Thursday, June 18, 2009

So, Sew Happy

I'm always so happy when a sewing project works out! Here are two recent ones I'm pretty pleased with.

All-Weekend Sundress
This was one of the patterns featured in the book Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross. This was my first experienc sewing with knit and it worked out well. It was also my first time sewing with elastic thread, and I loved that! The elastic thread (in the bobbin) causes the smocking at the breast bone and the waist. This is a very comfortable and versatile dress.

I didn't have quite enough fabric for the bottom tier, so I pieced it together, and it worked out fine. (Note - if you're going to make this dress, consider getting a little extra fabric, or doing a better job in laying out the pattern.) I also made the dress into a halter-tie instead of an over-the-shoulder tie. I am really happy with this dress!

Circle Skirt

Thanks to AZ Tea Lover for this circle skirt panel! (I threw this photo in so you could see our Asiatic lillies!) I added light blue ricrac to the bottom hem.


(Photos by the DH)

19 comments:

Ginger said...

Great job! I don't know which I like better. They both look great on you.

Jennifer said...

How far you've come, Steph! I remember your first hesitant carrying bags...and now this lovely purple creation with elastic thread!!

Marilyn Miller said...

You are doing great! I love both projects. You are indeed coming along and advancing to elastic thread. I am impressed.

Steph said...

Thank you for the encouragement! I do love sewing!

parTea lady said...

Your dress and skirt are both very nice. Great job with fabric choice and fitting. The bouquet of lilies is very pretty too.

Philigry said...

oh, i love both of those! you look great. i need to get that book!

bloomgirl said...

Both are beautiful, but I love the skirt fabric!!

AZ Tea Lover said...

Hooray! They both came out great! You have come a long way with your sewing.

Angela McRae said...

Marvelous! Your new fashions are just lovely, and you wear them so well!

Anna said...

Excellent! You inspire me. :)

Linda J. said...

Both look very nice. I am impressed by your sewing!

Frivolitea said...

Wow! Those are wonderful.

Katrina said...

GORGEOUS! I LOVE the dress! My poor sewing machine has been crying from neglect. :)

Tea Time With Melody said...

You are just too talented Steph. I love purple and that dress was wonderful. I like the skirt too with the white accent on the bottom.

I need fast and easy sewing and that looks like it was pretty quick to make?

Melanie said...

Wow - both of your sewing projects came out way better than any of mine ever have! They're both cute, but I LOVE that skirt!

sweetcakes said...

It's great to see how wonderful the dress came out after hearing so much about it! I'm glad the knit fabric went well.

Love the skirt too!

mep said...

Both pieces are beautiful! You're an inspiration!

La Tea Dah said...

Beautiful sewing projects --- I especially love the pattern for the sundress.

Julia said...

Your sundress looks fabulous!