Monday, 17 June 2013

Making my mint dress

 For this dress I followed my toile however I had two layers of this dress so I ensured the seams were all in neatly, I also added a lining to the bodice. I also sewed the hem using a special foot that turns under the fabric whils you sew.

Thanks for reading!!
Jenny xxx

Making my white blouse

 I also followed the toile for this, for the bias binding I sewed it on normally and then turned it over once more for a smoother look.
For the slit I took the raw edges and turned them over twice and sewed, I also did the same for the hem.

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Jenny xxx

Making my Lantern skirt

 My lantern skirt came out alot shorter than expected as the fabric I used was blind fabric and was very thick and stiff so it curved more than expected.

Once the main shape was sewn I paint splatted the base using slightly watered down fabric paint, I think this has worked really well however I think I should have used some blue.

For the waist band I took the models waist measurement and sewed this on using the same method as the pacman skirt, I also sewed hooks and eyes at the top.
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Jenny xxx

Making my purple dress

For my purple dress I followed my toile and added a halterneck strap to do that I drew out the shape that I wanted and used that as a pattern, I added 1cm SA and cut it out, i then sewed the pieces together and bagged it out and pressed. I also sewed the hem using a special foot that tucks the edge under for you.

Here I have only pinned the strap to the dress incase it doesnt fit when I go to fit my model.

Thanks for reading!!
Jenny xxx

Making my ice cream shirt

Again for my ice cream shirt I followed my toile and also made sure that I sewed the outer puff into the seam so it wasn't visible, I also added a lining to the bodice.

I also made sure the lining was hiding the seams.

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Jenny xxx

Making my Pacman skirt

Making my pacman skirt I followed the same procedures as my toile however I interfaced the whole skirt to make the fabric thicker and more sturdy.

I also then appliqued eyes on to the front evenly spaced.
For the hem I had to sew the bottom of the binding on and then I had to hand tack the top as the fabric was stretching when I used the sewing machine.

After I finished sewing I glued mini cabochons to the hem to add more detail.
Thanks for reading!!
Jenny xxx

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Purple dress toile

Here is how I made the toile for my purple dress.

For this dress I used the same bodice pattern as my bow dress, and sewed together. however for this dress I left the side open.
to create the skirt pattern I drew a rectangle the length of the skirt of my dress and left one side open as I was creating pleats, I decided to double pleat this as it would give it more volume. I drew the first section as a cut on the fold as was about 3cm wide I then sectioned of the next part double that (6cm) and repeated this about 11 times, I then added 1cm SA and cut this out.
After that I cut it out of the fabric and then sewed one seam to gether and pressed. 
I then pleated the skirt but doubled to create more volume and ironed in place.

 I then tacked the pleats to keep them in place.

I then pinned the skirt to the mannequin and saw it was too big, I wend back and placed the pleates so they were closer together and that fixed the problem.
I then sewed the bodice to the skirt the same as my bow dress and then attatched a concealed zip at the right side seam.
Thanks for reading!!
Jenny xxx

Bow dress toile

Here I used my bodice block from the Ice cream shirt, I removed the darts completely and turned them into 4 panels two front and two back with a 1cm SA.
For the skirt I drew a right angle to create a quarter of my circle skirt, I had to calculate the waist measurement, however I was told it is usually 12cm for a size 12 block (roughly a British size 10) but as the skirt was a double circle skirt to create more volume, I halved this.
The correct way to find this measurement can be found on many websites however I am far too confused to go through them once I find a decent explanation I will make another post on making a circle skirt.
I then tied some string to a pencil measured my waist measurement and held this at the centre point of the rectangle, I then drew the circle and also added a 1cm SA.
I then measured how long I wanted my skirt and marked this on the line I then put the string that length and drew the curved hem and added 1cm SA.
I then added a 1cm SA on one side and left the other as it will be cut on the fold.

I then cut this out of my fabric 4 times trying to save as much waste fabric as possible.

After cut out I sewed them together leaving only one seam open.

For the last seam I sewed up half way leaving room for the zip.

For the bodice I cut my pattern pieces out of my fabric.

I then sewed them together leaving the back seam open for the zip.

After I sewed the bodice I attached that to the waist of the skirt wrong sides together.

I then attached a concealed zip to the centre back of my dress.

there was a gap where the seams matches as there was a bit of bulk in this area.

for the gathered front I traced over the front bodice I used for the icecream shirt and extended this to about 60cm
I then gathered this piece and then sewed it on to the side seams, for the final I will sew this into the seam.


 And that is my toile completed! Thanks for reading!!
Jenny xxx

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