December Sewing…. Part 2 (or, did people really have bodies like this in 1969?)

21 12 2010

Girly requested a dress like the Nancy Drew movie for Xmas this year.  And of course, I agreed….

We scoured my pattern stash, and found the following pattern that I received from Pattern Rescue over the last year:

This pattern is a circa 1969, misses size 10, princess cut flared pattern with a 2 piece flared sleeve.  She wanted the green dress in the center. She wanted that EXACT dress.  I couldn’t find a decent green polka dot, so I got her a reversed olive green dot on an ivory background from the Amy Butler Lotus collection.

Note the two ladies on your left – and their dog-ear collars.  I’ve been trying to find photos of people actually WEARING this style, and have had no luck. I’d love to see these on a real person.

I made a muslin of the dress, as is.  I am sooooo glad I made a muslin of this dress.  I had to take 3.5″ from the bust line, raise the neckline 2″, add 2″ to the hips, and shorten the whole thing 3″.  At this point, I began to ask myself why I was even using a pattern and not hand drafting it!  This little blog was a big help in adjusting the bust line, as I couldn’t find instructions on adjusting a princess cut anywhere else…  Also, do you see any puffiness to those sleeves on the pattern?   There was ALOT of ease in the sleeve cap, and I still ended up with a bit of puffy sleeve – I’m not certain what the artist was thinking, but the sleeve on the cover is not the same as the sleeve in the pattern.

The adjustments made me envision what the woman who could use this pattern right out of the envelope looked like, and I envisioned Barbie…  with short arms.   Admittedly, I was adjusting a pattern to fit a 12 year old, but still, I’d have thought that arm adjustments would have been necessary as well.

Photo of the cutout, and the fun matching of polka dots that ensued.

But, the matching paid off:

 

I made her the scarf out of a cream chiffon (excess dots were really too hard on the eyes, and this gives it a little holiday flair).

 

And the final result is this:

She was totally thrilled with the dress, and she totally looks like she belongs on the cover of a Nancy Drew book.





Amazing what you can do with a square of fabric! Tutorial included

5 09 2010

A couple of weeks ago when we bought Glitter Glue Princess’s shoes for cross country, we came across a rack of these fabric head/neck coverings.  They were beautiful.  She pined for one……  They were $24.  Cough, hack……  For someone recently unemployed, THIS was not an option.

I mean, this was just a tube of fabric.  Admittedly, they were made in Spain, it was a seamless tube, they are made of microfiber, the company has a great marketing department (they are used on the Survivor television show), and they had stringent quality standards, but COME ON!  I couldn’t justify $24 for a tube of fabric, with unfinished edges.  I did some quick analysis for size (in other words, held it up to my arm for approximate length/width measurements).

We headed to the local dutch fabric store after picking up the shoes, and bought bamboo lycra, microfiber knits and cotton knits, at 1/2 yard cuts.  We went home and scoured the stash for the same.

Here’s how I made them:

I cut squares 16″ X 20″.  (see NOTE below.)

Cut so that the 16″ side is cut on the side parallel to the finished edge of the piece of fabric, NOT the cut edge (fabrics with 4-way stretch will not need this precaution – this keeps the edge from rolling up too much when worn).

Then, I serged the 20″ side and tucked the loose thread ends back into the seam. That is it!

You could also sew these using a sewing machine, but use a zig zag stitch and STRETCH the fabric when sewing it to prevent thread breakage when using.

For adults, I’d go with an 18″ X 22″ square.

NOTE:  Of course, this will need to be adjusted based on the % of stretch your fabric has – increase the longer length to accomodate this, as this is the side that will stretch around your head).

Easy-peasy!

Here is what you will have:

Here are demonstrations on how you can wear them:

So…..  for about $13, I made 5 headscarves, with enough fabric left over to make 5 to 10 more!  Something tells me that most of the girls on the cross country team will end up with one of these….

Hope this helps other make their own as well!





Maker Faire Detroit, or…. girls who dig science.

1 08 2010

We spent the day yesterday at the Henry Ford, at the Maker Faire.  We met up with our friends and had a great time.

The girls did screenprinting:

They did some crazy activities:

Saw some crazy stuff:

But…  The highlight was the performance of Coke Zero and Mentos by Eepybird!

Here is the video!





For her summer project, she learned to fly an airplane.

15 07 2010

Well, a remote control airplane, at least!  Girly went to Summer Camp for 6th Grade girls to be introduced to the math and engineering departments at the local college.  And she learned about computer aided drafting, built an airplane, made a website, took a trip in an airplane, ran a flight simulator and flew her model that she built!

Unfortunately, the plane landed in a corn field and broke the tail.  But not to fear!  We got a new plane which will be taken to Grandpa’s so she can learn from an expert on how to fly models!





Cut…. Again!

28 03 2010

The girlie girl made a rash decision last weekend at the hairdresser….  and cut her hair off once again.

We’ve gone from this:

To this:

Hmmm….  I think she just aged another 3 years on me.  I may end up with a biiiiig problem on my hands.





Costumes? Already? I blame the internet…

27 02 2010

The girly girl has been pondering halloween costumes since Nov 1.  I call it “Extreme Advanced Planning”.

First up, her originating idea – a disco ball.  I blame this website for her idea.  We planned to do it using a beach ball under the paper mache (easier and cheaper to work with than a 3 foot weather balloon), and many mylar balloons for the glitter squares.  She planned to put her ipod inside with a mini speaker.   Oh…. and I was to make disco costumes for her friends.

Um…. O.K……

Well, that all just got thrown out the window!  Her new idea is inspired by this fabric from Equilter:

http://www.equilter.com/cgi-bin/webc.cgi/st_prod.html?p_prodid=111037&sid=31U9Hz2Sc2dk4F1-47110339536.00

She also wants some chalkboard fabric from Nancy’s notions:

http://www.nancysnotions.com/product/fabric/special+use+fabrics/47%22+wide+black+chalkboard+fabric+.do#

She won’t let me say any more, so I’ll let you draw your own conclusions on what she is planning.

Besides, it will probably morph and change in the next 6 months, so she doesn’t want to lock herself in just yet.





Overdue

20 02 2010

Way back when I said I was working on the Sew Tessuti Favorite Top…  Well, I failed to post photos.  Here they are:

I do like it with a bit more length, but I made it as wide as the fabric, so this was as long as it would go.

Many complements and requests for me to make more.  I think a suggestion to the lovely folks at tessuti would be to give it a funnel or cowl neck for a change of pace.

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Next up on the overdue list:  Valentine’s day.

Embroidered pillowcases were made for the girlie girls bestest friends.

Everyone ended up with an identical pillowcase – a big success!