2013 Year In Review: Hits

Top 5 of 2013Continuing with my 2013 Year In Review posts, I’m happy to present my Top 4 Hits of the year (yes, I only have 4 again).  Yay!  These are the garments I’ve worn the most, enjoy wearing the most, and am most proud of.  They’re the garments that make me feel like a million bucks – confident, stylish, and just a little smug.  : )  Hope you enjoy seeing them all again!

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Sewing expedition to Portland, Maine

Invisible zipper foot

Don’t all vacations have to include a side trip to a sewing/fabric store?  : )  I was headed up to Portland, Maine with my boyfriend for a day trip this past Saturday, and somehow I convinced him to stop at a local sewing supply shop to pick up a long-awaited piece of equipment.  Are you sitting down for this?  I am now the proud owner of an invisible zipper foot!!  Ahhhhhhh!!!!  : )

It’s the Bernina invisible zipper foot #35, and I found it at the lovely South Portland Sewing Center.  The woman who helped me was one of the owners, and she was super friendly and knowledgeable.  She even showed me how to change out the foot on my machine… without me having to ask!  What great service!  I would highly recommend this shop if you ever find yourself in Portland.

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Yellow polka dot dress – finished!

Yellow polka dot dress - Butterick 5353 - finished

I am thrilled to finally present my finished yellow polka dot dress!  I finished it at the beginning of July, but I didn’t get around to doing the photo shoot until this afternoon.  My apologies for the long wait!  I’m so happy with how this dress came out – very light and summery – and it was an incredibly quick and easy project.  After all the alteration drama with my turquoise and yellow dress, the second time around with this pattern was a piece of cake.  Love it!  : )

Project stats:

Pattern: Butterick 5353, fitted dress with circular neckband.

Fabric: Yellow polka dot fabric is Moda Half Moon Modern; cream lining is Kona cotton.  Both are 100% cotton – perfect for a light summer dress.

Modifications: Same as for the turquoise and yellow dress.

Level of crafty satisfaction: Love it!!  I feel so cheerful and summery wearing this dress.  : )

To see all the posts about this yellow beauty, click here.

Butterick 5353 pattern art

Lots more photos below… probably too many, but I was having fun and got a little carried away.  : )  Click on any of the photos to make them bigger.  Enjoy!

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The invisible zipper is my sewing nemesis

Yellow polka dot dress - invisible zipper installed

It took me 2 hours and a lot of cursing, sweating, and exasperated sighs… but I managed to install the invisible zipper on my yellow polka dot dress.  Phew!  Why is this always such a challenge for me?  I tell myself that it’s because I don’t have an invisible zipper foot and am using a regular zipper foot, but can it really make that much of a difference?  Regardless, it’s done now, and I don’t want to think about zippers again for a good long while.  : )

Despite all the drama, I’m actually fairly pleased with how everything came out.  I guess all my frustration was worth it?  You can see from the photo above that there are no glaring errors and that the neckband and waistband seams match up pretty well, so I guess I’m calling this a success.  Hurrah!

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Holiday weekends are great for sewing

Yellow polka dot dress - bodice front

Look what I did on my day off from work today — I put together the entire top half of my long-neglected yellow polka dot dress!  It’s amazing how much sewing I can get done when my day job isn’t getting in the way.  : )  The pattern is Butterick 5353, which I also used to make my turquoise and yellow dress.  Since I had taken care of the alterations the first time around, this second dress is a breeze.  It was so great to have an entire day off to sit at my sewing machine, and even better that I have something to show for all those hours.  And how about those polka dots — so cute!

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Yellow polka dot preview, and my ambitious next project

Yellow polka dot dress - yellow and gray fabrics cut

Thank you so much for all your great feedback on my turquoise and yellow dress!  I’m quite happy with the finished product, and I’m excited to crank out a very yellow version.  Behold progress on the new dress: yellow polka dot pieces cut, gray waistband pieces cut… and white lining fabric still uncut.  What can I say?  I did this after work tonight and ran out of steam.  Funny how working all day will do that to you.  : )

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Hello yellow… fabric!

Fabric for yellow polka dot dress

Well, I told you it was a bold print!  Here is my yellow polka dot fabric in all its yellow-y glory, complete with white lining fabric and a gray print for the contrast waistband.  I’ll be making another Butterick 5353 fitted dress, and I’m pretty darn excited about this crazy polka dot print.  This is one of the great things about making your own clothes: where are you going to find a yellow polka dot dress in stores?  And how great is the yellow and gray color combination?  I love it.  : )

Fabric for yellow polka dot dress - hanging up to dryThe fabric is currently hanging up to dry after the requisite pre-shrinking, and I keep glancing over at it and getting a little flutter of crafty excitement.  Can’t wait to cut into this stuff!

And yes, that is my finished turquoise and yellow dress in the background.  I put the finishing touches on it tonight, and photos have been taken.  Stay tuned for the big reveal.  : )

Fabric for my next dress

Moda yellow polka dot fabricYellow polka dot!!  Either I have completely gone crazy, or this dress is going to be totally HOT.  Just a little preview until I can take some photos and write a little more.  My turquoise and yellow dress is *almost* done, and this crazy yellow polka dot fabric is on deck.  Holy bold print, Batman.

More to come soon…  : )