Week 6: Finished!

In the spirit of actually enjoying myself with this challenge I used mostly knits.  Also they were on sale and I cannot resist on-sale knits.  This was also so Murray could have a real shirt that he could slip on over his giant head, unlike the dickie-attached-to coat ensemble he came in.  In the same vein I decided against buttons on the vest—if this was for a real kid the less formal look of it would work pretty well. I was happily surprised by how well the ruffley neck bits…

Week 6: Setup/Sketch

Ugh, I have been getting my pride caught up in this when, like, DUH, I am not a seamstress and this is supposed to be fun.  Thank the fates for this next challenge—designing something for a 5-9 year old and—surprise! (not)—a complementary look for the accompanying model. So, I do not know children.  I know a couple of babies, but despite their recent frightening increase in mobility, school-age kids they’re not.  How to go about the challenge?  Well, I have smart friends.  And a muppet. Murray and I have a…

Week 5: Finished!

Ugh, I am sick of “make a pretty dress” challenges.  I deviated from my sketch out of boredom and nearly ennui’d myself into sewing a shit pile.  No more zippers ever.  Is that okay?  After this any pretty dress challenge is going to get the sewing equivalent of cold connections.  Here’s my pattern plot for the dress.  I didn’t even thumbnail sketch the changed idea, I just went straight to the pattern, as is my normal way of doing things: So, eye catching and spring.  How’s pink and bright blue? …

Week 5: Setup/Sketch

The challenge this week was to make a dress that would be worn by Heidi Klum for April 2010 cover of Marie Claire.  Designers were reminded that it’s three seconds for a consumer to see and decide whether to buy an issue at the news stand, so the dress had to be eye-catching. Can I make a confession?  I do not think I’ve ever read Marie Claire.  It’s rated in my mind as like, a hip mom fashion mag.  I read W for my pretty picture needs and I think…

Week 4: Finished!

This challenge has been finished since the 10th, but a trip to the coast interfered with my posting schedule.  I got a couple of quick shots of the dress on Amanda during lunch at work: So, instead of a heart-disease survivor who will wear the dress on the red carpet we have a single lady who will wear the dress while bieng her dark fairy self.  At karaoke, if you need it to be fancy. Problems: 1. I suck at sleeves and need to take in the armhole some.  It’s…