Sunday, September 18, 2011


One of my favorite things to do sewing-wise, is to recreate things I see in a movie. I love the challenge. So when my friends (or even strangers with my business card) come to me and ask me to make something like what they saw in a movie I usually jump at the chance (unless it is WAY beyond my ability... a seamstress must know her limitations) and recently a friend of mine who is doing a vocal competition next week and she wanted/needed an evening sort of gown for it. (gotta look good) She asked me if I could recreate a certain dress from the movie Burlesque (fun movie, lots of fantastic costumes) this particular dress is a form fitted evening gown, now normally I stay away from evening attire (too many bad experiences with prom dress BS... Like one time a friend thought it would be hilarious to play an April Fool's joke (because her prom fell on April 1st) on me and tell me her mom burned the skirt I had made while ironing it. I was less than amused and I didn't talk to her for weeks after that)
Anywho, Normally I stay away from this sort of thing, but I haven't made anything like it in years so I decided to remind myself why I don't make formal wear.

This is the dress I was asked to recreate...

 Gorgeous, no?

We decided that red was a better choice for my friend's skin tone and we managed to find a lovely shade of red that was shiny and eye catching.
I started with a base pattern
and altered it a bit, made the panels skinnier to get a more straight cut rather than going for a circle skirt (since it's supposed to be fitted, not poofy) and I decided to give it a good heavy lining to support the shape of the top of the dress and so I could have boning in it if need be (turns out that once I got it skin tight on her, there was no need for boning) here it is after the main alterations and before the minor alterations and adding the arm bits.

Best invisible zipper I have EVER done thankyouverymuch!

It took 2 rather lengthy fittings to get the dress to where I'd let it be seen in public, but I'm quite pleased with how it turned out in the end.

She looks amazing in it, don't you think?


On to Spartans!

this week you get #s 25, 26, and 27

#25 (I a now one 12th of the way finished!)
his name is Lentalus and he is unclaimed

#26 his name is Crixus and he is also unclaimed

#27! This little guy is going to my friend Lynette, his name is Duranious
yes, that is in fact an ipod (it was suggested that I give him a ukulele, but that seemed really involved, the ipod was easy... and I even gave it a purple case!)

Group photo!
This turned out to be a bit of a grumpy batch, except 27, who got an ipod. It really never does cease to amaze me the personality that shows on these guys as I make them.

In other news, I am pleased to announce that I am crocheting something besides Spartans! (in addition to the spartans, because really, I don't have enough to do already) I'm making a hand towel out of some great variegated cotton yarn, given to me by Brenda (thanks!!!)
You see we lost a kitchen hand towel to the Great Laundry Crisis of 2011 (just about a month ago) and I figured I'd replace it with one made with love (d'aaaawwwww)

I'm not terribly far along on it yet, because Spartans do take up most of my time, but you'll get to see it as it grows (so exciting, I know)
Here it is so far
do you see the love going into this thing? it's totally there.


well til next week! Stay crafty all


  1. All I have to say is -SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!11!!ELEVENTY!

  2. It all looks awesome. I'm still very excited for my kitchen towel of love. :-D