I haven’t worn a denim skirt since college so I don’t know why I got it in my head that I really wanted to make a denim Hollyburn, but I did. When I was looking for fabric for my Hollyburn … Continue reading
I bought the Emery dress pattern when Christine Haynes was having a sale in her webshop. I have been holding out on attempting to sew it in hopes that Sew LA offered another Emery dress class. Good thing I waited … Continue reading
I found that the dress sewed up pretty quickly. In one night I had the shirring done, the front was attached to the back, I had the facings in and I was ready to attach the sleeves, but I figured I had better try the dress on. Good thing I did, it was huge! I could stuff another me in the front of that dress! I certainly could not bend down in this dress. I pinched and pinned and figured out that at least 3 inches would need to come out. I tried to figure out what the best way to fix the top was and decided to just take it in in the sides and see how that worked…So I took in the top over an inch in each side. Well, now the dress was uncomfortably tight around the arms and there was still gappage at the front….I sat down and took the top apart and put the dress aside.
Luckily for me the next day I had a private lesson with the lovely Haley at Sew LA to help me do a small bust adjustment to my Emery dress pattern. When I got home I attempted a SBA on my Washi pattern. I took in my bust darts by about 7/8″ and this time sewed up a muslin of the front and sewed it into the rest of the dress. Hmm, there was still some gappage so I then took out over an inch from the font. I recut out my top from my fashion fabric and sewed it up. I tried it on and the fit was pretty good, yay! All that was left was to sew my sleeves, bind my sleeves, tack down my facing and sew the lining.
I ended up using pre-made binding, which I think was too small and made things a little bit difficult to sew, but it looks okay so I am fine with it. I then tacked down my facing and sewed my hem by hand.
I find that I seem to like to try at least 2 patterns by a pattern company so when I ordered the Emery Dress pattern by Christine Haynes I also ordered the Chelsea dress. Since I am taking a class … Continue reading
Body did I have trouble with the elastic thread. I just could not get it to gather the fabric at all. I re-sewed with a longer stitch length, fiddled with tension, steamed the seams with my iron and even tried drying, but no matter what the seams would not shrink up. They do look a bit gathered when my skirt is flat, but once it is on they straighten right up. Lindsay did send out instructions/helpful tips for working with the elastic thread that would have helped me if I hadn’t rushed to sew the pattern right away.
I also picked the wrong fabric. The jersey I picked felt pretty heavy, but when I tried on my dress, the skirt was like a second skin; whoops. The top also came out a bit loose, but I knew it would. My bust is smaller than the smallest size for the pattern, but I figured if I was testing I didn’t really want to make any changes; plus it’s knit so it doesn’t really matter that much. If I was to make this pattern again, I would choose a heavier weight fabric and take in the top a smidge. For now I think I am going to take the skirt off the dress and turn the top into the crop top variation from the pattern.
Overall I think the pattern is cute and I think I will make another one once the pattern is officially released.
I guess I am slowly making my way through Love at First Stitch by Tilly (of Tilly and the Buttons) as I have completed my second make from the book, the Delphine skirt. I generally prefer flared/gathered waist skirts, but … Continue reading
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A swimsuit is another item that I never thought I would ever sew, but again as cute versions of the Bombshell swimsuit and the Soma swimsuit were popping up on the internets I figured why not give it a … Continue reading
This last week I have been busy doing some unselfish sewing. I have been sewing a few baby items (not for me), including blankets, bibs, and burp cloths. My sister and sister-in-law happen (well happened) to be pregnant at the … Continue reading