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Friday, 24 January 2014

Windowpane dress

This is my first time doing anything like plaid matching. I have to confess that I've been pretty scared to even consider it, but this fabric was way too inspiring!

It was pretty harrowing but it worked out OK. Just...lots and lots of hand basting.

I'm fairly happy about how this dress turned out but it's kind of hard to photograph. Shows all the flaws! So I made my hair extra bouncy to compensate.

Hey, look at my shoes! They were Christmas present from my sweetheart. Can you believe that? What a surprise they were on Christmas morning! He done good.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014


A week or so ago, I finished another dress, but I haven't have a chance to photograph it yet, so it'll have to wait.

In the mean time, I've been plotting. And drafting.

This is the dress that I want to make, or at least a passable representation. Even if the model does look a little evil.

And like she maybe has a broken leg.

I know I want:

  • a boat neckline
  • short kimono sleeves
  • gathered, bloused bodice
  • flared skirt with gathered waist
  • a cascade
  • facings to finish the neckline and armholes
  • this fabric
(it looks better in person, swear)

I'm not sure:
  • how I want to finish the edge of the cascade
  • how best to hem it
  • how to attach the elastic in the waist
My goal is to have this finished by summertime, so I've got roughly a million and a half years to get it done.

Friday, 17 January 2014

Pattern Appreciation Post: Kwik Sew 3559

I've made a couple of these and I love it!

A chic black version.

A cozy winter version.

I have to confess, I'm planning to go back to Sultan's Fine Fabrics tomorrow to get more wool jersey and make yet another!

These go together fast and, with only a few changes to the pattern, only uses a yard and a half of fabric. (I cut an extra small)

You can see from the line drawing, the original pattern has a yoke on the front but not on the back, with the back body and sleeves all in one piece. I new I wanted more ease in the back so I cut the back piece into a yoke, and used the same pattern piece for the front and back body. Like this, see?

Anyway, because I cut the large back piece into two smaller pieces, I was able to lay the pattern out way more efficiently. Also, it gives me lots room for my caboose!