Sherlock Homes Dress

I'm calling this version of the dress the Sherlock Homes, because well, I already made a plaid dress and I can't shake the Sherlock Homes vibe I get from it. 

This time I kept the two extra inches on the hem and then added full length sleeves, and pockets.

 And this is me noticing a hole in the pocket.

There isn't a ton to say about this dress since this is the third time I've made it, but I'm pretty proud of my pattern matching all around, SO LOOK AT IT!

I still need to put in a hook and eye, but look at that zipper. LOOK AT IT!

For a long time I was planning on sewing on some buttons, like on one side of the diagonal arm seam, then I thought maybe at the bottom of each sleeve... Then I thought, fuck it, I will just wear a belt and boots.

Casual Plaid

Hey look! a causal dress!

The plaid is from my grandmother's scarf stash. Which is totally a sentimental jack pot for me. I would always go through her scarves as a kid and pick out my faves. As an adult I have no use for scarves in my life. Lucky for me my fave scarf was one that was supposed to go over your shoulders and JUST big enough to make the majority of the dress. (ps I even lined it with some of Grandma's guest sheets, and used some of her thread)

I used the same pattern as the bear dress, but didn't add sleeve length for this one, but I did add pockets.

I put the zipper in by hand again and frankly don't think I'll ever go back.

Can you see the thread? Yeah, me neither. It was a bit tricky, but I got it.

I love this dress, it goes with everything. Even margaritas!

The Right to Bear Arms

I love this dress and it's unbearable.

Yes, that is red flannel plaid, with bears on it.

I started with pattern New Look 0112 (which I can't find a link to anywhere, but really it's just a darted sheath dress) and had to add  long sleeves. Sadly I ran out of fabric for pockets.

UPDATE: I found it online! they changed the pattern number I guess, so here it is.

I gave up on zipper foots and put this zipper in by hand. I had been craving some hand sewing ever since the cape. Best zipper execution ever.

Best part part of the dress? I messed up and forgot to match up the pattern so I get weird bear sex on the sides.

To Scrap or Not to Scrap

After flipping through my sketch book I thought it was time to finally tackle this yellow skirt.

All I have left is to add the waist band, but I can't help but think I should scrap it.

So here it is. I like it. Don't get me wrong, I mean look at those pocket stripes, right? Ribbon on the inside hem just for funzies, and it's mustard yellow

It even has back kick pleats, they look good flat, but only then. I used old trusty, and just cut a square out of the back and then sewed in a pleat panel. Easy mode. Well, turns out I should have angled something somewhere...hmm...I tried to fix it... I didn't fit it.

And I don't know if you noticed, but it wrinkles. Oh and I figured out the fabric smells.

Yeah, smells. I got it in my mobster deal where you don't ask questions on where it all came from. Anyway I think this hunk was stored on some damp basement floor, and the smell will not wash out. 

I guess I won't finish it, but it was so close to being so cool. I just wanted someone else to see it before I threw it away.

On a positive note, my sewing room is still on its way to getting done. This is above my work table. Those jars wine carafes are not only storage, but also pattern weights. Oh and BIG ups to the artist behind the art. Love ya girl.

McCall's M6446 cape

I am in love.

Meet Cape M6446

I love every stitch about it...except the pocket flaps. It still needs something to break up all the white together. Maybe some black thread stitching? 

Since I don't do buttons, this was my way around it. I hand stitched on these things. I have no idea what they are called, if you ask me, they really "make" the cape.

The back. 

Sweet ass comfortable lining. Lining wasn't part of the pattern, but leave it to me to make things harder than they need to be. Totally worth the trouble. 

Inside facing topped off with fleece bias tape.

It's super warm, so get ready to see me doing this all winter long.

Fat Camp

I haven't been able work on my cape as much as I would like, why? I got the shakes! (no, really I do, plus blurred vision)

I have been a LONG time lover addict of Mt Dew. For the last 13 years I have had at least 2 cans a day. 

I had always been under the impression that I was addicted to the caffeine. WRONG. I was/am addicted to the sugar. 

I cut off Mt Dew, and my head quickly collapsed. I've drank tea, coffee, eaten endless painkillers and nothing has even touched the headache. Ate a handful of gummie worms? Feel back to normal for about 10 min. 

I'll spare you the details because who really gives a shit about anyone else's weight loss, but I have already lost 2 full inches off my muffin top waist. Which is cool because then I can be someone's bitch in jail after my withdrawal induced murdering spree.