Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
I still have more of this fabric, and could make a new one just like this if anyone is interested. This dress never sparked as much interest as I thought it would.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
So hopefully in the next couple weeks we'll have Tinkerbell and Snow White here to pay us a visit.
Another blustery day, and my fourth ACU dress is now complete.
Something I need to talk about is pre-washing fit vs. after first wash fit. This dress is currently much looser than it will be. It's because it has not been washed yet. The larger the dress size, the greater the pre-wash disproportion is going to be. When I make a dress that's larger than a 6yr size, I'm branching out of my comfort zone. I've made many dresses in the smaller sizes and so I sort of know how those will work out given past knitting formulas and measurements I've taken of all the dresses. Also, my girls own many of my first experiments, and I've been able to see how the dresses turn out as they wear them over time. What I've noticed is the larger the knit top, the more over sized it seems to be at first. This isn't so noticeable with the smaller ones because there is less knitting. Oh this is hard to explain.
Here's another way to put it. The bodices stretch because of the stretchy yarn. The smaller bodices might have a span of only 4 inches, where as the larger ones might stretch up to 10 inches...because it's bigger. Make sense?
So this dress should shrink down to the desired size, and will look a little better after the first wash. I'll try and post a example next time I make a dress for my girls, with a before and after shot.
It's really neat! And as Jennifer said, lots of fun too. The kids got a lesson in how mater changes it's state. I showed them how water goes into the iron, and comes out as steam. As the steam blows out onto the Clovis bias tape maker, the water vapors collects to the metal and turns back into water droplets. I got some work done, and the kids had a science lesson.
Good times! I'm going to have to get more of these, as they come in a bunch of measurements. I'm thinking a 2" would be really good for some of my projects.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
If anyone knows of a source for authentic fabrics for the Air Force and Marines, let me know. And I really don't know what pattern the Navy uses, but I've never had anyone express interest in a Navy camouflage dress.
Friday, April 4, 2008
A few months later, my friend complained that she loved my dresses, but she didn't like her girls to wear dresses without sleeves. And since we do get way too much sun here, a dress that covered our vulnerable shoulders did have merit. Another friend showed me a pattern book with wrap kimono baby tops. The pattern was knit from bottom of the back, up and over the shoulders, and down to the bottom of the front. It was just the spark of inspiration I needed. I took that idea and created the Felicity V-neck dress. The first one was suppose to be long sleeves, but as she Felicity grew, the dress became a 3/4 length sleeve dress, which inspired more versions later...which I will write about soon.