I made a skirt!!

Hey y’all!

So about a month ago, my aunt asked me to make a skirt for her Halloween outfit and that prompted me to dig around for free skirt patterns because we wanted to make her outfit on the cheap 😉 Luckily, I found a GREAT pattern that worked out really well and the skirt turned out so cute that I decided to turn around make one for myself. http://www.allfreesewing.com/Bottoms-to-Sew/Dirndl-Skirt This is a Drindl skirt, by Megan Nielsen, who I’m already a big fan of (I’ve bought her Tania culottes pattern, but I still need to hem that project…) and I decided I wanted a white skirt with a floral print because the picture on the website inspired me

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OK, that picture looked a lot less blurry on my phone, ugh. Luckily I took more pictures! This skirt was really neat because I got to practice putting in a zipper

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I’ve discovered that I really enjoy the process of putting a zipper in, and I was surprised by how well it turned out. I also got to add these really cute button details

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I absolutely adore those buttons, they were an impulse buy and I’m really really glad that I decided to get them. And of course, the fact that there are buttons means that there are buttonholes.

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My button holes ended up different lengths, which is weird because I used the buttonhole foot and the same button for both and I’m not exactly sure what happened?? I guess my buttonholes were meant to be brothers, not twins. Oh well 🙂

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And here’s a picture of me wearing the skirt for good measure. Ok, so taking this picture and trying on the skirt has made me really think about my weight. I’ve been trying to lose weight lately by exercising and trying to eat better and my waist is definitely getting smaller and my pants are fitting more loosely but I can’t help but feel like I still have a large “muffin top” section. This is kind of problematic when I try to make high-waisted skirts because it’ll fit me really well on my waist but then it puffs out a lot because of my “muffin.” I’ll be honest, it makes me feel a tad bit self conscious because I obviously want the clothes I make to fit me as well as possible but I feel like my love handles are preventing that a bit. So, with that in mind, I’m definitely going to keep up the good progress that I’ve been making and this’ll help motivate me. Anyway, this is just a thought that popped up in my head while modeling my new skirt 🙂

xoxo,

Celeste

My cone is too big

Ended up buying a spool of thread that is supposed to be for sergers and is way too big for my spool holder on my sewing machine.

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I don’t know what I was thinking when I bought it. OH I DO KNOW! I was thinking “this much thread for $5?! Yes, please…” and now I don’t know what to do with it D: It’s a really pretty color

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(put it next to a little black bag because otherwise the spool turned out too dark) and I thought I could use it to make my Skater dress but the cone is just *massive*. What should I do with it? Is there anyway to wind a bit of it onto a bobbin or something?

My first dress!

I know it’s been forever since I last posted and I am so so sorry! I need to get into the habit of blogging right away when I finish making something because that’s what I really want this blog to be for: a way for me to keep track of my sewing progress. Can’t do that if I never post anything! Anyway, I decided to try my hand at making Kitschy Coo’s Lady Skater dress  (http://kitschycoo.bigcartel.com/product/the-lady-skater-sewing-pattern-for-teens-and-women) as my first dress ever. I don’t know how bright of an idea that was, because the dress requires knit fabric and I’m very much a newbie. It was frustrating and challenging to try to handle that much stretchy fabric while I had no idea what I was doing and was really just blindly following the pattern. I REALLY should’ve made a muslin of it first because then I would’ve realized that the bodice and arms were too big. I’m not sure if it’s because I took my measurements wrong or maybe am just shaped differently but the top was way too loose in the armpit area.

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I ended up going full derp and just sewing up a little triangle and calling it a day >.> I UNDERSTAND THAT THAT’S NOT HOW PROS DO IT. But I’m new so we’re just going to shhhhh, ok?

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I don’t think that the effect ended up being too-too bad… but what do I know? Let me know what you think. OH! And I’m not sure if you can tell but the shoulders are wayyyy too wide for me, I am constantly adjusting it whenever I wear it so it doesn’t do some sort of off-shoulder thing. My aunt tells me I can fix that with some clear elastic along the neckline but I don’t know how to get my hands on any clear elastic.

Speaking of clear elastic, the inside waistband is supposed to have clear elastic but the lady at Golden D’or said they didn’t sell any so I made do with what they had.

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Also, my stitching was terrible >.> I don’t have a serger so I just used a zigzag stitch and (in my humble opinion) the dress looks really kickass on the outside (!!) but just awful on the inside. But it’s ok because no one will ever see the inside, paha!

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How the dress looks! Please ignore my dirty mirror and messy room. I promise that it’s clean right now 🙂 Just not in the picture. I really need to get a better camera… Oh well.

Finally took my sewing class!!

