Monday, February 10, 2014

Winners and a loser (or at least not a winner)

I have been sewing a lot over the last week. In addition to the shorts for the middle grandson, I also pulled together my second make of this Simplicity dress.

It's all but done, all I need to do is hem the outside layer. I faced a different (for me) sort of challenge with this dress because although I'd made it before, I'm enough smaller now that the previous size was/is too big. But patterns come bundled in sizes and the size I needed for this make was not included in my pattern. That meant I needed to buy a second pattern, which annoyed me but resulted in a better fit.

I used a fabric that's quite drapey which sort of goes against the retro vibe of the dress. To overcome how much the fabric wanted to drape, I lined it with white cotton. This solved a couple of potential problems: it's not see-through, the dress has more body and skims better and it's also really soft and comfy to wear.

It's too damn cold to put the dress on for anything other than a nanosecond of fitting so I will get a picture next weekend when we are someplace warm. Yes, we are going away for an extended weekend so we can thaw out.

I also made myself a bag. If I'm not careful, I'll be known as both the crazy cat lady and a bag lady . . . Anyway, here's another version of the Birdie Sling Bag but this time it's for me.


Finally I had enough scraps of this material on hand that I thought I could get another top out of it. I'd already made a dress, which I like a lot. Normally I wouldn't go for multiple items from the same fabric but you have to admit this is some neat cloth. Unfortunately, it's a bit too soft to work in the pattern I made. I may be able to salvage it but I'm out of energy for that top right now.



Next up is possibly a coat. We'll see. My upper back is scolding me for all the hunching over I've done the last few days.

5 comments:

freshhell said...

Love the colors!

readersguide said...

Yes, so springy! That dress screams "tropical vacation," I love the bag, and I even love the heap-o-shirt -- that plaid looks very soft. You know how I feel about 'soft" and "plaid."

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kittiesx3 said...

The dress I made from the plaid (linked to it in the post) is indeed soft and comfy, but the fabric is just a little too unstructured for the top I made out of it. Oh well, it was fabric I already had on hand so not really a waste -- just not a winner.

Magpie said...

the dress is fun - so lilly pulitzer!