Photo credit: freeparking
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
(To be fair, it had a partner in crime - a Joann's gift certificate given to me by my friend for the alterations I did to her bridesmaid dress.)
I decided to make the two-layer, full-circle version of this skirt. (In fact, after browsing the bolts, I decided to make TWO two-layer, full-circle skirts, but I'll save one for next week!)
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
If there ever was a time for TWO quotations, it would be when the theme was "excess"... ;)
Apparently, not only do I have Terry Pratchett's Monks of Cool on my side for this jacket, William Somerset Maugham and Oscar Wilde would also approve! Yes, the fake pink fur jacket is just about complete! All I have left to do are the buttons and buttonholes...
Hopefully I can finish one evening this week, after work... :)
Another update - the side panels on the bridesmaid dress are finished, and they seem to do the job satisfactorily. I was lucky that the dress fit around the top of the bodice, so that I didn't have to take it completely apart! When her arms are down, the panels aren't even noticeable. When her arms are up, they don't look bad...
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
- Ten people reported always or almost always stay stitching.
- Three people commented that it did depend a bit on the type of fabric, and emphasized the importance of stay stitching unstable and/or stretchy fabrics.
- Four mentioned experiencing negative repurcussions from not stay stitching.
- And four mentioned using other techniques to stabilize fabric (either in conjunction with or instead of stay stitching) - specifically stay tape and knit interfacing.
LoisK pointed out that, in order for stay stitching to be able to do its job, you need to do it first - before handling the fabric a lot (putting in darts, etc.)
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I've actually only attached the panels (cut from the matching shawl) along one edge. Tomorrow we'll have a fitting and I'll figure out exactly where to attach the other edge.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
- up front - shopping for the fabric & patterns (including fabric fondling!), dreaming and planning (11 votes)
- at the end - having the finished product come out as planned and fit (5 votes)
Photo credit: Anta
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Next, the instructions had me open out the lining and connect the front and back lining pieces along the shoulder seams.
Trim the curves and flip it right side out - ta da! Front (inside) view:
The last step was to flip up the lower edges of the yoke lining and stitch them to the main fabric. Again - front (inside) view:
Of course, all of those pictures are with the jacket inside-out. Turn it right-side out, and there is only the slightest hint of the colorful flowered fabric lining! ;)
I'm getting close to finishing now - only the sleeves, hem, buttons & buttonholes are left. After this, a top for my other niece - also bright pink (stretch with sequins!) and a cool fake leopard fur trim! ;)
At this rate, I may make it into the Monks of Cool "Hall of Fame"! ;)
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The only thing I'd definitely drop is the side zipper in the skirt section of this dress. It seems to be pointless as it doesn't come up as high as the bottom of the neck opening, and thus even when both are fully open, there is a constriction in the middle of the dress that I have to squeeze through... Am I missing something?
So, like the other RTW dress that I want to copy, this is also quite low on my list - and sadly even those things on the top of my list are languishing these days due to lack of sewing time... :(
Monday, April 6, 2009
Isn't it appropriate that the month of the tax begins with April Fool's Day and ends with cries of "May Day!"?