Inspiration from the Purple Carpet

As if I didn’t need another reason to sew, along comes these beautiful stars in these gorgeous styles at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Somehow these seem more wearable and interesting than what they’ve had in previous years. Anyway here are my favs! Kate Beckinsinale wearing Diane von Furstenburg’s take on a jumpsuit! I wish…

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The Couture Dress Update

Well I have ordered my fabric. I’ve been sewing for years and I have never sewn with wool (lived in the tropics so never saw the sense) or silk (a little pricey for me though with my fit being more successful in recent years I’ve splurged on some silk dupioni but never sewed it up)…

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What I’ve done without a sewing machine!

No news on the machine. We have to go there on Saturday to check on its progress. If they have to order a part from the company it will take another week or two. If its an easy fix, we can get it when we go. We could call but I want to physically visit…

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An Inspired Weekend

This weekend there was an Expectant Mom and Baby Convention at the Riocenter. They sold everything from expensive imported American toys to linens they embroidered with your child’s name while you waited. My favorite items were  these pillows. Here was the gender neutral vintage bird theme: I’m not always a fan of applique but I…

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Vogue 8489 as a Maternity Dress

I had two events to make dresses for late in my pregnancy, graduation and prom. I love chaperoning prom because I get to wear a cute semi-formal every year. This year I was in a major time crunch with work, the pregnancy, my mom’s illness, and moving so I thought it would be a great…

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McCalls 6070 as a maternity dress

For the Class of ’11 Graduation, I was giving out the diplomas to what may be my last class of seniors and I was not going to miss it for the world! I was 36 weeks pregnant and needed a dress to wear, so I used McCalls 6070 with modifications to make a maternity dress. Here it is at the event.

Not my most flattering cut, but I fit the dress around the boobs and altered the waistband and skirt to fit the belly. I wore it with those preggo support leggings to help my back, but looking at the photos I am regretting the overall effect. I should have shortened them to above knee length   so you couldn’t see them for a more proportional look.

Anyway, I modified the skirt so it didn’t gather all the way around but rather mostly at CF (5″ extra for bump) and some at CB (3″) , so I shaped the skirt pattern pieces to be more of an A-Line rather than a large rectangle. I was hoping for a smoother fit at the waist and hips so it didn’t look sack-like.  I also put in the elastic, which most people leave out, along the top of the waistband to keep it tighter above the bump, otherwise the bump was pulling the CF and causing gaping. I overlapped the CF crossover panels more than recommended by the pattern (about 1.5 ” more) . The pattern was a quick sew and I didn’t really do much finishing to the inside (messy messy).

I brought this now huge dress to Brazil thinking I might alter it to fit my post-baby figure ( smaller than my pre-baby figure hurray!). I threw it on while my husband was watching the baby and he took one look and pronounced it “ugly.” I have to agree.  Empire waistlines are hit or miss with my deeply arched lower spine, either looking pretty or pregnant.  I still look pregnant in this thing. So I am taking it apart and planning to up-cycle the dress into something else. As I have entered the patternreview.com Red Dress Competition, I am hoping to get it done by the end of the month. I am just waiting to hear up-cycling is allowed according to the rules.

Percolating Projects

I’m not patient. I admit it. I have already started watching the Susan Khalje’s videos and my creative juices have been flowing.  While waiting for the class pattern, I dove into my treasure trove, two large suitcases that hold the portion of my stash that I brought overseas. My first muslin is based on Burda…

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