Thursday, April 12, 2012

sewvivor rewind: eyelet dress

because of my unfortunate computer sitch i never actually did a good post about my first sewvivor entry…

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this black and white eyelet dress i made for guinevere.

the challenge was to use a tutorial from one of the judges’ blogs as inspiration for your own project.

i chose this bold striped skirt from delia creates:

i love stripes too, delia ;) i love how springy it is, yet still modern because of the black and white color combo.

so i dug through my stash and this is what i found:

oops, nevermind. the photo is apparently on my old computer. a moment of silence, please?

okay—so what i found was some yardage of eyelet that was a hand me down (thanks patty!) i think maybe it was curtains at one time? it was in 2 fairly narrow lengths.

the black lining is a $5 black twin sheet from walmart. it’s become my go-to for when i need large amounts of solid cotton. this was actually for another project…guess i’m off to walmart to replace it ;)

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and the black piping was a huge bolt i got for $1 at my new fabric store. seriously—i think this bolt has 50 yards of piping on it. no lie.

so using my rudimentary math skills, this dress cost me approximately $5.0004 to make (since i used virtually nothing off my piping bolt).

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it’s a basic bodice and full skirt, but i pleated the skirt instead of gathering.

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it has a side zipper and just a little button keyhole at the back neckline.

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i left the belt unlined. and in the interests of complete transparency: the belt closes with velcro and the buttons are glued on. my favorite sewing hack—hot glue gun FTW!

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now let us talk about this child.

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we are wearing the same shoe size. so there’s been some dabbling in mommy’s shoe closet.

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unfortunately for her the shoes mommy prefers are a bit too high heeled and mature for almost-12-year-old legs.

so she may look grown up, but watching her walk i couldn’t decide if the dress made her look mary tyler moore-ish…

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…or the shoes made her look more baby giraffe-ish.

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