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Striped Taffeta Dress, Part Three

This is the final post on this project, how sad. Today i’ll be talking about making the skirt, and the assembly of the garment. If you missed the first two posts about this project they can be found here and here!

In the last post I had  just completed the sleeves, so the obvious step is to attach those to the bodice.

I gathered the sleeves down to the right size, then hand stitched them into place.

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After I did that the work on the skirt began. The skirt is relatively simple, it started out as a rectangle with a bit of trim for decoration, nothing difficult….or that was the plan. But I ran into a roadblock. One that involves running out of fabric.

Usually my rule for gathering skirts is that you should have three or four times the length you want the finished skirt to be. Since this dress lands at the waist, I wanted to have at least an eighty four inch length of material to make the skirt. But I only had a sixty five inches of fabric and two yards of trim, do you see a problem with that?

I knew this wouldn’t end well, but I continued on like everything was okay. I cut the skirt, hemmed it, then sewed on the trim.

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This took longer then it should have since taffeta is such a pain to sew through, it kept shredding and tangling my thread.

But finally it was done! My dog has decided she is too good to sleep on the floor, please don’t mind her.

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Then I began the task of gathering. I did two layers of gathering to make sure everything was even. My previous experience with gathering taffeta were pretty disastrous so I spent a long time trying to get this to look right.

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Then I made the waistband, created from leftover strips that were used on the bodice and sleeves.

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I sewed that onto the skirt.

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Then the raw edge was covered with bias tape.

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And finally I could try the thing on! Which I did, only to find out it looked terrible. I wasn’t surprised to find that the skirt didn’t have nearly enough volume. It looked very flat compared to the puffiness of the sleeves and I had no clue what to do – I was out of fabric and the trim used on the hem.

I took a step back to think and let the frustration settle, and resumed progress a week later.

I decided to add a 1/4 circle in the back of the skirt. Though that wouldn’t give it any more volume at the waist, it would make the hem large enough that I could stick a petticoat under the skirt, which would at least make it more proportionate to the top.

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DSC_5283By some miracle, it worked! The skirt looked fine now so I continued on. The next step was sewing the skirt to the bodice.

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Once that was done I sewed up the back seam and stitched in a zipper and hook closure….And the whole thing is finished!

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I’m very happy it’s finished! With the roadblocks I ran into I seriously wondered if I would ever get it done.

I’m really happy with the end result – I hope I can get the matching cloak done soon and share that with you all in the near future!

Thanks for reading.

 

Making a Blue Taffeta Dress

This is a post is over eight months in the making, how crazy is that? I started on this project in August and eventually lost interest. When I pulled it out two months ago to resume progress I was horrified by the construction, messy topstitching, and mismatched seams. Some seams were an inch off from lining up – an inch! I guess my standards have changed a lot in the past months.

I wasn’t really sure what to do, I liked the design but I wasn’t sure I liked it enough to rip out all the seams and remake it. And I definitely didn’t want to finish it in it’s current condition….so I put it away and hoped I’d never see it again. But a few weeks ago it was calling to me, so I decided it was time for it to have a makeover.

This post will be a little odd because of that – a mix of old and new progress pictures, explanations of what was done wrong, how I should have done it better, and stuff like that.

This project was inspired by some Lucas Cranach paintings – after flipping through a gallery I wanted to make something “With a lot of sleeve puffs”. Then after seeing “The Three Musketeers” I had a very strong desire to make something with a fantastic hood like this.

I wanted to make it off of materials I had around, so I decided on off white chiffon (lined with satin), and six yards of blue stretch taffeta.

My basic design looked like this:

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These pieces are cut out so wobbly, it kills me, ahh!

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And once those are sewn together and gathered…

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The bodice pattern is really, really weird since there is a puff embedded in the strap. It took me several mock ups and a lot of playing around to get the shape I wanted. Once I did I turned my mock up into a paper pattern which was used to cut out the stretch taffeta and blue cotton (for lining).

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The front section was supposed to be gathered chiffon, I used white cotton as a base and gathered the chiffon over top, then I sealed the edges with brightly colored bias tape.

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I sewed boning into the lining of the bodice, then pinned the lining and top layers together.

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Once everything was turned right side out I top stitched very poorly around everything – this was right when I got my industrial machine and hadn’t quite figured out the proper settings for everything, because of this I was using a 1.7 mm stitch – now for top stitching I use a 3.5.

Because the stitches were so tight I had no hope of ripping this part of and redoing it.

I sewed the shoulder straps together and pinned the first of the puffs into place.

