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Cut, Cut, Cut You Up.

16 May

**Kudos to anyone who instantly thought of AFI upon reading my title.**

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So, let me just say, I friggin’ love this fabric! Once again, I went into Joann’s with one thing in mind and have come out with something completely different. Maybe one day I will make a garment with something other than quilting fabric. I just can’t help but fall in love with all of the fun prints.

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Not only is this fabric amazing, but this pattern (Simplicity 1803) is pretty great too. I found it when looking for a more versatile pattern that was fun and interesting, but that was still basic enough to use as more of a sloper when needed. The pattern worked up pretty quickly and easily. I did have a little trouble with the fit in the bust being slightly too big. After doing a little research, it seems that this is a common issue. Unfortunately, I did what I do best and way over did the “fix”. In trying to take it in and fix it, I ended up taking in way too much. To fix my fix, I had to let out the darts in the back, which is quite unfortunate as it would have looked much nicer and more professional (who am I kidding; I threw professionalism out the window when I chose to use fabric covered in scissors.).

DSC_0201I made scissor earrings to match.

Other than the bust issue, this dress is great, and I absolutely love how it turned out (The inner seams are the cleanest I’ve ever achieved. Thank goodness for sergers!). I can’t wait to make another. I may even use big girl fabric. I’ve got to learn to sew with something other than basic cotton some time, right? I did learned how to use bias tape to finish the sleeve edges. I’m pretty excited about this. I’ve never seemed to be able to get the arm holes of sleeveless clothing to look nice, but I think I’ve found my go-to method. I also did my first lapped zipper. I’m still not sure how I feel about it though. It didn’t really feel any easier than the way I usually do it, and it didn’t look any better either. Maybe I just need practice.

P.S. I’m about to start working on designing a 40s style dress for a contest with Shabby Apple. I’m pretty excited about it. I’ll keep you posted. I also have a fun little side project I’ve been working on with a dear friend. More on that later, as well.

DSC_0216This is Princess. She is old, fat, and cranky, but I love her dearly.

Love,

Jess

Lovely to see you again!

8 Apr

DSC_0124Hello Again!!

Geeze-o-peeze, it’s been so long since I’ve last posted! I definitely did not make my goal of a dress a month, but I haven’t been totally out of the crafting loop. I’ve made a few dresses, a skirt or two, tried and failed at knitting, started crocheting (and am actually doing pretty well), and even landed myself a new job (not quite my dream job, but it’s closer!). Eventually, I will get all of those creations on here, but for now, here is my latest dress.

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This little number was supposed to be a different fabric, but I saw this and decided I needed it. That’s how it goes with fabric sometimes; when you see it, you know. Anyways, I decided to use the Burda Style 7494 pattern. It started off quick and easy until I got to the end. I had so much trouble getting the right fit for this pattern! It took me a couple of weeks to get it right. I had to take in every seam in the bodice to get the top right, but that wasn’t the half of it. I had to add darts to keep the back by my neck from gaping. The original skirt was cut to be slimmer at the bottom, but that ended up making the top of the skirt look like a giant balloon! You guys, I looked like an apple on a stick! It was pretty awful. To fix it, I had to add a triangle shaped insert on each side and make it into a full skirt.

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I also had to shorten the zipper twice (because it would stick out), and I had to replace the pleats with gathers (which I had to then detach and re-do three times to get it right). With all of these issues, I almost gave up and scrapped the whole thing. It took me a week to even look at the thing again! I didn’t let it stop me though. I stuck it out (with more than a few curse words involved in the process), and now it might be one of my best dresses yet! Though, I will probably never make this dress with the original skirt pattern again, I will be getting some more use out of the bodice pattern. It was super quick and easy to put together and when sized right, it fits very nicely.

DSC_0109Look! I even painted my nails to match!

Even with the time it took to get this thing right, I went ahead and took the extra time to make a belt to match, which is a first for me. Another first for me-I actually used interfacing, and I might actually continue to do so as it really helped stabilize the neck line and belt. I might even go as far as suggest that every lazy seamstress like myself, take the time to do it. Seriously, do it.

