OAL2014 Superlong Picture Post!!

So, remember when I mentioned that I was going to do the Outfit-a-long, hosted by Lauren & Andi? Welp, I did, even though I was kind of shitty at taking progress pictures along the way. No worries, though, I took shit-tons of finished-outfit pictures, though, to make up for it! (Also cause it’s pretty, dur.)

First, the yarn. UNF this stuff is sexy. It’s called “Charged Cherry”, and it’s exactly the kind of pink that The Boy and I argue over whether it’s red or pink (it’s so obviously pink, wth?). For the record, he has not offered argument about the sweater’s color, just when we encounter the color out in the world, such as when somebody had their rims painted “red” (which is a thing people do, I guess?). I bought it from my LYS, Park Avenue Yarns, where I just want to live forever.

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It’s a cashmere/merino/silk blend (SEXYYYY), and I want to wear it all the time. Look at the subtle color variation! Just enough to give it depth, without turning into some weird, stripey, splotchy mess.

Unfortunately, when I went to knit the Myrna Cardigan in Size Large, I got all the way through one complete sleeve, and started the second, before I noticed a problem.

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LAWL that armhole. It was way too big. I don’t know what exactly happened, since Andi is basically my gauge-soulmate (seriously, both of her patterns I’ve knit were SO easy to get gauge on), but obviously this was not gonna work.

Oh, also, this was the first dress I made for the Sew-a-long portion of the Outfit-a-Long, ha! It’s View B of S1803, but I’m not madly in love with it.

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Frogging commenced, and I re-knit, in a Medium. As you can see, it fits way super happy better plus. Also, let’s not talk about the rubber band on my scissors. I was being dumb, and the experiment failed. Let’s move on to talking about the grey blob in the upper left that is Scout Ass.

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Kidding! Let’s talk about how beautiful this sweater ended up! My buttons were from Fashion Sewing Supply (the people that sell that interfacing I go Gollum over), and the petersham ribbon I used to back the button bands came from Sunni’s shop. The buttons are incredibly cute, and I have tons more (if you click that link you’ll see, you get 25 of the suckers), but because my buttonholes are wonky as shit, I have to manhandle the buttons a bit to get them through both the sewn buttonholes (on the ribbon) and then the knit buttonholes (YOs in the pattern); unfortunately, I didn’t get them to line up super-perfectly. I only mention this because in man-handling the buttons, since they’re “natural coconut shell”, they’re kind of soft. My buttons all have indentations from my fingernails from the manhandling process. Now you know! Don’t do that.

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Since I didn’t much care for my first version of S1803, I decided to make a second. First, let me just say that, for whatever strange reason, I feel like I have to do whatever everyone else chooses not to do. I don’t know why, and this stupid tendency usually manifests itself in the dumbest possible ways.

When I saw S1803, I frakkin’ LOVED view C. That adorable little notched neckline is the whole reason I even wanted this stupid pattern. Then, when the OAL happened, I somehow got it into my head that of course everyone was going to do view C, it’s the most adorable, so to be different and special and unique or whatever, I chose view B (I know, you’re saying breathlessly “what a rebel!”. Calm yourself.).

And I didn’t really have a problem with the V-neckline on that View B, but the lack of a waistband really bothered me, and the skirt wasn’t quite what I wanted, either. So, I decided to go ahead and make a second version. And THIS TIME, I went ahead and actually made the stupid dress I wanted. Who cares how many other people chose view C (btw, not that many, wtf Kristi)? The point of this was to have an outfit that I wanted, that I loved, and seriously? I live near like 2 sewists, and I’ve never bumped into them anyway. Not like we’ll all turn up to the party wearing the same dress, right? (Ha, I don’t do parties, y’all. See HERE for the perfect explanation.) {WARNING. Clicking that last link will make you lose hours of time. The comics are way too awesome; it’s a rabbit-hole of mesmerizing drawings.}

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So anyway, that’s all the shitty pictures I hurriedly took and then posted to Ravelry. Now comes the better pictures, after I wore it to work and took advantage of the awesome light in my office!

