Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Easy Summer Dress

To kick off the winter blues, I have started sewing summer clothes.

Pattern: Style 114 of May 2009 Burda Magazine

First I made a muslin with a cotton poplin from my stash. The sizing turned out perfect, and the fabric turned out really cute for $1/yard, so I decided to finish it up.

The fabric I used for the actual dress came from an online store in Japan called Soleil. It is a herringbone cotton with a gauzy texture. Everything is in Japanese on the store site, but you can click around to see what they carry. They have nice linen, double gauze, knit, among others. There is also a "gallery" where customers can upload pictures of what they made with what they have purchased from the store here. I get a lot of inspiration and ideas there, and also have a better feel of what the fabric might look like. It is a great place to find new blogs to follow also. If you see anything you like, click on the house shaped logo on the upper right corner, and it will take you to their blogs.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Itching to sew

My baby is 5 weeks old today!  I'm starting to feel a bit more normal but unfortunately I can't sew one handed like I can type.

Marie' is in the works of many great sewing projects but all I can do at this point is plan - which I do in the middle of the night while I'm up nursing.  Every time I call her I hear the sewing machine buzzing and I get a bit jealous - go Marie!

But spring is creeping up on us so this year's Easter dresses will have to be very simple (although I plan to make them full enough to wear with last year's puffy slips) .

Meanwhile I'll be scrolling through this site for some ideas on nursing wear - thanks Marie' for sending me the link.  

Wish me sleep!   


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Gathered camisole

Another gathered camisole (the first one posted here.) I cut up my tunic. It was one of those "I will wear this when I loose weight" purchases. Now, two kids later, I would be happy if I could go back to the size I was then, and the tunic had to find a better purpose. I kept the side seams and bottom hem intact, so it ended up being a quick and fun project.

Pattern: Everyday Girl Clothes from Pattern Label
I graded up to size 130
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