Wednesday, February 10, 2016
I may have broken myself a bit on that one. (Well, ok, perhaps not just on that, considering I am still recovering from my occupational burnout #2 so far in life...)
Anyway, I've been going over my patterns and fabric stash a lot lately and been really itching to get some sewing done. At last I dared to try something and so I opted for a very simple dress (with only one new constructional detail) and a fabric I think I at some point got for free! In other words: a very low pressure project, seemed like a good idea.
Here's how it turned out! (and you get a peek of my messy but colorful workspace and fancy dress collection - old, new, homesewn, storebought and inherited - in the background, you're welcome...)
I also did a "decorative" double stitched seam on the edges and to highlight the darts. It's hard to see from a distance so here are some closeups!
The next time I make a dress from this pattern I am going to shorten the bodice back and lengthen the front a bit. I have a bit of a sway back so there is some bunching around the waist mid back. Also since I am "top heavy" i.e. carrying around a (European size) 75F bust, it's always tricky to calculate how much extra length to add mid front to make the waist sit right both front and back... You can see in the following picture that when I move around in the dress there is a lot of unnecessary wrinkling because of this.
Still, I am pretty happy by the results. I think it's a great dress for both a fancy day at the office (perhaps paired with a short black jacket and some more low-key shoes) or a dinner at a nice restaurant (like I'm wearing it the pictures)! Plus I have more nice fabrics in my stash that I could use for making more versions and perfecting this pattern.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Saturday, January 16, 2016
I had been tired of the old look for quite a while now, but it wasn't really a priority. However, since I have been home on sick leave now for almost three months due to a massive occupational burnout (don't really know why the call it that when often this comes from too much in all aspects of life, not just work, right?!) I figured it was time to try and get back to creativity!
The new face of the blog is a lot more clean and simple. The messy background and extra add-ons are gone. I figure the blog photos are the important part anyway, so they should be the center of attention. I guess it reflects the things I'm going through at the moment, cleaning out the old mess, finding whats important and starting over from there.
I am currently working on a heavy knitted blanket made from old jersey tops that I have cut into yarn, I'll give you an update with lots of pics and perhaps a how-to-make as well soon!
I wish all of you a great and happy creative new start to the new year!
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
So without further ado, this is how my self-designed, self-sewn wedding dress came out:
It had a few fit issues that I wish I would have realized in time. (But you don't get a trial run, you just look in the mirrors, right?)
One thing is that because I made it a two-piece, figuring it would be easier to get in and out of, the top hikes up, bunching in the back waist and at front under the bust.
Also I apparently have a much - much - better posture standing in front of a mirror than when not thinking about standing straight. Lots of weird hunchback moments according to the pictures! Darn! You can see it in the following detail pic of my flowers and side/front of dress - those folds/wrinkles under the bust are not supposed to be there!
The back looked quite nice though, I especially love how the lace, gold trim and button details came out! And by the way, yes, that is the same gold trim incorporated in my hairdo! Also: The sleeves were once part of 1970's curtains!
The skirt is four layers full circle! It was hard work, but the feeling was pure princess! The vintage lace detail on the waistband was a last minute decision but came out nice. I put two sets of hook and eye on the inside of the waistband to take some pressure off the zipper (God forbid it would break after one slice of cake, right?). And yes, the zipper seams are crooked, but by then I was so tired I just figured that what the heck, it's a side zipper, no one is gonna see that!
Hemming seven meters of hem per layer was... tiring. Not to mention the one layer with all that trim, took a good couple hours, actually!
In the end, I am 90% happy with the outcome. Not bad I think!
I had a few questions about what this cost me. Materials came up to around 2000 SEK (that is circa 235 USD today), the shoes (I had two pairs, flats and these pretty awesome five-and-a-half inch heels), the clutch and the lace umbrella came in at circa 700 SEK (about 82 USD). I also had to replace my old dress form, so there was another 1500 SEK (176 USD).
Then there's the amount of time spent sewing... After finishing the dress I know I wrote the approximate number down someplace... somewhere I can't remember. But as far as I can recall we are talking around 70-80 hours of cutting and sewing. Maybe 20 hours of research, sketching and planning preparations.
Not sure I will ever take on a project as big as this again! (Basically, family and close friends, if I am to make yours, please have less complicated ideas than me, haha!)
Well, anyway, to finish this post up nicely, here are two of my favorite wedding pictures of me and my husband. I guess we're just not the pose-y couple, we're the happy weirdos!
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Just a few quick snaps on the work in progress on my wedding dress!
Getting closer now, counting the weeks, days. So much to sew, so little time... And so much cursing my complicated construction ideas and thousands of details.
But, I'll get there in time... (Might need a shortcut or two in the end though).
Sunday, May 10, 2015
The wedding dress sewing is slowly coming along. I have been delayed - quite a bit - by the fact that my DIY dress form had, over the past four years, developed a pretty bad case of scoliosis... Or something similar, in the world of mannequins...
So, que panic purchase of fairly expensive new store-bought adjustable dress form, and the five day wait for delivery. Oh well, I guess it's a good investment.
Anyway, no new progress pics, but for those of you interested, here's a couple of my favorite inspiration pics I used when deciding what to make!