Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Stars and Stripes Forever Dress Reincarnated!

Good morning! I have successfully upcycled a dress!

Yesterday was my work's company picnic. I had more fun than I thought I would, even if I got stung by a wasp! Anyway, the theme of the picnic was "Proud to be an American!". We were all asked to wear red, white, and blue and other patriotic things. Translation for me: time to sew something!

You may remember my "Stars and Stripes Forever" dress I made for the 4th of July. Well, that dress really didn't fly as well as I had hoped. I don't think it was very flattering either. The print however was perfect for the picnic so I perused all my patterns but didn't find anything that I liked or that was very work function appropriate. So I clicked through BurdaStyle's patterns and found this one. I totally love it! So simple but cute and flattering.

I had a little bit extra fabric from the dress lying around, which was the perfect amount for the bodice. I took apart the dress (that shirring was a nightmare!) and cut off the shirred part to make the skirt. This is the first time I put a side zipper into a sleeved dress. It went swimmingly though and I must say I am getting much better at inserting zippers!

Here's a before pic:

And after:

Had to add the cowboy hat...what's more American than a cowboy hat?
As I was putting it together yesterday, Sir Knight (with his blunt critiques of my sewing) said it looked like hospital scrubs. That of course, was before I put in the zipper. I've learned you should never judge a project til you've put the zipper in!

The wasps were out of control!

The kid in me tooootally wanted to get in there! :P
Besides getting stung by a wasp, the afternoon was really fun. It was weird to see everyone in "civilian" clothes rather than our work shirts.

I don't think these guys will ever eat apple pie again haha.

May not look like much, but Deb's butterscotch pie is famous! Not to mention delicious!
Sir Knight unfortunately didn't attend much to my disappointment. I really wanted to introduce him to my coworkers. To make up for it he took me to The Summit, a really nice restaurant inside the Best Western hotel here. I wore my "Pomegranates of Persephone" dress, which I actually haven't posted yet! I still have some fit issues with it. The neckline gapes a little and the armholes are oddly tiny! It's so pretty so I'm going to work on it to make it fit better.

Anyway, at the restaurant I had the pecan crusted pork chops, YUM! The leftovers are in a doggy bag and they're calling my name!

A wonderful rest of the weekend to all of you!

Friday, September 23, 2011

The "Waiting For Fall" dress!

First and foremost, a most blessed Mabon to everyone!

Being the first day of fall, I thought it a great excuse to debut my "Waiting For Fall" dress. I began making this dress early August when I was longing for longer and cooler evening. They have arrived! This dress was made with BurdaStyle magazine's 05/2010 tiered mini dress #114.

It was very simple to construct and was the first time I made buttonholes! I was very excited about them!

Sir Knight says I look like the cat who swallowed the canary :P

 The sunset was beautiful this evening. Perfect for pictures. Sir Knight, his mother, and I drove up the loop road to visit the mountain lakes. Unfortunately my camera didn't find itself in my purse and I couldn't take pictures of any of the GORGEOUS aspen trees in all their golden glory. We're planning to go up there again this weekend and I will remember my camera this time!

Some tiny biting bugs were eating me alive by that tree!

All in all, a great dress that I can wear both in the summer time without the tights, or with a cardigan and boots. I think I've achieved all my wardrobe goals with this one.

Hope you have all have a great weekend!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Wardrobe Gaps...

After the failure of last month's challenge, I began to think about it and realized I shouldn't be rushing my sewing projects. These should be things I enjoyed making, not resented cause I had to stay up til 11 pm trying to get them done in time. Anyway, moving on to what is probably my most favorite time of year...FALL!

I love absolutely everything about fall. Fall colors, fall fashion, fall foods, fall weather...everything!  Although I'm not a huge fan of the blustery temperatures of winter, I truly love the transitional period before the real cold sets in. Already, I have to wear a jacket when I walk to work in the mornings.

The deer have started coming into town more often with the starting hunting seasons. It's always a nice treat to see them in the dark of the early morning. Sir Knight and I like to peek through our bedroom window and spy on a group of bucks that frequent the tiny field in front of our house. I'll try to get some pictures of them if I can. The camera flash would send them sprinting!

Failed challenges and deer aside, a cursory glimpse into my closet today revealed huge gaps in my wardrobe. Huge gaps...gaps you could park a Buick in. My closet is still very much a Goth/custodian/laundry worker's closet. Full of black...full of boring T-shirts and men's shorts (that aren't Sir Knight's). It's rather embarrassing, really.

What makes it particularly embarrassing is that anything to the right of the light green shirt is Sir Knight's side. Not much of a difference, is there? Well, there is more black on my side, I guess lol. I remember really loving my Goth style years ago but I look back and think "What was I thinking??" Not only because I've totally grown out of it but because it entirely is not who I am. At least not anymore. My mother will be so pleased to hear that :P

So it's now my mission to remedy my sparse wardrobe and make it be the following things:
  • unique
  • feminine
  • expresses who I am
  • practical
  • warm for winter and cool for summer (and maybe the possibility of going back and forth)
The last point actually brings me to my first order of business. The few dresses I made last month were all pretty much sundresses. Perfect for a hot summer day but with it getting cooler they won't be very practical. The bottom is easy to fix: tights and some cute boot and I'm ready to go. My arms however need covering so I've been perusing BurdaStyle (not to mention my huge pattern stash) for some cute cardigan and jacket patterns.

There's of course the Karen cardigan, which I think is adorable. I actually have some knit fabric that might work, I would just have to dye it. It's this peachy color that's a little too close to my skin tone for me so I think I might dye it green. Also, I have been DROOLING over the Tikva trench. I want to make it in either a hunter green or burgundy. Definitely going to make a muslin of it first.

I have never owned a denim jacket before and I have some denim yardage that's just screaming at me to make it into a jacket. Found a pattern on BurdaStyle that I really like, here. I think it'll look really good with a pencil skirt I have on my project list.

Til next time, have a fabulous weekend everyone! How's your fall (or spring for you in the Southern Hemisphere) sewing going?

Monday, September 5, 2011

My Knight Returns!

Finally making breakfast for two again! I must say, this month flew by! Picked up Sir Knight from the airport last night with the help of a co-worker. He's very happy to be home again. As promised, I'm going to give him a fashion show of all I've created while he's gone. Speaking of which...

Turns out my 15 x 30 Challenge was kind of a bust this time around. Didn't quite get 15 projects completed but I did get quite a few done! I'm thinking of doing it again after Halloween but making it a 10 x 30 Challenge. We'll see how that goes. Still, be onthe look out for my project posts!

Now that September has arrived it's time to start thinking Halloween costumes. To tell you the truth, I thought of my costume literally the morning after last Halloween. I had no idea hangovers were so conducive to costume creativity. :P So I have decided to be Little Red Riding Hood. I was thinking of costumes that include a cape (I loooove capes on Halloween so I don't freeze) and that's the first thing that came to mind. I dare say, I would make a very adorable LRRH!

Anyone else have plans for their costumes?