Stay Study – Project Three

This is one of those posts I really didn’t want to write. Unlike my past two projects in this series, this one was a bit of a flop. It also took a lot longer to make then the other two, so I had built up pretty high expectations for it. And it all seemed to be going okay up until the very end – when I actually tried it on.

It’s usable…kind of. But not really. There is a lot wrong with it, and even several weeks after finishing it I’m still disappointed. It’s not something I want to think too much about – much less write about. But I think sharing failures is just as important as sharing successes – sometimes the projects that end in disaster are the ones you learn the most from. I suppose that was the case here, but it’s still upsetting!

With that cheery intro, here is the third installment of my Stay Study series! The first two posts can both be found here.

Step one was drawing out the pattern.


Once that was done I made a mock up. There were a few things that had to be changed – the fabric was gaping near the arm/bust and the waistline was too long. Both of these were easy fixes, so after making the changes I did not make another mock up.


 I also lowered the neckline and made the V at the front smaller. Then I cut out my pattern from two layers of medium weight polyester linen and a layer of muslin. I marked all the boning channels on the muslin with pen, so I had a very prominent guide to sew over.


Mistake number two was using this crappy fake linen. It frayed so much I left the edges long until all the channels were sewn, then I trimmed them with pinking sheers – which did nothing to stop the fraying.


I added all the boning and filed the tips so they wouldn’t poke through the fabric. Then I rolled the edges and slip stitched them in place.


The pieces were bound together with my super heavy duty upholstery thread.


This is the front panel with most of the boning added. I starched this panel  five times to stiffen it enough so I could embroider the eyelets without it becoming a frayed mess. It didn’t really work. To reinforce it further I stitched a half dozen straight lines across where the eyelets would be sewn with hopes that  would help – luckily it did.


I bound the edges – I definitely got much better at this the more I did it!


The back pieces and shoulder straps bound together.


To finish the tops of the side pieces I made a bit of home made bias tape and sewed that on.


Then they were bound to the back panel.


I spent two whole seasons of top gear sewing eyelets – that’s at least twelve hours. It was kind of insane and not much fun at all. I even took pictures of how shredded my fingers were after sewing the sixty eyelets in two sittings – but they were a bit gory so i’ll spare you all.


Once that was done the front panels were bound to everything else.


To make it even better I then realized I had messed up the spiral lacing. To properly have spiral lacing the top two and bottom two eyelets have to be staggered – I had misunderstood and instead added  on extra eyelet to the left side, meaning the garment could not lace up correctly or evenly.

I decided to power through and finish anyway. I made more bias tape to finish off the top and bottom edges.



Upon trying it on I realized the most major mistake – it didn’t fit. I took these pictures without a chemise so you could see the problem – it digs in a lot at my hips because it’s too long in the waist. Even though the boning is properly filed and finished, It’s a lot of pressure being rested on the hips, and makes it very uncomfortable to wear. After wearing it for less then fifteen minutes I have red marks across where it rests and I think after several hours of wear those would bruise.

The garment I planned on wearing this under requires a petticoat and false rump. Perhaps if I wore the stays over the petticoat (so taboo) that would soften the edges enough for it to be comfortable?

I’m not really sure.


The edges also do not line up, and the front doesn’t extend down far enough to be accurate to the 17th century time period. Overall i’m really upset! So much time wasted on a garment that can’t really be worn. Maybe I should try remaking this garment in a month or two and see if I can do better?

Despite all the frustrations I did learn a lot. The most prominent thing being : ALWAYS MAKE ANOTHER MOCK UP.


Thanks for reading!


Posted by on April 15, 2014 in Uncategorized



Fabric Friday: Love-Hate Relationships (fabric style)

Hello everyone! I suppose it’s only been a week, but it feels like i’ve been away from blogging for a long time. Last week I had several days all to myself – and I had big plans to spend the majority of that time writing, blogging, and making updates to existing posts. Unfortunately on day one my laptops hard drive had some surprise issues that left my laptop unusable. I’ve restored my old drive to it’s factory settings and right now everything is working fine – hopefully it will stay that way!

Since it’s Friday it seems only right to do yet another Fabric Friday post. This weeks theme is a little less positive then last weeks, and it will probably be less visually interesting too.

There area a lot of materials I love, some that I hate, and some I love to look at but hate to work with. The latter of which is what this post is all about!

