Sewn: Wedding Dress

Friday, October 26, 2018

Blogging about this dress super late but better late than never I guess! 

So I made a wedding dress. Props go to @kirstennoellew for the photos. I can't get over how much talent she has. I suck at modeling and usually hate pictures of myself but I love these photos. That shows how talented she is.

Ok so the dress. The bodice is made with lace applique sewn on top of silk organza. This took forever and a day in case you were wondering. haha I definitely listened to my fair share of podcasts during this process! (Stuff You Should Know, Doug Fabrizio, and Help I Suck at Dating. :)

For the pattern, I drafted a sweetheart bodice, and added cap sleeves and a scooped neckline. The seams are finished with bias. 

The skirt pattern is a gathered skirt with skirt panelings over top. The base of the skirt is silk satin (with the creamiest texture!!) and a silk organza overlay.

The panelings were a little tricky to figure out at first. I knew I wanted to do something similar to Leanne Marshall’s skirt panelings because they’re amazing (she’s just amazing in general, gahh). I wanted mine a little softer, so I cut them on the bias and draped over. 

Main Fabric: Off-White Organza
Skirt Lining: White Silk Satin  
Lace applique: Embroidery Lace Applique 
Pattern: Drafted (I use this book and love, love, love it.)

Sewn : Dotted Swiss Lace Dress

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Made a new dress! 

My inspiration was a dress from a Cover Magazine spread that I loved. My dress didn't turn out exactly like the original but I still like it. 

Sorry fair warning, I went a bit picture happy on this post, but that's what happens when you take pictures at the most gorgeous place on earth! I can now cross Alberta off my bucket list. :)

Ok so the dress. The pattern is Newlook 6723. Basically I used the same process that I used to create my red lace dressI added 7.5" to the sleeves (because the original are quarter-length), redrafted the neckline, removed gathering from the top of the sleeves, and also removed gathering from the skirt. 

The back closure is an invisible zipper (Joann's) with a gold button from AliExpress. (That website looks sketchy but it's legit I swear. Or at least I've never got burned.) 

The dress has french seams throughout, and the neckline has a bias finishing. The dotted swiss I found was pretty close to the original but the applique is a bit different. For one thing, I left it off most of the dress, unlike the original. I just got nervous, I didn't want the dress to look too frilly. 

But at the same time, the original dress has a ton of lace detailing so I didn't really know what to do. I ended up playing it safe and just adding scalloping on the hem.

Overall I really like it. Lots of hand sewing, which may or may not have meant lots of time spent in front of the TV watching Bachelor in Paradise. haha but hey, that's the best part of hand sewing!

Fabric: Dotted French Gauze Lace (Lacetime on Etsy)
Applique: Floral Embroidered Lace (Popolace on Etsy)
Lining Fabric: Casa Sanded Satin in Ivory (Joann's)
Pattern: Newlook 6723, with adjustments

Sewn : Baby Boy's Quilt

Monday, August 14, 2017

I'm not a quilter. I'll be the first to admit that, but I do like to quilt occasionally because it's a form of sewing you can do that doesn't require as much thinking. (At least in how I do it with block squares. Obviously not talking like complex patterns or anything.) And let's be honest, sometimes I just want to veg out and listen to podcasts, haha. 

This blanket was made hopefully for a future child someday, but otherwise will probably be gifted to a future niece or nephew.

The fabric is meaningful to me because I got it in Australia (after a 10 mile hike to get to the fabric store no less, ha you think I'm kidding. I'm an idiot and overestimated the distance, and was too scared to figure out the bus. haha but it gave me an excellent opportunity to experience all of Perth.) The fabric store was called Materialise, found by the glorious invention of Yelp. (Anyone on Yelp? I'm obsessed! I love finding new shops and restaurants.)

The back of the blanket is light blue minky. (And oh my gosh my mom, bless her. She literally stood there for like 10 minutes with her arms in the air and didn't complain. #praise)

The wrinkles are driving me crazy. I'm sure if I knew more about quilting I would know what to do to prevent that next time, but I don't. So if any quilters out there want to share some tips, I'd love to hear!
The fabric is cute I think. Little elephants, space shuttles, stripes, and a nautical print- perfect for a baby boy! The intent wasn't to make it so patriotic looking, ha ironic coming from Australia! But I actually really wish it wasn't red, white, and blue. Oh well, hopefully the lighter blue on back mixes that up a bit

So question of the day, What are your favorite podcasts? 
I'm selfishly asking because I want some new recommendations. My favorites are Thread Cult, Stuff You Should Know, RadioWest, and Podcasting One Handed. Obviously some of those aren't going to appeal to some you depending on your life circumstances. haha but I'd love to hear your favorites!

Also, have to give a quick shout-out to Regan from Solitude for Sewing who is starting up a new blog series called Stitching Students. The series features young seamstresses still in college or high school. Isn't that the coolest idea ever? It's always nice to find blogs of people in similar life stages as you, and I've found some really good blogs to follow because of it. (Lady Sewalot comes to mind, her blog is amazing!) Anyways, she featured me in a recent post and I wanted to share because I was excited. :)
Happy sewing everyone!

