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Behind The Seams: Valentines Day Dress

Hola Peeps!

So this week I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to work on. I am in a bit of a sewing slump to be honest. Baby and I have both been sick and it just hasn’t been a creative week. But… It’s Wednesday and this is when I start thinking about my sewing project for the week.

I heard its Valentines Day this week and I thought about making something for the occasion. I usually don’t do much for V-Day, but I am on a RTW Fast and I have so much in my life to celebrate, so this year is going to be a celebration of love, and I must dress for the occasion. I have also been nagging my husband to buy me chocos and flowers. Just had to throw that in there, in case he is reading 🙂

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So… A few weeks ago, I saw this really interesting fabric. It’s a dark red woven fabric, with a small amount of stretch to it. I loved the color of the fabric, but I was really drawn to the texture more than the color. I love texture on fabric. I thought I would make a skirt with it, so I only bought one yard for a pencil skirt, but I am finding myself wanting to make a dress instead. I have already drafted the pattern for the skirt. It’s a simple below the knee pencil skirts with two front darts and two back darts. Now all of a sudden I want to make a dress instead. I want a dress with a peplum, but I don’t have enough fabric, so I am debating between making a pencil skirt, or a strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline, fitted bodice and pencil skirt. To me this is one of the fun parts about being creative. I often end up doing something different from I first imagined. Note to self: Always buy at least two yards of fabric.

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I also have another fabric that I was using a couple of years ago. It is a red lace overlay over muslin. I really like that as well. It is a UFO (Unfinished Object). I had cut out the fabric from the dress and was ready to sew it up, but I was pregnant at the time and had started gaining weight, so never finished it. Right now I am not sure exactly what I will end up making by the end of the week.. but it’s either a red dress or red skirt, or a lace dress or lace skirt.

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Excited to work on this project! I’ve never worn a red pencil skirt, so I am excited about the finished product!

Happy V Day Peeps. Hope everyone is celebrating their loved one!

XOXO

Behind The Seams: What I am working on

 

My next project: a fitted tee with 3/4 sleeves.

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I usually don’t sew with knits, because I am one of those people who finds knits intimidating. This is unusual because most people find knits easier to work with as they are more forgiving. They stretch and hug the body so the stitching doesn’t have to be perfect. Wovens don’t behave the same way, and every little imperfection and pucker stands out. So why do I prefer to work with wovens? I guess because I am more technical than artistic. I treat patternmaking and sewing more like a science than an art. I need my fabric to behave itself and be predictable. This is something I can never get from a knit fabric, especially given that every knit stretches and drapes differently.

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But.. I am on a RTW Fast  and I would like a nice comfy and somewhat dressy tee.. so I decided to make one.  The pattern is self drafted. I am going with a scoop neckline, which I find very flattering, and 3/4 length sleeves.  I have 2 jersey knits in my fabric stash. One is grey, more like a thick t-shirt material and the other is a light brown. I am not sure which one I am going to use yet. Maybe I will make one in each color. Not sure how I am going to dress it up, but i might add a double bow to the left shoulder or some ruffles.

Another problem I have with knits is that I never hem them! I cant begin to tell you how many knits I have in my closet that I never hemmed. Mainly because I don’t really like a zigzag finish, have never had luck with a twin needle, and don’t own a coverstitch machine. I am going to give a twin needle another try on this project. If that doesn’t work, then hey.. I am getting the coverstitch machine.. a good excuse right?! Valentines day is right around the corner,,, so it would be the perfect gift to self 🙂

Behind The Seams: What I am working on

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are having a good week so far!

I am currently working on my next sewing project for this week.  I have been wanting a black and white polka-dotted skirt for the longest and have been unable to find the fabric locally. I am sure I could easily find it online, but I love the experience of going fabric shopping and being able to touch and feel a fabric before purchasing. I also find it very inspiring to be surrounded by yards and yards of fabric.

Since I never have luck finding that particular fabric in the apparel section at my local fabric shops, I browsed the quilting section, which has a huge selection of cotton prints. The only challenge with this is that the fabrics are usually a lot narrower than apparel fabric and it’s not ideal for fashion design.

The fabric is a bit on the stiff side so I am going to pre-wash is and see how it turns out. I highly recommend pre-washing all fabric before cutting to allow it to shrink. This is going to be a 3/4 or full circle skirt with a straight waist band and an invisible zipper.  I will be doing a 2 part tutorial on how to draft and make this skirt, so if you are interested, then stay tuned!

XOXO

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2015 RTW Fast Announcement and New Blog!

Hello Everyone!

I have a very special announcement to make.

I have decided to observe a RTW Fast (Ready to Wear Fast) for all of 2015.  I got inspired by Sarah from GoodBye Valentino. It’s such a great idea.

So here are the basic rules of the RTW Fast:

Refraining from buying ALL clothes including outerwear, dresses, tops, pants, shorts, sweaters, coats, fitness apparel, jeans and bathing suits. Shoes, socks and under garments are permitted

I am allowed to repurpose/refashion my old clothes (and I am sure hubby wont mind if I steal some of his nice shirts :)) I am also allowed to wear whatever is currently in my closet, but to build my wardrobe, I have to sew instead of buy!

I have been meditating on this for a few weeks now, wanting to be sure that I can go through this. I went to stores and tested myself to see if I could stay away from the clothing racks.

I think the hardest time of the year will be when its spring and all the new spring clothes come out.. I am sure I will have withdrawals and temptations then, but hey…I can always just eat a bucket of chocolate ice cream to satisfy my cravings

Yay guys.. I am so so excited.. I will be sewing up a storm and blogging about my journey. I love to sew but I don’t really attempt projects like bathing suits, tanks, sweater or outerwear,,, This will definitely push my creativity.

I am so happy when I am in my studio. I’ll be blogging about my journey here, so please subscribe! 🙂

XOXO

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