Styled on my dress form:
Next up I put this skirt construction method to the test. This was based on the Threads article that showed how to make an easy to alter skirt. I am happy to say it was truly easy to alter! I removed the hand stitching where I had sewn the lining to the zipper tape, pulled up the lining, and basted both side seams a couple of times until I found a good fit. Then I serged up those seams, and had a new, wearable skirt. One thing about this is that I was able to reshape the sides so I could wear the skirt higher at my waist. This also made the skirt a little above the knee rather than mid knee. I've only had this on in the house for a quick try-on. I need to wear it for a little while to see if I need to go back and make a back slit or vent, since it's both smaller and shorter now.
|Zelda wasn't too sure about the dress form!|
Third in line this month was a simple slip refashion (above with the boucle skirt). I had a very old (vintage, lol) slip I think I purchased in high school. It has a lace trim at the bottom, the waist elastic was shot, and it was mid-calf length. Well, I don't really need that length, so I shortened it from above. I cut off several inches, applied new elastic, and boom! I have a brand new slip that is wearable again!
The fourth sewing project of the month was to sew up the pillowcases I'd long ago pledged to Rhonda Buss' Mary Bridge Pillow Case Project. They were fun to sew, and the fabrics were so bright and cheerful! Rhonda, if you're reading this, they are going out in the mail in a day or two!
|My favorite, the Dr. Seuss pillowcase.|
The fifth and final sewing project, a garment, was made just under the wire yesterday! I went upstairs to cut the pattern out around 1pm, then sewed it yesterday evening after dinner. My daughter needed a simple black dress with a gentle A line, for today. It is actually for a costume, but is nice enough to wear as a regular dress. I used the most fabulous Ponte, which I think was purchased at Spandex World. It is a heavier weight with super snappy recovery. I am definitely buying more in black, as it would be great as pants or a jacket. I wish you could all feel this fabric! This morning I hadn't had my coffee yet when Lauren left for school, so I forgot to snap a picture! I took a couple quick shots before the onslaught of trick or treaters came. As far as the pattern, it was pretty basic; it was a New Look, but that's all I've got on it tonight. I'll do a review of this pattern another day. When Lauren came home from school today, she said she loves the dress and wants to wear it all the time, it was so comfy. She said she told everyone her mom made it. How sweet is that?
These pictures are not great. Evening, indoors, black dress... I lightened them as much as possible. I'll try to get daytime pics when I write the review.
|She dressed as Kiki from the film "Kiki's Delivery Service, by H. Miyazaki. The bow was a bit wilty by this late hour.|
|Great stretch and recovery, no 'bagging' in the seat!|
I am looking forward to creating several more wardrobe basics for myself in November. Don't forget to click on over to SarahLiz's blog to see what everyone has been up to!