bodice I discovered the short length and decided to go with the flow rather than take anything apart.

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 I lined the dress with a cotton batiste due to the color and it’s cooling effect during hot summer days.

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 I can’t write this post without taking a look at the Baltimore dress.

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 The hem is only pinned and the bodice lining has not been secured at the waist. I do love the lower ruffles but I find the top ruffle too full and unflattering. I plan to rework it one more time, and hope I can reclaim Marfy F2015 pattern waistline. I WILL make it work – too much time, money and effort put forth to walk away, not to mention a new pair of lavender Kate Spades ;)

As my Marfy adventure nears the finish line I must conclude that I am beyond ready to move on!

I’m indeed grateful to have spent a second week with Susan Khalje, learning new techniques & skills amongst a fascinating group of women, but I must not forget the important life lesson that rises from my latest sewing experience:

Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.  (Oprah Winfrey)

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In other news, my Vogue Patterns Magazine arrived today. I truly love the piece and send a big thank you to Associate Editor Gillian Conahan for writing such a terrific article!

Until soon :)

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VPM excitement!

Had I known April 6 would have been my last post for over two weeks I might have closed with words other than until soon ……. but life hit me by surprise and took me away from sewing and blogging.

My unexpected time away has been good, bad, happy and sad.  I’ve almost finished a dress, but frankly it feels great just to be typing again :)

Guess what?

I am featured in the newly released issue of Vogue Patterns Magazine as the Readers’ Choice Star Blogger!

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What an honor it is to be included in this leading industry publication and  many, many thanks to VPM readers for nominating me.!! I’m truly flattered and so look forward to receiving my issue – that is correct; I have not seen the article!

Subscribers should receive their issues any day now and the magazine will be available in stores by May 2.

Dare I close with Until Soon?

I dare.

The Thai silk dress is almost finished and I can’t wait to share it with you!

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Week in Review – Susan Khalje Couture Sewing Class

I guess one might say I was overly ambitious in thinking I could post about the Susan Khalje Couture Sewing School every day this week. Now I’m going to make up for it, so make yourself comfortable! Here we go…..

 For anyone considering investing in a Susan Khalje class, again I say do it, but arrive with only one expectation – to accomplish your goal. Trust me, you will exceed it.

The Baltimore class meets in the suburb of Hunt Valley at the Khalje Oriental Rug Gallery. Students are provided a table, a chair and access to irons and ironing boards. Other than bottled water, there are no frills whatsoever. The exquisite rugs lining the walls serve as welcome diversions from the intense sewing projects we have undertaken.

IMG_5145The Class

The Susan Khalje Couture Sewing School has such a formal ring to it!

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Susan is very welcoming, warm and friendly, as well as committed to every student’s project. Thankfully the class is limited to twelve students. Of the twelve women in the class, only one was a newbie – would you believe many of the women there study with her twice a year?

My classmates took the word interesting to a new level. Just imagine the combination of a photographer, several lawyers, a physician, a Wall Street professional turned lingerie designer, a hospice nurse, stay at home moms and sewing bloggers who all adore sewing in a room with Susan Khalje for a week. We were of varying ages with different tastes from three countries.

During our initial introductions a classmate began by describing the K a t i e  Spade skirt she was wearing, inspired by my clone your favorite garment post blogged here :)

IMG_5142 I was truly flattered to begin the week on such a high note!

Classmate and RTW Faster, Cissie Wellons was wearing the jacket she made from the Craftsy.com class –  Janet Pray – Sew Better, Sew Faster: Garment Industry Secrets . It was one of many beautiful garments she made and wore during the week.

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Day 1 is spent fitting muslins, deciding on an individualized plan of action, and taking a trip to the local fabric store if needed.

During the remaining days students work at their own pace.

There are no group or class lessons. Susan provides individual instruction as needed and students are free to watch her work with classmates.

She is in demand from the beginning to the end of each day. Sitting in a chair at one end of the room, students approach her one at a time to answer questions, for fittings and to learn new techniques. When the class gets quiet she walks around the room to check in on our progress.

