Saturday, June 28, 2014

Moneta #3

One of the things I love about sewing is the ability to make an outfit for yourself out of anything you want.  If you want to go into the kid section for some knit fabric with ladybugs on it, then go for it just like I did.

This is my second to last Moneta for the season.  After the next one I'm making myself stop for awhile but then when fall and winter are approaching it's game on.

The ladybug fabric is from and it's by Birch.  I love it even though it's not very drapey.  I like nice drapey jersey for this dress.  This fabric would be more suitable for a top that doesn't need drape but it still works here.

The orange fabric is from Sarah's in Lawrence KS.  It's a great quality fabric but it's a little on the thick side.  So is the ladybug fabric.  I was supposed to interface the Peter Pan collar but I didn't because 1) I didn't have any interfacing and I was feeling too lazy to run to the store and 2) I was worried that with the thickness of the fabric it would be a big bulky collar if I added interfacing.  I should have interfaced it because it waves a bit.  I'll know for next time. 
This is as close to the back of the dress as we're going to see today.  I just used the front piece out of the envelope for the back and then forgot to take a picture of it.
You can see how the hem waves a little bit.  I wasn't planning on that but I like it.  I used a twin needle for hemming and the wave gives it a little bit of extra personality.
I bought this label from  I love it! 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Colette Parfait

If you squint a little the print on this dress isn't so loud.  I ordered this Liberty of London print from many moons ago.  It wasn't exactly what I pictured, and by that I mean I didn't like it at all when I opened the box.  I kept it and recently decided to use it to revisit the Colette Patterns Parfait dress as a wearable muslin of sorts.  I liked it online because the flowers look like my all-time favorite dahlias, but in person the little squiggles in the background just don't do it for me.
The Parfait dress is the first pattern I feel in love with from Colette Patterns.  There are just so many things about it that are adorable to me: the gathered pocket, the gathered bust, the sundress style back, the empire waist.  I made my first version in the infancy of my sewing career and the SBA made it extremely challenging for me.  I don't even remember how many muslins I did.  When I pulled out the pattern pieces I traced back then, there were various sizes so apparently I did a whole lot of guessing.  The dress isn't lined, so for this version I underlined it in muslin I had lying around.  I didn't bother to do any pattern matching and I'm not bothered by that at all.  Life is too short to pattern match on a pattern with a lot of seams and a crazy print.
You have to look really hard to find the pockets. Hint: look for the button:
The back keeps you sort of cool in the sweltering heat of the midwest summer.
The only part I'm not crazy about is the facing.  I had to catchstitch it to the underlining so it would stay in place.  It didn't take long and I think it's a must-do on this dress or else your facing will be all over the place. 
The only thing I changed about the instructions is I installed the invisible zipper at the top of the side seam instead of sewing the front and back together for about an inch and then installing the zipper under that per the instructions.  I don't even know how I would get the dress on if I did that.
A close up of the print and the front bodice:
I'm glad I sewed this up even if the print is a little obnoxious because I want to make another version in a sweet print and I want to make sure I get that right.  I did wear this dress to the park today, though, so maybe I'll get some wear out of it.


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Colette Moneta #2

Oh look.  Another Moneta. I don't see my love affair with this pattern coming to an end at any point in the near future.  It's easy to make and easier to wear which makes it the best in my book! Eventually maybe I'll get to the point where I only provide pictures with no text because I'll run out of things to say about it.

My oldest son has taken over as lead photographer for my sewing projects which is hilarious because he's such a jock.  He picked this location and told me where to stand so pretty much all I had to do was show up.  I'm happy because arranging photographs can be challenging when you are in them.  The above picture is my attempt at following the instruction to "look sassy."  Looking sassy is really hard.
I bought this fabric at Hancock's when I was in there for elastic.  It was sitting on the clearance rack for $3.50 a yard so I thought I wouldn't be losing much if it didn't work out.  It feels like tshirt material so when I'm wearing it's like wearing pajamas.

The flaps at the back look a little funny because the material tends to curl a little bit.  I can't see it so I'm not going to worry about it.  I chose to do a rolled hem instead of serging and turning under.  I actually did serge it first but it was rolling so much I decided to be lazy and just do the rolled hem.  I like it.  Rolled hems are a lot easier when you know how to do them.

I wonder how many of these I can make this summer.......