Sunday, 16 September 2012

The Belle Dress

I have been a bit absent in the online world recently, and will probably continue to be for a few weeks yet! Unfortunately my reason for this isn't as exciting as Casey's - I just have a thesis due soon, plus a whole bunch of other assignments/tests/other uni stuff to work on...

Meanwhile, my sewing plans were put on hold this week, when I realised I had a fancy dress ball to go to on Saturday night, and no costume!! The theme was animated characters, so, obviously, I went for a Disney princess! Belle has colouring closest to mine, but I have never been a fan of her yellow ballgown, so I decided I'd wear her blue day dress:

Screenshot from YouTube

I bought some old bed sheets and managed to whip myself up a dress and an apron over a few nights. Towards the end, there were many short cuts taken, but it turned up all right if I do say so myself!! I had planned on making a blouse as well, but luckily I found one I already had that did the job. I was running late, so I only managed to take a few pictures beforehand. There might be a few more of me taken by others floating around, I'll see if I can find any :)

I was literally the Belle of the ball ;)

And here is what you need to know:

Fabric: 2 second hand bed sheets (~$1)
Pattern: Dress pattern 8736 from March 1956 Australian Home Journal. No pattern for apron.
Features: The dress has back, waist and bust darts, a round neckline, a gathered skirt and a side zip. The apron is simply a gathered piece on a waistband.
Alterations: The dress pattern was for a 36" bust. I cut it out without adding seam allowances, but added around an inch to the bodice, and cut the straps super long, so I could adjust them before sewing to the right length. I sewed the straps together instead of making the button closure. I ended up taking in the side seams about 2 inches at the bust, tapering to an inch at the waist.
Notions: 1 zipper (~10c)
Total price: ~$1.10

If everyday clothing is cake, and special occasion dresses are frosting, I wonder if sewing a costume is like sprinkles?? Hehe.

Which leads me on to a few links I'd like to share:

See you next time!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Project Planning - Colette Sewing Handbook - Meringue!

Having bought the Colette Sewing Handbook earlier this year, I have been meaning to get around to sewing from the provided patterns for a long time! I really wish I could have joined in with the Sew Colette sew-along, but I was a bit too busy at the time! But! I think I am getting close to being ready to start! ;)

So, I wanted to share the planning I have been doing. I hope to create a mini-collection from the patterns, and have been scheming about this for weeks! I looked through the fabrics I already had before settling on a colour scheme, so that I can do some stash busting while I'm at it!

Here is what I came up with:

The colours I went for are cornflower blue, black, cream, navy, orange and steel blue.  I want the pieces to be bright and fun, but elegant at the same time. I'd like to share the fabrics I chose, but I am still deciding on a few of them, so they will be revealed one by one as I start each project!

I made inspiration pages for each pattern in the book, too. Since I am starting with the Meringue skirt here is my inspiration page for that pattern:

I love the embellished skirt in the bottom right hand corner of the first page! I'd love to make a Meringue like that one day... In the meantime, the fabric I actually chose? 

Sorry it's so wrinkly!!!

I decided that the Meringues I like best are the ones where the scallops are more than just scallops, they are linked to the fabric in some way - like in the embellished version I pointed out. When I saw this fabric, I thought it would be perfect for this concept! Here's a rough idea of what I'm trying to achieve:

I'm going to cut the scallops based on the print of the fabric. I hope it works out!!

I've also started planning my mini-wardrobe based on the BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook. I've gone for a more colourful summery palette and feel for this one:

I love the planning stage of sewing! In fact, I'm itching to start designing a mini-collection for the patterns in Gertie's new book!!! 

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Weekly Review

The end of another busy week! It is getting to that time of year again, assignments and mid-semester tests are about to take over my life.... my eye is already twitching.... (I seriously get a twitchy eye when I'm tired, stressed, or have been staring at a screen for too long, does anyone else get that? Makes me feel like a crazy person!!)

This week I finally got around to posting my "Drive Me Dotty" dress, and have progressed on to working on my yet-to-be-named top, the polka-dot sorbetto with the smocking. I have basted the pleats in place, and printed out a new sorbetto pattern so I can draft the straps à la Casey's sundress. Then it's just a matter of cutting it out, sewing it up, and finding some seam binding to use! Hope to have more progress for you next week!

And now for some pieces that caught my eye this week:

See you next week, I'm busy taking photos of all my swap-able patterns and magazines, hope to share them with you soon!