Sewn : Emerald Brocade Dress

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Ok so can I just say that I am so incredibly happy that this dress turned out. The entire time I was making it I kept thinking to myself, what the heck am I doing. I'm just not used to using such thick fabric for dresses so I was not expecting it to work.

Turns out I was wrong because I love it! I actually think it might be one of my favorite dresses I've made so far. I love the brocade because it makes the dress look so much more professional looking or something. I'm not really sure why but I'll take it! ha, I got it from Mood Fabrics for those that are curious. 

*The neckline is even despite it not looking as such. I just have a bad habit of pulling my dress down on one side.

Pattern-wise, I used the Elisalex dress from By Hand London and the only thing I changed was the poofiness of the skirt because it was HUGE originally. Like I was kind of blown away. haha, nothing wrong with poofy skirts but there is just no way I could have been able to pull off the original dress.

I also cut a few inches off the hem because it still felt kind of bottom-heavy to me. (And try and ignore my sultry face going on in the picture above. haha but the picture shows the poofiness of the skirt well.  It's still quite poofy huh? Imagine 3 inches added to that!? Crazy.) 

Close-up of the fabric.

And the inspiration/mood board/whatever you'd like to call it. 
Emerald Pants.  Car.  Cafe.
Mint Brocade Pants.  Mint Jeans.
Mint Pleated Dress.  Dresses.  Bike.

Sewn : Gray Wool Coat

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I think I'm the only person in Utah who is excited that it's freezing cold again this week. ha I definitely am though, I want to be able to wear this coat that took me forever and a day to finish. I seriously started this in like December I think... then I didn't work on it for a couple months after it turned into one of those projects and now I'm just barely getting around to completing it.

So here's hoping Utah stays cold for at least a few more weeks so I can actually wear it for a bit. (Please no one shoot me for saying that.)
 I used the Burda Coat pattern for those that care. It's one of the patterns included in the Burda Style Handbook and even though I love this coat, I wouldn't recommend it.  It wasn't written well in my opinion and I found myself getting confused in places that I shouldn't have been getting confused on.  It was also a pain to have to trace out and add seam allowances to all the pattern pieces when I wasn't even drafting it so I didn't even get to feel "cool" for making my own, haha you know? Because if I am going to do all that extra work, I at least want to feel like it's worth it! I do love the Peter Pan collar though, and the silhouette, but honestly unless you are a pretty confident seamstress (which I'm not), I'd go with another pattern.

As for changes, I pretty much followed the pattern to a T except that I de-poofed the sleeves a little bit and I made the coat shorter. (4 inches I believe?)

Don't mind me pulling an Angelina Jolie on you guys in that last picture. haha seriously what the heck am I doing? I can't pose. I'd seriously like to see the reaction of everyone that drives by as this is happening because I imagine it would be quite a sight.

Have a great week everyone! Provo people come to the Bijou Market on Friday and Saturday, and everyone else go listen to this song. I've listened to it literally 56 times this week. haha I love it!
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