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So, as you can see, the dress is navy, with a pink waistband, and pink piping along the neckline. This was my first time using piping, ever, and I made it as hard on myself as I could’ve, haha. First I made my own bias tape from the same fabric I cut the waistband out of, because I wanted to make sure it matched (turns out I’m not great at making bias tape). Then, I used some paracord we have around the house (The Boy makes friendship bracelets manly, life-saving bracelets, belts, straps, etc out of paracord, so we have tons of it), wrapped it in my me-made bias tape, and stitched it using an adjustable blind-hemming foot I have, because it’s the closest thing I have to a zipper foot or any other specialty foot that isn’t a walking foot or buttonhole foot, ha! THEN I thread-traced the seamlines on my facing & bodice, and then hand-basted the piping to the bodice, so I could make sure it was going to poke out where it should (this is the only thing I did myself a favor in doing, guys. Hand-baste all the things, from now on!). I finally stitched it all up, trimmed, clipped, etc, and pressed the everloving SHIT out of everything.

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It sort of worked. I mean, It’s obviously super-wearable, but this neckline wasn’t really the best choice for a first time trying to use piping, haha! And for whatever reason, even though the facing is totally interfaced, the right side of my notch has Ender-Ear Syndrome. Just the right side. No idea why, and I don’t care so much that I won’t wear this ALL THE TIME.

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 The skirt & waistband were both from my M6696, which I had used to make my green shirtdress you see here. I really loved the pleating on that skirt, I felt like it was flattering and comfy and swooshy, and I already knew the waistband fit me fairly well, too, so I went ahead and used both of those. Unfortunately, I got all kinds of turned around when I was sewing up my skirt and ended up sewing it inside out, so my pleats ended up pressed TOWARD my CF, instead of AWAY FROM the CF (which is way more flattering, lolz), but oh wells.

When I stitched the bodice to the waistband+skirt, I ended up with a lot of not-quite-matching-ness. I just lopped off whatever stuck out (yeah, don’t do that), so now this dress is not what you would call Taco Bell-friendly. But whatever, it’s comfortable if you don’t eat too much haha.

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 Ooh, another neat point! Since M6696’s skirt & waistband are for a shirtdress, they’re meant to open at the front, so the back piece is cut on the foldline, and there are 2 front pieces. Since my zipper was going to go at the back, I just used the back piece as my front piece, and vice versa (so my front was seamless and I had 2 back pieces, which is fairly normal for a skirt). Apparently, the pieces are subtly different, just enough so that my side-seam pockets sit just a tiny bit too far back. It was driving me nuts all day, like how did this even happen? Then I realized: WOW, I put the whole skirt on backwards (ON PURPOSE, EVEN). I deserve these awkward pockets.

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 The combo of cardigan and dress is just too damn cute, though, right?!

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 I also really like that if I wear the dress without the cardigan, my tattoo peeps out of the back, but the cardigan–even with the keyhole–covers it up completely, so nobody knows it’s even there.

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I wasn’t all that enthused about taking these pictures because my skin is acting up. I bought some powder that my skin just does not like. I break out a LOT if I use it, but now I’m in a dilemma: do I throw it away when it’s brand new and I paid good money for it, or do I stubbornly keep it until I eventually use it all up and justify the cost of it even if my face is breaking out? Obviously I should do the former, but I already know I’ll do the latter, at least long enough for me to feel like the cost of the stupid powder (which wasn’t expensive, either, guys, it’s just drug-store makeup) was worth it.

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Anyway, I really like how the sleeves turned out! I think they’re supposed to be poofier, but I have big ole guns, so the sleeves actually just fit me kind of nicely, without super-stretching like most knits have to.

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I hemmed using rayon seam binding (again, from Sunni. I guess I bought like eleventy billion yards of it, haha).

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 Haha, I gave myself a pedicure (with pink nail polish and sparkly nail stickers!) in order to wear these shoes and take pictures. Then it turns out my feet never even make it into a single shot, so here you go. Feets. Appreciate them.

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So, I finished every single seam with rayon seam binding. EVERY. SINGLE. SEAM. It was the biggest bitch. It always starts out fine, and then you’re like, eh, I don’t feel like it anymore, BUT YOU HAVE TO BECAUSE YOU STARTED MUWAHAHAHA!

Ugh. I want to wear this stupid dress inside out, it’s so beautifully finished, and I resented most of it. I took my serger (bought from Goodwill, remember?) to the only sewing machine servicing place that I know of in the area, so I’ve been missing my serger.* So to the tune of all of the Red Vs Blue shows on Netflix, I painstakingly pinned, stitched, trimmed, pressed, stitched, pressed, and did it all over again, to all these stupid seams. My resolution to leave no seam unfinished deserves a gold frickin’ star, y’all.

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Sorry for the flash, but I wanted to show you my handstitching, and it wouldn’t really show up without the flash. I kept the flash on when I photo’d the right side in the interest of fairness–see, no stitches visible!

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I slipstitched the waistband inside (see that picture of sewing under a desk? I did the slipstitching at work, ha), and naturally I used pink thread, since the waistband is pink. DUMB. As you can see on the pic on the right, the stitches show through in some spots. The fabric for this dress is really quite thin, which is never more evident than when you’re trying to only pick up one or two threads and you keep going through to the right side of the fabric. =/ Oh well, nobody will ever even notice it.

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My piping was too big and heavy for the neckline, really, so I had to whipstitch the v closed at the bottom a little bit, just to give it a little structure. Can I do that? Call it “whipstitch” when really I just ran the thread over and over? I think that’s technically whipstitching….

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HAHA! I whipstitched the zipper after I had inserted it (I prefer to do it in that order, so I can be sure it’s long enough), but I forgot to cut off the rest of the zipper before I wore it. I walked around all day with a secret tail, haha!

*About that whole machine-servicing thing: when I first called to ask if they even do machine servicing, I asked about the wait. They said they tell people 2 weeks, but it’s usually done in a week. Okay, cool, so I drop my machine off, but I forgot the power cord. No worries, I’ll bring it by the next day.

BOOM! Next day, my car blows up (not literally, it just needed a new timing belt. There was no catastrophic engine failure, thank God). So after the car gets fixed (took a couple of days to get the parts and do the work), I’m good to go, I call the place and let them know I’m coming the next day to drop off the power cord. By this point, it’s been at the shop almost a week without the power cord. They say that’s great, see you then, etc.

When I drop the power cord off the next day, the lady that takes it is snotty and obviously irritated that I left my machine there for a week without the power cord. It’s pretty evident that the lady I’ve been in communication with has not spoken to Miss SnottyBitchPants about the whole deal, but whatever. Miss SBP lets me know it’s now going to be two-and-a-half to three weeks before my machine is ready. Okay, I guess it’s her personal punishment to me, or maybe they were suddenly inundated with machines that need to be repaired, whatever.

At the end of the 3rd week (4th since they’ve had it, but only 3rd since they’ve had it with the power cord), I call up and speak with another lady (whom I haven’t yet spoken with). I ask about the status of my machine, and she says “it’s on the shelf, I don’t know what that means, you’ll have to call back next week when the guy is here”. Wtf, seriously?

So the FOLLOWING WEEK (4th week they’ve had it WITH the power cord, savvy?), I call and Miss SBP (in a slightly less-bitchy mode, apparently) informs me that my machine is next in line to be worked on, so it should be done by the end of the week.

My question is, is this normal? I mean, I thought the initial one-to-two weeks thing was pretty excellent, it seemed very speedy for something like this. If they had told me on the phone that it would be a month, that would’ve been fine by me, too. I have absolutely no idea how long this sort of thing normally takes, since this is my very first time getting a machine serviced.

But this weird run-around thing is pissing me right the fuck off. See, I’ve already paid for this. It’s not like they’re dragging their feet and giving me the run-around because they think they’re not going to get paid. It’s bullshit.

Should they have told me it would take a month? I mean, is that the normal time-frame for this sort of thing? Or did something obviously go wrong, because it should’ve only taken a couple of weeks? I have no ideas, but I’m fairly certain I’m heading to that shop tomorrow and leaving with my machine, and my money if they haven’t done anything with it, yet.

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Thurlowed Cambie

Remember my blue Cambie?

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(Not the most recent picture of it, just my favorite =p)

Welp, due to some terrible noobish seam finishing which I mentioned earlier, it was coming all kinds of undone.

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Holes in seams…

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OH GOD WHAT IS HAPPENING TO MY ZIPPER.

You know. The usual fally-aparty type stuff. So in the spirit of “Make do and mend”:

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I cut up the dress and used it to make some Thurlow shorts! Now, I’d made a muslin using the largest size (16, I think? I could be wrong, I don’t have it right here with me), and had some craziness going on with my crotchal area (doesn’t everyone, though, with pants?). There was a mysterious wedge that needed to be taken out, which is okay, that’s fine, Lauren mentioned having to do something similar. Only, my problem was this:

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That is a mothertruckin’ two inch wedge, y’all. How would it even be possible to have to take out that much?? I’m not even a “petite” person, guys! It seemed so extreme that I even emailed Lauren to ask her how the hell this is possible (also, wouldn’t this give me the world’s tiniest, most useless fly?). She offered me some sage advice, and I decided to make myself a “wearable” (hopefully) muslin. And, well, the Cambie was sitting there, all holey and teary-aparty and whatnot, so I figured “well, that’s a damn good way to ensure I don’t waste expensive fabric, right?”.

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So there we go! Some wearable-ish shorts. Spoiler alert: I only took 1 inch out of the crotch depth, instead of 2, to test the waters. I’m not one to worry overmuch about “whiskering” and “crotch issues” and all that (as long as I can still wear the shorts, ha!), so I figured if it gave me a little baby fupa, who cares? As the ancient Chinese proverb says, It is better to err on the side of FUPAness than to have a fly that is too short and useless. Right? I’m pretty sure I had a fortune cookie that said that once….

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So, I’m not really sure about that whole crotch-depth nonsense, but I think it’s possible that the reason I was getting the fupa in the first place is that I wanted my shorts to sit lower on my hips than the pattern was drafted for. I like for my pants to sit up higher on my rise than my shorts do, is that weird?

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They’re a little loose, even sitting this low on my hips, but if they sat up higher (where they should as drafted, and probably where they will as pants), they’d definitely be too big in the waist. Meanwhile, my ass is still nom-ing on the fabric a little bit, so I need to add more to the … idk crotch depth, height, fuckit-curve, whatever. I actually added 1/2″ to it after my green muslin shorts, but apparently it needs to be a bit more. Still, I’m wearing these suckers out and about; it’s not, like, Wedgie City.

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 I got confused about whether the right side should be on the inside or the outside of my pocket bags, so I ended up with pockets that look better from the inside of my shorts than the outside. Whatevs, the fabulous pocket facings prevent anyone from seeing the wrong side, and when I take my shorts off, the pocket lining and waistband facing all match, so PARTY ON, Y’ALL!

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This is the part where every blogger ever apologizes for wrinkles. PSH. It’s cotton fabric, guys, it’s wrinkled as fuqq, and that’s after I ironed it. Who gives a damn?

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DID YOU SEE MY WELT POCKETS? They’re fucking amazing. I followed Lauren’s tutorial (geez, Kristi, stalker much?), and after I had finished, I sat there staring at my INCREDIBLE WELT POCKETS, going

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I was feeling SO smug, guys. Obviously, I was amazing, and SO SMART, and maybe even superior to Batman in this one thing. (Did Batman train really hard to be the best at double welt pockets? Duh.)

Then I looked at the pattern instructions. LOLWHUT. WTF DOES ANY OF THIS MEAN? Which side goes up? How is sews? Where scissor?

Sooooo…yeah. I slunk back to my batcave in ashamed gratitude for the internet and all of its many wonderful hand-holding, picture-infused tutorials.

 Let me wrap this up with a pro-tip: the pattern piece for the belt loops is going to be cut into sixths. SO, if you don’t have quite enough fabric to put that piece on, who cares! Cut it in half (like I did), or thirds or whatever you gotta do to make it fit. Use the shit out your fabric, so there’s barely even threads left over when you’re done with it. I feel super thrifty for doing these shorts this way, and I’m one step closer to my goal of pants-makingness in 2014!

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Me-Made-May Week 4-5 & Also Mopin’

Sometimes, Scout is mopey. When she is mopey, she is no longer Scout; she is Pout.

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I have been Pout lately. Look, let’s just rip off the bandaid:

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The most adorable life-ruiner I’ve ever met ate my camera.

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Ate. My. Camera.

We never even found the SD card. Presumably, he ate it whole. (He’s okay.)

I was doing such a great job of documenting stuff for Me-Made-May, but what really had (has) me bummed out is that all my pictures of unposted projects were on that camera (like my sister’s Ball Gown, which I had shipped out already, so I’ll never be able to take those pics again).

I don’t know when I’ll be able to get a replacement camera; that one was a gift. Cameras just aren’t that high of a priority when it comes time to make the monthly budget. =/

But anyway, while I am still very much a Pout, I’m trying to shake it off. I mean, I did a pretty good job with Me-Made-May, and I’ve been making stuff and…stuff…I’ll dePout eventually.

5/22-5/26 is gone forever. You aren’t missing much, though, I’ve been repeating everything.

5/27/14:

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Me-Mades: Pink Lace NL6000 & Stiff-upper-lip-that-isn’t-crying-despite-just-discovering-camera-was-eaten.

5/28/14:

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Me-Mades: Blue Cambie (Last time I wore it, actually! Le Gasp! Deets later!)

5/29/14:

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Me-Mades: Green McCalls 6696. I took this pic last minute, haha! See The Boy’s foot? He’s already in bed, ha!

5/30/14:

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Me-Mades: Trifecta Top! This picture is actually a Dramatic Recreation. I didn’t get a pic of the top on Friday, but I wore it again on Sunday, at my parents’ house. They have some marvelous light in that guest bedroom, beeteedubs.

5/31/14:

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Me-Mades: Pink Alma blouse! I wore this to a cousin’s graduation party (she’s this crazy  awesome doctor-baker-plant-grower-generally-amazing person, it’s INSANE), where I basically spent the whole time playing soccer and football with little cousins. I had a blast. =D

Oh, and just for you:

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I was trying to make a funny face, but I couldn’t position the phone right, so you get half a funny face. ORRRR: look in the mirror on the side, there. HA!

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MMM14 Week Three

Week Three, y’all! There was a tiny bit of repeating, but whattayagonnado, right? I’m pretty much completely tapped out on non-repeating outfits, so I guess I’ve discovered I have right around 3 weeks’ worth of clothes, haha!

5/15/14:

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  Me-mades: Black Cambie-ish Corduroy Skirt

 Remember that cold front that the Rainbringer brought? It made it so I could actually wear this hot little thang! It’s just a tad too short for me to comfortably wear to work without opaque tights, but the cold front caused me to break out the tights again, ha!

5/16/14:

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 Me-mades: *New* Black short-sleeved Plantain Tee

I made this at the same time that I made the Trifecta Top! It’s made using the *FREE* Plantain Tee pattern from Deer & Doe. It was a test-version, using the same black stash knit I used for my Trifecta Top (also, the “V-neck” [lol it's SO not a v-neck] Renfrew). Again, more will be made soon! I’m making my sister’s ~Senior Ball Gown~ right now, but once that’s done, my serger and I are going to make some sweet sweet love, wait, no, t-shirts! I’m SUPER EXCITED, Y’ALL!

5/17/14:

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 Me-mades: Same as 5/16, only with additional me-made blue fuzz from pieces of blue satin* that sheds like a mofo. No pictures of it, though, so here! Have an Idaho! This is the best picture I’ve ever managed to take of him. He NEVER sits still.

* Remember how I said I’m making my sister’s Senior Ball Gown? She wanted blue satin.

5/18/14:

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 Me-mades: Brown Alma

I, um, I feel like my face would look less smug if I’d had the camera up higher. Maybe. Or maybe I was all like “psh, camera, I’m so much better than you, you leetle beetch”. Who really knows? Maybe I was like FUCK YES SHORTS WEATHER WHY AM I INSIDE.

5/19/14:

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 Me-mades: Same Gray Charlotte Skirt, and also my Emma Pillsbury Bow-Collar Blouse. W00t Wisconsin wedges, too, but that shizz is getting old to type out. I wear them a LOT, guys. I need more wedges, since they’re basically the only heels I can wear all day, ha!

5/20/14:

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 Me-mades: *New* Green McCalls 6696

This pattern was available in a plus-size (fucking SCORE, cause most of the cute plus-size patterns are few and far between at my local Lobby del Hobby) while I was looking for more plus-size patterns **STAY TUNED FOR AWSOMENESS ON THAT FRONT** and I had to have it for myself, ha!

I’m going to wait to post more about this dress until I can make another one, cause I frickin’ love it (mostly); but I will say that when I searched the pattern to link to, HAHA there’s those prop bikes Lauren hates!

And oh look. Those shoes again. ;p

5/21/14:

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 Me-mades: Yellow Charlotte Skirt

This skirt is Le Suck, because the waistband is just horrible. It was my second time making a Charlotte Skirt (first was during the BHL sew-along [I just tried to link to it, and it looks like it has disappeared, whomp whomp]), and so OBVIOUSLY I was an expert and could just do whatever I wanted. I made the waistband TWICE as tall (I guess I wanted it to sit up higher…? idk PastKristi, but PresentKristi is pretty disappoint, man), but decided not to taper it in (which would’ve at least allowed it to hug my waist, instead of surrounding it without actually touching it [waistband fortress!!]), and OH INTERFACING WHO NEEDS THAT?  

WOW I LOVE PARENTHESES.

 Anyway, TL;DR is this skirt is being held up by my hips, and is being held in by my nifty elastic belt. It puffs out awkwardly, especially in the back, so I wear a cardigan always. This cardi is NOT my Tardis Miette (seen here). That was tragically thrown in the washing machine, and because it was 100% wool, it ended up too small to even fit Duncan by the time it made it out of the washing machine. (The Boy thoughtfully did not throw it in the dryer, just for me. -_-)

This cardigan is 100% cashmere, 100% thrifted from Goodwill for six bucks. You guys. I LOVE cashmere! I had no idea, until I was running my hands over the racks at Goodwill (just for funzies, I like textures), and was halted by the feel of this stuff. It actually fit (AMAZING), so I decided to grab it. Heck yes!!

This led to my resolution to knit a cashmere sweater. I don’t know if you’ve priced any yarn lately, but holy SHIT cashmere yarn is expensive. If I were making a single cashmere sock, maybe it could be in my price range but HA on a sweater. I’ll definitely be having to do a cashmere BLEND (like merino/silk/cashmere, maybe?), and what better time to do so than NOW, as part of the Outfit-along that’s about to go down!

Andi & Lauren are hosting, and since I frakkin love both patterns (sweaterdress) they’re using, I definitely want in on that shizz! I still have to buy my patterns, and yarn/fabric, but I’m thinking YES PLEASE, y’all.

      So who else wants to try tackling a dress + sweater combo? Supposedly it’s gonna be nice and easy for beginners, and you’ll feel SO pro when you finish up!

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V9668 Skirt–WITH POCKETS

So, ‘member how much I loved the skirt on this darling little clusterfuck? Welp, I decided to take a break from the incessant fiddling with the bodice (which NEVER turns out right, UGH) to make a nice, simple skirt from the pattern.

I ordered some plaid on sale at fabric.com (I ordered 4 yards, cause SCAWWY PLAID-MATCHING, hahahaha now I have like 2.5 yards or some shit, wtf Kristi). It’s a polyester “suiting”-type of fabric, kinda scratchy but not horrible. It has these cool golden threads woven into the plaid, but it’s not all crazy-sparkle-shit or anything.

But anyway, who cares?! Let’s see some mo-fo-in pictures, already!

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The first time I cut this skirt out, I got confused and matched up the plaid seamlessly…across the front and back…so it just looked like my whole skirt was sideways. I wanted that perfect matching at the side seams, but I wanted the front and back to give me the chevrons from a mirror-image sort of match (WOW did that make ANY sense?).

ANYWAY, I recut, and fixed it. Ish.

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See the difference between the back (left) and the side (right)? The back is “mirrored”, whereas the side is just matched up straight across (er…more or less).

Oh, also pockets, ’cause DER.

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The pattern-matching at the side seams sort of suffered from my miscalculation in cutting out. I thought my waist was much bigger than it is (I always do that, why?), so I lopped off the top of the skirt pieces (like cutting off the top of a triangle, sorta), and then had to take the skirt way in, cause that was stupid. 

TL;DR: it matches up just enough so you know I tried, without actually properly matching at all, haha!

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Ender, you are a lazy bum.

I had one fabulous large purpley-gray button in my stash, so I used that. Also, I used a regular zipper, but did a meh job of insertion. I didn’t feel like handstitching it in, for unknown reasons. (Seriously, in retrospect, this makes ZERO sense.)

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Buttonhole was done on my machine (it’s a 4-step buttonhole, and I pretty much hate it, btw. My machine pulls the fabric through way too quickly to make a decent buttonhole, so I have to fight my machine the whole time, slowing the fabric down so it has time to make stitches in it. This could possibly be the first sign of the robopocalypse**. Stay tuned for more details.)

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See that awesome gold thread I was talking about? Oh, and, haha! I used the blue fabric from my pink lace NL6000 as an “interfacing” for the waistband. You can see it in the buttonhole, haha.

*Side note: I have some really excellent interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply, and I hoard it. I make all these things that I feel aren’t ~good enough~ to use my fancy interfacing. WTF? I’ve heard of people doing that with fabric, like silk or whatnot, but I don’t do that at all. If I have fabric, I’m’a use it! But this interfacing is SSSSSSPECCCCCIALLLL IT IS MY PRECIOUSSSS I LOVE IT FOREVER. Seriously, it’s like all your life, you’ve been using those recycled brown paper towels to dry off after a shower, and finally someone hands you a nice, thick terrycloth towel. It’s that dramatic of a difference. I will never again buy that crappy interfacing from Joann or Hobby Lobby or whatever.*

Anyway!  Inside out:

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I machine stitched some more rayon seam binding to the waist-seam, and then did an invisible catchstitch to hold it down. It’s a fairly nice way to reduce bulk, and it was fun to sew it in bright pink thread, knowing it wouldn’t show on the right side.

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I also did an invisible catchstitch for the hem, using bright yellow hem tape. Naturally, I used bright yellow thread to go with it. BUT WHERE ARE THE STITCHES, HUH, BITCHES? Seriously. I’m so proud of myself. For the record, I did NOT come into this knowing all these hand stitches or anything. I just looked up some tutorials, and practiced, and voila! Fucking pro, man.

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But yeah, that whole machine-inserted zipper makes no sense, now, huh? Haha! 

**Incidentally, a friend recommended a book to me by the name of “Robopocalypse” (NOT an affiliate link or anything, just a google search result). He said that, despite its rather unfortunate name, it’s actually pretty decent. After reading it (as an ebook on my phone, btw), I’d definitely agree, and recommend it to anyone that’s into a little sci-fi, post-apocalyptic fiction that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s written in a sort of a memoir style, which kinda reminded me of World War Z. So there ya go.

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