Monday, May 2, 2016

Cindy's Wedding Dress

Back in December my cousin, Chance, married the lovely Cindy. I was called upon to make her wedding dress, which was super exciting. I love making wedding dresses. Well, I like the idea of making wedding dresses. With four kids running around it becomes a bit more difficult to do everything necessary to make a wedding dress. Because of that, we decided it would be best to order a dress ans alter it. Cindy found her perfect dress at JJ's House.

Cindy liked the mermaid silhouette
The button down back was another favorite feature.
As gorgeous as the dress is, there were some limitations. The sizing available in this style leaves a lot of girls out of luck. Thankfully the dress is encrusted with lace and I knew I'd be able to add in a gusset. The biggest issue with the gown, however, was how much of it was sheer. It's a gorgeous look, but Chance and Cindy planned to be married in the Payson temple and the dress needed to be more opaque for that. She also wanted 3/4 sleeves instead of long sleeves.
The dress straight out of the bag.
The first thing to do was make the dress fit. That required taking it in around the waist and adding a gusset in the hips. DOing this proved to be a bit more difficult than I had expected. I had assumed the lace medallions were only sewn to the mesh. They weren't. Those medallions were sewn on after the dress was constructed, so I had to pick out and peel them back before making the alterations to the dress. It was pretty involved. Picking out seams sewn with transparent thread is super fun. There needs to be a sarcasm font.
So. Much. Picking.
The sleeves and neckline were next. To avoid having the dress look like an obvious alteration, we decided to add more lace at the neck and back. I'm pleased with how it turned out.
Neck detail.
Along with building up the back with a satin lining, the dress needed a zipper that went all the way up to the top. In the interest of honesty, my mom took care of that for me. Sometimes things get to be too much and I was so grateful she was able to step in when my life got to be overwhelming. It gave me that extra rest I needed so I could come back to it fresh.
Finished back
By the time the dress was done I realized that it might have been less work to make the dress from scratch than it did to alter it. Oh well. She looked gorgeous and was happy with the dress. In the end, does anything else matter?

My quick snapshot from the wedding day
It was a beautiful wedding, a beautiful couple, and a beautiful day. Here are the professional pictures, for your viewing pleasure.
The Payson temple is one of my favorite places on earth. So beautiful inside and out.
With the bridesmaids
There is a nativity display in the fountain at Christmastime.
My aunt, Cindy, and Cindy's mom
One of the many required kissy-face pictures
Such a cute and happy couple.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Three Pattern Tests!

I recently got to do one of my favorite things, namely testing patterns for Itch-to-Stitch. Four(!) new patterns were just released and I was able to test three of the four of them. Lucky me, I was able to test three pieces that work up beautifully into a suit. Lucky you, all Itch-to-Stitch patterns are on sale until March 13 using the coupon code on the banner. I'll be picking up the one I didn't test. It's lovely.

First up is the Hepburn Turtleneck. This is a FANTASTIC basic piece. The top is very fitted and perfect for layering. I chose to use the short sleeve option an used a classic white cotton spandex I got online. I prefer my tops with a bit more ease when worn alone so this will be for layering and I'll size up with anything I plan to wear on its own. I love that this top and these pictures show off my weight loss (I am thisclose to 40 lbs down from where I was when I started in November). The top is a quick sew and very straightforward. I love a good instant gratification project.
Still self-consciously posing my belly. Suck it in, Jordan, suck it in!
Next on the list is the Seville Skirt. This one is a very fun an feminine little number. It is fitted through the waist and hip, then flares below the hip for a trumpet effect. I used a jacquard fabric, so this skirt is very structured. I have a cute charmeuse fabric I've been saving for when I'm done with the weight loss and this is the pattern I plan to use for it. It will have a different look with such a flowy fabric.
The perfect professional skirt
The waist and hips here are rather fitted, so pay close attention to the finished measurements to get the ease you're looking for. The pattern uses an invisible zipper and a waistband with a hook and eye for the closure.

Finally, we have the Salamanca Cropped Jacket. It's completely lined, but the method is so easy it's not overwhelming. 
A fully lined interior makes for a very professional look
I had so much fun making this one. I started off looking for fabric with the idea of using a boucle in a springtime color, preferably a lavender. As fate would have it, the selection at my nearest fabric store was pretty abysmal and I was force to go to the red tag table. I'm pretty sure the red tag table is stuff they're trying to clear out, so they put a red tag on it but don't actually mark it down any. That, however, is a discussion for another day. With the idea of a suit in mind for the jacket and skirt, I happened upon this delightful fabric. 

