dress: self-made, patterns here and here // detachable collar: self-made, pattern here // tights: random shop in a cat village in Taiwan // shoes: Seychelles
Hello 2015! Not sure how that happened. I’m still getting used to it not being summer anymore.
Anyway, sometime in November I wandered into Sewfisticated and they had randomly gotten a quite impressive selection of scuba knits. I briefly considered buying one of each but then came to my senses and went home with only two, a fancy floral and this lovely red plaid.
I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to make: some kind of a short-sleeved skater/party dress kind of thing. I dug through some patterns and decided to use Burda 7739 with elongated sleeves for the top half and a slashed and widened lady skater skirt. Everything pretty much came together easily!
The scuba knit was so much fun to sew (and to wear! I often end up petting my skirt in public which is probably a bit weird). It’s kind of squashy and does what it’s told. I was entertained. The only issue I ran into was hemming the skirt and sleeves; I didn’t love the way the line of stitching stood out in the squashiness. I might undo it and do some kind of hidden hand-stitching on the inside instead.
I also realized that I somehow managed to recreate this dress pretty much exactly (other than the princess seams vs waist darts). I think this might even be the exact same fabric. Whoops?
I’m also so thrilled to have finally finished this detachable collar! I started it ages ago when Megan Nielsen first posted her tutorial and then got tired of beading and abandoned it. I mostly used her pattern but made the collar tips a little pointier. Of course when I picked it up again two months ago I decided to go even crazier and started hand-stitching seed beads onto it. My fingers were not pleased with this decision but I love the effect! I’ve been wearing it a lot to dress up lazy outfits.
In other news, I’m in love with these cat tights I picked up in Taiwan.
Sidenote: I’m giving the blog a bit of a facelift so excuse please the mess until I get things figured out!
Today was the first day that has actually felt like spring! I even took dress photos without tights on! Let’s hope this weather stays around.
I made this dress a while ago and then it sat in my closet getting dusty because it’s not exactly snow appropriate. I used Burda 7739 for the dress itself (minus the sleeves) and then this tutorial for the bow. And it has pockets!
Yay for spring!
Please go away so I can take pictures in my springy dresses. I’ve developed a bit of a backlog.
dress: self-made // tights: Modcloth // belt: Modcloth // boots: Boutique 9
Anyway, I think this might be my favorite of the Burda 7739 bunch I’ve made. I also think it might be safe to say that I’m a little obsessed with this pattern, considering I’ve already made it three times: this one,
a gray one that I just realized I forgot to post oh no wait, I did post it!, and a spring version I finished last week that I haven’t posted yet.
This one was heavily inspired by yet another Dear Creatures dress. Shocking, I know. I loved the original dress but I knew the lack of a waist would look terrible on me so Burda 7739 seemed the perfect pattern to use for it. As usual, I lengthened the waist by a few inches, and I used double fold bias tape for the white detailing. I also lengthened the sleeves past the elbow and made little cuffs. I’m thinking of ripping those and making new cuffs with buttons.
So far I’ve worn this on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I’m pretty much in love. I also have about six more dresses in my Sewing Inspiration board that this pattern would be absolutely perfect for recreating.
Do you have any patterns that you just can’t get enough of?
PS It was so great to hear about what everyone’s working on over the long weekend. I’m still hammering out a few pattern piecing-related issues, but so far so good! I hope all of your projects are going swimmingly.
I love flouncy skirts. The more spinnable, the better.
belt: yoinked from a Modcloth dress // tights: Hue (I think) // top: blogged here // headband: Modcloth
A few weeks ago my sister and I drove down to my favorite fabric store and sort of went crazy. We ended up leaving with several fabrics with which to make random skirts, because skirts and tights are the best thing ever. And because Seester wanted to learn how to make skirts.
Now, I should explain that I am a terrible teacher. I get frustrated easily and I have trouble remembering what it was like when I was still mastering a skill. So instead of picking an easy skirt pattern (of which there are literally millions), I decided we were going to make a skirt out of Simplicity 1873. Because it’s flouncy and delightful.
Anyway, the moral of the story is I’m pretty sure she still hasn’t finished hers. And I’m a terrible sister.