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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Playing with T-Shirt Transfers

I used Tattos Tees and I have to say this book is great. Its only t-shirt transfers, but the graphics are really cool. You get a lot and they even provide ideas for placement. There are only two drawbacks. One is that most of the designs are too large for childrens' clothes. They'll fit, but the proportions aren't the best. And second, is that some of the designs are pressed into other from other pages. For example, if two designs are on opposite pages, they both have a faint outline of the other on each other. Luckily, it's very faint so its not very obvious on t-shirt. This is my first attempt doing t-shirt transfer so that might even be how they all are.

Ofcourse, I got all these ideas for transfers and ordered all this t-shirt knit from Fabric.com. And I only end up making one tank. I still have plans for more, but you know how sewing goes. More ideas(and fabric and patterns) than time. Plus, I think I just sew really slow, lol.

But here's the tank I made. Yeah, I know it's wrinkled, but I'm trying to get better. I also didn't include any pattern notes b/c its a basic tank that I reviewed here. But I did give myself that extra hip room.

Pattern Used: M5853

Fabric: A poly/lycra knit from when Voguefabrics was in town during the expo. I really miss Vogue so much.

Front:

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Back:

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Side:

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Conclusion: If you have any interest in making contemporary graphic tees or tanks, Tattoo Tees is a must have.

BWOF 6/10 145/147

I posted this on Pattern Review for the children's contest, but I wanted to put it on here, just as a record for myself. I think this is a great sewing diary. Also, a few things might be different on here because this is written months after wearing and you notice things after that amount of time.

Pattern Used: BWOF 6/10 145/147

Fabric: Tutti Fruitti from Hancocks- my favorite fabric for girls' dresses

Front:


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Back:

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Side:

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And yes, T is a diva!

Pattern Notes:

The pattern in basically just a bodice. You add rectangles for the tiers. I used the bodice of 145, and the two tiers shown in 147. Since this was made out of plisse, I didn't really need to line it.

As for the bodice fit, it was great around the bust. There is just enough growing room without it drooping all over the place over-exposing my child- unlike many children's bodices. But after she's worn it awhile, there is something funny about it. The front length is too short and the back length is too long. It's not a big deal b/c she's 5, but it is definitely something to take into account.

I added ribbon trim between the two tiers. Ofcourse I wanted to go crazy with the ribbon, but I restrained myself, lol. It really is just enough where it is. I wanted to add patch pockets with ribbon trim, but for some reason T was adamant about no pockets. I have no idea why, but hey- it was less work for me. And she's the one who has to wear it.

Ribbon Trim:
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I also widened the straps. I really don't like spaghetti straps on little girls. My 3 top pet peeves with girls' dress is- spaghetti straps, loose and droopy bodices, and... zippers for closures. Luckily this was designed for buttons on the back. But for the life of me I couldn't understand what Burda was telling me to do. And I unfortunately could not find a similar piece of her cloths where the placket had to cross over a gathered skirt w/o a cb seam. So I winged it. I ended up not extending the placket into the skirt. She can still get it on so I guess it's ok. And ofcourse, after I make the dress, I suddenly find one of her pieces of cloths that has a placket style like that. Also, please note Burda gives a tiny placket extension so measure your button to make sure they will fit. The placket on this dress is mine so it's not part of the pattern.

Placket:

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Inside Back:

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Conclusion: Overall, its a good pattern. It mainly just a bodice, but I think it's pretty good. You might want to do a quick mock up to test the fit b/c of the length issues I had. I wouldn't let that be a hinderance though. It's an easy fix. Plus, IMO it's hard to find a bodice like this in girls' dresses. The neckline is shaped well and most dress bodices are empire while this is full length. I'll definitely be using this again!

BWOF 7/09 124

Pattern Used: BWOF 7/09 124, although this exact same style appeared in Burda a few years before- but I have to many issues to try to find it, lol.

Fabric: Black ITY (the VW stuff) from Fabricmart

Front:

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Back:

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Pattern Notes: I can't think of anything bad to say about this dress. Sizing was great. I really love Burda for their consistency. I made my regular 42 and it fit perfect. It was also quick and easy to cut and sew. And I really love the style. It's just something casual to throw on, but still looks very cute. And its soooo comfortable to wear. I was worried that the poly would be hot, but I didn't even notice it in the hot Georgia heat.

The only alteration I made was to shorten it. I ended it right below the knees and I find that to be a very flattering length. I also decided to wear the neckline lower, which is simply done by adjusting the ties. It's flatters my figure better.

I also followed Tany's advice here by adding a tube top to go underneath. It's just a basic self drafted tube top. It's actually a muslin piece from a top I drafted for a friend.

Here's how the back looks with the tube:

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Tube by itself:

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There is NO way you can fit a bra under here, unless its a low back bustier. And this is a casual dress, so it's not that serious to break one of those out. Ok, I didn't add elastic to the tube, but I think I might go back and add it. It stays up in the back- which is where it counts- but as I wore it the front kept sliding under my bra. The tube is so thin I wouldn't notice unless I checked it. Since the back stayed up, it might just be my slippery bra. I haven't done it yet, but I'm considering it. It doesn't really bother me- I don't feel it- and it's not visible from the outside, so it would just be purely on principle. There is a slightly visible ridge on the bottom where the tube ends b/c of my coverstitched hem. But any hem would do the same so I'm not too worried. Plus it's not as obvious when I wear it as it in in the photos above.

