Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Dress Fit For Vegas

Friends, January has been a crazy month so far, and the highlight was definitely KITTY GRAND GETTING MARRIED. It was a big deal. And it was in Vegas. 

 Kitty's dress was very old Hollywood/Vegas, and she looked amazing. She also gave us bridesmaids the leeway to wear any style of black knee length cocktail dress we wanted. Well, of course I wanted to make a dress for the occasion!

After making several wearable muslins of different styles, I decided to go with Butterick 6129. It was classy, off the shoulder, and definitely would go with the jewelry that Kitty had picked out for us.

I chose to make it in a black cotton gabardine, and while it probably wasn't the best fabric for the pattern, I was SUPER comfortable the whole night. Crepe or taffeta (as the pattern calls for) would have worked best, especially in regards to the pleats running the full length of the skirt. I pleated at the waistline, and the eliminated the full skirt pleats as the fabric did not hold a crease well enough.

That said, I was surprised how well the pleats on the arm bands stayed in place. Because the fabric did not hold creases, I was worried the fabric would just fall or go all wonky during the day, but it wasn't an issue! The best part about the arms was the added bit of elastic casing in side. Those arm bands weren't going anywhere.

My only concern about the dress was I ended up cutting 4 inches of fabric out of the center back. My back darts are an inch away from the zipper, and at that point, should I have even bothered putting them in? The rest of the seams hit the mark beautifully, but the muslin (in cotton) and the final (in cotton gabardine), both had this issue. Thoughts, sewists?

Overall, the dress worked perfectly and wore well for many hours on end. Though it was comfortable, I wasn't sorry to take it off at the end of the night before hitting the bars (because strapless bras really are the worst). (Also, I totally wore this tee to the bar. It's my new favorite.)

A fabulous wedding, a gorgeous bride, and many hours of laughter that left me giggling for days. Here's to Kitty and Scooter, and their many years together!


Thursday, January 8, 2015

It's 2015!

Friends, Me Made 2014 is OVER. And I realize that I did not post photos for oh... 7 or 8 months really. Which is awkward. But I did it (even though I didn't post about it).  I began the challenge wearing Me Made only, with 5 pieces as exceptions (undergoodies not included in challenge). By the end, I was wearing about ten more pieces that were RTW (mostly tights and sweatpants - my apartment was VERY cold until Josh bought me a space heater that looks like a fireplace. It's very fancy.). 

For the most part, 2014 was very light in the sewing area. I spent most of my time knitting, as I found it to be easier to take with me as I traveled around town and the country. Some of the items I did sew never even got worn, as it turned colder so quickly that my summer items went into a drawer and were forgotten immediately. 

While I didn't do much sewing, I have some sewing projects that I am exceptionally proud of:

Catwoman! (Also for C2E2)

The By Hand London Anna dress, which has been on the shelf awhile as the hem needs to be re-examined.

The Amazing Technicolor Capelet, which looks awesome with jeans, btw, but does not hold up well against extreme cold.

And finally, my comic book Macaron for C2E2. C2E2 was the highlight of my sewing year.

I was super lucky to have some great visitors this year, including the wonderful Lisette. We lived together for almost two months and became quite close. I miss our late night chats over tea.

I was also lucky in that I got to travel to visit other friends, specifically in South Korea. I took a 14 hour direct flight and touched down in one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. I posted quite a bit on Instagram, so I won't rehash it all here for you, but there is definitely a fabric shopping post coming, as well as some creations from those pieces I bought there.

Overall, from a creativity standpoint, knitting was really where my focus was in 2014. I wanted to knit everything. My queue on Ravelry, while accurate, is daunting. I feel confident that I can handle more projects this year and my realistic goal in 2015 is seven sweaters, but ideally, I want to knit all of them in queue (hahahahaha ridiculous, I know). 

Here are my five sweaters from 2014 (and you may recognize Liz and Michelle here!)

Vitamin D-idn't Turn Out So Bad (this was worn so much in 2014 that it needed to be washed and blocked again mid-year. Note: do not wash your Ultra Alpaca sweater with Oxy Clean. The color will be OK, but your heart will suffer damage)

The Channel Cardigan: I wore this sweater a lot more than I would have anticipated. It has been a wardrobe staple for me so far this Fall and Winter. The only issue is that it just keeps stretching out. Hopefully reblocking will fix that problem.

The Burdock Cardigan: This was part of the Cardis and Cambies Adventure with Liz and Michelle, and I am still quite in love with this cardigan. It adds a great splash of color into my wardrobe, and I wore it constantly when traveling in Korea. 

A Wonder Woman Sweater for Stephy: I didn't post about this, but it is listed in my projects on Ravely. I AM SO PROUD OF THIS. It fits my best friend great, and I managed to eek it out with enough yarn. It was close, you guys. It was really close. 

Finally, finished two days before the New Year, my $5 in Paris sweater (more photos on Ravelry): 

This sweater came about because I wanted stripes and I wanted to use up the extra yarn from my Burdock cardigan. I added some brown, and voila! The colors of my alma mater. The sleeves are super baggy since I didn't decrease at the end, but they fall over the tops of my hands perfectly, so they'll stay as is for now. 

Reflections on 2014:
  • yay Me Made 2014! I did it, I learned a lot, and I am glad to be reunited with my leggings.
  • The Me Made items that did not get worn are gone in 2015. I'm hosting a clothing swap on March 8 to give them away.
  • Some items didn't make it to 2015, specifically my comfy plaid pants. I wore them almost every cold day, and they disintegrated. 
  • Knitting is awesome. 
Goals for 2015:
  • Knit and sew each for 30 minutes a day. So far, I've been exceeding this goal, and projects are getting done. I'm looking forward to having new items in my wardrobe soon!
  • No buying yarn. I've bought all the yarn for all the sweaters I plan on making this year, and that's enough.
  • No more fabric, unless I am on vacation (I like fabric as a souvenir) or if it's for C2E2 (because it's going to be epic Doctor Who themed and I need supplies).
  • No buying sewing patterns. I spent way too much money on Hobbies last year, and I need that money for traveling this year. Knitting patterns can be bought if I already have the yarn for that project.
  • Seven sweaters. Let's make this happen.

Friends! Are you ready for 2015?! Let's do this. High fives all around!!