In Process | Three-Way Lace Wedding Dress

lace up back wedding dressvivat veritasHere are some pictures of the dress I had been working on. It is always a pleasant surprise when your taste matches exactly with customer requests. I love dresses with a more bohemian feel, delicate lace, open back and skirt design that shows off your figure.

I recently suggested a three-way wedding dress for a customer who has both ceremony and wedding party at different times. She wanted to enjoy two completely different styles, so I made a lace mini dress as a base and she can switch two over-skirts depending on where she goes. One style is made of lace and chiffon skirt, perfect for a beach wedding. It comes with many chiffon streamers which looks pretty strolling on the beach. The other style is princess-line skirt. With a petticoat underneath, it gives a great volume! I ended up using 50 meters of chiffon while making this.

I blogged about other wedding dresses I made in the past here, here and here.

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Sketching is my least favorite part of the process. I simply suck at it.




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MADE | Ginger Skinny Jeans in White Twill

ginger skinny jeans in white twill by closet case files vivat veritasI want to show you my second attempt at making skinny jeans (Ginger Skinny Jeans View B from Closet Case Files)! This time the sewing was much quicker than the first time. Mostly because I did not bother to change the thread to a top stitching thread. Since the fabric I used was stretch twill instead of denim, it was much easier to sew. No broken needles this time!

I’m pleased with the result and have worn them a bunch of times already. We will see how long these pair will last as I have had to replace my white skinnies almost every year in the past due to stain and stretch. I already made a mistake of riding Andy’s rode bike with these and got oil stain on one leg… Bleach killed most of the stain but I hate having to care for the perfect whiteness.

Here is my mood board for the white jeans.

white ginger skinny jeans by closet case files vivat veritas (2)Size: Previously, I cut size 4 in waist and 6 in hip, but ended up re-cutting the fabrics in size 4 all together. So this time again, I made size 4 with 5/8″ seam allowances as the pattern instructions suggest.

Fabric: I used 5% stretch twill in white. I bought it on Rakuten, here (Japanese only). It is definitely thinner than regular denim fabric and the stretch denim I used for my first Ginger jeans. I think these pants will be great for Spring, but am not sure if I can survive winter.
Modifications: There are a few modifications I made this time.
1. Shorten the length of the jeans by 3cm. It worked out great for 5’4″ myself. I might shorten my next pair even further to make them a cropped length.
2. I raised the pocket placement up for 1 cm and shortened the pocket length by 1cm. I like the result much better than my last pocket placement on these.
Cons: Do you see the fly front is slightly tilted on the left side? I have no idea why it happened and it bothers me greatly.
Here is an embarrassing butt shot… But you can see how well these jeans fit me.

white ginger skinny jeans by closet case files vivat veritas (1)So what’s next? I am thinking of making military skinnies with khaki stretch twill like this and this, by adding big pockets with tabs on the side and ankle zippers.

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パターンは使うのが2度目のCloset Case FilesのGinger JeansのView B。

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Before & After | Liberty Print Dress

DIY kids liberty print dress vivat veritas1 (4)My friends know that I like to sew and make things so I often get fabrics and clothes donated. Recently my friend gave me a bag full of clothes she no longer wears. She is a sewer as well, and showed me her failed attempt to make a top with a jersey in red floral liberty print. Although liberty print is a bit too young and cutesy for me, I love it on little girls. When I got this top, I immediately thought of easy tube dress for Kiko.

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It was an easy project that took less than hour. I cut the top in the length I wanted, added elastic around the top and attached shoulder straps.

I made this at night after Kiko went to bed. She goes to bed at 7pm and after that is my sewing time. I placed the finished dress right next to her bed while she was sleeping, so when she woke up in the morning, there was a little surprise beside her.

Check out this, this and this to see what else I’ve made her recently.
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