Now that my Hawthorn is complete, I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to work on next. I am in the midst of sewing up another Sorbetto, but with some fit adjustments, and I am going to try drafting and attaching a Peter Pan collar. I’m hoping I will be able to get that finished tomorrow!
The rest of the month is crazy – I am officially moving in this weekend, next week I am going to a 5-day conference (where I will be presenting my work – yipes!), then two weeks later my parents are coming to visit, and then I am going back to St. Louis for a friend’s wedding. This wedding is very special to me because I actually introduced the couple! The groom is a friend I’ve known since junior high, and the bride is a friend I made in New York, who then moved to St. Louis for graduate school. I introduced them while I was visiting home, and they hit it off! So I am going to be focusing the rest of the month on making my friends a wedding gift and possibly a dress for the wedding itself.
For the wedding gift, I am going to try making a blanket! Well, technically it is a “lap duvet” which sounds extra fancy. The fabric is already on it’s way to me so it should be waiting for me when I get back from the conference. Instead of double gauze, I decided to use lightweight voile for the shell.
I hope they like it! And also that it turns out well! 🙂 The nice thing about making a wedding present is that I didn’t feel the need to spend as much money as I would have had I just bought something off the registry. Since I just moved and have to travel for the wedding, this is a definite plus! I also think this is a little more personal, and I know my friend will get a lot of use out of it because she is always cold!
For the dress, I need something that will be on the quick side, nice enough for a wedding (although it is outdoors and they are not particularly fancy people, so it doesn’t have to be a ball gown or anything), and light weight because oh my gosh St. Louis is hot and humid that time of year. Apparently it was 102 degrees on that day last year. And did I mention it is going to be outdoors?
I have a few patterns already that might work well – V8646 is a “Very Easy Vogue” and “Custom Fit” wrap dress, which means it shouldn’t take too long to sew up and I might not have to do as much fitting since I can pick my cup size. B5898 is also a wrap dress, but with a little more detail, so it might be more appropriate for a wedding.
There’s also a few indie patterns I’ve had my eye on: I actually have the Clara dress pattern already and I really love it, but I’m not sure how I feel about the sleeves and I’m not sure I’ll have time to figure out how to change them. I also think it might be a touch too casual. I also think the Staple Dress from April Rhodes is super cute, and it would be relatively simple, but I could fancy it up with fabric choice and accessories. And since it’s drafted to be roomy I probably wouldn’t have to mess with the fit very much. I also really like the Coffee Date Dress from Pattern Runway, but I am a little concerned about fitting it, and also high necklines sometimes aren’t super flattering on me. I’m also very intrigued by several dresses at TipTopFit, where you can apparently send your measurements and they send you the pattern to fit you! I like the idea of this very much – has anyone out there used any of their patterns? Since I’m on a time crunch I’m a little concerned with trying something new, but it might be very time-saving!
For fabric I am definitely thinking a floral – that is very wedding to me! I have some ideas:
So what do you guys think? I’m pretty excited at all the possibilities! I’ll definitely be keeping you updated.
Until next time,