Friday, November 19, 2010

sew & tell - the link up + the ball gown

If you haven't seen the post e. from pinksuedeshoe wrote, amylouwho goes to the ball, you HAVE to RIGHT NOW!  It's awesome.  There is a reason I love her.  It's like she was a fly on the wall watching everything! And she made me laugh out loud this morning reading it!

As I'm writing this, I feel compelled to match her hilarity.  There's a lot of pressure following such an awesome post!  I'm sure her illustrations are better too.  I didn't get a picture of me sewing, but I'm pretty sure that was the expression on my face!  Especially after I had taken the hook and eye off 2 times before I got it right.

Her rendition of the story was pretty accurate - calendar and everything.  Although, I must dispel the myth of magic brushes. 

My awesome neighbor and friend Sara worked her magic on my hair.
the back

And I just put makeup ON - that's my secret.  Never wear it,
before


then when you do, everyone will be in such AWE!
super serious face
I'm really pleased with how the ruffle turned out! (love my super serious face?)

So much went into making this dress.  I did a muslin first to try out the addition of the ruffle and check the fit.  Then everyone got sick and I got behind several days, which was why I didn't finish it until yesterday!  I was up until 2 AM the night before working on it too.

USMC 2010 Birthday Ball Gown
I'll spare you all the nitty gritty details, but I learned a ton!
  • I did put in an invisible zipper for the first time without the special foot (because the one I bought doesn't work on my machine).  
  • I also put in a separating zipper for the first time (easier than regular zipper, imo) which took several goose chase runs to find a dress weight 18" separating zipper, only to end up with a 16" one.  Which is why I had to figure out the placement of the hook and eye several times.  
  • The dress was fully lined, though I aborted lining the sleeves because I didn't think it would matter + I just didn't have time.  
  • I figured out that I really enjoy making clothing.  I would like it better without the rush at the end.  I forget how many dresses that I actually made for myself when I was younger.  It's like riding a bike.  I will say, I think it's easier making clothing for others because 1) it's easier to fit patterns to OTHER people and 2) you aren't as critical of other people when it's all said and done.
All in all, I am happy with how it turned out.  There are a few things I would do differently the next time around.  It was tricky working through the pattern because I put sleeves from one view onto the view which was a sleeveless top AND the lining on the faux wrap was trick-EE.  I also ended up not really tacking the lining down, but I think I'm eventually going to replace the zipper, so that's two less things to take out when I do.

Even though he told me not to, I'm posting this picture of him (Shhhh, don't tell!).  I love his new uniform! It's an upgrade since his promotion last month.
Do you want to read more about what a Marine Corps Birthday Ball is all about?  I wrote a post about it last year.

There is a slight change to the linking rules about your own tutorials - please read!
What did you finish this week?

NEW RULES FOR LINKING UP!  Please read carefully.  The delete monster will be eating non-compliant links.
1. Please write the post for sew & tell - or add a blurb mentioning sew & tell to a post written earlier in the week.  If you are linking to a post with your own tutorial, please make sure it was a finish from this week and that the completed project is shown first.
2. One linky per person. (please put multiple projects in one post.)
3. Link to your specific post.  (See here for permalink instructions - or email me.)
4. Link back here with a link or a button.
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26 crafty mcCrafters commented:

nima said...

Glad to join the party again...

di said...

I'm in! So thankful for this linky party.....I love seeing everyone's creations and it's so nice to share how things are going with our projects each week! :-)

Andy said...

Really funny guest post - love the sparks flying off of your sewing machine. :-)

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

It's my first time linking up this week. I just love sewing projects. Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend!

Suzanne said...

Thanks for hosting! It's been a while since I joined in...it's fun to see all the wonderful stuff.
I love your dress!! Great job - I'd be scared to make something like that for myself.

Diane said...

Dress looks great, you did a wonderful job on it!

Aunt Spicy said...

you both look amazing!!!!!

Kristie said...

GREAT job on the dress, Amy! You looked like a princess :-)

Lisa said...

You look absolutely beautiful. And you don't need the makeup.

Megan said...

Great job on the dress!! You look wonderful! Thanks for hosting another Sew and Tell Friday!

lemonadegal said...

WOW! You look stunning! I'm jealous of your neighbor/hair girl. I'm so impressed by your ball gown. I will never get to that point in my sewing. :)

randi---i have to say said...

well, how cute are you two! both of you look great and i LOVE your hair. too pretty!

randi @ i have to a say...

***** said...

It is an amazing dress. The talent seeping out of your finger tips is astounding, in a good way. I am so impressed by your hard work and determination and vision. You really did a top notch job on the dress!

Sara said...

Wow, your dress turned out so beautiful!!! I love the fabric you chose, and those ruffles were perfect. I hope you had a wonderful night at the ball!!!

pinksuedeshoe said...

You look gorgeous, absolutely amazing. And your hair? Wow. Fantastic!

Laura said...

MEOW! That is two hotties right there. I LOVE the ruffle--it absolutely makes the dress. And it is a fabulous color and sheen. Great job. I am so impressed. Still never made any clothes . . . kind of afraid. Not going to lie . . .

Kate @SwimBikeQuilt said...

Love your hair! Congrats on the dress! I hope you guys danced the night away.

Leslie said...

you look so beautiful. i love the hair your neighbor did for you!!! very fun

Elizabeth said...

Your dress turned out so beautifully and you look amazing. The two of you look so good together.

You're a lucky girl -- I wish I had a fancy ball to dress up for sometimes.

xo -El

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Amy you (and hubby) looks so beautiful. Your dress is gorgeous. Thanks for the Sew and Tell party :-)

Trisha said...

Your dress is amazing!!! You and your husband look beautiful (handsome)!!! Thanks for posting pictures :)

Dayna said...

You look absolutely stunning! Congratulations on your husband's promotion. The two of you look really great. Uniforms make me want to cry. I miss the military life.

I can't wait to read e's story!

Jenny said...

i. want. that. dress. you two look like royalty! you are gorgeous (with or without makeup, just so you know.) ;) beautiful job on the dress! impressed!

allyn said...

congratulations on the finish. staying up late ripping out stitches over and over sucks donkeys, but in your case, it all worked out.
n's uniform is beautiful. i bet they made you pay like $40000 for that thing. i hope you enjoyed the party. the picture of the two of you was way better than last year's, which still makes me laugh when i think about it. hahahaha

maeve315 said...

You two look so fabulous all dressed up and ready for the famous Marine Corps Birthday Ball. My husband was a career Marine officer and I so recall those days. My daughters (3) all were totally in awe of us all dressed up like that and they looked forward to having a piece of birthday ball cake for breakfast the morning after (special treat). I usually sewed my own gowns also, one of them with a most gorgeous silk my husband brought back from the Far East. Congratulations on the gown and I hope you guys had a blast! I have fond memories of all that "stuff". He passed away 4 years ago, but memories live on.

Goodnight moon said...

You looked hot diggitty dog!!!!! Awesome job lady! And now...just think, next year you won't be busting zippers and waiting outside a store that is OPEN, only to leave thinking they aren't.... to buy a new one...because all your hard sweat and tears made this beauty!

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