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{May 6, 2009}   Slashing up my pattern

Hey all! I’m finally getting some work done on the Harry Potter dress. I spent Saturday morning with my fabulous and talented friend Kate, learning how to alter patterns.  First, she measured me to within an inch of my life (which is good, because I had NO idea how much I needed measured, how to measure it, or have the extra arm required to measure myself)!  Then we looked at the pattern and she showed me how to figure out how much more to add to each piece and where to add it.  She then said the best thing to me: “I don’t expect you to be an expert at this after one day.  You can come back and we can do this again.”  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I did pick up a few things here and there, but for the most part, I’m still pretty lost!  Good to know I can ask for help and not feel like a dunce!

Anyway, she I and worked together (mostly she…) and fixed up a few of the pieces.  For the rest, she figured out how much needed to be added and I took them home to work on.  I finally got to that last night.  All the pieces have now been (hopefully) re-sized correctly and ready to be placed on the fabric for cutting.  Here’s a few shots of the work I did on one of the pieces last night:

BEFORE…

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DURING…

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AFTER…

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Tonight…I cut out the fabric!  Oh, and I got some new contrast fabric.  I was at Hancock (of course, where else would I be?) and found this beautiful bronze-y colored Brocade.  That is what the contrast fabric was supposed to be.  However, when I initially got it, I had NO idea what brocade was and I couldn’t find a little sign in the store pointing me in the right direction, so I just got some “special occasion” fabric in a bronze shade.  The day after I bought it, I found a sign that said brocade and hit my forehead with a resounding “DOH!”  Anyway, I think the new stuff with look MUCH better.  I’m going to keep the other stuff, because I’m 99.9% sure the store only charged me for 1 yd of it instead of the 4 I bought.  There’s no way it was only $6 when it was on sale for $5.99 a yd.  I’m sure I’ll find a use for it at some point in the future!  I’m still looking for some 1 1/2″ flat ribbon trim though.  I bought some stuff, but I’m not happy with it, and it’s too small.  I’ve found the PERFECT ribbon with the blue and bronze in it, but it’s on back order and I don’t think it’ll come in before I need it, so I’ll keep looking.

Okay, that’s it for now.  Hopefully have more in the next few days!



{April 27, 2009}   I’m not dead yet…

Hey!  Yes, I’m still alive, and still sewing.  Finally getting around to posting.  First things first: the final finished project photos from my Easter dress.  I had my husband take them.  We were in Louisville, KY staying with his brother and sister-in-law and nephew for the holiday.  It was gorgeous outside, so that’s where we did the shots.  Look how GREEN the grass is!

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It’s very light and flowy, and fun to wear!  The only problem is the stretch.  It keeps pulling lower, so I’m hoping washing it will tighten it back up again…we shall see.

Next, I thought I’d finally post up some pictures of the fabric I bought for my Harry Potter dress.  I’m doing Ravenclaw colors (blue and bronze).

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Also picutred is the pattern envelope and the trim I’ve gotten.  I think I may have to get some bigger trim though.  Here’s a closer shot of it:

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I like it, but I think it’s too small.  I found this awesome ribbon that had both colors in it, but when I took it up to be cut, there was only 1/2 a yard on the roll and they didn’t have any more.  Angry.  Maybe I’ll order it from the website?  We’ll see.

In other news, I thought I’d put up some patterns I’ve been collecting.  I have a ton!  I’m sure you all have boxes and boxes of patterns collecting, but I’m just getting started here.  Hancock was again having an amazing sale when I went in on Sunday: 99 cent McCalls patterns!  I’m including those that I got Sunday, as well as other ones I’ve been storing up for a rainy day.

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These 3 are all from Butterick: B5052, B5262, B5193

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Of the Simplicity 2938 pattern, I have made the tank (though not posted about it) and I have the stuff for the pants and jacket.

The McCall’s 5116 pattern has kicked my butt for the moment.  Need to buy new fabric for it.

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Some McCalls from the sale Sunday: M5484 & M5145

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A possible Halloween costume someday? McCall’s 4954

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Some crafty McCall’s patterns I got to make gifts for people: M5826 & M5644.

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And finally, some stuff to make for my husband! Butterick 6844 (He’s starting seminary in the fall to be a pastor) and McCall’s 4244, ’cause he needs some new jammie pants!

BTW – If anyone has good leads on mens clothing patterns, let me know.  The main companies (McCalls, Simplicity, Butterick…) don’t have much to choose from, and many of the choices are very dated (think 1980’s tanks and short shorts on guys…eww).  Thanks!  Happy sewing!



{April 15, 2009}   And now…Harry Potter!

harry-potter-0036A few weeks back I put up this post about a dress I’d be making for the Harry Potter Convention, LeakyCon2009.  Now that Easter is over and I’ve finished that dress, I can focus on my new project!  Tonight my friend Abbey and I (who is also going to the convention and making a Slytherin colored dress) are going fabric shopping for our dresses!  Thanks to the wonderfulness of Hancock Fabrics, I have coupons galore to use tonight!  Also I signed up for the JoAnn Fabric mailing list and got a coupon for them, so hopefully all this fabric won’t cost me an arm and a leg!  I’ll also be picking up some notions for a present I’m making, so I have another project but won’t put it up until the gift has been recieved.  I’ll try to put up some pics tomorrow of tonights goods!  Hope you are all sewing well…Peace!



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