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Houndstooth Peter Pan Collar Verity

IMG_9672Today, I bring you a dress that has been staple of my winter wardrobe. Well, when I say it has been a staple, I mean it’s the only dress I’ve been willing to wear when I actually think about wearing a dress (which, if I’m being honest, has been maybe three times in the last month). It has been downright frigid for what feels like a year, and all I want to do is wear jeans, a sweater and a huge coat.

I’m sure I say this every year, but I am so ready for spring. I will have a personal party when I have the opportunity to shed those cumbersome winter layers and don a dress without suffering from hypothermia. I’ll finally feel more like myself again, because I am decidedly a dress kind of gal. I think I’ll have an understanding of what a butterfly must feel like when it emerges from a cocoon.

Anyway, moving on!

This is another make that has been finished for many months. It’s finally getting the moment of fame it deserves.

I used the Verity pattern, with some changes. First, the skirt has less flare. Since I only had a small section of the houndstooth fabric, I redrafted the skirt to fit the amount of fabric that I had. Continue reading

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Blue Skies Are Callin’ Dress

IMG_8589This is the sleeveless and cowl-less variation of my Verity dress/shirt pattern. I cut this one out before I made the changes to the pattern that I noted with this version from earlier this summer. That’s why the bodice is still too short. Oh, well. Who cares? I still like it. :)

The dress has a flared skirt, just like the first one. This time, since I was working with a striped fabric, I decided to make a chevron on the front and back seams. I should have let the fabric settle before hemming the dress, but I didn’t think about it. I sure have been throwin’ out a lot of “shoulda, coulda, woulda’s” lately.

I made the chevron point down instead of up. Why? I just like to be contrary sometimes. :-P Continue reading

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Blasting into Summer with a Bombshell

IMG_8453I’ve been debating since last week about posting pictures of my Bombshell swimsuit on me. I know that it’s helpful for other sewists to see garments on a body rather than flat or on a hanger, but I just would rather not have pictures of me in a swimsuit floating around the internet (Let the chick-chick-chicken calls ensue). I’d still like to share some pictures of the suit, with you though. :)

When the sewing blogs exploded with Bombshells (forgive me, I just couldn’t help myself :-P), I was filled with excitement about the pattern, too. I bought the pattern almost immediately after its release, and I’ve had this swimsuit completed for several weeks. I’ve worn it several times already, and I have to say, I really LOVE this suit. I may not be posting pictures of it on me, but that has nothing to do with being self-conscious. The suit accentuates curves in all the right ways. I truly feel beautiful and confident while wearing it. It probably would have been too much for y’all to handle anyway. ;) The dress form certainly keeps things on this blog innocuous, albeit somewhat boring. Continue reading

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Turquoise Polka Dot Hummingbird

IMG_8051Being the procrastinator that I am when it comes to photographing projects, I have created quite the backlog. Rather than going in chronological order, I’ve decided to skip around and share some of my more recent makes. I made this top about 3 weeks ago.

I’d been saving this knit polka dot material for a Hummingbird top since I bought it at a thrift store a couple of months ago. It came in a $1 bag with mostly 1/2 yard cuts of material. I had a little more than half a yard to work with, but I was determined to make it work. Happily, I was able to just squeeze all of the pattern pieces onto the material. Continue reading

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Pink Lemonade Shirt

IMG_7523Wow, I am so behind on posting about completed clothing. In the interest of catching up, I’m going to keep this post short.

Today, I’m showing you a yoked sweetheart top that I made using the same pattern I used last fall to make the sweetheart top with the lace yoke. Continue reading

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A Summery Dress & Some Spiky Thistle

IMG_7446When I saw this thistle on the side of the road, I thought it would make the perfect backdrop for a couple pictures. Unfortunately, a couple of pictures is all I got in because there was a sudden influx of passersby.

I tried to take one of those giant thistle flowers home with me, but there were spikes on everything, including the leaves. Yikes! I don’t think I’d ever been close enough to thistle to realize how “thistle-y” it is. Ha! My penchant for doting on weeds is becoming well-documented. I’m once again guilty of being a weed-lover, because I think thistle is really cool looking. If I could’ve taken one of the stalks home with me without getting bloody, I would’ve.

Anyway, let’s talk about the new dress…I have made this design several times over the past three years, or so (the ones below are some of the custom orders I did through my Etsy shop). It usually popped up in the form of a top, with a cowl or a split cowl. Continue reading

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Lacy Tie-Neck Dress

IMG_7153Yet another project from the Unfinished Object Pile completed. I love checking things off that list!

If you follow me on Instagram, then you caught a glimpse of this dress the other day. I’ve been posting my me-made outfits each day, and I wore this dress last Sunday.

I actually finished this dress several weeks ago. It has been in and out of my UFO pile since last year.

I made the pattern for the bodice of this dress when I was in California last summer.The pattern was actually used for another dress first (I’ll post about that in a couple days). I found the lacy knit fabric at Michael Levine Loft during the same visit to California, but I didn’t cut the material out for this dress until November of last year. Continue reading

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More Unselfish Sewing

DSCN1429I have more unselfish sewing to share with you. I made a dress for my momma, using my self-drafted cowl top pattern. I’m getting pretty good at pattern grading, but it still took me a while to get the fit of the pattern right. It was well worth it though.

I took my “first draft” of the dress with me to California in February, had my mom try it on, and took notes on alterations I needed to make. I had to take most of the dress apart and resew it. I finally finished the alterations a couple of weeks ago and sent the dress to her with the dress I made for my youngest sister. Continue reading

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Last Minute “Sew for Victory” Dress

IMG_6318I learned about the Sew for Victory challenge really late in the game (this past Sunday), but I decided that I really wanted to try to complete a project for it.

I’m keeping this post really brief in order to meet the deadline, but I may add a separate post in the next few days with more details about the alterations I made to the pattern.

This dress took a LONG time. The buttons and belt added a lot more time to the project, but I would say it was time well spent. Continue reading

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Mini Mushrooms Make Me Merry Dress

IMG_6102I know, I know, the title. I just couldn’t help myself with the alliteration. Besides, it’s a totally true title. Oops! There I go again.

I realize the title of this post could give some people the wrong idea. Don’t worry, I’m not on shrooms. The mushrooms on this dress do make me pretty happy though.

I found this material last year at a thrift store. I believe I purchased it for about $0.50. It was in excellent condition, with no stains or smells. After a good washing and pressing it was reinvigorated.

It appears to have been cut away from a longer curtain of some sort. The top was clearly cut by pinking shears. It had a hem on the bottom with weights at the corners, and each edge was finished. I had to take apart the hem and sides to get some extra inches of width and length. Continue reading

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