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Little Black Dress with Lace

This dress has been half made for a very long time.  I made it originally back in July and just now finished. Originally this dress was going to be completely laced out with a stripe of lace down the sleeves.  But I was not really liking the way the lace was reacting with the thick…

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Little Black Dress in Rag & Bone Black Polyester Crepe – Vogue 9239 View F

OMG!  It’s been such a long time since I last blogged.  I’ve been struggling with projects and time to write it all down to share it with you.  Finally, today I was able to get a few pictures, some not the best quality, but good enough t…

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Love for Hannah

Please meet Hannah, a lovely little summer dress in a vintage cotton.
This dress pattern is a clever design by Victory Patterns called Hannah.  Hannah has spunk, surprises and a cheeky “I am casual but you can totally wear me in the office&…

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Knip mode dress–October 2017

There is a reason my jacket is not finished yet. I’m too easily distracted sometimes. I’ve been sewing dresses. One of them is a dress from the Knip Mode October issue.

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A relatively easy dress to sew. The back darts of the line drawing are not in the pattern. My full review is on Patternreview.

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In different light the colour looks almost purple on my screen. It’s a warm, dark red in real life.
In these pictures you see that the pleats of the skirt are done first, then the bodice is attached and the pleats of the bodice partially cover the waist seam.

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Closet Case Patterns Ebony Dress

My serger is currently on the fritz so I haven’t been sewing as much, and what I have been sewing are gifts. And since I can’t really share those, I guess I’ll catch up on a few unblogged projects… This is… Continue Reading

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TURTLENECK RIB KNIT DRESS

HI DARLINGS! First of all thank you so much for all the birthday wishes I received yesterday, it was truly amazing. I had such a great time and I am feeling it today, lol. On top of having a great birthday weekend at the Bruno Mars concert, a tour of Alcatraz and then dinner with […]

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Review: Chalk and Notch’s Fringe Blouse and Dress

Hi Curvy Sewing Collective, I’m Bettina! Today I’m reviewing the Fringe Blouse & Dress by Chalk and Notch, a California-based indie label. The designer is a professional pattern maker, who worked in the fashion industry for a long time. That explains why her patterns are not only perfectly drafted, but why the instructions are extraordinarily…

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Aldaia Dress from Pauline Alice, Version 2 for winter

There are a lot of sewing pattern companies and designers to choose from, and I generally stick to my personal favorites, which these days are Vogue patterns, New Look and Burda (which is a new development in the past couple of years but I’m now a fan)…

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Emerald Green Party Dress

The story of this dress is quite a saga. I almost gave up on it more than once. Which was a surprise to me as although fiddly, I expected it to be straightforward given that I was using patterns I’d had success with before and familiar techniques. But …

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Navy Rayon Crepe Lois Dress

The recently released Lois Dress from Tessuti was an instant purchase for me the moment I saw it! I loved the clean lines and easy wearability. Really classy and contemporary. I’m not surprised to have already seen a fair few versions pop up across the…

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Navy Rayon Crepe Lois Dress

The recently released Lois Dress from Tessuti was an instant purchase for me the moment I saw it! I loved the clean lines and easy wearability. Really classy and contemporary. I’m not surprised to have already seen a fair few versions pop up across the…

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PUFF SLEEVE BODYCON DRESS + FREEBIE TUTORIAL TOMORROW!

HI DARLINGS! I am so happy that I have been able to stay on schedule with posting two videos a week on my YOUTUBE CHANNEL. I post a weekly vlog on Wednesdays and on Saturdays I post either fabric hauls, pattern hacks of tutorials. Tomorrow I am going to publish the STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL on how […]

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A Kalle Shirtdress pattern in Blue Tencel

Kalle Shirtdress in blue tencel // sewing pattern by Closet Case PatternsI just realized this week I totally failed to post about this Kalle shirtdress I made in the spring. I’ve

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A Kalle Shirtdress pattern in Blue Tencel

Kalle Shirtdress in blue tencel // sewing pattern by Closet Case PatternsI just realized this week I totally failed to post about this Kalle shirtdress I made in the spring. I’ve

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Swing

This is a pretty simple dress but I want like ten of them. These are definitely my most-worn garments the past few months and I love them so much. There’s not too much to say about them though. I started with Stretch and Sew 1500, which we used in my beginning clothing class. I think […]

