September 30, 2010

All by myself

So here it is, my new favourite dress, all drafted by yours truly. This is it. Forget all other sewing projects. From now on I will only be sewing this dress in any fabric I can get my hands on.

September 29, 2010

... and after

A way-too-much-70's dress was turned into something more early 60's with a shorter skirt, a more narrow sleeve and shorter neck tie (tied as a mens tie in the picture). The dress fit me pretty well so fortunately I didn't have to adjust the fit. And no, there is nothing like a too busy fabric in my world.

A close-to-disaster-altered dress was turned into... something wearable. I had to basically undo the entire dress, except for the neck part in order to remove the lining, the seam binding tape and the hem. It was a bit too loose in the waist so I took it in 1 inch on each side and re-sewed the whole dress. Of course I could have taken it to the next level and done a new lining but no... I have way more important things to do, I mean sew.

I think I've decided what to do with my old prom dress as well but putting a pair of scissors in my hands and start cutting it is way harder than I thought. Maybe I'll just have to think about it for one more week...

September 28, 2010


This is that dress I got for $10 a few weekends ago. Look at this disaster... Cut out lining, uneven and bulky hemlines... What have they done to you, cute little dress?


And here is $5 find I got at The Clothing Show this weekend. The before picture shows an over-the-top crazy dress from the late 70's/early 80's with a big bow at the neckline and HUGE flowy sleeves. But I just love the fabric and I knew the dress had potential...

Tomorrow.... after pictures!

September 24, 2010

Prom dress makeover

My prom dress still fits me but will I ever wear it again? Well, I won't but it has some potential, don't you think? 

Front                                            Back

It's a mermaid shaped dress with a boat neckline in a blood red duponi silk. I want to shorten it to knee-length but then what? Should I redo it completely with a separate bodice and full skirt? Or should I just make it in to a sheath dress? 

September 19, 2010

The perfect dress

I'm working on drafting my own dress pattern inspired by these dresses. Pictures will be posted soon!

September 18, 2010

To-do list

So many ideas, so little time... It would be amazing to have these projects finished by the end of October. Can I do it? Did I just commit to a challenge?

Yes I do want to make another coat!                       And one for my son? 

September 13, 2010

Treasure hunting

This weekend's shopping resulted in...

A cardigan clip and a nice brooch.

Sewing patterns!

Fabrics and trims!!

I also got a $10 dress in a horrible condition but with a great fabric that I have big plans for! It's now in my dresses-and-skirts-to-alter-and/or-redesign-pile. In other words, I might do something with that dress in 2 years or so.

September 12, 2010

Picture proof

As promised here are some pictures of the finished circle skirt. 

For the narrow hem I followed Gertie's tutorial found here and here

P.S The white blouse I'm wearing in the picture is the one I made early this summer, blogged about here.

September 11, 2010


My circle skirt is almost done. It's hanging on my dress form and I'm just waiting for the fabric to stretch so I can do the final hem on the bottom of the skirt. Pictures will be posted tomorrow, I promise!

I made my own pattern using this guide posted on Casey's elegant musings and it made me want to ONLY wear circle skirts.

On a different note. My husband surprised me the other evening by getting me a great source of inspiration!


Doesn't these hairstyles look cute? If only I could pull it off without looking like I'm going to a Mad Men  convention....