Science Girl Eats

Right, yes, so I’ve been really really busy. Really really really really busy I mean. But here, finally, is Science Girl at the NC Museums of Life and Science’s After Hours Event: Science of Eats! Yay!

The fabric was designed by my friend and coworker Janet, but she doesn’t have anywhere for me to link to it, so I’ll have to add that later. (she also took the photos of me, and my hair.) Oh, and what’s that in my hair? Its a stick of asparagus, and some basil leaves. Because I NEVER pick a theme and only take it halfway. (And a carnation, but its February, there are no good red fruits or vegetables you can find in a grocery story at 6pm with only 5 minutes to figure out how you’re going to stick it in your hair. And I think maybe carnations are edible anyways.)

I did the embroidery myself, to add just that little touch to make the dress more like the poster for the event. I got so many compliments for this dress, and its still one of my favorite ones to wear!

The pattern is great and one I’ve used several times. I’ve reviewed it here: Butterick Retro Dress B5603 ★★★★★

Wallpaper Dress

This is a dress I’m excited to have finished. Its not my usual style, but the pattern was cute, and very simple. Its really only four pieces (front, back, bottom and top) with a few pleats thrown in. The pattern is butterick 5672. And I’ll take any excuse to work with the spoonflower knit, since its so lovely and soft. My favorite part about this dress is the fabric design. Which is, of course, a spoonflower pattern designed by Holli Zollinger. Its also not my usual style, but there’s a specific reason why I chose it.

I reviewed this pattern here: Butterick Sheath Dress B5672 ★★★★

The chameleon circuit in my dress is broken, and now its stuck in that pattern forever!

So I rarely model my own dresses, mostly because I’m too lazy to find someone else to hold the camera. But this time I couldn’t resist.

The exciting secret I referred to in my last post is that soon Spoonflower will also be offering wallpaper! That’s right! Imagine being able to design your own wallpaper. We’re still in beta testing mode, and we haven’t made a big announcement yet. But since Wired already knows, I figured it was okay to tell the world and show off my awesome chameleon dress.

When wallpaper was still in its “alpha testing” stage, we put it up on this tiny bit of wall in the spoonflower offices. Ever since that happened I’ve wanted to make a matching dress, and then stand there and pretend no one can see me. Yes, I might be a dork, its been noted. I even have a tag for posts where exhibit this tendency.

Since there is no audio on this picture, you should know that I’m making that awkward sound that Kronk makes in The Emporer’s New Groove where he’s singing his own theme song and he freezes in front of a wall and pretends no one can see him and even “pauses” his song on a single note. Yeah. You know what I’m talking about.

Butterick Sheath Dress B5672 ★★★★

9lineartThis pattern is actually quite easy to put together. And, if you ignore the hideous fabric which they chose for the cover model, it ends up being quite sophisticated. Even though its not my usual style, I was quite satisfied with the results.

I made the mistake of using a 1-way stretch instead of a 2-way stretch fabric, and so it doesn’t give as much when pulling the dress on. However, it holds is structure quite well, and I would be worried about that with a softer knit. Choose your fabric wisely.

I used this pattern for making this dress: Wallpaper Dress

Floral Shirt

This was a quick fun little project. I picked out the pattern because I love boat neck shirts, they’re wonderfully flattering on me. I also really like the detail of gap line in the back.

It was made from butterick pattern 5497. The only thing that made it tricky is that I found the underbust seam really tight on me, and it was definitely tighter in the torso than I’m usually comfortable with. I plan on making this shirt again, except perhaps following the pattern for shirt A, and I’ll definitely go up a size from what I normally use.

The shirt is made out of spoonflower fabric designed by Locamode. I’m actually wearing the shirt in the final picture, which we used for myMeet Spoonflower Interview, taken by Stephen Frasier.

I wrote a review for this pattern here: Butterick Blouse B5497 ★★★★

Butterick Blouse B5497 ★★★★

7lineartThis pattern is very easy, and pretty flexible. Both shirts I’ve made with it are very flattering and have gotten multiple compliments.

The first time I tried it, I made version B and actually totally missed that it was supposed to be made out of a stretch fabric. This means that its actually quite difficult to get on, but once on it wears just fine.

When I did version A, on the other hand, I used a very soft loose knit, which feels great. But the V-neck is a little too deep for me, and is slightly near-exposing.

