I really wish people would stop posting pictures of body modification and/or injuries under the sewing tag. I’m not browsing it so I can see a needle through a nipple or lips sewn shut or how someone horrifically stabbed a needle in their hand while using a sewing machine and for some reason took the time to photograph and upload it.
I hate to be all melodramatic “omg triggering!” but actually, it does trigger my syncope and I prefer not to pass out on my couch while home alone browsing Tumblr.
I did it again.
I bought more patterns. I need an intervention.
I’ve been watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on Netflix. Unf. Costume porn. The first episode alone has like 10 costume changes and they’re all amazing. Specifically, this blouse:
It looks like marshmallow fluff and clouds and I want it. So I picked up Vogue 1323 which has weird-ass pants but the blouse is very similar. I’ve never actually done covered buttons, so I’m looking forward to trying that, too.
Incidentally, one reason sewing is so not a way to “save money” on your clothes is the patterns. This pattern is supposed to retail for $32. I can already buy at least one shirt for that, and I haven’t even got fabric yet. Of course, I’ve never actually seen most patterns retail for full price. Most stores have them “40% off everyday” or something like that. I just troll the pattern books and buy whichever brand is on sale that week.
There’s a red and gold dress later in this episode that I am considering draping. I haven’t draped a pattern since college so it will be fun to try again now that I have a dress form!
Now off to tidy up the sewing room so I can actually start …
Just a quick reminder:
1.) Someone actually thought this was a good idea.
2.) This actually happened.
Hoooly shit this is the ugliest thing I have ever seen. I’d say it’s early 80’s but I can’t recall anything this bad even then. It’s like sister-wife on top and pirate pantaloons on the bottom.
*evil spaceship lands in the middle of London*
Me:: Huh. Where's the Doctor when you need him?
*Christopher Eccleston stalks angrily out of evil ship*
Me:: ...oh. Right.
Awhile back, I bought this cool Lisette fabric with plans to make a sheath dress. It turned out that I didn’t have enough of it for the dress I had in mind, and it was all gone from the store when I went back.
Then I saw this pattern:
I liked the pleats in the bodice, and the Empire waist. And I thought, hey, if I did those ruched side panels in a different solid color, I could get a colorblocked look and possibly squeeze a dress out of that fabric after all.
And it worked!
I cut a straight size 14, and it is only the tiniest smidgen off of an absolutely perfect fit.
It is a little higher above my knees than I would have liked. I put a slit in the back and then realized it looked terrible that high up. I’m going to have to pick it out and close it.
Besides the colorblocking, I made another change to the pattern. The bodice is two separate pieces that cross over in the front. I didn’t like that look so I cut the bodice as one piece.
That made it kind of impossible to understitch the bodice lining properly, so I topstitched it instead.
The bodice and side panels of the dress are all lined, but not the bulk of the skirt. That seemed kind of silly to me so I underlined the skirt pieces as well. Now I just need to make sure all my seams are finished, because the lining is this cheap poly satin that frays everywhere.
Too bad I have to wait 6 more months to properly wear it!
Not sure if my daughter getting her first job at the fabric store is the greatest thing to happen, or the worst.
I keep buying patterns. Send help.
Halloween part deux:
Okay, this needs a little explanation.
The MMO Guild Wars 2 has these friendly NPCs called Quaggan:
You can buy a Quaggan hat in the store for your character to wear:
So Mr. Container happens to work for the company that makes Guild Wars, and he already had Jedi robes. He asked to be “Qua-Gan Jin” for Halloween this year.
I adapted this hat pattern. I had to make it bigger since it was a ladies’ pattern and my man has a big fat head (love you honey). The first attempt I got the proportions off and it came out weirdly coneheaded. My second attempt is much better though:
Can I say how nice it is to have a machine with such a good applique stitch? Putting the spots on was so much faster than blanket-stitching by hand would be. The hat is fleece with felt spots, button eyes, a flannel lining, and some faux sheepskin trim.
I promised to make at least one more of these for a co-worker, so I’ll have more chances to perfect it.
Hey I made more things
Yeah, I may have had 5 projects going, but now they’re all finishing up. Specifically, I posted last year about my Halloween costume that I never got to finish because we all got strep throat.
So it’s finished now.
That belt buckle, btw, is just cardboard. The belt velcros. I couldn’t find a buckle so I made that.
This is possibly the worst wig ever but I really hate wearing wigs.
I haz a sad.
Hitchcock b/w style!