On June 10th I will do a pattern review for Hideous Dreadful Stinky’s Summer of No Pants.
I purchased B5317
and this fabric to make the dress with.
the pattern calls for 60″ fabric, I purchased 45″
so now what to do…
luckily I have a skirt pattern, we will see what happens with it, stay tuned for my post on June 10th.
Also on May 27th SONP2013 starts up, four skirts in four weeks, I am excited for the challenge! Each Friday I will post my finished product.
My Mad Men dress was a bust, I was away the days leading up to the contest and my second practice dress had been another disaster, I have decided to work on skirts more, bodices seem to be eluding me.
I still have my fabric that I was going to use for this dress so I will have to think of what to use it for.
I also just discovered that the deadline had been extended… to yesterday… lol
With 17 days left to make this dress its definitely time to start working on it again.
I redrew the pattern, hopefully it will be easier since princess seams are giving me so much trouble. I really need to start buying some fabric with some stretch to it.
Here is the new pattern. I used this for the boat neck part and this for the darts. Now I just have to get some more broadcloth to practice on.
I have been working on my Mad Men dress for Julia Bobbin’s dress challenge. So far I ave hand sewn my practice dress, I seem to have went wrong somewhere though… It’s looking like it is going to be too small, I haven’t tried it on yet so we will what happens tonight.
All I know is that I am very happy that I am making a practice dress out of broadcloth before I touch the fabric I ordered online!
I decided to stay with the original dress that I picked out.
I went on vacation this weekend and ended up in a fabric store, I spent an hour and a half there and bought my very first patterns! I will post pictures of them later on. I also picked up my very first invisible zipper – forgot to get a zipper foot for it though so it will be a while yet before I can try that out. I got three dress patterns, a skirt pattern, and a button up shirt pattern – I can never get the store bought button up shirts to fit so I though I would try to make my own.
I also picked up some pretty plum coloured mystery fabric. It feels like a georgette – which I didn’t even know existed until this weekend. They sell it at a givewaya price since when they get it in the type of fabric isn’t identified. I got it for my fancy dress pattern which is definitly not for beginners but I am excited to try out once I practice some more.
They also had a bin of second hand patterns there, I found one that I loved but they didn’t have my size, it was a Butterick pattern, a short dress with a criss cross back.
I’m really excited to start working with patterns but first I have to start my Mad Men Dress – I wish I had March Break so I could sew!
How was your first experience with a pattern? Have you ever got an “aw honey” from a sales associate when you show them the pattern you are getting and tell them you are a beginner? (’cause I sure did lol)
Lately I have been working on drafting my pattern for my Man Men dress. The local shop that I get my fabric from doesn’t have sewing patterns for sale. So my patterns are made by me. Usually I just google things and piece it together from what I can find. Or find a tutorial online. I have been having a lot of trouble finding a tutorial for a sheath dress. I finally found a pattern here.
It lets you print the pattern which would be ideal if I had a printer… Since I don’t I have drawn it out by hand – just free hand, no measurements yet. I will figure that part out later. I also picked up some white broadcloth to try the pattern out on before I use the fabric that I ordered online.
A couple of changes. Mine will be boat neck, and will not have a belt, also the back will be more like the one in the pictures on my first Mad Men Challenge post.
Here is what I have so far, my drawing abilities peaked at stick people so apologies for the quality of the drawing…
It’s a bit hard to see since its small and I was using a pencil but if you click on the picture it should get bigger.
Next week I am going to start measuring and cutting out the pieces on the broadcloth. Tonight I might work on my Dopp Kit, but more on that later.
What do you prefer, tutorials or patterns? Would you rather print off a pattern or buy one in a store? Or do you like to make your own? How about tracing clothes you already have?
You know how once you find something you like you should stop looking and be happy with it, well I kept looking at Mad Men dresses and found this one:
For the website click here
Maybe I could get a royal purple material to make this, or an emerald green. I don’t think that I could complete it in a month so I will most likely stick with my original idea (see part 1 here) I will attempt to make this dress sometime… Maybe Julia will have the Mad Men challenge again next year.
I started looking because my body type matches Joan the best but the other dress will work for me. I have never been a big fan of boat necks, so that should be an adventure.