Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Past, Present, and Future Project Round-up!

Heelllooooo blog friends! It has been a little while, I didn't intend to take as much of a break as I did, but here we are and it's already nearing the end of January. So a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

November and December are always my craziest months of the year, and things just go topsy turvy while I frantically finish up orders to get out in time for Christmas. And then I just collapse for a bit afterwards, lol. But I'm starting up again, and I thought it would be fun to take a quick look at some of the projects I finished up and didn't get to blog about at year's end, as well as talk about some of what I have in the works!

First up is a sweet Christmas dress for a little girl and matching ascots for her brothers!! My friend Sheri orders a Christmas ensemble for her kids every year, and I always look forward to it! :-)

This year she also got a sweet ruffle apron for her daughter as a Christmas gift.

Before the Christmas rush, I made a dress for my friend Alexa. It has a full circle skirt, and pockets of course. :-)

We already have several other pieces in the works for her!

And finally, I also got to make another super fun outfit for a photoshoot by my friend Sally of SallyKate Photography. This time with a 50s theme!!

I made a green dress with a full circle skirt, a petticoat to go under it, a fun frilly apron, and some bubblegum pink curtains.

And here are some of the amazing shots!

Is her daughter not the cutest thing ever in this shoot!?!?! I can't stand it!

There's really nothing like seeing something you've made immortalized in stunning photography. :-)

As for future projects, I already have SO much lined up for this year! This includes:
  • A fun vintage inspired wardrobe (2 dresses and 3 skirts!)
  • A vintage inspired wedding dress 
  • Several bridesmaids dresses (different wedding!) 
  • A flower girl dress 
  • A formal maternity gown (in the most gorgeous silk, I can't even tell you!!)
  • Another formal dress for a black tie wedding
  • Some more fantasy-like dresses for a Spring photoshoot
On top of all that, I may or may not have 2 children's HOOP SKIRTS to play with!! They sell these at Ikea right now and I couldn't pass them up, can you imagine the possibilities? I sure can!

And finally, to help me with all of this, I have a new workflow aid! It's called a kanban board, and it is very simple, but very effective. A Post-It for each item, and a queue, so that I can limit what I'm working on at one time and be able to focus on it. I already have a good pile of "done" sticky notes since taking this pic and it's very motivating to see!

That about wraps things up, I'm hoping to make at least a post a week on whatever current project I'm working on, plus my Friday instagram posts. My goal this past year was to get back in the habit of blogging, and I'm pleased with how that went, so I definitely want to keep that up.

Oh!! I almost forgot one little an effort to motivate myself to shed some weight, I've decided not to sew anything for myself until I lose a certain amount. It might be a while...isn't that terrifying?!?! Lol, but this is definitely a motivating carrot for me, so hopefully it won't be too long! I certainly have plenty to keep me busy until I meet my goal, though, and I can't wait to see what else the year brings!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Flight of Fancy Feather Dresses

Here's another fun and whimsical order from Sally of Sallykate Photography for a shoot-out called Flight of Fancy! I made 3 dresses, the first of which was a very full skirted dress complete with overskirt and lace bustle.

I used Simplicity 1508 for the bodice (to which I added sleeves) and the basis for the overskirt.

I started with one row of feathers and ended up adding two more to get it as fluffy as I wanted.

 I thought it would be fun to line with a striped fabric!

Next was a dress with a skirt completely covered in feathers! This one obviously took the most amount of feathers, and I had a bit of a learning curve sewing them on! I ended up with a combination of machine and hand stitching. I also ended up with feathers EVERYWHERE, lol.

I used New Look 6388 for the bodice, and just extended the sleeve length a bit.

I decided to do buttons up the back, with elastic loops for the closure. It was finished off with a green sash.

The aftermath, lol...

I added a little bow to the front at the last minute!

And finally, the last dress had a green top (also using New Look 6388) with lace trim, lovely white skirt with tulle overlay and feather trim, and a black sash. I love the contrast of the white skirt with black feathers!

I got them shipped off way too last minute, but fortunately they arrived in time. And then my favorite part, here are some of the amazing pics from the shoot (which you wouldn't know by looking at the stunning models, but it was a very cold and very windy day)!

So much gorgeousness from Sallykate Photography!

Stunning image from Julie Peveto Photography!

Julie Peveto Photography
As luck would have it, as soon as I was done and able to start vacuuming, we realized we'd accidentally just thrown the bottom of the vacuum's canister away (and the trash had just been picked up)!! Lol! So I was stuck with feathers on the ground for a few days until we were able to order a replacement, but it was all worth it. ;-)

Friday, November 20, 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Into the Woods Cinderella Dress

This project was so much fun! A friend of mine, Sally,  who is a photographer (check out her amazing work on her Facebook page here!) requested a dress fashioned after the gold Cinderella dress from Into the Woods for a whole shoot inspired by the movie! Here's what the original dress looked like:

This was actually my first attempt at a full on boned corset. It was a great experience, and gave me confidence that I could maybe make one for myself one day. I looked for a corset with a shape as close to the movie version as possible, and ended up deciding on Butterick 4254, a now out of print pattern that I totally lucked out on and got for free! The last pattern at the store happened to be the size I needed, and it was basically no longer in their system so they just threw it in my bag. Score! :-)

Making the corset was not that difficult, it was just tedious sewing all those boning channels! I did a lot of research and ended up getting cable ties at Home Depot to use for the boning. I numbered them as I went. It worked well, but boy were they hard to cut, especially the little pieces.

This was also my first time installing eyelets (or grommets), and once I figured it out (it took longer than it should have, lol) it went quickly.

And yes, I got to hand sew all that binding on...some of those tabs at the bottom were a challenge!

For the skirt, I just kind of made it up as I went along. It had a lining, and then gold lamé with a pick up for the skirt, and then a separate overskirt made of organza, with a bustle and train. (It was hard getting pics of these as it was too small to fit on any of my dress forms! So I did the best I could and improvised with a small pillow, lol.)

Finally, I trimmed the corset with some greenish tulle and gold netting around the neckline and shoulders.

I love making things for photographers, because I know I'm going to get to see amazing photos of whatever I've made!! This was certainly no exception, here is Sally's lovely daughter as Cinderella. :-) 
"Do you know what you wish? Are you certain what you wish is what you want?"

And a taste of some of the other amazing characters!

Isn't it just magical?? The shoot was a workshop where other photographers could come and shoot, so I got to see a few other photographer's work as well, which was so cool! I was really impressed by this one from Nicole Martin Photography, I love the profile with the bustle! 

Come, little birds, Down from the eaves, And the leaves, Over fields, Out of castles and ponds.. - Into The Woods

 I already have several more dresses for SallyKate Photography in the works, I know her photos are going to be amazing, can't wait!!