Monday, June 09, 2008

Sewing Maddness

I've been sewing like a mad woman lately!

Like my yarn stash, I cannot resist sale fabric with nice patterns. After collecting remnants to make small accessories and saving them up for quilts, I dove into garment making. Perhaps it's influenced by Project Runway reruns!

Originally I was not really excited. I started with skirts since they seem foolproof and relatively easy but zippers were still annoying. After making my first skirt, I became familiar with the pattern and made more skirts:

Simplicity 5914 (same as my first plaid skirt)
The only modification was adding a woven lining.
McCalls M5591 (pleated skirt)

For both, I used 100% cotton drapery/upholstery fabric, which is more stiff. This makes the pleats stand out and also no need to add lining. Plus, pleated skirts are all the rage this season.
Next, I experimented with knitted dresses. It's easy, no zippers or buttons, the fit is forgiving, there's no need to coordinate an outfit and it feels great on. I am completely obsessed with this jersey pattern. Can you tell?

Simplicity 3775 (knitted dress)

This one with a gathered (elastic) waist, with round neck and short sleeves.
This one with a knotted/twisted-link-thing waist (although you can't see), with round neck and short sleeves.
And this one, with V kimono neck, long sleeves and a sash.
I still cannot sew straight lines but I can make dresses!


opportunityknits said...

Wow, your sewing is very professional :) Everything looks great on you!

Lisa said...

Wow - you have a nice new pretty set of clothes!

they all look awesome.

Frances said...

Thanks for your belated B-day Card.
I must catch up....all the skirts and dresses look WONDERFUL! I'm jealous!

jacquieblackman said...

Very Nice! You're a sewing machine!

Hahaha! Wow, am I funny!

Anonymous said...

I'm amazed with your talent! They're all beautiful and good pattern and fabric choice! I especially love the pleated skirt and the v kimono neck. Now I have the urge to go to the Fabricland!

Vivian said...

Wow...You have sewn so many pretty dresses. Can't believe you can not sew in straight line. :)

Stefanie said...

wow!!!! they're beautiful!!! you're absolutely amazing!!!
I especially like the Kimono neck one!! LOVE that fabric!!

Life's a Stitch said...

Nice! I would be a mad woman to sew. The last dress I made was for a four year old. It took me 12 hours to do a 2 hour pattern and I gave up before the button holes. Two kids got good wear out of it, though.