Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Fabric Stash

I'm in the middle of moving so what better time to go through my fabric and get a visual representation of what I have? I'm going to be my own fabric store pretty soon.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Dress #12 -- Gertie's "Cashmere Peplum Dress" (2016)

From her new book Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book and the THIRD Gertie thing I have sewn recently -- the "Cashmere Peplum Dress." Obviously not made from cashmere...

This dress uses the same basic template as my previously made Plaid Secretary Dress, also from her latest book. The only variations were cutting a V-neck into the basic bodice, the puff sleeves, and, of course, the peplum. I have about 6 yards of that polka dot fabric that has been sitting unused for a couple years now, lol. I think I intended to make a huge 1950s dress with it, but I knew it was perfect for this particular peplum-ed dress to give it more of a 1980s look (what I was going for!)

And because I used the same pattern pieces as the Plaid Secretary Dress, I didn't have any fitting issues. Size 10 fits true to size (40 bust, 32 waist). The peplum lines up perfectly. No issues with the size 10 peplum. No alterations other than not lining it (like the book calls for). If I don't have to, I don't. Just adds extra bulk IMO.

Unfortunately, I am not going to be sewing anything for about 2 months. I got my own place, but I can't move in until June 10. My mom, who I've been staying with, is moving into a proper house and May 1. I will be staying with a good friend for a month and a bit so I'll only be living off the basics! But my new place will be one big sewing room, so it's all good! Later!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Dress #11 -- Butterick 6323 (2016)

Another Gertie pattern success! This pattern wasn't too easy, but not too hard, either. Except for the bow. I had no effing clue how to follow the instructions so I just made my own, lol. I like it better.

I didn't make any changes other than that. I also had to cut out the size 16 for this particular pattern. A friend of mine got the scoop that Gertie uses her own fit models for her patterns, hence why they may not fit the same as normal Butterick patterns. I guess that answers the question why I wear a 14 in normal Butterick, but the last two Gertie patterns I made I had to use sizes 12 and 16, respectively.

As soon as I saw this pattern I instantly thought of flamingos and summer in Wildwood. Only now I live near snow-capped mountains HAHA!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Dress #10 -- Butterick 6321 (2016)

I did not like this pattern AT ALL. The shoulders in it are HUGE. Like, abnormally huge to the point it's ridiculous. The neckline didn't want to sit right no matter what I did. It just gaped like it was saying "EFF YOU" to me. I put the flutter sleeves on it, but I hate them. I feel like they make me look like a linebacker, lol. I am probably going to take them off altogether. And last but not least, I shortened it to above the knee. I think that's what off-setting the flutter sleeves.

I wouldn't make this again. This is definitely a dud pattern that didn't work for me. Oh well!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Dress #9 -- Simplicity 7380 (1976)

Easy. I made it in one day. I thought it would be fun to make it in the leftover pink Duchesse Satin I had for my Marilyn Monroe dress and I was right -- it's fun! It's unforgiving in the wrinkle department, lol, but it's fun and shiny. And no matter what, every 70s dress I make ends up looking 30s in some way. The sleeve poofs were an accident, I think. I prefer them, though, so it's all good.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Dress #8 -- Gertie's "Plaid Secretary Dress" (2016)

From her newest book Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book:

I decided my favorite dress was the "Plaid Secretary Dress" and I had JUST the fabric in my stash for it. So I made it this weekend. I made a size 10 -- which this particular pattern in this particular size fits true to size (40 bust and 32 waist). I've heard some of the pieces are off, but I can't speak for those just yet.

This dress was so easy and basic I didn't even use the instructions. I didn't line it, either. It skims me just perfect without all that extra bulk. A slip works good enough. I made my own facing for the collar. I like how Gertie (or whomever designs these patterns) gets the skirt shape JUST RIGHT. The pencil skirt shape in her first book was ON POINT also.

As for the actual book, it is her best. I am not an obnoxious Gertie fangirl in any sense of the word, lol, but she looks great in the book and all the dresses look much better than her first one. She looks happier, healthier, and more confident. I haven't actually read it yet, so I can't comment on if her writing has improved.

This dress ranks as one of my favorites. I look good in it and I feel good in it! 10/10 will make again :)