Monday, August 27, 2012

The 'Walk Away' Dress

Ahh, ze 'Walk Away' Dress. Considered to be a phenomenally easy pattern that you can start at breakfast and walk away in by lunch hour. Mine took a little longer. More like from breakfast to dinner... the next day.

It is... a very... interesting dress. I can gladly say this cost me under $20 to make. I made the bias myself to match my shoe colour as closely as possible.


It's not the kind of dress you'd want to wear on a windy day. Make sure you have your best panties on before leaving the house!

So yes, the pattern is Butterick 4790. I had been seeing this pattern for ages but it never took my fancy, until I saw this version. I'm still not completely sold but hey, I ain't complaining.

Y'all like my new pin up coat and bag? And how awesome are my shades?! I need to get them fitted with prescription lenses so I can actually, ya know, see out of them.


Mr Wind! Please!

Along with self made bias I also made self covered buttons. This is not how the pattern calls for the dress to be closed, but for some reason I couldn't get the wrap piece to meet in a pink fit. Oh ho ho, Natalie, nice pun.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Vogue vs Suicide

Old school readers of my blog might remember "THE FRUSTRATION DRESS"

Vogue Patterns delivers me a new head churner, which has lead to all up about half an hour of tears.

In my last post I added a picture of one of my WIPs, a Vintage Vogue 2902, in an amazing planet print. I've been working on this for days now, to get virtually nowhere. Though this dress LOOKS like it should be fairly straight forward, the shoulder straps/bodice band WILL give you the time of your life, and not the Jennifer Grey leaping into the arms of Patrick Swayze kind, either.

Oh Vogue, why must your patterns be so awful to me? I adore the outcome but GOLLY GEE WIZZ PEOPLE.

First, I attempted the straps from black velveteen. This was going to look gorgeous against the planetary print, but when sewing I noticed that the parts that I'd ironed had SHRUNK! This has never happened to me with velveteen before, and I was quite distressed. I opted for good ol' cotton drill.

Second time around I realised that one of the straps had been cut short because there was not enough fabric in my hurried folding of a piece of scrap. Again, pretty devastated.

Round 3, and it was looking like a complete mess. I accidentally sewed the pieces wrong and the back band was upside down. I unpicked all my hand stitching and did it again. Then the band was going to be too small for the bodice. I kind of made do. And the bodice is kind of  too small for me and when I tried it on I got stuck. Like, actually legitimately stuck.

I shall keep going. It's very tempting to ignore the way the pattern tells you to do the zipper, open the bodice up completely and do a normal side zip. Le sigh.

So I'm pretty discouraged by all this, I mean, it got me listening to Nick Cave's most melancholy hits.

In other news! I'm very sorry I haven't been posting very much lately (I lost one follower! :( Boo!!) I shall hopefully have more to post soon.

Also how d'ya like my new logo!? It's part of a piece of homework, which I'll be able to upload once it's finished/due (week and a half, yikes!!)

Friday, August 3, 2012

For My Princess

Hurrah! Nitty is currently back to being 17 years old, attending the formal of one of her young friends. And she looks stunning, if I do say so myself. Seeing as I pretty much made her dress... hehe!

On Monday afternoon, my phone rang, and I answered to a very hysterical Nitty sobbing "we have an emergency!". My first thought was guess we're going to the doctors again, until she interrupted my thoughts with "the formal is this Friday!" Oh crap.

She had spent the last week and a bit trying to figure out what she was to wear on the night, a night she for some reason thought was a lot later on in the month. With three solid days to go, we had no real choice but to make a dress.

She had wanted black Delustered Satin, but my work was out of it. I suggested the dark blue, and won her over with 'it'll look like the night sky!' And so it was done. And four bags of Swarovski crystals purchased from another one of our favourite sewing supply stores.

Thankfully she had picked a pattern (Butterick 5708) that I already had as a print at home version, and had also purchased a proper copy (as it's absolutely gorgeous). I cut out her tiny size and got to work. I usually sew late into the night, but not usually under pressure. I snapped a few times and there were tears, cigarettes, vodka, growling, cursing, and chair throwing... yeah I'm not the most constructive individual when I'm stressed. By the second 2am morning I was so over it I laid in bed and stared at the glow stars on my ceiling for an hour or so.

In the end it was all definitely worth it. It was a joint effort; I cut out the most of it, sewed the bodice as it was a bit too tricky for Nitty, and hand stitched the blind hem and lining to the zipper. Nitty's favourite part was the crystals, of course. And making her matching bow.

The time pressure would not have been so bad if Nitty hadn't have wanted to test the pattern before cutting into the satin. I made her up a toille out of a cute pastel fabric from my never ending stash.

Ze unfinished toille
I dyed and curled her hair while she did her makeup. I also fended all four barking dogs off her young date. She had to go before I could iron the hem... which annoyed me greatly. She wasn't too fussed but oh! Looking at it was torturous when you know what it could look like.

Doesn't she look superb! Belle of deh berl.
I hope she's having fun making all the little seventeen year old girls all jelly beans!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Tonight She Comes

For years I have watched this music video. I love The Cars, they're definitely in my top 25 bands/musicians. This is also one of my all time favourite songs, with my all time favourite guitar solo, and some really smokin' dresses!

I bought 3 meters of this white with black spot stretch cotton with the intentions to make a dress that pays homage to one of the greatest music videos my eyeballs have seen. Perhaps I'm just biased.

Love love love love.

So with the help of Butterick 4512, I have made a version that's perhaps a little more 'me'.

My grandma's vintage driving gloves!

Do y'all like my Tarina Tarantino earrings?! I paid $140 for them and I HAVE NO REGRETS. I wanted a pair since I was 16 so I bought them from their store in LA :3

Tomorrow I shall be posting about the dress Natalie and I are making for a formal she's been invited to! Keep your eyeballs peeled like an orange ;D