Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Wearable wadder...

... if such thing exists! I can't help thinking about this dress as a failure. There are so many things wrong with it that I'm not sure where to start. On the other hand I always get compliments wearing it so it's probably not that bad. I think the issue is that I expect handmade clothes to fit better than bought ones. This dress has fitting issues but if I had bought it in the shop I'd probably be happy with it!
I was actually going to re-fashion it and make it into a top but I put it on and my boyfriend said that it was 'lovely" so I decided to give it another chance. I took it with me to Australia and wore it around Manly in Sydney :) I used 2 meters of pretty rayon bought in Pete's Emporium for $8/m I believe. I used misterious pattern for the top and somehow it ended a size or two too big. Neckline is gaping :/ I finished it and the armholes with bias tape made with the same fabric. I put side zipper in but I could have skipped this - the dress is loose enough. Bottom is made with 2 gathered rectangles.

I really dislike unpicking clothes and fixing them so I think I'll leave this one the way it is for now. It is wearable, the fitting issues bother me but no one else commented on them. And this dress looks good with black tights and warm cardigans so I can wear it through the year :)

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Lazy summer dress

This dress will be perfect for hot summer days once we get nice weather here in Wellington. At the moment it seems that summer got lost on its way...

But anyway, I wasn't even sure if I should show it here. It's one of the easiest dresses I made and the whole process took under 2 hours and most of that time was pinning the fabric and attaching bias tape. I didn't even take proper blog photos so I have a compilation of holiday photos. I used stripey cotton eyelet fabric bought for couple of dollars at the Fabric Warehouse pop up store. I still have over a meter of it and I think I will make a top or two. 
I used one of my t-shirts to make this dress - I just made it longer. I added thick elastic that sits just a bit higher than my natural waist. This fabric doesn't fray and since it is not going to be worn in any official occasions, I didn't bother hemming it at all. I just added bias tape to finish the neckline. Somehow my neckline was very wide and bias tape helped with making it right. I wouldn't mind the dress being a tad longer but it is still wearable. There is some pulling in the armpits/upper chest that you can see on the photos. Dress is still very comfortable to wear and it was great for hot Aussie weather :)

With my cossowary friend.
And yes, I'm wearing a hip bag which is a fashion crime but it is also very handy while sight-seeing :)

Look, the stripes on my shoulder seams are matching!