Cashmerette Appleton

My Mom wanted to wear a maxi dress to my rehearsal dinner and of course she could not find one that was a true maxi. When did maxi dresses start landing at your shins when you are 5′ 4″? So I pulled together all of my maxi or “could be” maxi dress patterns and we went through them together. She chose the Cashmerette Appleton wrap dress.

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We then went on a search for fabric and ended up with this double knit with beautiful red flowers on a blue background from Fabric.com. I’m pretty excited that I overbought and now there is enough leftover for a top for me too!

I promised her there would be enough cleavage coverage, so I cut the bodice out in a 22D and graded the front crossover out to a 28.

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New Knitter

Recently I decided to take a knitting class. It’s nearly fall here even though it is going to be 96°F today. The leaves are starting to turn orange and I have always thought of knitting as a fall and winter activity like with a cozy fire crackling in the fireplace, a mug of hot tea steaming, and knitting needles clicking away. I don’t have a fireplace, but I’m working on the mug of tea and knitting part.

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I’m still sewing often, blog posts to come, but I’m kind of excited to have a real “slow craft” project. I whipped up a simple black dress on my sewing machine in a couple of hours this weekend which is great! Don’t get me wrong! But, there is something about working on a piece for several weeks, not just because of mistakes, that I am looking forward to. Slow craft really gives you time to think and reflect while you are working with your hands.
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From Fenix Romper to Fenix High-Low Dress

So I tried to make a romper. The Fenix Romper.  The pattern is good, it comes together really quickly, but I just cannot see myself wearing it. It actually doesn’t look terrible while standing still, but it does scrunch in the crotch when I walk. I also felt a little like a child in it, and not in a good way, and I am not a fan of taking the whole thing off when I go the restroom. Yuck.

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Oh well! The good news is that this is a roomy pattern, meaning I have the opportunity to re-cut and re-fashion which is not always the case!

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Cocktail Fenix Romper

I have been adamantly against rompers ever since I stopped wearing them in kindergarten. Rompers are back and they are everywhere. I have never even considered a romper pattern for myself until I saw the Cali Faye Fenix Romper.  I love that it almost looks like a dress.

When I first started purchasing fabric I had no idea what I was looking for or how to visualize what it would make later. I have ended up with some fabrics that have remained untouched since purchase. This 100% cotton cocktail fabric is one of those and I thought it would make a great fun romper.

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Cashmerette Upton

Why did I take so long to buy a Cashmerette pattern? Why? The Cashmerette blog is one of the things that inspired me to to take my first (and only, so far) sewing class. Let me just say, I wish I had bought one sooner. I have future plans for the Dartmouth pattern, but for now I have completed the Upton dress in View B, with the gored skirt, for our rehearsal dinner.
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Updating my 2017 “To Sew” list

So this year is flying by and our wedding is fast approaching as I told a friend, “there is a lot of wedding crafting happening!” I can’t help but think of what to sew in my free time afterwards. As usual, my “To Sew” list has changed due to wants, needs, and just life in general. I am a list-making maniac, but I am not unwilling to go with the flow and change them as I need to.

Cashmerette Appleton for my Mom

I’m sort of cheating here as this dress is nearly finished. My Mom wants to wear a maxi dress to our rehearsal dinner, but she is having trouble finding a true RTW maxi. They all stop above her ankle, and she is 5′ 4″. What is that about? So I offered to make her one. I helped her pick this beautiful, tropical double knit that is not too clingy and not sheer. We had a quick fitting this weekend and it looks so great. I cannot believe I did not try this pattern sooner!

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Wedding Dress into Hair Flower

A family member asked if  I would like to use some sew some pieces of an old family wedding dress into the hem of my dress for a “something old.” I don’t really subscribe to all of the things “blue” and “old” that you are supposed to have for a wedding, but I thought there might be a way to honor her request and make something beautiful from a family heirloom. 
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This dress is from a family wedding in 1914. All of those family members had passed away before I was born so I don’t have any sentimental connections to it, but it’s interesting to see this family photo from a wedding that happened over 100 years ago!

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Simplicity 8379: I need at least 5 more of these dresses.

This dress came out of nowhere! Honestly, I stumbled across the pattern on sale and then turned around and bought some green spandex knit jersey. It wasn’t on my list of things to make at all. 3 hours later I had a dress I am madly in love with. I have had it for 2 weeks and have worn it 3 times.

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Oh yeah, and when I put this bolt of fabric on the counter to be cut I said something like, “I just love that color!” The lady cutting it replied, “Well, I hate it. I think green is hideous.” Hahaha! What do you even say to that? I love it when things like that happen. You know what’s great about sewing is that it has boosted my self-confidence enough that I didn’t care that she thought I was making something hideous. Who cares? Not me!
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All the possibilities for a Rehearsal Dinner Dress

Warning: Wedding Post Ahead.

We are less than three months out from the wedding and since I am doing a lot of DIY it means I have not been doing a lot else.

I did find exactly what I was looking for in a clearance off the rack wedding dress, so I do not have the added stress of making my wedding dress. However, I would like to wear something me made to the rehearsal dinner. I cannot seem to make up my mind on a rehearsal dress pattern, fabric, or anything. Do I want to wear white? Do I want to wear something super fancy that I probably won’t wear again? Do I just want to be comfy? So many choices!

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I made my own bias tape!

And another thing I love about sewing is that I am constantly learning new things! This chartreuse fabric is one of the first fabrics that I ever bought and I am now about to put it to another use; 1/4″ double fold bias tape!

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Materials; fabric marker, strips of remnant fabric (cut on the bias), 12mm bias tape maker, iron, rotary cutter/scissors, and a ruler.

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