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Monday, January 28, 2013

Iron Craft '13 #2- Orange...

This week's Iron Craft is Orange. Yes orange. Out of all the colors we could pick they picked a project with orange and not something I had any ideas for the works. Actually I just completely an orange sweater refashion prior to the release of the project details. I cursed. So I had to come up with something. I searched my craft stuff for orange, what did I have? I found orange polyester, a sherbet chiffon, and orange embroidery floss. Thinking about my options I went for the orange polyester. I had delusional dreams of making a fun bright dress that I could accessorize with fun colors. 

I chose McCalls Pattern M6460. I had enough fabric and thought I would try my hand at turning this into a semi-fitted dress. I cut a 12 and decided to do a smaller seam allowed which lead me to problems later on....


I made view B here with the long sleeves.


Here we go! Cut the fabric!

Here is some pictures in action while I was sewing. yes I added a bright yellow zipper. I thought it would be fun. Plus I had it on hand, it was a gift from another sewer. It was not hard to sew but some of the instructions seemed unclear to me. Like putting in the zipper on the dress. And the binding for the top of the dress.


This where I went wrong. Because I sewed a smaller seam allowance for the dress (1/4 inch in most parts instead of 5/8 inch which I occasionally do) The issue that then developed was since the neckline of the dress is part of sleeves, front and back the change in seam allowance meant I needed a longer piece of binding. Then I had issues with the instructions and how to sew it to the neckline. Since I began having issues with this dress, I kept it my wonky way...

Then at the end the brightness of the dress I needed to shorten it to add some life to it. So I cut off a bunch of inches. Here is my end dress...


 I promise you the zipper is not crooked! 



Clearly I have some fit issues. It definitely needs some tailoring for my particular body shape. And the neckline has some major issues. This is why I blog, I am not afraid to show semi success which is this dress. A big issue with this dress is it is made out of a thick polyester. Had I opted for another fabric I may like it better. Also wow it is orange. The pictures give it a tinge of red to it but don't be fooled it is orange. I know now for the future endeavors I must watch for the necklines and bindings b/c it really changes the way the dress looks in the end. The pattern is truly not hard to sew so that is a plus. Will I wear it out? Hmm good question.... polyester is not the best fabric for bare skin. Sort of itchy but not.... I also thought I could maybe turn it into a halloween costume but couldn't come up with anything immediately. I may give this dress away. I don't know if I could exactly sew this pattern again. I will have to see, I have so many patterns. Maybe if the right fabric comes my way. Let's see what the year brings. :)

On to the next iron craft challenge! Glad orange is out of the way :)

xoxoxo,
Lauren

4 comments:

Lisa @ OneRedShoeBlog said...

Ok. So now you've got me interested. I popped over to Just Crafty Enough to see about getting involved with this cool idea. Is there a sign up somewhere? I loved looking at your scarf and this dress and wanted to get in on the fun! :)

La La Lauren!!! said...

hmm Lisa, I think you can just email them and say you want to join. You just follow the rules for the theme and you post to their flickr group on the deadline. That is it! :) Can't wait for the next challenge! Eek! scared too!

Abbie said...

I actually think the dress looks great, and quite nice on you! I couldn't pull off an orange dress, but it does truly look really good! Nice job!

Just Crafty Enough said...

I think it looks great too. I too struggle sometimes with binding necklines. I find it's those little details that make homemade clothes look better.

Lisa - to join Iron Craft just email us with your blog for the blogroll & join the Flickr group.

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