Friday, July 20, 2018

Roses and polka dots - Butterick 5980 spiced up with Vogue 1542

When polka dots and stripes contest was getting close I was looking for some fun fabric to work with and I found this really fun polka dots fabric:
The black and white always looks good and just a little fun with those roses and color reverse border. The fabric was 100% cotton with zero stretch and not the best drape so it was a bit challenging deciding on a pattern to go with. But then I remembered Butterick 5980. I think this pattern will work with any fabric and it looks so so cute in all versions I made before:
I was a bit worried about how those roses will break in so many seams but I think I managed to do OK.
I remembered that for my sister in law wedding I compared this dress straps with the ones from the wedding dress : Vogue 1542:
I found out that the 2 straps are pretty close in length and width so I thought it might me fun to use the Vogue ones this time and maybe the neckline embellishment idea as well. I played around with petals and vines variants and I am not sure I found the perfect one in the end but is still so cute:
 I decided the lighter version looks better but I could not resist mixing 2 black vines as well:
 Did I picked well? Should I have made them shorter and mabe leave some open ends on the flower side as well. Maybe... I might try this again and hopefully do better :).
  On previous versions of this dress I put lining and tulle underskirt under this dress and I was ready to do that again as it gives a nice fullness to the dress but this fabric was so light and breathable that I just added a self drafted facings to the neckline and let it simple.
  I added a ruffle trim to the hem that I think it goes great with this dress.
  As was expected Eva looked really good in it and was happy with it:
I am still in shopping frenzy - 6 new fabrics since yesterday ... Sewing 108 - Shopping 93.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

College reunion dress for my mother - Butterick 5778

My mom was definitely impressed with the dresses my managed to pull off for the wedding. I think she started to see me in a different  light. Like I can really sew something else then kids outfits! Something that is really desirable over RTW. She had her 40 years college reunion at the end of June and she asked me for a dress. She said she wanted to show all her college friends what her daughter can do. And then say that it is just a hobby and she is actually an accomplished engineer...
   She has been wearing some of my makes and I constantly shift to her the ones that turn up to large for me but she never asked me to make her anything before. So it was kind of a big deal. The timing was terrible. I had almost zero sewing time at that point the time frame was short and she could only come for a short visit... I almost told her no a few times and even though she said it was OK I could clearly see in her eyes that she was hurt and disappointed. Something like I made time for everyone else but her... So I pushed through it I convinced her to let me try whatever I think it is OK - pick the fabric the pattern the details and maybe I can make it in time.
  I picked my best fabrics for the dress. I really really loved this piece of sequins of beads that is probably the most expensive fabric I ever got - around 200$/meter and a lace I also picked at the time to match it.
   I really loved the Butterick 5778 and I had a few muslins for it that my mom could try on and I could decided on a size:
The pattern envelope didn't looked like much but after the first mockup I knew this could be a real gem:
The beads and sequins fabric might have been better with a simpler design but I wanted this one. I had to clean up all the edges so I can sew it up on my machine. I contemplated the idea of sewing it by hand but it didn't seemed like a good one. So I spent a long time just preparing the edges.
  As I expected I didn't had it ready by the time my mom's visit was done but i had it far along to have a try out and see if it was a hit or miss:
And I was really happy to see that the colors, the design and the fabric looked terrific on her. So she made an effort as well and made another trip just to have the dress finished few days before the event:
I was happy to hear she wore my dress for her class reunion and got many compliments on it and then she wore it to a wedding next weekend.
   This time I added an elastic waistband covered in lining and lace to get a better definition for the waistline. After sewing the front bodice seams I sewed beads and sequins over it and now it looks seamless. It was a bit of time consuming but it was well worth it. There were also some bad gappings in the back at the armholes so I just made some small pleats to fix that and covered them in beads after to make them invisible.
Sewing 107 - Shopping 87. Bought 10 fabrics lately - the stripes and polka tots contest really inspired me to go shopping. the good news it that it also got me sewing and I already have a quite a few more items to review.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Mystery Blogger Award

Hi all! The really talented and lovely Ellen nominated me for the mystery blogger award so let's play the game! Thank you so much Ellen!

Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.” Created by: Okoto Enigma


1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
2. List the rules.
3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
9. Share a link to your best post(s)

3 things about myself:

1. I don't drive. I got my license at 18 but I consider myself way too distracted to be careful on the road, too scared, too lazy !?! not sure why... I just always felt I have no talent for driving so I let my licence expire and never renew it...
2. I always dreamed to sew but it was more like the astronaut kind of dream... I never thought it will really happen. When I got my sewing machine after a few years of having my own money I had no idea how much you can learn by yourself - it was more like buying an expensive toy just because you can now afford it.
3. I payed a lot of World of Warcraft at some point. I was totally addicted. Sewing was a cure for that.

Ellen's questions for me :

1. What do you do to cheer up your partner?
It may depend a lot on the situation. But most of the time I love to make fun of a bad situation and pretend it is really cool! Other times I love to reply to him with some of the twisted answers kids give to us. It is so fun sometimes to use their words!
2. If I ask you to sing spontaneous, what song would that be?
I went into the shop one day to get an ice cream treat
Cause ice cream is my favorite pink, my favorite pink to eat
So many different kinds to try
So many kinds to see...  ( Eva's version, she is the singer in our family and I just have to play along)
3. Your favorite topping on the ice-cream.. 
4. What makes you feel uncomfortable..
Singing. I am a terrible singer. And having to make a phone call! I hate doing that...
5. What kind of competition would you like to participate?
I like competitions in general. I think they help me push my limits. I used to compete in Math and Physics in school and now I love joining friendly sewing contests on Pattern review. The one that is on right now "stripes and polka dots" it's so much fun. I have a hundred ideas I one to get done for it....

My nominations - for some really amazing ladies who are such a huge inspiration with their unique makes, creativity, joy for sewing:

My questions:

1. When is the last time you bought fabric? Can you show us what you got?
2. What was your favorite book to read?
3. What's the most valuable life lesson you have learned because of a mistake?
4. Describe one extravagance you have for which you will never apologize.
5. What’s the silliest fear you have?

My favorite posts:

My favorite makes are the ones I do for the kids - this little red outfit was so much worn and loved and so were the jumpsuits for Eva - refashionlast summerfairy-wings...

For my son my favorite still is the mini wardrobe from 3 summers ago and this year attempt...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Fairy wings jumpsuit for little miss

  Jumpsuits are still my favorite outfit for Eva and she recently added hearts high on her favorites list.So I bought one meter of hearts print on navy rayon with a really nice touch and drape and decided to make a new jumpsuit.
  One of this days Eva told me that she can't take the baby out of her belly if she wears a jumpsuit so I might have to take it easy with those!
  I had this new fairy wings dress traced out and decided it might be fun to try use that bodice for the jumpsuit.
This is actually cut and finished before the polka dots dress version so this is just as I traced it without any modification other then the doubled layer on wings so there is no wrong side to them.
Sewing 106 - Shopping 77.