Meghan's Bridal Shower

Thursday, May 4, 2017

My best friend and cousin is getting married!

We threw her a shower in the backyard, which actually worked out even though I was terrified it would rain. I've been seeing these typography balloons all over Pinterest and wanted to get one for it. I was sad because I guess you can't fill them with helium.. boo, so I just placed mine in front of the food table. The Zurchers lady wouldn't even try, trust me I tried. haha I told her I'd pay for the helium and everything and she was like nope, nope, nope. 

How amazing are these watermelon napkins from Oh Happy Day? Their entire shop is full of party supply gold. 

For food, we had a "mini food" bar with mini ham and cheese sandwiches, caprese on a stick, fruit salad, and veggies. 

For dessert- miniature donuts, scones and lemon cookies. The mini donuts are from AnchorBakery on Etsy and apparently they have a real life shop in Anaheim, CA so that's definitely going to happen someday now. The mini scones are from MadeByMamaBCaramels on Etsy. My mom made the cookies.

I loved the invites from Minted. This isn't a sponsored post (though Minted, hit a sister up!) but I was so impressed with them because they did free address labeling. I have bad handwriting so I was excited about that.

Meghan and I have had lots of adventures over the years so I wanted to display some of our pictures. I invited guests to bring pics too but that was kind of an #epicfail, haha so it ended up just being the Meghan and Haylee show. Fine by us! Hopefully people didn't mind. 

The cute bride! We played the interview game so lots of gum chewing went down.  

Love this girl. I'm seriously so grateful to her. She has been the greatest friend and support over the years and I can't think of anyone who deserves to be happy more than she does. I'll be sad to "let her go" but I couldn't be more excited for her. They're a really cute couple too!

And one more for good measure, because my niece is the cutest thing ever.

Sewn : Button Down Midi Dress

Saturday, March 11, 2017

After seeing this gorgeous dress on Sandra Semburg's blog, I wanted to recreate a similar one. I tried to find similar fabric but I could not for the life of me find any. Seriously I tried, for some reason I had the hardest time. There's lots of ivory satin fabric. There's lots of printed fabric. There is no ivory printed satin fabric! So I compromised and used solid ivory satin from Joann's.

I love the drape of the fabric but it's a beast to sew with. I don't know if all satin is like this but it frays like crazy and is super slippery. Then it gets really static-y and when you use steam to iron it, it just wrinkles more. Man why do I like it again? Oh ya, it drapes well. haha

The neckline looks wavy but it doesn't look like that in real life, I'm not sure why but it's driving me crazy. 

The pattern is Vogue V8577. I left out the skirt pocket, back yoke, and cummerband. I also added cuffed sleeves and used fabric-covered buttons. Then both the skirt and bodice are lined with white lining because the fabric is very see-through.

The buttons in the front stop mid-thigh to create a front slit, similar to the inspiration dress. However, I may add one more button because it's a bit too revealing for me. ha but I am bummed you can't see the slit at all, because without it, the dress seems to have a 60's house wife vibe and I'm not necessarily loving that.

I like it! It's super comfy and the fabric is super soft, which always makes a dress 10x better. If I made it again, I'd shorten the sleeves a bit, and add pockets. Not the original pockets on the pattern but just simple side pockets. Then I'd probably also have to make it a different color becuse I have lots of white dresses at this point. haha but I love them so I probably won't promise that part.  

Pattern: Vogue V8577 with adjustments
Fabric: Casa Sanded Satin in Ivory (Joann's)
Shoes: Red Velvet Mary Jane's (Nordstrom Rack)
Floral Crown: Foxglove Floral

Inspired : White Dotted Lace

Saturday, March 4, 2017

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This is the project I've been working on lately and I'm super excited so I wanted to share the inspiration board. It's mainly based off the top right dress, an H&M dress I fell in love with. This is my first time working with lace applique so we'll see how that works out. 

What are you working on right now? Or for non-sewers, what was the last thing you were excited about? 

Sewn : Black Knit Shirt

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Hi everyone! It's been a while. I made a shirt that I thought I'd blog about. I wish I was coming back with something more exciting, but it's going to be a while before I take pictures of anything because it's cold outside and I'm a wuss. haha, so this will do for now. 

It's actually the same exact shirt I made for my sister Sadie a while back (posted here), just without the collar. I used Simplicity 6721, and added length and a back zipper. 

It's a really lightweight knit so it doesn't hold up the heavy metal zipper well, I should have thought that through better. It works ok, but the neckline looks wavy because of the darn zipper. So that's basically driving me crazy.

I do like it. Truthfully I haven't worn it much but I feel like if I give it some time, I'll forget about the flaws and be more comfortable wearing it. haha

I hope everyone's doing well! What have you been up to this past year? What is the best thing going on in your life and something that could be going better?  And yes, I'm talking to you. Whenever I read blogs, I always assume they're talking to other people but if you're reading this then I'm talking to you. :) 

PatternSimplicity 6721
Fabric: Black Lightweight Sweater Knit from Mood (which I can't link to because it's no longer listed, so here's a similar fabric)
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