No question or issue is too big or small and she never gets flustered – EVER. Her even temper is a model for all sewists, especially when it’s time to redo your last three hours of work.

Somehow Susan’s approach all works out to benefit everyone in the class.

 MY PROJECT

Marfy F 2105

F2105 Marfy

FABRIC – Valentino satin faced chiffon

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 After studying my muslin, Susan changed the construction and assembly of my skirt.

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 Rather than fold, pleat and stitch the one long piece of fabric as seen above, tiers of fabric would be layered onto a skirt base.

The bodice is comprised of four layers: 1 – the chiffon 2 – cotton batiste to stabilize the chiffon 3 – silk organza underlining and 4 – silk charmeuse lining.

The skirt base is sewn from cotton batiste lined with silk charmeuse lining.

The tiers are doubled chiffon.

Following is the process:

Skirt base with the bottom layer of camouflage stitched on top. The edge is turned under to the place where the lower edge of the ruffle will fall.

IMG_5182The bottom ruffle is stitched on top of the first camouflage layer.

IMG_5184The second camouflage strip is sewn (right sides together) on top of the ruffle stitching and then flipped. The top edge is stitched to the skirt base.IMG_5186The second ruffle is stitched in the same manner as the first.
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The process is repeated

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until the skirt based is fully covered and layered. One more ruffle to go….

IMG_5211Using this layering and camouflage technique conceals all of the seams and provides added stability to the skirt.

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Thursday morning Susan approved the skirt, and I basted the bodice and skirt together. The moment of truth had arrived.

Um……… this isn’t what I had in mind and I’m trying to remain composed.

IMG_5221The waistline is too low. The top ruffle is too long and so is the length of the skirt.

Off came the bodice and off came the top ruffle. Four hours later I was back in business.

On Friday, my last day (class ran through Saturday) the dress was assembled, the zipper was inserted and the bodice lining was cut and sewn to the neck. Susan told me the fabric had gone to a perfect project and I left with the dress in good shape to finish alone at home. I plan to complete it this week. :)

PLAY TIME

It’s true – the week is mostly all work and no play. Monday – Wednesday I sewed all day, ate a quick dinner and sewed myself to sleep.

Fortunately we had reason to break for a little fun and celebrated Cissie’s birthday.

Couture Dress Class / www.goodbyevalentino.comBut that’s not all!

Late Thursday afternoon, Alice Goldberg, the owner of Mendel-Goldberg drove to Baltimore from NYC in a car loaded with fabric. I guess you could call it a trunk show… ;)

….. a few classmates got carried away…..

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 Best of all, I bought fabric for my Mother of the Bride dress! (which I’ll reveal a little later)

It was indeed a wonderful surprise and worth the trip to Baltimore alone!

 OTHER PROJECTS

Lastly, one of the best parts of the week was drawing inspiration from other classmates. Observing the unbridled creativity of some and expert sewing skills of others is enough to make anyone want to sew…… and sew better.

Norma Loehr of Orange Lingerie came to Baltimore to learn more about incorporating silk into her exquisite lingerie pieces. Since meeting her in October she has launched her first book, Demistifying Bra Fitting and Construction. During the week Norma completed a bias cut silk camisole trimmed in stunning French lace.

Most of the class dropped what they were doing to watch Susan demonstrate how to make these tiny spaghetti straps.

IMG_5244Just look at its lovely drape.

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By late Friday afternoon, jackets were taking shape and dresses were coming together. It was tough to leave a day early though I had far exceeded my expectation of sewing a Marfy dress with silk chiffon.

Speaking only from my experience, I can easily conclude the week was a true investment in success. Beyond the initial expense, I committed myself to a higher level of performance through the help of Susan’s expertise and other like-minded people.

Remember, there is a big difference between indulgence and investment :)

Until soon!

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Disclosure: After many successful experiences with Craftsy.com I became a Craftsy affiliate and receive compensation when you purchase classes or join Craftsy. With the exception of Sew the Perfect Fit, I have purchased all Craftsy classes and provide an honest class review and opinion. The compensation received will never influence the content of this blog.
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Susan Khalje ….. Days 1 and 2

Dear Readers,

Days 1 & 2 of Susan Khalje’s Couture Sewing Class have been as intense as I remember from my first class in October. But intense takes on a wonderful meaning in this case.

