Friday, May 28, 2010

Don't laugh.



I know, I have a lot on my plate, I am the head of this family and my job is nonstop! Little projects run far and few, so I like the easy ones that make a HUGE IMPACT.

I was once the gal who chose a more difficult task , lifestyle no longer permits it.  I learned the simplest technique can add a lot of punch to a plain old dress! I am typing this in a hurry as usual!

For now, this is it, I am going to hem it.. I have a busy life and I love to sew, it therapy for me. I am also thinking of altering it more on the sides or perhaps bringing in some darts~

I am pleased with the laced bodice effect!  I am more than pleased with this simple yet, DETAILED - It gives almost a corset effect! I modified it a little and I plan to a few more things. I hate to drag this project out, it is a very pretty simple dress! IT WOULD TAKE A NORMAL PERSON AN HOUR OR TWO. 

I am very hectic today - I had to actually clean my little yard. I found that extremely beneficial to my having my my hands in the Earth, and somehow.. "I kept thinking, this is going to all grow back, what a waist....I would rather be sewing.."

I asked my husband to do this photo for me real quick... NOTICE HOW HE GOT THE BUST ON THE FORM.. HMM! 

Embarrassing. WHAT A GUY PHOTO!  I am actually saying, "OH WHAT A GUY..UHH..!?!?!"

I wore this in my house. I fell in love with it after letting it hang, and I already had the edge serged so it was not a raw edge.  I was going to hem it and it looked like the prettiest blue against my hair and eyes - I was a little girl who wore her shoes home from the store.

The way the bust line gathers it looks so good with the pattern in the fabric.  WOO!

However the waistline tie is A CUTE THING YOU CAN DO WITH barely any time or work. 

It is so flattering on any woman, actually I am a very honest person... I am thinking that a woman who is small and large. I do not think the tie effect is appropriate  if you have a lot of bulge in the back area, is there a word for a roll? But, along the ribs around to the back.  You would want to avoid this look as I would think it would not be a flattering style.  Otherwise, I am not in the BEST shape and I think made my waistline look very cinched and thin.  I just do not like the fullness in the back, looks a little pillowcasey, and I think I would look better if I lost some fabric.

When taking it in, I am going to have to be mindful of the fact that it is an elastic casing and if I am going to slipping in and out of it around the beach.... I think it is a cute effortless casual dress that I can jump in and out of and still look like a HOT MAMA! LOL!


Tell A VETERAN that you respect their courage to fight for the Americans, no matter what  our political views, they are out service men, and it takes a lot of sacrifice to do what they do.. and they are extremely UNDERPAID AND deserve so much respect.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Readers Digest Complete Guide to Sewing. 
I should hit this read much more! It is a great book, looks appealing to the eye, but there is so much behind this cover! I really do not believe you need any other books when it comes to this one, it tops many of my favorites! Very easy to understand and thoroughly get each step .  Keep your expert Tailoring Skills shining with this awesome awesome book! I do not have any for sale, however, I found one seller who has it at a destashing price! This is my re post because I swear by this book, it should be the Seamstess' Bible!

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!