Three finished dresses!

My photos this time are a bit dodgy so I apologise in advance¬† ūüôā¬† I just wanted to hurry and post this before I lost track of these projects completely!

I’ve finished three dresses recently, you may recall the fabrics that I was using for these:

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A lilac cotton for myself:

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A grey check (I forgot to take a photo of this one completed before I handed it over) and an orange elephant print for my boss:

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This time, I kept track of how much time I spent on these collectively, as well as the fabric and thread costs.  I was pretty surprised with the outcome!  I did think it would take me longer, but considering I have to stop and start my stitching in between work and life, I think I did pretty well.

I spent a total of $108 on fabric and threads, and spent 4.25 hours cutting, overlocking, pinning and stitching these dresses – so, if I was to say my nominal rate of “pay” for creating the garments is $25 per hour, it “cost” me approximately $215 to make three dresses, or approximately $72 per dress.

I did get the very high quality fabric on sale, but I would really love to hear your thoughts my pricing these dresses at $75¬† – I welcome all responses – and of course, I’m open for orders for these dresses!

Sources:

Fabric:  Lucky Lantern http://www.luckylantern.com.au/ (closing down Рget in quick for a good bargain!)

Threads:  Gutterman from Spotlight http://www.spotlight.com.au/departments/sewing/haberdashery/thread/

Three dresses in progress

As mentioned yesterday, I have three new dresses in progress – one much needed one for myself, and two for my boss – gotta keep the boss happy!

I had some time at lunch yesterday to cut them out, and have managed to overlock and pin them today.¬† I’ve made good progress on these so far so hopefully they will be finished within a few days.

I’m using a pattern that I have used previously – the one that I made for my boss out of the pink & gold Aboriginal print fabric (shown below on the front cover of Stylish Dress Book).¬† I’m not 100% positive that it is particularly my style, but I’m willing to give it a go, especially since I picked up the lilac cotton fabric at a bargain price.¬† Hey, if I don’t like it when it’s on I can always sell it, can’t I!

In the photos below, you’ll see the three dresses – the lilac cotton is for myself, and the pale grey check and orange elephant are for my boss.¬† I very nearly stuffed up the elephant print when cutting out and in fact upon pinning them together today I have realised that I did in fact stuff up cutting out the sleeves so I need to cut into more fabric to fix that up.¬† Obviously it’s a directional print, I cut the front piece first with the elephants’ legs at the bottom as they should be, and when I looked again, I had pinned the back piece with the elephants’ legs at the top so they were standing on their heads – oops!¬† Lucky I noticed that before I actually cut the fabric!

It is quite early in the season but it is absolutely freezing here where I work in the Southern Highlands.¬† I have realised how depleted of warm winter clothing my wardrobe is, so I have set myself a goal of making myself at least one new garment every fortnight until the end of winter.¬† Hopefully the motivation stays with me as I unfortunately can’t just rug up in jeans, jumpers and ugg boots to work each day!

I received my Deerfield embroidery back in the post yesterday from being marked for the course I’m participating in.¬† I was very happy with the comments although I only had a very quick read.¬† I will post a final photo and summary of my course progress so far at a later stage.

 

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Aboriginal print dress

Well, my boss is wearing the Aboriginal print dress today, and the compliments have been non-stop! Everyone has been asking where she got it from and saying how much they love it! I’m over the moon with how it turned out, I was happy enough that she liked it but to hear at least six people this morning comment on it is amazing.

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Two finished dresses

These are two dresses I’ve been working on lately which I’ve posted in-progress photos of previously.¬† I made them using a Japanese dress pattern, they are soooo quick and easy to put together.¬† The floral one is mine, and the stripey one is for my boss.¬† Of course, we both ended up wearing them to work today!¬† She has dressed hers up with a nice green belt which makes us look just a little less like twins.¬† As I’ve uploaded the photos, they seem to be a bit poor quality because of the chandelier light we have in our lounge room, I will try taking better photos of these at another stage.

The next dress on my sewing machine is the Aboriginal print dress for my boss.¬† Following that will be a nice, bright one for myself – I’m just trying to settle on which pattern to use!¬† In the meantime, I have discovered that I have an embroidery assessment due on 10 February, so that may take up all my spare time in the next couple of weeks – I had pushed it aside over Christmas and forgotten when it was due – oops!¬† I better get cracking on that.¬† Happy stitching!

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Dressmaking week! With a little helper…

IMG_2758This week, I’ve been doing some dressmaking.¬† I’ve been using some Japanese dress patterns as they are really light and comfortable to wear, and very easy and quick to cut out and put together.¬† As usual, as soon as I turn my back, Miss Zoe the cat decides she wants to help.¬† This is Zoe “helping” cut a pattern out.¬† I shouldn’t complain this time, last time she spilt my dish of pins and ate about 4 metres of sewing cotton…..

I’ve finished a dress for myself which is currently in the wash so I will post a final¬†photo once it’s clean and ironed.

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I made the same dress for my boss in a different fabric, a blue/green/brown stripe Рan in-progress photo is below, although more progress has been made since I took that photo Рessentially it is now finished, I just need to hem it.

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I have also taken a bite of courage and cut out another dress for my boss – this one was supposed to be her Christmas present but I just didn’t get to it in time.¬† I say “take a bit of courage” because the fabric is a pretty pink cotton hand printed with gold paint¬†by silk screening by an Aboriginal artist.¬† My boss is a fan of Aboriginal art and fabric so I sourced this online from the Northern Territory and because it is hand printed and by a well known artist, it cost a small fortune.¬† I wanted to use it for something a bit special.¬† She also likes Japanese dress patterns and has bought me a couple of my books, so after hours of pouring over the pages of my Japanese stash, I ended up going with the cover dress on one of the books, it is shown below in blue but I have taken a photo of the fabric as I was cutting the pieces.¬† I have made it longer than on the cover, as she prefers them to come just below her knee.¬† I hope she likes the finished product!

Happy stitching!

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