Thursday, 31 May 2012

May in Review

Graduation Party Dress

Fabric: 2.4 metres muslin, 4 metres stretch polyester special-occasion fabric (on sale 50% off!), and .5 metres interfacing, $71.82
Pattern:  Simplicity 2398 (picked up during the on-line pattern sale), $4.47
Thread:  $19.54 (serger and sewing machine thread only, embroidery thread used for the hem was not included in pricing)
Basting Tape:  $0.88
Zipper:  $4.37
Microfiber needles:  $3.22
Tide to go:  $6.71
Total Cost$111.91
Times Worn this Month: None, it is not my party. This dress is for my niece to be worn in June.  
Time investment:  22 1/2 hours 
Tools needed:  Sewing machine, serger, fabric shears, measuring tape, sewing machine needle, hand sewing needle, invisible zipper foot, blind hem foot, seam ripper, iron, steamer. 


My New Favourite Skirt Pattern, Vogue 1247


Fabric:  1.5 metre of Stretch Cotton, $8.40
Pattern:  Vogue 1247, $6.47
Thread:  $4.37
Bias Tape:  $1.29
Basting Tape:  $0.41
Zipper:  $4.37
Snap:  $0.28
Total Cost:  $25.59
Times Worn this Month:  Once, so far.
Time Investment:  7 hours
Tools Needed:  Sewing machine, serger, curved ruler, measuring tape, fabric shears, ball-point sewing machine needle, seam ripper, pins, iron and tailor's chaulk.
Would I make it again? Yes! I already have the fabric pre-washed and ready to go.


Bedroom Curtains


Fabric:  4 metres 100% drapery cotton, $22.40
Pattern:  None, $0.00
Thread:  Leftover, $0.00
Total Cost:  $22.40
Time Investment:  4 hours
Tools Needed:  Sewing machine, serger, measuring tape, needles, iron.

World's Easiest Dress Pattern


Fabric: 1.2 metres polyester fabric which has been in my stash for some time now, $4.80 
Pattern:  Burda Style $6.78
Thread:  Left-over threads, since it is a multi-coloured fabric, $0.00
Zipper:  The pattern calls for a zipper but I didn't need one, $0.00
Total Cost: $11.58
Times Worn this Month: Twice.
Time investment:  3 hours 
Tools needed:  Sewing machine, serger, fabric shears, ball-point sewing machine needle, measuring tape, hand stitching needles, seam ripper, pins, iron and tailor's chaulk.
Would I make it again?  I do love this pattern, so sew there is a possibility that I'll make another.

Knit Top

Fabric: 1.5 metres Cotton knit fabric $8.40
Pattern:  Butterick 5679, purchased from on-line sale, $3.35
Thread:  $4.39
Total Cost: $16.14
Times Worn this Month: Three times so far.
Time investment:  3 hours 
Tools needed:  Sewing machine, serger, fabric shears, ball-point sewing machine needle, hand stitching needles, pins, steamer and tailor's chaulk.
Would I make it again?  Yes, I have some tweaking to do with this pattern.


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