Posts tagged ‘sewing’

June 22, 2012

Nissa dress photoshoot

It always amazes me that this:

Can come from this (plus a really great photographer and a super amazing model):

(I used nearly 20 different white fabrics including eyelet and lace)

This is the new and improved design for the Nissa Dress! I’ll be detailing the new pattern in a post soon.

You can see the best pictures of this dress in my shop, but I thought I’d share some behind-the-scenes pictures here.

We took pictures at a church. To get a good background the model did some climbing 🙂

The bouquet is made of oregano blossoms from my garden. I think it adds a nice touch without taking attention away from the dress. And as you can see in the next photo, it was a fun prop too.

This particular model was such a joy to work with – she’ll be appearing again for sure!

One last aside, I entered this in the Zibbet Wedding Challenge and although I didn’t get in the top 5, it was still featured here on Pinterest!

May 21, 2012

Zibbet’s Blog – INSPIRE » I was featured!

I got third place in a handmade/art challenge on Zibbet!

via Zibbet’s Blog – INSPIRE » Fantastic Five: ACEO Challenge Winners.

This is my entry (click the picture below to see the listing including a full description)

April 6, 2012

My Twinn doll garden photoshoot

"Katherine" My Twinn doll dress and apron

Photography is not my strong point. Fortunately, I have a sister who is very good at it. Moriah took some beautiful pictures yesterday of my “Katherine” dress and apron for My Twinn dolls.

"Katherine" My Twinn doll dress and apron hem detail

The Katherine dress and apron were designed and named for the woman who gave me my doll and got me interested in making doll clothes again.

I made the dress and apron some time ago, and we had taken some pictures then too, but they weren’t nearly as nice as these!

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April 5, 2012

A modern summer dress made from a 1912 pattern

Summer dress front

Summer dress back

When I first cut out this dress using the 1912 slip pattern below I pinned it to my dressform and hated it. Fortunately, a few days later I found the grosgrain ribbon that became the sash and was inspired again!

Because I am thin and willowy, I don’t look good in things without waist definition, so the princess shape isn’t very flattering to me. I added the grosgrain sash into the front seams and now I have a dress I will actually wear!

1912 slip pattern

VPLL Checklist

Pattern Name: E0336_SLIP

Sewer’s Skill Level: Advance

Pattern Rating: 3 – Good/Average
I didn’t do any of the lace insertion, so mine is a bit boring. I do really like the seam shaping, though. I’m also not too keen on the back shaping which makes a placket difficult to insert. I actually didn’t end up doing a back placket, I simply straightened the seam and allowed the ties to shape the back. The dress has enough ease to slip over my head without an additional opening.

What skill level would someone need to sew this pattern and why?
Intermediate, I think, because of the shaped seams. For example, the front seams angle in at the neckline (which is a a design detail I absolutely love!). The placket is also shaped, making it abnormal to sew.

Were the instructions easy to follow? If not, what needs to be changed?
This pattern hardly had instructions, at least when I got it. Being an advanced historical seamstress, however, I am used to working with little to no instructions. I think it was very straight-forward to put together (except for that placket ;))

How was the fit/sizing? Did it correspond to what you thought?
I pin-fit the pattern pieces to my form and realized I would have to narrow the front panel. I expected this or a similar adjustment since I am so thin and the 1912 silhouette encouraged a large chest.

Did you make any pattern alterations? If so, what alterations did you make? Where they fit or design alterations?
Fit: I made the front panel narrower by taking about 2-3 inches away from the center front. the shoulder straps still nearly fall off my shoulders.
Design: I omitted the placket and lace insertion.

April 3, 2012

Make It With Wool … and Win!

The winning dress and scarfThe Make it With Wool competition is an excellent opportunity to stretch your skills, whether you are a preteen new to sewing or an experienced professional. I have been entering for three years, and between the motivation to make something that looks great on the runway and the feedback from the judges, I have learned so much!

Last November I won first place in the Senior division at the State level. In addition to sewing supplies and a cash prize, I got an all-expense paid trip to compete in the national competition two months later.

That weekend in Scottsdale was full of new friends; there were 59 young people who are as passionate about sewing as I am. One of my roommates was the fashion design winner last year, and I got to spend the last evening with the 2011 National Senior and Junior ambassadors.

As I plan my entry for this coming November, I think of all the spectacular garments parading across the runway and am immediately inspired to make something that take me to the national competition again. This year, the semi-finalists will compete in Dallas, TX.

The competition is not limited to young people! There is an adult division as well. Rules for all the divisions may be found on the websites below.

National website:
State website: