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From moo-moo to matron

So, my friend was getting married and I needed a dress.

I would be the only one standing with her and she wasn’t picky about what my dress should look like.  She did make a request that it be strapless and floor length.

I decided to make my dress.  Now, at this point I had only made myself about a few items like a maxi dress, maxi skirt, circle skirt…..you know, the easy stuff.  I had no clue what to do for something more elegant, and the last thing I needed to do was mess up a dress.  My friend was definitely on standby.  She encouraged me to give it a go, and if it didn’t work out, well, we would have been shopping for a dress once I got into town.

It was an outdoor wedding that ended up being inside due to rain.  The color scheme was turquoise and gray with orange accents.  She also wanted her day to have a beach feel to it.  Lots of shells, stones and colored sand were part of the decor.

I thought about making an all turquoise dress until I remembered my Mother-in-law love giving me a moo-moo a while ago.  I realized that the colors were the same as the scheme for the wedding.

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It was a bit bold, so I didn’t know how my friend would feel.  I sent a picture over to her and she loved it.

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I was like, “ok, here we go.”  I didn’t have much room for error.  There was no way I could get another moo-moo, so I decided the fabric would be used best as some type of long skirt.   For the bodice I used Simplicity #1606.

simplicity 1606I didn’t have enough fabric for a long semi-circle skirt, so I made it an A-line.   Of course, I made a muslin.  I mean, this thing had boning and everything.  I didn’t know the first thing about it.  Sometimes you just have to jump in and not look back.  I was able to use most of the moo-moo by cutting it right under the neckline.  I used some of the remaining fabric to decorate the guest book.

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Things got a bit difficult in trying to cut the skirt pieces.  It was different from the skirt in the pattern so I kinda had to do my own thing, which would have been ok had I not cut the material a hair to short.  I needed also to account for the back zipper to be put in.  Either way, it wasn’t bad enough to throw the project out, but I did need a solution.  So, here’s the dress with bodice and skirt attached.

pics45 014There was a slight slant of the back zipper to the left side of the dress, and I couldn’t figure out how to remedy that.  I would not be wearing it with that slant, trying to make sure the dress was twisted just right all night.  No sir, no ma’am.  My solution, add a removable peplum belt.

pics45 003As the young(er) people would say, “That peplum is everything!”  Lol.  It was such a welcome addition to the dress.  I was comfortable, felt beautiful, and no one knew that up under it my zipper was on tilt.  Lol.

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pics45 011This dress form does not do it service.  It looked really nice steamed and on me.  But hey, this is what I could make happen for the sake of the blog.  And for about $11 (moo-moo = free, bodice fabric = $6, boning = $3, thread = $1.50) and a little bit of my time I’ll take this dress any day.

I thought I could make it with the whole sleeveless thing, but alas I could not.  The night before the wedding I made myself a bolero.  I didn’t have my machine, so it was a hand-stitching type of situation.  I couldn’t believe myself, but I was desperate.  No pic of that, but if I get one I’ll update the post.

I’m starting to see things in a whole new light.  We’re told that we have to do things a certain way……..walk a certain way, talk a certain way, spend our money a certain way.  Who makes up this stuff?  Before I started cooking from scratch (which I don’t do ALL of the time by the way….matter of fact I’m in a cooking rut even now, lol), I could only buy food prepared in some way by others (boxed or fast).  Before I learned how to sew, I could only buy clothing items made by others.  I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with those two things.  I just want to emphasize that my options were limited, and I knew no other way.  It didn’t even dawn on me that I could make my own spaghetti sauce instead of buying it in jars.  My thoughts on our capabilities are changing, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to just go along with what’s normal, because someone says it’s normal.  My normal looks quite different than it did a few years ago.  I’m ok with that.  I’m ok with this journey, and looking forward to dropping even more of the stinking thinking I’ve been accustomed to.

Didn’t plan on the post being this long.  But, hey, if you’ve made it this far you might as well go ahead and tell me something that you do now that, at one point, you thought was impossible.  Or one area where your eyes have been opened, and you no longer see things the way you used to.

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Summer knit dress

Here we are with another installment of Summer Clothes for Curly Cutie.

