Sunday, January 18, 2015

"To Tie For" from Olive Ann Designs


To Tie For Dress, Size 1


I whipped up this dress before Christmas,
 but have been very busy with basketball season and other sewing adventures.  

Pattern:
"To Tie For" dress from Olive Ann Designs
Size 1

Fabric:
Owl print quilting cotton from Michael Miller

Thoughts on the pattern:
Easy, great beginner project.  No buttons or zippers.
The pockets need to be regraded to each size.  
One size pocket is included in the pattern that is to be used for a size 1 to size 6.  
On the larger sizes, it will look great, but on the smaller sizes, it overwhelms the dress.

I added piping to the neckline and ties. This is a lot of piping.  
Not an easy thing for a beginner.  Plus the seam allowance is 1/2".  

Great solution for hemming the dress by flipping up the lining and sewing it down.  
Piping that edge only stabilizes it further making a great hem.

Olive Ann Designs dress

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Retro Telephone Washi Dress

Made by Rae Washi Dress with long sleeves and bow tie add-ons

I saw this pattern at Quilt Market and fell in love with the simplicity and comfy style.  Since it is an easy beginner pattern, I made up a few to experiment for making it into a class.  Great potential for all size, shapes, and styles of women.

Pattern:
"Washi" Dress from Made by Rae
With add-on long sleeves and bow tie neckline

Fabric:
Black retro telephone print rayon challis
I bought this fabric almost 10 years ago.  Cottontails Outlet in Stillwater, OK couldn't give it away.  I bought 5 yards for $3.  Great quality fabric, just needs the right project.  I finally found it!

Fit:
I took in the bodice front center by almost 2", bias wedges out of the neckline, added a dart under the bust, and adjusted for my wonky shoulders.  Perfect fit!

The best compliment came from my daughter.  She did a double take and exclaimed, 
"Wow, I was wrong.  I thought that was going to be ugly.  
I want a shrink ray gun.  Can you make me one?"  


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Back view of Washi Dress
Black Retro Telephone Washi Dress

Thursday, January 1, 2015

CC Stella, Such a Fun Dress

Monogrammed CC Stella Dress

Pattern
Children's Corner Stella (No. 284)
View B with straight sleeves (great for the older girl)

Fabric
Printed corduroy from Vogue Fabrics
Petite Piping
Vine embroidery letters for monogram

Fitting
I made this dress a size 10  for my niece for Christmas.  She lives on the other side of the country, so there were no fittings or muslins.  I had to hold my breath when she tried it on, but it fit perfectly!!!  

This is a super easy dress to put together.  I used the machine for 100% of it (hems and all.)   To give it a more grown up look, I found the scarf at Target.  


So easy to embellish Stella.

Back view of Stela

Happy New Year!!!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Holiday Top, Simplicity 1806

I am coming up for air during this busy time of year.  Each year I think it will be easier and every year I am wrong.  I did take a moment to whip up a new top to wear to a few parties.

Simplicity 1806

Pattern:
Simplicity 1806, View D

Fabric: 
Christmas lime green crushed velveteen from my stash. 
I think it has been in my stash for close to 10 years.  
Great fabric!

Fitting Notes:
I didn't do my normal FBA.  Didn't seem to need it.
Adjusted the shoulder seam for my wonky shoulders.
Wished I had used View B or C's back.  
This top has a cute pleat in the back, but it is cut lower than a normal neckline. 

Low front +Low back=Hard to keep in place top

So glad the shoulder fit well or it would slide all over me.


I have worn the top to a few parties and I get a ton of comments.  Must be a winner!