Last year in Portland I wore a sailor-inspired white linen dress for BlytheCon 2011. I lost quite a bit of weight since June 2011 what made me happy but sorry for a lot of my fave clothes including the white dress. A dress recontruction wasn’t possible so I saved the skirt-part of the dress and refashioned it to a sailor-inspired skirt.
I wore it on May 1st intending to take part in Zoe’s from So, Zo…’s Me-Made-May-Challenge but then completely forgot to post my pledge *AIRHEAD*. I am new to her community and hope it is okay to hand it in today
I, Jasz from *jaszmade, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’12. I endeavour to wear a self-made outfit-piece or at least something I made like a pin, a bag, a [whatever thingie] each day for the duration of May 2012.
I am doing this because I really need a realistic idea about my upcoming wardrobe. I made a lot of awesome dresses this year but when it comes to wearing them I miss out because most of them are just a tad too overstyled for daily needs. I hope to find out what my wardrobe is really missing for future sewing decisions. I think I am going to refashion some more dresses and shirts because they are easier to choose out of the pile. Maybe I am just a seperate type of girl… we will see.
May 1st: refashioned dress to skirt and my beloved Daisy Pin
May 2nd: favourite knit-felted bag
Today, May 3rd, it is the 2nd tie dress I made (click here for the first tie dress). Even if the fabric choice is better this time – light weight 100% new wool – I better choose a more flattering pattern next time. Weight loss or not, squares are for Twigs not trunks.
As a dolly seamstress I am known for my tie dresses like the Twiggy Dress but I never thought about making a human sized one until I found this pattern in a 1967s BURDA Moden issue.
I just loved the simple form of it, added a short sleeve but passed on the bar over the bussom area.
My fabric choice was a light red pinstriped 95% new wool fabric with 5% spandex. I really love the colour of it, it is best described comparing it to the colour of lobster or shrimp.
Unfortunately the 5% spandex was enough to spoil the fun. The dress is crinkling when looking at it, a true horror to iron and I just cannot get the darts flat. It’s a pity. I am going to make another one of these using 100% new wool fabric.
First of all, I wish you a mighty happy new year! How was x-mas for you? Mine was a blast because I got a dressform from Mr. *jaszmade. Obviously he thought I need one to get my garments fitted… teeheee… yep, I understand the hint! It’s a used Diana dressform and the best of all: She is pink! Yep! It’s a she! I called her Adelheid after one of my many Alter Egos Heidi, girl of the alps… LOL! Why Alter Ego? Well, some peeps think I looked like her (in the anime) when I was little.
Anyway, what I wanted to tell you today is the story of my sew/craft weekly successes of last year. I started in november after deciding to change the concept of my blog (Remember) and actually managed the challenge of sewing weekly since then: I’ve sewed finger gloves for a friend’s birthday, some cool mod slippers for myself, for my mom, dad and *mr. jaszmade, made a crazy amigurumi cat for my brother (doubtlessly inspired by Amineko) and last but not least I made some dresses (modelled by Adelheid). I love dresses, don’t you!?
The first dress (upper left) is inspired by a burdastyle dress (sorry, can’t find the link anymore), the second by a vintage BIBA dress. I made a similar one in autumn red/brown. The third one I already showed some weeks ago: It was inspired by Sew Tessuti. Last but not least the pinkest of them all: My “I love Mary” dress with a felt daisy brooch (ya, I could have ironed it, sorry).
The only problem I have now is that I don’t know if I am going to wear all of them or if they are just dresses I made for hanging in my wardrobe. Duh! I am an all black and white type and I feel overdressed wearing a turquoise or even more a pink (!!) dress! I train myself in wearing them at home but well, guess before making more “awesome dresses for my wardrobe” I rather need to figure out what I want to wear and not what I want to sew. After stumbling upon Sarai Mitnick’s (Colette patterns) inspiring post about her sewing goals for 2012, I sat down and thought about my own.
My sewing goals 2012
buying only fabric when I know what I want to sew next and know that I am going to use exactely THIS fabric next. Otherwise I tend to buy fabric because “it looks so vintage” or because “the pattern is so awesome” without recognising the colours or style won’t suit me or even more the person I am (like the pink dress… huh!?)! Do you know that? ACK! So frustrating!
After loosing quite a bit of weight I need to adjust all my patterns. I already did but they aren’t perfect anymore. For god’s sake Adelheid promised to help me on that! It’s muslin-time, I guess… gah!
learning patience. I really need to improve my sewing for humans. It is not that I am not able to do it better, I am just too impatient to make it. Doll’s clothes are different. I enjoy making them look sweet but when sewing for myself an awry neckline is not what haunts me in my dreams (see pink dress – but then again… I won’t wear it outside my rooms anyway, right!?)
sewing only clothes I actually wear
sewing only clothes I actually wear (yeah, twice for me to remember!)
I think that’s already enough to accomplish! What are your goals?
Two weeks ago I stumbled upon a Blog called Sew Tessuti. It’s about a fabric store in Australia but the owner also loves sewing and vintage patterns. She made a wonderful orange dress following a vintage Simplicity pattern. I tried to find the pattern on ebay but well… it’s like finding the famous needle in a haystack and so I decided to make some alterations on my standard dress pattern which I wanted to share.
A Standard Dress Pattern
I made a standard dress pattern years ago alterating a simple dress pattern from a vintage BURDA magazin. The advantage of altering a standard dress pattern over buying a new one is pretty clear: Altering every single pattern is time consuming plus there are a lot of patterns you can make out of a simple one! I do this all the time – for Blythe as well as for myself.
Back to my standard pattern: To make the overview easier, I made an illustration of it. As you can see, the pattern is really simple but the perfect base for all kind of styles:
Looking at Tessuti’s orange dress you see there is an insertion left and right on the upper bodice. I added this insertion just tracing its form over a copy of my standard dress pattern like this (the illu just shows it on one side):
Afterwards I cut the insertion out.
That’s it! When you cut your fabric you just add seam allowance (illustration: white) all around your new pattern parts and sew the parts together again. For a nice finish you add a top-stitch and – if you like – Buttons on one or both sides.