With a couple of tweaks, this blouse pattern works great. And the details in the back are always what people point out as lovely.

I used this pattern to create this shirt: Floral Shirt

50’s Birthday Dress

I’ve been a little 50s dress obsessed lately. Maybe I jumped on the Mad Men wagon a bit late, or maybe its just the fun Retro patterns I got on sale. Anyways, I decided I needed a tea dress, petticoat et al. The dress is a simple cotton (not spoonflower actually, I wanted something a little softer than our quilting weight) with my favorite boat neckline, and a low back. I love this style, it is ridiculously flattering on me. This was also the first time I ever made a full petticoat. I used the sugardale tutorial, which was very well written, simple, with clear directions. It was one of the most tedious sewing projects I’ve ever done. And took longer to make than the dress itself. But it looks exactly like what I wanted, so I’m satisfied!

I wrote a review of this dress pattern here: Butterick Retro Dress B5603 ★★★★★

Adventures in Steampunk

Yes, I know, its not as cool now that everyone knows about it. Still, there’s something about it that draws my heart… I think its the idea of pure adventure. So many people have so many different ideas about what steampunk “means,” but there’s always the common tie of good old fashioned romantic ADVENTURE. Not romantic as is gooey romance, but romantic as in fanciful, unrealistic, idealistic, completely and utterly impractical (I mean really, people flying zeppelins in corsets and bustles and top hats, that must be the best example of impractical anyone could ever come up with).

So anyways, even though “everyone’s doing it now” I still love steampunk. The problem is, I don’t have a properly amazing steampunk costume. Also, due to my incredible good fortune of befriending a certain someone in highschool, I have a free ride to GenCon in Indianapolis this year. So I need a good steampunk costume. A properly impressive people compliment me on my awesomeness as I walk down the hall steampunk costume.

The pictures you see here are just the beginning elements. I haven’t even decided what direction I’m going to go in yet, I just went to my closet/fabric bucket, and picked out anything remotely steampunk-esque. Most of it is just fabric draped over a mannequin at the moment, I don’t even know what I’ll end up using in the end.

Obviously, the leather buckled corset is a necessity ( I actually know these people and have worked with them, they’re pretty awesome).

I haven’t decided yet if I want to keep the circular hoop skirt and go with a romantic style, or work without it and do more of a bustled victorian look.

Also, I would love to create some sort of awesome jacket to go with the whole thing, but that would cover up the buckles in the back of the corset, which is pretty much the main feature of the top…

The hot air balloon fabric is just awesome, but probably too busy for clothing. I just can’t think of a way to incorporate it without looking gimmicky…

Choices choices, what will I do? (Life is just awesome)

This is a crappy picture of a very cute bolero I decided to make for the steampunk costume. Short in the back to show off the buckles of the corset, and looks good buttoned or unbuttoned. I used the Butterick 5232 pattern, technically, and then altered the sleeves to fit what I wanted. I might change them again, just because they don’t leave me with a good range of motion, but it looks pretty good on, so I’ll have to decide.

I wrote a review for this pattern here: Butterick Bolero B5232 ★★★★

These are the final pictures of the steam punk outfit. Sort of. They’re not great pictures, because its night and I couldn’t get good lighting with my dining room chandelier, lol. Also, I’ll probably still wear the red corset, but the blouse shows the details of the jacket better in photographs. Anyways, I ended up making the lace detachable, because I still couldn’t decide which way looked better, now I can change my mind as much as I want. Also, I can raise and lower the rouching at will, in four places.

Gen con was a great success. There were beautiful costumes, fun games, much drinking and partying! And a life-size TARDIS of course!

Butterick Bolero B5232 ★★★★

Well, I’m writing this review 4 years later, so I really remember almost nothing about sewing this bolero, except that I was rushed and working on a costume, and making things up as I went along, so most of it wont be valid.

I do remember that nothing in the pattern had me going “wait, what?” and I think its fairly simple, so I can’t imagine there’s anything too problematic in it.

I used the longer version of the sleeves, and they are tight on my forearms. Historic pattern it may be, and it may be using historic sizes for what your forearms are. I am not a delicate flower of a woman.

All in all, this pattern served me well. (In researching it for writing this review I just discovered that this pattern is now out of print! I hope I still have it somewhere… hm….)

I used this pattern here: Adventures in Steampunk