April 29, 2013

Grey Gardens Additional Post Sewing Quick Pics

And finally the last set of my Instagram sewn goods.
I went through a phase of exclusively stitching grey garments for almost 2 weeks.
Butterick 5637 Sundress:

Butterick 5782 copycat. I should  I wear this for MMM '13. It looks just like the pattern envelope shot!
Note that my Butterick Retro dress is almost complete in the background.

Butterick 5277 (Out of Print) This is a lovely linen dress which I wore the dress to work however I was so sad by the end of the day due to the extreme wrinkles.

Simplicity 1880 Project Runway I even added the buttons!

 McCalls 6611 Fashion Star
I wore this jacket over a sequined shell and the crocking of the sequins against the burgundy facing caused the fibers to pill I was so disappointed.

April 25, 2013

Looks in the Midst of Garment Construction

Instagrams in the middle of projects:
Two looks from Simplicity 1803 Project Runway Pattern

First look prior to constructing the sleeves
For this golden look I was loving my jacquard fabric and snapped a pic to show it off.

Second look only bodice constructed
I was really excited for the fun colorblocked cutout when the upper yoke was added to the bodice.

Burda 7309 Bodice

Why would I chose this moment after adding only one sleeve to post?

McCall's 6506 Plenty by Tracy Reese

Sans Buttons
This little dress was so close to done but no I did not add the buttons prior to the pic.

Butterick Retro 4792

Old Hollywood Neckline
OK well with this one I was enamored with the lovely Hollywood vintage vibe of this neckline and thus I posted the pic.
Do you post pics as you sew?

April 20, 2013

Can I Me-Made-May '13

After complaining about my lack of discipline in my ability to blog as well as my realization that I neglect to wear my garments. I have come to the conclusion that I need to participate in Me-Made-May '13 the amazing idea of the lovely Zoe of 'So, Zo...'


I have viewed other bloggers during the last cycle and their creations as well as styling is phenomenal. This blogspiration is amazing and I hope to light my own blogging fire.

Sew here goes:
‘I, Melody of Melody Sews, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '13. I endeavor to wear and blog at minimum three me-made garments a week (M, W, and F for a total of 14 garments) for the duration of May 2013. I have to reserve the right to style my me-made garments in order to confine into the dress code of my employer.’

Wish me luck.
Are you participating?

April 19, 2013

Polar Leopard Dress Butterick Sewing Pattern 5521

Have you ever experienced the glee haze of just finishing a project and anticipating its wear?
Well I have to say that I can not recall the last time I experienced that.
And then the last 24 hours....
I have flipped past Butterick pattern 5521 in my stash for quite some time. And this lovely obnoxious graphic polar leopard stretch woven cotton has resided in a bucket since the day I acquired it. Somehow the earth moved and the pattern and fabric found one another (Actually I had cut three patterns in a row last week with the theme of print color blocking.. if I get around to both constructing and blogging the others, time will tell).
Yesterday I kicked this pattern out. It was pre-cut but total construction time was less than 4 hours.
Also the pattern was a dream to construct.
It is fully lined, my favorite.
It contains both convex and concave seaming and thus stay stitching, more favorites.
By Project Runway time (8 p.m.), I was finished and fitting myself for the zip.
I snapped an Instagram declaring, "Look at my sad pic of me fitting myself for the zip over my lounge clothes. Just kicked this out but.. is 7am too soon to wear it? #sewing"

Quickly I added the zip, tacked the final touches and steamed for the a.m.
When I woke I was just as excited to put on. I did but found myself slightly apprehensive, the Butterick cover shows the garments in solids only so this could have ended badly. But I love it, and I rocked it, which may or may not be because I am a little obnoxious in my clothing choices as is. I received a lot of glances in this little Midwest city but by 9 a.m. a woman, out of no where called out, "That is a fantastic dress!" humbly I bit my tongue to say I made it and replied, "Why, thank you."





Added bonus design is awesome
I have a tiny torso it has a waistline, check mate.
The stellar black "wings" give the ultimate silhouette illusion, secretly slender.
Now the dirty details, if you make this add interfacing to the neckline to maintain the shape. My right neckline point curls to the inside it was irritating.
When was the last time you were so excited to wear a project? Do you wear them immediately?

April 16, 2013

I Make a Better Instagramer Than Blogger

After I finally noticed that I did not post about my 1955 dress, see last post, it occurred to me that I am in fact constantly sewing something.
More times than not I am constantly sewing many things, yet if you happen upon my blog it would appear that I am rarely sewing, turns out if you happen upon my Instagram you might say this girl posts a lot of sewing pics.
So why the discrepancy? I have no attention span I sew and move on and Instagram is the best snap a quick pic and go on to the next project.
Why don't we look at some of them:
1. A Butterick dress




2. Simplicity 2444 Project Runway


3. McCall's 6602 Fashion Star


4. McCall's 6646

Do you also sew like crazy and not show anyone? What is your sewing to blogging ratio?
What about Instagram, do you love it? Is your Instagram filled with sewing projects cause I would like to follow you.

April 9, 2013

Sliver Bows Finished Vintage Simplicity Sewing Pattern 1153

In Febuary I finished my 1955 Vintage Dress, Simplicity Sewing Pattern 1153 however I forgot to show you. Rather I negelected to as I am not a fan of self pics. At any rate a rainy day led to some grainy indoor pics.





Look at that hand picked zip

April 7, 2013

Zou Bisou Bisou Dress Mad Men Dress Challenge 2

Happy Mad Men Day!
As I wait for the hours to pass till Mad Men premieres. I made up my best cat eye and struck a pose.



Here is my incarnation of the Zou Bisou Bisou dress:




I adapted the dress from a vintage 1966 Simplicity pattern. I modified the bodice to add a curved seam under the bust. I draped the skirt to forgo the a-line silhouette. I also added a back cutout. And lastly I drafted the sleeve, which was a feat.





I was kinda dancing less posing, all in all, just really 60's grooving.

Also you really can not stand sill the sleeves demand your arms raised.



Enjoy Mad Men. And thank you Julia Bobbin for the challenge!

April 1, 2013

Mad Men Dress Challenge 2 update



As of yet it may not look like much as of but I have finished draping my Med Men Sewing challenge dress!

Can you believe that I am only using fabrics from my stash for this project! I guess it is not such a strech as its a black dress but I am pretty pleased as the last thing I need to do is purchase more fabrics and notions.
At first I really wanted to create a replica of the lovely Zou Bisou Bisou dress seen here:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/111338183/the-1960s-mad-men-zou-bisou-bisou-megan

But upon getting further involved in the project I thought it would be fun and challenging to slightly moderize the mod look.

This led me to change the A-line shilouette to a more body sculpted torso, hip and hem. And I added a triangular back cutout.
Seam Lines:



So I am set to cut and sew can I have it done by Sunday? Wish me luck.

p.s. Maybe next year I can make this dress!
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