Following a Dress Pattern: Butterick 5982 (Ongoing Project)

So I purchased this dress pattern last year, and never started it. Until now!  Ever since Hancock Fabrics closed (RIP), I haven't been into doing sewing projects since I would have to drive across the bridge to go to Joann's. This project is a long time coming, so I'm glad I broke the seal and took a look at this pattern.  Unfortunately, I had already messed up before even starting it!  I bought the wrong sized pattern!  And since it has been a while since I purchased it, and also I'm too lazy,  I had to look at the smallest size and trace 2 sizes down with a pencil.  Already this extra step is annoying but at least I learned something.  For some reason I thought the pattern had all the sizes on there, but it did not.

As far as following a pattern, I have done so before, but this is the first time that I'm following a pattern that isn't a one-size-fits-all sort of garment.  The last time I used a pattern was for an apron.  So as far as sizing, I didn't really have to be precise.  Since this is a new thing for me, and I know it is a project that will probably take me a while to complete, I thought I'd make blog posts about my experience. I'm pretty much learning a lot as I go, and watching youtube videos on the pattern-following process along the way.  It would benefit me if I have this experience on record for future reference, so HERE. WE. GO

So instead of cutting out the pattern straight from the pattern paper, I decided to trace it onto another paper and use that.  The reason for this was I figured its a very classic dress, and I might want to make it more than once.  If I cut it straight from the pattern paper that was given, it will not last that long since the paper is so thin.  Also, what if I need to make one in a different size?  What if I spill coffee on the paper and it disintegrates?!  What if my dog eats it??!  At least now, I have an og copy just in case something like that happens.

Anyways,  tracing 2 sizes down, and then transferring the pattern to another piece of paper was a project in itself, so so far that is all I did.

The pattern is the Butterick 5982 dress.  It includes 3 styles: One is a sleeveless boatneck dress.  The second is the same thing, except the skirt has 3 tiers of color.  And the last style is the same as the first but with a v-neck and short sleeves.  It also has a pattern for a matching belt with a cute little bow in front.  I chose to do the first style.  To stay organized, I wrote down which pattern pieces were needed for that specific style, and how many fabric pieces were needed to be cut from each piece (including lining pieces).  The pattern pieces already include seam allowance, so I didn't have to worry about figuring that out. (yessss)

If you are tracing a pattern onto a different piece of paper, it helps to run a highlighter onto your specific size so its easier to follow.  I used a tracing wheel to transfer the cut lines to the paper.  You're supposed to use carbon paper as well, but I didn't have that on hand, so I kinda had to hold the paper up to the light and see where the marks were on the paper.  Lol!  Just another item I needed but didn't have so I had to make it work somehow.  :::adds carbon paper to Daiso shopping list:::  I was also careful to transfer all the pattern notations so I don't mess it up.  Some stuff I don't understand, but I guess I'll look it up later.

'Til next time!


Gilmore Girls-themed Bachelorette

For my best friend's bachelorette, we headed to NOLA for the weekend.  It was such an amazing trip.  NOLA is definitely a place I would revisit, just for the fried chicken alone.

Anyways, the bride to be is a huge Gilmore Girls fan, so she requested a Gilmore Girls theme for her bach.  Challenge. Accepted.

At first I thought incorporating Gilmore Girls into a raunchy bachelorette weekend in New Orleans would be weird, since there didn't seem to be an obvious connection between GG and NOLA (EXCEPT ZYDECO). But I realized I was just overthinking it.  Not everything has to blend together theme-wise in a bachelorette party.  A bachelorette party is just a regular party but with an inflatable penis added to the mix (and in this case, penis straws and penis candles (also, I can't believe I just said penis on my blog)).  

Whenever I searched Pinterest for Gilmore Girls bachelorette parties, there wasn't that much content specifically for a bach, but just for regular viewing parties.  So to be honest, I'm posting this on here and adding it to Pinterest to fill that Gilmore Girls-themed bachelorette void.  To keep with the theme, but make it personalized for the bride,  I made Team Dean/Logan/JESS buttons, but photoshopped her face onto the pins.  Not enough Team Jess fans like me in our party tbh, but its okay.

We also wanted souvenir shirts for the occasion.  If you search bachelorette party shirts online there would be cute ones that say "Bride Tribe" or even NOLA themed ones like "Bourbon Bach " or whatnot.  All of those are cute and all, but me being me needed something more personalized, and something that went with the theme.  So I designed Kirk shirts!  But instead of "Babette Ate Oatmeal",  I made it refer to the bride saying YAAAS.  (If you are wondering what font Kirk uses for his shirts and his films, its Arial.)

Here is the Kirk shirt reference.  Is he underrated? I think so.  I think he hustles hard but still manages to be an idiot and like that about him. lol.  Anyways, I love Stars Hollow.

I loved them so much.  I used uberprints.com since I've always used them during my coaching days and had no problem with them.  My only con about the shirts would be the fabric wasn't as soft as I wanted them to be compared to the shirts I ordered from them before.  I also had an issue with one shirt having the design smudged, but customer service was great and they sent me a replacement shirt.  Delivery was really fast for custom shirts, especially when you order digital screenprinting.

