Sunday, July 11, 2010

Three the hard way

Here is what's come out of the sewing machine so far:


A straight skirt - unlined, unzipped, un-everything...a simple piece of fabric with an elastic waistline and a machine stitched hem


This dress kinda showed up because the fabric called it out...


...and a picture of me in The Architectural Dress...which I'm still not loving, btw...


...anyway, I want to finish this dress up too before I have to go back to work...


...more later!

23 comments:

  1. Your weekend has produced more than my year...

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  2. Love the Architectural Dress. Color and pleating is exquisite. It was a tough child to tame, but you need to love on it. Seriously, it is lovely.

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  3. I'm trying to figure out why you don't love that dress. When I'm disappointed with something, I always ask myself what it was in the original that inspired me? Was it the color? Was it some particular feature or detail? Of course, I'm straight out of the 'needs an accessory' school. I made a floor length red bamboo dress that I put on and the first words out of my mouth were, "Blech." Followed for "Blech - this needs...A BELT. A big, flashy, belt-as-jewelry thing around the middle." Once I had that, the whole outfit came together. I'm thinking you need a big graphic brooch where the neck folds over, in a contrasting color. Oh, with matching earrings and a bracelet. That dress is tremendously classy - but it needs something to draw the eye to the classiness.

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  4. You are just too doggone productive. I wish I could halfway keep up with your!

    The pleated dress is beautiful. I think once you play with accessories it will really jump off the page.

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  5. I really like all three, that floral is beautiful. And the pleated dress is lovely, and truly a one-of-a-kind statement piece!

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  6. I really love the combo of the floral print mixed with the blue. Everything looks great - nothing wrong with simple skirts - they can end up being the real go-to pieces in the wardrobe. (I am making simple elastic waist pants at the moment & looking forward to having them in the wardrobe).

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  7. I have that floral fabric (back in the Textile Studio Fabric days...ahh, sweet memories) and I still haven't found the perfect pattern for it.

    Is it possible that you don't love the architectural dress because it was such a PITA to put together? Bad vibes? Sometimes, I hang those bad boys up in my closet for a while and forget about them. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and all...

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  8. That was some whirlwind sewing! Maybe the architectural dress will be more to your liking if you don't look at it for a while.

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  9. Oh, I love that print! And with the solids in the dress, even more. Give the Arch'l Dress a rest - you're still too close to it. That happens to me all the time.

    When I look at the disaster my sewing room is right now with the re-arrange and then look at what came out of yours this weekend, I'm depressed. LOL!

    Have a good week at work - well, at the very least better than last week.

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  10. Look at you go! I love the architectural dress, that pleating is so pretty!

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  11. Love those floral pieces. Looks like they'll be good for fall too. That Architectual Dress is really nice too but I can see that it doesn't have the "zing" factor that are in most of your garments. Hmmm, what is it, what's the missing zing factor? Let's find it so you can be proud of all your hard work!

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  12. Love the print fabric you used for the skirt and top of the dress!

    As to the Architectural Dress, I think you did a great job of translating the design idea from magazine to actual garment.

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  13. I love, love all three pieces and am crazy about the architectural dress. Let it rest for a day or two and you will love it. Convinced me you have moved from sewer to designer. Very impressive.

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  14. You had a very busy weekend..and all these pieces look wonderful. As far as your Architectural Dress...you will come around...how can you
    not :) it's beautiful.

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  15. I do one garment a week, you do three in 2 days,,, what am I doing wrong :)
    great job!

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  16. The tri-color dress is absolutely wonderful!

    I agree with a previous commentor that the architectural dress would look better with accessories. Perhaps even belted to define your waist?

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  17. Great job on all the sewing. I like the Arhitectural dress, give it a few days and a great chunky necklace. I need you to be my personal shopper at Fabric Mart and help me build my stash up again!

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  18. You've been busy! I really like the skirt.

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  19. I love all 3 dresses. I agree with everyone else. Step away from the architectural dress for a few days and then go back and look at it. It really is a work of art. You should be very proud of it. It's lovely and you look great in it.

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  20. Yay! You're wearing the Architectural Dress! I've been waiting for the moment. It really looks good, and it looks great on you. I think you should give it a hug and keep it at the front of your closet, in the "wear me next" spot for a while.

    And there's nothing like a pretty print to make a summer day even nicer. The skirt and the dress the fabric called out are wonderful pieces, Carolyn. Great job as always!

    Kathryn

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  21. Hi, Carolyn,

    I'm impressed by how productive you were this past weekend. I was thinking about the architectural dress and why it isn't quite working. I agree with others that it's best to set it aside and let it (and your mind) rest before any major alterations.

    I am looking at the photos you posted and it appears that the Architectural dress doesn't fit as well as your other dresses. I don't know if it's because part of the dress is on the bias (or if the bias tucks created some sort of change in the grainline and how the dress hangs), but on your right side (the photo's left side), there are some drag lines appearing that don't appear in the red dress photo (you are standing in pretty much the same poise). The dress is going *out* where your body is going *in* (at your waist). Can you pin out the excess fabric to see if that makes a difference? (my quick and dirty solution would be to pin out a long vertical tuck/dart in the side panel, although it looks like some sort of horizontal tuck might help). Also,if the insert pleats were sewn on the bias, then they are going to stretch, if they haven't been stabilized.

    I'm just typing as as these thoughts are occuring to me. I'm sure you will find a solution.

    Rose in SV

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  22. Three finished garments in one weekend?! Very impressed!

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  23. That's pretty impressive! My favorite is the print/solid dress!
    (catching up on your blog, lol)

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