Saturday, January 31, 2015

Gertie's Grand Giveaway Butterick 6094

I made this dress for Gertie's Grand Givaway contest http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/
I LOVE the way it came out!
This is my second attempt at Gertie's elegant Butterick 6094 pattern.
I chose a gorgeous embroidered corral stretch poplin fabric accented with a special vintage print. 
The design of this dress is exquisite!
I adore this vintage novelty fabric I found years ago at a yard sale of a 97 year old woman whom passed away after a life of artistic work.
Utilizing fabric placement to emphasize sewing motif reminding me of Gerie's sewing books which make home sewing look fun, relaxing, while eating chocolate, sipping tea, and laughing with good friends - PURE BLISS!!!!!!!!!
I made a sway back adjustment as well as adding length and width to the back skirt darts to fit my derriere.
 I unified the dress with topstitching on neckline and hemline drawing colors from novelty print at midriff and back collar.



I lined the dress with a luxurious silk charmeuse.
Accented the back collar with corral colored pearls. 
I made a small bust adjustment and lengthened the bodice an inch to get the fitting just right. 






"May you feel life as an irresistible invitation 
To discover and develop your talents,
Each day bringing something new to birth." 
John O'Donohue 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Buyere Shirt

Completed the Buyere shirt a much needed addition to my wardrobe!!!!!!!
 I LOVE this pattern from Deer and Doe www.deer-and-doe.fr/?lang=2‎
I used this cute flannel heart fabric trimmed with a nice burgundy flannel. I love it and really needed it!!!!
Yah!!!! Check out my plackets and snaps! I forgot how much I love snaps!
And the back. I also made a burgundy mabel skirt and dark gray leggings to go with this Buyere shirt.
The changes I made were: to make a small bust adjustment, I cut a size 36 for bust, grading to a size 38 waist, and size 44 on top part of sleeve grading to a size 40 sleeve at arm and cuff,  took off one half inch off the width of the collar and rounded it. 
The arms may seem a little baggy but I wanted room to feel comfortable with another long sleeve tee shirt under this shirt. 
The first Buyere shirt I made was in gray flannel with a black and gray trim. I also made a mabel skirt to go with these crazy leggings I have had for a long time but never found the right thing to wear with them - now I got it!!!!!
The thing with the sleeves is an old fitting problem I still do not understand. Often, when I make something with long sleeves it is way too tight when I lean down to pick something up - restricting my arm movement! I HATE that because I work in all my cloths! 
I cannot figure out how to do upper arm adjustments without just making that whole upper arm bigger. So, I just make the upper arm bigger and grade smaller as I come down the sleeve to the cuff. Maybe some day I will figure out the proper way to do it but for now this works.
"May your work assume
A proper space in your life;
Instead of owning and using you,
May it challenge and refine you,
Brining you everyday further 
Into the wonder of your heart."
John O'Donohue

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Ceylon Dress Hand Embroidered Blossoms

Completed the Ceylon Nectarine Blossoms Dress!
 The pattern is from Colette Patterns www.colettepatterns.com.
 I used a wonderful wool gaberdine fabric in a rose color. It took me a long time to complete the hand embroidered nectarine blossoms because I don't often sit down to handwork. 
 I LOVE this dress design; the wide midriff is flattering and the topstitching leaves a lot of room for fun with decorative stitching.
 The changes I made were: to add long sleeves, add a lining, made a small bust adjustment, and continued the darts all the way up the back of the midriff.
 It is such a comfortable dress!!!!
I lined the dress with a lovely rose pink silk(the leggings are not red but a fuchsia color). I love the wool fabrics lined with silk for winter clothing!!
"Often it seems that we have to undertake the longest journey to arrive at what has been nearest all along." John O'Donohue