Thursday, January 19, 2017

In-Depth 3D Roomstyler - Chelsea Studio Apartment

Alright, so many of you may know that I have been LOVING playing with a free program online called 3D Roomstyler.

In it, you can design your own rooms, add whatever kind of furniture, fixtures, and anything else you cam think of to "design" a home, a room, an exterior.

Well, I finally made one based off of a real apartment in the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC!

What I did was find floorplans and from there, I drew the walls in 3D Roomstyler the best I could. It's really surreal to see an actual place that exists and you walking around in it in 3D Roomstyler!

Here is my own render of the living room. Now keep in mind, I took a lot of creative liberties; I also don't know much about home design, so I am just a random person playing around in a program.

This is the layout that I went by, found online here:

And here is a screenshot of my layout below.

My rendering (above) of the kitchen. Instead of brick like in the actual apartment, I chose a wallpaper.

The one below is low-res, but I couldn't get the brick wall to render correctly for some reason on here. So low-res screenshot it is!

My render (below) of looking from the living room, towards the bathroom. 

Boring hallway shot (below) but I wanted to take a photo from that angle so you could get an idea of the entrance.

And a very, very small bathroom that was hard to get a proper photo of! Rendering below by me. 

Super cool, right?!

Here are photos from the website that I just did screen grabs of, in case the listing disappears someday. Any of the radiators in 3D Roomstyler were mostly too big, so I just didn't put them in there. But you get the idea of how it's all laid out.

It's crazy to be able to do a model of an apartment you have never been in, nor ever plan on being in!

Looks like it's still up for rent if anyone wants it.

McCall's M7291

It's been a while, I know. If any of you have seen me on Instagram, I have been playing around, making this capelet for MONTHS. (It doesn't take that long at all to make, I just took super-long pauses.) 

My reasoning for not making as many things as I was before is because I'm working on a myriad of other creative things in general (involved 3D Roomstyles, fashion sketching, and putting together a mini fashion collection on Photoshop, hand-drawing and designing my own prints), plus I have finally graduated to a store manager position! Yay! After nearly a decade of ASM, I finally have "my own" store. 

this one is McCalls M7291!  

I accidentally made almost exactly what was on the pattern packet. Online, the fabric was a little more ". mustard-y yellow but to me, the fabric color reads more "tan-brown". This pattern is actually a "Learn to Sew" pattern (haha, I have been making my own sewing patterns for over 13 years now) but I couldn't resist picking up this pattern because of the unique construction of it. 

 I used a melton wool from I had used their melton wool for a Burda wool coat before and I love it! I think it ended up with just the right amount of drape.

 Ok, so here is a crappy phone photo of me. Originally, I had planned on adding these wool flowers onto it for a more unique effect, but they just ended up looking misplaced and a bad way. It was a more artistic approach to it, but it doesn't work. However, if perhaps you did a flat applique on the sleeves (I think a black version with colorful, different sized star appliques could look amazing!) that could work.
The purple inside sleeve is an accident, but a great accident. I made my own lining for this capelet (yup, I hate jackets with no linings!) and miscalculated how the sleeve lining should work out. I didn't have any more fabric left from the melton to make an inside sleeve facing to attach to the lining, nor did I have enough lining to recut the sleeve linings. 

Sooooo I went with this purple poly poplin in my stash.

The inside lining is not as smoothly finished as I would like, but I had issues with imagining exactly how the lining would work out with the way the sleeve is sewn inside the princess seam of the jacket. Either way, you would end up with an exposed, ugly seam on the inside of the jacket. 

What I COULD do is do a Hong Kong seam on the inside to cover up my serged edges, but I don't have that kind of patience nor do I care that much. The inside is well-enough finished to my liking and the outside looks great. 

I have definitely made a better jacket lining before (like my Burda one from about 2 years ago now) but it's fine.

Here's a more detailed look at my new capelet on my dressform.

Alright, now I just need the weather to be maybe 50 degrees-ish and I can wear this outside! It's been a mild winter in Chicago, so maybe I can wear this sooner than I thought? I would only safely wear this in spring and fall though. It gets far too cold and scary out here to ever use this as a "winter coat".  

