Abbey 3.0 Sewing Challenge Wrap Up!

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It’s the last day of October… and my sewing challenge is… unfinished… ūüė¶

Abbey 3.0 Wishlist Items Final Status

I’m going to hazard a guess that 8 items were probably a bit much for me to try to complete this month, what with starting to teach a new class at the BVTB and then feeling positively crappy for about 2 weeks.

I did have some fun though and especially love how my both my Wrap Dress and Ruffle Skirt came out. I like the Maxi Dress and the Leggings too, but there are some adjustments and improvements to incorporate when I make more of each.

The Peplum Top and the Colourblock Top were my biggest disappointments. EPIC FAILS! I am so doing those over until I get the look I was going for.

And time just ran away and left me so I couldn’t get to the Lace Top or the Cardigan. Of course, I still want these items so they will definitely make a future appearance on this blog.

Thanks everyone for your kind words of encouragement throughout the month!

Abbey 3.0 Wishlist Item 4 – The Wrap Dress

I have always loved a wrap dress. It always seems to make its wearer look so elegant and lady-like, when it fits well that is. I have owned several wrap tops and dress, but they were all off-the-rack and often left me very self conscious because the wrap portion would never stay where I wanted it to or stay as wrapped as it should be.

So, a wrap dress was a no-brainer addition to the Abbey 3.0 Wishlist. The real decision time came when I needed to choose the style. Real or faux wrap? Full wrap or just bodice? Original wrap or convertible/ infinity wrap? And it didn’t help that inspiration was abundant.

Abbey 3.0 Wishlist Inspiration - Item 4 Wrap Dresses

  1. Burdastyle – Wrap Dress Plus Size 02/2011 #139
  2. I Heart Jenny’s Art – Dita Von Teese Faux Wrap Dress¬†
  3. IGIGI by Yuliya Requel – Isabella Wrap Dress
  4. Lirola – Wrap Dress with Flutter Sleeves
  5. Monif C – Marilyn Two Toned Ruched Convertible Dress
  6. Ashley Stewart – 10 Way Dress

Now, I had already decided that whichever style I choose, I was going to wear a wrap dress for my birthday dinner. So I wanted the style to be easy to achieve and quick to make.¬†That’s how I finally chose to do an infinity dress, for which you can great construction ideas and tutorials here and here.¬†

Introducing the Berry Birthday Infinity Wrap Dress:

Abbey 3.0 Birthday Sewing Challenge - Wrap Dress

An infinity or convertible dress (either name is correct) is essentially one of the easiest and quickest dresses to make as it is basically only a skirt with two very long pieces of fabric for straps. Honestly, the whole process took about 3 hours, most of which was spent meticulously drawing and cutting.¬†I can’t seem to cut straight without guidelines and even then… smh… it’s so sad really… and time-consuming…

Most of the infinity dresses that I’ve seen (retail and DIY) were made using circle skirts and I really need to try those at another time to figure out which size circle (i.e. half, quarter or three-quarter) I really like first before I incorporate any circle skirts into my wardrobe.¬†Yup, another sewing project for another time.¬†So I settled on using my faithful grey maxi A-line skirt as the pattern, which I noticed was a common design on the original wrap style dresses. I added a small waistband about 3 inches wide and 1 inch less in length than my waist measurement so it would fit snugly.

I’m not going to lie. The straps were a pain to cut and then manage during the actual sewing process. ¬†But I got through thanks to several pins in strategic places along the waistline and by folding up the straps so they wouldn’t be so long to possibly get in the way while I was at the machine. My straps were about 14 inches wide by 120 inches long, and they overlapped each other 4 inches at centre front,¬†so I wouldn’t have any wardrobe malfunctions or suffer from cleavage display overload.

