Time to Dye!

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In my opinion, this has been the most creativity I’ve had¬†on any project I’ve worked on thus far. It’s easy to follow a pattern. It’s even easy to try to replicate something once you’re able to dissect all it’s parts from a picture. But for me, it’s hard to come up with my own idea. I think I figured out how to do that in this project.

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Not for the Faint of Dart

Action shot!

Action shot!

Oooh, “Not for the Faint of Dart”! See what I did there? ūüėČ

As it is with other of Cynthia Rowley’s patterns published by Simplicity, there are many pleats and darts in this pattern. So if you’re not up for a lot of tailor tacking and carefully sewing the many (I count 32 in this pattern) darts and marking and folding pleats, then maybe this isn’t for you. I enjoy the pleats and was pleasantly¬†surprised by the darts I found in the sleeves

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Should’ve Been a Dress for Vegas

Spring in Seattle is a mixed-bag of nuts, so I never assume it will be sunny, even when the weather report claims it will be, so who knows when I’ll be able to wear this. Maybe if it’s nice enough this weekend, I’ll wear it to the Bootlegger’s Ball on Saturday. ¬†Regardless of when I do, I’ll post a picture of me in it when that does occur.

Simplicity 2250, Style A, Front View

Simplicity 2250, Style A, Front View

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Almost Done!

For most of you, this progress photo won’t look much different from the finished garment (except, I’m not showing the unfinished back, so at least you have that to look forward to!)

I really need to clean up my staging area

I really need to clean up my staging area

All that I have left is to press the skirt, make sure I have all my pink tailor-tack threads cleared out before I slip-stitch the bodice lining down, attach the zipper, sew up the back, neaten those seams, hem, and lastly, attach the straps!

Since I’m almost done with it, and the work left is pretty trivial, I don’t know why I was so apprehensive about this project. Maybe just reading all the reviews about the possible complications got to me, and I just lost my confidence.

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Pleated, Darted, Folded Bodice Done

Last night, after a couple glasses of wine and a few episodes of original series Star Trek, I completed the bodice portion of the Cynthia Rowley dress I’m working on.

I have to say, it was pretty fun, despite my original apprehension. The instructions are pretty clear on the order of creating the pleating and darting on the bodice, and thank goodness for Wonder Clips that helped me “pin” the thick piece of elastic (that really doesn’t do anything except give some stability to the gathered band on the back of the bodice) to the rest of the fabric.

At this point, I wonder if I should have made a muslin first. Too late!

At this point, I wonder if I should have made a muslin first. Too late!

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I Haven’t Been Slacking… Really

Has it really been over a month since I completed a sewing project, let alone made a blog post at all? I assure you, I haven’t been slacking! In fact, once I put some of the security touches on my personal programming project, I’ll announce it here so that you may Beta test it. Trust me, it’s very¬†relevant¬†to sewing and crafting in general.

In the meantime, I’ve been working on Simplicity 2250. I picked up the fabric for this dress at the Vouge booth at the Sewing Expo a couple months ago, and I’ve just now gotten around to cut out all the pieces (which are many) and started sewing.

I admit, I have been procrastinating on sewing this garment (but at least the time has been spent working on my programming project) only because many of the reviews of the pattern have me a little discouraged. One mentioned that the lining for the bodice isn’t quite long enough, and I see what they mean, but maybe there’s a trick to it that will make everything work out after the skirt and the bodice are attached.

Also, my husband has gotten better at navigating JoAnn’s for me (since he works nearby one) such that he’s been able to get me more thread and the zipper I need for the dress. Unfortunately, he didn’t feel comfortable trying to get the elastic I need, so I’ll have to pick that up on my own. And since I’m missing the elastic, I’m at a bit of a stopping point.

Well, kind of.

I started working on the skirt a little bit, and since it’s a pretty lightweight cotton, I got some broadcloth to line the skirt, which made me think of how was I going to work the lining and the pockets? I decided to ignore the fact that there was lining, and sew the pockets in as normal. It’ll work out fine, I’m sure.

So here’s a progress picture of the bodice of the dress:

No, those aren't wrinkles

No, those aren't wrinkles

The top band that has the straps sewn to it isn’t yet connected to the bodice. The bodice is pretty intricate: there are two parts to the bodice and both include a variety of pleats, folds, and precisely placed darts to create a pretty neat looking design across the bodice.

I guess Cynthia Rowley original design of this dress included a bit of color blocking/contrast pieces, which looked pretty neat in some of the reviews I looked at. If I ever get around to making this dress again, I think contrast colors would be pretty fun.

In the meantime, I need to get the elastic and then I can continue on… or work on the skirt until I get the elastic.

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Knit Cynthia Rowley Dress

I wanted some casual-ish dresses to wear, especially when it’s still kind of cold out. Simplicity 2054 seemed like a perfect choice, and I loved the cowl look, and I love the elbow vent. While I was at the Sewing Expo, I found some black viscose from Vogue Fabrics, and decided to make the style with the elbow cut-out (no cowl).

I spent about 15 minutes trying to figure out how to fold the fabric in half and smooth out the layers, until I gave up and cut it as a single layer. All my pieces still came out just fine. Also, I used the rotary cutter to cut out each piece. ¬†When I sewed the dress together, I used polyester thread, a stitch for stretchy fabrics on my machine, and the walking foot on my machine to make it easier to sew the knit fabric together. The instruction did suggest using a serger, but since I don’t have one, I made do with what I have.

I didn’t hem the sleeves or skirt as much as suggested, but usually, hemming length is to the desire of the wearer, and for some reason I like to have a little longer sleeves.

I love this dress!

I love this dress!

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