Monthly Archives: May 2012

A few days behind but I’m working on it… MMM Day 6. And progress on Dress #10

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First off, happy MMM’12 to you beautiful, creative people. I am absolutely addicted to the Flickr group page! Y’all are awesome, inspiring, funny, and everything else squooshy and good. Can’t believe we’re into week two already.

Secondly, I’ve just learned a valuable lesson. Save, save save, copy, preview, double check and triple check a new post before leaving the Add New Post page. I just wrote a decent post and it’s gone. Normally I just write a quickie using my phone so this hadn’t been a problem before now. So anyway, I’m whining about this because perhaps it just hasn’t posted yet and the page may magically appear.

So, this has been some week. A funeral (which involved an 1100-mile round trip drive), a wedding, and a Cinco de Mustache party. Plus I still managed to work 28 hours and maintain my MMM pledge. So Sunday was to be a day of rest, which means sew; but my boyfriend rescued me for a top-down ride in the Miata because he knew I’d never leave the house otherwise. Which meant I had to get DRESSED, which meant MMM-ing.

Enter Dress #10, a Vogue 8663 in a nice animal print jersey knit. Or some kind of stretchy knit. As I mentioned on my Flickr caption, my brilliant boyfriend had seen just the bodice at some point and suggested I make the bodice and skirt separate, making it much easier to mix and match, which is a downright blessing during this challenge. At first I pouted–bristled even–especially since the pleats had given me enough trouble and I just wanted to get it done, but then I realized how cool it would be IF it worked. So I found the scraps and had enough fabric to make some kind of waistband, basted it to the bodice, et voila!

My self-drafted waistband

I love the top with this black skirt.

So the skirt portion was simple. The pieces went together easily, and since the poor thing has to hold itself up now, I made a channel for some elastic. That whole thing went swimmingly, and now I have a skirt!

Bottom half of Vogue 8663.  Future dress #10

The irises say Hi

Oh, another thing I learned. It’s always good to remember to switch to the ballpoint needle when dealing with this stretchy stuff. That was Duh Number One as I constructed the skirt and attempted to finish the armholes, etc. Also, I finally discovered the wonder of Gutermann thread. I had run out of whatever black thread I had, luckily had a spool of Gutermann from goodness knows where, and from the first seam it was just extraordinary. Changing those two things was like night and day. Oh, Duh moments, how you humble me.

So I still have to finish one armhole and the neckline (yet another UFO to add to the pile), but I should be done by sleeveless weather. And definitely by the end of MMM’12!!!

Update
I couldn’t help myself, and actually finished everything that night. Hooray. Can’t wait to incorporate it into MMM.

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MMM 5. Cinco de Mustache

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Dress #5 (see previous post, April ’12 Dress #5). Serape-like. Good hat. Even better mustache. Annual party held by my boyfriend’s nieces and nephews. Always a good time. And a great excuse to wear the Martian Flight Attendant dress!!!

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And of course my adorable mother-in-law showed up to get the party started!

MMM Day 3. On the road again

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Making the most out of a quickie trip to my hometown by visiting one of my favorite restaurants. Yummy spaghetti with super secret sauce recipe.

It’s finally hot enough to wear dress #2. Perfect for spaghetti-eatin and road-trippin.

Now, back to New Jersey.

Happy MMM-ing, all you beauties.

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Celebrating Day 1 of Me-Made-May’12

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Hi MMMers!!

Okay, so far so good. Here I am amongst the lettuce and bleeding hearts, happy after a rainy morning. Well, the plants are happy it rained.

The skirt was the first garment I made, in a class at a local fabric store this February, out of my wannabe Lilly fabric. Making Lilly-inspired wear was one of my motivations for learning to sew, so I went straight for this design.

In my little garden, with happy arugula and spinach. Lettuce celebrate!!!

Can’t wait to check out the blogs, Facebook, and Flickr to see what the rest of you are up to.

Take care
Shelley

The Dress So Nice She Made It Twice AKA The Sheath Strikes Again

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Happy Me-Made-May’12 Eve everyone.

Well, it turns out I LOVED that Simplicity 4118 so much that I couldn’t help myself but to try it again, this time with the tulip fabric that was taunting me Saturday morning. It’s a bright yellow background and simply scrumptious. I only had two yards of it but was reallllly hoping I could do some creative cutting and squeeze a whole dress out of it, even in my non-petite size. It worked!! I left out the belt because I was so in love with the print and knew it didn’t need embellishment. Also, I didn’t mess with that fancy neckline thing. Of course leaving those two steps out helped timewise.

So is this what they call a TNT? It’s a perfect fit, classic style, and I can crank one out in an evening. I just learned UFO today too, so I’m building my nerdy sewist vocab. Fun fun. Oh, and thanks to Carolyn at Diary of a Sewing Fanatic, I now am aware of the crack den that is Fabric Mart. God save me.

So, anyway, here it is

Sheath #2

Oh yeah, of COURSE I haven’t done the hem yet. But look how perfectly that mint green lining matches. Delish! Oh, and I did the back darts this time too, which I left out of yesterday’s dress.

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Minimal neck growth/poofage, at least compared to first sheath attempt. WHEW!

So unfortunately I’m out of town for a few days for a funeral and have to leave my beloved sewing machines, but I already have handmade and refashioned duds packed, so I’m stickin’ with my MMM’12 pledge! See you from the road. Can’t wait to see this whole event unfold!!!

Take care!
Shelley