Saturday, April 24, 2010

Past Projects

Alrighty so I though I'll post a couple of my past projects (not that there a lot as I'm just starting out) This is a dress altered for both my girls. I bought the sleeveless dresses in Tjmaxx and bought an extra one in the largest size to cut up to use for sleeves. While I was working on this project I found another of the same dress in pink in another store and couldn't resist!


Learning how to make sleeves (this skill will come in handy quite often)

This was actually the dress I picked out to do as my first project when I started at the sewing and design school I joined a couple of months ago. It was pretty complicated for getting my feet wet again but my teacher encouraged me to stay with it and I think it came out really adorable. The picture of my daughter wearing it was during the process. I decided at the end to make a bubble skirt. I really should take pictures of things when they are all the way done :)

The pattern
The fabric

Here are some things I made for myself.

Belt. I made two of these one with a gold and one with a red buckle.

What I dub the "transitional dress" This dress is self designed. I used a cropped stretch layering tee (it made a perfect empire waist) and found great material to match. The idea was that this tee shirt dress could take me through my pregnancy and beyond. Here I was not showing yet, I gathered a lot of fabric in the front so this dress should take me through the pregnancy and then after it can be a regular dress again :) I thought it came out pretty cute.

The "before pictures of my basement will be posted next and then hopefully I'll be posting quick progress in getting my sewing workshop together. I'm excited :)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

My first post

Hello sewing fans. I decided to start this blog because I've enjoyed reading yours so much. Hopefully this will encourage me to sew more, as show and tell is always motivating.

Coming up in my first posts will be the progress of my sewing room. One of my problems has been there really isn't space in my house for me to lay out my stuff to work so I havent been sewing as often as I would like. Most of my sewing is done in sewing school now. When I get home I'm just itching to sew but with 4 little kids around its hard to pull out all the needles and fabric as they all want to help (and you know how that goes) Besides I don't want my 10 month old picking stray pins off the floor.

So... I've decided to commandeer the basement :) I'm not going to describe the space because Ill post pictures soon, maybe today or tomorrow. In the next couple of weeks I'm turning it into a real sewing workroom and would love any ideas about how to make it better and what I absolutely need to have. I'm already planning storage areas and the sewing and cutting tables.

Right now my equipment consists of a brother project runway sewing machine which is fabulous. I am buying the Rowenta DG8030 steam generator iron. (I've always hated ironing, but when I went to sewing school I found out I love it, with the right iron of course ,the steam generator irons are amazing) Im also going to buy a serger, I haven't decided which yet. Next I'm getting a dress form that I'm going to customize to my shape.

My dream is to be able to sew (and design) fabulous clothing for myself and clothes for my kids. Come along for the ride :)