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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
so I made some clothes...
It's been quite a while since I've posted... But I've been very busy moving forward with my collection! Over the past two weeks, I've been working on producing some of the clothes in my line, with both success and failure. I began by heading over to our local fabric store with a very specific idea about the textile that I planned to purchase, and ended up wandering around the store for nearly an hour with no potential options that fit the perfect fabric that I envisioned. With this, I went back to the drawing board to reassess where I would go from there, and ended up deciding on a very nice fabric that was completely different from what I thought I wanted. I then ventured over to get other essentials (zippers, thread, lining, and of course... leather trim). My total came out to about $30, which was not bad. Since I had already made the patterns, all I had to do was cut and sew the fabric (harder than it sounds with my expectations for what I was going to be making...). I began by lining all of the pieces for the dress with a vinyl-blend to ensure it would hang properly and not end up sticking to tights (my pet peeve... Had to make sure it wouldn't happen with my collection!). This took longer than I expected, and then began the REALLY tumultuous part of the dress from hell (this, evidently, was one of my failures). I began assembling the dress, sewing the hems, and insetting the sleeves. When all was said and done after repairing my unreliable sewing machine twice, the dress was just ugly. I couldn't stand the way it looked.. My sister really liked it and wanted me to continue to finish the garment, but I knew I just couldn't go forward with the look and had to begin with something else. So I decided to go out on a limb and create a skirt.. Without making a pattern first. I don't know why I decided to do this, but once I got the idea in my head I was just on a roll. In one day, I made and (almost) finished a high-waisted leather-trimmed skirt with a cute (if I do say so myself) pleat detail. Though my sewing machine had some SERIOUS issues with the thick leather, I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. (I have still yet to finish the bottom hem or decide whether or not to add a waistband. What do you think?).
Here are some shots of the process and the final skirt that I ended up with.