Monday, July 30, 2012

Butterick 5333

This project was a lesson in why I like to make muslins.

Butterick 5333 has one view that is very similar to a White House Black Market dress that Michelle Obama wore on TV during the 2008 campaign. It was my favorite of all her awesome outfits.

Here is my first muslin - this is with no pattern alterations at all.


Let's see: too tight in the hips, I need more upper bodice length, gaping at the neckline... and probably other smaller issues. I went back and cut apart the paper pattern to fix those problems and stitched it up. Considering how badly the muslin fit, this may have been a brave move, but I felt that I had gotten close enough to fudge with fit in the final garment stage.

It's still a WIP, but as the USCG Change of Command ceremony which I plan to wear the finished dress for is Wednesday, I suppose I'll be sweating away the evening hours tonight finishing it up!

First, here's a comedy photo. I didn't pay any attention to pattern placement on the facing which of course guaranteed the best possible motif placement. Thank goodness this is inside.

dress insides

The midriff is lined in silk shantung (more wedding dress leftovers...) and the skirt is lined in silk habotai (ditto). The top facing is the fashion fabric, which is a 100% cotton that I think I bought at Mood last summer.


butterick 5333

The back zipper is a metal one from Pacific Trim. I am newly a metal zipper snob.

I still need to hem it and stitch down some navy blue ribbons on the midriff panel, although I may be lazy and skip that step. We'll see how much energy I end up with on tracking down some blue ribbon in my stash. (;

Sunday, July 15, 2012

box bags


A little bit of sewing- I've been making up a new set of box bags. These are for my trip to Portland, Oregon tomorrow; I've stored my pile of electronics chargers in one and socks and PJs in the other.


Box bag

I love this little swiss forest print. unfortunately given the layout I had put the houses horizontally on the bag, but that's OK as it's just going to live in my suitcase.

box bag

I did also sew up a new dress, although it's waiting for a hem and some trim to be added. When I get back I'll post the dress and the muslin; it was a little tricky to alter and I'm still not completely satisfied with the bodice fit.