Legend of Zelda Dress

I love The Legend of Zelda.  I purchased the fabric at Joann’s.  I’m not super happy about it being so green, but, it’s Link.  Anyway, I finished the dress a few months ago.  I used the same pattern I use for everything lately, the Elizabeth dress from Burda.  I was super happy that I already had a matching zipper in my stash.  When I first got it in a bulk zipper bag I thought, when the heck am I going to use this.  Well, I used it sooner than I thought.

I am not wearing a petticoat with it in these pictures.  It looks much better with the petticoat.

We are getting ready for a trip and I need to sew some new dresses.  I’m aiming for one a week. I already have a wearable muslin cut and partly assembled.




Tardis Dress

I was in a rush and decided to use the Elizabeth dress bodice again but change the neckline and add sleeves.  I tried to add bow sleeves. I also decided to add a side zipper instead, so I wouldn’t have to try to match the print.  The fabric was wide enough to allow me to do this with both bodice pieces next to each other, woohoo!!!!  For the first time ever, I might actually have enough to make a skirt! Bonus!

I left the bodice a little on the large side.  After a few washes it will shrink a little more.  I noticed that happened with my Star Trek dress and my Doctor Who comic dress.  I did prewash all fabrics, but they keep shrinking.  I’ve been keeping the Comic dress out of the dryer lately.

Not much else to say.  I do really like this dress quite a lot.  Of course it has pockets.



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A closeup of the bow sleeve, since it isn’t really visible in the other shots.

On another note, we went on vacation to San Diego, and of course I bought way too much fabric, so, I’m planning to make 1 garment per week at least until the end of this year.  Since the weather is still nice, I will likely make dresses next. For the “Winter” I will probably fill my closet with knit dresses.  The thick textured knits I found at the swap meet.  Oh and I also bought some neoprene.  The price was a steal, I should have bought it all, all, all.  I will probably regret it someday. The below pictures are just a tiny bit of the fabric I got.  I think I can’t fit it all in one picture, even if I neatly set it on the floor.  It would probably take 5 pictures.  I blew my entire budget.

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Left to right, textured metallic jersey, black textured jersey, polka dot textured jersey, ITY knit, and probably what they call a scuba knit, it feels plastic-y and a little stiff.
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Another textured jersey knit, below it, a bright pink for piping.

Burda 2007 09 #116 – Tulip Skirt

Burda 2007 09 #116.  I really liked the tulip shape and wasn’t about to let the serger beat me!  I made the largest size, 44, but it felt a little snug around the fullest part of my butt, but I added too much.  I’ll get it right next time.  I want a lot of these.  They are comfy and have pockets.  Woo hoo!

I think I somehow made the center pleat the wrong way.  Hahaha.  Whatever.

Ignore the bumps and bruises on my legs.  I fell off the treadmill.  Luckily, I only got bumps and bruises and managed to continue jogging a few minutes after I fell.  Long story short, I tripped on too long shoe laces.  Yes, that is how I bought the shoe, with laces that were too long.

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The skirt hole ruined my day

It sounds like something you’d say while driving.  Anyway, I wasn’t driving.  I was sewing.  I managed to get over some fears of digging into fabric and making something new.

I made Burda 2007 09 #116, the tulip skirt.  It is so pretty.  I really liked it.  I think I should have made a size bigger.  I sewed the size 44 which was the largest size.  I also did a somewhat of a  tilted hip adjustment.  It wasn’t a proper tilted hip adjustment, but I think it worked.

I really liked it a lot, but as you can see, I did not finish it.


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Why am I so happy about the skirt hole?

As I was serging, fabric got caught and I well, serged a giant hole into it.

See the closeup?  It’s not going to be finished.  It will go to the trash.  Well, I’m taking out the zipper, then in the trash.


Well, the next skirt is cut.  I should have sized up and added a tiny bit of length.  Oh well.  Next time.

I will also need to make some tops to go with these skirts.  I think they need to be more fitted and shorter.  Maybe some kind of crop top?  We’ll see.

Burda 2013 02 #127 Gathered Raglan Sleeve Shirt

I really liked it when I saw it in the magazine.  I am in need of basic tops for skirts, so I decided to make it.  I really like it.  I think it will get a lot of wear.  Especially if I make more jeans.  I have plenty of fabric for that, but I just dislike jeans right now.  Maybe I’ll try a different kind of pant.

I made a quick muslin of the shirt.  It needed a petite adjustment in the shoulders.  The length is a little short, but I like it.  I think it’s perfect for my skirts.  I do think it could use an FBA.  The previous fabric was a lot more stretchy than this one.  I inserted the binding with too much stretching, so there are gathers around the neckline that I’m not too fond of.

I also made the jeans.  It was during my very rushed time of attempting to make 2 jeans, 3 tops and a jacket to got to San Diego.  I get cold and need a jacket when it’s less than 74 really. hahaha.  I guess living in Tucson will do that.  I was successful with my goal, 2 jeans (from old CK jeans I had), 3 tops (plantains) and a Burda jacket princess seams in the front, no collar just a zipper.  The jeans do not fit very well, and this fabric can stand up by itself.  However, it’s a better fit than ANY RTW that I have had, EVER.  The jacket desperately needed an FBA, but I didn’t have time to do the adjustments and make another. I unpicked the seam and sewed a teeny tiny seam allowance.  I guess I forgot to use a jersey needle or ballpoint.  I thought I did, but the unpicking made it have lots of holes.  Oh well.  I don’t really like wearing it.  I did during the trip because I was cold.  The shirts, just Plantain shirts, but I realized since I like my shirts shorter, the hip ease wasn’t working, as you can see here.  I think they would look nice if I left the length as drafted.

Anyway, Burda shirt right…..

Getting ready to water the plants, which is the only time I wear these pants.


Front Bow shirt – Burda 2010 02 #122 A

I was inspired after seeing Mikhaela’s version when she posted it.  I wanted to make my own, but of course I have a long list of stuff I want to make.  I am currently bow obsessed so I had to make it now now now.

I did modify it by quite a bit.  I think it would have been easier to modify a sloper than try to alter the pattern.  The original was just way too wide in the shoulders and really low cut.

It’s still a bit low cut and a uh, unflattering.  I really like the bow though.  Maybe I’ll get over the unflattering bit.