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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

#1 Summer / Early Fall Casual Dress for Town AND Refashion Runway Sew-Along for Stripes and Flowers

RanchHouse August Sewing Goal: 
  • Mend, alter, refashion 10  Casual Dresses for Town. This is #1.

Summer /Early Fall Casual Dresses for Town are:

  • Just enough nicer than House Dresses to wear to town. Pre-fashion garment and fabric are less worn. 
  • Good for lunch with friends, errands, shopping, and part-time contract work. 
  • Not needed everyday. 
  • Unfitted, Cool, Comfortable. This cool black dress will make a good Texas fall dress when it will still be hot.
  • Good use for large stash of pre-retirement clothes.
This dress: 
  • Is also for Refashion Runway Sew-Along for Stripes and Flowers
  • Had to wait for a trip to town to source needed stripes.

After: Casual Town Dress
Less worn t- fabrics make this nicer than
House Dresses

Small stripe t- was in stash and cut on bias for neck band.
Large stripe t-was sourced in town. 

After: Flower and stripes.
Elastic inserted into band made with stitched seam casing. . 
Flower pots. Cotton weave fabric in the stash.

TNT Pattern 
 Goal: Use the pre-retirement stash.

Before*Cotton Fabric: Bought before only local fabric store closed.  *X-Small T-Shirt: In stash. Only enough to cut new sleeves. *XL mens' T-:Thrifted in town.  

After:  Town Dress. Casual, cool, comfortable.
Made with less well worn fabrics. 
Fitted just enough to not too be over-sized, but still be casual.

* XL T-: Cut bodice. Match stripes. 
*Small T-: Cut sleeves and bias trim.

What I Learned: TNT Pattern was altered when making House Dresses. Drop shoulders were too wide for narrow shoulders.

Men's XL was thrifted to finish project. 

X-small T-shirt in Refashion Stash
was not enough to finish project,

One before dress for Two Afters

I love this dress! The pattern looked really pretty and it already fit so well. It was just...a lot of pattern for a little me. 

I decided to first cut the length shorter and see how I liked it. 

Then I seam ripped off the sleeves as well. I LOVE this dress now and will be wearing it soon...maybe tomorrow!

My tutorial can be found here !


Birds of a feather...

So I have a thing for feathers, all kinds of feathers- peacock and non-peacock. I found this dress and I just had to have it. Turns out this dress was a home-sew and unfortunately the wrong type of fabric was used for the dress. When a dress consists of multiple pieces, having a large pattern is really difficult and really requires a lot of thought. I saw some potential in this dress, if it lost the sleeves and tie and length change.

So off they came and I fixed the hem. Poof! Much better dress. For more pictures and what I did, check out my blog here.


Tuesday, 4 August 2015

#8 House Dress for the RanchHouse

RanchHouse July/August Sewing Goal: 
  • Mend, alter, refashion 10 House Dresses. This is #8.
My House Dresses are:
  • Good wearable muslins.
  • Not a fashion statement.
  • Not time intensive to finish/fit like going-out clothing is.
  • Great loungers, nightgowns, pool cover-up, garden dresses.
  • Good use for large stash of pre-retirement clothes.

After: House Dress
Goal: Use the pre-retirement stash.

*Dress: Very well worn pre-retirement Cotton knit sun dress. Fabric is too worn for more than a House Dress.
*T-Shirt: Over-sized sleeveless tank. I have a dozen and just do not wear them.  

After:  Not a fashion statement, but cool and comfortable.
This may make the cut for the sandy beach this winter. 

*Dress: Cut off top of  shirred sun-dress. Serge top edge. Keep hem.
*T-shirt: Cut sleeves from bottom edge of  t-, keep t-hem for new sleeve hem. Serge other edges. Leave binding in original sleeve cap.  The binding supports the narrow shoulder from the original t-.

What I Learned: House Dresses make great at home go-tos. I enjoy just pulling out the next one in rotation and not having to think about matching tops/t-shirts. 

Cut sleeve from bottom keeping t-hem for sleeve hem.
Purple is from another House Dress Refashion, 
Before: Shirring top already cut from dress.

From Maxi Dress to....Maxi Dress

What happens when I find a gorgeous strapless maxi dress with a too small bodice? Why, I throw it together with a too big tank top and a too big skirt, and make myself another maxi dress!

I started out with this dress.
Faded Glory Strapless Maxi dress
So much color! I loved it, except for the fact that if I wore it as-is, I was in constant fear of a huge wardrobe malfunction.

But, not to fear, I had coordinating colors in my stash!

Remember this beast?
I used a tank top that fits well to trace a new top out of the purple skirt, chopped a strip of pink fabric from a random tank top, and put a new top on my maxi dress.

I turned the old maxi dress bodice into piping to finish the neck and arm holes.

I absolutely adore the finished product. Still colorful, super comfortable, and no risk of having my own Janet Jackson moment!  A win, win, win. :)