Wow I have not posted in a while though not for lack of sewing. I would like to say I have been sewing so much I did not have time to post but that would be a bit of a lie.
I have been sewing, lots of fun stuff, but life is busy as ever. Every time I think I will have a slow period to just catch up on correspondence and posting something else pops up. I will tell myself this is a good thing as I am never bored.
Per my usual nothing I have created has been from a pattern, some have been amalgamations of things I have seen on youTube while others have just sprung from my weedy little brain. Lots of ripping out errant stitches, lots of bloody fingers and grumblings but all and all very happy with what I have done.
I made twenty padded can/bottle koozies with velcro closures. They are not as polished looking as I had hoped but they are reversible and very cute. We wont talk about my mix up in ordering WAY WAY too much velcro for the job. I think I have enough velcro for a lifetime. I think I turned feet into yards…yes really. Oh well I have lots now.
I made twenty adorable “Rosie wraps” little tied headband type things. This took several mock ups and test runs to find a size that works. I wear mine quite a bit and gotten compliments.
All those were fun but my prize project was a last moment sort of thing that turned out shockingly well. I made a dress. No idea what I was doing and 48 hours to get it figured out but I did it! I wore the dress and folks loved it.
You see I was in the fabric store looking for fabric to make a couple of sarongs for a camping trip later that week. Easy right. Nope none of the fabric appealed to me or was too costly for something that was likely to get dirty and treated roughly. I did however spot this kind of rainbow/tropical fabric and fell in love. Fabric This went great with the theme of an event I was throwing and looked comfy in the heat. The little free instruction booklets were all gone so what the hell we can do this. Hubby and I bough way too much fabric just in case and headed home. This should be easy from reports on the internet. Measure the bust and take off two inches, sew together.
Not so much, maybe if you are rather boxy shaped.
I am curvy, hourglass, bodacious, curvacious, full figured-whatever you want to call it. Taking off two inches and just sewing straight down was not going to work. I have a heck of a lot more difference in my bust and waist. So we decided to cut the fabric a few inches larger and pin together to match what it would be like if we put together the way the internet said. It looked like a bag was hanging off my chest. Awful, I’m not wearing that even in the house. What to do, I had no idea but I had the hubster start on a side project just in case I figured it out. I had him take some of the left over fabric and remove the elastic shirring so I could make matching halter straps for the dress. I figured if I put the straps in the right place this could help support my bust and hold things in place. He is the king of the seam ripper so off he went. I spent almost 24 hours trying to figure out how to solve my curvy problem and decided I would try to match the angle of my bust to waist on the shirred part of the dress. I held my breath guessed and cut at about a 30 degree angle. No measuring just taking a leap of faith and it WORKED! I feared this funky angle would be visible when I put the dress on but also figured if I got it close to right the angle would end up straight down my back with no one having any idea I winged it.
Sure enough my guessing worked and when I attached the halter straps they did indeed lasso the bosom into place. The whole thing just worked, I have no honest idea how it all worked but it did. I will never be able to repeat this little feat if I tried. Maybe the sewing gods took pity on me, maybe it was luck but I am not going to complain. I wore that dress with pride and will again and again.
I will try to get photos of the dress and post when I have a moment. It’s not my usual style but it’s light and fun.