Thursday, April 25, 2013

Complete! Dress 5 and Dress Collections


The day finally arrived. Our donation dresses have been shipped to it’s first stop. You ladies are amazing! Altogether we contributed 31 Dresses to the Lira School Dress Project. 31! When I began this project I was hoping for ten (secretly thinking maybe 20), but you have exceeded what even I could imagine.


My personal goal was to make 5 different dresses. And while I completed the 5 tutorials, I did not actually make Dress 3. None the less, (CB) did. She resized a commercial pattern and created some beauties! So all in all, there is at least one of every dress included with our donations! AWESOME!

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Smushed together in our collection showcase, is the Dress 5 Tutorial. I am putting it up, just as a completion for the video portion of our project. Some of you have asked what’s next.


I would roll on the floor with laughter if I had the energy! BUT since you are on a roll, there is an organization I have mentioned here before DRESS A GIRL AROUND THE WORLD that receives donations year round should you like to sew a bit more, and dozens more projects who would gladly and gratefully receive your gifts.

For now, Here is Dress 5 – The Design Your Own Dress Tutorial. Enjoy!

I will prayerfully consider “what’s next” and let you know. Til then Happy Sewing!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Dress 4. The Making Of


We are here at the final days of our dress making project. It has been a roller coaster ride for sure. I hope you have enjoyed making these dresses as much as I have and that you have a few new techniques to create even more beautiful garments. I will be adding a brief tutorial for Dress 5, though I am pretty sure we wont have time to create any for this particular donation project. There are many more out there, the most prominent one being Dress A Girl Around The World which takes donations year round for all ages and sizes.

Here is the link to the Basic Bodice Size 6 

And here is the making of the Vertical Variation of Smocking Technique 3

Happy Sewing

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Dress 4–WOW


One week left! That’s right this is the last week for our dress making project. I will be mailing the ones we made off on next Monday. I think I was a bit ambitious lol . Never the less. Here are the smocking tutorials. The video was so long I decided to split it up into four parts.

The first part is an introduction and directions to making a grid template.

The subsequent videos are each separate techniques / designs. I will be adding a link for a basic bodice in a size 6 shortly. Until then these videos will get you started.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Dress 3–Grading / Resizing a Pattern


I’m getting back on the ball. But first a quick update. In order to better ensure our donation dresses make it to their destination in time, I will be mailing them off on Monday, April 22, 2013. If you would like me to mail your dress(es) along with the others I have already received, please arrange to have them to me no later than Saturday, April 20, 2013.

To that end, The next dresses will be posted rather quickly. And now without further ado, here is the video for Dress 3, focusing on Pattern Grading. It is rather general so if you have specific questions please do feel free to ask. I will answer as best as I can.

Have a Beautiful!