Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Hypothetical Spring/Summer Palette

I wish that I had the time to participate in the Colette Patterns Spring/Summer Palette Challenge. I enjoyed the Fall Palette Challenge even thought I completely strayed from my plans. The Spring/Summer challenge would be easier as I already have a few dresses in mind. Ideally, I'd like to make 4 - 5 easy summer dresses (Spring is just a figment of Texas' imagination) that would be comfortable when the temperatures reach 100+ by July.

However, within the next 6 weeks, I'm going to NYC and moving to a new apartment. In fact, after I finish my Hazel dress (Thank you Colette Patterns for digital downloads), I will probably start packing my sewing supplies.

Side note: The Hazel dress has been super easy thus far. I made a muslin of the bodice and there were no fit issues. None. I'm so excited about this pattern, I can barely contain myself.

Hazel from Colette Patterns

Sigh. I won't let this stop me from planning along with everyone else although I can't participate in the actual sewing of my wardrobe. It's cool. Texas will be hot well into October, I'll have plenty of time to sew.

Anyway, here's my color palette. My goal is to make one dress for each color. Sounds simple enough.

Maybe tomorrow I'll post some of my pattern selections. My goal is to keep it simple, so I plan to use patterns I've sewn before. As far as fabric goes, I only have the green in my stash. I'd have to buy everything else, you know, if I were actually going to sew.

*Edit: I've made a board on Pinterest of my pattern ideas and inspiration.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Work in progress...

Honestly, this dress should be finished by now. I started it at the beginning of last month (perhaps the last week of February?) and I still have yet to finish the hem. Laziness has gotten the best of me.

Awkward pose

This is McCall's 6503, a dress that almost broke me. I could not stand the bagginess of the bust and for the life of me I couldn't figure out how to get rid of it. It doesn't look that baggy on the model or the line drawings. However, I've seen quite a few versions pop up around the interwebs (feel free to google "McCall's 6503" for yourself) and all have the same issue. Not that they weren't cute, just a wee bit baggy in the bust.

Looks can be deceiving. For real.

I tried to reconcile the bagginess; ignore it and make the dress anyway. Nope. Couldn't do it. I tried a couple of suggestions: extend the gathering or make pleats in the shoulder. Neither really worked. Then one day, I looked at my pattern piece and folded it along gathering line/area (is that what's it called?).

Why didn't I think of this before?!

Genius. Simple. I could kick myself for not thinking of it sooner.  It worked! I loved not having to do some kind of serious bust adjustment to make the damn thing fit. I also had to shorten the waist (the long horizontal fold) as I'm short-waisted.

Everything else about the pattern was simple and relatively easy. I made View B but with the gathered skirt. For the fabric, I used Lecien cotton lawn purchased here. The dress is underlined in light blue cotton/poly batiste. Instead of the regular zipper, I used an invisible one. I really like invisible zippers. They are easier to install and aren't nearly as headache-inducing thanks to the purchase of the metal invisible zipper foot for my sewing machine.

If I hadn't spent the evening finishing the hem on my McCall's 5801 shirt dress, I would have finished this dress. The McCall's 5801 dress was another dress I almost finished two months ago except for the hem. A post on that dress will pop up later this week.

My Colette Crepe is lying in a crumpled heap, silently praying for the day when I pay attention to it once more. I have more than the hem to finish (under-stitching, tacking down facings, etc) and I probably won't get to it this month. Poor dress. It's so cute and polka-dotty. Quite a shame that laziness has once more gotten the best of me.

Sunday, April 1, 2012


Next month, I'm going to New York for a little mini-vacation. I plan on visiting the Garment District. I will do some serious fabric shopping (I hope). In order to pay for this fabric-free-for-all, I have to cut back considerably. 

So, for the month of April, I will not purchase fabric or patterns. I'm only allowed to buy a pattern or two if Colette releases new patterns this month. Zippers or thread is allowed, but I have enough of that stuff too.

This is going to be so hard. 

I have a few projects that I'd like to complete before my NYC trip. I have the Emmaline bag, Simplicity 1882, and Vogue 8727
Vogue 8727
I'm kind of excited about the Vogue pattern as I'm using it to recreate a dress I saw on eShakti:

Golden Globes Dress

I'm not sure how I feel about the sleeves. I could use the sleeves from Simplicity 2501 (view D). They are fairly similar:

I also plan on changing the skirt to a simple, gathered one instead of the circle skirt. Circle skirts do not look good on me. I have some brown lawn in my stash  that should work perfectly for this. 

Earlier today (after a much-needed nap), I worked on Muslin #2 for Simplicity 1801, the new Cynthia Rowley pattern that has the interwebs buzzing with excitement. Then, I quit. The muslin worked out well. I made a successful full-bust adjustment and the fit was fine. It just wasn't doing it for me anymore. Perhaps I'll find some fabric later that will inspire me. For now, it goes back into the pattern bin. 

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