Egg-Shaped Dress

My last project completed in 2014 was an egg-shaped dress (BurdaStyle 10/2014 #127B).

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Most of the time, I am drawn to the oddest (but still kind of practical) garment the magazine has to offer, but this shape isn’t as unusual as I originally thought. It’s actually a nod to style from the 1960s, it appeared in several styles in 2006/2007 and again on the runway in 2013/2014.

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Balenciaga Coat (Photo credit: Pinterest via Balenciaga.com)

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Jil Sander Dress (Photo credit: farfetch.com)

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ASOS Dress (Photo credit: asosrp2010.cloudapp.net)

It’s definitely one of those shapes that few people wear really well, but that never stops me from attempting the impossible.

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The original pattern has only a slight egg shape and made in a wonderfully bright striped jacquard.  The fabric selection is probably the real reason I love the dress so much.  That and I needed a shape to hide those few pounds I knew I was going to gain during the cookie holiday season.  No need to walk around holding my breath and sucking in my belly!

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I was unable to find any fabric like it that wasn’t heavy upholstery fabric, so I settled on a lightweight jacquard that still kept the horizontal striped layout. The pattern did not call for lining so I took some time (okay, quite a bit of time) to Hong Kong finish all the seams, make my own piping, install my first exposed zip.

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Of course there was the usual full bust adjustment, but I made no other alterations.  There is enough fullness to add another me into this dress.  I wanted to pair it with a black mock turtleneck as similarly styled in the magazine and a simple wedge shoe or a tall boot, but I don’t own either.

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I will probably never sew this pattern again, but it was fun to make and a very easy, cozy dress to wear.  Best of all, I got to try techniques I haven’t done before.

-Nizzy

Egg-Shaped Dress

Have Dress, No Shoes

No, I didn’t actually go out without shoes on this day, but I wasn’t crazy about them with this dress so I left them out of the picture.  If there is one thing that sewing apparel makes you want to do is shop.  I’m not talking about shopping for fabric and patterns because that’s a given.  I’m talking about shopping for SHOES!  I thought I had enough pairs of shoes that I don’t really wear, but I see the “need” to get a few more to go with the new clothing I make.  Just where we store these new shoes is something that will have to be worked out.   A walk-in shoe room is not an option unless it comes with a brand new house that’s mortgage free.

Anyway, the dress of the month is Butterick 5601 View A.  I made this is a floral print stretch cotton in which the stretch was in the wrong direction.  Here’s to cheap fabric!  It had a little weight and a slight stiffness to it that sewing and smooshing out the darts wasn’t completely successful.  I did the best I could so that it was presentable enough.  I needed to minimize the handling and sewing of this white fabric.   Other adjustments I made were the FBA, lengthened the skirt, and added a little to the waist.

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And the back?  Oh, that back gave me sooo many problems.   I removed fabric, repositioned the button and the pieces themselves so that I eliminated as much of the gap as possible before I lost my sanity.

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Next stop, shoe store!

– Nizzy

Have Dress, No Shoes

Challenge Accepted!: Baby Clothes

A coworker of mine just had a baby girl and that fits in perfectly with my personal challenge of seeing at least one baby in something I’ve hand-knit.  So far the last few items have been a bust: baby born bigger than the clothes, parents think the item is wool so they don’t put it on the baby because it was spring/summer, and I have no idea how the booties went over.  Don’t people dress their babies like kids do dolls and change their clothes several times a day? 

Since I like a challenge I went ahead and knitted another dress for baby.

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I used felt buttons because they were different and I went big on size so baby can grow a bit into this one. 

Yarn used: Bernat Cotton-ish in Cotton Gin Colorway.  It’s a soft yarn with a nice drape and…affordable!

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Please, oh please, let baby wear it for just a few hours if anything!

