Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ava pink silk chiffon dress

Finished the Ava dress from www.victorypatterns.com.
 My first time sewing with silk chiffon. Yes, it feel like it looks - so light, and soft you could just fly away!!!!
 But sewing with it is a task because it  moooooooves all the time! The ONLY way I find it possible to sew silk is to use spray starch. Which you can find in quilt shops or on-line. I bought Sullivans Fabric Stabelizer on-line from Create For Less http://www.createforless.com/Sullivans-Spray-Fabric-Stabilizer-14.5-oz/pid51968.aspx. Good stuff but expensive!
 I lined the dress with a silk charmeuse which is just as slippery and needs to be stabilized also. I used the short dress version on the pattern and combined it with the long dress version to make a cascading skirt. But then I felt that the skirt was too short in the front so I added a flounce to the charmeuse lining and ended up with the layered effect on the skirt. There was no way to have and even cut on the hemline of the skirt because chiffon just does it's own thing even when cut from the pattern. fortunately, the different lengths look good with the rolled hem.
 I LOVE that it has a side zipper. But I do need more learning on specific methods for putting in zippers to silk chiffon! It's not the same as installing zippers into more stable fabric like cotton.
 I used the sleeve from Victory Pattern's "Nicola" dress. I have not made the Nicola dress yet but I will. Also, I used my serger to get that GREAT rolled hem for the silk chiffon - the best way to finish chiffon beautifully!

 It looks so easy but I think there was more cursing that could be heard coming from my sewing room than ever before! The only thing I don't like about the pattern is that it does not have a lining and I just made that up. The only part they line is the bodice which is impossible to only do that if you choose a see through fabric like silk chiffon.
 The other thing I didn't like was that they did not include using bra cups. The pattern was specifically designed for a see thru top bodice. So, what are you gonna do? Have your ugly old bra straps visible! Not after all that work! I double lined the lower bodice, added bra cups in between silk charmeuse. 
 "As the bird soars high
In the free holding of the wind,
Clear of the certainty of the ground,
...............

Opening the imagination of wings
Into the grace of emptiness
To fulfill new voyagings,
May your life awaken
To the call of it's freedom."

John O'Donohue

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cambie Dress with Full Skirt

I LOVE the Cambie Dress from Sewaholic Patterns www.sewaholicpatterns.com. This time I made version B. 
I used a very soft cotton lawn fabric and lined it with a ultra soft lightweight cotton. It is so comfy!
I used part of the border of the fabric to cut out the belt part. I LOVE how that came out!
When I was finished I didn't like the length - it seemed too long so I cut off a LOT in the front and made a cascading hem line.  
After that hack job I was a little nervous that it was going to be to short! But as I wear it, it feels so cool and light on these hot summer days! Thank goodness!!!!!!!

Oh Yes! that belt came out well and gives me more ideas for further versions of this dress!
I am a little shy about showing so much of my legs at my age.






















Honesty,
Courage,
Sacrifice ( which means offering),
Patience.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Marilyn Dress

The Marilyn dress from Serendipity Studio http://www.sewserendipity.com/! I got this pattern last fall and I have been anticipating making it all winter! Here it is- version one. I actually finished this dress on July 3rd But I'm just getting around to blogging about it.
I love the butterfly and dragonfly print on this quilting cotton. Quilting cotton in usually NOT what I want to make a dress out of because it can be stiff and itchy. sometimes I just can't pass up the prints because the quilters have all the cool prints around here. Quilting cottons are too itchy for me so I lined this dress with silk charmeuse. 

 The orange silk charmeuse is luxuriously soft on the skin! I LOVE bias trim! Colette's book https://www.colettepatterns.com/books/colette-sewing-handbook has the best tutorial on bias trim! When you have struggled with making trim and bias trim without her tutorial and then you finally discover how it is done it seems like MAGIC!!!!!!! 

I like the v-neck back because it's easier to zip up.


This is the first dress I have made that has a gathered skirt. Sometimes I like having a dress with a lot of room in the skirt because I may be at a music festival, friends back yard lawn, or at the park and need to sit down on the grass and have enough skirt to cover while sitting comfortably on the ground. However, I'm not so sure how I feel about the gathers yet. I'm not sure if I just have not warmed up to them or if I don't like the way they make me look?  



"As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become."

John O'Donohue