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 dress forms which I think look a little fancier but aren’t adjustable or if I should get an adjustable form 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.
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 it out of a starry fat quarter and I think it turned out rather well. The curves aren’t exactly perfect, I need to figure out how to make the ends pointier, and the middle stitching part needs some work to look presentable 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.
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,