I’ve been looking forward to this class for a few weeks because I had to sign up early in order to get a slot. It went great and I made a cute mini messenger bag! (and got a pattern and almost enough scraps to make another)ImageThe class also helped me get rid of my thread tension problem, turns out I was just threading my thread in all wrong :/ BUT NOW IT’S FIXED! I should post a before and after of that but most of the stuff I’ve made was turned inside out so there is no way of showing you without tearing apart a past project.

Anyway, here’s more pictures of the bag I made! ImageImage

 

Please ignore the fact that I cut the fabric slightly off-kilter and it looks like the top is crooked. It’s NOT crooked, I promise!

Anyway, the class was lots of fun and I’m thinking of signing up for more classes in the future but the lady says that they’ve been filling up really fast so I’m probably going to have to wait a bit to get into one. For now, I’m going to work on making pillows with some fabric I bought at City Craft (the same place I took my lesson)

-Celeste-

 

Dress forms

I understand that I’m not anywhere near the skill level where I’ll really NEED a dress form but I would like to start trying to make dresses and skirts as soon as possible. Part of the reason I wanted to learn how to sew was because none of the store-bought dresses fit my chest. They’re all reasonably modest on regular chested girls but I look like a hooker when I wear them. I tried to convince myself that it doesn’t matter what other people think and I shouldn’t be ashamed of my body but I’m tired of the judgmental looks I get from women and the leers I get from men. I’m not a hoochie, I just can’t find dresses that fit in the chest!! You know what, who cares if I was a hoochie?? People just need to stop being jerks. But the world isn’t going to change any time soon so I need to make myself some better fitting dresses. 

I’m undecided whether I should get one of these Image dress forms which I think look a little fancier but aren’t adjustable or if I should get an adjustable form Image that isn’t as aesthetically pleasing but will be a lot more useful because I can adjust it to my measurements. I really can’t justify prioritizing looks for utility, so I’ll probably end up getting the second one. But for now I can just make my own dress form out of duct tape!! I think I’ll just do that… 

Also, I kind of want to put off making dresses until I’ve lost a bit of weight. I’ve been working out a lot lately on the elliptical my mom just bought but I haven’t been adjusting my eating habits and dieting is like 70% of weight loss. I seriously need to get my shit together. 

My first few projects

I want guys to wear bow ties so badly and sometime this last spring I finally convinced Austin to buy one. Only problem was that when we went to Macy’s to pick out a few ties I found out that they’re $40. Ugh, why do you have to ruin my dreams, Macy’s?!

This is what inspired me to make bow ties a priority when I finally got my sewing machine 😀 The first one was horrible, I had a stash of all types of fabric but no interfacing so I convinced myself that was a completely unnecessary step that people made up just to be difficult. The bowtie ended up a floppy disaster, of course, so there’s a lesson learned right there.

Second tie ended up too thick around the neck part but the third one was a success! I made that hat in the background, too. I made it out of a starry fat quarter and I think it turned out rather well. The curves aren’t exactly perfect,IMAG0146 I need to figure out how to make the ends pointier, and the middle stitching part needs some work to look presentable wonky join but overall, I’m happy with this project.

Before I started the fourth bowtie, I made sure to Google how to get pointier ends and smoother curves and I discovered clipping corners and pressing seams. I’ll post pictures of those processes some other time but it really made all the difference. look at those curves! IMAG0148

Note: I’m not sure how to make my pictures bigger on this blog thing. I know the files are bigger than this so what gives?

I have a ton of fabric to make more ties but, like I said in my earlier post, I’m putting off making any more projects until after my lesson at City Craft. My tension is all wonky and I didn’t consult any books to get down my technique, so that’s probably all messed up too. I definitely don’t want to get into the habit of doing things the incorrect way. I really miss sewing, though, (had to schedule it two weeks in advanced) so I really really really can’t wait for my class!!

Excited to get back in the game,

Celeste

My 22nd birthday present

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I’ve wanted a sewing machine for years now but never saved up the funds for one or successfully managed to convince anyone to get me one. I finally just decided to ask my mom for one for my 22nd birthday and just assumed that she was going to get me one. I then started amassing a stash of fabrics and sewing books in anticipation for my machine.

My birthday week came and she told me “no, we got you something else” and I was so upset, which is strange considering I have paychecks that can totally be converted into sewing machines. My friend, Chancey, took mercy on my poor soul and shipped me one for my birthday and we’ve been in love ever since 😀 (the sewing machine and I, that is.)

I’ve done a few basic projects, such as bowties and an apron, and my friend Nadia suggested that I start a sewing blog to track my progress so here I am, two months into my sewing journey and still trying to get a hang of what the heck I’m doing.

I’ve decided to hold off on any new projects until after the sewing class I’ve signed up for at City Craft, a local fabric store in nearby Dallas, TX. (I’ve signed up for their Get Sewing! Beginner Basics class) I’ll let you know how it goes!