This is a great pattern and a beginner would have a lot of fun with it if they didn't use a melton wool like I did (too much to finish probably for a newbie) but a ponte knit or a thick knit could work nicely for someone brand new to sewing!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Simplicty 8014 - Rain Cloud Shirtdress!

I'm back with a new dress! 

Like I said, I have been super lazy and using commercial patterns for about a year now. This one is a shirtdress by Simplicity -- pattern number 8014.

I did a mix of multiple views to create my perfect shirtdress. I technically cut a View C but used the collar in View A and D. I think I made my cuffed sleeve and sleeve tabs differently than the pattern asked me to do, but I do what I want. Haha. 

Best of all, this dress already had a pocket bag pattern! Many times, I will create my own if there is enough room in the skirt portion.

I also had to change the grainline of the yoke on my pattern (ie. cut it the opposite direction). Normally, you would cut your back yoke on a shirt or shirtdress on a crosswise grain because it prevents stretching out and gives your garment more stiffness/structure. 

Well, that simply wasn't going to work with a one-way print! I would never hear the end of how I "cut it wrong" by anyone while I was wearing it.

Ta daaa!!! I cut a size 10 and really didn't have to make any adjustments except to hem length (of course). I probably took off only 2 inches or so and hemmed it with a 1 inch hem like I do on most hems.

This pattern has a LOT of pieces but I feel like that's typical with shirtdresses. It wasn't complicated, just a lot of steps. If you're someone who wants a quick sew, this pattern probably isn't for you. I sew very quickly, but this one took me a little longer. 

Let's talk about the PRINT!

It's these super cute smiling rain clouds!!! 

I saw this fabric and instantly knew I had to have it. I ended up with the last 3-ish yards of it from! The print is by Riley Blake and called "Greatest Adventure" by Cinderberry Stitches. 

I like how the fabric is a PERFECT weight for a shirtdress. It was the exact weight I had been hoping for -- a thicker cotton that almost feels like a denim but.... not. Amazing! 

I'm so excited to have a go-to shirtdress pattern now in my wardrobe! I absolutely love shirtdresses and I never find good ones at retail stores. Now... look out for more shirtdresses! 

Next, I am working on McCall's "Learn to Sew" capelet (although I am WAY past the "learn to sew" stage.) I have created a lining for it since it didn't come with one. That's one of my biggest pet peeves! I cannot wear a jacket of any sort with NO LINING. I made a super awesome lining in my Burda jacket last year and the wool Burda coat the year or so before that. It made and it is a thousand times better than if I had just made it without one. 

Coats/jackets are actually my favorite things to sew and I am looking forward to the way this next one is going to go together!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sewing Knits without a Serger - New Post on The Art Shake

Hey everyone!

Just a reminder to stop by the other blog I contribute to -- a West Michigan-based blog called The Art Shake. This month, I show you my process and testing tips/tricks to sewing a knit garment entirely without a serger!

Don't miss it!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Burda Dress #121 with Marbled ITY Stretch Fabric

New week new dress?

That's kinda what's been happening lately! I've just been having fun cutting out sewing patterns and making them up. I mean, why not?!

The latest dress I finished was Burda's Fitted Sheath Dress #121 from June 2015. I have (no joke) had this dress design printed up and posted on my bulletin board for almost a year now and I finally made it!

 I've been working far more with stretch knits lately and this was a perfect pattern to keep up on my skills with. It was simple, easy, and super-quick to sew up!

What I love about this dress is that the fabric I chose was a horizontal print and with the way the pattern bends in shape to accommodate the rouching, the print essentially becomes vertical up at the bodice portion. So cool! The fabric is an ITY stretch knit from It was very easy to cut and work with! I will definitely look out for more ITY stretches in the future.

I have a little over a yard of this left and I definitely need some new tops. I might make some more of the same top from the New Look pattern I used a while ago for my Viewmaster top for leftover fabric!


Something new for me to sew up in any pattern was a gusset. This is less so the kind of gusset I am used to seeing in pattern making books and feels more like a styleline. Either way, I unnecessarily confused myself with it somehow until I walked my pattern along. I think the notches/seam allowance threw me off while sewing (maybe I was tired?) but I felt like such a dummy after walking my pattern and seeing exactly what I wasn't doing right.

Pattern flat sketches.


