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2010 June 19
by elizabeth_admin

Ok.  I think I need help. 

Hi, my name is Elizabeth and I am a sewing addict.  Seriously.  It’s all I think about ever.  Every minute of the day.  When I’m at work, I would rather be at home sewing.  Work is getting in the way of my sewing.  It’s really starting to bother me.  I’m almost beginning to wonder if I should make a career change.  But what would I do?  I’m not good enough at sewing to be paid for it and I’m really slow.  Hmmm….  Must think about this some more.

Anyway, I took a nap with Jack today and I dreamt about making a jersey skirt with a shirred waist.  I had seen one earlier in the day and loved it.  After the nap, I thought about the Burda dress that’s been on my mind off and on for the last two months.  It’s 105 from May, 2010. 

I’ve had this beautiful ombre knit from Metro Textiles in my stash for a few months that I have had no idea how to use.  It’s been killing me because I just adore this ombre thing that’s been around for awhile.  Wouldn’t this dress look beautiful in an ombre????

Now I just need to decide how to place the ombre.  Should I have it start with the lighter blue at the shoulders going to the darker blue at the waist?  And if I do that how should I do the skirt?  I want the darker blue to make me look slimmer, but wonder if having light blue at the knees would look funny. 

What if I have the change of color go from left to right instead for the bodice only and then have it change from top to bottom on the skirt?  But then I still have to decide about the light blue at the knees issue.

Thoughts anyone?

22 Responses leave one →
  1. June 19, 2010

    If it’s any consolation, I am also obsessed with sewing. Not just the sewing, but fabric and patterns, too. It’s really all I think about lately. At least you’re not alone!

  2. Nikki permalink
    June 19, 2010

    I really admire your passion for your craft and the breath of your imagination, even though I’m having a hard time imagining this design in two different tones, but I’m sure you’ll work it out.

  3. June 19, 2010

    Definitely use this fabric for the dress and place the darker portion at the bottom of the dress. I think it will be more dramatic that way but that’s me!

  4. June 19, 2010

    I think it will be fine as long as you don’t change the direction of the ombre.

  5. Rachel permalink
    June 20, 2010

    How wide is the fabric? Is it wide enough to have dark at your knees and light at your shoulders and no gap or overlap in the colour at the waist seam? If so that’s how I’d do it, I’d overlap the placement of the pieces by the seam allowances so that the waist seam is the same colour on the bodice and skirt pieces. It’s grgeois though and would look great in that pattern.

    And you’re not alone about being obsessed with sewing and all related things, I am too!

  6. Patti permalink
    June 20, 2010

    I agree with Rachel. I would make the blend go from shoulders to hem so all the bodice would be lighter, the meet at the waist would be the same, and the dark would go to the bottom only.

  7. Elle C. permalink
    June 20, 2010

    I am jealous, my sewing mojo has gone on vacation! About the dress, I agree with Rachel and Patti, if you do it differently you risk the look of looking homemade versus handmade.

  8. June 20, 2010

    Yes, definitely start with light at the top and the dark at the hemline, doing whatever you need to to make that happen. Isn’t it cool to be so tuned in to sewing creativity that you think of fashions day and night? I think they call that inspiration 🙂

  9. June 20, 2010

    I agree with pretty much everyone above. light at top, dark at hem. It’s more chic that way.

  10. June 20, 2010

    To test how your fabric would look in this dress try this: Print out those blank dress outlines and use a crayon or colored pencils to test the color gradations possibilities.

  11. June 20, 2010

    GREAT advice Toocutedobs!

  12. June 20, 2010

    That dress will be fabulous in the ombre fabric. I would make it so that it goes from light at the top to dark at the bottom – it’ll be perfect for this style.

  13. June 20, 2010

    Another obsessived here! At work, it’s become the joke. If someone left something clothing-related in the big printer, it must be mine! (and it isn’t because I cover my tracks well 😉 )

    I’m with the rest of the gang, light top and dark bottom but you didn’t say which way it stretches. That might influence the cutting since the skirt might end up a bit tight unless you cut it with more ease. Think about it.

  14. June 20, 2010

    Wow, that fabric is fabulous. I think it’s a great pattern + fabric match. Can’t wait to see how you put this together!

  15. June 20, 2010

    The fabric is gorgeous. Hold the piece of fabric up to your body, in front of the mirror, and decide which is going to look the best. You’ll have to go with the most stretch going round you, so not sure which way that puts the colouring. I’m sure it will turn out stunning and the pattern you’ve chosen is very simple and will showcase the fabric.

  16. June 20, 2010

    Weren’t you the smart one buying that fabric until the perfect pattern came along? It’s a fantastic match right-side up or upside down!!

  17. June 21, 2010

    I hear you about the sewing obsession. I keep thinking it will pass (since I typically cycle my obsessions) but so far… going strong.

    I agree with everyone about the light at the shoulders and dark at the bottom… if the gradient isn’t long enough for the whole dress, I would do what it takes to keep the skirt dark, either matching the colour in a different fabric (not so easy) or just making sure to cut the skirt from the dark edge.

  18. Lindsay T permalink
    June 21, 2010

    Dark on bottom. The light will frame your pace better.

    Good seeing you Friday night!

  19. Lindsay T permalink
    June 21, 2010

    I meant frame your face better!

  20. Darci permalink
    June 21, 2010

    If you decide to start a sewing support group, let me know. I’m obsessive, too!

    And I agree with everyone else on the light top, dark bottom idea. I think that’s going to be one heckuva knockout when you’re done!

  21. June 22, 2010

    I agree light top/dark bottom!
    The colour gradation should look great within the underarm cowl!

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