Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Project Runway and Draping...

Last fall, I got a wild hair and decided to sign up for some fashion design classes.  I figured that I would get some much needed time with adults, as well as learn a few new tricks!  Unfortunately for me, I signed up a little late and all of the fashion classes were full, ugh!  So, I emailed the department head and she was able to sign off a few pre-requisites for me and I was enrolled in the draping class!  It was such a fun class, and I learned so much.  I loved seeing how the drape transformed itself into a hard pattern, and seeing it completed in fashion fabric, it was magical!  The very first class, we jumped right into making our very first dress, a basic sloper.

Over the course of the semester we made several dresses, but I would have to say the funnest (yes, in my world that's a word!)  thing we did was part of our final.  We were given a Project Runway style challenge and had one class in which to complete the assignment.  We had to make a garment using non-conventional materials, no fabric.  So,  I went to a party store and bought a bunch of paper doilies.  Once I had those  I knew I had to make a party dress! 
I made a basic a-line skirt out of muslin and sewed the doiles on in tiered layers.  The bodice is just a basic strapless top with a band at the top.  The band and belt are both made using party streamers.  I am really happy with how it came out, and I would totally wear it if it wasn't paper!
The second part of our final was just to finish our last drape in fashion fabric.  I chose a large scale black and white gingham and lined it with a raspberry pink.  I really like the way it came out, except that I didnt really take the time to match my plaids (grrr!)  and it really detracts from the overall look.  BUT it fits my dressform like a glove!!!!  And since that's really all that matters...I'm gonna let the fact that my plaids don't match go!
I had a ton of this fabric left over, so I made myself a skirt, which I'll share tomorrow!

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


I love Pinterest and I have been pinning away for a few months now. Today, I am proud to say I have finally made something that I pinned. Yay me! I made a super simple knitted headband and am pretty happy with how it came out. It didn't take too long to make and was super simple, just straight knitting.

I must say, I am really pleased with it, and I can not wait for it to get cold so that I can wear it. The pattern can be found here if you'd like to make one yourself!

Happy Sewing(or knitting, for today)!