Dress Plan- Contest!

Dress Plan

 

So I am taking a break from the purple blouse to make some dresses for a contest at pattern review. The contest is one pattern many looks.  I plan to make four dresses. I am almost done with the green daisy one.  It’s not exactly like the modcloth dress, its definitely inspired by it though. I am using the vintage pattern shown in the photo above, it is Mcalls 8249, from the 1950’s.

2014 One Pattern, Many Looks Contest

African Violet

African Violet
Up next in the sewing room.  A self- drafted tunic top. Using rayon in a deep purple color.   The blouse will be collarless, with a neckband instead, loose fitting and long, with a three quarter sleeve and curved hem.  This  is a transitional piece for summer/fall.
So far the front and back are drafted and cut, had to fiddle with the neckband and front placket a bit.  Next up drafting sleeves.  Still working on how to get a good sleeve, thought I might try this technique.  Looks like it will be a good method for getting the right fit. Also, this video for the actual drafting.

Gingham Dress- Finished

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Can I just say that I love this dress! It’s everything I like in a sun dress, fitted bodice, full skirt, wider straps! I love it’s fit, the fabric! Everything! Ok maybe I’m gushing a bit. Tomorrow I wear it for the first time, I can’t wait.

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Bodice detail.  I will try to post pictures of me wearing it soon.

Sewing notes

  • Bodice self drafted using online pattern diagram (see this post)
  • Skirt drafted just like this dress
  • Used a shirred panel in back of dress to avoid a zipper, It just pulls on.
  • Fabric is plaid seersucker

Overall a very simple make. My favorite :)

Gingham Inspiration

Gingham Inspiration
Summer Gingham

 

Suddenly I decided I need a new sun dress. I just love gingham its such a classic print.  I am really glad its currently fashionable again.

  I am currently moving and extremely busy- but today I got bit by the sewing bug.  Most of my sewing stuff is in storage, but a few things are still here in my house.  Including a very nice piece of navy and white gingham seersucker.  It was 4 yards worth and plenty to make a dress.  I used the same skirt pattern as my little white dress   .  For the bodice I used this diagram   (scroll down page) and my custom bodice sloper. (one of the best things I have made, if you don’t have  sloper based on your bodies measurements I highly advise you to make one.  To find out more about how to do it look here)
I cut it out and sewed it all in one day today.  It is almost finished, just needs the bodice lining sewn in and a hem.  Look for a finished garment later this week.

Spring 2014 Mood boards

Spring 2014 Mood board
Spring 2014
Just a collection of fashion images from around the web to help me plan my spring and summer wardrobe and sewing plans.
I like to do this to help keep me on track and to quickly recall outfits and items I loved.  I find that I am easily distracted when shopping or planning and need a way to focus on what I really want to buy and to sew.
How do you plan your wardrobe purchases and sewing plans?

Little White Dress

Whitedress beachcasualwhite dresseveningwhitedressHooray for my finished dress!
Well I am very happy with it. Here’s my review from pattern review.  If you are a member feel free to vote for my entry!  If not, you should join, pattern review is awesome and a great resource for all things sewing related.

Pattern Description: A fabulously easy dress that is a great basic with some nice design details and a beautiful neckline. The easy design allows easy design and fitting adaptations. Try to replace the front and back tuck with a princess seam if you would like a more fitted look and eliminate the pockets for a less sporty and more simplistic and sleek version.

Pattern Sizing: 34-46, I made the 42

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes but I changed the skirt to a circle skirt.

Were the instructions easy to follow? i didn’t really use them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The fit, this bodice fit me perfectly as drafted with no alterations necessary. I liked the neckline and he midriff band.

Fabric Used: White cotton eyelet. Fully lined in white cotton batiste.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Many they are as follows
1. lengthened the midriff band about 3 inches
2. lowered the back neckline to make it more summer friendly
3. changed the skirt given to a circle skirt, self drafted from this tutorial Click Here

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Yes great pattern so well drafted, and the circle skirt tutorial on the by hand London site is great also!

Conclusion: This is my entry for the Little White Dress Contest. The first photo is my beach styling shot, next I styled my LWD for school and errands, last up is my evening look!
I have made a little deal with myself to sew only free patterns this year to keep sewing costs down and to explore all the awesome free sewing patterns out there. So I decided to enter the LWD contest and put my resolve to the test. I even have a pinterest board with free pattern links on it, free pattern board. So far I am pleased, this pattern was great. I almost always have to alter patterns with the big 4, but did not here. I love the fit and my new dress seems quite versatile. I have already thought of many more ways to wear it!
You see my planning board Click Here on my blog.