japanese wedding wip - the muslin

21. Juni 2006
as mentioned i still need a dress for my best friend´s wedding.
should be a light summer dress - nothing too "dressed up".

i browsed my mags and books and finally (after consulting the helfe-elfe and dh), i chose a pattern from this wonderful book by glorious machiko kayaki:

simple chic no.11

each pattern is provided in original size on a paper pullout

paper pattern

the lines are ALL black or dark grey! i thought i´d go blind about searching the lines that belonged to "my" pattern! could be improved, if you ask me.
alas, i found them:

my pattern on foil

sizes provided are 9, 11 and 13 (whatever...!)
i found it a little weird that the same size (11, for example) had different measurements for each pattern. that´s how i came to the thought that they don´t work from your body-measurements but provide the measurements of the FINISHED garment.

if you´re interested in seeing the two instruction pages for dress assembling, please click here and here.

i decided to make a muslin first, as the thing with those measurements made me wonder....
this is how it looks today:

no. 11 - muslin no.11 - detail of muslin

arms are wonderful, bust could be a little less saggy and the hip area is definitely too close-fitting, what i don´t want. i will need to add some width there, but i don´t know if i really adjust the breast area... with the right bra i think this could work. and those gathers make it look bigger than is. why adjust? ;)

i also think i have chosen my fabric, it´s one i bought in aschaffenburg.

today i bought some venezia-lining to layer it with. otherways there will be all eyes on me (respectively my underwear) instead on the bride. and - honestly - that´s NOT what we want (enough misery in the world...)!

yet i´m not sure if i should treat the fabrics as one layer or if i should sew two extra dresses or one with lining...
first solution seems to be the best, as you don´t see any seams through that very delicate fabric.

my best friend´s wedding, pt.1

19. Juni 2006
still sewing, though you might not believe it.

this is the bridal bag for my best friend, who marries on july, 1st.


the pic is bad... the color is more off-white, the photo is too dark.

it´s very small (about 15 x 20 cm) and is based on a simple rectangular pattern to hold just the most neccessary things. closes with velcro.
thin satin shoulder strap (not on the pic.)
this bag has no lining, it´s lightly stiffened with vlieseline s320.
it´s made of two layers cream-white satin, and an extra-layer of ruffled poly-organza.

the lace is a piece of the bride´s dress that fell off because it was shortened, this is handsewn to the bag.

now i´m waiting for the materials for the small pillow for the wedding rings.

...and i still need a dress for myself. ô.O

i´m a pirate, baby!

2. Juni 2006
remember me cutting this lino-stamp?

after waiting for the right creamy paint to come along, i´ve finally made it! the onesie for my little pirate is finished:


okay, the zipper is grey - but i never have the right zipper handy, and from the outside you can´t see it anyway, so i think little ian won´t complain about it.
the testprints with the new color (a cheap one from vbs!) were better than on the actual piece, but i´m satisfied with the results.
the prints work better on woven than on knit fabrics!

i´ll try to take a pic of the onesie WITH my nephew inside the next days.