Saturday, August 23, 2014

Getting Back to Designing

I haven't posted anything in a while.  Mostly because I wasn't able to work on much of anything for a while.  I was in summer classes and they kept me pretty busy.

However, I made this dress the other day and wanted to share it.  It felt so good to get back into designing!  (The dress isn't finished in this pic.  I still had to finish hemming the hem and sleeves and neckline, so no the hem isn't sitting even, but it does now! :)


Also note the fabulous background I chose for the picture.  A kitchen counter complete with zucchini, and other various items for your viewing pleasure.  No really I just wanted to take a pic while in the process of creating, and it was raining so this had to do.  ;)

Also I have some exciting news!  I recently was able to get a computer program that allows me to create patterns on the computer that can then be saved and printed from a home computer!

Also I took a course on pattern grading recently and can grade the patterns into different sizes (the correct way).  Yay!  I am so excited about this!

So I will soon be getting some of my sewing patterns, like my striped dress and the above knit dress up for sale in my etsy shop! 

If any sewers would be interested in purchasing either one of the patterns I hope to have them up in about a month.

That's all I have for today.  Anyone else working on any sewing projects?  I'd love to hear about them in the comments.  Leave me a comment or a link to your blog and I'd love to see what you have on your sewing table!

-Em

Friday, August 8, 2014

An All Nighter

I was at the mall a few weeks ago and stopped in to see what the store Down East Basics had.  One of the first dresses they had on display was this lovely dress. 



Does it look familiar?!  It sure did to me!  :)

I was shocked to see how similar it looked to mine I blogged about in January on this post.  There are lots of striped numbers on the market but this one had similar pleating at the skirt and also had princess lines.  It's lacking the tulip sleeves, the angled side bodice panels and there isn't a pleat in the middle of my skirt but it's pretty similar to my design!

I think they should hire me to design for them!  ;)  Seriously though, obviously great minds think alike!

If you like my striped dress though and wouldn't mind finding one of your own, this was in Down East Basics a few weeks ago.  I don't know if they still have them anymore though.

A few weeks ago, I was thinking about how my summer wardrobe is really very sadly lacking.  I have collected quit a fabric stash and knew I didn't need to go buy anything.  I pulled out some of my stash items and got to work.



I mad these shorts from a pattern I bought. 

Yes that is right, it was a pattern I bought.  Which wouldn't normally be a big deal, except I very rarely spend money on patterns anymore. 

I had to swallow my pride a bit and realize that I had exactly one Friday night to make them.  Which also meant I didn't have time to tackle drafting a pattern for a pair of shorts. 

It was the first item in a long while I've made using a store bought pattern instead of my own.  They worked out really well though.  Dare I say I even think you could find something very similar at J Crew, or Banana Republic etc. 

They look really pink in the picture but they are really more of a coral.  And I love them.

I didn't sleep a wink that night.  I was up all night sewing these shorts and making the top to go with them.  (A self drafted pattern, which was the same one I used for this top.)  It's made of a cotton/nylon lace, lined with rayon jersey.  I think it may have been the first time I actually stayed up all night and didn't sleep until the next night in my whole life!

It was actually a little bit of heaven.  To have uninterrupted sewing time was great!  Everyone else at my house was out of town, and I usually get spooked pretty easy being home alone.  These kept my mind and hands occupied and they were really fun to make acutally. 

That's it!  Have any of you been sewing this summer!  I'd love to hear what you have been making!

-Em

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sew up Some Skirts!

I just found out that for the month of July Simple Simon and Co. have announced their blog event "Skirting the Issue".


Basically all month long they are hosting "Skirting the Issue" asking everyone who'd like to participate to sew up skirts (or I'd imagine other items could be used as well) that will be donated to girls who are placed in foster care in time for school to start this fall.


While all sizes are needed the most need is for tween to teenage sized skirts. 

