having 3 days off accomplishes a lot….

Hello ladies. I know it has been awhile since I posted anything interesting on here but this week I had a major breakthrough. First I hope everyone had a good valentines day. Second, I had Tuesday through Thursday off from work this week so I pulled out the sewing machine and got to work on three of the dresses: Colleen, Alain, and Alison. Jamie and Katie I haven’t begun yours yet because Katie, obv. and Jamie you said you were trying to lose weight and blah blah blah so I’m waiting about another month to begin yours because I know it will be easier to make and this way it should be better fitted for you.

So I started with Colleens dress since hers is in black fabric so I didnt have to lug out the 14 yards, and about 20 pds. of blue fabric (which in my kitchen tends to look purple and freak Laurie out, lol). So Colleen came first and I cut all her pieces from the fabric.

Colleens pieces

Then I started sewing together the bodice, which, all of the stitching is done in a baste stitch meaning that the length of each stitch is fairly large so that if it is to big or small its easier to remove the stitches but when I get it fitted to your girls I’ll be going over it in smaller tighter stitches.

Much to small for me!

Colleens dress!

Now I needed a break from all this and in case Colleen needs a Halloween idea she can be, dananananananana….

BATMAN!

Don’t mind my face. But anywho, If you couldnt tell from the picture, none of your ladies dresses have the tops and bottoms sewn together becasue I am adding lining to them so they are thicker and hold up better I just have yet to buy it yet. Also for fitting purposes it will be easier to do in two parts. And I will be sending Colleen a message soon on facebook to ask if if she would like a peekaboo bit of blue fabric at the bottom of her skirt and perhaps a blue sash that ties in a bow around the waist… On to Alison!!!

Alison’s dress was also quite easy to do much like Colleens. Alison is having a one shoulder dress for those of you who don’t know. Got all her pieces cut out and ready to go…

Top

and skirt

And the full affect….

tada!

Ok thats not the best picture but it has a band around your waist to accentuate it and then the bodice top and skirt, again not all sewn together, and again is not my size at all lol. And again, a back up Halloween costume of…..

Spergirl! or Wonderwoman!

Me and Laurie were having too much fun. Anyways also on Alisons skirt, which every girl will have on there’s are tiny little pleats to give the skirt some movement,

Close uo of the pleat at top

Its nothing major but ya know. And now for Alain. Her’s was more difficult mostly because I made the pattern myself and it turned out, well, large. And I mean large for ME, let alone tiny Alain. So Laurie helped me tweak it a bit.

Happy Helper

And it came out in a much more reasonable size, so today I got to cutting that, (I cut her skirt yesterday, skirts are easy!) and couldnt do too much with hers becasue again I needed to line it first. However I did get to try out my new Perfect Pleater. Her dress has some ruching on it (gathering on the sides) so I decided to sue my perfect pleater to help get some nice even ruching going)

Alain's top pieces

PERFECT PLEATS!

So anyways I couldn’t sew any of her top without the lining but here’s a layout of it, which Alain’s yours will also have a band around your waist too, I know you wanted that and I ran into a little problem and that just so happened to solve it!

Bodice for Alain

And then her skirt as well….

skirt

SO ya, thats pretty much what I accomplished. It doesnt seem like a lot but it is. And if you were wondering, the skirts all look a little long in the pictures on ME and I’m taller than pretty much all of you, that’s just how the pattern worked out in length but when I fit you girls I will shorten it to the correct length so don’t worry. Also every dress has a zipper cause this isn’t particularly stretchy material. Some of you will have zippers up the back or the side but they will be what is called and invisible zipper which basically means you can barely barely see it. However I will probably be ordering those online from Mood fabrics I(ya the project runway store) because no fabric stores around here have a good blue color. But zippers are very very last to do so I’ve got time.

As for these three ladies I will need to have you over for a fitting sometime in the next two week so I can keep moving along with these so let me know when you are free, will take only an hour tops! Anyways hope you enjoyed! Should post again next week once I get lining and add to your dresses! Have a wonderful weekend!

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One response to “having 3 days off accomplishes a lot….

  1. I love this, Stella. It’s so fun to get a preview of the dresses. You’ve inspired me so much I signed up for my own blog! I made some cool cards this month so I’ll have to get them posted.

    Great job!

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