Rayon knit Style Arc Dress

Even though I work remotely, I’ve tried to make a few work dresses during the pandemic incase we do start in person meetings again in the future.

This is the Astoria dress from Style Arc – an Australian sewing pattern compan. I think their designs are really fun and it was great to use for this knit rayon from Britex.

I really like the slouchy tie that’s at the front of this dress. A very fun design! Thanks to my brother in law for the pictures!

Peony Dress

I ordered some knit rayon from Britex over the summer and this was one of my first projects to test sewing a dress with my serger. I’m quite happy with how this turned out although I think I am still learning some techniques and developing my skills.

I really like the details of this fabric and it’s fun to have something easy and comfy in the summer.

This is a StyleArc pattern and photo credit to my brother-in-law!

A Covid Dress

Last summer I started buying all my fabric online due to the pandemic. It became challenging to understand exactly what I was buying each time… except the Liberty of London cotton – this fabric is always so nice and easy to work with.

This dress is a modified Simplicity pattern where I added a big ruffle at the bottom and gave it a side zip under the arm.

I also finished it with some leftover scraps from an old dress shirt that we converted to masks.

Thanks to my brother in law who took these great photos!! It’s every interesting to see how the different film captures the colors differently.

New Shift Dress

We recently went to a wedding and I wanted a new dress for the rehearsal dinner. It had been a while since I had to wear “real clothes” and this Carolina Herrera fabric from Mood seemed like just the right thing.

I used the Style Arc panel dress pattern to make this shift dress and I’m quite happy with how it turned out. My brother in law was nice enough to take some photos while I was in Chicago too!

I had a nice matching blue fabric scrap that I could use for bias tape to finish the sleeves and neckline too.

MeMadeMay 2021 week 2

Alright it’s week two of MeMadeMay and here’s a roundup!

First, I recently made this rayon knit peony dress with fabric from Britex (a San Francisco store I used to visit in person) This is a dress pattern from StyleArc

Next I used some chambray from a local Jersey City fabric store to make this StyleArc Panel dress. To are the fabric a little more interesting I embroidered it with intersecting lines – inspired by the Japanese Sashiko embroidery technique.

From here I had made this top last year. When we originally went to Chicago for the start of the pandemic we only brought winter clothes. We ended up staying with family for so long I made some summer clothes and this was from fabric I ordered from Spoonflower. I like the print but I honestly don’t like the cotton very much -it is not very soft. The skirt used to be a dress but the top got old so I cut it off and made a skirt.

Next is this ruffle top that I traced from the style of a jcrew shirt. This is also a 2020 pandemic project. Fabric is cotton from Joanns

Next is the rayon panel dress from MoodFabrics that I recently competed. This is a StyleArc pattern.

On Saturday I wore a Liberty of London cotton voile dress that has a gathered neckline (self drafted technically, also basically a bag). Also a homemade mask from Joanns. This is me getting my second covid vaccine! Yay! I am lucky and thankful.

This brings us to today – I did not feel that great today so I technically broke my memade streak and only wore old store bought pajamas and a Blackdome t-shirt from my grandpa. I did finish these curtains that I had been working on to add a little privacy to our den.

This was a hard project!! I ordered a brocade from MoodFarbics and I really like the way they turned out. That said – I’ve never made something THIS BIG before. It was a lot of fabric and the execution had to be pretty spot on so they would hang okay. I ended up sewing the bottom and tops by hand so that I could control the fabric. When I tried with my machine, the fabric was pulled around and they became uneven. This also involved a lot of precise measuring. That said, I am happy with how they turned out and now I am going to make even BIGGER ones for our bedroom window.

Summer Dress

I’ve been doing a bit of sewing and experimenting with rayon fabrics. Rayon is a cool/breathable summer fabric. That said due to the pandemic, I’ve had to order everything online which makes picking out fabric feel like russian roulette. I don’t have nearly enough knowledge to really understand what I’m getting before it shows up and I can actually touch it.

With that in mind – this rayon fabric was a bit of a surprise. It was way more drapey than I expected. I decided to turn it into a cute loose summer dress.