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New Office, New Dress

Finally I am out of retail and in an office environment. So I have decided to update my wardrobe and my sewing game.This fabric is from Joann’s it’s an awesome comfortable and warm knit, perfect for fall.  I used Butterick’s 5780 pattern but changed the bottom pleats.  I took off 2 inches from the waist…

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Rhonda’s Draped Cowl Sleeve – A Few Notes and Pictures

All summer it’s when a challenge to schedule photo shoots with my daughter photographer due to work schedules and other activities. But slowly and surely I’m trying to catch up with posting pictures of the garments that I’ve made this year.Today I wan…

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Rhonda’s Draped Cowl Sleeve – A Few Notes and Pictures

All summer it’s when a challenge to schedule photo shoots with my daughter photographer due to work schedules and other activities. But slowly and surely I’m trying to catch up with posting pictures of the garments that I’ve made this year.Today I wan…

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Tomato Red Bold – Vogue 9239 In Review

Red and Orange are two of my favorite colors.  Both are bold and vibrant. I love wearing these colors and hope to add more red and orange to my wardrobe during the fall and winter seasons.  So today, I’m happy to share my newest dress made wi…

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Completed: Eyeball McCall’s 7351

Did I ever tell you guys about how much I love shirtdresses? Hi. I love shirtdresses. I don’t know what it is that appeals to me so much about this style of garment – but, as you WELL know, I also love me some collared shirts, too (or, rather, maybe just that particular pattern lolz […]

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Peaseblossom 

My friend and I throw this party every year. She doesn’t sew but is very artistic so we like to make costumes together. The past few years, we’ve basically come up with party themes based on what kind of dresses/costumes/outfits we want to make. This year’s was A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her parents’ house is on […]

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Peaseblossom 

My friend and I throw this party every year. She doesn’t sew but is very artistic so we like to make costumes together. The past few years, we’ve basically come up with party themes based on what kind of dresses/costumes/outfits we want to make. This year’s was A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her parents’ house is on […]

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A self-drafted dress

This week I started and finished the dress I drafted. I made a few changes to the pattern, based on the muslin and comments and am quite happy with the result.

Let’s start with some pictures of the dress as is and some of how I’ll wear this.

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My intention from the start was to wear it with a belt.

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A combination for the coming season. The weather here is not for sleeveless dresses.

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And finally some pictures from the inside. I used a lining fabric with some stretch. It’s basically my sloper pattern with a straigh skirt. The facing for the back is a separate layer over the lining fabric, a method I use often.

The construction of the dress is the same as I showed last year for a sleeveless top. In this dress I added a zipper in the left side seam, to make it easier to get it over my head.

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Frida Dress, Designer Stitch pattern

The new pattern from Designer Stitch, the Frida Khalo dress (aff). In this pattern, the main focus is on the fabric. The pattern with its simple lines is perfect to be used with beautiful special fabrics. The inspirational images were really b…

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Vintage Sewing: The 70s dress

Over summer, a good friend of mine turned 40, and had a 70s themed birthday party to celebrate.  I had a rummage through my vintage patterns and found these… …and a search through the online treasure troves of Minerva resulted in me finding this completely mental fabric that was very much the right price for […]

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Dress muslin

The muslin of the upper part of the dress was easily made. I only cut seam allowances to the shoulder, side and center back seam. Then I marked with carbon tracing paper and stitched it together.
The result was definitely in the right direction, but a few changes were necessary.
I cut this on the bias, as I intend to do on with the fashion fabric too.

The back: I did not sew  the back darts and therefor took some extra space from center back and removed a bit of the side seam. It’s too wide and the back armhole is gaping a bit.
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The back with a bit more taken from the side seam and just a little bit taken from the armhole, tapering to nothing in the back neck.
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The front doesn’t look bad, no gaping at the armhole, cowl depth is fine. It could be a little less wide at the side seams too.
I haven’t made a dress from this sloper with a waist seam. Seeing these pictures and the line marking the waist, I think my waistline is too low. I’d like to hear your opion on that.
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This is the front after the side seams are taken in a bit. Could be a bit less?
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Before and after of the armhole. The armhole on the sloper is fine for a garment with sleeves. You need a bit more room for movement of your arms. On a sleeveless dress this is not an issue and I took out about 1 cm.