Anyways, there you have it. The dress that almost wasn’t. I plan to try to add more creations, more often and keep this little blog going. No promises or deadlines, just me doing my best. I think it will work out better this way. To tide you all over until the next post, here is a complimentary silly photo of the boyfriend and me. Enjoy.

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Love,

Jess

Of Mice and Sloths

20 Jun

One day, upon perusing Pinterest, I came across a pair of Marc Jacobs flats that were made to look like little mice.  I am quite the fan of small furry rodents and shoes, so the combination was just mind blowing. You have no idea how much these shoes needed to be on my feet! The issue, however, was the price tag. I am not the wealthiest lady in all the land, and I most definitely could not afford to spend $200 on a pair of shoes. This was wear my love of all things crafty came in!

As you can see, I needed these shoes so much that I made them myself. It was super simple. I bought a pair of $5 fabric flats, cut out the shapes for the noses and ears, sewed them on, and used my Gem Magic to put on the metal eyes. For the ears, I actually sewed two pieces of fabric together to get a fuller, less frayed looking ear. The original nose I sewed on was much wider. I cut down though, because (according to my most valued critic-the boyfriend) it made my mouse shoes look more like pig shoes. Don’t get me wrong, I adore pigs as well, but it wasn’t what I was going for with these shoes.

I am super proud of how they turned out, and I am pretty sure these will be on my feet at all times, regardless of what outfit I’m wearing. I love them so much, I’m considering making another pair with a different animal face.

Speaking of cute things, just look at this face!

How can anyone resist the adorable little face of a sloth! Not me that’s for sure, so it was lucky that while visiting the Cincinnati Zoo, I was there at exactly the right time. I got to pet this little gal! Let me tell you, my all-time favorite animal is the sloth (two-toed or three-toed, they are both equally awesome), so getting to pet this sweet little two-toed sloth was a dream come true.

P.S. This pretty little sloth ended up at the zoo, because a person thought she would make a good pet, but then could not handle her. She was lucky that the zoo could provide a nice home for her, but other wild animals are not so lucky. Please, please do not keep wild animals as pets. Trust me, they would prefer to be in their habitat and not yours.

P.P.S. Is my photography getting better? I’m working on taking better photos as well as utilizing Photoshop. I hope it shows!

Love,

Jess

Not exactly a dress, but still a snazzy little creation.

4 Mar

So, first thing’s first. It is only March, and I have already slipped up…..sort of. I did in fact make a dress in February, and I have worn it twice already. I have not, however, photographed myself in it to share with the world. I promise to have the photographs of February’s dress, the Santa Fe dress, as well as March’s dress before March actually ends.

As a way to apologize for my lag time, I am going to share with you the bird-cage veil that I have created for my sister-in-law.

For this veil, I used a simple, but great tutorial by Megan of the blog Designs by Megan Turnidge (http://www.designsbymeganturnidge.com/blog/), and after only one failed attempt, I have what I think is a great and dramatic bandeau style bird-cage veil.

I used black french netting along with a large pre-assembled flower (I figured if I was good enough at making these, I could work on making my own flowers later.) as well as some mini-versions of the large flower. I was going to add some little red beads, but I thought that might be a tad too much, so I nixed that idea. I prefer the simpler look for this, I think.

I am completely confident that she will love it. Why might you ask? Well, I know this because I have fallen in love with it. It is amazing how wearing something like this can make a person feel timeless and bold! Wearing this, I feel like a movie star, not that that is something I have ever aspired to be, but it sure is great a feeling every now and again.

P.S. Off topic but, I have recently developed a love of vanilla flavored soda. It is quite delicious, and if you have not tried it, you must go out at once and do so!

Also, I really like the word snazzy (I got it from Grandma Fischer), so you are most likely going to see it used in this blog quite frequently. Maybe the word will grow on you like it did me, and let me tell you, that is not such a bad thing. It’s a great little word!

Love,

Jess