In my two years of sewing I’ve worked with a lot of fabrics, and have discovered that every material has certain qualities that makes them wonderful – and others that make me a little angry. Brocade frays if you stare at it too long. Peachskin will happily break any needle you try to shove through it. Taffeta requires a huge amount of ironing and steam to make seams look smooth. Velvet is stunning but jams up machines in seconds. And good luck making a fitted garment from cotton sateen that doesn’t look stiff.

The more I make with each fabric, the better I get at using them. Now I know what problems to expect from the materials, so I can work around them and better decide what’s suitable for certain projects. I often deal with frustrations related to fabrics when sewing, but they happen WAY less often then they used to.

When they do happen, i’m usually using the fabrics i’m going to talk about in this post.

For this week I selected two fabrics – Silk [satin and taffeta], and chiffon.

Chiffon is a fabric that I use in almost everything I make. The sheer material has a gorgeous drape and adds a lovely, light, delicate quality to anything you make with it.  It comes in every color you can imagine, along with matte, two tone, and iridescent finishes. It’s pretty damn stunning and I adore the way it looks in most of my finished projects.


But the pretty fabric has a dark side. A side filled with fraying, puckering, pulls, and making it impossible to get patterns cut out precisely.

This fabric is so impossibly slippery – no matter how many pins or pattern weights I use, two “identical” pattern pieces never look the same. Even when cutting two inch strips (something so simple it should be impossible to mess up) I’ll find massive inconsistencies – sometimes more then a half inch off. It’s insane, and frustrating, and a real pain to deal with.

The materials frays more then any I have ever worked with, and it puckers so easily that machine sewing hems is nearly impossible. It’s slippery so getting seams to line up (even when pinned) is a challenge – and after those seams are sewn you have to be really gentle since the fabric is so delicate the stitches can easily create tears or pulls in the material.

Working with it is a thing of nightmares, i’m telling you. But I probably won’t stop using it any time soon, since the end result is something I dream about.


The second fabric  I’m going to talk about is one I have less experience with – silks. Since i’m a student, and still learning, I tend to purchase cheaper fabrics. If I have a costume with a large budget, i’d probably rather spend the extra money on trims or embellishments, since I think those tend to make a garment look more fancy and interesting then expensive fabric.

But I have had a few projects made entirely from silk – and they weren’t much fun.

The most recent was an off white, fully silk satin dress. The majority of the project was hand sewn – partly to finish things nicely, but mostly to avoid creating pulls in the delicate fabric. It’s such a fine weave that even the sharpest needle seems to catch on every thread and create annoying and ugly pulls on the pretty fabric.


If you get anything wrong, tearing it out is going to be a nightmare. The fabric will never look the same and can even be damaged beyond repair, all because of a tiny mistake. And the mistake will hurt so much more because of the fabric costs.

To make it worse – there isn’t a good substitute for silk satin, or silk shantung, or silk taffeta. They are all very unique looking, and the polyester alternatives just aren’t the same (or even close).


Of course dealing with the challenges  are worth it in the end – I certainly won’t stop using a fabric just because it puts up a fight. And i’ll never avoid using a fabric just because it may be a little challenging…but I can’t promise I won’t complain when dealing with those challenges.

Are there any fabrics you have a love-hate relationship with? Or tips on how to make them a little less painful to sew with? I’d really enjoy hearing about them!

Thanks for reading!


Posted by on April 11, 2014 in Uncategorized



Fabric Friday: Fabric you love so, so much…

…That you are terrified to touch it. Or cut it. Or use it. Because the fabric on it’s own is more beautiful then anything you are capable of making and cutting into it would ruin it’s perfection.

Yes it’s Friday again. And since I loved reading the responses on last weeks post so much, i’m bringing it back! And this weeks theme is about material you love a little too much.

I’ve selected two fabrics for this weeks theme – a gorgeous pink and white bridal lace, and a pretty blue brocade.

The brocade was purchased a whole year ago, along with the fabrics I used for my Red and Silver Gown and my Christmas Costume. I bought these with birthday money, and my entire goal of the fabric shopping trip was to buy the prettiest materials possible. I was a little too successful.

Within days of buying the fabric (the majority of those days were spent lovingly gazing at them) I had designs in mind for three garments.  It took me over six months to use up the other two, and now it’s been a year and I still haven’t found it in me to destroy use this one.


I only have a little under two yards, not enough for an entire dress. Because of this i’ve been hoarding blue materials and trims like crazy – I have plans for frilly sleeves, a cloak, and a cathedral length train – all of which would be trimmed with hand dyed lace.


