Archive for February 2018

Please List Every Possession Essential for Life

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Experiment:
Simplicity 1878
Size 10

Materials:
2 and 7/8 yards of Nani Iro Orisome Double Gauze
Gold topsitching thread
Light gray thread

Procedure:
Do you ever have an idea in your head for a project that won't go away? I purchased this Nani Iro fabric in Boulder over Christmas and as soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted a loose flowy dress in the style of Stylish Dress Book. Unfortunately, I do not own this pattern book...nor did I want to purchase a new pattern book (I am trying to be more sustainable and sew my stash with the patterns I have...I am at heart an eco-hippy kind of gal). I was bummed and stashed this fabric.  But that nagging idea would not dissipate.
Determined. I was determined.  I ended up choosing to use Simplicity 1878 which is an out-of-print Lisette pattern for Simplicity called the Diplomat dress.  My measurements have me falling into the size 8 range but I decided to throw the directions out and try to make my vision come true.
I ended up sizing up the pattern --  I mean the pattern listed 3 inches of ease for each size!! I figured that if I sized up I could ditch the zipper in the back.  I also cut the back piece on the fold to feature the fabric.  The Nani Iro Orisome fabric is a border print.  I used the border to create the center of the bodice and skirt pieces.  Finally, I ended up adding ties to provide some waist definition.
In truth, it didn't turn out exactly like I wanted it to....but....I am pleased at the result.  The fabric is nirvana -- it is so soft and feels like you are wrapped in a soft cloud.  Dreamy.  I am pleased.
I used gold top-stitching thread to top stitch a contrast of the seams. It is subtle and melds into the fabric. I like that I can wear this as a summer dress with sandals or with heels as a statement piece.
Again, the fabric!?! Je t'aime.
The title of this post comes from the book I  just finished:  The Girl Before by J.P. Delany. One of my friends recommended it.  It was an easy read -- not quite as creepy as Girl Gone or Girl on the Train. In the book, the main character has to fill out a survey and is asked to list every possession considered essential for life...right now I would list more of the Nani Iro double gauze to make pants or dresses...basically anything that feels this dreamy needs to be on my body.  I need more double gauze and a new book.  Anybody got any book suggestions??

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No Matter What Dimension You're In, Equations are Lovely

Friday, February 9, 2018

 
Experiment:
Hack of Simplicity 2444 bodice and New Look 6390 skirt with added pockets
Size 8

Materials:
3 yards cotton from Dear Stella called Supernova designed by Rae Ritchie
22" navy invisible zipper
Guterman thread color 272
Fabric scraps for pockets

Procedure:
I know that I sew a lot of dresses.  My closet is now mostly full of handmade lovely dresses.  My weakness is nerdy fabric to make nerdy dresses.  I already have one math dress but I need more.  I have come into this stride where I have less desire to buy new patterns and just sew with the TNTs that I have painstakingly put time and energy into so that the fit is just right.  Enter my latest dress: it is a combo of a tweaked Simplicity 2444 bodice and the New Look 6390 skirt lengthened by 2 inches.
Another reason to like TNT pattern pieces is that most of the time, the sew is already etched into muscle memory such that it doesn't take so long.  My job has kept me busy lately (sorry for the intermittent posts!) and Jules is on a travel soccer (or football, for the rest of the world) team which means my weekend sew time has been exponentially (ha! see how I threw some math in here for the math dress!) on the decrease.  I traveled to south Louisiana to a conference the previous week.  Business travel is never exciting.  I rarely sleep because of a foreign bed and the pillows - gah! To top it all off when I couldn't sleep, I began to watch Season 3 of Luther on Netflix. During the first episode, a creeper bad guy crawls out from under a bed and, of course, kills.  Yeah, that did wonders for my ability to sleep alone in a hotel room. *Sigh* All this week I had to play catch up with all the business that went on while I was gone.
To attempt to become more efficient in my craftiness, once a month I spend a morning or afternoon, prepping and cutting several projects.  Then I find the time to fit in sewing the rest of the month.  Because Mardi Gras is an official holiday season that culminates with state holidays here in Louisiana, I get Monday and Tuesday off (Woot! Woot!  Sew-cation!!).  I am hoping to sew up a storm.
Back to the dress at hand: the New Look skirt pattern has got the lovely swishiness but it does not eat up the fabric of a full circle skirt (I think it is a half circle skirt!?!). I have paired it with several different bodices and I love the look.  Now if I were being entirely honest, this isn't strictly a mathematics dress -- it does have a bit of astronomy.  Ummmm, worth it. Still totally geeky!
I need to make more of this pattern combo...with different fabrics it could become a uniform. What are your favorite TNT patterns?

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