Crafting Chavs

Thursday, May 17, 2007

My Sweater Has a Back!

Well there it is! I just started the front today. I got my tax return, though, and I was thinking about taking a break from the sweater (seeing that it's almost summer anyway) and making some smaller items.

The Value Village dress

To refresh your memory, here's a picture of the pattern that I got while we were at
Value VillageAnd here it is on me!

It's just a shapeless dress with a little belt (and pockets! I've always wanted a dress with pockets)--

And the best part was it had NO ZIPPER! Sewing is so much more enjoyable when zippers stay out of it.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Free Patterns!

Burda has a website where you can download & print free patterns! Yay!

Monday, May 07, 2007

This dress was an adventure

It's not exactly perfect, but it's good enough. I got the fabric from Joann, and it was a "one seam dress", which means the top portion was smocked, so you just sew one seam and you get this tube dress that a five year old would wear. So I bought the fabric anyway, thinking I could still use the un-smocked part. And I attempted to be creative and modify the top part of one pattern and use a skirt from a different pattern. The end result was too puffy and too tight, if that makes sense. Next step was to rip it out and start over. Luckily, I had enough fabric left to cut out the corresponding skirt and put it together again. It's still about 2 inches shorter than I want it, but oh well. It turned out alright. The pattern is New Look 6557. I guess I won't try to modify any more patterns until after I take Patternmaking this summer.