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Put a ring on it

I made this dress last summer and used it a bit but never really like it, despite the colors and despite it being linen. It somehow felt too clumsy.

I decided  a reason could be that the waist is too low to be high and too high to be low, so I figured a belt would pull the waistline further down. Worth a try.

I had to buy the belt buckle, was aiming for a white one for a sixtie’s touch, but couldn’t find one. This red one which-isn’t-the-same-color-but-close-enough worked fine I think.

We’ll see if I like it better now. My expression isn’t too promising I’d say, but I’ve worn it. Seeing the pictures I’m thinnking naybe i should shorten the skirt as well.

Contrasting colors

I really wanted to work with linen again, but all the pieces in my stash were too small it seemed. So the obvious solution of course was to combine them!

I used Burda 8754 which I’ve had for a long time, but never got around to use.

It worked out pretty well, the bust darts are a bit low for a change and I couldn’t really figure out how to hem the front pleats (no- sewing them together wasn’t the solution which I realized as I took the dress outside for photoshots:)

So today’s chore will be to re-hem the front. Don’t know if I can be bothered to move the darts, though.

Wishful thinking

Yeah. Happily composing a two colored linen dress, listening to Smokie and getting pretty far when it dawned on me.

I’d washed the green, but the red was a hand me down in small parts, very soft and I just assumed it had been washed and shrunk, but when pressing the seams some red came off on the board. And sure enough. Testing a piece in hot water it bleeds like crazy. But before I take it all apart I’ll test two pieces together, maybe the bleeding doesn’t stick?

Left with a sash

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So someone took the dress and left the sash. How am I to interpret this?

  • They wanted the dress. It’s quite small, though, the statue is less than a half size person, and it’s not sewn together in the sides, so it would still need a belt to hold it together.
  • They saw my puting a dress on the statue as a political statement against nude females in public, ripped the dress off and left the sash in her hand as if she were a stripper, letting go of her last piece of clothing. Thus pointing out that females should be naked in public
  • They thought it was time for a change, the dress had been on for almost a week

Splitting up to go One Direction

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This dress is in my mending box. I made it about two years ago, having sat on the fabric for quite a while because I loved it so much,

I couldn’t decide on which direction I wanted the squares, so I choose both. Or wasn’t there enough fabric to do it all in One Direction? Whichever the reason was, I spent plenty of time at matching the different rows of squares. And because of that careful matching, there wasn’t much allowance for seam allowance. Wouldn’t matter, I thought, there’s not going to be any strain on the seams running around the skirt anyways, right?

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WRONG. Maybe there wasn’t much strain on thos seams, but with hardly any seam allowance they break. That’s how it is. So I’ll have to take the skirt off. And then what? Make it a blouse? I don’t know, but it seems a shame not to use this lovely print in whichever diretion it will go.

Getting dressed

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This statue is near my subway station. I thought she looked a bit cold, so I made a dress for her

Fitting issues

I’ve mentiioned before how I love mending, and this is a related topic. When I first made this dress, the bust darts were too high, (I’ve discussed reasons for that here). It made the dress a bit snug and flattens my chest a little, I’ve long thought about moving those seams but were top lazy. Until today.

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I tried the dress on and marked where my highest bust point were. I then ripped the seams and pressed a new fold from right before the highest point to where the fold had started before, I drew a line with a pen and a liner to make it easier to sew and ta daa! Much better fit. Why did I take so long to do this?

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