March 27, 2008

Sew me up, Sew me down

So, I sew. Mostly clothes. I started out mainly with handbags but I don't do that as much anymore. Once I got in college I finally figured out how to follow patterns (reading directions really helps) and started making dresses and shirts. I haven't tried pants. They're a bit complicated when it comes to jeans and pants with lots of pockets. I've tried altering patterns and using my own.

I've made a few things that I can wear but there naturally have been some mess ups. It's all in the learning process.

My main beef with the whole sewing thing is that I can never seem to find great fashion fabric. Just plain old cotton. None of this quiting muslim fleece felt polyester faux silk bullshit. I just want plain old, not too heavy, shirting type material. Is this so hard!?

All we have in this city is your classic chain store and home decor fabric shops that really don't have a good selection of what I need. I've tried looking online but you can never really tell the weight of the fabric from a picture.

What I really want to try to make is this shirt. Not very difficult to replicate. I'd just rather not spend $70 on it.

I'd also want to try to do this dress:

and this one:

I really dig the boat neck and the kind of 1930s cap sleeve.

Isn't that the most hot tranny mess you've ever seen?

These are all Built by Wendy designs who I found out about from her line of patterns (and of course I own nearly all of them).

My boyfriend Justin really knows my style and he's always saying "oh, that's a Dixie dress." Well, this stuff is definatly "dixie style."

Anyway, this Wendy chick can't hate me too much for stealing her stuff. I mean, she taught me how to sew in the first place and if her clothes are too expensive I'll just do it myself.

I found this huge fabric store in Houston that I am now dying to check out next time I visit family. Hopefully in that 30,000 or so square ft I'll find SOMETHING to work with!

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