Read all about the "Skirting the Issue" by clicking here, here, and here is a measuring chart


I actually have fabric I'd like to offer to anyone who'd like to make some skirts for Skirting the Issue.

Here is the story:

A few months ago I bought some striped knit jersey online.  I thought that it would come in one long continuous piece of fabric.  The pieces actually came in 1 yard pieces.  It is way cute fabric!  It wasn't expensive but it is on trend, comfortable, and a good quality.  The only problem was having it cut into the 1 yard pieces didn't really work for what I needed it for my idea. 

Those 1 yard pieces have since been sitting in a box in my closet. 

When I found out about Skirting the Issue and what they were trying to do, I realized this fabric would make great, cute and trendy tween/teenage skirts!

I've seen skirts made out of stripes everywhere it seems! 

I don't have time at the moment to make 12 skirts myself as I am in school full time, working, and have other sewing commitments for items I've told people I will make.  I plan to make a few, but need help if I want to use this fabric up.

That is where my local friends and family come in.

I'd love to have anyone who'd be interested in taking either one yard or several yards and make some skirts out of it.  I can't afford to be mailing out tons of fabric so I have to arrange with readers I know personally to deliver it or arrange for you to pick it up. 

I'd then be happy to gather them and deliver them myself before August 15th in time for the skirts to be donated for the girls to have for back to school.

If you read my blog and know me personally contact me on facebook, or call/text me if you have my number and I will get the fabric to you!   

-Emily

 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My Dress Form!

I was just out and about today and decided to pop into the craft store.  I didn't see anything exciting, so I was leaving when I saw these dress forms in the display at the front of the store!


 
I was so excited!  I have been wanting a dress form for a while.

The only problem was that they were more for decoration or store displays, so they didn't have a size.  I just unashamedly asked the fabric cutting table to borrow a tape measure to measure them.

Guess what!  They were pretty darn close to my size!  Even better is that not only are they the same width wise (as in maybe an inch off in the waist) but the shoulders are the same, bust and hips are the same, waist to seat are the same.  Even the waist is only an inch (maybe not even that) smaller and higher than mine.

I am excited.  I had a hard time deciding which color I wanted so of course I put it to the ultimate test.  I texted a picture to my mom and sister.  They both said to avoid the chevron.

I had already been thinking that, and my sister made the point that the stark white and black print may show through items I make.  I also figured that even though I think the chevron is really cute, it's a little more trendy than the postcard/burlap print.

So I brought home the burlap.


To put it to the ultimate test I pulled out a top I designed, drafted, started sewing and haven't finished.

It still needs a zipper so where I've pinned it closed on the dress form it's a bit wonky.  I am excited to wear it as soon as I am able to finish it!  



It has three legs, it's pretty lightweight, and I don't think it will last forever.  It's great for right now however and I am happy I can move it easily.


I plan to wear this top with dark wash jeans and aqua colored sandals when I finish it.  I just get excited thinking about the color combination!  

The color combo was inspired by this pin I saw on pinterest.  

I recently found these burp cloths that were all sewn up recently in one of the areas I keep my fabric.  They had a matching blanket with them that was so close to being finished I think it's ridiculous I hadn't finished it before.  It took me just a few minutes to finish the blanket. 

They coordinate with the colors my brother and sister-in-law are planning for their baby girl they are expecting.  That made it easy to know what to do with them.  :)



(For those who may be wondering ;): I have two dresses for two cute sisters I know that I will hopefully finish this coming week and another dress for a friend that is so shamefully late and overdue I am embarrassed.  It's already been cut out for a few weeks, and I started working on it again last night so it should be done soon!)

After those fun projects are done, I hope to get back to designing some more items and will of course be sharing them when they are done!

That's it for today, hope you all enjoy your 4th of July!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Friendship....

I saw this on pinterest tonight and I am not sure that C.S. Lewis really said this because I haven't looked into it.

However I thought it was pretty profound and I just wanted to share it.

