Designing Creations

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

Tracing is Done! Cutting has begun! Still no sewing YET!

All 5 dresses have been traced out.
4 dresses have been cut. I am still having a hard time trying to decide on the fabric for BWOF June #107. I don’t know why it’s a hard decision but it is. Maybe because I think that it will look beautiful in white could be the reason why…
Something else I noticed is that Knipmode’s pattern layout is not based on the best way to save fabric (if that’s how you say it). The Big 4 pattern companies provide the best way to lay fabric out saving as much fabric as possible (their general goal).
Knipmode’s 05/2008 #13 dress says that it’s supposed to use a little more than 4 yrds of fabric. Of course this was a chore looking for fabric in my stash were I actually purchased more than 4 yrds other than the holidays for gifts. I found one and still only used 3.5 yrds. Their layout was not pattern piece/fabric conscious at all, there were large areas of fabric were other pieces could fit nicely and I took advantage of that. Oh well… you live and learn… I guess I was lazy at the moment, I could laid it all out and judged from there…
I plan to start sewing tomorrow even if I haven’t made my final choice on the last BWOF dress.


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Still Tracing!

I would have been done by now if I hadn’t gotten distracted and made two dresses. I forgot about a recital on Saturday and that was it after that. I will post those pics soon.

So far three of the five dresses are traced out and maybe more can be traced out today when I get home.

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Denim Gored Skirt

introducing my sewing assistant: Phoebe

Pattern Description: Self Drafted 8 Gored Skirt

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Since I’ve made this pattern once before I used the same pattern. What I didn’t like was that I forgot to account for the thickness and heaviness of the fabric for the second skirt so the skirt is really tight in the hips.

Fabric Used: Medium-Heavy weight blue denim

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: It was actually DH’s idea to make the skirt wrong side out. I sewed the wrong sides together so that it would unravel on the right side of the skirt. All seams including the hem were topstitched to control were the unraveling would stop. I also sewed the waistband on the wrong side together so that selvedge edge is actually on the outside of the skirt instead of the inside. The end resulted in a reversible skirt that will be worn again in a couple of weeks as if it were new. I will just sew a piece of fabric hiding the zipper.

Would you sew it again? After I make draw another pattern accounting for ease in a heavier fabric, yes.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes

Conclusion: The total time it took to make this skirt including washing, drying, ironing, cutting & sewing was 7 hours to make this skirt last Saturday to wear to a family function that night. (9am – 4pm, function started at 6pm) This was only because of the extra things that was done like the topstitching and putting the seams on the outside of the skirt. My recommendations is to pin a few pieces together to get yourself used to the idea of sewing wrong sides together. Drafting the skirt takes around 45 minutes, that’s the skirt piece, waistband, godet and adding hem and seam allowances. To determine the length of the godet, decide where on your body you would like for your skirt to begin to flare. In my case I choose at the knee. Use a yard skirt and measure from your knee to the floor you have y measurement. You’ll need to add the hem allowance on the bottom of this piece.


Pullover and a Skirt

Here is one of the pullovers that I made last year with this one.
The skirt I made a couple of weeks ago. This is an 8 gored skirt that I drafted with godets. I drafted the skirt for floor length and designed the godets to start knee length (20 ins).
The pullover is made of a charcoal knit & the skirt is made with a black denim, very lightweight. So I can get away with wearing denim and it’s not even Friday.
A huge shout out to my co-worker for taking the second pic of me in the ladies restroom.