This week, I will be scouting for fabric to make a new dress! This will be my first attempt to make a dress for myself free-hand, and I am modeling it after Lily’s dress in this scene of “How I Met Your Mother.” I imagine it won’t be too difficult–and here’s hoping I can find some fabric at the thrift store! This time around, I’m going to try to only purchase elastic new, and the rest I am going to try to upcycle from other clothing! This will be an exciting adventure for me, and I will continue to post whatever updates I can.
Ok! I have successfully branched out! Yesterday I followed this tutorial
for an adorable pillowcase dress for my cousin’s baby! Then, I followed this tutorial
for a super cute fabric flower for the headband!
Here come the pictures!
I think I have pinned one pleat, but I didn't have it quite right at first, so I had to correct it.
The dress right side out, with pleats pinned in place. I also had the armholes finished at this point.
I then pinned on my homemade bias tape (I made my bias tape out of scraps from the pillowcase).
Pause to nurse Z, and take a picture of my tremendous messiness. Seriously. I'm like a toddler.
The back of the dress, nearly finished...just need to find a button...
The front of the dress is done.
I stole this button from a jacket that I haven't worn in years...considering reworking it into a sport coat for my 1 1/2 year old nephew...
The finished full back.
The headband. Find tutorial link for the flower above.
Close-up of the flower. So easy, so fun!
Okay. I have to go get my baby who is waking up from her nap.
Someday I will post photos of my sunshine skirt…
I know. I couldn’t keep up with any of my other blogs before, so why do I think I can keep up with one now?
Because it’s about one thing: sewing. And while that one word can encompass an endless list of ideas, it will limit me to a focal point, a central theme.
Here, I will be blogging about my sewing attempts, both failed and successful, which means that you could find out about my recent go at dyeing 2 yards of fabric (I was definitely in over my head!) or an idea that’s been rolling around in my head that I finally decided to try.
In addition to that, you will find the occasional ramblings about my family and home life.
I’m a newbie at sewing, so if you have any ideas, suggestions, comments, recommendations, feel free to let me know! I will gladly accept them. (:
For now, though, it is bedtime…as soon as my newly dyed fabric is done drying.
Ouch! Who knew that fabric dye could sting your hands? I am dyeing my boring white cotton shirting into a nice bright teal for a circle skirt and plunged my rubber-gloved-hands a little too far into the hot water; and I’m not sure if it was the hot water or the dye, but my blue-stained hands are stinging a bit, even after washing thoroughly. Maybe it’s the load of salt that I dumped in the dye bath………hmmm……..
At any rate, I am very excited to see the end result of my fabric! I already have a wonderful plum purple for another skirt, and the elastic and dark brown RIT dye that I will be using for the waistbands. California, here we come!
Hey, at least I’ll be prepared, right?
After I figure out how, I’ll post some pictures of the dyeing and sewing process, and of course, a photo of my in my new (hopefully) lovely (hopefully) skirt, twirling. At this point, I am even considering leaving the waistband white…
See you soon! I’m off to figure out how to work this crazy site!