Friday, April 24, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Raspberry Mocha Day Dress

Have you ever made something that you didn't expect much out of, and it ended up being something you wear all the time? That was the case with this dress! I really made this dress as a wearable muslin, out of a kind of drab dark pink and mocha cotton fabric I'd gotten at a liquidation sale for very cheap. The bodice is actually McCalls 6466, the pattern I used for the bridesmaid dresses I will one day post about!

I whipped this up just to see how the bodice overlay went together. I grabbed what I had in my stash, and figured I could use it as a day dress to wear mostly around the house.

I think that usually, when I'm planning a dress for myself, I tend to always want to go fancy. Because of that, I end up making really nice dresses that I don't feel like wearing while I'm doing chores around the house or running around doing errands.

Sorry for the wrinkles, I really was wearing this today!!
But since this dress is simple and plainer than usual for me, I'm happy to wear it for any occasion. It's super comfortable too!

For the skirt, I just did a simple rectangular gathered dirndl type, but not gathered in the center front (I prefer the fullness on the sides and in the back.) I also added a fun little lace and ribbon trim! I always have at least one pocket in full skirts, and this one was no exception.

I also have a waist stay inside, which makes such a difference to help just cinch that waist in. (I have lots of options there for a fluctuating waistline, lol.)

I just feel so comfy in this dress, and I wear it so much more than I ever planned to! It has made me realize I need to add some more plain, simple day dresses to my wardrobe.

Every time I start planning though I want to go fancy!! I just need to tame that desire, though, as I know I'll get more use out of another simpler dress if I wear it as much as this one.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Pinspiration Monday - Fun Backdrops

I've been thinking lately about trying to create some kind of background to use outside for my Etsy shop photos. Right now my back yard is completely empty and bare, I don't even have a tree back there! But I have plenty of room to use, so I've been looking around at ideas on Pinterest to get some inspiration, because I'd love to take better advantage of the light.

Love the idea of using up fabric strips in this way! The texture of the fabrics is so interesting. I could think of a lot of fun fabric combinations, but for backdrops I'd love a neutral version like this.

I also love the idea of using a painted wood, this is a great tutorial on making a wood panel backdrop.
Another great idea is using strips of tulle, it's so light and fluffy and gathers so well!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Red Damask Peplum Top - McCalls 6896

Last year while planning my wardrobe before our trip to France, I went a bit peplum crazy! I tried several different peplum top patterns, and I ended up liking McCalls 6896 the best.

I think it was the princess seams that made the fit so effortless, and I loved the fullness of the peplum. I fully lined it, and actually ended up omitting the zipper because I used view D, with the slit in the top, which allowed enough room to pull it over my head. (I was in a hurry so the quicker the sew the better!)

That meant I couldn't get it on my me-sized dress form though, lol, so here she is on my standard dress form.

This ended up being one of my favorite items of clothing for the trip, and even after the trip. Here I am wearing it in Paris, standing in front of Marché Saint Pierre, ready to get my fabric store fix. :-)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Pinspiration Monday

Since I can sew for myself again (I gave up sewing for myself during Lent!) I've been dreaming of my next projects. Pretty sure I'll be making a dress next, and I love staring at vintage patterns and just dreaming. So that's what I'm doing. :-)