Tag: fabric

The Chiffony Chiffon Dress

Chiffon Dress 2013

So this is also an oldie. Made this back in 2013 for a summer wedding I went to. Don’t know if anyone can tell, but I’m just scrambling feverishly to add content to my blog. I’ve documented a few things that I’ve created and I constantly have to describe them to people. Screw it, so many people have cell phones nowadays, this is just easier, and might as well do it while I have the space on the internet. Refer people to my blog–>become internet famous. Hahahahah, that isn’t how it works, but a girl can dream.

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This project is also posted on Craftsy, where the pattern for this is actually based on a dress from there. You can take a whole online class to step by step show you how to make the dress.

This is the original dress that I made in the summer of 2012 for the bridesmaids for my cousin’s wedding.

The instructor for this class is AMAZING. She is the reason why I started to do a lot of hand-sewing and basting and using some old school slow ass couture techniques to make my dresses fit me EXACTLY. I highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to improve their sewing skills.

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As for how to make this dress, its the same bodice, and I just added a dirndl skirt to the bottom, and created that as the underlay for the chiffon that I had just hand tacked on (I don’t want to call it draping, I feel like I don’t know how to do that). This is how I economized 1.5m of chiffon. The fabric is actually from my boyfriend’s mother, who bought it while she was in New York and I asked on a whim for her to get me something cool. Man I was hoping for some cotton blends, and once again, whenever I get someone else to get me fabric, its freaking chiffon.

I don’t mind working with the stuff, but I have a hard time cutting it up because it is sooo pretty, and it is so easy to tear, and man I did have a couple of pulls near the side of the bodice. Because the patten of the fabric was so busy, no one saw them, but I knew in my heart of hearts that they were there. I got one more dress that I made as a variant of this pattern (it’s seriously so freaking versatile), and in that one I learned how to pad out the bra so I wouldn’t have to wear a strapless with it, and it worked.

How Did It All Fit In There?!

OooOooo PRETTY FABRIC!!!

there’s fabric here from over 10 years ago, when I first started sewing…. I’ll wait another 10 years, and then it’ll be cool.

I figured I would start with an actual post with actual content today. Today I will show you… MY STASH. No drugs, but kind of an obsession with any sewer I know. FABRIC. So many patterns and colours that imbue their light of inspiration to many a sewer. You touch a bolt of fabric and instantly you imagine yourself wearing a new pair of shorts or a new dress.

I have been pretty successful at keeping my hoard to a minimum (especially while looking at those picture on google of other people’s stashes), however I have kept my fabric in sad, large, and opaque rubbermaid containers. Everytime I wanted to make something, I had to dig through a pile of mess. You have no idea how elated I was to find this fabric organization solution on Pintrest. Not only does it keep everything neat, but it also allows me to look at all my fabric in a single glance.

This project is quite simple. I purchased a KILBY bookcase from IKEA for $39.99, and i spray painted the back panel a lime green. I took some leftover foam core and cardboard from school and cut it to the appropriate sizes for each shelves. I then wrapped fabric around the cards and fastened them with a pin. It did take me a while (one night and one morning) but it got done, and I am happy that I did.

this is where my fabric rolls! BWAHAHAH I’m punny…

Notice… this is where I sit when I sew. All I have to do is do a shoulder check and I can see ALL my fabric in it’s GLORY!! Hopefully those of you out there have figured out a good method of stashing away your goodies without forgetting them.