"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, it has no survival value.  Rather it gives meaning to survival."  -C.S. Lewis

I just feel as if lately I have seen how true this really is.  I have been both blessed, and felt lonely by either the presence of good friends, or someone being a friend, and also the loss of friends for happy or normal reasons such as friends getting married and starting families or moving away.

What a wonderful thought.

The world can't live without beauty and friendship.  So pass some on!  Be a friend!  If you are the creative type, share your talents!  If you are the thinking type share something you find inspiring!



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Coral Lace Blouse

I have a quick project to share today,


An easy peasy coral lace blouse that I sewed up in about an hour.

It was quick, it was simple and it saved the day as I needed something new and this fit the bill perfect.  So I guess it's fitting that this blog post will be quick simple, and to the point.

Have a wonderful day!

-Emily


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Vintage Prom Dress

I made my first prom dress this week.  My adorable cousin asked if I would make her a prom dress.  I had already made her a Kate Middleton look alike dress, so I already had a sloper made from her personal measurements that I could use to draft a pattern for her.

Originally we had a design picked out, after some pinterest inspiration.  However when I got the materials together, it just looked bad.  I just knew that it was going to turn out differently than the picture of the dress on pinterest.

So instead I got some great butter yellow silk dupioni.  I had some beautiful vintage looking embroidered tulle.

My cousin loves all things "old fashioned" and "vintage".

So we made a mock up.

And we made some changes, so many in fact the mockup was really pointless.  However, I didn't mind in the slightest.  

She had only ever worn straight dresses to her High School dances.  Most of which she rented.

This was going to be her last formal, and she wanted something with a full skirt, and half sleeves, a high waistline, and she liked the yellow and the tulle.  I also thought at the beginning the butter yellow silk and flowy sheer embroidered tulle looked somewhat vintage together.

I asked her what she wanted the top of the dress to look like.  When she said she didn't know I asked if I could have creative license which she gave me.

I originally wanted to pleat the top and have it be a v-neck crossover.  I made a muslin and the pleating was great, however to make it high enough at the "v" part of the dress I had to bring up the sides so far it looked funny, and I had very little fabric to spare to begin with.  I knew to make a full gathered skirt I was cutting it really really close.

So I ended up going for more of an asymmetrical pleated bodice with a rounded neckline.  After all was said and done the dress turned out really really vintage looking which was perfect for my cousin.  She loved it.

I took the dress down to her today.  I had to finish today as tomorrow is her prom.

When I got to her house her mom informed me that she had been nominated as Prom Queen!

Such a fun surprise!  It was a surprise to her as well.  She got a note in her second period that she had been nominated and was supposed to walk up on stage when they called her name at the assembly.

She is incredibly humble and doesn't like having attention drawn to herself.  She decided she was just going to stay in the audience and let the show carry on without her.  However when she got to the assembly it turns out she was the only one invited up to stage because she had been nominated prom queen!

She got a beautiful bouquet of flowers, and a pretty sparkly tiara to wear to the dance tomorrow.

I just couldn't imagine her being any more deserving than she already is to have such a fun thing happen.

She is just so much fun, has the kindest heart, loves to make people feel loved and has a love for all things vintage.  (She had even gone to the trouble of finding vintage looking penny loafer heels, and looking for a pair of gloves to help aid in making her prom dress more vintage thinking that her dress probably wouldn't be, but she wanted to look vintage.)

I think the buttery yellow silk, and ivory embroidered tulle were meant for her.

She loved the dress, though we all agreed she needed to shorten the sleeves to short sleeves in the end.  We also made a belt that has some of the flowers from the tulle sewn onto it to tie in tulle layer over the skirt.  The belt also has some vintage yellow buttons I got from a fabric swap at the fabric shop I teach sewing lessons at.  She ended up loving it and that is what made it all so so worth it!

I feel so honored to be able to have custom sewn a dress for royalty!  ;)

I will get pictures posted and added to the post as soon as her mom has taken some tomorrow on her way to the dance!