... okay, dress... evening gown, whatever..
I started making this maxidress (BurdaStyle #111C) in a lovely red jersey, but am having a terrible getting anything like a decent finish to my seams. The fabric just slips and slides while I am trying to sew it. So I've decided to buy a "walking foot" for my sewing machine (an inexpensive Brother), which if online tutorials are correct, should make my life a lot easier.
I've always avoided knits before - but I couldn't resist this colour red, and this is a pattern for stretch knits, so I found myself sitting in front of my machine sewing a blue streak... er, swearing a blue streak.
Time to get the right tool for the task! That means a trek across town to a sewing centre close to my workplace, so I think I will pick one up on the way home tomorrow.
I do hope it will do the job for me, because it opens up new vistas of fun things to sew...
The dress is being modelled by Iplehouse Pamela.
You can see the clunky seams here; not good enough! Actually, this is a sundress pattern, and thus has a rather 'casual' vibe - I might try and think of a way to produce something that looks a little more 'finished' for my next attempt.
Pamela has the EID "tattoo" body, and you can see her unpainted tattoos under one shoulder strap. She has a custom Iplehouse face-up.
Jane (Iplehouse Raffine) gets a new gown and her hair styled by AmadizStudio;
Jane's gown is made up by me from BurdaStyle pattern #123. The waist grippers are from a doll stand - I don't trust the Iplehouse EID ankles to keep her steady!
Jane's elegant chignon is by AmadizStudio.
Jane's beautiful face-up, hand-blushing and body art is by BJD face-up artist Vitta vera.
An easy-fit sheath dress this time... this is retro sheath dress #134 from BurdaStyle. I just went straight ahead and made it up without doing a trial fitting. Perfect fit!
Leilani (Iplehouse light brown Aria) has the medium bust SID body. The pattern size is Euro 36, reduced to 35% of original.
Next time I make it, I'll see if I can line it instead of using facings (which actually look very nice). It's made of quilting cotton so is a very nice weight. I love the vee detail at the back.
Saffron (Fairyland Elf Chloe) takes a nostalgic trip back to the Seventies in BurdaStyle maxidress style #103:
It falls in a beautiful bell around her feet, and features trumpet-shaped sleeves.
Saffron's wig is "Cara" in golden brown, by Monique Wigs.
for Iplehouse Doria... I got a custom Iplehouse face-up for her, but I wasn't happy with how it turned out... her brows and lashes were too dark, and I didn't like the freckles. I guess it's a language thing... her face-up is actually a blend of her two current basic face-ups.
Anyway, I sent her off to Angel Toast for another face-up, but since I wasn't really sure by now what I wanted, I gave carte blanche to the face-up artist. When Doria came back, I wasn't sure whether I liked her or not... it's the eyebrows... but I think she is growing on me!
She is on an SID body, but I think I might swap her on to an EID body. Her playsuit is based on BurdaStyle pattern #119.
Ah, my poor neglected blog... actually I was waiting to post this entry until I had made a macrame belt for Boho #4, but I have to learn to make macrame knots first, and that could take a while...
I just love Boho chic... it speaks to me of Summer and leisure-time; carefree and casual but still stylish and feminine.
As seen previously, being worn by beautiful Aria. I just love her new "do" by Amadiz Studio.
Lace blouse is BurdaStyle pattern #116, and her "painted" skirt is a gift from my friend Lyanne.
Lady "B" (Beatrice) - Iplehouse Carina - is as elegant as always in a tie-front tunic top in a stunning poppy-flowered fabric, given to me by my neighbour. She is accompanied by Commander Bane (Benedict).
Pattern is Lekala #5196.
Topaz (also known as "Rose"), fresh from getting a wonderful fresh, dewy face-up by Vitta-Vera, in a lace top and rose necklace by SisenDesigns, and trousers in a floral cotton print.
Her wig is by Amadiz Studio. Isn't wonderful? I love the red-gold colour, which is very difficult to find. The style is reminiscent of portraits of nymphs by Botticelli. I guess that is why it is called "Golden Renaissance"!
"Saffron" (Elf Chloe) arrives!
I made her a retro dress (BurdaStyle pattern #V11).
She has a wonderful face-up, by "Pretty". I don't know anything about the face-up artist, except that I think they are based in Europe.
Boho #5: Bell-sleeved tunic, modelled by Lady B.
The pattern is Leko #4270, from the Bootstrapfashion.com site.
So... I have actually been doing stuff... just not posting about it....
Well, it was going to be the end of the road for my old batik pants, much the worse the wear after having been demoted to gardening duty...
I'd downloaded a BurdaStyle pattern for a blouse, and was making a test piece from the pants fabric, when I noticed that the placement of the sun motifs on one front piece and one sleeve looked really great - so I ended up creating a batik tunic instead of the blouse I intended.
The pattern worked out really well - Burda #110, Euro size 36 reduced to 35% of original size (easy to do since the pattern is a pdf file), if anyone is interested. Angelika (Feeple65 Angela) is rather voluptuous so I did add a little more room to the front edge of the blouse to give it more overlap.
This will also fit medium bust SID and EID Iplehouse girls.
I really did like those pants... so I'm glad they're still around. Sort of.
Angelika now has new 14mm glass eyes from HandCraft in green hazel. Her face-up is by Angel Toast.
Based in New Zealand, I've been a collector of ball-jointed dolls since 2011.