little red dress

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well you guys, this is it!  the final piece of my handmade vacation wardrobe.  i actually finished it awhile back with some super cheap fabric i picked up in the “silky prints” section of joanns (read, 100% polyester).  between a sale and a coupon, i paid $9 for 3 yds.  nice!  anyway, i intended to use the fabric for the simplicity 2215 sew along that never was, but it was too flimsy.  yet, the print variation at the selvedge cried out for a dress, so, a dress it would be.  of course, to include the print variation, i had to cut against the grain…rogue sewing, you guys. Continue reading

a whole lot of dresses

IMG_2175 and one tank.  i know it’s a tall order, but after a little thought and a lot of sewing, i’ve decided to blog about all my jersey dresses in one giant post rather than split them into several shorties.  i already have a few new garments finished and even photographed, and i don’t want the old blog to get backed up as i flit feverishly from one project to the next as i’m prone to do. as usual, i’m telling myself there isn’t a whole lot to say about these dresses, but i know i always manage to find plenty to say about everything.  so, if you get bored, you can just look at the pictures (with a higher than average amount of photo bombing). Continue reading

kcw: chevron mini wiksten tank

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one last project to polish off kcw summer 2013!  i spent about two days this week churning out a few new duds for myself, so eventually you will see the adult version of this shirt.  i just got this cute chevron with great drape from girl charlee and made myself a new wiksten tank.  i figured it might be more flattering in a drapey knit than it was in the voile.  anyhow, just couldn’t resist making a bean version.  i wonder if she’ll be 10% excited as me to wear our new matching wardrobe together.  most likely not. Continue reading

wiksten tank dress

IMG_1076roughly 20 years ago when i finished my sorbetto top, i immediately downloaded this pattern and sewed it the next day.  i wrote this post maybe a week later, and it has taken me THIS LONG to photograph it.  it’s ancient history now.  seriously, it took this long for another adult to be present to wield the camera and my hair to be clean at the same time, to give you an idea of an average day around here.  frankly, i was just happy to get some photos of the dress on a body, so please bear with me through the awkward poses.  maybe when the kids are in college i’ll be able to get some pics when it’s not 150 degrees with sun directly in my eyes so i don’t have to crop my crazy squinty face out of every photo. Continue reading