Intense

  1. of extreme force, degree, or strength.
    “the job demands intense concentration”
    synonyms: extremegreatacutefierceseverehighMore

  2. having or showing strong feelings or opinions; extremely earnest or serious.
    “an intense young woman, passionate about her art”

Both definitions are accurate for we students are passionate about our art, and the week does demands intense concentration. The good news is we have Susan Khalje to take the edge off of what could be frayed nerves.

There are twelve of us from the US, the Netherlands and Australia and we are all sewing with expensive fabrics – even me.

I am sewing the Marfy pattern illustrated below with a Valentino fabric Susan Khalje bought in Paris.
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I guess I should say “Hello Valentino. Long time no see!” ;)

It’s a Valentino chiffon, pictured below.

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Something about this fabric has Summer in South Carolina written all over it. After taking a big gulp, I got down to business.

 Susan immediately began to make changes when I modeled my muslin. The bodice fits beautifully and need no alterations, but the skirt is a different story.

She explained that the skirt folds and pleats needed to be replaced with tiers sewn onto a skirt and camouflaged the couture way.

 “Show me the way.” I nervously replied.

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After cutting, underlining and basting the bodice (pictured below) the skirt issue is addressed.

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I’m just starting on the skirt and have finished the skirt base.  Next up will be layering the base with alternating tiers and single pieces of chiffon to camouflage the underlining. I should have this completed tomorrow.

Several hours were spent calculating the process, but now that it is worked out, I’m quite excited, however the intensity is relentless.

In case you’re wondering – there are no group classes. We all sew in one room and Susan  provides each student with individual attention. However, a collective energy fills the room just from being together and learning from one another. It’s a lovely atmosphere.

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A few class projects include:

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made from this

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One classmate is making this skirt in order to learn Susan’s superior waist technique.

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The most beautiful lace I have ever seen

The most beautiful lace I have ever seen.

Or is this the most beautiful lace I've ever seen?

or is this the most beautiful lace I have ever seen?

This Style Arc jacket will be made with.......

This Style Arc jacket will be made with…….

THIS Valentino Fabric!

THIS Valentino Fabric!

Loads of Chanel and Valentino fabrics

Loads of Chanel and Valentino fabrics

And in case you’re wondering what machines my classmates are sewing on…………..

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Tomorrow should be a day where the fruits of our labors begin to surface. Stay tuned for there is lots more to come :)

Until soon!

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Baltimore Revisited

Are you considering enrolling in a Susan Khalje class?

It is certainly an investment, but one I found so worthwhile, I’m doing it one more time!
Having taken a class from Susan in October, I learned the location is unimportant because you’re not going to see it.

Greetings from Baltimore!

What am I making ?
It’s true, originally I planned to make the Mother of the Bride dress I’ve been fretting over.
Now it’s unlikely.
Despite of all your wonderful suggestions, I’ve been unable to pair a pattern with fabric.
When I began to lose sleep over the MOB dress, I took stock and decided to put it on the back burner. I can apply the knowledge I’ll gain from this revered teacher during the week to the MOB dress later  – I’ve got five months.

This week I’m sewing Marfy F 2105, a pattern I’ve admired for quite a while.
F2105 Marfy
I’m still considering it for the Mother of the Bride dress but in a longer length.

Aside from participating in Leisa Stanton’s super free pattern Marfy sew-a-long I’m new to the Marfy experience, but I believe I’m going to enjoy it!

First of all, there is nothing better than opening a pattern envelope and finding the pieces are already cut and ready to go :)

Students are expected to arrive to class with a completed muslin.

Referring back to Susan Khalje’s  Online Couture Dress Class from Craftsy (taken in 2012 and blogged here), I quickly got to work on my muslin.

Since Marfy patterns come without seam allowances, I traced the around the edges of the pattern pieces, (which are the seamlines) with carbon paper before thread tracing the seamline on
each muslin piece.

