Handmade/DIY Thursday, August 29, 2013
Brick-a-bracka, firecracker, Sis Boom Bah, Bugs Bunny, Bugs Bunny, Rah Rah Rah!!
Gotta love Bugs! Every time I worked on this dress I got this cheer stuck in my head. I got as far as firecracker, firecracker, sis boom bah...I couldn't remember the rest, not that I didn't have fun making up my own versions..kick em in the knees and kick em in the.... Maybe that's why I didn't make the cheerleading team in the 5th grade. After a Google search good ol' Bugs came to the resuce with a quick fix of nostalgia. Memories came flooding back of me and my bother in our Underoos, sitting mere inches from the t.v. watching cartoons and eating cereal on a Saturday morning. Oh the good old days...but I digress
I was unfamiliar with Sis Boom patterns until I seen the Meghan Peasant dress made up by Meg on Kollabora. Isn't it the cutest! I thought this pattern would be a good match for my Mood Ikat knit. What do ya think? A little busy??
A long maxi was not was in my original plan. For some reason when cutting out the skirt panels I didn't find it odd that I was cutting 34 inch length for my 5 foot 3 inch (and some change) frame. I was thinking it was going to hit me right below my knees. C'mon goof you hem your pants up to a 31 inch length. After trying it on I was kinda all like, Yay! Finally got me a long maxi! It is however quite busy and makes me look shapeless. I posed the question, Long or Short? with pics on Instagram and Facebook and 90% of you said short. And I promise you it will be short...come next summer. I figured Fall is coming (soon I hope) and this would be a good transition piece for my wardrobe. Next summer I'll cut it off short and it'll be like a whole new dress.
Let's talk about the pattern. This was a pdf and don't freak, it's 200 pages long! Buuttt you don't have to print all those pages. The pattern tells you exactly what pages to print for what style you are going for. I ended up with about 40 pages total. The bodice has 3 neckline options. You can show some cleavage or keep em' covered. I don't have any cleavage to show so I kept it at a happy medium. Next time I think I can get away with the lowest neckline. There are 3 sleeve options: cap, long and bell as well as tons of diagrams showing the different sleeve and skirt lengths based upon your height.
Did you spot it? The total goof up I did on my bodice? Aahh I'm all cockeyed, wonky doodle doo..(I'm losing my mind). The bodice is to be cut on the fold. Which I did and didn't have my fabric pattern matched up correctly like I thought. I should have cut it on a single layer of fabric to ensure I got my patten matched up. Oh well lesson learned. Nothing a little d.i.y. cropped denim jacket can't cover up!
I got this denim shirt at a consignment shop for $4. I just chopped it off at the waist and took in the sides an inch and a half. Eventually I will replace the buttons with some silver ones.
|No I don't have hairy feet, that's the cat crying out for some love.|
Pattern: Sis Boom Meghan Peasant Dress, pdf $10
Fabric: Ikat knit from my Mood $200 gift card win!
Notions: 1/4" elastic from my stash
Likes: Very comfy, lots of options, quick make
Make again?: yes, next time I will use a lightweight cotton.
Time to make: a day
Total cost: $10, paired with my refashioned denim shirt total $14
If your interested in this pattern Sis Boom is having a Back to School sale going on now. Buy two pdf patterns and get 40% off. So if you bought two patterns at $10 a piece it would only cost you $12, that's almost like getting one free! Get on it peeps!