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

The Skirt That Time Forgot

25 Jan

So, a little fact about me. I have a tendency to make things and then never wear them. I made this skirt somewhere in the vicinity of two months ago using a tutorial from Gertie’s blog for better sewing, http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/, and this is the first time I’ve worn it. I think I get postpartum depression with some of the garments I make. I will go through all of the effort to make something I think will turn out great, and what do you know, as soon as it is complete, I instantly dislike it before even taking it for a test run. It’s a good thing I get over this, even if it takes several months time; otherwise, this snazzy little skirt would never see the light of day!

P.S. If you love sewing and blogs about sewing, you should go check out Gertie’s blog. It’s fabulous!

P.P.S Eventually, I will learn to take photos during the day, when there is good lighting readily available!

Also, I vow to try my best to actually iron my clothes before posting photos of them.

Love,

Jess

Snazzy Duds

9 Jan

For my very first garment of the year, and consequently very first garment post, I wanted to go with something easy, just to get into the swing of things. I used a Simplicity pattern 2190. I chose to do view A, the dress, but used the cutout shoulders of the shirt; otherwise, it would be quite boring. And I try to look snazzy, not boring.

This pattern was super simple, in the way that only a beginner can really appreciate. I had the dress finished in a matter of a couple of hours.  I did learn how to do super simple banding, which I had yet to experience in my previous sewing escapades. I had some crazy notion that it was so difficult. After working on this project, I found my personal myth to be busted. (Sorry, I’ve been watching a large amount of Mythbusters lately.)

The only real issue I had with the pattern was that the neckband piece was too short. It looks fine, aside from having two seam lines instead of just one. Honestly, the neckband not being long enough may have been my fault anyways.

One thing you will learn about me is that I never follow all the rules of sewing. I have never made a muslin first, I have only used interfacing maybe three times in my sewing career, I do not cut out notches fifty percent of the time, and I skip steps generally whenever possible.  I know, you’re thinking, “this girl, she is such a rebel!”.

In the case of this pattern, it stated that it was specifically designed for stretch knit fabrics, and I used quilting cotton fabric. I have an attraction to quilting cotton fabric. The designs are so much more fun and interesting than apparel fabric. That’s why I chose to use it for this project. The only knits I could find were plain colors and children’s designs (Think big giant cupcakes all over. Cute, but maybe more appropriate for pjs).

And with that, the finished product.

      The wrinkles are not part of the design. They are simply a result of sitting in a movie theater for 2.5 hrs.

I am quite please with how it turned out. It has a nice Asian/Mod feel to it. I love the way the design of the fabric really works with this pattern. I was a little worried when I chose it that it would not look right.  I pretty much always wear black. I’m just not used to wearing anything with brown or white, and this fabric has both! Gasp!

Gratuitous silly face, plus you get the added pleasure of seeing some of my watercolor paintings!

P.S. I would love your feedback on any of the snazzy duds I make, so please feel free to comment. Constructive criticism is always welcome!

Love,

Jess

Did you say hello? ; No, I said ‘ello, but that’s close enough.

5 Jan

Hello!

My name is Jessica, and I have a project I want to share with you.
Let’s start at the beginning, shall we. I have recently graduated with a degree in Anthropology, but jobs with this type of degree are not easy to come by, so until I find a career, I am working as a pharmacy technician. Between this job, and my ongoing career hunt, I have let my passion for sewing (and other hobbies, but mostly sewing) fall to the wayside. This is where you come in. I have decided to embark on an adventure which will require me to make at least one garment for myself each month for the entire year. I have a tendency to proclaim adventures such as this and not follow through (usually letting work or school get in the way), so I will be blogging about this sewing adventure as a way to keep me on track, and hopefully, entertain all of my lovely readers. It is my goal to not only keep on track with this adventure, but to also document any other adventures I may have this year (of which I plan to have many!).

I am super excited, and I hope you are too!

Love,
Jess

P.S. If you couldn’t tell from my title and my awesome use of proper grammar, I’m kind of a big nerd. Expect to see much more of this.