Thursday, March 3, 2016

Simplicity Sew Simple A1394

Hi


I was so excited about this past weekend's wedding I almost forgot to post my dress.   So, I am going to post mine and then another one that I did for my daughter.  I wasn't a major part of the wedding and I decided to go on the understated side with a simple maxi dress for myself.


To start, I really didn't have a maxi dress pattern that I liked, but I had something that I had been eyeing since last Summer.  Simplicity Sew Simple A1394.   I got the pattern one day while I was out shopping at Wal-Mart.  I always go by the craft department when I go to Walli World.  It gives me good vibes any time I am around fabric and anything crafty.  For some strange reason this pattern caught my attention and I actually saw myself making one or two of them then, but I got busy with life and getting around to it was on my slow list.


Well, as with any fashion conscious woman, I needed something to wear and this pattern came back to mind as something simple and easy.  I knew I had several pieces of knit that would make this dress up nicely and there you have it....my dress for the occasion.   

I used a gold colored knit fabric and line it with white single knit because I couldn't find tricot and didn't have it on hand.

This twisty piece was original to the design.  I looked at it and thought it would be too bulky for me and decided to go with a simpler look that was more in line with my design and look for me.

I decided to use a small strip of fabric that I stitched together and applied some stones to, then attached it to the center of the bodice.

I took the same piece that was a rectangle shape, divided it in the middle and stitched a basting line down the center and gathered the center along with the sides.
This is the sides and the under arm.
End result was perfect for me.  The dress was easy and a good sew.  I like this look much better that the way the pattern had it set up.  I was also able to add about 2" to the back to give a small train. 

I actually made adjustments to wear high heels, but found out about 3 days after I finished this dress that the occasion would be a stand up and short ceremony.  I opted not to make any length changes because if I were to wear this dress again, heels would definitely be on the board.  Instead of worrying about heels, I found a pair of ballerina flats that went so well with this dress.

Here I am with my baby girl.  I would love to say that I thought about taking full pictures, but it was way too chilly and a little windy for me.

The Review

Pattern Description:  Misses knit maxi dress.

Pattern Sizing:  8-10-12-14-16-18

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.  The illustrations were good and very clear in which direction to go.  The wording was good as well.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I love it when a pattern doesn't have a lot of pieces and construction time is limited to how much time you want to apply.  The simplicity of it was a joy.

Fabric Used:  Some type of gold looking knit.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I added 2" to the bottom to make a small train and switched the center tie piece (picture 2-4).

Conclusion:  I like this pattern because it is an easy smooth sew.  There were a lot of inspiration modifications for the bodice center piece and I plan on making a few more with some of those different elements. 
Fabric can be a highlight to this dress.  It can be used to make a formal (which is what I did) or an every day dress.  I think this pattern would look nice cut at different lengths as well.  Try just above the knee, hi-lo from ankles or the knee.  With this dress, you can have a closet full of cute, quick, easy dresses.

Thank you for joining me today.  I hope you had fun reading today's post.  Until next time.....

Lots Of Love
Dellia

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Vogue 1032 Wedding Dress Reveal

Hi

When last I posted, I was bursting to let a secret out.  So, this will be a continued post about the construction of the wedding dress that I was making for a friend.  I will try not to be too wordy or too picture heavy as we get closer to the reveal. 

Ok, Here were my thoughts about constructing the dress using lace as the main fabric.  I knew I needed to use a base fabric to hold everything together and a lightweight satin in white was what I used.

After the muslin fitting, I took the muslin apart and used it as the pattern for the dress.  I cut each piece separate.  Satin first, lace, then lining.  Once I had all the pieces I stitched the lace to the satin. 
 Each section was sewn individually.  The bodice was done first.
Then the back was attached to that.

Front View
Back View
Before I actually stepped back to look at the dress, I had cut out the back pieces together.  When I looked at the pieces, I saw that the back was funny looking and decided to mirror one of the sides.  Good thing I had lots of lace left. 

Dress before the sparklies.


Sleeve set with the scallop forming the tip at the wrist.
 Well, I know I said I couldn't wait  for the final reveal and here it is.  My friends, Mr. Paul and Mrs. Shandell Kardeen.  Congratulations!!!!

