Saturday, May 1, 2010

I have been sewing, Making my own dresses!


 I have a tendency to neglect my needs. I think as a woman, and the head monkey of the clan..there is a sense of guilt attached to stopping and indulging in the things I love. Forget the nice long bath, trip to a salon, those days are long forgotten! I am talking about getting on the sewing machine for a couple of peaceful hours, listening to the buzz of my machine and the lovely needle piercing my favorite fabric together to create a vintage pattern into my favorite garment of modern times...I made the time! I needed that moment. Me and my thread!

Like I mentioned in my previous blogs, I have the space.  The last part of the house, last part of the studio, and how lucky I am a to finally have my creative space.  AND, I PUT IT ON THE BACK BURNER?  

It started with the dress a day pattern, By Butterick.  The one that I mentioned, and I never spoke of again.. well, there is a lot of buzz on this old pattern.  I do not like it.  I felt like it was an awkwardly shaped dress and it added too much weight to my ass and my stomach. Yep,  I said the A word! It did!!!To fluffy, then the edges are bound with seam binding.  Well, never ask a man to "pick it up on the way home"... Cause what you will get is close but not it.. He is great at getting my interfacing or fusible web.  SO, I KNOW I PICKED A WINNER! But, anything off that list, he blows it. He doesn't mean to, but there are just some things I am just meant to accomplish alone.

SO, what I did accomplish, was finding out my skills are tiny bit in the rusty area.  I need to brush up... I feel a little out of my territory.  But, with each pattern I am feeling more and more like my typical sewing self and at ease again! Thank you, Sewing Gods!

So,  I made three things, a self fabric belted day dress, to match my high heels which are a little close to the color of the stipe! Yahoo, it looks adorable on me and the form!

  This is a really adorable dress, I used a very cotton crisp fabric, and it will be really perfect for the hot days on the Jersey Shore!


I love it! I am a little different than the average Jersey Girl, that is why we live in Asbury Park, - A very artsy area along the Jersey Coast Line.  I love it because there is a lot of historical homes, businesses and we are also within walking distance of Loch Arbour, Deal, and Ocean Grove! All well known places for the outstanding architecture, wonderful historical landmarks.  In a nut shell, this place is a great place to be all year round, but the community awakens and glows once there is the first glimpse of 80 degree weather.  I am happy to be a part of this in my dress, as I glow with my surroundings.  Glowing out of accomplishment, "I made this, and damn.. I look good!"  Indie happiness!


I also hit the belly top pattern..It is a little sexy for me! But, as I tell myself I am going to add some sit ups and belly exercises into my daily routine, I know this may sit waiting for that proud moment of wearing.  I had a little of this really darling fabric and it just screams, "Aloha" to me.  It has a silk feel with flannel backing. i actually picked this up from a great friend of mine, who also is a big pattern collector and in my eyes, a master seamstress! This fabric is of great quality and since it is a rare vintage cloth, I wanted the rare fabric to be used for something summery - and cute  so I went to the halter top patterns. After I already extended the length of the top hoping I would cover some of my belly area; I never thought that the 60's pattern would be so revealing of the midriff area. Then again, I have seen my share of early sixties teeny bop beach party movies - Plenty of midriff cropped tops and cutesy capri pants. 

So, that is what I got only better, a bit sexy but this is what the fabric was meant to be! When I talk about rusty - it was like I was dyslexic picking up a top with a lining.  It was a little weird at first, I kept thinking backwards, an embarrasing moment even when all alone and sewing.  However, once I started to think that way again; I was starting the next pattern in my head!


I think I was ahead of myself on the top, I literally did not attach the last button because the top is a little short for this mom.  I did not feel very attractive, I need a high waist skirt or slacks /pants to go with this, I will skip the hip huggers.  However, for a belly revealing top;-there is something with the darts that make it not so trashy and perhaps acceptable!  I can do it with the right pair of pants. 


I did make a something else, however, guess where that was when I shot these photos (!) in the washer! Because I wore it immediately after crafting and assembling it. 


That's my sewing week - Thank God after 2 months without sewing and about 6 months before that, I am back on fire again, and it feels so good!