I’m starting to venture out into knit fabrics (outside of my refashioning ventures) and I must admit……I’m having fun!

I knew I wanted to try my hand at another circle skirt.

Back down memory Lane:  First circle skirt

polka dot circle skirtI pretty much fell for circle skirts after this one and knew I had to make more.  There are plenty tutorials out now that help with making these skirts.  I happened upon this one where I learned the basic principles for making them out of woven fabrics.  Since I wanted to make one from knit fabric I knew the measurements would have to be slightly adjusted.  For CC’s skirt, I just winged it.  I kept cutting away at the waist area until it fit her.  For others that need a more detailed method for making a circle skirt from knit fabric, this tutorial may be helpful.

Then I found Rae’s Angel Top where you use actual measurements to construct the garment.  I thought if I combined this top with a circle skirt that we would have a cute little dress on our hands.

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And a little something she made for me.

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We both like this dress.  CC says it so comfortable.  Initially, I wasn’t really sold on the fabric.  It kinda played with my eyes, you know with the neon pink and gray stripes.  It did grow on me though.  Besides, the fabric was on clearance.  I like having this stuff on hand for when I come across projects I want to try.  I surely wouldn’t want to cut into expensive fabric to do a test run.  Just so happens, this test worked out for us.  If I make it again, I will make the top a little bigger so it’s not as close fitting.  I do like that the sleeves are incorporated into the design and don’t have to be put on separately.

This is how we’re clothing Curly Cutie for the summer!

 

 

Two projects with clear vinyl

A couple of things have been in the works over here: celebrating with the birthday girl, attempting to clean/organize her room.  I think I would have a better chance solving world peace than the latter.

Curly Cutie recently turned five.  Yay!!!  Where has the time gone?

This is the second year that I’ve made a birthday dress for CC.  Here is the dress from last year.  I wanted it to be simple yet cute.  I needed to make two dresses this year because CC would be celebrating the big “5” with her friend (J-Renee) born 8 days after her.  J’s mom and I were college roommates.

The colors on the table were pink and purple.  CC in purple.   J-Renee in pink.  It would have been too much like right for me to take pictures after the dresses were made, but nooooo I didn’t do that.

See how simple the design is.  I purchased a 5T t-shirt and added a ruffled strip of fabric to the bottom.  Added a hem to the bottom and I was done.  I went around and around about something else I could make that would incorporate the fabric as well as bring some color to the upper body.  After much deliberation, I decided on a little drawstring bag.  You can see it peeking out from CC’s back in the above pic.

Enter clear vinyl.

I used the vinyl to create a small window in the bag to easily see its contents.  CC has not quite filled up her bag yet.  I think it adds a little something to the traditional all fabric bag.

The birthday girls in action.

All work and no play, makes for a not-so-cool day.  So, the girls clock in for a hard day’s work at the site.

 

And more work.

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Hmmmm, her office looks a lot like her room at home.  Talk about quality care.

Time for fun.

 

So glad CC had a great time for her birthday.  The girls looked so cute in their dresses and matching drawstring backpacks.

There is another reason why clear vinyl maketh me happy.  I mentioned above that I try, at times, to bring order to CC’s room.  Even more conscious now that AV baby is mobile.  A while back,  I bought some bookshelves and bins to contain the many items CC has in her room.   I don’t know why because hardly anything is in the bin it should be in.  Her cleaning consists of throwing item in hand into nearest bin.  Needless to say, stuff is all over.  Especially puzzle pieces.  I have seen the frustration when she is at the end of a puzzle only to realize she is missing the last one or two pieces.  So I set out to see if I could come up with a solution to contain the puzzles.

Enter clear vinyl, bias binding, and velcro.

I did make this bias binding myself using some fabric I had on hand.  Here is a peek into the process.  There are lots of tutorials online that explain this technique.

Here are a few foam puzzles that needed a stable home.  Some of the family members were missing, hence the reason for this project.  CC has several puzzles that need such attention.  We’ll start with these though.

Using those items, I came up with this….

We like it.  Now, they don’t have to look like this….

Well, that’s it for now.

Have you tried working with clear vinyl?