See the gusset?! They really are a nice touch to an otherwise very simple dress. 

 The shoulders also do a nice accidental almost-chevron too! 

I didn't make a muslin on this one -- totally just wung it. I cut a size 34 (I could have been ok with a 36 too) and the only edits I made were making the neckline higher, taking about 4" off the bottom hem, and instead if "making a backing strip", I used the clear elastic I used for my stripe rouch top from earlier this year to get the gathers to stay put. 

Weirdly enough, I sewed this dress primarily on my sewing machine after fiddling with my settings and testing on scrap pieces of fabric. I do own and use a serger, but I used the serger here to finish off the edges and then sewed the rest on my machine because.... why not?!

I used a zigzag stretch stitch to keep the fabric stretchy and then did a faux cover stitch with a double-needle on the sleeve and bottom hems. I think how to sew stretch knits on your machine will be my next blog post on The Art Shake so you can see in-depth the process I have been using come September! 

This will be a fun one to wear! 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Post on the Art Shake - Fabric Design

If you have missed any of my posts, be reminded that I also occasionally post over on a West Michigan-based blog called The Art Shake! A new post just went up today.

This month, I will be showing you my process for using your hand-drawn creations, putting them into Photoshop and making a seamless repeat pattern! I will eventually be sending this print off to Spoonflower and making a top out of this print!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Butterick B5209 in Bare Nopal Gloom

This dress was around 4 years in the making...

I remember buying this pattern (I wrote "Sept. 2012" on the pattern packet). But at the time, I didn't use commercial patterns really at all because I went to fashion design school and thought that if I did that, then I really should be making my own designs up and not using someone else's patterns. I made my own sewing patterns for every single thing I made from around 2004-2014-ish!

This is still something hard for me to accept: the fact that I have transitioned to using primarily commercial patterns versus using all of my pattern making skills that I worked so hard to gain. (I still have all my books, blocks, tools, etc.) I'll make something if the mood strikes but it's so easy and fun to customize with commercial patterns.

That, and I am having wayyyy too much fun with all the stuff that's out there!

This dress is Butterick's 1947 reproduction pattern called B5209. I see many, many people have made this pattern out there and it's awesome! I like the sleeve version of this one though I have seen a few sleeveless versions online out there.

This dress is easily the prettiest dress I have EVER made. You know me -- I tend to make quirky 1960s dresses in crazy colors, color blocking, loud prints, etc.

For this one, I was going with more of a Rifle Paper sort of look; pretty, feminine, slightly retro but still contemporary. I think I made it happen!

The fabric for this is from and is called Bare Nopal Gloom, designed by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery fabrics. When I got this fabric in the mail, I almost cried because it is so gorgeous! Seriously.

It's a super lightweight voile fabric that is absolutely perfect for hot summer days like in the month of August in Chicago. While I did wash my fabric prior to sewing, I am SO SCARED to wash this dress!

Knowing me, it will get caught on something dumb in the machine, spin out, and rip to shreds. So I'm thinking I will have to hand wash this one until I am ready to take a chance on it.

 I did do a muslin on this one prior to sewing (below) as I was far too timid to just use the pattern out of the envelope for this one in particular. I usually wing stuff like this (why buy a pattern if you need to do multiple fittings anyway?) but really.... I should take the time to do muslins.

 You can hardly tell the edits I made but on the midriff part, I shortened it about 3/4" as well as took the hem up about 2" for a grand total of 2 3/4" off the entire length. (For reference, I am 5 feet tall!) I almost always make a size 10 and that's exactly what this one was.

My actual measurements are more like a size 12 (the 26 1/2" is exactly what my waist is) but it seems that I somehow prefer less wearing ease?

Sidenote: I feel bad for the person who bought this pattern because it says "easy" on it and then struggled their way through it. Because even at my advanced skill level, some of the directions on this one were confusing and the way the instructions were written out for both views kind of in one row were confusing.

I definitely was able to work it out, but I perhaps would have attempted to construct the bodice lining and the self pieces differently.  There is only a side zip on this one.

 But yeah.... this dress is gorgeous. I also love Art Gallery fabrics, so I will be ordering more from them. Hopefully, I will make at least 2 more iterations of this dress someday!

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