Sunday, 1 July 2012

My first UFO.

Sew frustrated!!!!!! I hate unplanned unfinished business!

I started cutting this dress last night and planned to finish sewing it today... but I effed it. I also pricked my finger on a pin :(

Everything went well, the interfacing, the boning, the soft pleats on the skirt...

I stopped and ate some dinner before tackling the zipper. I spent ages pinning and basting the invisible zipper making sure all the seams matched only to have the frickin' zipper break on me when I was trying to zip it up. Mighty pissed off!!

In my moments of anger and frustration, I violently ripped the zipper out... and tore some holes in my dress. I think the only way I can salvage the dress is with an exposed zipper... but I'm tired of exposed zippers, so for now it will hang on my wire mannequin as a UFO. My first ever UFO.





Sigh. Apart from this dilemma, the rest of my Sewing-Sunday was good. I finally found the fabric I have been coveting for months.




A girl who goes to my sewing class (different day) made a vintage dress using this cotton sateen and I have been searching for this fabric for months... today I found it, finally! I don't know what I will make with it, but I have 1.5m, enough for a dress. Going into my stash, more floral. I am still yet to sew up this floral fabric that I got couple months ago, I love floral :)




I also bought two patterns. I finally own the New Look 6723, have seen so many versions of this dress, and I love the Vintage Burda, but it's a size 10-18, I hope it will fit. I want to make that with jersey.





 I scoured the pattern books looking for a strapless dress pattern with 'cups' like the Bombshell dress, but I couldn't find any pattern like that ... everything is darts and princess seams. If anyone can suggest a dress pattern with cups, I'm all ears!

I tried to find other patterns to buy but I can't seem to break away from dresses.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and thank goodness Instagram is back up!

xo

PS!!! I saw this dress in the pattern book, check out the fabric!!


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Well how about that!


21 comments:

  1. Oh what a pity! It's such a beautiful UFO as well, I hope you can figure out a way to fix it! Maybe some iron-on interfacing and some extra fabric in a long strip to reinforce it? Mind you, I have no idea how big these holes are.

    Your fabric purchases are simply gorgeous, and the Burda pattern gave me the WANTS!

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    1. Thanks for the suggestions Juliet, I think I will try the iron-on interfacing. The holes aren't huge, I guess "tears" might be a more accurate word to describe them. Instead of patiently unpicking the zipper, I forcefully pulled the fabric and pattern apart, the tears/holes are not terrible, but it still saddens me :(

      The Burda pattern is so sweet hey, lust at first sight!

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  2. Oh no! That truly sucks- your frock is looking so lovely as it is. I second Juliet's suggestion if you can not bear the exposed zipper. Though to save something so lovely it may be worth the hit? Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Amanda, if I can mend the fabric with the interfacing, I want to try a lapped zipper, otherwise exposed it is! I ave learnt my lesson though, to be patient when sewing and not to take my anger out on a helpless garment :)

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  3. Cups!
    Not sure if it's what you're interested in but here are two pattern suggestions:

    1. There's a madonna style corset dress in the Famous Frocks book by Alm and McDevitt.
    http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?start=83&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&authuser=0&biw=1600&bih=775&tbm=isch&tbnid=ChDc6pTBggPBOM:&imgrefurl=http://hejaida.com/2012/february/&docid=Rfc2c6wfRcWbXM&imgurl=http://hejaida.com/images/2012/img_8085_190148162.jpg&w=500&h=333&ei=bSnwT_qeHIa60QWAk_yQDg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=1284&vpy=311&dur=63&hovh=183&hovw=275&tx=162&ty=71&sig=110816698388635527834&page=3&tbnh=138&tbnw=182&ndsp=53&ved=1t:429,r:31,s:83,i:101

    2. Vogue 1174. I have got my eye on this little number to try something with boning.
    http://almondrock.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/v1174.jpg

    Any good?

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    1. I love them both! I might check BMV and see if the Vogue 1174 is on sale. I looks hot! I'd love to make the Bombshell dress but i'm not a fan of printing out patterns.

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  4. I'm sorry for your trials with your dress ! It's really beautiful and I hope the Juliet's solution will help you save it !

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    1. I hope so too, it would be such a waste if I lost it. I'll do my best :)

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  5. Aww, that's really too bad about the dress. I looks great. Perhaps, after some time you'll find a creative solution.

    I love that new floral fabric! And those patterns are great as well. For cups, there is McCall's 6331 and Vogue 1174 (which, thanks for the reminder...I was afraid of the Vogue when I first saw it but, now I think it's safe to add to my collection).

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    1. I really want the V1174!!!! The McCall's one is quite cute too!!!!!

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  6. Aw man, I'm so sorry! How frustrating! This looks so cute! I bet the interfacing will fix it-- I've used it to patch small holes before with good results.

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    1. Hey lovely! The interfacing kinda work, it held the the tear together but still looked shoddy on the right side. Didn't matter cos I ended up taking the back seam in HEAPS so the patched up bits were GONE! :P

      I also bought myself hemming tape, apparently that is also good for patching up tears.

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  7. I've recently had the same trouble with invisible zippers...they hate bulky seams! Which is damn annoying because they look so good! Love those two new patterns!

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    1. Yeah, bulky seams :( this is the second zipper to break on me. First zipper broke when i was actually wearing the skirt!!! Was horrible :( Still traumatised!

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  8. Awww! I came up with my first UFO this weekend too - I cut a t-shirt for my Mom, and thought I could eek out the fabric by cutting perpendicular to the grain... and no, I couldn't! It is way too tight! At least it' only took me 4 seams to figure that out though - Your dress is beautiful and I hope there is some way to save it!

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    1. So nice fabric on UFO dress, hope you will find solution! I don't like to redo something so I have many UFOs, should train my patience!%))

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    2. Hehehe, I need to train my patience too!! If I was patient I wouldn't have ended up with this UFO but now i'm so impatient I can't wait to fix it and get rid of it!! :)

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    3. Hey Gill!!! Hope u work your's out too! I get frustrated because I did all that work then bam, its ruined hahha but mines on the way to being fixed and finished, woo hoo!

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  9. Yay, New Look 6723! I love that pattern to death. And maybe the UFO dress could just use some time in the time-out corner so that you can get some mental distance from it. I hope you eventually fix it, though!

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    1. Yay! Yeah your blog was one of the places that I saw heaps of versions of this dress :D As usual, you make the dress look way hotter than the envelope. WHY SO MUCH EASEEEEEEE New Look!?!?!

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    2. You will also make it look way hotter! Can you believe that the first time I made it up, I tried a size 14 muslin? Hah! I was swimming in it! Now I know that I'm a size 8 in NL patterns, which is kind of ridiculous.

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