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Muslin for a Baby Baptism Dress

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My sister asked me to make her daughter’s baptism dress. I altered a pattern a bit and created a muslin for fitting since she lives in another state.

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In my haste I realized I didn’t adjust the pattern straps. They are drafted to button on the top, so the back strap is longer. I should have cut them even despite the pattern. I’ll have to fix that tomorrow before sending.

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In addition to creating a straight a-line shape, I also added a loop and ribbon in the back to more easily get the dress over my niece’s head. I hope there’s enough room!

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I also realized if I had paid a bit more attention (or any) to pattern placement the floral design would be perfectly centered. It’s off an inch or so and it’s killing me! Oh well, that’s why we make muslins.

Updated with shortened straps:
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When French Seams Go Bad

I’m really in love with my Simplicity 9043 pattern right now. I finished three t-shirts this weekend but I managed to take pictures of only one. The fabric I used was a thick polyester I’ve had on hand for some time. This one turned OK…

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You can see on the sleeves that the seams look a little clumsy. I tried to use French seams on the entire shirt, but the fabric is too thick for that. I may try to serge the armholes later when I change the black thread from my serger some day. I’m lazy…

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Oh hey, Jersey City!

Simplicity 9043

This Simplicity pattern has a great 20’s shape that I’m drawn to.

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The second time I looked at it, I realized I could take the skirt off to make a comfortable top with flattering sleeves.

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I’m pretty happy with the result. The sleeves are comfortable and the body is roomy enough without looking awkward.

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Part of the success was using this polyester cotton knit that I bought in Wisconsin at a fabric store located on a farm outside my hometown. Pretty elegant looking for country fashion.

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Dyeing vs Painting Shoes

For those that read sewing blogs you might have seen this post.

I made the mistake of trying to dye a pair bright yellow Nine West shoes green. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that the dye wouldn’t take because the leather was painted. To save the shoes, I bought a gray shoe spray paint.

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Here’s a picture of the disaster I made with dye:

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And, here’s after one coat:

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And, done:

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Looks great, right?

I’m pretty happy. It’s pretty difficult to find shoes this color gray difficult too. So, I’m glad to have a can of paint on store.

Simplicity 8834 Tank Top

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This is a simple tank I keep making over and over. I finally took the darts out of the pattern. (I’ll link to the tutorial I used in my next post.)

The fabric is very sheer (probably a rayon and polyester mix) so I sewed a full lining rather than just the facing. TheĀ  layers move nicely and although the hem is unintentionally stiff (I used stitch witchery), it creates an interesting effect.

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