Saturday, April 26, 2008

Prom Preview!

Once again, apologies for the delay in updating! By now I'm sure you've realized that I'm bad at keeping on schedule, and while I do my best, my posts aren't going to happen twice a week, and sometimes not even once a week. But I do try! ^^

Before I get to the juicy subject of prom dresses, I'd like to show my most recent addition to the Matey Couture "collection".

It just a jumper top, made out of extra black & white polka dotted jersey I had lying around. It was fast and pretty easy, and I just made it up as I went along. The result:

Okay, prom! I ordered fabric online, and when it came I found that it was the most obnoxiously bright red satin I could have gotten. I don't plan on ordering fabric online again if I can help it. Luckily I was going into the city the next day, so I was able to buy more fabric in the correct color. I also picked up the notions, petticoat fabric, and pattern that I needed.

Just so that the world knows it: I despise commercial patterns. In theory, they are a wonderful, beautiful, and glorious help. But put to practice, and you realize that pattern companies are simply out to get you. Okay, huge exaggeration. I wouldn't be able to sew like I can right now if not for patterns. It was only in the last year that I've been learning to sew without patterns. I usually don't mind patterns-- you can get the right curve and shape to make your own pattern from them. But recently I've had sizing issues.

See, I'm usually an 8 in pattern sizes (which are different than manufactured clothing sizes), but when I looked at this pattern envelope, it spotted my measurements at a 12. For those who don't know, patterns usually have different envelopes for different sizes (i.e. 4-6-8-10 in one envelope, 12-14-16-18 in another). So I had to buy a larger pattern envelope, and when I got home and made my mock-up, it was well over two inches too large. I was luckily able to adjust the paper pattern piece and have it all turn out alright, but really! Why would they lie about the sizes?

Excuse the rant. It's late and it was frustrating. In case anyone was wondering, the pattern I used was McCalls 5001. The product is a lovely dress, and I didn't know how to shape the curves just right without a pattern, so I needed to buy it. In any case, it turned out okay, as you can see in the pictures.

It's out of burgundy/black irridescent polyester taffetta-like fabric. I sewed the ribbon on in back because I didn't want to bother with actual loops or eyelets. This has a cleaner finish, anyway.

And here is my sketch of the finished product. I'll be making a huge, poofy petticoat to go under, with layers of lace and a bow atop the gathers.

It's going so fast! I started last night (and ended up sewing until midnight, so I got at least a good four hours in then), continued this afternoon and evening, and will maybe have it done Monday or Tuesday. And I'll be sure to post pictures of myself all gussied up for prom in it in the beginning of May.
A project you might see me posting soon is a cassette tape wallet, as shown in this tutorial. Check it out--it looks awesome and not too hard!

Other news include the small but awesome fact that I can give you a link to my shop (which isn't actually an Etsy shop yet, just a profile, but I'm working on it!):! I'm hoping to have it up and running by the tenth of May.


  1. Hi, this is wmelon from the Dove - I found this through your profile (I checked a random profile when I was having trouble editing mine).
    I just wanted to say that your stuff is great - I particularly like the Wicked shirt, the green and black top and you looked awesome in the polka-dotted dress with white bow. <3
    Your recycled shirt stuff is so nice. Keep it up! :)

  2. Hi Melon!! Thank you so much for your comment! (The new Dove is so weird--it's hard getting used to. And hey, why aren't we friends on livejournal? Add me if you like-- Again, thanks for checking this out! :)

  3. I love the dress and the shirt! Your sketch looks awesome and I can't wait to see the final product :)

  4. Addie! You must put lots and lots of picture of the finished product! You are sewing so fast! Wow. I don't know how you manage to do school and sew... I never can. School always takes back burner to any sewing project going on... that would explain why I am still doing school! AGH! Anyway, I get sidetracked, sorry. The Dress is a very pretty color! Is the netting stuff you are going to put under the dress going to be black? I love the way you laced the back. You need to teach me all your tricky little tips you use to make things so nice! I showed Mom the dress and she was really impressed! You have yourself a fan club in Eagle! Hugs! ~DANA

  5. Awww, thanks, Dana! The tule is actually white, but black would have been so cool! I wish I had now. :P And sometimes my schoolwork doesn't get done, but I try to do it in the morning and sew in the afternoon/evening. Miss you, dear!


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