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Any thoughts on improving the fit are welcome and appreciated.

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I’m in dress mode

When I bought the navy/black fabric I made the Burda dress from, I bought some other fabric too. This is a woven and a bit more expensive. I was not sure about what style I wanted to make with it. It’s just enough for a sleeveless dress that I can wear as it is or with a cardigan or jacket.

I contemplated making a simple dress with a cowl neck and draped the fabric on my dressform and yes, that’s what I want to make. I drafted a cowl neck top from my sloper some time ago and the result was a rather deep cowl neck. This time I wanted it higher. As I don’t have any fabric to play with, I decided on making a muslin first to prevent disappointment.

Like last year I’ll write a few posts about the process, not exactly knowing where it will end (do I have enough fabric for example?)

This is my starting point, my sloper for front and back.

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For the muslin I used only the top part. Unlike last time I did this, I did not rotate the waist dart out to make sure my cowl is not too deep. I took 1/4 inch from the shoulder seam at the side of the arm and drafted a 3 inch wide shoulder from which point a line is drafted for the cowl in a 90 degree angle to the center front. This results in a 21 cm line for the cowl (I know I’m completely mixing inches and centimeters, depending on the ruler I’m using, doesn’t bother me).

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The length of this line is important, as it defines the depth of the cowl. This is not something what is mentioned in the drafting class from Suzy Furrer (from which I used the technique). As I’m full busted and have wide darts, this means a long line/deep cowl when all darts are rotated out. This won’t be so much of a problem for someone with a small cup size.

I measured on myself, but for the idea this is what I checked.

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The back has the same changes in the shoulder area. I ignored the shoulder dart (hence crossed) and did the same with the waist dart.

I’ve already sewn the muslin. A matter of half an hour or so. Too dark to take photos now so will do that tomorrow.

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I’m in dress mode

When I bought the navy/black fabric I made the Burda dress from, I bought some other fabric too. This is a woven and a bit more expensive. I was not sure about what style I wanted to make with it. It’s just enough for a sleeveless dress that I can wear as it is or with a cardigan or jacket.

I contemplated making a simple dress with a cowl neck and draped the fabric on my dressform and yes, that’s what I want to make. I drafted a cowl neck top from my sloper some time ago and the result was a rather deep cowl neck. This time I wanted it higher. As I don’t have any fabric to play with, I decided on making a muslin first to prevent disappointment.

Like last year I’ll write a few posts about the process, not exactly knowing where it will end (do I have enough fabric for example?)

This is my starting point, my sloper for front and back.

IMG_5748

For the muslin I used only the top part. Unlike last time I did this, I did not rotate the waist dart out to make sure my cowl is not too deep. I took 1/4 inch from the shoulder seam at the side of the arm and drafted a 3 inch wide shoulder from which point a line is drafted for the cowl in a 90 degree angle to the center front. This results in a 21 cm line for the cowl (I know I’m completely mixing inches and centimeters, depending on the ruler I’m using, doesn’t bother me).

IMG_5751

The length of this line is important, as it defines the depth of the cowl. This is not something what is mentioned in the drafting class from Suzy Furrer (from which I used the technique). As I’m full busted and have wide darts, this means a long line/deep cowl when all darts are rotated out. This won’t be so much of a problem for someone with a small cup size.

I measured on myself, but for the idea this is what I checked.

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The back has the same changes in the shoulder area. I ignored the shoulder dart (hence crossed) and did the same with the waist dart.

I’ve already sewn the muslin. A matter of half an hour or so. Too dark to take photos now so will do that tomorrow.

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Lekala #4679 The dress that nearly wasn’t!

Our first Lekala flop…The ability to move one’s shoulders is advantageous.Let me explain.Liddy needed a black dress and a white dress for a play.Rather then sew costumes I thought I would get a jump of her Summer sewing.Zara gave her some b…

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Summer’s not over: Butterick 5455 in cotton sateen

Please don’t mention to me that summer is over because I don’t want to hear it! Fall sewing, wearing sweaters, being chilly, ugh. None of that appeals to me. As you know I am a super wimpy when it comes to winter or any cold weather – and I live in the…

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