Saturday, June 15, 2013

Sewing Block

Hi Everyone,

As told you in my last post, I've been having a rough time with sewing lately. This is the main reason I haven't been posting lately. It's not that I don't have anything to post, to be honest, I have a few project photographed and ready to go. It's the fact that I feel completely uninspired. I want my posts to be interesting and usfull for you guys and not just showcase my garment photos, which is why I've been stalling posting anything. I tried putting together a post the other day, and I couldn't bring myself to write more than a few sentences about the garment I made. I could have posted that, just to calm my guilty feelings about my lack of posting, but I really feel like this would have been a disservice to this blog and to you readers. Why would you want to read something I didn't even want to write?

I decided to take the week off, try sewing again over the weekend and get over myself. Well, that didn't go very well. I've been sewing the same dress for the last three weekends and always find a reason to stop sewing it. The main thing was that it came out too short (because of miscalculating the length of the half circle skirt on my part) and I couldn't decide how to fix it, as I didn't have any fabric left.
I ended up adding a half circle skirt of out black tulle chiffon that's about 5 inches longer than my skirt.

I hate it.

The sewing is pretty bad, the color combination isn't my favorite, the hem came out kind of crooked (god knows how) and it just looks plain silly.

This is a terrible picture of the dress, but as I decided to write this post on a whim I had to take this picture in the dark. The real color of the dress is kelly green and it has  button up placket up the front of the bodice, which I have yet to attach buttons to out of frustration. I was going to add black fabric covered buttons to match the bottom skirt, but now I don't know if I can even look at this dress.

(The only part of this picture I'm proud of is the painting in the back which I made a few years ago)

I wasn't going top post anything, since frankly, I feel like shit. But then I thought, you sew. I'm sure we all feel uninspired sometimes, right? Why should I feel like this is something only I go through? I know this sounds dramatic, but sewing really is my creative outlet and it feels so weird to not want to do it.

I've been thinking of ways to deal with the situation, I thought that maybe sewing something simple to ease myself back in would do the trick, what do you think? I just really can't handle another failed dress right now.
I've been eying lingerie for a while now (evidence here) and I'm thinking maybe making some panties will be my salvation?

I'm sure I'm not the only one going through this, any friendly advice?

Also, do you guys know of any online stores that sell lingerie notions and ship to Europe or Asia (Israel hehe) for a reasonable price?

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Tiny Thing

A friend of mine from work had a baby recently (a week ago!) and I got the sudden urge to make the little baby girl something. It seemed a little silly at first, but let me tell you, once you start, it's so addicting! All the pattern pieces are so tiny and cute and the end result was too adorable for words!

Baby Dress Sewn

I literally used fabric scraps to make this. I had between half a yard and quarter yard left over from my double collar blouse. The pattern pieces were so small I managed to make a diaper cover to go with the dress.
I used Sew Jereli's free baby dress sewing pattern, it was really easy to make, the instructions were clear and easy to follow, I definitely recommend this as an easy baby shower gift. I know it's much too large for newborn but I figured that it's best to make something she can grow into.. right?
Of course I added red bow to the front, I thought it needed a pop of color! 

I promise the hem of the skirt isn't lopsided!

The top part of the bodice is lined with a piece of white cotton I found in my stash. I like the fact that it's lined, it's much sturdier this way and looks more professional (since this is a gift I don't want it to look flimsy!).

There is a button placket in the back. It's supposed to go down past the waist but I decided to cut the back skirt as one piece and close the placket at the waist. I wanted to use bright red buttons to match the bow in the front but they had a shank and I thought it would bother the baby's back. I resorted to using these mellow flat red buttons, oh well!

I made the diaper cover using Made's Perfect Diaper Cover pattern. These pattern pieces are miniscule as well. I just cannot get over how tiny babies are. It took me like half an hour to make the cover and by the time I was done I wanted to make ten more.

Anyway, now I'm kind of hoping other people will get pregnant around me so I can make more baby clothes. They are so ADORABLE!

Ok, everybody get your sad faces on because it's Confession Time:

1) Lack of blogging - I haven't been blogging as much lately. I've reached somewhat of a sewing block, which I have yet to overcome. At first I didn't even want to admit it to myself, not to mention you guys, but I just can't hold it in anymore. I SPENT A WHOLE WEEKEND AT HOME WITHOUT SEWING A SINGLE STITCH. I felt terribly guilty for it but I then realized that we're all allowed a break from time to time, right? This feels like the first step to recovery, hopefully I'll be up and running by next weekend!

2) MeMadeMay - I HATED THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF IT. I had trouble with my camera and then with my laptop and everything seemed to be going wrong. I have a few more pictures to show you but I'm not even sure I'm going to upload them. What do you think?
Trust me though, I held up my end of the bargain of wearing me made items I was just terrible at photographing them.

Have you ever made baby clothes?
what did you think of MeMadeMay?
Have you ever gone into a sewing desert and had trouble finding your way out of it?

Have a great weekend!
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