I’m envisioning a blue version of Lucrezia’s wedding gown in The Borgias. It would be wonderfully grand, but to make it I would have to cut up this brocade and it would probably get stained with tears in the process and ruin the whole thing.

No i’m not exaggerating at all. 


Fabric two is a more recent purchase – I got this right before Christmas with a fantastic ball gown in mind. I had been looking for simple cotton lace to go with some pink cotton sateen I had purchased a few months before.

After searching a dozen stores I still hadn’t found any I liked – and then I saw this. 


A beautiful sixty inch wide, beaded, sequined, embroidered mesh bridal lace. I needed it. You don’t even understand – this fabric and I had a moment, and I couldn’t leave the store without it. By some miracle and a lot of bargaining I got the four yard length for under $80.

This is the type of fabric i’ve seen go for $180 a yard. So in addition to being beautiful to look at, it’s also lucky.

Really lucky.

And if I cut it up i’m positive I will anger some fabric spirit – the same one that must have bestowed this beautiful lace upon me. And i’m pretty sure that angering the fabric gods would be ten times worse then breaking a mirror, or walking under a ladder.


So until I feel really confident in my construction and design skills, these fabrics will probably remain unused.

Do you have any fabrics you love a little too much? I’d like to hear about them!

Thanks for reading.


Posted by on April 4, 2014 in Uncategorized



Workspace Wednesday: Notions

If you follow me on tumblr this will look familiar – since I started Workspace Wednesdays over there a month ago. I’d like to make it clear that this will not become a weekly thing on wordpress, but it may become monthly.

I wanted to start doing these since i’ve always enjoyed reading blog posts about other peoples workshops. I find it interesting seeing the space people sew in, and I think you can learn a lot about a person from the way they organize their things.

Sometimes you can find great ideas for your own space, or even get a bit of cleaning inspiration that makes you tidy things up. Since I enjoy reading them so much, I decided to write about my own!


Each post will cover something different, this one is notions, but in the future I will have a post about how I store fabric, works in progress, completed costumes, and maybe a post devoted to my sewing machine or ironing station. I’m also totally open to suggestions if there is anything you would like to see!


I sort my notions into two main categories. The first are practical notions, which are notions that help in the construction or actual sewing of a garment . Things like bobbins, hem clips, grommets, needles, pins, buttons, zippers, boning, etc. would all fit in this category.

The second are decorative notions, which are exactly what you would expect, notions that decorate the garment. Rhinestones, beads, lace, trim, fringe, feathers, and so on.

Practical notions:

I store almost all of my practical notions in these plastic drawer units, which sit on a shelf in my closet. They aren’t the prettiest things in the world, but they are really practical and the perfect size.


I will start off with the three drawer unit.

The top drawer stores buttons! I keep them sorted by shank and non shank. I tend to buy these online, or in large quantities, so most of them come with bags, which I use to keep them relatively organized.

The small brown box has all my non-shank buttons, or buttons I have small quantities of (two or less). The box used to store chocolates, and despite it being clean the entire drawer smells delicious because of it.


Below that I have my boning drawer. This one is a bit of a mess, but I don’t lose sleep over it since I don’t think there is any way to nicely store boning. I have several rolls of hooping wire, a bit of rigilene, some spiral steel, and some regular plastic boning. I also store a file in here (which can be used to soften the edges of plastic boning), and some twill tape.


The final drawer has zippers and bias tape in it. I think it’s pretty self explanatory!


 Now moving on to the smaller, five drawer unit.

The top drawer mostly stores hand sewing supplies but has some random things in it too. I have needles, heavy duty thread (which won’t work in a machine), hem clips, and seam rippers stored there. I also tend to store my pin box  here when it’s not in use.


 After that there are grommets. I store all the small, single part eyelets in an old pin box, along with the tools to set them. The rest are stored in bags or the original packaging. My set of grommet pliers usually lay on top, but they were in use at the time I took this picture.


The next drawer has elastic, velcro, and a few random things (like gel bra straps) inside of it. It’s really rare for me to need anything from this drawer – most of my projects don’t require elastic.


Below that I have a kind of “Random” drawer. I mostly store buckles and suspender clips in here – two things I have never used in any of my projects ever, so i’m not sure why I have so many. I also have fray check, and some clear nail polish in there.

