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October’s Sewing Project

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DIY sewing fit & flare dress Kwik Sew K3521

Another working title for this post was “Dropped the Ball”, because if you remember my goal to sew one wearable item a month this year, I totally dropped the ball by May. I won’t bore you with excuses, because I really don’t have a great one, but sewing didn’t make the priority list this summer.

I picked things back up in September with this fit and flare dress. I don’t know what it is with me and patterns, but I swear they always fit way to big compared to my size and measurements. I was so excited to finish, but I was swimming in it. Out of frustration, I threw it in a to-do pile and ignored it until mid October, when I finally altered it into something wearable.

As an airplane lover I was pretty excited to find this fabric. I fell in love with this dress on Modcloth made from airplane blueprint fabric, but have been staying away from $80 dresses lately. I think it’s a pretty good substitute.

DIY sewing fit & flare dress Kwik Sew K3521

DIY sewing fit & flare dress Kwik Sew K3521

DIY sewing fit & flare dress Kwik Sew K3521

Pattern: Kwik Sew K3521
Fabric: this Etsy shop
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
scarf: thrifted

DIY sewing fit & flare dress Kwik Sew K3521

If you want to see the projects from earlier in the year here is Jan, Feb, March, & April.

Have you been more successful with your goals/resolutions for the year??

Oh, on an unrelated note- I started a new Twitter for the Etsy shop if you want to follow along for first peeks at new stuff and special discount codes :)

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March’s Sewing Project- bow ties

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For this month’s sewing project I made Brian bow ties from vintage fabric our friend gave me- from the same collection of fabric as this skirt.

The ties took a little bit of trial and error- I first tried the Martha Stewart template and tutorial and it didn’t really work out for me. I decided instead to just take a bow tie he already owns to make a template. I folded it in half, traced around it on large sketch paper, and added 1/4″ around all sides but the fold side. The I placed the template on the fold of the fabric and cut out two of these pieces. With right sides together, sew around the edge with a small 1/4″ seam, leaving about 2″ in the skinny area for flipping it inside out. Before turning it though, make sure you trim the edges, especially the corners and curves. Iron and stitch up the 2″ gap.

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Since these were part of my anniversary gift to him, I wrapped them in this vintage “Professional Wonder Pen” box, making sure to cover up the gunk with the ribbon (although I should’ve Goo Gone-d it, but I’m lazy…).

In the end these were pretty quick and easy, but I had to make a few dumb mistakes to work out the kinks. I’ve finally accepted that that’s the best way to learn ;)

If you are new to the blog, my goal for the year is to sew one wearable item a month to improve my sewing skills. You can see the past projects here & here.

Have you sewn anything recently, or seen a cool sewing project around? Leave a link! I would love some inspiration for future projects!

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A Dress a Month: February

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Here we are, first day of March, and I’m finally sharing my sewing project for February. I finished Thursday night, in the nick of time before the end of the month.

I learned SO much with this dress! The pattern is Simplicity 1609, based on a ’60s pattern, and marked Jiffy- which I imagine it is when you’re not a novice like me. It was pretty basic, but I definitely had to reread steps a few times before understanding them, but hopefully by the end of this year of sewing it will seem easy to me too.

The skills I got to practice with this dress were following pattern markings, darts, facings, a collar, and a zipper- which I took on the extra challenge of doing without a zipper foot thanks to this lady’s helpful video, since I forgot I had broken mine last summer.

My hem could use improvement, which is funny because that’s what I’ve done the most of, and next time I will think about matching the pattern of the fabric, but overall I’m pretty happy with it.

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pattern: Simplicity 1609
shoes: BAIT
earrings: DIY- more coming to the shop soon!

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Now it’s time to start brainstorming March’s project and I’m actually considering trying this one out again with some vintage fabric…

Want to check out January’s project?

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A Dress a Month: January

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sewing school skirt

I never got around to talking about my goals for the year on here, but most of them involve improving on some basic skills I have. I have really wanted to get better at sewing and go beyond simple alterations and aprons, and I figured by setting a goal for the year would help keep me on track. My plan is to sew one clothing item per month- which will mostly be dresses, and “A Dress a Month” just sounds better than “A Piece of Clothing a Month”, don’t you think?

When I first learn to sew about 8 years ago, I made a few pieces of clothing, but I haven’t made more than a simple elastic waist skirt in years. Even though I mostly want to make dresses, I thought I’d kick of January with a skirt- something a little simpler, but still challenging me with details. This pattern is called the Sewing School Skirt, because you get comfortable with pleats, buttonholes, and a fitted waistband. I hadn’t made buttonholes in years and these are pretty terrible, but at least they improved by the time I finished.

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This vintage fabric came from a friend’s grandmother, a huge collection I inherited a few years ago. There are some great patterns in the collection and she bought a few yards of everything, so I’ll have enough to make some clothing pieces out of them. I was definitely nervous cutting into it, but figured it’s time to get over that or it’ll never be put to good use.

The pattern runs vertically on the front and horizontally on the back, which I wish I could say was my original plan. As I was cutting I realized I didn’t have enough length for it to all go the same direction, and after some swear words, thought it may actually lend itself as a design element. I actually really like it now!

pattern: Sewing School Skirt from Sewing in a Straight Line by Brett Bara
fabric: vintage, gift
top: F21 (old)
shoes: vintage, thrifted

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It took me quite a few hours this weekend but I feel really good about getting it finished before the end of January so I can stay on track with this goal!

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