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Lady in Red: Valentines Day Dress

Happy Valentines Day Folks!

This week I have been working on a dress for Valentines Day. Initially I had planned on making a pencil skirt with this fabric. In fact, I already had the fabric cut out and ready to sew. But I wanted something a bit more dressy for V-Day, so I decided I was going to make a dress instead. I had only one yard of this fabric, so my only option really was to make a strapless bodice with the leftover fabric. Here is what I came up with

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IMG_5865To accessorize my V-Day outfit, I decided to go with this gorgeous clutch that I picked up on my last trip to India. Not sure exactly where, but mum and I were shopping in Sector 17, so this beauty is from the City Beautiful. The mink collar is a vintage buy from when I was living and studying in San Francisco. I threw on my favourite nude pumps, an arm bracelet that is a gift from my mum 🙂

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Here is the back view and side view:

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I am debating between the mink collar and a black shawl. The shawl is borrowed from my mum. She just picked this up in Chandigarh (Shout out to the Sector 22 Market!) It’s very warm and  I love mixing my Indian pieces with western outfits.

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The pattern for the skirt is self drafted. Since I was in a pinch, I decided to use a pattern that I already had on hand: Mccalls M6838. I love the fit of the skirt, but I will admit that the bodice gave me a good amount of grief.

Because I didn’t have a lot of left over fabric, I had to create a facing. Ideally, a dress like this would be self faced or self lined on the bodice. The facing didn’t want to settle down, even though I understitched it. I also had to do a good amount of alteration to the top since it wasnt self drafted. I will definitely make this dress again with some revisions. The lesson learned here is to draft my own bodice next time for the perfect fit and self line the bodice .  I still love the dress.. but because I am not crazy about the bodice, so I am going to chop it off and turn this dress to a skirt.

Design details are below if you are interested in making your own.

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PATTERN: I drafted the pattern for the skirt myself. It’s a fairly simple skirt. I used my sloper and added a few inches to the length. There really were no alterations required since the sloper is a custom fit.  For the bodice, I decided to use a commercial pattern. I opted for  Mccalls M6838.

If you want to make something similar, you can use Mccalls M6838 and combine it with any pencil skirt pattern. I did have to add one inch to the bottom of the bodice to lengthen it.

SEWING: The construction of this dress involved the following steps: Skirt—> Sewing up the front and back darts, sewing up the side seams. Bodice–> Sewing up the princess seams and side seams. Adding a facing to the neckline, attaching the bodice to the skirt by sewing up the waist seam and finally inserting the zipper and closing the centre back seam. Last step as always is to finish the hem.

SUPPLIES:  Fabric, I used about one yard, pattern,  thread and sewing machine (serger optional), 12-14 inch invisible zipper

I hope you enjoyed reading this and I hope this inspires you to sew and make something for yourself. See you next time and until then.. Happy Sewing :)

XOXO

DIY Fitted Tee with Ruffle Detail

Hola Folks!

I have been working this week on making a fitted tee for my RTW Fast. I wanted something casual, but a bit dressy. Something I could wear with jeans for date night, or pair it with a maxi skirt for a more dressy occasion.

I love knit tops because they are so comfortable and also cute! I made this top in a taupe jersey knit. It  is so soft and comfy. I am loving it! The pattern is self drafted. I gave it a scoop neck, three-quarter sleeves, and some cute and feminine ruffles! I love ruffles.

I want to make another one in the grey fabric but with an oversized bow on one shoulder.

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Here is the close up of the ruffles:

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Design details are below if you are interested in making one for yourself!

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PATTERN: I drafted the pattern myself. There are only 3 pattern pieces needed to make this skirt. This is a pretty simple pattern and the front and back bodice are pretty much the same except for the neckline. And then there is the sleeve pattern.

If you don’t want to make your own pattern, but want to make something similar, then there are many commercial patterns available like Mccalls and Simplicity.

SEWING: The construction of this top involves cutting out the fabric pieces, attaching the front to the back at the side seams and the shoulder seams, sewing the underseam of the sleeves and finally setting in the sleeves to the bodice. I used a serger to make this, but a stretch stitch on a sewing machine can be used as well. For the hemming, I used a twin needle on my sewing machine. For the ruffling, I used a gathering foot.  You can find one HERE

Check out how to made the ruffles:

SUPPLIES:  Fabric, I used about one yard, pattern,  thread and sewing machine (serger optional)

I hope you enjoyed reading this and I hope this inspires you to sew and make something for yourself. See you next time and until then.. Happy Sewing :)

XOXO

 

 

 

Polka Dots and Pleats

Hi Folks!

I was planning on making a full circle skirt for this weeks projects and RTW fast, but I somehow got sidetracked and found myself drafting a pattern for a pleated skirt. I have never worn a pleated skirt before, nor have I worn polka dots in black and white. It has a straight waistband, which I think is super flattering because it gives the illusion of  shorter torso and longer legs. This helps because I am only 5’4″ 🙂

This skirt has box pleats and they are so fun! I paired it with a simple v- neck tee and a pair of black pumps. I can certainly see myself wearing this over and over again, but I will wait for warmer weather.

I can see myself making a few more of these, maybe one is a solid cobalt blue, and one in red.  I have included the design details below, if you are interested in making this skirt.

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PATTERN: I drafted the pattern myself. There are only 2 pattern pieces needed to make this skirt. I will be doing a tutorial on how to draft this skirt to your own measurements, so if you are interested in learning, please subscribe to my blog.

If you don’t want to make your own pattern, but want to make something similar, then you can use a Mccalls Pattern 6706.

SEWING: The construction of this skirt involves cutting the fabric, applying interfacing to the waistband, creating the box pleats on the skirt, attaching the skirt to the waist band and then finally inserting the zipper, and finishing the hem.  I will be doing a step by step tutorial so please subscribe to my blog if you are interested in learning.

SUPPLIES:  Fabric, pattern, 7 to 9 inch zipper, thread and sewing machine. If you are drafting your own pattern, you will also need a straight ruler, pattern paper, markers and a measuring tape.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and I hope this inspires you to sew and make something for yourself. See you next time and until then.. Happy Sewing 🙂

XOXO

 

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