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Que more terrible top stitching.

I pinned the side seams and tried it on – it was pretty vulgar so I added a ruffle for modesty. Which required even more awful top stitching.

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Back to work on the sleeves! Lot’s mot puffs and bad top stitching. Yay.

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DSC_1545Then they were sewn on to the bodice and the side seams were done up. I must have done this without pins since they were so uneven. The seam attaching them to the bodice wavered from 1″ to .25″ depending on the spot, and the side seams were almost an inch off in some places. None of the white puffs lined up properly, it was pretty awful.

I also ripped out four unnecessary layers of topstitching at the wrists – i’m not sure what they were there for, but they weren’t doing any good.

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In addition to ripping off the sleeves, my bodice repairs included adding embroidered eyelets to the back (instead of a zipper) and hundreds of tiny 2mm decorative pearls. I sewed the pearls around the neckline and used them to create the look of lacing on the front of the bodice.

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I also added elastic to the edges of the neckline so the ruffles would cling to my body and offer a little more modesty.

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Now lets go back to the skirt! The first time I made the skirt I attempted to sew the chiffon panels and the taffeta e panels onto the bodice, then sew them together…which is really dumb and i’m not sure why I chose to do that, but that’s why I have this photo.

I also chose to sew the taffeta and chiffon panels together by machine, not realizing that stretch taffeta, you know, stretches. The taffeta panels ended up several inches longer then the chiffon one.

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I also had no friggen clue how to gather taffeta. I tried doing it by hand, with a machine, using elastic, nothing worked and this was my end result.

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And at the time I said, “Yup, that’s fine” and sewed it on to the bodice.

On take two I ripped out the cringe worthy gathering and uneven panels. I laid them out flat, pinned them, and hand stitched them together from underneath, so the thread was invisible on top. Then I did two rows of gathering – the proper way to gather taffeta.

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Is that not a million times better? Then I sewed it onto the bodice.

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On the left is what it looked like before, on right is the much improved after.

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The final thing to work on was the hood! My first hood was a tragic terrible mistake and needed the most improvements out of everything.

This is the hood pattern – it took me ages to draft and i’m still quite proud of it.

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In my first hood I used plastic boning in the brim as a support, and free handed the gathers in the chiffon. Which meant the whole thing ended up horribly uneven. On top of that the thing was really heavy – it had almost two yards of taffeta and double that amount of chiffon in it. Way too much for a flimsy piece of plastic boning to support.

Speaking of the uneven hood – look at this pathetic piece of gathered lining.

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The lining wasn’t salvageable. I ended up taking apart a petticoat made from the same fabric, just so I could remake this hood. Then I dissembled the taffeta layer and used that as a pattern for the lining.

I cut a strip of buckram and then sewed the chiffon onto it by hand – this way there was no chance for anything to be even slightly uneven!

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The hood was reassembled – this time taking great care to get everything perfect. All the topstitching was done by hand, and I made matching bias tape to finish the edges. Instead of gathering the edges, I pleated them, which looked much nicer and did a better job of getting the shape I wanted. The bottom edges of the hood have little loops made from bias tape – these are what attach the hood to the dress. The dress has button sewn just inside the neckline.

Then I inserted a strip of hooping wire that I pre bend to the required shape. There was no was this hood was going to be unsupported.

I really wish I had a better photo of how awful this hood was. In most photos I very carefully placed it on my head and took dozens of pictures to get it to look right – if I moved the whole thing would collapse, but you can’t tell that from these staged images.

Anyway, before (take a look at that skirt gathering, too!)

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After!

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All the dress needed was a hem to finish it off, so I did that, and it’s done! I wasn’t wearing heels in these pictures so the hem looks a little wonky.

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So that’s that! I’m not sure if it was worth all the effort I put into it, but I’m happy I did. There are still problems I can’t change, a lot of ugly top stitching, uneven ruffles, and puckery sleeves. But I did the best I could with what I had.

Now I just have to find a place to photograph it!

Do you have any projects you’ve saved from wreckage? Is this a common thing?

Thanks for reading!

 

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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The back pieces and shoulder straps bound together.

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

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Then they were bound to the back panel.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Sigh.

Thanks for reading!

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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!

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2014 in All about Fabric, Fabric Friday

 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2014 in All about Fabric, Fabric Friday

 

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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 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.

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 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.

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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.

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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)

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2014 in Sewing Room, Workspace Wednesday

 

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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.

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Black and Grey I

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Black and Grey IIIIII …

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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!

 

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