Tuesday, August 20, 2013

When two become one.. Hawthorn and Iris

Hey guys, I made a romper! I Frankensteined two Colette Patterns, the top from Hawthorn and the Iris shorts, both of which I made before, into this fun romper. The fabric is a Kokka canvas from Fabricland, with an adorable polka dot and parrot pattern. Of course I had to wear parrot earrings to match! 

I changed very little with the patterns to make them match up. I did have to lengthen the waistband to fit my torso. If I made it again I would lengthen the hawthorn top to meet the shorts. I left the left side seam open to put a zipper in so I could get in and out of it. I'm not gonna lie, its not the easiest thing to take off, I kind of get stuck in the armholes, but it's doable.  

I did some modifications to the shorts, but mainly to make them fit me. I lengthened them and omitted the pockets. I feel like I had enough design details and the pocket tend to gape open, and I didn't want that. 

I was super nervous going into this that it would be a complete failure, and I wouldn't even be able to get it on, but I like the outcome! It's actually very comfortable, and I think its really fun! 

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cambie Cocktail Dress


I finally made the famous Sewaholic Cambie dress! I did version A, the a-line skirt with pockets! The pockets are great, it's hard to keep my hands out of them. This was my first Sewaholic pattern, so I was a little nervous about the fit,( the patterns are made for pear shaped women right?). I am definitely more of an hourglass. 

The only fitting I did was to add an inch to the bodice, I could tell it was going to be too short.  Overall the fit is pretty good, it gaps a little near the sweetheart neckline, so if I make it again I will take out the excess fabric there. 

The fabric is a Japanese shirting fabric from Kokka, in a fabulous retro cocktail print. They still have some in yellow at Fabricworm. I made some piping at the waistband to match the pink using some rattail and a small amount of Kona cotton. 

I used to have so much trouble using my zipper foot to make piping, I could never get close enough to sew the piping. But I was told at work by the experts that it's the foot not me! YAY. The Bernina zipper foot does not get close enough to sew piping, you have to either use a piping foot or I sewed the piping to the waistband using the open foot, and moved the needle all the way over. SO MUCH EASIER. Also notice how perfectly my piping matches at the zipper :)

Do you ever use piping? Now I feel like adding it to everything! 

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Amy Sedaris Top

 Did you know comedian Amy Sedaris has a fabric line with Windham fabrics?  I love Amy's style, she always has the cutest dresses on, and she even makes me want to buy Downy Unstoppable (have you seen that commercial). I love all her fabric from Windham I have already made some pj's from the 'I like you' fabric. 

 I made this top for Fabricland, as a summer camp sample. The pattern is Simplicity 1693, a swing top with a peter pan collar. The body is made from tulip and polka dot fabric, and the collar is a printed rick rack! I LOVE RICK RACK, I might have mentioned that before ;). The stripe down the middle is a polka dot bias tape, that I sewed down on both sides. I also used the same bias tape to finish the armholes and neckline. Polka dots, rick rack, and tulips, I love how it all came together! 

I made this top months ago, and never tried it on. I've never worn this kind of top before and was unsure about the shape, but it's cute and comfortable. I like the hemline, how it is lower in the back, I guess it's a mullet top. Has anyone else used Amy's fabric? I have plans to use more of her prints, I can't get enough! 

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