Recently I spotted this oh so lovey frock on Etsy. Isn’t she beautiful?
As I was trying to mentally calculate how much of my plasma I would need to donate in order to buy her I had a tiny realization that “oh ya! I know how to sew!” I scrounged through some recently purchased patterns and found Simplicity 1873 which is yet another lovely Cynthia Rowley pattern and off I went to make my own inspired version.
Stripes are my favorite print ever, If you looked in my closet you might think I moonlight as a pirate!
I used this pretty piece of fabric I thrifted years ago but never knew what to do with. I finally picked up Simplicity’s 1810 and it was a match made in heaven.
The dress has darts in the back where you tuck in the little ties.
I wore her to work this week and got so many compliments! This is a great pattern and could work in so many different fabrics for so many different occassions!
I love living in Tempe where I’m but a few minutes from piles of fabrics and rows of pretty trims.
Look I also made a dress and sort of took pictures! Well I’m proud of me and you should be too!
Tim has promised to take pictures of me in the dress which will be even more exciting!
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Here some new patterns I’ve picked up recently.
Take a guess at which one I already have finished a version of?? You’ll see soon!
Look at me go – I made a shirt and even took pictures of it! Hurray!
The shirt was made from Simplicity 2154 which is one of Simplicity’s retro print patterns. This was such a great pattern and I sewed it up without any fit issues!
For the memorial day weekend we headed out to Phoenix’s Wildlife World Zoo which made for a fun day with animals and friends. I wore my new top with a pair of shorts I made last year.
This was a fun to make a project and have it turn out so simply and quickly. Here’s a closeup of the print which was a thrift store find!
This project has gotten me on a sewing roll – lots more projects to come soon! I also am looking forward to trying the skirt and cardigan from the same pattern.
I was inspired by this pin, I liked the pin but it didn’t actually have any instructions so I made some up!
All you need is -
- One hoop of some size, I of course picked the biggest oval shaped quilting hoop.
- Cork sheet
- Fabric of choice
- Foam board
- Hot glue/ gun
I used the hoop as my guide to trace the cork and the foam board.
I glued the cork and foam into the inside hoop then stretched the fabric on top. Once you put the outside hoop on then turn it over and glue around the edge to keep everything neat and tidy.
After it was all together we needed some pins so I grabbed a cheep set of push pins and my jar of buttons and ta-dah!
I’ve been busy as usual but I have squeezed a teeny bit of sewing time in and this is what i’ve been working on.
My first Colette pattern the Sencha blouse!
I just need to purchase different buttons and hem her up!
Well my scallops aren’t wrapped in anything but I’m wrapped in them!
After my previous post about my ill fitting bodice I had to practice my least favorite stitch – the frog. “Rippit Rippit” I shortened the bodice by a couple inches, took in the sides by an inch or so and fixed up the darts. I nixed the pockets because they threw off the pattern on the skirt.
After all the work I am overwhelmingly pleased with my finished product.
Here is how the back of the wrap dress looks.
This boy and I rode our bikes over to a cute little historic square for these pics.
After all that work sometimes I start to wonder if sewing is worth it but once you get the exact finished look you were dreaming of how could you ever want to stop?