Shandell was so beautiful and I'm not saying that because I made the dress, but because she is really beautiful inside as well as outside.
The train was really long.  I ended up cutting 12" off and this is the length that was left.


The mirrored back panels

Shandell's favorite crew

Dad and I giving kisses for years of Luck and Love
This was a moment I will never forget.  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your Forever memories.  I love you Shandell and pray that God will bless you and Paul with many years of happiness.

There were a lot of different things that was done to make this dress personal to my friend.  I think I followed the style that she wanted and fulfilled her main desires.  She was very happy and danced the night away. 

My view on the pattern without the alterations...  It is a good pattern with the exceptions of 1- The train is very long.  2- The V is very open.  It goes down to the center of the breast bone.  3-  This dress is for a very flat stomach or shapely formed woman.  Construction was time consuming with adding the lace, but it might would have gone a little smoother and faster without the lace.  The instructions were helpful, but not necessarily used on my end. 

Upcoming Prom goers, this dress would make a beautiful dress with a few minor alterations.  It could be done in a silk, shantung, or a charmeuse.  So when looking for something different and new, this pattern kind of covers a lot of ground when it comes to making an entrance.  The colors that could be used are endless even prints would be perfect for this one.  Sewers, if you want an interesting challenge, try this one.  It will surprise you in the end.

I  enjoyed this project from start to finish and I hope you enjoyed my post.  Thank you for joining me and waiting for the reveal because I was about to burst trying to hold her secret.

Lots Of Love
Dellia

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Secret Secret Vogue 1032


Hi My Lovelies,

Have you ever been asked to keep a secret, but actually felt like you didn't want to keep it or was so excited about the secret, you just wanted to let it out?  Well, I just went through a bout of secret keeping that had me on the edge of my seat and fully ready to burst.  Warning,,,this post is word heavy and picture heavy.  There was a lot that I wanted to say about making this one.

I was asked in December 2015 to make a wedding dress for a very special friend!  I was so excited and very overjoyed until I wanted to share the process with your from start to finish, but that idea was put to rest when my friend asked me to keep things under wraps until after the wedding.  Trying to hold this type of secret was so,,,so,,, hard.  BUT, I prevailed.  So, since the wedding was yesterday, February 27, 2016, I can let all the goods out the bag and breathe. 

First thing I had to do was wrap my mind around,,,, "Wedding".  I took a few days to let that part sink in and then I began to think about my friend and her personality.  I felt that in order to make her happy I would have to come up with something that she would like that would to have many elements of her and a little of me in this project.  Once I finished my thinking process, I called her for an initial consult for what she thought she wanted.  When she met with me she had already been thinking about designs that appealed to her.  Her organizational skills paid off because she had downloaded pictures of different dresses that she liked with different elements that she hoped I would be able to bring to life for her.

In the first consult she was direct about wanting a "Right" leg split and lace.  "No problem", I told her.  As I continued to watch and listen to her I discovered that she was very laid back, simple, and a very Vintage minded lady.  She expressed a strong pull toward the color white, but she wasn't to keen on dull whites.  "If it's white, it needs to be White, White".  In my mind my vision of a true vintage went out the door.  Vintage to me, has to have and aged look, but a new flavor.  Forge ahead, says me,,,,lol.... I wanted things to be just what she wanted. 

With the first consult out of the way and a few visuals of what she thought she wanted, I proceeded to troll the internet for vintage dresses that had some of her elements if not all of them.  I ran into a question very early into my investigation when I realized that most evening dresses were left leg splits.  Then the lace dress was not as common to find as I had hoped. Adding these two elements together was proving to be a worthy task.  So, I began to let my mind wonder and think,,,,, Should I or could I use a modern pattern and switch things up to get the look that I want?  Yes,  was the answer I came up with, but I would definitely be using a muslin. 

Let's talk muslins for a minute.  I'm not going to go into strong detail about why to make them, but I will explain why I used a muslin for this project.  I think that when you don't know the body or the pattern a muslin should be used.  It saves fabric and time.  One of the best videos I have seen or used to help me with muslins is The Couture Dress by Susan Khalje.  This is an online video class that is available on Craftsy.com.  If you haven't done a muslin yet or are anticipating needing to use one, try this video before you do your project and see the results of your craftsmanship blossom.  Susan really gets me going and yes, you get the pattern along with your class.  So, my word on muslins is .... they are a must with certain projects.

