Saturday, August 16, 2014

Changing Plans and...More Stash


I had plans to do more work on my red pants this weekend and make a new knit top. But then, DH  "remembered" that we are going to a wedding next Saturday. 

Well of course I CAN'T pass up an opportunity to make a non-casual dress!!!! So I started looking through my options and then chose 2 - a knit and a woven. But I did not have enough fabric.

(**when I don't know what I'm going to make I generally get 2 yards. I think I need to change that to 3 yards.**)


So from the time I took this picture and had intentions on writing this post, I started the dress. For some odd reason, of all the adjustments I need to make; I am bothered by the need to lower the bust curve on princess seams. It's a silly thing to be bothered by; I don't care that I need to cut a 16 or 18. I don't care that I need to adjust for my butt. I don't care that I need a larger waistline...but the dang lowering of the bust point drives me a little crazy. Weird.

I also added 3/4" to the bodice length because these types of dresses tend to be short.



I was in the zone, right? And I made this happen:


I kicked butt on this point! And I beautifully trimmed and clipped and under stitch and pressed.


And then I read  the directions and uh...I was supposed to attach the "yoke" aka the strap between the bodice and facing. 

I HAVE TO UNDO ALL THE THINGS!!!!!!!!!!

Wait, not all of it. Only the part that the strap needs to attach to. Gah. So I'll unpick that part and fix it. I plan to get the bodice done tonight, check the fit, and finish up tomorrow.



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I bought more patterns. Didn't I *just* say...?? Oh never mind! They were $.99!

Oy.


There's a small new Simplicity collection (HERE on Pattern Review!)


A few new ones...

I promise I'm done buying fabric for awhile. Wait. Excluding my two upcoming trips to SR Harris! 

When I got home and saw the box I realized that I'd forgotten that I ordered it! ooooops! 


OMGeeeeee the colors are so vibrant on all of these!


Jersey knits. I think the black & white animal print will become a cardigan.




38 comments:

  1. Simplicity 1803 is on my list to sew soon. Cannot wait to see how yours turns out. I feel victim to the $0.99 sale and came home with even more patterns too! Now, I need to find fabric for those patterns!!!

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    1. Oh, you'll love it Annie!
      They know just how to get us!

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  2. Fabric Mart use to get me all the time too! I'm buying a lot less these days, don't know how I'm exercising any self control with the great sales they are having these days. Though I do have that green/black print ponte and you are right the pieces are vibrant as well as soft! I'm sure you will get the dress all worked out and that it will be perfect!

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    1. YESSSSS! Brilliant color and just soft to the touch! My daughter tried to claim a couple of them. Uhmm...no! :)

      I don't know how you have been being 'good' either! They've had some great deals happening!

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  3. Gah! I so had that black & white animal print in my cart and then backed out. Now I'm regretting it. My DD Has requested a tshirt dress in that kind of print. Great fabrics you picked up there. I'm excited to see your dress for the wedding!

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    1. Thank you! Oooh I hate when that happens!!!

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  4. Mmmm......those fabrics are luscious! I am trying to hold back on fabric at the moment because I'm temporarily out of storage. However, I just got an armoire with shelves from my mom's, and as soon as I find a place to put it, I'm squirreling away some more fabric;) I love the fabric for your dress!

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    1. Hahaha! I just cleaned up all my random fabric boxes around the house. It's rough!

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  5. This dress is going to look soooooo gorgeous. Love that print, so right for what you are making the dress for.

    And what's wrong with a 99 cent cheer-up - far worse and more destructive sins in life :)

    I always get more fabric than I need - 2.2 metres min, I know I can get pants or a dress or a jacket out of that. (about 2.5 yards your language of 45 inch). And I also have the option of making a top and skirt out of that lenght - but then I am not big, so can squeeze things out. I'm sure you will work out a good amount that works for you - onwards the stash :)

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    1. So true Sarah Liz! A few $1 patterns won't hurt anyone :)

      Thanks much! I cannot wait to wear it!

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  6. Hahaha that happened to me today - my dad was like, you have a box! And I'm like, no, it came two days ago. And he was like, then what is this box? Me... Oh yeah.

    Stupid Fabric Mart. Stupid Sales. Stupid lack of sewing mojo.

    Also, your dress looks awesome so far! I'm super excited to see the result!

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  7. My fabric buying ticked up a bit this year as I turned to it for comfort. I just added to the stash this week, though I don't intend to do so again for a while. I gotta do some planning of another kind and I want to stop filling my house with more stuff.

    I like how your dress is coming out. What kind of fabric is that?

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    1. You've got some super yummy fabric lately!

      It's cotton sateen. A Maggie London print from the infamous Fabric Mart :)

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  8. That's going to be a very lovely dress, and love your new fabric.

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  9. I love the fabric you have chosen for the dress you are working on. It's sooo pretty! It will look great when it is finished. I see you got a Mimi G pattern!! Yay! I plan on picking up a few of those myself...never mind when I will sew them ; ). I too ordered a bunch of great fabrics from Fabric Mart that I will post soon. I love Fabric Mart!!! You got some really good ones.

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    1. Thanks Vanessa!

      You've had some "fabric scores" too! :)

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  10. Your dress is going to be beautiful. I love the fabric you chose, Can't wait to see it..
    What fun you have had..new patterns and new fabric.. Yea.. I love it.. Have fun.

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  11. Oh my goodness, but that floral fabric is STUNNING! I can't wait to see your finished dress :)

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  12. Your dress is coming along so well. I love that fabric. I got the 99c patterns too; so exciting.

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    1. Thanks! I love when they are only $1!

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  13. I do that too lol people ask what are you making & I say not sure yet but I know I need this fabric lol! your dress is going to be fantastic! can't wait to see it !

    Helen

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    1. Exactly! I just NEED the fabric! lol!

      Thanks Helen!

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  14. Love the print - your dress is going to be gorgeous.

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  15. Ouch! No bueno on the unsewing you had to do. That point was indeed awesome. But no doubt you will be able to get it just right on the next go. The dress is going to be amazing!

    You picked up some gorgeous prints!

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    1. Thanks Robin!

      I realized I only needed to unpick enough to sew the straps!! I didn't undo the whole thing. Huzzah!

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  16. That dress will be perfect for the occasion-lovely!

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  17. Gorgeous fabric and lovely stitching going on! Going to be a great dress.

    I always buy 3 yards of woven if I don't know what I'm making and 2 yards of knit. Always hard to know how much to buy when you're not sure what you'll be making, though.

    I ALWAYS need to lower where the fullest point of the bust is on princess seams. It really annoys me when I use one of those A-B-C-D cup patterns that assumes my D+ cups are up in my neck, but it's not too difficult to lower the bust point. I've always assumed that anyone over a Bish cup usually needs to adjust the bust point since the girls get less perky as they get bigger.

    I went to Hancock to get some of those $.99 patterns and the one I wanted is apparently older-ish and they didn't even have a spot for it anymore! Doesn't show as discontinued on Simplicity's site, though. I'm a little irked that I didn't look for the Mimi G pattern I want, though...poop.

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    1. Thanks Jess!

      hahaha at "on the neck"! :) Yeah. I think it's time to go 3 yards woven and 2-2.5 yards knit!

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  18. Aw man, so I DID miss the new Mimi G pattern.
    Gonna have to wait for the next Simplicity sale, because I have been waiting for it for a long time.

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    1. Awww. After the fact I thought...I should've gotten extras to do a giveaway! :(

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  19. That dress will be gorgeous when its finished

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