To get back into sewing I chose a pattern I have sewn before. It is my dress version of the Burda Style Peplum Top 08/2012 . Again no zipper, no seam allowance, sleeves from another pattern and some centimeters less at the waist.
When I finished the dress itself I knew I had to add some decorative elements. My thoughts went from trompe l’oeil pearls (like I did on this Shirt) to gems made from polymer clay. But the gems seamed to heavy for the delicate fabric. So finally I went for stylised feathers from jersey fabric. Many people tell me that I am a featherweight. So they make sense, don’t they? (Infact I’m 10kg lighter than featherweight … I would go in the category of half-flyweight … well, half flys might not be as decorative)
The pictures were taken on a roof in Brixton (Who knew that London could be this sunny :) )
This colourful bird obviously attracted both sun and wind
The picture above shows the third feather I placed on the skirt.
Finally a detail shot of the feathers on the bodice.
This time I will not make any prediction how long it will take me to complete my next sewing project … hopefully not that long.
In the past weeks I had some private turbulences that kept me from sewing. (Well at least now I have enough room to install a proper sewing space … )
The current Burda easy (autumn/ winter 2013) (it’s called Burda Young in other countries) seduced me to start sewing again. There was this simple but playful dress and I had the perfect caramel coulored rayon in my stash … The only alteration I made (by accident) was to put the front panel on the left side. The original dress is very short so it ended up to be the perfect length for me.
The elastic waistband makes this dress very comfy.
Maybe you wouldn’t expect that from a magazine called Burda easy, but this simple dress has nice details. Beside the obvious draped panel at the front it has pleats on the shoulders. Easy to do and nice looking.
I guess I have a new favourite dress :)
Shortly before (well, in july) I was a pattern tester for a german pattern company called Schnittchen. I got to try their pattern Hannah. This may not be the style I usally go for. But that’s one aspect of pattern testing … trying something new. Beside the obligatory shortening I didn’t do any alterations. Next time I would use some softer fabric and add a belt.
I hope this time it will not take another month until I can show you a new creation!
It has been a bit quiet here … again. My illness in may was just the warm up for a two week knock out with fever and cough … after I recovered I started sewing again … but I couldn’t show you the two finished (well … and two unfinished) garments yet. One is still top secret … but I finally visited my parents and now I can show you this dress. My mother planned to wear it to a wedding but the dresscode forced us to make another one (this one). So she wore it to her sisters birthday.
My mother and me in our newest dresses
The process of making this dress was full of premieres for me. I found the FREE pattern on a Polish website (they do have more nice stuff over there!) So it was the first time I sewed in Polish :) There was no real description were to start and how to do it … but in the meantime I made some dresses and was brave enough to try it anyway. So this is the pattern I started with.
My mother is a dwarf like me. She is even smaller than me and needs different sizes for bodice and skirt part. So the second thing I did for the first time was a muslin. I drafted the sleeves myself and had to make some adjustments to the pattern in order to make it fit at least somehow.
I chose a lightweight denim and bleached some of the pieces. As you may have noticed it was not the first time I used bleach for a sewing project ;)
We decided to go for some puffy sleeves to hide the declining shoulders we both tend to have :)
This time I was very proud of my seam matching!
The dress was not lined and since this dress was not for me I forced myself to finish everything with my serger.
I did a blind hem on the sleeves and the skirt …
You don’t see anything? Well that’s why it’s called blind hem …
Finally I inserted an invisible zipper (another premiere). I found a tutorial and now I have to ask myself why I was afraid of this zipper type for so long … I find it way easier to install than a normal zipper.
The invisible zipper … not as invisible as the blind hem … but almost
My mother likes her new dress and I like my mother and making her happy. So this was a very successful project :)
There is this lovely pattern called ‘Polka Dots’. I did a bit of research and found out that there is no real connection to the dance called Polka. I thought it would be nice if the dots were not equaly spaced so they look more as if they were dancing. That ment that I had to add the dots myself. As the base for my dress I used the pattern of my recent peplum top from Burda Style (Peplum Top 08/2012) I did the same alteration again: no zipper and therefor no seam in the back, sleeves from another pattern (the original sleeves had darts on the elbow … what for? ), dropped the seam allowance and had to take it in some centimetres at the sides. To make it a dress I just added about 20cm to the hem.
If you are wondering why my hair tie matches the dress so perfectly … it’s just because its a scrap from the shortening of the sleeves. I have some lovely hair ties from my Swimming Pool Dress too :)
We had some difficulties taking these photos since it rained cats and dogs the whole day … we were attending a Jugendweihe celebration (a ceremony in which 14-year-olds are given adult social status) in an nice open air location (at least it is nice when the sun is shining … ) We had to ran to a huge parasol so we stayed dry for the shooting.
I really like the hi-low hemline of this pattern
The jersey I used (a mystery blend of something synthetic … that’s what the burn test told me … and something from an animal … that’s what the little hairs sticking out here and there told me) was very light and slightly transparent. You can see the freezing wind playing with my skirt here:
Little Mia came over for a little photo bombing. (A nice little girl that kept us entertained the whole time)
I did the dots using fabric paint and the rubber of a pencil … like I did for the necklace on the Trompe l’œil Shirt for my friend.
And I even did a matching nail design :)
So this was what I wore for day 25 of Me-Made-May’13:
Just one week to go … and I made it till here without a repetition of a garment and I made 3 new pieces … although I didn’t dare to make a pledge saing that.
I made this dress about a year ago. (Yes the hi-low trend is this old … but I still like it) It’s based on Jersey Dress 120 BurdaStyle 03/2012 I’m sure one dress can bear more than one trend.
No, pockets are no trend … but they are practical anyway. Exposed zippers are a trend … one I really like (as you can tell from my recent pencil skirts) Since all good things come in threes my hi-low dress with exposed zipper got cut outs too.
I wore this dress today for the 24th day of Me-Made-May’13. This may is not as sunny as last years. That’s why I had to wear a longsleeve and leggings underneath. I wore longsleeved garments the last days too.