general adventures in craftiness

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Mendocino Sundress

Mendocino Sundress Front
Originally uploaded by actionhero

I finished the sundress this afternoon. It was a quick project, but the shirring took the longest. I only did 20 rows of shirring because I wanted more of an empire waistline. Other mods I made include adding some halter-style straps and cutting five inches off the length of the dress. I think it's pretty cute! You can see the back here.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Weekend Update

After seeing Mariko's extremely cute sundress, I was inspired to make one of my own. The pattern is from Heather Ross and you can download it for free here. I headed over to Bolt on Friday and bought Rabbit Hole from the Wonderland fabric collection by MoMo for Moda. I had eyed this fabric previously, but didn't have anything in mind to make, so I left it sitting on the shelf. I love the big random polka dots. The project shouldn't take long once the pattern is cut out.

This afternoon, on a trip to Kinokuniya with Mariko, I got these Japanese craft books. I was debating on whether to get the new Machiko Kayaki shirt book when I saw the Pattern Magic books. I had wanted those for a long time, but when they first came out, they were more expensive and I think they were only available on eBay. The other book is all skirts. There are some really helpful technique pictures along with the patterns.

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