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” On a simpler note Dress”

Taking a mini break between sewing scarfs and another piece for my winter wardrobe, this little number was made. This was really one of those ” three hole dresses”. A term I grew up hearing my mom use to define her simpler dresses. The dress you would put on quickly and be out the door. Where you feel cool, calm and confident. Yes, I can see that with this simple piece. Cool, Calm and confident woman. 🙂

Background on this piece:

I have no idea what the fabric is.  I am still getting there guys, don’t judge me. 🙂 ( It sort of reminds me of those running shirt fabrics. Quick dryish with some stretch….lol ) I picked it up at the thrift store and wanted to test it out and of course as you guys know, models are so hard to find. hahah :). My model in set wanted a simple evening dress for an upcoming dinner and I figure this would be the fabric to try. That was all I had at the time too. Oopsie!

Sewing time: About 2.5hrs this included fitting as well as ironing. ( Things I see as key in garment construction) The Model tried it on at least three times. 🙂

New for me: Cap circle sleeves. I think they came out great for starters. I will probably perfect this as time goes by. But definitely a first.

Lesson learned: I will probably try this again.I noted the fabric didn’t take too well to darts so I omitted those as well as a zipper as it is stretch and can be pulled over the head.

Let the pictures speak!

In the beginning… where the magic happens, on my floor 🙂

I used an existing boat neck dress to copy the silouette for the dress pattern and applied the measurement for accuracy when fitting.

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Tada!!

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Fab, Fab, Fab…. She loved it.

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I thought it came out well for a simple white dress. The accessories also gives it that added pop it needed to be elegant and not too much.

 

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Overall I am really happy with the outcome for a quick simple dress. I guess as a sewer it’s always good to know those go to styles in cases where time is of the essence. I think I just found one of mine.Very quick and simple. A few of these in my closet can make dressing a little more versatile and interesting.

See you guys soon for my next posts.

Back to sewing scarfs!!!

Just keep sewing , just keep sewing.. what do I do I sew sew….  sewwwwwwwwwww..

 

UtaC

 

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Time Saving Sewing- A Stitch in time saves nine!

If I did manage the time I spent sewing I would be super productive. I never really thought about it that intensely until I was looking at the pile of unfinished projects I have at present. Now don’t get me wrong, some of these pieces were started prematurely and/or are waiting fittings to be edited and sewn. Despite that explanation looking at the pile made me think of, “How in the world did I get here?”. I murmured to myself “I should not be doing any new projects and I should not even buy fabrics? “Okay, maybe the not buying fabric is a bit too harsh..hahah( I will manage the purchases).

The piles I am working on. Slow but sure.

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Pile No.1

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Pile No.2

So back to the header on Time saving. I read the book below over the past week and I kid you not, my sewing has changed.I have also seen a literal change in the time spent on a project as well as the results. Amazing. I am  still at the learning stages of this sewing journey so a good read with a few great pointers and I am sold. Can you tell I am really serious about getting this right? Even if it is just for me and those around me that would love to get my handy work. 🙂

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Sewing has basically earned a place on my to do list weekly. I got instantly that if I plan for it like everything else I am one step closer to finishing a project. I may not finish an entire garment in a day ( Like I tried to force before), but as I chip a way at it one sewing session at a time I am eventually able to complete it. It will also be completed with less errors as when rushed and I will be more than happy with the outcome.

While I gather so much from this quick read I really wanted to share some four pointers. Perhaps it’s my Novice revelation and everyone knows these or someone out there can get something from this and apply it to their craft.

  1. Sewing with a plan– As a Project manager by profession you would think that this is the way I approach my sewing. Nope. Think again. Total opposite.However if you have a plan, you are more likely to get a far way with less errors than winging it. If you know what I mean. How many times have you started a project knowing very well you don’t have all the materials. And of course when you get to a certain point and you don’t have a particular piece and the project is left in waiting until you decide to get the missing pieces. Of course this is not always the following day that you acquire the new piece. Some crafty persons have make mentioned of the feeling they had when they started that project not being there when they leave it for whatever reason. I have heard stories of the feeling coming back, most times later than sooner. Having a plan makes your sewing more purposeful.
  2. Planning your  area– As mentioned above, a season project manager you would think I do this. But for some reason I think I can just sew and find things as I go.Planning my sewing space does make a big difference. I am currently working on re organizing my existing space for high efficiency. I am serious about this and I want to improve.  It all connects to your project, your attitude and your overall approach. Planning your area also helps you to take stock of what you have and what you may need to stock up on. Your mini stash.
  3. Shop wisely– Let your shopping be lead by your projects. What is needed for that particular project in terms of fabric and notions.Otherwise your stashes will be more than your completed projects. We don’t want that. 🙂
  4. Learn tips, tools and shortcut techniques– I think its safe to say that there are shortcuts to assist you in your craft. Any craft whether Sewing, Quilting, Knitting etc. Some learn them sooner and others later. I would encourage you to learn it sooner. It helps with the time saving and better project outcomes. Of course I do not know all the shortcuts there is to sewing,  with barely a few in hand I endeavour to learn as time progresses. Tips and tools are also essential in time saving, so the more we know the better our projects and our creativity lends itself to a greater depth. We are more in a position to launch out and try new things instead of sticking to the same old same.

 

I endeavour to sew efficiently, learn new habits, get rid of some old ones and get the most value out of the time spent sewing and creating projects that I am proud to call my own. So here is to that new beginning. One sewing date at a time and the pile will be depleted. 🙂 Also I will be working on reorganising my sewing space too. Watch out for updates and project completions.

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If all my projects would be thought out, how efficient would I be.hmmm I can only try. 🙂

Wish me all the best .

 

Hope you enjoyed this article.

UtaC


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Fall/Winter Sewing Part 1-Unfamiliar blends

To start off the official fall pieces sewing, I am working on making a few more scarves. I know we have not started to pile on the layers just yet, but the weather has not exactly been cooperating with us, now has it? Nope

I decided that I would continue and make a few more scarves. I did get an order for 5 of the infinity scarves like the one made in my “Because it’s September post”, so I am gladly working on making those a reality, each will have varying textures. While they are easy, I do want to find some unique fabrics to give the scarf the statement they need.

This was definitely unfamiliar fabric. It’s only after I made the purchase that I was automatically thinking this may or may not work with my sewing machine. After all, I do not have a heavy duty machine. hahaha.( Mindless banter of a Novice Seamstress) lol

Nevertheless,I made it work. I tested a piece and it worked perfectly. So here’s to my happy sewing with another new fabric. It’s some sort of knit blend.Feels great on the skin.

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I go three colours: A burnt orange, a light green and a sort of mustard/greenish yellow. ( I am not sure that colour description made sense) ..lol

A closer look: You will also notice my self-made tags for now.( That’s my middle name) **wink wink*

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As always models are so hard to find.. Got my Cousin for the Green Scarf poses. 🙂

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When it really gets cold and you need to cover your head and all..brrrr ( not yet, soon enough)

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The casual wear

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I then made the mustard/greenish yellow..lol ( I just can’t get it right guys, you can see the colour…let me know what you think it is) 🙂

Bolero styled.

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Style 2

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Brrr weather style..( You all know what I mean.. ) Let’s just say in January this style would be necessary..)

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I Hope you all enjoyed this post. Look out for Episode two of Fall/Winter sewing.

 

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do I do I sewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

Bye for now

UtaC