(Which honestly smell and work exactly the same in my opinion)


 The last drawer has snaps and hooks in it (but mostly snaps). I love how buttons look, but I tend to prefer snap closures since they are so much faster to sew on, and easier to open and close when you are getting a garment on. Because of this I have somehow collected hundreds of them in various sizes and colors.


 And that’s it for the little drawer units….but that isn’t the last of my notions! I also have two tupperwear containers that usually sit in the top drawer of a unit underneath my desk.

One holds soft measuring tapes, and the other has all my machine related goodies.

 I’ve found this is the most convenient way of storing measuring tapes – the container is open top so they are easy to grab, and even easier to put away. The container is large enough that I don’t have to cram them in there, and they don’t struggle to get out.


 My machine goodies are mostly screw drivers but I also have a DVD that came with my machine, pliers, and extra bobbins. I store my sewing machine feet and needles in a small container I got from michaels.


 And that is the last of my practical notions – let’s move on to decorative ones!

Decorative Notions:

I store most of my notions, and almost all of my trims and lace in brightly colored photo boxes that were purchased from AC Moore a year ago when they were on sale (six for ten dollars).


But I also store some items in jars on my desk, and a few other bits are scattered around the studio.

I will go over all that – but first the boxes!

I’ll start off with the notion-related pink box (the other holds chiffon) which actually belongs with my “practical notions” but fits better here. It’s filled to the brim with horsehair braid.


The next box is actually my least favorite, since it’s so messy. This is my “Random trim” box which has all sorts of things in it – organza ribbon, gold leather cording, elastic satin ribbon, velvet ribbon, braided suede cord, and much more.


On the flipside – this is my cleanest box, since I only store unopened, spooled ribbon in here.  These were all purchased quite recently at joanns when all the Christmas ribbons were on clearance for 80% off plus 20% off your entire purchase. I’m still quite proud of the deal I got on them.


My second favorite box has lace in it! This is my box of natural or lightly colored lace. Most of it was given to me by my grandparents, but a fair amount of it came from etsy.



And finally my favorite box! This one has all my colored lace in it, and beneath that it has all my random embellishments.

DSC_5252I bought most of these on a whim  (20% off sales on etsy will be my downfall, I swear) and I still haven’t found a project to use them on. But some day I will make a dress with piles of gold lace and it will be lovely.

DSC_5253And underneath all of those, my embellishments! I keep everything sorted in bags, and then most of my rhinestones fit in two chocolate boxes.


I’m still not done though – I haven’t even gotten started on the jars.

The smaller ones are spice jars which were purchased at ikea, and i’m not sure where the larger ones were bought, but you can get nearly identical ones at ikea.


My little jars all store pearls of various colors and sizes. This definitely isn’t the most practical or space saving storage option, but I think they look really cute on my desk, and they double as pattern weights so that’s neat.


 Large jar number one has feathers in it. This one was missing a lid, so I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I finally decided that it would make a perfect feather jar, and I think I was right.


Next to that I have one filled with fake flowers – these were all purchased for a costume that didn’t end up happening. I haven’t found a use for them just yet, but I know I will someday.


Next to that I have a jar that holds the leftovers of my Royal Milk Tea costume. Cameos, pre made bows, rhinestone trim, flat backed pearls, and some other stuff. I have such small amounts of the trims in here that they are pretty much impossible to use -but I can’t bring myself to throw them out.


And lastly I have a jar that holds six yards of some blue braided trim, and a matching applique. Once again, these were purchased for a costume that hasn’t happened and probably never will.


Also on my desk is a tablet box and a tin canister (also from ikea) both of these hold fake flowers that are leftover from my Christmas Costume flower crown – they are SUPER glittery and that glitter gets everywhere if I open them, so i’ll leave that to your imagination!


And lastly, here is my beading storage. I keep them all in a purple scrapbooking bag I got at michaels many years ago – it’s really convenient, and quite cute (in my opinion) so I like it a lot.


I also have a bunch of these bead sets which I keep stacked on a shelf.  On top of them all I have these little pots of glitter, which are stored in a massive tick tack container.


So that’s that! A massive post devoted to notions and how I store them. It’s probably not the most practical system in the world, but it works for me.

Do you have any lifechanging, notions related storage tips? I’d love to hear them.

 Tomorrow I will be back with a more regular “The making of” post. Thanks for reading!