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Thankfully this dress has only 4 pattern pieces, but the skirt is loaded with stitching lines.

This photo includes 3 or the 4 pattern pieces.

This photo includes 3 or the 4 pattern pieces.

This photo includes 3 of the 4 pattern pieces.

This photo includes 3 of the 4 pattern pieces.

Marfy patterns do not include instructions, however they are well-marked in four languages.

photo-26Large letters of the alphabet ( A, B, C etc…) guide you through matching the pattern pieces.

Below is my progress. Everything has matched up nicely. Now the back skirt seam needs to be stitched and the skirt needs to be folded, pleated and stitched until it resembles the illustration. I don’t know what to do first so I’m waiting until class before further attempts ;)

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The dress fabric will be decided tomorrow, though I’m leaning on a suggestion made by Susan.

Stay tuned as I share my progress with you this week on a daily basis, hoping you will also become enlightened through the wealth of knowledge Susan Khalje so generously imparts.

I’m quite anxious to transform this

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to this.

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Until soon :)

Disclosure: After many successful experiences with Craftsy.com I became a Craftsy affiliate and receive compensation when you purchase classes or join Craftsy. With the exception of Sew the Perfect Fit, I have purchased all Craftsy classes and provide an honest class review and opinion. The compensation received will never influence the content of this blog.

 

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Ba ba ba ba Barbara Ann(a)

While looking for inspiration to fulfill the March Mood Sewing Network challenge of creating a look inspired by a fashion designer, I:

  1. Became obsessed with all things Anna Wintour resulting in a haircut my family loathed on me. (It lasted one week.)
  2. Discovered Barbara Tfank, the LA designer popularized by Michelle Obama.
  3. Renewed my love of Ralph Lauren.

 Anna Wintour’s feminine flared skirts and dresses captivated me. Ralph Lauren’s cheerful black and white floral clothes dominated much of his Spring RTW runway show, and Barbara Tfank spelled it out with beautiful embroidered black and white linen  garments(click here). As a result I departed from the predictable slim silhouettes I generally sew and added a little flare (as opposed to flair).

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 I paired Mood Fabric’s black and white embroidered floral linen

FL25336 with Burda Style 6904 View B to get the look I was after.

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Views B and C are fitted through the hips. The lower portion of the skirt is not gathered, allowing for a nice drape. The skirt fit without a single alteration and the substantial linen is dreamy. The dense embroidery prevents excessive wrinkling – even after washing and sitting. I lined the entire piece rather than just the lower skirt as instructed.

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My top is an 2007 RTW linen top refashioned with black organza.

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 White and black organza are to sewing what salt and pepper are to cooking – I’m never without!

The sides of the linen shell top were carefully split. After tying a knot with the organza, I tucked the raw edges into the open seam and stitched it back together.

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The lightweight organza dressed up the aging top without adding bulk. How easy it that?

IMG_5115(I also noticed and read Anna Wintour almost always wears a neutral shoe to extend the leg and because they go with everything.)

 On the one hand I found the runway scene intimidating….. Why can’t I think up these creations? But reading up on the fashion designers is a tremendous resource for any sewist seeking inspiration and you just never  know how the slightest change such as a new hemline, a new sleeve, or new color might affect your overall style :)

Best wishes!

   

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The Plaid Peplum – B 5615

I thought about flying Lauren of Lladybird to South Carolina to help me match this plaid,

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but when I realized she was gallivanting around NYC, I put on my big girl panties and did it myself.

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Can you find the wayward stripes? :)

Maybe I’ll just wear it with this,

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 or stand like this.

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 At any rate, I like my new peplum plaid blouse too much to relegate it to the back of the closet.

This delicious Italian plaid cotton shirting from Mood Fabrics features all of my favorite colors, and goes with  e v e r y t h I n g  in my wardrobe.

The pattern is Butterick 5615 which I’ve sewn twice (blogged here and here), It is now OOP but easily available.

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It’s a favorite blouse pattern with a flattering peplum and no bust darts. The front bodice includes the ties that hide the front peplum seam. My one design alteration was to lengthen the peplum by 1 1/2 inches.

