Designing Creations

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

Client Dresses & Skirt done!

I made a few casuals dresses for a couple of ladies.
Here they are modeling and a few close ups of the details.
Sorry I took quick and candid shots.



Going on vacation in two weeks and I can’t wait. Now the question is if I can make a few quick items before I leave.
I’ll be in the SF Bay area on Aug 8, what is there to do out there?
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TNT – BWOF 09/2006 #115

Here are the two dresses that caused me loose my focus on my current plan.
I love this pattern! You can literally make this dress in one day, 4 hours tops!

Dress #1 in a purple knit from Fabric.com’s recent sale.

I didn’t use the facing or collar. I topstitched with a tri color thread.

Here is the thread I used for topstitching.


Dress #2 in a bizarre knit print. Purchased from a discount fabric store a few years ago. Made a Burda top out of it the first time and still had enough for this dress with 1 yd left.

armhole zig zag stitched

a close-up of the bizarre print. I love the colors in it which is why i bought it.

I’m done tracing and right now I’m cutting out the patterns and organizing to prepare for the next step. After that I’m going to press the pre-washed fabric and wash the rest.

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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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Three More Dresses!!

The gold strapless dress was a success. I got tons of compliments. I hemmed it on Friday night and it didn’t look right when I pressed it. So on Saturday morning I serged the hem and removed the stitched hem leaving the edges with the serged stitching.

I’m ashamed to say that I could have made these two dresses a long time ago. These two are made of fabric from cotton and preruched at the top. All you do is select the right fit by pinning it on and then sew it up, and that’s it!

Here is the second dress made from this pattern except I changed the neckline to scoop from the original v-neck version.

Next up I’m deciding between three dresses from Knipmode’s May 2008, April 2009 & June 2009. We’ll see!

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And It’s almost Done!!

All I have to do now is hang it and hem it tomorrow.
Also I cut the skirt in quarters, it was much quicker. There is elastic in the bodice top which I also lined.

here with a belt, I’m wearing gold sandals to match

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Graduation Dress Mock

Here is the mock-up of the dress for this weekend. I love how it turned out! I love this fabric but it’s initially made for athletic wear (cotton lycra) and it has a yellow line going down the front & back. Not too flattering IMO. I’ll wear this around the house and maybe for food shopping & etc with some cute flip flops. The skirt is a circle skirt and since the fabric that I was using is around 180″ wide I had no problem cutting the half circle on the fold and having the seams on each side. In order to make this in regular fabric I may have to slash the pattern and cut in quarters and have seams in the front, back & sides (not my favorite), either that or spread the fabric on the floor and cut it that way (back won’t allow it). We’ll see and I will be pondering on this tonight and while I’m at work all day and will have made my decision by the time it get back home. Until then folks have a great night! Thanks mom for taking the pics!

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Another Graduation Dress

Hubby is graduating this weekend and here is a dress that I’m making this week.
This dress is actually going to be strapless. I’m going to secure the top with a piece of elastic that I will conceal into the top facing of the bodice. The skirt is a circle skirt, a little longer than knee length. Now I need to think about a crop jacket or bolero to make for it so that I can dress it down for work next week. I have a white knit that has brown & green circles or squares (or something going on it) that will be very cute with this style. I will post pictures when this is done and I will also post pictures of another dress that I made last week when I was on holiday break.
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Dress plans

I’m not going to make the McCalls dress for this occasion. After thinking about it long and hard I’m going to need something that’s going be comfortable and breathable. The graduation is outside at a stadium.
Last night I used my PMB software to draft a simple v-neck midriff dress, maxi length.
I printed the pattern out and taped it together while watching the basketball game and cut it out.
Tonight I will test out the fit and fabric choices. I have a few to choose from.
Sorry I couldn’t make the pictures any bigger. Since I’m planning on using a knit fabric there will not be a zipper closing in the back just a seam.

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Dresses Part 2

Dress #5 (the one I worse to the wedding rehearsal this past weekend) Pattern Description: Simplicity 3503

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 Hancock Fabrics online

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

Dress #6 (the one i wore to the wedding)

Pattern Description: Vogue 8489

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 Hancock Fabrics online

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

Dress #7 (made this one last year just didn’t post it, happened to wear it today)

Pattern Description: New Look 6823

Pattern Sizing: 8-18

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: Jersey I got from my MIL

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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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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