Posted by on April 2, 2014 in Uncategorized



Black and Grey Dress – Photos

Of course wordpress would make a sneaky change to the photo uploader the day I want to upload my most recent photo shoot pictures. Luckily this update isn’t too complex and I think I’ve managed to work it out – but you never really know until the post is up, so fingers crossed nothing looks too wonky!

This past weekend I dragged my dad out to a local park to take some photos of my Black and Grey dress. We found a neat location that was filled with vines and spiky things – the type of thing that you appreciate during daylight, but would be scared of at night. I’m really pleased with how these pictures came out – they aren’t super special but I think they show the costume well!

I still lack the ability to pose in a pleasing manner, or show any type of expression in pictures.

Maybe i’ll get there someday.

Black and Grey VIIII

Black and Grey VIII

Black and Grey I

Black and Grey IIIII

Black and Grey IIIIII …

Black and Grey VII

Black and Grey VI

Black and Grey IIII

Black and Grey III

 I’m happy to call this project finished, since it’s been a WIP for far too long. All and all it came out better then I had expected, but there are still things I would change if I ever wear it again.

(which is slightly doubtful since the construction has some issues)

For now i’m setting this aside and moving on to new projects and finishing some other old ones!


Posted by on April 1, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Fabric Friday: Fabric I (really!) Regret Buying

I’m not sure if Fabric Fridays are going to become a permanent thing – but I really like the idea of it. I’m a nosy person and I really enjoy seeing other peoples fabric stashes – so I thought some of you may be interested in seeing my own. I figured this would be a huge flop when I tried it out last week, but people on tumblr seemed to like the idea of it so I’m bringing it to wordpress too!

It’s a bit different from my regular posts but I think it’s a good way to end a week on a lighthearted note.

For those wondering what a Fabric Friday post is – well, each week (on a Friday, obviously) I will pick a theme and a few materials I own that fit into that theme. Then I will write a bit about how I came to own the fabrics and my feelings towards them.

I’m totally open to opinions about this – whether you like it, hate it, think it should be left on tumblr, etc. I won’t get offended!


Fabric Friday: Fabric I Regret Buying

In the last few years i’ve become really good at justifying my need for material, even the super impractical ones. I’m someone who gets inspired by fabric – usually I buy material then design a dress to go with it, instead of the other way around. It’s kind of backwards, but it works for me.

Because of this I don’t mind having large quantities of material laying around, even if i’m not quite sure what to make with them, I figure they will get used eventually.

Well, most of the time that’s how I feel.

But there are a few exceptions. I own several fabrics that make me cringe when I look at them.

And these are some of those fabrics.

To start it off here is some heavily sequined satin material, paired with some teal foil dot, four way stretch spandex.

I must say I still think the sequined material is pretty, but it’s not the type of thing I will ever use in any of my projects. It might make a pretty, slinky dress – but a single yard of it weighs a good three pounds because it’s so heavily decorated. It would be terrible to work with since it’s more plastic then it is fabric, and I don’t even want to think about what it would do to my nice sewing scissors!

Foil dot spandex has a place in this world, but it doesn’t below in my collection. What on earth would I ever do with this? Can you imagine a fancy, full length Renaissance gown made from teal spandex? The horror.


The fabric I cannot believe I purchased (and adored at one point) is…this. I loved it so much I bought it in two colors, too! And now I can’t even look at it because it blinds me with it’s insane sparkle and tackiness.

I can’t even describe this fabric, it feels like AstroTurf that stretches in four directions and it sparkles like a disco ball on steroids. I’m not even sure why fabric in this texture even exists – I don’t understand what you could do with it, or if you can even sew it.


I’m glad to say I don’t regret any of my recent fabric purchases. All the materials in this post were purchased on my first even trip to the NYC Garment District, back when I didn’t sew. I was more interested in sparkly things then anything functional.

Now i’m the person at Joanns that I used to scoff at – the one who buys the most boring fabrics in the store.


I’d rather be boring then have a closet filled with fabrics like the ones above – so i’m very glad my tastes have changed!

My question for you guys is: Do you have any fabrics you regret buying? That one material that makes you angry when you look at it because it’s so useless? Or haunts you at night because you can’t figure out why on earth you ever bought it?

Thanks for reading!


Posted by on March 28, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Striped Taffeta Dress, Part Two

I’ve managed to get another sewing related injury, an attempt to make an eyelet hole larger with a pair of scissors turned into a (literally) bloody disaster. I can’t seem to hand sew without the use of that finger, and apparently I can’t draft a pattern without banging it on everything. 

