I finally landed on a design for my Tina Givens Fairy Bear fabric, and it will provide me with a few tutorials to share with you:
-Gathered Front Bodice (that’s this post!)
-Whatever Else Pops Up 😉
In this blog, I’ll be doing a tutorial for the design on the front of the dress:
Pockets are an amazing thing to discover, hidden in the seams of a skirt or a dress, and they are an awesome touch to any skirt or dress you make yourself! I always try to put a pocket or two in the seams if there isn’t an applied pocket, if only to have a convenient place to stash my phone! So here’s a little tutorial on how to add pockets to your garments!
It is fairly simple but it may take some time as it takes a lot of careful pinning and stitching.
1) Figure out which seam you want your pocket to be in and how big you want the pocket to be. A good guideline I use it to make sure the opening will be wide enough for my hand and big enough for my phone to sit in. I don’t usually use a pattern, I will just free-hand cut something out of scraps with pinked shears. You will need two pieces with a one inch allowance at the “opening”. Continue reading
I couldn’t find any good brown fabric at JoAnn’s (and I have a gift card, so I wasn’t going to look anywhere else until it’s all used up!) but I did find these amazing fabrics instead:
I quickly figured out the skirt I was going to make and patterned the skirt gores. I would use the blue dragonfly fabric for the main skirt and the red for the wide, shaped waistband and either a band or ruffles on the hem.
In this tutorial, I will show you how to best achieve that shaped waistband. Continue reading
Just some preview shots of my new JSK, Paris by the Sea, before I coordinate it for a photoshoot!
Unless you are blessed with a ruffler foot for your machine, gathering stitches are the typical way of gathering ruffles: two rows of long-length stitches that you pull.
However, this is not the only option, if you have some thick, wirey thread (such as quilting thread).
This method of gathering is a lot more reliable than gathering stitches, but might require a little bit more clean-up. With this method, there is no risk of breaking thread, and if your gathering thread comes out, you can easily thread it back into place. Also, distriputing fabric is a lot easier to control and conduct. Continue reading
I finally got some new fabric to make a dress! Yay me! I’m beyond excited, after having sewn several commissions, I’m ready to make something for me again.
I’m going to call it “Paris by the Sea”. Yeah, I’m freak’n excited to sew.
While I was getting all of my pattern notes (on the right of the picture above) and patterned out my skirt, I thought “this might be helpful for fellow handmade Lolitas”. While I do have a video tutorial and a high-waisted skirt tutorial, a basic Skirt Gores tutorial seemed like it was long overdue.
Finished my new dress!
The Maiden’s Requiem
So feast your eyes on some dress form photos until I get a chance to get all dress up!
I also did a tutorial for how to do a hem like this ^
For my newest project, I wanted the hem to have a solid stripe around the hem, and of course, bias-binding is the way to get this look: