Comic Strip Top – Sewing Through My Stash

Comic Strip Top – Sewing Through My Stash

Can it be?  The  Alexander Henry Fabric titled “Soap” is dated along the selvage 2004.  Have I seriously had it THAT long?

OMG.  Yes.

Well old friend, it’s time that you transform into a cute new top.

A long, long time ago, I’d previously used a panel of this fabric for a top I’d made and sold on eBay. (Back in my younger and edgier days)

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Ah, to be in my early 20’s again…

But, for it’s next adventure out into the world, I think I need something a little more office1253 appropriate.  I choose Simplicity’s 1253.

Cast of Characters:

  • Body: Alexander Henry’s “Soap” (acquired many years ago at Pacific Fabric in Seattle)
  • Arms & Trim: Scraps of Black Stretch Twill (I need that stretch!)
  • Pattern: Simplicity 1253 View “D” (with optional 3 button detailing)
  • Buttons: Random sparkle buttons (on hand)

One of the challenges with this top was making sure all the panels can be visible on some part of the top.  This meant cutting the two pieces of the back individually, 5/8″ away from the center line.  Extra work, but the connection down the center of the back reunited the comic strip exactly as it was printed on the fabric.

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The front of my comic strip top
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The back mirrors the front! #sucess
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The January Seattle Sunshine
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Sewing Through My Stash

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If you’re like me you enjoy sewing.  You’re obsessed with the thrill that comes with getting new clothes, and hoarding collecting fabric has become a wonted part of your life.

I have a metric ton of fabric.  Lots and lots of fabric.  So much fabric, and such GOOD finds, that the thought of ever using any of it feels like I’d be parting with a best friend.

But alas, the reality is this:

  1. I don’t sew as much as I wish I did
  2. I have WAY too many clothing items and need to stop buying more
  3. I need to start getting rid of some fabric that has changed addresses with me not just once, but (at least) six times now.

Beginning today but ‘officially’ January 1st, 2016, I’m going to venture out into a new world.  I’m going to start #SewingThroughMyStash.

For 6 months, the only new clothes I’ll wear are clothes I’ve made myself.

It’s going to be tough, but I’m going to try!  I will however, give myself some exceptions and they are:

  1. I’ll buy bras or socks if I need them (I have NO CLUE how to make bras or socks)
  2. I’m going to keep my Stitch Fix going with a once a month delivery.  I got a good thing going there, and plus, if any pant sewing sessions don’t turn out, it’s nice to know that I have a little back up plan.
  3. Work out wear.  I can tell you have ZERO quick-dry or active fabric of any sort in my stash.
  4. Gifts.  If I’m gifted something, I’m pry gonna keep it and wear it.  Let’s be real.

I’ll keep my blog updated with all my adventures along the way and use the hashtag #SewingThroughMyStash to keep my Instagram/Facebook updated!  Feel free to join and follow me on my journey!

  • MZ
A Girl with Curves Meets an Upscale Bohemian Wedding

A Girl with Curves Meets an Upscale Bohemian Wedding

My husband was the Best Man in the worlds most fabulously coordinated wedding in May.

'View B' is everything.
‘View B’ is everything.

The invitation said attendees should wear green (any shade), white, gold, or black as long as it fit within an “upscale bohemian” theme.  Not totally familiar with Upscale Bohemian, I thought to myself; “…does this mean festival wear, except elegant?” and “Wait… there is no ‘curvy girl’ section in the ‘festival wear’ category…” and finally “OMG, I might be screwed here.”

Rather than order a bunch of dresses online, I decided to order some fabric and get with the sewing.  I chose McCalls M6743.  A effortless pullover dress that I can wear to this event – and hopefully to others in the future.

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My 5.5 yards of Crepe de Chine.

One of the suggested fabrics was Crepe de Chine, and I ordered 5.5 yards in ‘Asparagus’ from Fabric.com (my husband chose the color!).

Now, let’s make an upscale bohemian dress, shall we?!?!?!

One thing I totally underestimated was sewing with Crepe de Chine.  It’s so slippery when the right sides are together! I had a few issues here:

  1. The fabric was sooooooooooooo long that I didn’t lay the whole thing out flat when I cut my pattern pieces.
  2. Since this fabric is so shifty, I think I made some mistakes with my cutting… some of the hems are uneven.  I fixed this when I make the actual hem of the dress.  (I assumed the model was tall, and since I’m short, I didn’t need that extra 1.5 inches anyway.  😉
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This dress gets a score of 10 in the twirl factor category!

The sewing of this garment was pretty easy – I didn’t run into many problems aside from the accidental uneven hem mentioned above.  It didn’t take me too long to make it either.  The hardest parts were the gathered neckline (I needed to pin and sew it a few times to get it exactly right) and the pinning of the hem seemingly took forever, but in the end worth it and I’m glad I took my time.  The instructions were easy to follow; I never had any of those “Whaaaaat are they trying to say here?!?!” moments.

The kiss against the backdrop of the Indian Canyon Golf Resort in Palm Springs CA
The kiss against the backdrop of the Indian Canyon Golf Resort in Palm Springs CA

The Crepe de Chine hung beautifully, packed well (it was a destination wedding in Palm Springs, CA) and although made of polyester, kept me relatively cool in the 100+ degree heat.

The best part?  I felt like a million bucks in this dress.  I got so many compliments, had a great time twirling on the dance floor,  and I can’t wait to wear it again!

Total Cost: Fabric – $30, Thread (Serger & Machine) – $10 on sale at Joann’s.

I paired the dress with a gold vintage belt which belonged to my Grandmother, Kendra Scott’s ‘Elle’ Earrings from Nordstrom, and Charles David ‘Astro’ Espadrilles in Nude Leather; also from Nordstrom.

We had so much fun at this wedding and was (of course!) so happy to be a part of it.

The best man, Groom 2 and me!
The best man, Groom 2 and me!