Cotton

I Scream for Cherries

After watching my sisters blog grow so large with some amazing dresses that she had been making, I decided I wanted to make one, however whenever I made a anything with a bodice it never fit quite right so I when I came across the Amazing Fit Simplicity 1606 I had to try it!

Simplicity Amazing Fit

So I finally finished it. It went on the back burner for a while when I was sewing to raise moneys to move to Wellington and when I got around to finally doing some more on it, the zip broke, just as I finished it and went to put it on the first time. AARRRRGGGHHHHH!!!

It was in the naughty corner for a while again after that. However, when I got another zip I stuck in and got it finished and I love it to pieces!

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(The hem is actually straight, I promise, please don’t judge me)

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Aww, who’s that over there?!

It’s Aunty Jen in her brand spanking pretty new Cherry Dress!

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This dress is actually quite straight forward to make (until the alterations, then it can get fiddly!

The bodice has princess seams and the skirt is just a front and 2 back pieces.

do I look pregnant?

I didn’t get any pictures of the alterations because I actually did them all last year, however I’ll try to relate what I can remember happened!

I had a lot of gaping at the front princess Seam by the armhole. I fixed this by unpicking a couple inches and then redoing the seam by making it more rounded.

I had to unpick that part because there was more excess fabric on one side of the seam than the other to make it sit flat.

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I also graded it in more below the bust by rounding it in wards. A lot – it is a very close fit, maybe too close? My girls are quite defined, not sure if they need to be.

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Since I took the front princess seams in a bit near the armhole it made the armhole quite tight which I didn’t factor it. It’s not super tight, but just uncomfortable enough to annoy me.

The waist was also a bit low so I had to take it up, more so in the centre front area, by a cm or so (can’t really remember how much).

HELLO !

Of course some pictures got photo bombed since we had the little guy with us.

These photos were taken at the water tower above Newtown on such a beautiful day I’m surprised I didn’t turn into a lobster/tomato/something really red.

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The dress looks really short. From what I remember I used the length of the pattern but my fabric wasn’t quite wide enough so it had shortened sides on the bottom and I cut the hem up to there. Probably a mistake? But hey, gets me more enthused to gym it!

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The necklace. Isn’t is awesome?! I got it from Fortune and Blame jewellery which Mel’s fashionable younger sister’s (FYS) owns and create things. This piece is created out of resin and yes, it does have real 100s and 1000s candy in it, so if I get caught out in that zombie Apocalypse I will have something to munch on when times get a bit too dire.

It’s called the I Scream.

I vote go have a look, she has some very VERY cool things.

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Look at my pretty new dress it’s amazing!

Yes, I may have said that last sentence is a VERY girly voice, enjoy.

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You can just see the little guy thinking:

“Dude… What ARE you doing???”

Suspicious much?

If cats looked like frogs we’d realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That’s what people remember.

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Coffee? Coffee. COFFEE !

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March was Miss Bossy Patterns for the Monthly Stitch. I’m a bit late, but honestly I did finish this about 3 weeks ago! Pictures were taken at Kat’s front door as she was taking picture for her her Sew Dolly Clackett Dress and she thought I could get away with this one being a little Dolly Clackett too, hence the crazy name! I read a lot of Terry Pratchett and I got this quote from the Discworld book Lords and Ladies.

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Next thing – thank you to everyone who voted for my Miss Bossy (Sorry it’s late!!). To be honest, I wasn’t entirely thrilled with this one since I usually wear more fuller skirts and when I first put it together it made me.. hmm.. angry haha! But after lots of hacking my sis and I fixed it.

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The pattern I used was Butterick B5032 with a shortened skirt. The pattern pieces I traced were waaaay too big for me – not sure if I measured myself wrong, or if just traced the wrong fabric or whether the pattern was all wrong or what, but it was SERIOUSLY too big for me.

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Since the bodice was sooooooooo much too big and the front was just one piece, we had to make princess seems down the front. Luckily, this gave the bodice a lot more shape, which helps with my bust size!