But let’s talk plaid. I tried to make sure the design was symmetrical across the front bodice pieces.

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But that meant one of  the shoulders wouldn’t match.

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Matching the shoulders appeared more important and luckily brought symmetry to the orange stripes across the lower collar.

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The sides matched.

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And the back matched until I sewed the back darts………

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….. and let’s not talk about the front peplum.

Should I have cut the peplum on the bias? Perhaps I’ll order another yard of fabric and redo the peplum since the blouse is too cute to be plagued with issues!

I can keep the wayward stripes under wraps for now, but come Summertime, my little plaid peplum will need to stand on her own :)

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Until soon!

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Vogue 8904 (No. 2)

Recognize this pattern?  I barely do myself, but it’s Vogue 8904 sewn in a solid color.

IMG_4521Generally, I envision my finished garment before beginning the project, but not so this time. Sewing is not usually like a box of chocolates, but……. I thought I was making a tiered t-shirt dress ……… to wear with flip-flops and Jack Rogers!

IMG_4785 Thank you, Mood for a great dress to wear just about anywhere except to the grocery store :)

Determined to familiarize myself with all knit fabrics, I ordered a navy cotton jersey after buying the Sewing With Knits  course from Craftsy.  (Here is a link to cotton jerseys and here is a link to a navy poly knit with ample crosswise stretch :) )I was going to make a hoodie as part of the course…  One might say I became sidetracked.

Vogue 8904 was one of my favorite 2013 sewing patterns, and I intended to make it again. Sewing my first version with a lightweight cotton jersey featuring extreme stretch from Mood resulted in a casual and easy-fitting summertime dress.

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The solid blue jersey offered much less stretch, which I didn’t take into consideration.

Hello……

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Thankfully, it all worked out but what a close call! Yes, I can breathe.

Following are a few of the construction details which deviated from the pattern instructions:

  • Originally I planned to make a long-sleeved dress (View A)

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  • The dress is a double layer of fabric, which includes the base of the dress layered with the shingles. Once I pinned on the sleeves, it became very heavy and too hot to wear for our moderate Spring weather. Therefore, I altered the long sleeves into capped sleeves borrowing a sleeve from another pattern.

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  • After discovering what a tight fit I was facing , I sewed the smallest seam allowances possible and finished the seams with the serger.
  • I secured the neckline facing with a topstitch using a double needle rather than a single stitching line as instructed.
  • I followed Vogue’s instructions leaving all of the edges unfinished which I did not do the first time.

Fortunately, I like surprises even when they make me a little nervous……. but enough surprises with my beloved Mood fabrics! Time to finish that Craftsy course.

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Until soon :)

Craftsy

Disclosure:  After many successful experiences with Craftsy.com  I became a Craftsy affiliate and receive compensation when you purchase classes or join Craftsy. With the exception of Sew the Perfect Fit, I have purchased all Craftsy classes and provide an honest class review and opinion. The compensation received will never influence the content of this blog.
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Mother of the Bride – Part 2

Dear Readers,

I can only hope my deepest appreciation and gratitude for your generous comments, support and vote of confidence is evident in this post.

I feel the love and am passing it on! You kindness is making the world a better place :)

Receiving nearly two hundred responses both on the blog and through email during a 24 hour period was completely unexpected but very welcomed.

You recommended over 100 patterns, offered to shop for me in Paris and New York, set up a Pinterest board, introduced me to the owner of Mendel Goldberg, offered to give me patterns and passed along extremely helpful advice! I would be a pitiful excuse for a seamstress if, with all of this wonderful help, I did not make an exceptional dress to wear to my daughter’s wedding.

I clicked every link, visited every website and looked at every recommended pattern you suggested.  I’ve been a woman possessed for sure!

Since I am 5’2″ I must be careful not to select patterns with lots of moving parts ;) so simplicity works best for me.  Summers in South Carolina are so hot and humid that I will wear a sleeveless dress.

The good news is I’m down to two patterns!

A Vintage McCall’s and a Marfy. The McCall’s is quite elegant and the Marfy is so me.

