I made a shift dress!

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I like it overall! The hem is kinda messy but  IDK what could have been done about that. A smaller hem I guess. I got a lot of compliments on the dress though, so I’d say it’s a good start. 😀

I made a shift dress back in September and am just now getting around to posting about it. I’m so proud of myself! After taking sewing classes for about 1.5 years, I was scared to sew something without the help of a teacher, especially with  fitting. A friend asked me to be an usher in her wedding and I was not having success finding a lavender dress in September so decided to sew one. Honestly, I didn’t feel like sewing a dress under such a time crunch but because I didn’t have a ton of money to spend on more expensive dresses online, I kinda had no choice! It looks cute on no? The picture in no way reflects the weeping and gnashing of teeth involved in the making of this dress. Heh.

I cut out my size in New Look 6968  The bust fit perfect but the neck and armholes were too tight and the skirt was too small. I kept adjusting things not really  knowing what I was doing.  I was majorly frustrated ya’ll. EIGHT (8!!) muslins later ,I finally had a decent fit. I was fit to be tied, no pun intended. 🙂  Matching up the darts and seams were a total booger especially because I altered the pattern. It was my first time working with satin too. Why did no one tell me I needed a special type of needle for sewing with satin? And really, I didn’t even think through the fact that this fabric is totally the un-pliable and a fray monster.  Aye yi yi!  I probably should  invest in a serger to help with fabric fraying.   I had to sew the invisible zipper 2 times to get it right. I  never got around to adding  the hook  but I otherwise the dress is finished. Yaay me!

What I would do differently:

I think next time I would  sew the zipper straight to the top and forget about hooks. Seems like such a nuisance. I also would have lined it for a better finish instead of using facings and to for a smoother finish/fit.,etc. I have never lined anything completely before and was scared to attempt it. I was also  out of time.  Anyway, it’s done and hopefully I have a trusty sloper now for a shift dress. I better, after all the work I put into it. 😉 Here are pics of the process.

The innards.  Fray city. Overlocker/Serger anyone?

front/side view

Back view . I can’t figure out how to stop all that puckering. Lining? I pressed this thing silly! I didn’t want to burn it. I also don’t think I sewed my zipper close enough to the seam because it’s not completely invisible.

I added grosgrain ribbon for a belt and a brooch for an accent et voila! A shift dress!

~M

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My favorite sewing blogs right now

Here are some of my  favorite sewing blogs right now ( in no particular order):

Oonaballoona

Gerties Blog for better sewing

Miss Celies Pants

Sewaholic

Frabjous Couture

The Selfish Seamstress

A Fashionable Stitch

Lladybird

VeryPurplePerson

I love all of these blogs in different ways! So glad I stumbled upon them. 🙂

Basically This pain in the neck 3 month skirt had a silver lining in that it led me to the sewing blogoshpere. Oh, and it fits me to a TEE too! tehee! All’s well that ends well      (once I rip out the zipper and finish the hooks). Heh.

The Three Month Skirt

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You know how Anthro and Modcloth have these quirky names for their clothes like : The bicycle dress, or Color Me Blue dress, or High Tea in the Afternoon dress (those names I just made up for fun but you get the gist)? Well, I have a name for my skirt. It’s called the 3 month skirt. Why the 3 month skirt you ask? Well, frankly because it’s taken me 3 months to make this blankety blank skirt! Actually that’s not completely accurate.  I never added a snap or hooks to the waistband so technically it’s still unfinished.

The start of the 3 month skirt: Skirt front with pleats pinned

I inserted an invisible zipper! I was so nervous about doing it I practiced like 3x on a muslin. 🙂

It should have been simple enough, except, I forgot what my sewing teacher told me about ease and slightly round hems and putting in an invisible zipper and… well, almost everything! It was supposed to be such a pleasurable experience but it most certainly was not.  I cut the cloth down a lot and took in the sides. When I finally thought I was having some level of success, I couldn’t figure out how not to make the hem pucker. The only solution I could think of was to sew it with bias tape (ummm). Anyway, it will do I suppose but the thing is, it’s fall. This skirt was made IN summer FOR summer and now it’s fall (autumn is a much prettier word though, isn’t it? I digress…). Oh well, I did learn some valuable lessons and sewing this skirt led me to sewing blogs so alas all is well with the world! What a wonderful, WONDERFUL addicting world it is too.  If I had discovered sewing blogs several years ago, I would probably a ridiculously fabulous seamstress by now. Well, perhaps not but still, a girl can dream 🙂

The outside of the zipper. It’s really invisible! Kinda…

~M

Sewing Inspiration

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New Inspiration from Etsy.

The Etsy shop is called DemestiksNYC

http://www.etsy.com/shop/DemestiksNYC?ref=seller_info

The clothes are so cute! Love the bold print, swing skirt and short sleeves of the  black and white dress. Not really feeling the bow but for a photo shoot it will work. The blouse is just darling! Because I cannot currently afford ( or want ) to spend $130 on a blouse and $200 on this dress,  I am already scheming  of how I can pull something like this off.  With a Sewplaysew style of course. What might that be you ask? I’m so glad you asked! LOL I don’t really know what that means besides it won’t be an exact knockoff :-).

What patterns would you guys use to create these looks?

~M

Hello sewing world!

This is my first entry in my new sewing blog and I’m excited! Inspired by my recent discovery of sewing blogs ( The Selfish Seamtress, Ms Celies Pants, seekatesew,etc.) I decided to start a blog. My intent is really to chronicle my sewing progress and hopefully get some help from other seamstresses as well. I’ve been sewing since I was a little girl but decided to get serious about it 2 years ago. I took a little over a year of sewing classes but now I’m on my own. Welp, here I sew! 🙂

~M