If at first it is too small, make it bigger.

I have been pinning silk crepe camisoles with gusto lately. It isn’t actually spring here yet, but something about a floaty pastel confection holds a very tempting promise of spring. Besides, I can wear them under a sweater until the weather catches up with my aspirations for it.

So I made up a pattern! My first made up pattern. I made it up while I was falling asleep, because that is a totally normal thing to obsess about as you fall asleep. I didn’t have it all figured out when I fell asleep, but I woke up with everything very clear, so yes, I’m claiming a Kubla Khan moment. Like ya do.

Here’s what I ended up making: ruffly camis! I made them both out of cheap poly crepe to practice, working my way towards some silk crepe that is too expensive to cut into until I know my pattern is on fleek.

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They look pretty cute, huh? What you can’t tell in this picture is that they are just silly small on me. They both have a bit of stretch, so I can get them on, but this is supposed to be a flowing and loose, not Vegas lady of the night tight. The spotted one was first, and it was very small, so I made the coral one bigger, but not big enough. So now I know – for the actual silk version, I will turn it up to 11.

I had a fun time figuring out how to make the straps and weave them. Which is a look pretty much shamelessly stolen from my favorite athetics gear store that rhymes with fufufemon. The camis are fully lined, so the straps are basically sucked up inside them in little strap sandwiches.

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I wasn’t quite sure how to make them all the right length, so I used gravity and tape to help me out. But I must say the biggest help of all was the bit of stretch which meant I didn’t have to get it perfect – just close enough.

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Each one got a little better as I figured things out, so I’m excited to move upwards and onwards to my silk version!

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Put a bird on it: Portland Trousseau

I’m getting married this summer. After, we are going to Portland for our honeymoon. Wouldn’t it be fun to make a Portland Trousseau? I will have to put a bird on it. What goes in a trousseau, anyway?

My in-progress trousseau (apparently brought to you almost exclusively by Grainline – I’m on a kick, what can I say?):

Cute shorts for romping:

Cute pants for romping if it’s a little chilly:

A cute top or two to go with the shorts:

  • A structured white woven Scout tee:

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An action shot of updating the pattern and my second favorite use of the iPad: reading PDF pattern instructions. In case you were wondering, you CAN place tracing paper over the glowing PDF of a pattern and copy it on the paper. Grainline’s patterns are really really nice, guys. The PDF is actually beautiful; I would consider wearing IT if the paper had enough drape.

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And here she is! The finished Archer’s Mutant Daughter. I love this silk print from Hart’s Fabric. I also love buying a half yard less fabric than the pattern calls for because it save dollars and still works out for smaller sizes.

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Lovely underthings:

A pretty day dress:

  • There are just so many patterns I want to try for this… I don’t even know where to start listing them. This will be it’s own post soon.

An impressive dress for an impressive dinner:

Last but not least: Something to put it all in?

Just when I was thinking this was a good idea, I learned that some brands of hope chests used for this purpose had to be recalled for suffocating children. You had to know that.

A summer wedding guest dress

I have a few summer weddings to attend this year, so wouldn’t it be lovely to make a dress to wear for the occasions?

Here are some dress patterns that seem promising:

Indie pattern round up:

  • Sewaholic’s Cambie Dress: $13.98
  • Another Colette Hazel, which is a pattern I already own but originally cost $14.
  • By Hand London’s Georgia, $13.91
  • Victory Pattern’s Ava about $10

But what if I dipped a toe in the Big Four pool?

  • Butterick’s charmingly named “B6086
  • McCall’s likewise charmingly named “M6924
  • Simplicity’s “1873
  • V1241: $30 (! – is it made of gold?)

Side note: I was disappointed but not surprised that Ruffles and Lace is a section for kids at McCall’s, not for adults. But McCall’s is redeemed by this delightful tumblr mocking the vintage pattern artwork.

Or I could go nuts and do a two piece. At least 50% of the brides I’ll be hanging out with this summer won’t be shocked.

Here are some fabric ideas that I’m super excited about. I’m going for summery because this is a dress for an August and September wedding.

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  1. Montgomery Stretch Bottom Weight Floral – $12.99/yard
  2. Riley Blake Large Gingham Cotton – $10.99/yard
  3. Pastel Pink Tropical Pineapple Hibiscus Rayon Challis – $5.50/yard

It’s nice to see all the options laid out so I can compare similar cuts and styles. Now I just need to make up my mind!