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I wrote to Susan Khalje and asked about the possibility of lengthening the Marfy. When she responded with an “Absolutely!” I suddenly relaxed about the whole thing.

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Through your comments I also decided to make a cocktail dress out of Thai Silk using a Kay Unger pattern for one of the engagement parties…… and……. I don’t know if I should thank you or curse you…….. I have fallen hard for vintage patterns. $55.00 for a pattern – seriously?

Though I’ve more decisions to make my fretting is over, and thanks to all of you, I believe I can enjoy the process!

T h a n k   y o u   f r o m   t h e   b o t t o m   o f  m y   h e a r t  ! :)

Before closing, I must give a plug to my cute virtual friend, Beth Huntington from The Renegade Seamstress.

Beth is teaching a live web seminar about refashioning (what else!) at Burda Style on March 31 which I’m sure will be delightful, helpful and worthwhile!

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Following is everything you need to know – Have Fun! :)

REFASHION: INSPIRATION AND PROJECTS TO REVAMP AND RECYCLE YOUR WARDROBE
Course Id: 9000-51
Course Start Date: 03-31-2014- Course End Date: 03-31-2014
Instructor: Beth Huntington
Available Seats: 297
Tuition: $19.99
Description
Live Web Seminar Date: March 31st
Start Time: 11am EST (4pm GMT)
Length: 60 minutes

At a Glance:

  • If you’ve ever wanted to try refashioning, but didn’t know where to start, this web seminar will give you the confidence and tools you need to begin.
  • You will be inspired to reinvent your wardrobe to create original and unique clothing.
  • When you finish this web seminar, you will want to grab your wallet, race to the nearest thrift store, and come home ready to create several refashion projects of your own.

About the Web Seminar:
Would you like to join in the fun of one of the most exciting movements in sewing today? Do you have a closet full of ill-fitting, outdated clothing? Have you ever thought of recreating thrift shop clothes into somethingnew, but you didn’t know where to start?

Then this is the webinar for you. Refashioning really is for everyone. You don’t have to be an accomplished seweror even a fashion designer to create your own unique wardrobe for very little money. All you need is the basic knowledge of how to use a sewing machine. You will be ready to look at a piece of unfashionable clothing, see it’s potential to create something new and modern for yourself.

You will never look at thrift store clothes the same way again. You will beinspired by many examples of how you can transform even the ugliest clothes into something fresh and stylish that you can wear everyday. You will learn what to look for and how to find potential garments to refashion. You will be empowered with the tools and knowledge to confidently bring new life to secondhand clothes. In addition, Beth will lead you through a step by step quick andeasy refashion project that you will be able to do on your own as soon as you finish this webinar.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Reasons why refashioning is one of the most exciting movements in sewing today
  • Where to find inspiration
  • How to find great pieces at the thrift store
  • How to organize your stash
  • How to get over the fear of making that first cut
  • How to bring new life to second hand clothes
  • How to refashion a too small dress into a dress made just for you

Who Should Attend?

  • Sewers who want to try something new and different
  • Sewers who want to create unique and original garments for very little money
  • Sewers who want to have perfectly fitting clothes

Difficulty Level:
This web seminar is for sewers with a basic knowledge of their sewing machine and are familiar with how to take their body measurements.
About the Instructor
Beth Huntington is the creator and founder of the popular blog, The RenegadeSeamstress, best known for her friendly style and her straightforward, step by step, photo refashion tutorials. Thousands of visitors stop by The RenegadeSeamstress each day to get the inspiration and knowledge they need to create their own unique and original designs from second hand clothing. Craftsy awarded The Renegade Seamstress blog “Best Tutorials in Sewing” of 2013. You can visit The Renegade Seamstress at http://www.chicenvelopements.wordpress.com

Beth was recruited to help eHow launch their new Crafts Channel last fall. She is nowone of eHow’s Sewing Experts and creates weekly refashion tutorials on their site as well.

Beth is currently writing a book for C&T Publishing/StashBooks titled,“The Refashion Handbook: Refit, Redesign, Remake for EveryBody,” which is due to be released in September 2014.

To Read Beth’s post about the class click here!

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