After making yesterday’s post about my old ball gown, I repaired the waistband, and spent a ridiculously long time ripping out the stitches on the two panels that hung down the sides of the bodice. You’d think ripping about about 24″ of stitching would be fast and easy, but apparently the girl-who-can’t-follow-directions not only sewed the bodice together all wrong, but she also kept changing the stitch length on different seams making some of the stitches very tight and very difficult to pick out. That’s not so bad though, right? Just slow going? Oh wait! And then it gets better. On one side of the bodice, I used pleats to make the panel fit. On the other side, I used gathering. What the hell was I thinking? Oh wait. Not only was I not reading or following the directions, I was not thinking either. I’m kind of embarrassed to have done this, even if it was years ago. I remembered as I put the gown on my dress form that when I wore it to the ball, we had to use safety pins to hold the skirt up to the bodice in the back because there was a big gapRead the rest…

About 5 years ago, little new-to-sewing me decided she was going to attend the Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball for a second time, and she needed a dress. She decided to sew up a pattern she found, but apparently she had no idea how to follow directions. Today I pulled this dress out thinking “Hey! Halloween is coming up! Maybe I can sell this!” and found the waistband a mess, which I repaired. After doing so (and gathering a waist of 175 inches down to about 36 inches is a pain in the ass!) I discovered I had originally put the zipper in between the wrong two panels, that this skirt has a definite front and back. That means I will have to undo what I did, and move the zipper to the right location or else the zipper has a very odd placement when worn. I also took a good look at the pattern envelope and found I did not even come close to putting the bodice together right. I knew I never dd the pollinading (however you spell that) but apparently the two purple panels hanging over the hips are supposed to go around the entire bodice exceptRead the rest…

I did a lot of sewing the last few days, but unfortunately, I can’t share the most exciting parts of it with you yet and that’s driving me crazy. I stitched up my prom dress for Joann’s party in November with only a few weeks to spare, plus I whipped up a really quick capelet using my leftover dress fabric, plus some other stuff in my stash to line it. I will show you the capelet though, as it doesn’t give away anything about my dress except color and fabric. I based the capelet off of McCall’s 5006, view G or H, but I only went as far as cutting out the fronts and back piece using the pattern and ignored the rest. I had a few small pieces of black velvet ribbon in my stash which I used for the ties, and I used some gold satin that I have no memory of buying from my stash to line it. Its one of those fabrics I want to use up to get rid of it, but can’t think of many applications where I’d actually want to wear it. I also made a small gold clutch, and am going toRead the rest…

Years and years ago, I had this fun (yet rather odd) novelty fabric. I was on a food-themed fabric kick, and decided to make a skirt. This is the fabric I used, along with McCall’s 5330 View B for the pattern. Its got bread, pasta, olive oil, cheese, grapes, and a few other things, with text in Italian. The pattern I decided to use was one I regretted afterwards, as my weight at the time gave me more of a belly than was good to have (is any belly good to have?) and the three box pleats at the front of the skirt accentuated the bulge. It just was not a good fit or a good style, and now that I’ve pulled it out of my closet at my mom’s, I’m also seeing what a fantastically bad job I did at sewing it. :sick: Tonight I continued on my trek through my old sewing, tearing it almost all the way down, ripping out all the seams except for the center back one because it actually looks okay and I don’t think I’ll need to rip it out to make any real modifications. I did have to rip out the zipperRead the rest…

This skirt was in my “fix or repair” pile, and while I did manage to do that, there’s still things I’m not pleased with, namely the cut of the skirt itself. I took three sets of pictures for this skirt in two different shirts, tucked in and out, and all I can figure is I just don’t like it because it makes my hips look big. I’m also not crazy about the asymmetrical handkerchief hemline- its just not appealing, though its one of those things I own several patterns for with this hemline, though most are tops. One of the sore points of this skirt when I first sewed it was some severe puckering at the top corner of the slit in the front- the fabric was puckered, bubbled, and just made the slit awkward. I was able to fix that part, though hemming the edges was tricky for me. I’m also not terrible pleased with the fact that I should have swapped the two fabrics so the obvious angling of the panels wouldn’t have been so obvious in the pattern layout, and that I hadn’t cut one of the panels upside down. The brown fabric literally faces every possibleRead the rest…

I went out to get Subway for dinner, so I stopped by Walmart on my way there and grabbed a zipper to dive in and finish Butterick 5350. When I got home, I stitched the zipper in, and hemmed the bottom. I was a little worried about the dress not zipping up, but there was no reason to be worried. It not only zips up, it actually fits really well. There was even an added bonus to the slightly adjustments I made to the fit of the bodice- I can literally get away without wearing a bra (no need to worry about bra straps showing) and still be supported enough unless I decide to go running, which is highly unlikely. Some of the changes I made from the original pattern are as follows. I ended up adding a small pleat to the lower edge of the bodice towards the outer side of the front. This was to take up some extra fabric that didn’t line up with the skirt. Considering I have no idea what size the skirt was originally cut as, I wasn’t surprised to see that there were some small issues with lining things up. I added aRead the rest…

I know how many little dog coats can I make this year with M5165? I’ve made what, three in the last few months? I made another one tonight, this one for my Mom’s little dog for Christmas. It was its own challenge and I really hope it fits her as the dog in question is very overweight, and I had to heavily modify the pattern to (hopefully) make it fit. I added about 2 inches to the width of the coat, so it will come down a bit lower on her sides. By doing it this way, it gives the coat more coverage, but also meant I didn’t need to lengthen the belly straps as well. I also had to add multiple extra inches to the neck, which was done by simply extended that part of the coat outward a few inches on each side. The closures are still with velcro, but I used longer pieces than usual to allow for more adjustment in sizing. The coat was done in two blue cotton prints- one which was a leftover from when I made a cute semi-peasant-styled top, and one which I had a fat quarter of that I picked upRead the rest…