31 Days: Color – Day 18: Practice Make Purple

Oh purple day, you always seem to be more challenging. Not as challenging as green, mind you, but enough. Maybe it’s because these last two purple projects have been with knits, which aren’t my strength.

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It started with this pile of fabric. A friend of mine was cleaning out some things and came across this purple fabric she bought to create her own Moby wrap. The knit is great quality (as evidenced by how well the seams and hems turned out on this project – I’m usually terrible at those), and the shade of purple is lovely – it’s even darker than in these photos.

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I didn’t really  have much of a plan, and I didn’t even know how wide the fabric was until I stretched it out on the floor. It was approximately 30 inches wide and 6 yards long. I didn’t want to piece anything together, so I decided to make it a fold-over dress.

Here’s the sketch of the design from my journal for you visual folks:

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I cut the fabric at 2 yards. I folded it in half and evened up the width at 28 inches.

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I found a t-shirt in my closet whose neckline I liked and used it as a model for the dress neckline. (This didn’t turn out so well, as you will see.) I used a plate to create a smooth curve.

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I pinned the side of the dress and sewed them together, leaving 8 inches at the top for sleeves. I pressed open the side seams and pressed down the edges of the sleeves before sewing them. I pressed and sewed the neckline and hemline in a similar fashion.

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When I tried it on, the neckline was WAY too big. (Maybe it stretched being a knit? I really have so little experience with this kind of fabric. Maybe I need to do some research before I attempt another knit project). So I just flipped the dress around to have a higher boatneck in the front and lower dip in the back.

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I knew the dress would fit loosely – I just figured I’d always wear it with a belt – but I loved the volume of it.

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It’s very comfortable and quite flattering.

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And it works well with a belt, too. I have lots of fabric left (Thanks, Melissa!), so I think I’ll try to tweak it a bit. I could always use a little more practice.

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31 Days: Color – Day 17: Blue Water and Blue Jeans

For a few years when we were in college, Husband’s parents lived in Miami. What a treat it was to be able to travel down for Fall Breaks, Christmas, and Summer vacation, to leave cold and sometimes snow behind in Tennessee and spend a week with my toes in the ocean or by the pool. We have great memories of those trips (as evidenced by that time I tried to be a scrapbooker):

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My project today makes me think about those trips. One time, when we were flying out of Nashville to Miami, I was in the check-in line behind a woman wearing the coolest skirt I had ever seen. It appeared to be handmade, a pair of deconstructed jeans that had been put back together as a skirt with the legs sewn together in the front and with a triangle of tribal-print fabric filling in the gap in the back (similar to this skirt, but reversed). I stared at the skirt, and even got up the nerve to talk to a stranger (hey, I was 19) to tell her I thought her skirt was cool. As soon as we sat down in the terminal, I sketched it out in my journal in hopes of recreating its coolness one day.

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When I saw these overall shorts, I thought I could try it out. I seam-ripped the hem open and the legs apart to open the overalls up into a dress.

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Then I cut the seam even farther up to make the fabric of one leg properly lay over the other leg. I did this in the front and the back. Because these were shorts, there was no gap in the legs that needed additional fabric. Guess I’ll still need to try that out with a pair of long jeans one day.

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I pinned the flap on the other side and sewed, first following the the original tan stitching and then sewing down the raw edge.

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I like the look of the frayed edges and striations from the unfolded hem.

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If ever a dress needed a pair of cowgirl boots, it’s this one. I’ve been searching Goodwill this month (October is thrifting gold) but haven’t found anything in my size yet.

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And now, I’ve got Zac Brown Band on my mind. Adios and vaya con dios!

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31 Days: Color – Day 16: It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Green

This is mostly a place holder post. I have been working for the last two weeks (well, intermittently) on a green dress project.

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I was inspired by this dress that came across my feed on Pinterest. It’s a dress by Viktor + Rolf, and it’s on a bunch of “sewing inspiration” boards, because it appears easy to make. “DIY men’s shirt and tank” – but there’s not a tutorial to be found. Because it’s not as easy as it looks.

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This is my third green men’s dress shirt I’ve tried. The first two were too small to make a dress, but this is a large, so I was sure it would work.

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But when you cut off the sleeves, the width just isn’t there, especially if you want it a little flowy.

So I’m going to keep searching for a XXL green men’s shirt – and I might just have to buy a new one at Target instead of hoping to thrift one. (Thanks for the idea, Christy. Don’t know why I didn’t think of that before.)

So here’s yet another green to-be-continued project. I am determined to finish it, though. (And, Green, after this, I’m not sure you’re my favorite color anymore.)

And I’m completely out of green projects for the month, so I’m off to make something blue, instead.

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