Between stabbing myself with pins, burning myself with irons, and seam ripper/scissor related injures i’m a battered mess. For a hobby people associate with the weak and elderly it’s pretty badass. 

(or maybe i’m just weak – thus the injuries)

Anyway – I’m spending my accident educed absence from sewing by catching up on writing, I have six blog posts (mostly) written already – I’m super proud of myself.

Enough with crap you probably don’t care about, this is part two of my overly complicated striped dress! Part one is about the bodice and can be read here!

I’ve run into some real roadblocks with this project, which i’m ignoring for the time being. Instead i’m focusing on the parts that aren’t going too poorly, like the sleeves, which is what this post is all about.

I debated a lot about how to make the sleeves on this thing. I really wanted to do puffy sleeves like the ones on my Glittery Gown but I knew I wanted the cape to have sleeves as well, which would cover the dress sleeves down to the elbow. So that meant the sleeves needed to be very collapsible.

I couldn’t use batting or stuffing to make a base, but luckily taffeta is pretty stiff on it’s own and (should) be able to support itself.

I finally decided on a design I liked, which looked like so!


Then I translated those doodles and crap into a functional pattern.


I used some super elegant mock up materials – I like how the green bubbles bring out the green in the guitars.

There were some minor fit issues, all of which were in the wrist region. I didn’t like the crescent at the elbow either, it was too large. But I really loved how poofy the sleeve were, and the bands below them fit perfectly!


I made some pattern adjustments and got to work on the real thing. My first task was the top bit of the sleeves, unfortunately I didn’t have nearly as much material for this as I thought, so I had to make them less poofy

(what a tragedy)


Then I gathered some embelishments to make the sleeves a little more interesting. I raided my beading collection, which had to be dusted off since it hadn’t been touched in five years (oops). Most of the items were purchased when I was ten so it was a bit of a challenge to find anything in a color other then pink.

But I did manage to find some fantastic, usable stuff!


Then I got to work sewing those on. I sort of winged the pattern and hoped for the best.


I didn’t really like how it looked but I decided to fake confidence and keep going.

Luckily, once it was finished, I was quite fond of it.



Once the poofy bits were done I moved down to the bands that surround them. I made these much like the ones on the bodice, rectangles of fabric that were sewn into tubes and then hand sewn together.



 Then I gathered the lower edge of my poofy sleeves and sewed them together.


Then I skipped over the elbow portion and moved on to the wrist pieces. I knew I didn’t want the stripes to show on these pieces, so I decided to sew the stripes out of the fabric. This would require sewing a lot of seams, but I figured if I did some carefully it could look really neat, and almost reminiscent of armor, which I like since this is (very) loosely based of of menswear.

(I say as a pile on the poof and sparkle)

I started by marking out all the lines onto the back of the material.


I had to fold the fabric at each stripe point, iron it, pin it, sew it, iron it, and then repeat. It was a very slow process but I adore the result!


Then I cut my pattern out of my newly texture fabric, as well as black broadcloth (for lining) unfortunately I made a horrible mistake –  I didn’t make sure my materials were right sides together when I was cutting. I cut two of the same pattern piece when they need to be mirror images of each other.

DSC_4889Unfortunately I did not have any material left to fix it with – this entire dress is made from a little over a yard and a half of fabric, there was NO room for mistakes.

I decided to ignore it (as best I could) and move on. I added a bit of interfacing to the taffeta, to make sewing the button holes a bit easier later on. Then I sewed the lining in.

DSC_4890I clipped the corners, turned it rightside out, and pinned the lace on. They aren’t perfectly symmetrical but i’m not bothered by it.


Then I sewed the button holes in, and the buttons on. These  buttons are from this wonderful shop on etsy.

(Seriously they have amazing customer service, fast shipping, great packaging and reliable descriptions paired with accurate photos. I can’t recommend them highly enough.)

DSC_4905The last bits were the elbow pieces. I started by cutting out the broadcloth bases and sewing them together.


Then I made stripes of fabric to cover them – I talk about this technique in part one, so I won’t repeat myself in this post, instead I will just show you how it looks.


I sewed around them, then sewed bias tape onto the edges.


And then I sewed all the pieces together!


I sewed in the lining, stitched up the sides and my sleeves are officially DONE.


I just have to gather the tops and secure them to the bodice. This dress is getting so close to completion – I really hope nothing else gets in the way of finishing it.

Thanks for reading!


Posted by on March 27, 2014 in Uncategorized


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