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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Fabric


I just got in a few samples of the JellyBean Sea collection. I just love them so much. They are so fun, colorful, and they remind me of fantastic sun and sand that is no where to be found in frigid, frigid Iowa!!!  
They can also be purchased on my Spoonflower page here. 

My dress adventures

Well, I decided that it was time to sew a few things that I could actually wear. Luckily, I had a bunch of yards of jersey knit stored up and just dying to become something. :) 
So, I have this night gown that I just love. It's polka dot, cotton knit material, Hanes Her Way all- the-way......kind of old and faded to boot! However, since I bought it, I always thought it would be a great dress if only it wasn't all of those things above. 
So, dress #1 was made with that as the pattern. I laid out the knit on the carpet, traced the night gown and googled how to put elastic in. Who knew it would work!!?? 
Also, last week I had started to braid all of these strips of scrap fabric together with the intention of making a scarf with the TONS of leftover knit I had from making these bags back in December for the Home Ec sale. 
I added that to the neckline to fancy it up a bit, and voila!!! 
I  just love it. 


The second dress came soon after. After all, that wasn't so hard....so why not make another one, right? I have a Banana Republic Dress that I love. It fits so well and is just a flattering fit. I like it so much that I want like 10 of them JUST LIKE IT. So, I decided to try my hand at that dress too. I followed the same process, tracing out the general pattern and googling how to make shirring at the waist. (by the way, I didn't know that's what it was called until I Googled it!)   The chalk is still visible in this shot. oops. 



I've had this cute little buttons for about 6 years that I bought at the thrift store. Turns out, they were the perfect detail for the neck line.















 Also, I fell in love with this trim at Home Ec. So, I put that around the hem line. I just love the way it turned out!  
I kind of can't believe I made these and that they actually fit! I might just be on to something here!  






Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ocean Collection

Here's the collection I'm working on centered around the beach, or an ocean theme. I just love the seaweed. it may be my favorite so far. I feel like it really hits the nail on the head as far as looking like what I want my work to look like. That's always a great feeling when you can live up to your expectations! :)
View them on spoonflower here

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