Friday, February 24, 2012

Full toile #1

So this is my first toile, of a burda, butterick and vogue franken pattern.

For a frankenpattern, I am absolutely amazed at how well it all went together. I just had to add a smidgen onto the skirt back, to make it match with the bodice back, otherwise it's straight from the envelopes.

With a petticoat/crinoline underneath, it'll poof out the front a bit.

I've got the bulldog clips for where I need to take out some bulk fabric.
I'll be getting rid of the slight bunching/pouch at the bottom pleat.
For a first go, I'm thrilled to bits!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pattern errors - gotta love em!

Just came across this while cutting out my bodice toile. Made me laugh!

This is actually the side back bodice - but there's an error. They've called it side front skirt panel. LOL

Now for another issue. How on earth do I fix my blog. All of a sudden my logo got a big ugly brown color behind it, and I can't seem to remove it for hte life of me. Any help would be much appreciated!!!!! ♥

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Just a metre, or 10!

Thought I better double check today that the length of fabric I'm ordering will be enough before work orders it in for me.

It's when you think I need this amount, times two that it gets a bit scary!!!!!! 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Button Porn!

These gorgeous buttons came in at work today, I told one of my colleagues not to even bother putting them on the shelf in a tube, I HAD to have them.

Imagine how beautiful these will look down the back of my wedding dress, sort of that beautiful vintage look. Just perfect. I keep swooning over them.

My darling hubby to be is almost finished making me a light box, for my tracing patterns and transferring markings, how's that for fab! And he's even going to help me make a dress makers mannequin. He's very talented, great at metal work etc. But still this big burly man, wants to help me with things like this. I love him!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Have your say.

I have two styles here. Which do you prefer.

1: Asymmetrical AND horizontal pleats

2. Asymmetrical pleats only
(unpleated side and top of skirt will be trued out to be even)

Cast your vote here!

Friday, February 10, 2012

A womans prerogative...

It's always said, that it's a womans prerogative to change her mind, right?
Well not so much change my mind, but I've finalised my wedding design!

It's a combination of a Vogue skirt front, butterick skirt back, and burda bodice! That's going to be "fun"

Here is a line drawing of all 3 line drawings combined!
I've also come to the conclusion of having white duchess satin for the dress. Looking forward to getting it started!
The button loop elastic has been purchased. I have to find some horsehair braid for the skirt. So excited!!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Toile #2 - not too shabby

Toile #1 was an epic fail. I did it straight to size 22 on the pattern, it didn't fit very well at all, too short over my boobs, too narrow across the back, and the V neckline at the back was very low on me.
It wasn't even photo safe!

Toile #2, I did a Broad back adjustment as per Sandra Betzinas instructions in her Fast Fit book. Then I also did a Full Bust Adjustment, once again referring to her brilliant book. I added 5cm I think it was to the height of the back "V", 1cm to the side front side seam equalling 2cm overall.
It's an awful lot better!

The front neckline is too low for my taste, I'll take it up and in a bit. There is once again my usual "princess gaposis" going on, but that's a quick easy fix which I am now well used to!
But the big problem is, the shoulders, they keep slipping off. I'm wondering if it's due to the length between bust point and shoulder seam is too short? Or maybe it's because of how wide the V is in the front.

The back actually fits, and does up now, so mcuh so I can take out about 3cm on each side of the CB, which is good and easy - I have to adjust the back V again, I'm not happy with it still. May be a case of getting someone who's the same size as me to throw it on and I draw the V.

Any suggestions on how to fix the slipping shoulders would be great. The more I look at it, the more I think I don't want to do any major design changes, I love it!