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I put the dress on backwards and Kat pinned down the middle, when I took it off I unpicked the bottom bust darts and measured how much fabric to take in at each new princess seam. I also brought it in a little bit more under the bust to give a little more shaping and I reckon I did pretty well 🙂

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The pic above is the front bodice facing and shows how much extra fabric there was! I mean common, WHY?!?!

So I just cut it in the middle and sewed it up which wasn’t all that pretty, but it’s on the inside so, whatevs!

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The fabric is quilting fabric 100% I got from the Arthur Toye closing down sale in Wellington Jan/Feb 2014. It was about 2.5m and used ALL OF IT, which is why the facing is a different fabric, but oh, so pretty, maybe I’ll use different facings every time now?!

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The fabric has coffee designs all over it. It makes me so happy. The dress is also really comfortable apart from the arm holes which could have been a little bigger at the bottom, so will probably give them another 1cm depth next time.

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The skirt front has 2 areas that have 3 pleats folded over on each other and gives it a nice little detail.

The pattern is also incredibly easy to put together and (before I hacked the bodice apart) only took a few hours to put together. It’s also a pretty cool design

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Oh, and FLAMINGO !!! This came to me from Fortune and Blame jewellery which Mel’s fashionable younger sister’s (FYS) owns and create things. The light is reflecting a bit off the bottle, but it has blue glitter and a pink flamingo in it!! So cool! Check her other jewellery, she makes some VERY cool resin stuff.

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Like a skirt, but not! OOOHHH WOWW Culottes !!

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Quintuplets !

From left: Nikki, Emma, Kat, Mel, and ME !!!

And below, Mel’s younger sister Tania who makes really cool jewellery, of which my order is on the way and I am super excited, check it out!

Some of the WSBN girls decided to make some Tania Culottes and go to the Newtown Fair in Wellingotn. So much fun ! We didn’t actually get many photos at the fair though, because we were too busy eating some awesome food and looking at all the pretty things *drools* mmMmm pretty things…

Anyway..

I made some Tania Culottes and I likes them.

I have already worn them a few times, but full skirts are always so much fun, how can you not?!

The pattern calls for a light floaty material, however I fell in love with this paisley quilting cotton that I found at Arther Toye on the closing down sale and thought that would be perfect! It doesn’t quite hang like it should such as Mel’s or Tania’s, but it is quite poofy and just makes me happy 😛

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So when I was cutting this out I didn’t really take in the fact that is it a waist high skirt. Fail.

I usually only wear hip height things so I just assume that waist high doesn’t exist, but hey! Turns out it does..

They fit pretty well, however since they sit higher (hips to waist!!!!!) the hem was a lot higher than I thought it was going to be and I added this nice little detail to the bottom to make them longer. Turns out it made the hem look even better and I really enjoy it. The “detail” at the bottom is just an extra 10cm length around the hem. I cut this to the shape of the pattern so that it didn’t do anything weird for how the culottes fall.

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I think the below picture is probably my favourite for showing how these look. Can’t really see the pattern of the fabric, but the length is so even all the way around and you can see the fullness, and they are all kinds of perfect.
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The pattern has a box pleat in the centre front and the centre back which is an awesome design feature for hiding the fact they are shorts, BUT THEY ARE SHORTS !!! ^-^

Adjustments I would make in the future would definitely be adding pockets. Kat did and I am super jealous. Pockets are probably the most amazing thing ever and I always get slightly frustrated that I don’t have any, you would think I would learn, but nope.

I would also take the crotch seam about 2cm lower, it’s a bit high and is a little uncomfortable sitting down. The waistband was also slightly loose so I would just use a M instead of a L or even (since I got me a booty) grade a L hip size up to a M waist size.

SHORTS

Looking through the photos that Kat (THANKS SIS!!) took for me, I realise that the little man (Drake) is in at least half of these! I reckon he could make a career from just photo bombing, and no one would mind cause he is super cute, look at the little guy !!!

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Culottes were a win. I am impressed. Quite a straight forward pattern to make up as well. Thanks to Mel who I stole the following idea off 😛

Pattern: Tania Culottes size L

Fabric: 100% cotton quilting fabric paisley design from Arther Toye in Wellington. 2.5m at (I think) $7/m

Notions: Invisible zipper