Now, on to the Secret.  I knew that time was on my side and my bride had given me at least 2 months to finalize sizing.  I quickly ordered a few swatches of lace, main fabric, and underlining from Fabric.com.  The swatches came in within a week (I ordered on a Monday and they were at my door on Friday)..Kudos to Fabric.com.  I called my friend in to help choose her own fabric and pattern, all of which, I had a multitude of,,,,But There Can Be Only One.  I had narrowed everything down to 4 patterns and about 6 lace swatches, 3 underlining swatches, and the main fabric I picked myself. 

I presented the patterns first and explained in detail how the elements that she wanted could be implemented into each pattern dress.  Then I presented her with her swatches.  Once she saw all of the pieces together, her mind began to flow and she was able to pick out her pattern and her fabric with ease.  She chose Vogue 1032 as her gown and the Amelia Stretch Lace in white. 

  When my friend saw this pattern she instantly knew this was the dress for her.  Her excitement was too obvious.  Her question to me was, "Can it be made in lace?"  I didn't see lace as one of the fabric suggestions, but felt that if you can dream it, it can be done and since I presented it to her,,,,, YES, it can be made in lace!!!!!  This pattern had all the elements that my friend wanted and then some. 

Explain: 
Front side split can be added to either side

Long sleeves can be applied
Long back zipper to completely close the back
The only thing that was missing from this picture was the lace, but I wasn't afraid to try something different with this pattern because it had all of the components that I really needed to get started. 

Here's my muslin and a few adjustments.

I changed the way the bodice looked because my bride said she was uncomfortable with the depth in the front and she did not like the way the detailed design accented the bust.  So, I opted to use the bust pieces as a whole piece.  I used black thread and marker to quickly identify my main marking areas.

I pressed my muslin to give a defined line for 5/8 seam.

The completed muslin without the sleeves.  I used a completely white muslin that I ordered at the same time that I ordered my swatches.  The whole muslin took 12 yards.  With the original train being as long as it was, I actually had to go to a local store and get some more muslin to complete the back.

Right in the middle of my building's construction I had to stop working on that and start on my "Secret" wedding dress, so forgive all of my messiness.  Things will be ready soon.  I really wanted to make something special for my special friend and I thought seeing her beautiful on her day was more important that finishing my building.  I believe that after seeing her smiling and dancing yesterday, I made a completely right choice.

I hope you enjoyed today's post and don't forget to come back for the finish.

Lots Of Love
Dellia

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Happy New Years In McCall's 7160

Hi There,

It's that special time of year again when everyone is preparing for fun party times and the big new year's party.  I have been busy putting my new workspace together, but I was itching to make something cute for the upcoming holiday festivities.

For the past few months my time has been busy and very limited.  So, with everything else I have going on, I didn't want to spend a whole lot of time sitting at a machine trying to make something complicated or mind blowing.  Since, my MIA days, I've found a lot of interesting patterns that kind of fit the quick and easy bill, but McCall's 7160 was the pattern that I chose to make my life a little easier for my "cuteness" this season.


Here's a look at my Holiday Party Dress.

When I saw this pattern, I really didn't have any festive type fabrics that were in the suggested fabrics list (Jerseys, Cotton Knit, Interlock).  I studied the pattern and imagined the drape of the suggested fabrics, then realized that the dress would be pretty, yet there would be more drape than I wanted.  The line drawing can be misleading if you just go by them (They make you think you will have a full circle skirt with body).  For me, there was too much drape in the skirt.  I set out to find a piece of fabric that would give me the body look that I wanted for this dress.  If you want to know a little more about drape/body take a look at Gertie's New Blog to help explain.
I added 2" to the back to give a longer look to the back.

I think it might be a little bias of me, but I love the structure of the vintage dresses.  They seem to embody the style and shape of just about any woman.  So, I ditched the idea of drape and went for the line drawing look and used a Techno Knit that I had gotten from FabricMart.com.  The choice of fabric I used is out of stock, but something along the lines of this look can be achieved with fabric found here, here, or here

Now I'm ready for my New Year' Eve Party and looking forward to a very productive 2016.  I wish all of you a very Prosperous New Year and blessings beyond measure.  Until next time.....
Lots of Love,
Dellia