Days 1-4 of Me Made May 2014

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Thankfully, the start of May was also the end of some cold and rainy days, so I busted out the cheeriest dress I’ve made. This is a franken-pattern, a mash-up of my self-drafted Pink Dress Bodice and the skirt and sleeves of a Colette Peony.

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I immediately discovered the downside of documenting every handmade item, though, because I discovered some serious…”Bucket Bottom” is what my British friend calls it… an unflattering situation going on in the back of this dress, and I suspect it can be blamed mostly on my use of quilting cotton. Experience sewers, is there some sort of alteration I can/should do to the bodice or waistline to remedy this? I never look at the backside of my clothes, so there is probably lots of room for improvement!

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Friday, I wore my most recently finished item, a half-circle skirt made with the assistance of By Hand London’s glorious app and tutorials. My inspiration was this RTW midi skirt, but I will probably shorten it a few more inches. (I have some more of this fabric, and I’m considering a matching cropped tank, to fully copy the RTW look.)

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On Saturday, I was assisting a photographer at a wedding, and if I hadn’t recently made a gray version of this ikat shirt, I would have been in serious trouble! (We usually dress all in black, though in this outdoor ceremony, it might have been better to wearing something bright green to blend in.)

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Sunday, I wore this polka dot version of the BurdaStyle Double Layer Tank Dress, which I discovered from Four Square Walls. It’s a comically simple pattern, and probably not worth the $5.99 I paid for it – if you can draft the neckline and sleeves, it’s fairly simple to make a straight bodice and a-line skirt from there – but given how simple and flattering the pattern is, I’ll probably get my money out of it (especially during those hot Virginia summers).

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7 thoughts on “Days 1-4 of Me Made May 2014

  1. I love all of these outfits! I really want to make that Burdastyle dress. Yours is beautiful! What fabric did you use for it?

  2. Maggie! I found your blog on Pinterest. Nice work!! My one piece of advice for your first dress– it is really cute and I like the shorter length– but for clothing I would steer clear of quilting cotton. It’s hard because it is available in so many great colors and patterns, but it does not make nice clothes. I used it a lot when I first learned to make clothes and they either didn’t last or weren’t comfortable. Great job though… Can’t wait to see what else you whip up!

  3. Thanks Leah!

    I agree with you that quilting cotton isn’t the best for making nice clothes, but I’ve found that the items I wear so often – especially during hot Virginia summers – tend to be made out of quilting cotton. Perhaps I could call them “wearable muslins” that I’ve worn for a LONG time before updating. Now that I’m paying more attention to fitting and finishing well, I have a desire to upgrade my fabric selections, but I also want to find creative ways to continue wearing inexpensive cottons.

  4. I hear you. I haven’t felt like I have ever gotten a good, “professional” level fit or finish with quilting cotton… Might depend on the pattern though. Simple lightweight skirts and tops might work great! At any rate now I am inspired it make a circle skirt.

  5. Personally I think you look great! I live in Houston. I hear ya on the need for light cotton garments. The quilting cotton will never drape as well as garment-weight, but I’ve heard the Queen of England has weighted hems. I’m going to try that soon. Which reminds me, I don’t know what “bucket bottom” is but I think your bottom is fine! Who cares about that body part anyway? You look fabulous and I love the clothes you’ve made.

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