Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Craftsy- The Couture Dress

Have you been to Craftsy.com?

I have signed up for two classes and am currently working on The Couture Dress with Susan Khalje.  This class is excellent!  I love taking sewing classes, but somehow I find that I don't get all the personal attention that I would like.  Here's a class that truly provides step by step, complete instruction with video, handouts and feedback.  You can email Ms. Khalje and she really answers you personally!  I am delighted with the thorough presentation of all facets of couture dress construction.  I'm currently working on the muslin and Susan has made the process so clear that I'm loving the extra step- I usually do most of my fitting with the paper pattern- this is so much more fun.  

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Vogue 1284 Finis!

You didn't think I forgot about you, did you?  I've taken a break from blog-land to pursue other interests.  tee-hee.

 Vogue 1284 is finished and I've had a chance to wear it.  I love it!  I love the easy style and comfortable fit, yet the skirt length and slit give a feminine charm- this is no caftan.  I did make several adjustments to the pattern, I made no bust adjustments, merely lengthened the darts up to the bust circle.
The opening looks better in front on me, but not on the form

Welt pocket

oops, I should've pulled the skirt down in back

 I wore it with the opening in front and a cami underneath, both the skirt and top slit give this a more fashion forward look, in my opinion.  Like all the clothes we make for ourselves, fabric choice is most important; I chose a very fluid double knit, this pattern requires something that will fall slightly close to the body in order to give the top movement.  This outfit reminds me of something that was worn by Bud's naughty sister in 'Splendor in the Grass,'  do you remember that one?  I always thought I'd like a dress like that- now I have it.

I'd like to thank you all for coming over to see my clothes and I hope that you are all enjoying your sewing projects.  I'm trying to figure out what to make next...