6.4.14

Royal Stella dress

Hello ladies and gents! 

It took me long enough to get back here. I hope all is well. I've not been sewing as much this year just yet but I have been getting to do more things for myself as is my desire. I bought this electronic dress pattern a long long time ago from Pattern Runway almost immediately after I saw it. I was in love! Those sleeves! I searched quite a bit to see what members of the online sewing community made using the pattern but didn't come across much. Can I just say that this dress is quite lovely, royal, astonishing and gorgeous! It is so feminine and breezy that would probably work on any figure and has quite charming features that catch the eye.


I made the dress up in plum/purple satin chiffon a polyester version rather than the silk. I went to the store and I literally could not tell the difference in the two so I opted for the one that won't hurt my pocket. I meticulously used 1 and 1//2 yards to do the dress version of the pattern with the asymmetrical hem. I cut the size 38 and graded to the 40 at the waist and hips. I realised after I didn't need to do this as the dress style is a bit generous in the waist and hip area. 





The positives are that I LovE the sleeves, the pleats, the binding at the waist, the hem line......I love all the design features, it's sooooooo me. The downside is mostly that this dress and this fabric was challenging to sew and took a bit more time than I usually like to dedicate towards an item. It taught me a bit of patience this one as I had to start and stop a few times. I am so glad I did not give up on it! I also had to do lining for the dress because of the lightweight fabric; I made a short version of the dress bodice and skirt for the lining and made darts in place of the pleats for it to sit flat. There was also some extra bagging to the back of the dress that I had to fix at the shoulders possibly due to my build. 





Halfway into construction I tried the dress and thought I looked a hot mess, thinking that the dress doesn't suit my long slim frame, though I now think it would work well on any figure. Now I'm looking forward to doing the variations. 

I am quite pleased that I now have a cute dress addition for my wardrobe and for church. For anyone thinking of making a Stella dress remember to chose the right fabric as recommended and used by the designer and don't get dismayed if there are few issues, the final product is beautiful!

God bless you all! xoxo

4.3.14

Silk sleeveless top

Hello everyone I hope all is well! I just want to share with you a self drafted top that I made using a lightweight silk in a natural colour. 


I made a simple top draft with two small neckline pleats as the main design feature. I'm not sure that I did a good job because there is a bit of gaping at the armhole. I attached a simple slightly gathered peplum at the waistline of the top.

I made this top using 1/2 yard of fabric because I did not want to spend excessively on it and initially when I bought the fabric I had no idea what I'll do with it. 1/2 yard works for me for simple sleeveless tops because of my small upper frame but sometimes it's a real task making it happen. 



 The fabric has a lovely sheen and some stripes in green, gold and natural threads. It was a nice fabric find in the limited market here in Trinidad.


I have an invisible zip inserted on the side for a neat finish. The fabric is quite crinkled because it's silk and it also seems to have a slight silk odour that I probable can't get rid of.  

The bodice is fully lined in a similar natural coloured chiffon. 

I got myself a new camera (Samsung NX1100) hence the visual emphasis in these photos. I'm hoping to do a better job at documenting my work in photos and I am also hoping to do lots of nature shots as it goes along with the field I'm currently work/studying in. 



 Until next time lovelies, be blessed!

25.2.14

Stepalica Zlata skirt pattern

Hello everyone! I trust that all is well and that your dreams and pursuits are getting done this year.

Today I just want to show you a skirt I made as a pattern tester for Stepalica patterns. She is a very talented designer over in Belgrade-Serbia, who has done some design transformation and reconstruction classes that launched her into the pattern making pool. She has produced some very unique and creative pieces and through pattern making she is allowing us to do the same. 

Her most recent pattern is a skirt which has been named Zlata. It's a very flattering pleated skirt that has the most interesting design feature of the belt loops and pleats being merged together for one of the variations. 


To create the skirt I used 2 yards of a yellow rayon linen blend in a bright yellow and a lining of the same colour. The waistband has interfacing and a zip was inserted at the side of the skirt. The pattern and instructions  made this a simple sew even though I was of the impression that it would be difficult to do the loops. 


Of course one of the best things about the pattern is that it has pockets! I chose not to press my pleats fully and so the skirt simply falls into a less structured look. 





Upclose picture of the loops/ pleats at the waisband

I had only a slight alteration to do on the lining of this pattern and of course I had to adjust for my long legedness by adding an extra 2 inches or so to the skirt length and to the lining length. 

I love my skirt and I look forward to wearing it time and time again. So congratulations to Stepalica on such a lovely skirt pattern and I hope you guys like it enough to make it a wardrobe staple.