Once I saw the fabric I was pretty sure that Jacqueline Kennedy would be crying tears in heaven if I didn't use this fabric to make the jacket and skirt. It's got a great mod vibe to it that I thought would work well with the patterns. I wasn't disappointed.
Worn open...
...and closed
 To fit my orangutan arms, I needed to lengthen the sleeves about two inches. Not a problem with the great instructions.
Does anyone else feel weird looking at their own backs? I kind of do.
Along with the orangutan length in my arms, I also have some extra thickness there. I didn't think about that before making up the pattern, so next time I'll need to check my adjustments to make a bit more room for my arms. Future plans for this pattern include something lighter and in a really bold solid color. There's also the though in my head that I'll shorten the sleeves to elbow or bicep length.
My favorite look is with the jeans
This jacket is fun and looks great every way I've seen it styled.
Don't forget to stop over at Itch-to-Stitch and pick up the patterns while you can get them for 20% off. Also check out the other new release, Zamora Blouse. Gorgeous!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Pictures Are Worth Several Thousand Words

You know how sometimes you get so busy that, even though you want to document things, the busy-ness is about all you can get around to? I know that feeling too. As much as I would love to talk about each and every new pattern I've used in the past few months, here are photos of the finished products:

The patterns from Pattern Anthology's Unbiased Collection:
Tote bag for a geeky Christmas craft swap
No pattern used
Mommy and me, me, me, and me Star Wars shirts
Ladies' Pocket Tee for me and Treasure Pocket Tee for each of the kids
Major Wedding Dress Alteration
I'll actually blog this one later, but a majority of the time was spent working on this beauty.
Nativity Costumes
Simplicity patterns 4795, 4213, 4797  I was called on at the last minute to make the costume for Mary and Joseph, so I have half made kids' costumes and they went in bath robes.
Miscellaneous Kid Stuff 
Top, left to right: Slouchy Cardigans for the two girls, Quick Crew shirt with Wreck-It Ralph panel
Bottom, left to right: Pretty Panel Dress, Panel Pocket Tee, Flyaway Ruffle Cardigan
Family Pictures:
Julia Cardigan
Not Pictured:
Hooded tee for The Hubs, another Pretty Panel Dress for Pink Blur, nine infinity scarves.

I think that about covers it. All together that makes twelve shirts, nine scarves, four cardigans, three finished costumes (plus five more cut and partially sewn), two dresses, one bag, and a big wedding dress alteration. Not bad for two and a half months. I've also been working on weight loss and that's been going really well. The family picture above is somewhere between 20-25 lbs down. Woohoo!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Kid's Clothes Week: October 2015

It's Kid's Clothes Week again and this week has been about the baby. Last time around the three older siblings all got wearable clothes, while poor Video Game was left with a half finished romper. :( To rectify this terrible injustice, the baby got the benefit of all my sewing effort. And what a benefit it was.
Most of the pictures are fuzzy because this little boy is always on the move.
Both projects are a product of patient waiting for the right time. First up is this Cookie Monster outfit. I was able to buy the fabric on preorder from Pink Zeppelin Boutique, one of my favorite sources for custom knit fabric. I held on to the fabric without cutting into it while I waited for Video Game to grow into the Cookie Monster shoes I bought him. I did not, of course, bother to put the shoes on him to take pictures.

I was able to squeeze the hoodie out of a fat half of the fur print. When I saw the fur fabric and its coordinates I knew the were going to be a hoodie with chocolate chip lining and pockets with a pair of pants. Taking the extra time to make a bite mark out of the cookie pockets was totally worth it.
The picture is dark, but you get the idea. And, yes, those spots on the pocket are splatters of food.
The hoodie pattern is the free pattern you can download for joining the Brindille & Twig email list. Obviously, I modified the pocket to fit the cookie theme. I used this pattern for the LOTR hoodie too. I made it a little big because I wanted it to have plenty of growing room.
For the pants I used the Simply Sweats and Shorts pattern from Dandelions n' Dungarees. It's a great pattern for basic pants. I also made these long enough to grow into for a while. With any luck he'll be able to wear these next year too.  Fingers crossed.
His smile kills me.
Video Game seems pretty comfy in the outfit and doesn't fuss when I put it on him. That means it's a keeper. Although I'm pretty sure I'd make him wear it even if he hated it. Cute over comfy. It's all about priorities. :) Because I just want to eat this kid up, here are a few more pictures of the baby eating a cookie and being darling.

Cookie eating is serious business.

He's still a bit of a wobbly walker and is just now making the transition from mostly crawling to mostly walking. I am not okay with this.
And down he goes.

"Want a cookie? They're super yummy."

I hesitate to show the next project. As darling as the cookie monster outfit is, it's got nothing on his Halloween costume. The pattern is so far out of print that it's not even listed with the out-of-print patterns, which is really a shame because it's so stinkin' cute. I used minky, fleece, and felt from JoAnn. And....well this little costume speaks for itself. I apologize if you go cute-atonic (description at 1:13, but the whole thing is fun to watch). Here's my little organ grinder monkey:

Again with the walking? STOP GROWING UP!!!
Next time I'll put the hood elastic on at the bottom instead of on the placement line

Photo bomb! 

And then there's this face. My monkey is cuter than your monkey. :)
I would say this Kid's Clothes week was a success.