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Ghosts Of Projects Past

This is just a summary of last year's projects that were previously posted on Facebook. I think this format will be much better for talking to myself and documenting my plans and and completed items.

The Silk Pencil Dress... Spring 2012
This pattern is Burda's Jenny skirt. Sadly, there are a million things wrong with this dress and it's unwearable. It's one should take the time to fix because it's really pretty in person. The skirt is a red/ivory denim-weight silk suiting and the top is (new) 14 inch wide kimono fabric from Japan.

Peony Pipe Dreams... Spring 2012
Simplicity 1882. I've actually worn this in public and it's really comfy. Made with a stretch cotton sateen fabric.

Hexagon Pencil Skirt... Spring 2012
McCall's 5523. I really liked this princess seamed pencil skirt. I should make more of them. this one is made with ivory vintage kimono silk with black and red hexagonal pattern woven in. It has a pleat panel in the back instead of a slit. I worked very hard to match the pattern on the 14 inch wide fabric. 

Paper Bag Waist/Box Pleat Skirt... Spring 2012
I used a Black/white denim, black bias tape and NO PATTERN. It was a tutorial from this site:
I accidentally cut the fabric too small. Solution: a separating zipper that goes hem to waist. Plus, I also accidentally cut the fabric too short and had nothing to fold over for the hem or waist. Instead, I covered the raw edges with black bias tape. I think the denim would have been too thick to fold over and stitch anyway.

Willow Wrap Dress... Summer 2012
Simplicity 1880. This is the dress was created for A Fashionable Stitch's 2-In-1 Sewalong a cotton sateen. This dress actually fits! It hits my waist and the neckline doesn't gape. I've worn it out in public exactly once because these types of skirts are NOT wind-friendly. I followed the sew along's directions for using self fabric bias tape to finish the neck rather than the facings. (Facings, YUCK). 7 layers (once everything is folded and stitched) of cotton sateen is pretty thick, but I still really like the outcome. Nice and sturdy so there is no flopping open. I'm very proud that the inside seams on this dress are actually finished in more self fabric bias tape.

The Gift of Zombies... Summer 2012
Pretty Ditty Apron Pattern by Jamie Christiana. My friend, who is a great big nerd for zombies, purchased her dream house this past summer. I made this apron for her as a housewarming gift. I used a fantastic "I Heart Zombies" fabric and a pink brains fabric in Kona Cotton from The oven mitt and hot pads were an after thought. I grabbed the mitt pattern from McCall's 5825 and traced some hot pads from my kitchen. Yeah, ok, so the oven mitt thumb/finger corner doesn't look great. YOU try stitching, clipping and turning 17 layers of batting fabric and Insul-Bright to get a perfect corner. This apron is completely reversible  but only has pockets on the one side. Can you find them? I matched the pattern really well here. 


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