Designing Creations

Admin during the day, student in the evening, and a procrastinating sewer/designer the rest of the time.

What’s Next

If you hadn’t noticed I LOVE dresses! I believe that dresses are the absolute easiest thing to slip on and go when you are trying to get ready for work. Especially for those of us that don’t iron clothes at night (just can’t do it)! I have a long list of dresses lined up and probably won’t be posting for a while because I have A LOT of tracing to do!

Dress #1 – Knipmode #13 May 2008. Haven’t decided yet which fabric or color that I’m going to use yet.


Dress #2 – Knipmode #21 June 2009. I am going to make this one in tan w/black contrast in linen.


Dress #3 – Knipmode #1 April 2009
The great thing about this dress if you notice in the next two pics is that this dress can be made out of cotton or knit, gonna have a ball with this one! I have chosen either my pea green knit (which may be too bright) or my sage green knit or my tan knit, so may options!


Dress #4 – BWOF June 2009 #107 – I have not decided what color this dress is going to be in yet. This looks like it will be cute in white or tan…

Dress #5 – BWOF June 2009 #110 – I have chosen a fuchsia cotton with a black cotton skirt to go on underneath (model is wearing a skirt under the dress).

I plan to put a pattern together for mom tonight while we are watching the game and then maybe I can trace at least one out after that.

That’s all for today I know I’ve said a mouthful!

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BWOFJune 2009

I am so excited about this next issue. I want to make just about everything in this book it’s not funny about how many items in this issue that calls out to me!

I’m not going to waste space with all the ones that I love so when I’m ready to start making them I’ll do a collage.

My step-daughter is graduating high school next weekend. The ceremony is outside so I’m going to make a dress that will be comfortable for the occasion.

Here’s what I’m thinking about… I like the long version. I’m hoping that my laundry room will be fully functional (construction) this weekend so that I can pre-wash some fabric choices.

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Dresses Part 1

Finally here are the pics as promised. Let me say this… my photographer was not home today and these are not the pics considering I did a poor job even with the tripod.


Dress #1

Pattern Description: Knipmode Fast Fashion #101

Pattern Sizing: Standard European Sizing (like BWOF)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were in Dutch but I managed

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? No dislikes

Fabric Used: cotton jersey

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Added length to make as a maxi dress

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Definitely

Dress #2

Pattern Description: BWOF 09/2006 #115

Pattern Sizing: Standard European

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except I omitted the sleeves

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes although I didn’t use instructions this time around.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? No dislikes

Fabric Used: lightweight knit that I interlined to added more body to the fabric.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: omitted the sleeves and bond the neckline

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Definitely, already have twice before.

Dress #3

Pattern Description: BWOF 09/2006 #115

Pattern Sizing: Standard European

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except I omitted the sleeves

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes although I didn’t use instructions this time around.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? No dislikes

Fabric Used: medium weight iridescent denim

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: omitted the sleeves and bond the neckline with the wrong side of the fabric

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Definitely, already have three times before now.

Dress #4

Pattern Description: Vogue 1027

Pattern Sizing: 14-22

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very, very easy

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? No dislikes

Fabric Used: Poly jersey from Fabric Mart

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: My normal waist & hip alteration

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Definitely

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The Wrap Runway

Finally I get some photos of one of the wrap dresses that I made last year.
Were at a baby dedication yesterday evening and Hubby was snapping away.
We didn’t get any photos together. Maybe next time.

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Two dresses and a top

I love wrap dresses! Too much I believe. It’s the essential item for the “on the go” woman.
Here are two dresses made from the same pattern. Sorry these are not on me but the next ones will be as they didn’t look very nice on the dress form.
The pattern that was used was BWOF 09/2006 # 115 (using #114’s collar).
This pattern was easy to sew & serge, no darts and fits like a dream. It’s a TNT, must sew over and over and over and over again pattern!
The tan & black herringbone dress is a very fine knit and was very easy to sew on the sewing machine. This fabric does not wrinkle (so wonderful). It’s very breathable. Now I must say that I wear a camisole, tank & on Monday and shirt underneath this dress because Burda is not modest with the neckline hear. So if you’re wearing this to work cover up! Or there will be a major peep show! As me how i know!

I like to call this one my sacadelic funkalicious dress. For some reason this fabric reminds me of the 70s. Not sure why but it does. I love this one as well it barely wrinkles. I got this fabric from Vogue fabrics last March 2007 and wasn’t sure of what to make of this fabric. I contemplated on it for over a year. When I decided on this dress I kept asking my mom if I should use a contrasting color to tone it down and she said no and I’m glad that I didn’t.

This one I sewed on the serger after reading a Threads article (summer 2008) on how to sew with a serger. The article is good and is left out on my table for future references.

I love this top. I made this top using PMB4. It’s a cowl neck (which i love, and you’ll be sick of from me by the end of the week) with dropped shoulders and flared sleeves. The style has a flared waist as well which I’ll omit the next time I’m making it because it gave it a maternity look. It’s very warm. I used a sweater knit but it pills really bad on both sides. Won’t use the fabric again (‘m sure I’m out by now I have something else to post later with this fabric) but will definitely make it again. This fabric wrinkles (right out of the dryer) really bad as you can see.

More to come!

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Yeah… I didn’t like this blouse! BWOF 06/2008/107A

After messing around with this blouse for a few weeks, I decided that aweek ago that I really didn’t like it as much I thought.I cut out a size 42, the largest size and did my waist and hipadjustments before cutting the fabric.

Front View – I played around with buttonholes to see if I wanted to dobuttons or snaps (snaps won).

Front Side View – The pattern called for and elastic side waistband andit was not very flattering to my figure. Pleats went it just fine andwith no problems. Waist and Hips adjustments well, as usual.

Neckline / Collar – Came out fine and this was the easiest part otherthan the pleats.

Sleeve – With the pleats the sleeve hem was tighter than normal. Minoradjustments done to the sleeve. Sleeve needed to be 1 size largeraround the hem (size 44).

Back View – not a very good back view, model is much smaller than I am.It was on the fold and a breeze to sew.

So I’m going to move on. I have a very busy Saturday coming up so I’mgoing to try and get some sewing done on Saturday night or Sundaymorning.I did trace out and cut BWOF 06/2008/#120It’s sized for petites do I did my waist and hip adjustments first thenI lengthened the front and back pieces and joined the pleat lines. I have some crinkled brown batitse and as well as some cream eyelet that would make two really pretty dresses. I’llhave pics of that soon.

HAPPY SEWING!!

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