Conclusion: Great pattern and I highly recommend it. I can't think of any problems with this pattern. I probably won't make another b/c I don't really need another, but I am probably going to do the top. We still have a lot of summer left here in Georgia.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Happy B-Day T!!!

So my daughter, I've decided she will be T on this blog, just turned 5 on August 9th! She will be starting kindergarten this year. I was tearing up at registration, lol. But we had her party last week. So on the special day, I invited her friend over and we let them make cupcakes. They did everything (well we mamas helped a little, lol). And then we let them decorate. I just wanted to share b/c I thought they did such a cute job.

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And here's the Birthday cupcake!

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BTW, she's wearing a dress I made her which I will post about soon. I'm still playing catch up with my summer projects.

BWOF 7/09 116

7/09 was one of my most favorite issues of BWOF. As soon as I saw the preview, I wanted to make almost everything in this issue. Even after a year, I still love it.

So here's my version of the #116 maxi dress.

Front:

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Back:

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Side:

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Yes, it's one of those "pregnancy" dresses. But I kind of like it. Very comfy!

Fabric Used: Rayon Jersey, and Sofia doubleknit for the straps (it was the closest match to the purple in the dress)

Pattern Notes: This dress is pretty easy to put together. The hardest part is the straps but it's not really too hard. I did have to redo one of the sides to make it even with the other side.

Strap Close Up:

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For some reason, the instructions were very clear to me. I'm worried that might mean I've been reading way too many BWOF instructions.

I did have to take it in a LOT. This is a petite pattern and the size that corresponded most to my measurements was 21. I ended up having to take it in by 6" all around on the bodice. I cut off about 4" on the straps, but I think they give you extra so you can adjust it. I decided to just use the extra fabric in the skirt for fullness. I gathered it in. So my dress is fuller than what the pattern is supposed to sew up to. But I like it like that. Like I said, it's just comfier.

Ok, the main problem is that this dress is way too boobalicious. I will definitely be lengthening the front strap to not include soooo much cleavage. I would rather it not be so low, but I'm pretty comfortable with myself, so I wear it anyway.

I'm 5'4" and the length was PERFECT. I didn't add a hem allowance b/c I wanted to keep as much of the purple border as possible.

On me:

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Here's the side so you can see the fullness:

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Conclusion: LOVE! (ok, well I need to altered the neckline if I make it again). Also, if you like drapy, casual summer style, BWOF 7/09 is a must have issue. If only I had time to sew everything!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Simplicty 3503

My friend wanted me to make her a maxi dress. She's 5'2'' and all the ones she likes are always too long. Although I wanted to make a woven style dress, I couldn't find the fabric I wanted. And you have to let the fabric speak to you.

When I saw this fabric at GorgeousFabrics.com, speak it did. And when I received, I loved it even more. It's the softest, most vibrant rayon jersey. I LOVE it! Combined with Simplicity 3503, it made an awesome maxi dress. I made view C, the halter maxi.

Front:
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(Doesn't my friend look great)

Back:

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Inside:

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In case you're wondering how the lining looks, here you go. Note, there is no lining piece for the back bodice b/c the elastic casing.

Likes/Dislikes:
This is a great pattern. It's easy to sew and the results look amazing. I definitely have to recommend this pattern

My only gripe is all the bulk. There is a LOT of bulk in this pattern. For example, the front bodice and lining bodice has pleats, and you sew a 2 layer strap in between that. I had to break out my hammer and do a lot of steaming. But in the end it looks good. I would recommend taking the pleats out of the lining bodice and making a separate pattern piece. I didn't b/c I was being lazy. Bad, I know.

I took the advice on a lot of reviews from PR about the back. I cut the back bodice and midriff a size smaller, and the elastic 2 sizes smaller. I also self lined the dress due to the recommendation of reviewers. But also b/c this jersey is sooo soft, you want that against your skin.

Oh, and I eliminated the pockets. My jersey was thin and they messed up the line of the dress. so yes, I put them in, and then had to take them out.

Special Note:
I used a border print so I had it took me awhile to decide how I wanted to use it. But I like the end result of how I worked with the pattern. It did take of fabric- I ended up using all 3 yrds I purchased. Plus there is a lot of matching so I had to take extra care with cutting.

Side seam matching:

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Conclusion:
Definitely a must sew! I want one for myself. And I want more of this fabric, lol.

Parting Shot:

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Putting the Life Back in My Blog

This summer has been pretty hectic. I've definitely been sewing, but blogging has gone by the wayside. I guess I was also unsure if I even wanted to continue blogging. I'm a pretty quiet and private person. And ofcourse, I was asking myself, does anyone even care. After mulling it over, I've decided WTH not. Not too many people read my blog, but since I am that private person I was describing, that is actually a good thing. It will give me the opportunity to share some of my projects and also provide a sort of personal notebook for myself.

Since I decided to re-vive my blog, I decided on some goals for myself. I really want to work on my photography. I took some quick and dirty photos of some of my projects so I have some pics to post. But in the future, I'm going to work on getting some better shots. I also plan to update my blog, once a week. Hopefully more often, lol, but there will definitely be something to see weekly. Some more goals I plan to share in the future.

But without further ado, back to posting.
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