So long ago, Casper asked for a T-shirt celebrating his insane love of meat. We had an assignment to make up a collection of fabric patterns using Adobe Illustrator. Using Casper’s meat love as an inspiration, I made up a mood board.
I was going for a cute aesthetic, but my lack of drawing skills in Illustrator or on paper really hold me back, nonetheless I like the results. As soon as school finishes I am going on a daily drawing regime; it will be a fun morning ritual with the kids.
I ordered swatches for the whole lot from Spoon flower; usually I just order the fabric, but I find it difficult to get the scale right moving from screen to fabric. Besides I don’t have time to sew right now anyway.
I have an assignment to make a journal entry after each Fashion Cycle Class.
Class Date: September 15, 2016
Today we explored ideas on Pinterest, and drew tote bag ideas. For one of our designs, we need to expand it to include 5 variations. Here are some of my first, pretty lame, sketches.
Class Date: September 22, 2016
After a few days, something clicked and I ended up with some designs I love, especially my little bunny lunch tote.
Today we presented our sketches to our teacher and our classmates. Once seeing all the other designs, I worried about the simplicity of my design, but on the plus side the pattern drafting was quite easy.
Class Date: September 29, 2016
Today in class we created a muslin for our tote. Going into class, I was confident that my bag was of such simple design I didn’t need to worry about the actual bag construction. I was more concerned with working out the details, and wanted it to be a useable muslin. Construction was more difficult than expected, and my pattern needed to be modified. Since class, I have made a second muslin, which is still not exactly how I imagined, but my kids aren’t too picky, so they’ll do. I’m looking forward to moving on from this.
7 months ago I pledged to make another version of this dress for Adeline. Considering this dress has been complete for at least 2 months, we’re talking record breaking completion time for me.
This dress is, amazingly, a favorite of both Adeline and I. It’s been worn so many times over the summer. The combination lightweight jersey, purchased eons ago from Girl Charlee, and long sleeves is perfect for fair Adeline, who declares daily, “Sunscreeen is my enemy!”.
I made size 116, with sleeve length of 110, then added 3/8″ length to the bodice, and 1″ length to the hem.
Lucky us, having photo shoots in Croatia. The top 2 photos are in Zagreb, and the bottom is in Vir.
I recently purchased a pattern making book, I should say, a new pattern making book since I have several. I keep thinking a new book will solve all my sewing problems. Of course, if you never try making the patterns…that’s why I’m going to school, dedicated learning time.
Adeline was fascinated with the book, and requested a 3-tired skirt that she found. Somewhere in the back recesses of my mind I remembered that I purchased a set of patterns, containing the Scirocco Dressby Figgy’s Patterns.
Adeline loves the dress, she does not love the excessive sunscreening that goes along with it, but hey, being fashionable comes at a cost. She’s always telling her friends,”Did you notice my dress has 3 skirts? Did you notice my dress has a hole in the back? Did you know my mom made my dress?” I want to tell them, “I made it to match her taste, not mine”. But I don’t, because I love that she has such a strong opinion. And when she styles it with her lace up hightops that drive me crazy as we’re leaving the house, once we’re out of the house, I have to admire her style. What’s the point of making something I love, to have it sit in the drawer?
And it’s fun to go out of my comfort zone. I used my hemmer foot for the first time ever, which worked really well, except when I had to go over an eyelet.