I have almost finished the green dress, but it’s just one small detail left: the back skirt part!! The reason why I haven’t sewn the back part of the skirt is because I don’t have any fabric left. So tomorrow I will visit the fabric store to buy some more green fabric. I will hopefully finish the dress within a few days.
Now, you may wonder why you haven’t got to see the final result of “your choice”. The reason for this is because I want to include the green dress for the photoshoot as well. So I will try to finish it as soon as possible so we can take photographs of both projects during one photoshoot.
This is the front piece of the skirt part. My vision for this dress was to use lots of fabric for the skirt part. I didn’t want the skirt part to be flat like the red patterned dress, but I also didn’t want it to be wrinckled like the yellow skirt. So, instead I decided to sew pleats.
By sewing pleats you are able to use lots of fabric. The skirt becomes wide but it still looks flat at the top, compared with a wrinkled skirt.
Before you sew together all the pieces and attach to the lining pieces it’s time to sew on the label, which is easy to forget
This is how the dress looks right now. The front part is finished but there is one piece missing on the back part. You are actually supposed to sew together the skirt parts before sewing together it with the top part. But, I couldn’t wait until I had bought more fabric so I sewed on the front part anyway, because I wanted to see how it would look like.
I have started to sew the green dress and I will try to finish it pretty soon so I can use both this and the last project for the photoshoot.
I have almost finished the top part of the dress and this week I’ve been working a lot with the lining piece. So instead of showing you the same old process (drawing pattern and cuting fabric) I decided to show you how I did the lining part.
I showed you the green velour fabric that I will use for the dress last week, but I have also bought a lining fabric. I choosed a black strech fabric that is little transparent. Before using the fabrics you actually don’t have to wash them because they barely shrink.
I use the same basic pattern for the lining pieces, but I have marked 3 cm at the neckline, armhole and the front part (marked with red dots). For these parts I will use the green velour fabric, and the reason for doing this is beacause I want finer edges. So I don’t mark these parts onto the lining fabric.
After marking the pattern onto the lining fabric I cut out the pieces.
and the next step is to mark the red dotted pieces onto the green fabric. After cutting out the pieces I overlock them, using green overlock thread.
I struggled little when pinning the different pieces together, but after a while I managed to get the pieces straight so I could sew them together.
the left picture shows the final result of the lining part. Afterwards I attached the lining part with the outer part of the top. I still have some work left with the top, because on some parts I sew by hand and it takes a lot of time.
One thing you may not know about me is that I’m literally CRAZY about green, so I have finally decided to sew the green dress I’ve been thinking about for a long time. Now you might think “a dress again”, well sewing dresses is kind of my thing and I love both sewing and wearing them.
So the other day I visited the fabric store and everytime I go there I turne into a little kid visiting the toy store, I can be there for hours and just look at different fabrics. Eventually I found a Velour fabric with the right shade of green, and I’m going to sew a pretty simple dress. However, I will use lots of fabric for the skirt part because I want the skirt to be very powerful and I think it will be a great combination with the green colour.
This week it feels like I’ve done everything. I finished sewing “your choice”, I started a new sewing project and ended it as well, and I also made a painting. This is how I become everytime I finish a project, I get confused and I can’t decide what my next project will be so I do all kinds of stuff.
I planned to do the photoshoot this coming week but it looks like it will not happen, but I’m so excited to show you the garments put together, so I hope the photoshoot will be soon.
This is a sneak peak of the skirt and top together. If you compare with the original sketch you can see that I didn’t embroider the top as much as I planned to do, because I think it’s enough just covering the front part.
The idea for my next project was actually to embroider a whole dress, and my vision was to create a flower garden. So I spent a lot of money and bought lots of tulle and colored yarn, and I actually started to embroider the front part, but then I decided not to complete the project. It will take soooo much time to embroider a whole dress and I don’t want you to get tired while waiting
So I threw the idea and I was pretty frustrated. Honestly I couldn’t decide what to do, so I painted instead. I still don’t know what my next project will be but I have some ideas, and I think I will visit the fabric store tomorrow and hopefully I will be able to decide what to sew.
I have literally spent the whole week to embroidering the top and it has required a lot of patience, but I really enjoyed it. I’m so pleased about the result and I’m actually thinking about embroidering a dress as my next project. I will finish this project within a few days, all that remains now is to sew on one sleeve and cut the length of the skirt.
