Monday, October 17, 2011
My Weekend Projects
Niel from Niel's Doll Room made an awesome wrap dress not too long ago. You can see it here. When I saw it, I was inspired. This weekend when I decided to sew a couple of things to continue trying to get my sewing skills back, I ended up creating a wrap dress of sorts. I think subconsciously Niel's dress was in my head because I didn't set out to do a wrap dress like this. LOL! My goal was to sew a sleeveless, no collar wrap dress without a pattern or instructions. I HATE patterns and pattern instructions. I have decided to use my creativity to make this sewing thing work. If I can't mentally figure out construction from looking at a picture, it is not going to happen. When I threw out the cookbooks and relied on techniques, I learned how to cook. When I decided to create my own techniques for working with polymer clay, I was finally able to make food. I am going to try this same method with sewing and see how I do.
This is what I ended up with for what I am calling a coat dress. It went through many iterations before I settled on this.
I felt like I was on Project Runway with all the cutting and adjusting and designing on the fly.
Lydia is headed to meet with Darius and Nikki to get their bedroom and bathroom moving along. This is the perfect little work dress.
I also made some cropped pants. They could use a little more ironing.
This jacket isn't quite finished yet. I still need to add a lining. Again I was just creating on the fly. The jacket started off as a poncho, then it was 2 more things before I settled on this jacket.
I think adding a black belt to the shirt will add a little pizzazz. I am not good at styling. One thing at a time.
Finally, the pants go nicely with her ski jacket.
I finished Nikaya's and Zahara's comforters and sheets and installed a throw rug.
This room will look a lot better when I work on the walls and the curtains. Nikaya is waiting to go to dance class. Her outfit is from the $1 store.
Antoinette even got her French doors worked on (the curtains are temporary) and the hutch installed above the desk.
Girlfriend decided she wanted more cabinets installed, so the workers (me!) decided to make her some more. Can't wait til this project is over. She is literally driving me crazy.
So that was most of my weekend. I did work on two furniture commissions, as well. Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.