Abbey 3.0 Birthday Sewing Challenge - Wrap Dress

I love my new dress, but there are a few things I would like to change:

  • Most of the sewing bloggers recommend making the straps as long as one and a half times your height. I’m thinking that works out really well for any one with boobs in size D cup and below. As I’m not that fortunate to be small chested, I believe that making the straps twice or even two and a half times as long as your height measurement would help in ensuring that your goodies are securely wrapped up.
  • Again, because of the bust, some kind of under top, like a tube or cami, is necessary to add some security and to help hide your bra at the back and under your armpit. I had to ask Mr. AD to help tug and pull the straps, especially in the back. Maybe next time I will sew a tube top straight unto the skirt and save me the stress.¬†All night at dinner, I kept thinking that my bra was showing. Even though it wasn’t.¬†
  • Although this particular wrap was the look I was going for, I need to devote some Monif C YouTube time to watch some of the other ways this dress can be styled
  • My skirt is too short. I’d prefer if covered most of my feet when I’m wearing heels and just had the toes peeking out. The base pattern skirt fits me at my ankles, but it is worn just above my hips. I’m thinking next time to add at least 4 inches to the hem of that pattern to account for raising the skirt to my waist.

Abbey 3.0 Sewing Birthday Challenge Status: Item 4 Completed!

And I joined my first link party…. which you can check out at The Train To Crazy.

P.S. For those who are wondering. No I haven’t skipped out Items 2 & 3. Well, not really. I just don’t have any pics to put up yet. So there’s going to be some backdated posts for them. Apologies in advance.

Update: Abbey 3.0 Wishlist Items 2 and 3 have been posted!

Abbey 3.0 Wishlist Item 3 – The Ruffle Skirt

Now that I’m well past the girly phase in life, I am noticing to my dismay that I am actually starting to like girly things. Like the colour pink. And dresses. And skirts. And ruffles. Oh my!

It’s a bit scary for a former anti-stereotypical girly whims kind of chick, who spent most of her childhood years wearing as much black and brown (any really dark colour honestly) as could be found in my size. Yes, the body shape in relation to clothes available in stores issue sadly started from way too early…

So I have had to learn to accept my growing fascination with all things girly.¬†Some days, it is still such a shock to my core when I actually go to pick a pink shirt or skirt…¬†Hence, my wishlist had to include something with ruffles and I knew a skirt would be in order since most of the other items would be tops.

Off to Google images and the blogs I went in search of the perfect idea to copy cat. And there were several that I liked, but none seemed as awesome as those that used actual ruffle fabric:

Abbey 3.0 Wishlist Item 3 Inspiration

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Abbey 3.0 Wishlist Item 1 – The Maxi Dress

I started the ball rolling for the Abbey 3.0 Birthday Sewing Challenge with The Maxi Dress. As a wardrobe staple, it is a must sew, just for its simplicity and its elegance. It can be worn daytime or night time. It can be worn during the cool spring or the hot summer. It can be worn with a cardigan to keep it casual or with a jacket to look more fancy, formal or even work-appropriate. And as long as it is designed to suit your body shape, it can be most flattering. These were some of my inspirations for my maxi dress:

Abbey 3.0 Wishlist Item 1 Inspiration

  1. Mimi G. – T-shirt Maxi Dress¬†is just GORGEOUS!! BTW… Mimi is simply freaking AWESOME!!
  2. At Second Street – Maxi Dress¬†Kalleen’s dress is made with a simple raglan tee pattern with elasticized neck and sleeves
  3. Sweet Verbena РBoho Maxi Dress is probably the most viral maxi dress tutorial online!
  4. Made It On A Monday РSunshine Poured Out Maxi Dress is so cute, even maternity-sized!

And don’t even get me started on all those striped and chevron maxi dress that were all the rage this year!!! I so gotta make one of those too! But I digress…

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Abbey 3.0 Birthday Sewing Challenge

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Yup… In 17 days I will be 30 years old. THIRTY. And to celebrate I have committed myself to my own Me Made Challenge.

I want to sew at least eight (8) wardrobe pieces for myself for my 30th birthday. That’s the plan. I figure that I really need to do some actual functional stuff for me that I like¬†and what better reason than my birthday right?

So here’s my birthday sewing wishlist:

Abbey 3.0 Wishlist

I know that the list is a bit ambitious, especially with me teaching a class 2 nights a week, but I’m going to try to tackle if not finish them all.

Wish me luck! It’s going to be a busy sewing month! So click on the button over there on the right side for the rest of this birthday adventure!