As far as other Gilmore Girls theme bach ideas, we decorated the airbnb with Luke's diner images (you can print out the "No Cell Phones" sign online for free).  And the first night in NOLA was spent ordering hella takeout and watching all the wedding/bach-themed Gilmore Girls episodes (the airbnb we stayed in had Netflix!)  Always over-order food, that is the Gilmore way.  Also, its a really good idea for bachelorette weekends anyway because leftovers are a great late night snack.


Nautical-Themed Photo Backdrop

Ahoy!  I used striped wrapping paper and masking tape to create a photo backdrop for a nautical themed photo backdrop.  I was considering making a stand out of pvc pipe, but ran out of time.  I made the banner as well, using the same style I used for the Cabo trip, except I put them on bunting.

I thought it was missing something, so I decided to make some 3-D waves using foam board and blue tissue paper.  This probably took more time to make than the backdrop, but that's because I was kind of figuring it out as I went along.  I used one foam board and had to figure out how to make it into a pair of waves, so I split it on the diagonal and traced out waves with a pencil.  I knew I didn't want to deal with paint, but I did have a LOT of tissue paper lying around in various shades of blue.  So I cut them into wavy strips using a rotary cutter and glued them in overlapping layers in an ombre design.  I liked how the tissue paper wasn't exactly opaque, so each layer kind of shows underneath the one below it.  It just created a cool texture to it, and I was really proud of it!  If I had more time, I would have probably glitter mod podged it (because, duh) but I literally finished it the day before.


DIY Letter Pinatas

Continuing on with these wedding craft projects,  I made a DIY pinata for a texmex-themed wedding shower.  I've seen diy pinatas trending on Pinterest recently, so I was excited to take on this project.  Honestly, I would've attempted a pinata regardless of the theme.  All I used was leftover cardboard boxes, tissue paper (green because of cacti), masking tape, and lots of glue.  Making fringe out of tissue paper is one of my favorite things to do, apparently.  The gluing on of the fringe was probably my least favorite, though.  I decided to string everything on some twine so that we can hang it like a banner, rather than hang it like an actual pinata.  I filled it with leftover packing material, rather than with candy.  You can totally fill it with candy, but I didn't want people to destroy it after I took the time to make it. lol.

Total cost: $1 for the pack of tissue paper, and the rest I had on hand.

Some other stuff I crafted for the shower include lucha libre game tags for the game prizes and wrapped up some pretty cacti for the game prizes!


Bachelorette Letter Banner and Tassle Garland

This is the year of weddings apparently, so I've been taking them as an opportunity to create some fun stuff for my friends.  I recently went to Cabo for a bachelorette trip and decorated our lovely (gorgeous, really) airbnb.  Used mint and white tissue paper for the tassles, and made the letters by tracing letter cutouts (that I bought for the intended purpose of making letter banners) onto some cardstock that I had laying around (I have a lot of craft stuff laying around!).  Made the the letter banner and measured and cut the tissue paper the night before. Having a rotary cutter made everything easier and I am definitely addicted to making fringe now.  I placed the prepped tissue paper in a ziplock bag and created the tassles at the airport gate.  You can craft anywhere, you guys!

I loved our airbnb!!

A lot of my upcoming crafts are wedding related, which will probably be helpful for the Pinterest people out there.  My current crafting interest which I am actually putting off though is sewing a dress from a pattern.  I've bought the patterns but haven't bought the fabric yet.  It's kind of daunting, so I'm procrastinating but hopefully I find a fabric that will inspire me to start the project.  I really want to work on my sewing skills, and I think this would be good challenge.


Adventures in Pattern Making - Fleece-lined Dog Jacket

One of my goals next year craft-wise is to become more comfortable with my sewing machine.  I even started buying some dress patterns with the goal to successfully make my own dress in 2017.  I haven't started them yet, because it's kinda intimidating. But I did make this jacket for my dog. I've made my dog a jacket before, it's not something new.  I even made one using a purchased pattern.  But I wasn't truly satisfied with the outcome and I knew I wanted to try it again and improve.  I figured making a jacket for my dog would be a small step towards making an entire dress for me (less fabric, less time dedicated to it, less commitment), so here's what I did.

There's this jacket that I bought my dog years ago that is my favorite on him.  I wanted to base this project on that specific style.  It has more coverage on the dog's front  section compared to those jackets that just wrap around the neck and then around the body. Anyways, I've made a pattern before using this jacket, but it didn't have any lining on it and I used snap buttons when I should've used velcro.  So I decided to re-do the pattern to make it fit him better (so I can use it for future jacket-making) and then add to the overall quality of the piece with fleece lining! And velcro closures!  And lengthening the coat for added modesty*!  So technically it's two projects in one (making the pattern and then making the jacket with that pattern.)

I was able to get both fabrics in the remnants section of Joann's. That's the beauty of having a 12-lb dog: you don't need yards of fabric.  I was lucky to find this flannel in this print, I think it looks great on him.  I might even have enough leftover to make a matching cowl for me.  It wouldn't be the first time.

Anyways, look how caaaa-yoooote:

The cute fleece collar is also the material used for the lining inside.  I bought black bias tape and was happy with the contrast.  Next time I'm going to try and make my own bias.  Because custom details, yaaas.

*okay, that was a joke.  but no dog looks flattering in a crop top.


Dog Breading Last Minute Dog Costume

Made this the night before halloween. hehe.

The best thing since...

Hope you had a Happy Halloween