This fabric has a repeating print with a distinct edge and you call this a panel. I tried my best to position the peices nicely and cut them so that it would be symmetrical. In order to achieve this, I cut the fabric “flat” instead of “on the fold”. Normally you can lay out the fabric and fold it in half to get two of each piece -but by laying the fabric flat and cutting individually you can have more control of lining up each piece.

For this dress, I used the StyleArc Pixie Dress pattern. I really like StyleArc patterns, I think they fit well and have accurate sizing. That said -the directions are pretty hard core. They usually only include one or two pages of mostly text and very few pictures so you really have to have an idea of what you’re doing already. I don’t think I could have used them immediately as a beginner but now I do love only needing to look at one page of instructions the whole time.

Memorial Day Dress

I hope everyone had a nice holiday!  I have had this summery linen from Britex fabrics in San Francisco in my fabric collection for a long time.

It was finally time to turn it into something fun! 

This dress is one of my favorite simplicity patterns and it is super easy to make! I started sewing Sunday night and this was ready in time for our hamburger bbq on Monday!

I dont have any more zippers with me so I cut the front in half and added an extra inch to create a panel for a button closure.  I swear the bottom lines up but its hanging open in this photo.

The side has a nice gathered feature that I like.

The back has a big solid panel that is quite nice to highlight this print.

It was a really nice day and it was nice to have something summery to wear.

1920’s Dress – Finished & Party Time!

Well I pinned and pinned and hand sewed away and then before I knew it all the fringe was in place and one of my best friends was willing to join me to party it up!

I finished the bottom hem of the dress with a hand rolled stitch. Overall this dress included: machine sewing french seams on the sides, machine sewing bias trim finished neckline and arm holes, hand stitched fringe, and hand rolled hem!

I think this is the first evening dress I’ve ever made and it is possibly my best work yet.

I got a bunch of compliments at the party and it was so fun! To make the night even better my plus one was my best friend from third grade!!

The party was super fun and you can really tell because almost none of these are official sewing pictures. I actually put my outfit on in the morning to try and get a few pictures that show the details better. Those are the ones where my hair is not combed lol

Here is a morning video:

Also my jewelry for the night – an old juicy couture pearl and chain necklace and an alexis bittar fox pendant!

Fun times!!!

Happy holidays! Now it’s time to start working on my chanel jacket again.

1920’s Dress

Did I post this already? Not sure what is going on. Either way… here’s an update on my 1920s outfit!

I flew back from San Francisco on a red eye and got in on Saturday – I had to do something to stay awake all day, so why not go fabric shopping to start my 1920’s dress? The weather was horrible on Sunday too so Saturday was a perfect time to go to the city and explore a bit!

D came with me and first we got lunch at Cafe China. It was pretty good and cute. We got Dan Dan noodles, wontons, and cumin lamb. Next time we may order a few things we saw other people order lol – there was a really good looking lobster, pepper chicken, and beef shortribs. yummm

Back to sewing! After lunch we went to Mood! It is always fun and we got to say hi to George. We then went to the wool section and got a theory fabric which will become a nice pair of pants one day.

I also picked up a black silk charmuse and a black silk georgette with a 4 inch fringe trim! I studied a bunch of dresses online and decided to make a flapper shift dress.

Here’s the plan:

Yep I know you can totally tell it will be great!

I will make this with french seams.

Update: I forgot to post this… so here’s how the rest of the project went!

I made the slip! And then I tried to make the sheer outer layer to hang wider over it… but it didn’t look that good. I decided to sew the fringe onto the charmuse and call it a day.

Turns out -this is hard to do!

The fringe is really static-y and heavy and so it started to be very challenging to keep in place. I finally started pinning it everywhere!! And this started to work.

Progress began to slowly be made…

Dangerous Polka Dots with a Dangerous Pattern

First let’s be clear, this is sewing so everything is fine.

Second! This fabric has been very runny so it is a danger to avoid converting to a pink wardrobe in the future.

Third, I’ve decided to try a new pattern. This could be considered dangerous because it will require new fit adjustments and breaking away from some of my standard designs. I think I’ll be able to make a nice dress if I extend down the length of view D

I also managed to cut everything out and this is always the point where I feel a second of hesitation regarding whether the plan will work out. But! It’s not the time to give up – it’s the time to start sewing!