Sorry for the long absence folks...this summer has been super busy. If you follow me on Instagram (erikamadeit) you have seen my new puppy, Rockford. He is an adorable time suck that keeps me from blogging. I've also been teaching everyday at Fabricland's Summer Sewing Camp.
Last week we made Simplicity 2176. Its one of those Project Runway sewing patterns which are frustrating to use. They separate each of the styling designs on the back of the envelope so you never know how much fabric you really need. I made the version with the band, wide straps, and the border on the skirt. I used a contrasting floral and stripe to make a fun, summery frock. Both fabrics are a quilt weight cotton, which works fine for this dress.
The dresses in the class came out beautifully, we had four afternoons to make them.I had to do some alterations to make them fit such a wide range of girls, one was way smaller than the smallest size, but they look great. The most challenging part was folding over and sewing the band on the bottom. We had to hem the skirt a lot for the girls, and then shorten the band to match. The bias started the stretch and we had to try a couple times to get it right. But they did really well and we had a lot of fun. Pin It Now!
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Because this year's Project Fabricland's advanced students were participating in a "Head to Hem" challenge, I needed to make a hat to wear to the fashion show too!
And what could be better than a sewing machine hat?! The Bernina sewing machine is from a music box that was on sale at Fabricland. It was a little bit damaged so I got it for only $5!. I knocked the machine off the music box base, and started to design my hat. I happened to have the perfect size mini wooden spool, so I threaded the machine!
For the base I covered two layers of buckram (for extra support) with the fabric I used for my Cambie dress. The bottom layer is covered with pink wool felt and the edge is finished with a bit of grosgrain ribbon. It's kinda wobbly so I attached the hat part to a headband by sewing two loops of elastic through all the layers. Then I used my high heat glue gun to glue the plastic machine to the base.
That's it! I got a ton of looks with this accessory. Not everyone thought it was fabulous. But I know it is!
|My boss Nancy and I workin' our hats, and me-made outfits!|
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
The fabric is this crazy cute. It's an magenta embroidered cotton on a black background, made in Italy that I bought at Fabricland. We only got a small amount of this beauty, so I quickly snatched up 3 yards. We sold out out of it the next day! The skirt I gathered on the crossgrain to take advantage of the edge of the embroidery. I carefully zig-zagged around the flowers on the bottom and cut away the excess black for my hem. The whole thing is lined in black Robert Kaufman savannah cotton, I love this stuff for linings, it's SO soft and not too expensive.
I wore this dress to the Project Fabricland fashion snow, and it was a big hit! I even made a hat to match it since some of the students participated in a Head to Hem challenge. I'll show you my hat later this week!
Monday, May 5, 2014
When I saw the Mary Adams quilt dress (below) I knew I had to make my own. I've been obsessed with her book The Party Dress Book, she has so many different ideas for dressmaking, including an entire chapter on piecing. So I bought a fat quarter bundles on etsy, I'm in love with the April showers print from Moda. I also got a flying geese ruler which is just a triangle with different sizes on it, to make the pieced bodice front and skirt front.
|Inspiration from dressmaker Mary Adams|
I used the smallest flying geese measurement for the bodice, It worked out that four across fit perfectly for the front piece of the princess seamed top from a Colette pattern I knew would fit me. I made the front side pieces the April shower print and the side back and back pieces in coordinating prints. The triangles are made from 9 different fabrics, and a light green seersucker background.
The skirt is made from strips of the fabrics, some from the Moda collection, some I got at Fabricland to match. The strips are cut at different widths, and sewn together and attached to the other pieced part I made. The skirt "quilted" part in the front is two sizes bigger than the bodice, 2 1/2 inches, I also made them four across, and gathered the whole thing to attach to the top.
The skirt was a little bit short so to hem it I made a facing from the leftover seersucker and sewed it at 1/4". This dress is fully lined to prevents all the pieces from unraveling. It is so fun to wear...I wore it to work and people stopped just to look at it! I might even make another one if I fall in love with another group of fat quarters. It was a lot of work to make, I spent a ton of time cutting and piecing, but I think it was worth it!
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Oh deer, ANOTHER DRESS. This is the new simplicity lisette pattern 1419 that came out in the Spring. It's a basic dress with the cute detail of a peter pan collar and keyhole. It has an option for sleeves and includes a loose jacket in the pattern. I made this dress as a store sample for Fabricland, for the summer class camp. I made no changes to the pattern, kind of a wearable test muslin for myself.
The fabric is an adorable quilt weight cotton from Art Gallery Fabrics. I think the deer are just so sweet! I used a lace print in yellow for a little contrast. There are a few things i would tweak about the fit if I was going to make this again. I have to remember to made the bodice longer on these patterns. It's always just slightly too high and it ends up bugging me. Another thing that bugs me is when the arms are too wide...I will have to cut them down a bit.
This pattern is cute and useful, a great way to show off a print, I think I will make another down the line.Pin It Now!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
I made this dress like a million years ago and am finally getting around to sharing it. This is another fabric from the Amy Sedaris for Windham fabrics, I'm obsessed with her. It's also another version of Simplicity 2444; the worlds most classic pattern. I made the sleeveless version and finished the armholes with some polka dot bias tape.
It is so quick to whip together, I can't even count how many different time I have made this pattern. Its perfect for a fabric with a strong pattern, that maybe you can't think of another use of it.
I wear this dress ALL THE TIME. Maybe too much. It matches so many different cardigans, I can't help it. Last week I wore it to Atlantic City, but it did not give us any good luck at the Craps table. It still made me feel like a million dollars (corny corny).
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Thursday, March 20, 2014
HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE! I have been in such a winter funk, I feel like I have been buried under the piles and piles of snow. It's been impossible to take pictures for the blog, even though I have been sewing tons of cute things! It's finally melting and I'm back to show you two versions of this classic Colette pattern; The Sencha Blouse.
The first version is made from this record print quilt weight cotton. It's a little stuff, especially with the the high neckline. I'm not used to such a high neck and if I was going to make this version again I would lower it a tad. I lengthened the top by about 2 inches, I think the other versions I've made in the past are a little short.
For my second version I used a Anna Sui heart silk print from Fabricland, (it's still there and even on sale now). I love this print, and am more comfortable in the keyhole version of the Sencha top. There are some things missing from the pattern that I added. I interfaced the button band, which the pattern does not tell you to do. I also started the first button about 1/2" from the top of the blouse so it doesn't gap and the top. From my understanding the official rule of buttons is that the first button should begin half of the distance of the button from the top.
These patterns are the perfect basic, and I love how versatile they are. I usually wear them with a cardigan, and pants to work.