Friday, January 18, 2013

pop up sew & tell v1.1: i have actually been sewing

I've decided I'm going to sew & tell in a pop quiz sort of way!  If I blog on a Friday, I'll put up a linky so you can share some of your finishes too!

I actually have gotten a lot of projects completed in the last several months.  For some reason or another I just haven't been motivated to blog about them.  In all honesty, Instagram has replaced blogging for me quite a bit.  It's so easy and fast to snap a picture of a WIP, get a quick opinion on fabric choices, or just a quick sew and tell share!

I do like the format of blogging and the friendships I have here.  I'm going to make a more concerted effort to get blog posts up.  They might be short, but hopefully they'll be interesting!

I wanted to share a dress I made for sisterlouwho.  I finished it back in November, but it's been a little busy around here the last few months!
Dress Front

I bought this fabric (A 3 Sisters print by Moda) over 4 years ago mostly because it was on sale.  It's pretty - I love a classic Jacobean Paisley floral, but it's not really my normal color palette.  I had initially intended it for a bag - but then it just sat unused in my closet.  I had the inspiration to use it for a dress a couple of months ago!

I've used a similar pattern to make her some dresses when she was more toddler sized, and was happy to find a girl's sized pattern that was similar.  But of course I had to tweak it.  Partly because I didn't have the right amounts of fabric and partly because I like to complicate things all the time. :)
Dress Back

I lengthened the middle panel to make the bottom more of a ruffle and less of a skirt.  If that makes any sense at all.  I also lengthened the sleeves and used elastic thread for the shirring instead of a casing and elastic.  I like how it creates a little ruffle.
detail top
Of course it has to pass the twirl-a-bility test.  I think it did!
twirl factor testing
I'm really happy with it and so is she!  I will be making more of these soon.  So easy and fast!

Have you been sewing anything fun lately?  I would love to see!

Linky Rules.  Please follow along for a fun party!

1. Please be courteous when linking up.  This is a forum for sharing, motivating and making friends - not self promotion :0) (i.e. Tutorials or links to shops/sales/etc.)
2. One linky per person.
3. Link to your specific post.  (See here for permalink instructions - or email me.)
4. Link back here with a link or a button (HTML on my sidebar).
5. Be sure to visit and leave comments on other's posts!

Please put your (blog)name instead of your project name, it helps us get to know each other better!

7 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Michelle said...

I tried to link up, but it doesn't seem to have worked. LOVE the dress - especially the twirlability! :-)

Kelly Cole said...

very sweet little dress and good to use up fabric that's just been waiting for a purpose!

Kristen said...

Me too! I have to catch up on so much. Still kids are a good distraction. Pretty dress!!

Toni said...

Such a pretty dress! I can't wait to see our little girl twirling in mama-made dresses. Yours is adorable!

Katy Cameron said...

Cute dress, and love the gold shoes too!

diane said...

there's nothing better than a twirly dress! So cute.

Bonnie said...

Very cute dress. Would like to know pattern source for either toddler dress or little girls. I keep buying fabric I'd love to make stuff for my granddaughter but the one attempt was way too big! Thanks for the cute inspiration.

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