I already started telling the story of this dress here. I showed how I built support and structure underneath the bodice, and how I sampled different techniques to find the perfect finish. One thing I didn’t mention in the last post is that this dress was made to be worn to my brother-in-law’s wedding. This… Read More The Sunflower Dress, Part 2
This dress just makes me happy! However, this was not a simple project. Like another of my recent projects, this all started with the fabric. This fabric is yet another find from Fabric Mart Fabrics. It is a silk organza, but instead of being a plain weave like most organzas, it has brocade-like patterns and… Read More The Sunflower Dress, Part 1
This was a birthday present for my mom. I used some of the sari to make her a top for Christmas, so I thought she might like another one for her birthday. I used a different pattern, one that I have used several times before as both a top and a dress (see also another… Read More Another Sari Top
This coat has been in the works for awhile. I started it in the spring, but by the time I was close to finishing, it was already too warm to wear it. I lost motivation at that point, and it sat on Annie (my dress form) all through the summer. The fabric is a silk… Read More Silk Coat
A couple years ago, I went on a sari-buying binge. I have slowly been turning them into garments, first some dresses, then a skirt, and finally a top made from the scraps. This summer I took advantage of the warm weather and washed all of the saris I have left and hung them outside to… Read More Top from a Vintage Silk Sari
This was actually my Halloween costume from last year. I’m dressed as Claire Randall Fraser from Outlander, in an 18th century robe de anglaise. I wore it to a Halloween party that turned out to be a surprise wedding, and I had too much fun to get good pictures of the dress. So, this post… Read More Me as Claire Fraser from Outlander
So this fabric is everything that is wonderful in the world. First, it is silk which is pretty much the best fiber except for wool. Second, it is purple; I think it is well known that I love purple beyond reason. Third, it is plaid, which I love almost as much as I love purple.… Read More Fifties-style dress with PURPLE PLAID!!!
All the pretty pictures were taken by Julie Haider. It’s taken a bit of time to get this final post done, as we are trying to get settled into our new house, but I am so excited to finally share the pictures of this dress. It was a long process (11 months according to my… Read More Sewing My Wedding Dress: Part 4, THE WEDDING!!
OMG, it’s finished!!! To get caught up on my process so far see my first and second posts. The main construction of the dress went pretty fast, but then I didn’t work on it for months. One thing I noticed was that sewing this dress has made me care about the state of my nails… Read More Sewing My Wedding Dress: Part 3
Photo by our wedding photographer, Julie Haider. In addition to making my wedding dress, I am also making the two bridesmaid dresses. I wanted both the bridesmaids to actually like their dresses, and (hopefully) be able to wear them again. I let each one pick her own pattern. The fabric is a dark purple silk… Read More Bridesmaid Dresses