– Nizzy

Challenge Accepted!: Baby Clothes

Giving in to Wearing Dresses

I’m throwing in the towel for a while on trying to find ready-to-wear pants that fit.  A few months ago I went out shopping one day and tried on 17 pairs of jeans!  Different sizes, different brands, different styles, and NONE of them worked for me.  I left that store with my feelings hurt.  To stay positive about the wardrobe thing, I’m going to wear more dresses.  Now, if you don’t already know, dresses aren’t my go to thing.  I love they way they look on the rack and on other people, but I was never a HUGE fan.  Even as a little girl I rolled my eyes when I had to wear one, even though I still cut my eyes with a little envy at the girly girls with their cute dresses.   Funny how things don’t change much sometimes. 

Well, It’s 2013 and I’m going to EMBRACE the dress.  Partly out of necessity and partly because I want to change my look.

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Burda Magazine 5-2007-131

I made a simple dress with shoulder knots (#131)  from Burda Magazine’s 5/2007 issue.   The fabric is knit, but the gold print on greatly reduces the fabric’s stretch.  I made pattern adjustments to account for that, but I ended up taking it all back in plus a little more because it still too large.  I was in love with this fabric when I purchased it years ago, but became lukewarm when I started to manipulate it.  It also has a little sheen to it that I’m not crazy about.

The pattern itself is easy.  The straps are long so you can adjust the fit and cut as you make the dress.  The wide fabric belt gives the dress a little shape at the waist.  I think it looks a little better when it’s bunched up a bit more.

I have to tighten up the straps a little more, maybe take in the belt just a hair, and then check this off as the first (or second) dress of the season.    image

I’m all in! 

But, I still need shoes.

-Nizzy

Giving in to Wearing Dresses

BurdaStyle Love

I was getting a little bored at the tail end of my subscription to Burda Style magazine so I didn’t renew as of June 2012, but now that I’m looking back and I see all of these super cute outfits I want my subscription back!  In the meantime, I’m working from the stash almost exclusively on this one.  I chose a basic dark grey wool crêpe for this dress in the September 2009 issue.

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BurdaStyle 9-2009-111
Image source: Russian Burdastyle Website

The pleats over the bust make me a little nervous even after making a muslin of the top.  The fabric is cut and the lining is attached.  Baby, I’m all in! However, I’m running into some problems.  There is the wonky fitting sleeve and then there is this:

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Yikes!

I’d love to ask for help (regarding the sleeves) from all the lovely ladies that posted their finished creation to the russian site, but I don’t speak Russian. Those ladies have the garment fit to perfection while I am just aiming for finished.

-Nizzy

BurdaStyle Love

Sweet Little Baby Knits, Part 2

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Knitting for babies is so much fun!  And easy!  They don’t have any curves to fit, there are no complaints like “Oh, these colors just don’t work with my skin tone.”, and the item is SMALL.  Guaranteed quick finish!

I’m still trying to figure out what makes this dress so ‘vintage’.  The pattern notes say it’s a take on the classic Alice dress.  Alice who? Alice in Wonderland?  Not really. 

Yarn: Comfy Fingering in Sea Foam (knitpicks)

Ribbon: Cloth of brown with light blue polka dots.

-Nizzy

Sweet Little Baby Knits, Part 2

“OMG! She’s Wearing a Dress!”, Summer Edition

Burda 6/2009 Style #121, Dress

I believe this is the first “Finished” sewing related post since my friend, DragonWillow, and I started this blog. Hooray for us!

If you remember this post eons ago, I wanted to use a different print for this dress, but did not have enough fabric for it.

I omitted most of the ruffles because trying to work with them in this slinky kind of fabric was a pain in my neck AND it took a while for me to get the serger’s cooperation to do a rolled hem on the ruffle edges AND I still hate zippers. So, I banished it to the half-finished project bin!

Today, it re-emerges completed just in time for summer’s end. A very light and relaxed style to get me through the last of the hazy, hot, and humid days.  Do you think I have time to squeeze in one more summer item before she goes?

-Nizzy

“OMG! She’s Wearing a Dress!”, Summer Edition