Way Too Big Washi

Washi

Washi

After chatting with some fellow sewists at the Sew-LA birthday party I decided to finally bite the bullet and make the Washi dress. The pattern has been sitting in my stash for months, but I just knew that the top was going to be too big and I am not really to the point in my sewing where I know how to make adjustments. But I decided to forge ahead anyways and picked out an Anna Maria Horner quilting cotton that I had in my stash. I cut out the smallest size with no adjustments.

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.

Arm hole binding

Arm hole binding

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.

Overall I am really happy with the way it came out. I think I would like to make the Washi again, but maybe in a softer, more comfortable fabric. Suggestions?
Not a bad fit

Not a bad fit

Shirring keeps it pretty snug in the back

Shirring keeps it pretty snug in the back

Successfully Wearing my Handmadeables

So I wrote a post a while back about trying to wear more of my handmade items and I just wanted to report back that I have succeeded! The last few weeks I have managed to wear a handmade item at least one day over the weekend. This past Friday I actually wore my second Colette Laurel out to dinner (even though I still want to go back to adjust the bias tape in the back)! Happily I can report that there were no handmade dress disasters, no sleeves falling off or zippers becoming unattached, Yay! On Saturday I wore my pink and navy pocket skirt that I made in sewing class. I guess I better start sewing some tops to go with all the skirts I have made.

 

All ready for dinner in my Lineage Laurel

All ready for dinner in my Lineage Laurel

My Second Colette Laurel

So I just finished my second Colette Laurel (well I finished it last Thursday, but was too distracted to post about it). I made my second Laurel at home as homework while I was making my first Laurel in class. For my second dress I chose lineage by Anna Maria Horner, another quilting cotton featuring a fun deer print.

I did encounter a few issues while making my second dress at home that I did not have during class, but I guess that is the point of trying things on your own. First, I cut out the front of my dress with the deer facing the wrong way (whoops), at least I had enough fabric to cut out a second front, then I cut out two of the same sleeves (whoops again), I finally did manage to cut out all the pieces correctly. Then when I put in my invisible zipper I noticed that the tops of the zipper didn’t line up perfectly even though I had measured so carefully, D’oh! My last issue came when it was time to cut the bias tape. Since I waited until the end to cut my bias tape (which we did in our first class) I forgot how to measure to get the 45 degree angle using my clear ruler. I ended up Googling and Pin-ning many bias tape tutorials.

The dress is all finished and I think it came out cute. I think if I do the Laurel again then I might want to nip it in a bit at the waist and hips, but that is a project for another day!

My second Laurel

My second Laurel

What About Fabric Lists?

So now that I am thinking about my long “things I want to sew” list (you can see my earlier post regarding that) it occurred to me that I also make fabric lists (mental lists of all of the fabrics I want to buy). Currently on my list is:

1. Kitty Dreams in cranberry by Lizzy House (I am making a Colette Laurel dress out of it in the blue right now);

2. Glitz border print in white and mint by Michael Miller;

3. Lineage in taffy by Anna Maria Horner;

4. The new double gauze Horaguchi Kayo for Kokka fabric; and

5. I’m looking for the perfect knit for my Coco dress.

Whenever I see fabric that I like I want to buy it because I am afraid it will become impossible to find. I think my fear comes from the fact that I was desperately looking for this Disney Alice in Wonderland japanese fabric that I think might have been Kokka that was just so cute but sold out everywhere. I know it makes more sense to decide on a project and then pick out the appropriate fabric, but I am afraid to wait, plus buying fabric is so fun!

So does anyone else make fabric lists? Does anyone else buy fabric and then assume a pattern/project will come up where you can use it? or do you wait to buy fabric until you have a pattern picked out?

Sewing What I Reap or I Guess Wearing What I Sew?

I have rarely worn what I have made (except of course to try it on).  There are many reasons why I think this is so, 1) I am pretty new to garment sewing, so don’t have a ton of things to choose from, 2) Nothing I have made is work appropriate so I really only have the chance to wear things I have made on the weekend, 3) I’m secretly terrified that what I have made is going to fall apart while I am wearing it.  But now that I have made a few articles of clothing (to date: 7 skirts, but I need to shorten the hem of one, 2 dresses, with 2 more in the works, and 2 pairs of leggings) and I am pretty sure they are well-constructed/sturdy enough that they won’t fall apart on me I figured that I should really start making an effort to wear some of the items I have sewn at least on weekends. A few weekends ago I wore a polkadot full-circle skirt I made out of a 50s pattern; I loved the float and movement of the skirt, but I did feel a little self conscious wearing it. This past weekend I wore handmade clothing on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday I wore a gathered skirt that I made out of Joli Pomme fabric that has cats and rabbits and flowers on it. It is one of the first garments I made and I actually really love it because the fabric is so fun. Sunday I wore my “homework” dress from the first sewing class. The dress isn’t a style that I would typically pick for myself, but the dress is comfortable and the fabric is really fun.

 

Wearing a dress I made...

Wearing a dress I made…

Wearing my Joli Pomme skirt; I wish I had gotten a better picture of it

Wearing my Joli Pomme skirt; I wish I had gotten a better picture of it

I guess the lesson to learn here is to choose things to sew that will fit into my weekend wardrobe, that will be weather appropriate and that I like.

Does anyone else have issues wearing what they sew?