When I posted my Upton dress in a few places I received a lot of messages asking me how to draft sleeves for it. You may have noticed I add sleeves to a lot of my makes. I added sleeves to the Cashmerette Upton, Simplicity 8379, and to my sort of unfortunate Collette Sorbetto. When I buy RTW the sleeves are most often the part of the top that does not fit me.
Knit sleeve added onto my Simplicity 8379 dress.
My biceps measure 19″ around so you can imagine it is difficult to even grade up as most plus-size sleeves are 13″-15″ around including the seam allowance. I have tried the slash and spread method, but if you are adding more than 1-2″ it gets really messy. I have found that drafting sleeves from the bodice I am working on works out much better for me.
Yes, that’s right! I have now made 3 of these Simplicity 8379 dresses! This is one of my favorite dresses for all seasons. In the winter I throw on black leggings with it.
The only alterations I make to the XXL are to add sleeves and add 2″ inches to the length. Easy!
I will be putting up the self-drafting sleeve tutorial later this month, so keep an eye out. Happy Sewing!
Happy New Year! This is the only bit of sewing I could get done in the last few months of 2017. I bought this sweater several years ago in the men’s section. I liked that is was $7 on clearance, super warm, and the dark green color. The only problem is that after wearing it for a few hours the sleeves would stretch out like crazy!
So I decided to do a little altering! I could have removed the knit textured cuff and moved it up to make it shorter, but I actually like the length. I love long sleeves that cover my fingers! It’s like having build in mittens!
Whew! This year has been one full of change for me personally. We got married, we went on an overseas honeymoon, and upon our return we both started new jobs within weeks of each other. Also, I have been learning to knit, play the ukulele, and I am still trying to fit in some sewing and blogging.
My best nine from 2017 (top to bottom, left to right): Vogue 8615, Kwik Sew3980 for my grandmother, Style Arc Adeline, Simplicity 8379, my first knitting piece, MARRIED!, self drafted tiki dress, Christmas 2017, the women’s march.
My better half made a secret reservation for the night of our wedding at a surprise hotel! You don’t often stay in a hotel in the city you live in so I just never thought we would visit the Cheshire Inn in St. Louis. The Cheshire Inn is a “theme hotel.” It’s a little kitschy and a lot fun and I am here for it!
The entryway boasts a Buckingham Palace guard and a red telephone booth.
The front desk has those cubbies that used to hold room keys and now hold bookmarks for each room. We definitely kept ours.
We finally got through our wedding weekend. Actually it was pretty great! Even as low stress as we tried to keep it there was still stress. Problems would just pop up, but we kept in mind that the most important part of the weekend was the actual wedding, and there wasn’t much to mess up there. Our wedding was tiki-bar themed so we really got into tropical prints! I wanted to share some of the outfits I made for the weekend.
For the rehearsal dinner I made myself a Cashmerette Upton and for my Mom I made the Cashmerette Appleton. If you are even thinking about buying a Cashmerette pattern I cannot recommend enough. These both came together really quickly and we were so happy with the fits!
My best woman insisted that we have a bachelorette something or other. We had dinner and a couple of drinks at a tiki bar and then I went home and went to bed early. (I get really grumpy when I’m tired so I made sure I got enough sleep for the wedding day.) I have had this cocktail drink cotton in my stash for over a year and finally got to use it! It’s pretty much a self drafted dress. I made the Fenix Romper and then turned it into a high-low dress.
My best woman gave me this adorable robe to get ready in. I had to hack it make sure it fit by adding the contrasting pink panel, but now I love it! It’s also sheer in the back, so it’s a tiny bit risque!
The Wedding Dress
So I didn’t make my own wedding dress. I really wanted to, but then I found one on sale that I really loved and decided to buy it to reduce stress. It actually probably gave me a lot more time to make other outfits and all of the decorations for the wedding.
This dress is from David’s Bridal. They really did have the best selection of plus size dresses in my area and I really wanted sleeves! (So many people offered to add straps to strapless dresses. Straps are not sleeves!)
We wanted a fun colorful tiki-bar feel for our wedding so we used a lot of palm leaves, pink flamingos, and cocktail umbrellas!
This dress made me so happy, even though I did not make it. When I was researching dresses, I was definitely leaning towards this style. It took a lot of stress off of me, I think, to not have to make it. Now that it has served it’s purpose for me, I am donating it to Brides for a Cause, a shop in Portland, Oregon that donates a good portion of it’s proceeds to women’s charities. I hate the idea of it sitting in a box in a closet somewhere in my house, never to be seen again. I hope it makes another person feel as wonderful as it made me feel on my wedding day.
Ok, here’s the thing. I generally hate robes. I just don’t like to sit around without clothes on. Also, one size does not fit all. It really sucks when you go to put on a roomy-looking robe and then it doesn’t close. Sadly that was the case with my new robe. Instead of returning it, I decided to do a little altering! Here’s how.
We got back from our honeymoon to London, Edinburgh, and Dublin a couple of weeks ago and my new fabric souvenirs are in the wash! I added a bunch of fabric stores to our lists of places to visit. Ian added a bunch of record stores, so we both got to buy some souvenirs we really wanted.
The first fabric store on my list is really a department store. I had been warned that the fabric is very expensive but I really just wanted to see the building as well. It’s gorgeous!
The roof has these beautiful sky lights and there are several floors.
It’s finally sweater weather in Missouri! Hurray! I’m not nearly ready to knit a sweater, but I decided to make a sweater dress.
I happened across Mimi G’s Vogue 9111 Sweater Dress Sew Along where she takes view B and turns it into a mini dress. If you just like the top there is a beautiful version by TipStitched. When I first started sewing I bought a lot of clearance fabric, and while that can be fun I quickly learned that sometimes it is better to pay more for a better fabric. I haves some things that pilled after a few washes or that unraveled very quickly.