Monday, 23 September 2013
Geranium Dress shortened to a top length. I added a bow in the front. The buttons in the back are cute little purple flowers. I made the sleeveless version to be worn as a layering piece in the fall and winter (since the fabric is too heavy for summer)
The pants are the Parsley Pants pattern. I made the flat front with pouch pockets. The fabric is a bottom weight twill and I broke a needle trying to sew through the elastic, pockets, and the waistband. I was using a needle for heavy weight fabric. Any tips on that?? They came out great though - roomy and comfortable.
Monday, 16 September 2013
The theme for Project Run and Play this week is Candy Inspired so here is my project:
The fabric is and interlock knit I had in my stash. The pattern is a slim cut peasant style with a ruffle at the bottom and a sash/belt in a coordinating jersey knit fabric. I upcycled the fabric for the belt from a dress of mine which was way too short and low cut to be appropriate for me. The belt is stiched tot he dress at the side seams so it doesn't shift around.
I broke out the double needle for the hems on the ruffle and the sleeves.
Maya likes to end every photo session with a twirl shot.
Monday, 9 September 2013
I wasn't planning to sew along with Project Run and Play. The timing was just wrong for me. The project weeks are right at the start of school (I am a teacher) and a lot of the prep would need to be done at the end of August when I have minimal services available for my developmentally disabled son. Then I saw three things that made me change my mind. 1st - only 4 weeks long this time! There will be fewer projects to ooh and ah over but it makes it easier for people like me to sew along on our own. 2nd- plaid week! I have had my eye on some really nice plaid and that gave me an excuse to buy some. 3rd - The Popover Dress Remix! I love this pattern. It is one of the first dresses I made when I got into sewing for my kids. It is a wonderful pattern for a simple, comfortable sundress.
I know everyone approaches a remix differently. Some prefer to just be inspired by the pattern and take off from there. I prefer to start with the physical pattern and make changes to customize and give it my own touches. I made two Popover Dresses for this week.
This first one has a high-low hem (higher in front and longer in back), Regular straps (no ties), a ruffle on the bottom, on-seam pockets, and elastic across the top. The elastic was needed for my girls because with the original pattern the straps slip down a lot. See the first picture - that is a popover dress I made earlier this summer.
Original Popover Remixed Popover
On-seam pockets and elastic casing
Elastic holds the straps on the shoulders. The elastic also adds stress points to the garment though so I added extra stitches to reinforce this area.
Here is the second dress I made. She didn't want pockets and instead of a ruffle she has tiny purple lace trim along the bottom.