I'm Janimal, happily gainfully employed Momma to a sweet girl. Livin' it up in Atlanta with a great husband and a good job. Sometimes I make stuff and here's my spot to show it off! Life is good, so I'm sharing....

Monday, August 12, 2013

Another Summer Dress For Meeeeeeeeeeee!

One hour dress?

Well, the McCalls 6102 pattern I blogged about in my last post, says it sews in an hour.  (Not counting cutting time).  So, for the 2nd time around, I cut the pattern, ironed on the facing, and checked the time.  Kids and husband were sleeping.  I *think* this actually did sew up in an hour!

But while sewing I got a text from a dear friend and we chatted a bit, so my timing was a bit off. 

So it was more than an hour if you stop to chat!

Anyway, check me out!


 The fabric is a Marc Jacobs cotton print I picked up at Mood in NYC.  Actually I bought the print in grey, brought it home, realized how much I loved it, then called Mood to buy the other colors!  This kind of taupe and pink print was not one that caught me eye as much in the store.   But I think it works for this dress.  It's nice and light and loose and comfy and cool for the hot Georgia sun. 

This time I didn't make a belt and will just wear as is.  It's a little boxy, so not the most figure flattering as is, but it sure is comfy. Comfy wins.

I also have this print in blue and purple!  I think it's rather retro! 

And just because, here's a little collage of my peeps.  I am a lucky lady.

Take care,

Friday, August 9, 2013

Janimal Dress

Lately I have actually taken some time to sew for myself. 
Whoot Whoot!

I need to snap a picture of the Traveler Dress I made.  I've actually worn it a few times but failed to get a photo. 

But I do have a picture of my latest selfish creation.  The pattern is McCalls 6102.   This is a simple pullover dress with or without cap sleeves and is slightly A lined.  This sewed up fast and I am so pleased that the dart was A-OK for my bodacious cups.  Yay!

Hello Pasty legs!!

Now, that fabric.  It's some kind of faux animal textured print that I hardly remember buying.  I sort of recall that it was inexpensive and I thought might be cool to make bags.  And I bought up 6 yards of it!  Gosh, it must have been cheap.  I tried to get a pic to show the texture of the fabric.

I like it!  It's very "Janimal" to me!

The best thing about this fabric is that it doesn't ravel.  So I got to skip some seam finishing steps.  I also had planned on making the version with sleeves, but once I tried it on, I thought it would be cooler without them.  Here's a more close up on the dress.  I like that it fits me well at the chest, and is nice and loose and swingy.  Hey - no Spanx required.

The belt was not part of the pattern.  I just thought it looked a bit better with it.  None of the belts in my closet looked quite right so I quickly sewed this up to finish it off.

If I don't count the belt, this dress does only take about an hour of sewing time!  (That's after cutting and interfacing)  Perfect for me.  I'm going to cut a few and keep them in my sewing room for when I have little time (always) but want the satisfaction of finishing something (I love that).

I made another in a cotton print.  Now the search for the right belt!  I think a thick leather belt would work with this dress, I just need the right one.  Hopefully I'll get it together and have a pic to post soon.

Take care,