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.



tardis bow
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.

fabric purchase
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.
more fabric
Another textured jersey knit, below it, a bright pink for piping.

Fabric Purchase ….. Again – oops

Here I am complaining about how much fabric I have and how I need to sew, and what do I do? Buy more fabric of course, in a rainbow of colors.

All are poly ponte knits except the polka dot one.  That one is a 4 way stretch jersey, very soft.  The white one was labeled scuba, but looks just like poly ponte to me. The pink one is a rayon blend ponte.

For future me: yardage: black – 2, polka dot – .75, lighter blue – 3, pink .25, blue – .5, white – 2.


Oh yes, I did sew today.  Two quick Tonic Tees.  One regular and one modified.  I love the Tonic Tee pattern.  I’m gonna hack the living daylights out of that pattern.  Hopefully I can get pictures taken and up tomorrow.

I have not been a big fan of leggings to wear out of the house, but I did find some 4 way stretch denim that I forgot to get today.  Oh no, another trip to the fabric store?  ugh.  Anyway, I’m thinking about making interesting leggings.  I still feel frumpy in jeans.  I don’t know if I’ll feel like I can leave the house in leggings, but maybe if they turn out like my vision, I might.  We will see.  I still need the fabric.  Hopefully it’s still there tomorrow.

Fabric/Notions Purchase

I really need to sew more.  I keep buying fabric with plans, plans, plans, then things just don’t get done.  I seem to think that all of my fabric is too precious for me to cut in to.  I’m always afraid I will ruin the fabric.  I really need to get out of that mindset.  So, here we go.  There will always be pretty fabric.  ALWAYS.  Ok, so I really need to believe this.  I sort of do, but…. you know how it goes.

Anyway, I’m also going to force myself to post my fabric purchases.  Maybe it will be easier to keep track of it and actually use it.

I bought 2 cuts of fabric to make shorts for my 3 year old.  He is a bit skinny so it’s difficult to find RTW bottoms that fit him.  I already started working on shorts for him.  They just need to be hemmed.  No pockets just essentially a test.  He says he doesn’t like them.  I might need to perk them up with pockets and flaps that have his favorite characters hidden under the flap or something.

Lots of bulk elastic, for uhm, lounging (pj, yoga, leggings, whatever is stretchy and comfy) pants for me.  You know how that is.  I also got bulk velcro, for velcro emergencies or sewing capes on tshirts because that is so cool.

I also got some snap tape.  I’m hoping to make some body suits.  I have a long torso so I’ve always been afraid of the pulling, uncomfortable, sometimes painful pulling.  Duh, I can make the torso longer if I sew it.  Would I wear them? I don’t know.  It’s out of my comfort zone, but maybe.  After all, like I said, I really am trying to push myself to try new things.

lacenude lace

Two nude stretch laces for the possibility of making bras in the near future… Must acquire additional bra making supplies.


Some white non stretch lace, just in case I needed lace.

blue linen

Two yards of a blue linen blend similar in color to the first version of my heart bodice.  Woo hoo!  I love the color.  Not quite right in this pic.

purple blend

A purple cotton blend.  There was only a little over a yard left.  I’m going to try to squeeze a dress out of it.  It is pretty wide, I think.

A small part of me is afraid to work in solid colors because any small issue will really show.  I just need to dive in.  ahhhhh!

I also need to find a free place to host my pictures that doesn’t require a mobile number, cough, flickr, grrr.  Then I can take and post higher quality pictures.