So, I have begin to think about the photoshoot and hopefully you will get to see the final result within two weeks, but meanwhile I will start a new project. Below you can see what I have been working with this week, enjoy it
As I told you last week, it was impossible to use stabilizer and a drawn pattern, so I actually didn’t have a drawn pattern to follow when I was embroidering. Instead I used paper circles as help, and by doing this I kind of knew where to emroider the flowers and also which size.
The yarn that I used consists of 100 % cotton, but It’s not as thick as the white yarn I was practising the embroidering with (which I showed you last week). The black yarn that I used is little shinny which I really liked, so I decided to use a thiner yarn.
The consequence of using a thin yarn was that I had to embroider more flowers than I planned, and each flower also needed more petals for better coverage.
I told you last week that I was going to take apart all the pieces and embroidering them separated, but I found out that it was not necessary. After finishing each flower I actually had to try it on so I could see if the embroidering was equal and covering enough, and that’s why I didn’t take apart the pieces.
you have no idea how much research I did before I started the embroidering, there are so many different kinds of stitches it’s almost insane. But I chosed the “french knot” and I also chosed a simple stich for the petals.
on the left image you can see the final flower that I embroidered and the image to the right is a sneak peak of the final result.
To embroider a tulle top does not belong to my easiest ideas, but I think I’m on the right track now. Below you can see what I have been working and struggling with recently, I hope you enjoy it
sometimes I love drawing patterns but sometimes I hate it. This time I really hated it and that’s why it became so messy.
every time I made changes on the pattern I had to cut out the pieces and sew it all together so I could try it. Well, it all resulted in a numbers of “test pieces”, but I still had lots of problems with the sleeve pattern
so in the end my friend Ekaterina, which by the way is awesome with construction and sewing, helped me. She suggested that I should draw the sleeve pattern from scratch (which I had never done before) instead of using the basic pattern.
so I measured my upper arm, my wrist and the arm length and with the help of my construction book I manage to draw the pattern correct.
Finally I had the patterns all correct and finished, so my next problem was marking the fabric. When I sewed the “test pieces” I used cheap white tulle, which is easy to mark. You can use all kind of pens to mark it because every color is visible on white fabric.
But, marking black tulle was impossible. I tried with every marking pen and marking tool I had but nothing worked and it made me so frustrated.
Eventually I found my own way of marking the fabric. I pinned the pattern onto the fabric, and I almost used every single needle I had because I couldn’t let the pattern move. Then I cut out the fabric piece but I left some fabric in the edges.
the next step was to sew the edges of the pattern with a colored thread and I used 3,5 as stitch length. So, instead of using a pen as marker I used thread.
I don’t know why, but this day I kind of broke all needles. It didn’t matter what kind of needle, I broke them all. It made me pretty frustrated again, so for a while I thought about giving up the project.
so the next day I locked myself into the sewing room and to the music of Taksim Trio I decided not to leave the room until I had it all sewn together. Eventually I managed to sew the pieces together. But you have no idea how difficult it is to sewing tulle because it’s so transparent, and after a while you can not distinguish the different parts and it becomes a mess.
I almost got tears of joy when I tried the top and realized that it fit my body perfect. what I will do next is to take apart the pieces because I’m going to embroider the pieces separate, and when I’m finished with the embroidery I will sew them together again.
ever since I started this project I have been thinking about how I would embroider the top. My original idea was to use a Kantan needle, which is used for couturegarmentsandit’s veryeasy to workwith.
I also thought that I would use a frame to stretch the fabric and use a stabilizer fabric under. This would make it all more stabile and I would also be able to draw the embroidery pattern onto the stabilizer fabric. I tried the idea and realized that the kantan needle wasn’t perfect for this type of fabric, because it tore up the fabric. Later when I had finished the embroidering (using a normal embroidery needle) and I was going to remove the stabilizer it became a totally disaster, because it tore up the whole fabric.
So my idea now is to stretch the fabric with the frame without stabilizer and without a pattern, and I will also use a normal embroidery needle.
this is the type of flowers I will embroider on the top but I will use a black thread instead. So now it’s time for me to start embroidering
I’m right here and I’m frustrated about everything. Igota back injurywhich has preventedme fromsewing,or ratherprevented mefrom doing anythingat all. But, nowI feel betterandyouhave no idea howlong I‘ve been struggling with drawing the patternforthe top.Drawingsleeves isnotmybest sideandtoalsowork withtulle have almostmade it impossible.
I just happen to break the needles on the sewing machine over and over again and right nowI’m sewingwithmy lastneedle. I will write a post within a few days where you will see what I’ve been working with, but right now I know that I will not be working with black tulle again for a loooong time.. I don’t want to give up this project, but I want to finish it very soon.