Just an Update

If you’ve been following my posts this past week, here’s an update on the dresses I’ve been making: It was either Monday or Tuesday that I finished the bridesmaid dress, and then I worked like the wind to get my fashion show dress done.

Because of poor timing, I didn’t get to see my client in her bridesmaid dress; however, I should see her soon.

For my gingham dress, It took me two days to make the bodice muslin fitted properly and a day to make the actual one. Yesterday I cut out the skirt in the outer fabric and lining; I gathered, with both, a total of 40 feet of material to my 27 inch waist. 🙂 After 10 hours of working, I went to bed at 2 a.m. At 7, I sprang from my bed, very determined, and went back to work! I finally finished my dress only an hour before leaving to the event. 😀 It’s crazy, I know. It’s done it’s done it’s done! In the next few weeks I’ll post the progress photos of this dress.

Now it’s time to move on to different things!

~Christina

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30 Followers!!!

I now have 30 followers for Kawaii Quilter! 😀 Thank you to everyone who finds what I do interesting enough to receive my post updates. ❤ Since the launch of my blog in October 2013 to now, April 2014, I am proud to have almost 60 posts and 30 followers. 

Again, Thank you! You encourage me to post often.

~Christina

Almost Done!

Yes! It is true, I am almost done with the bridesmaid dress! On Saturday, I finished the seam with the zipper, tacked the neckline, and took in the other side seam, all in two hours. 🙂

Bridesmaid Dress

Bridesmaid Dress

Tacked Neckline

Tacked Neckline

Now all that I have to do is hem the bottom! I don’t need my “client” to try it on again because she likes the length of the skirt. My friend kindly dropped off her machine so that I could use it to hem. She has a hemming foot for her machine and I don’t; it should be semi-easy now to finish it. I will need to get pictures before the dress forever leaves me!

Invisible Zipper

Invisible Zipper

All I can say is wow. I’ve put so much time and effort into this dress and I’ve learned so much. I’m really glad that I’m almost done. This is a great accomplishment and I now have the confidence to take on similar, preferably simpler, jobs.

Thanks for reading!

~Christina

Happy Easter!

Tie-Dyed Easter Egg

Tie-Dyed Easter Egg

Happy Easter everyone! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia Alleluia!

This Easter we dyed Easter eggs. At first my siblings and I were doing the usual, crayon-colored-then-dyed Easter eggs, but then my mom decided to try tie-dying some of the eggs. They turned out beautiful like the one above. ❤ Here’s a link to my sister’s tutorial.

Poppy Seed Roll

Poppy Seed Roll

This year my mother outdid herself with this amazing yeast dough poppy seed roll…

Butter Lamb

Butter Lamb

…And what goes better with a poppy seed roll than a homemade butter lamb?? 🙂

Now I must mention that some family traditions never get old. My family’s tradition is that we each have to take a cup of water and eat, as fast as we can, a spoon of fresh-ground… dun dun dun… HORSERADISH! Every year I’m surprised at its burn, or, I don’t know how to explain it… It’s HOT. We eat horseradish to remind us of Christ’s bitter passion and suffering on the cross; and afterwards we get our Easter baskets, which represent the sweetness of Christ’s resurrection from the dead. 🙂

Bunny Easter Candies

Bunny Easter Candies

The biggest surprise this year was Grandma’s home made bunny candies. They are excellent! She is always thinking of ways to make things better and different, especially with her candies. 😀 I love you, Grandma! ❤

I hope you all had a wonderful day with your families!

~Christina

Working on It…

Okay, here is the bridesmaid dress now!

Bridesmaid Dress

Bridesmaid Dress

I finished attaching the cummerbund and the skirt. The skirt, by the way, took almost an hour just to gather, plus it really gave my hands a workout!

Bodice Close-Up

Bodice Close-Up

The dress looks really nice on the woman I’m making it for. 🙂 I had the fitting, so now I need to take in the side seams a bit to accentuate her waist; fortunately, the invisible zipper has now been installed. After the side seams, I need to tack the bodice drapes to make the neckline, then all I’ll have left is hemming the skirt. 😀 😀 😀

The wedding is next weekend! I’ll be working on it this Easter weekend; no matter what, I can’t let the celebration distract me… really!…Hmm… Well, I’ll try to get most of it done this weekend, anyway. 😉

Here’s a link to my last post!

~Christina

Bridesmaid Dress

I’ve mentioned at least once that I have been working on a bridesmaid dress. Here is the bodice:

Bridesmaid Dress Bodice

Bridesmaid Dress Bodice

The pattern is McCall’s M6466. There is so much gathering required for this dress!

The bodice had to be fitted a lot; the woman I am making the dress for is 6′ 1″, so the bodice pattern needed to be altered.  I didn’t even know how the bodice went together until I made a muslin. I found that the pattern is self-facing, which is not alteration friendly. It was a headache to work with, and unless you’re really determined, I wouldn’t suggest lengthening or widening it.

That aside, now that the alterations are completed, everything else has been going smoothly. The bodice has a gathered cummerbund; I spent the last two days making it. I’m almost ready to attach it! I can see three more fittings in the near future. One for the cummerbund (once I attach it), a second for the side zipper, and one last one for the length of the skirt.

The skirt is going to be a pain to work with; I’ve already serged the panels together and I will say this: There is at least 9 yards of fabric in that skirt, and I have to gather it to the bodice. I’m talking about a poly-cotton, not tulle like the pattern suggests… So that should be interesting.

I need to get this done by next week so I can work on my fashion show dress. So much to do, so little time!

Thanks for reading,

~Christina

Michigan Breaks the Record!

The past few days I have been enjoying the 60-70 degree weather here in the Detroit-area; I even took out my shorts! Yesterday, however, the temperature dropped and it started raining. This morning, to my horror, I awoke to a winter wonderland.  O_O

Winter Wonderland in Spring

Winter Wonderland in Spring

At first I was bummed out, but then I heard the long awaited news: We finally broke the 133 year old record of 93.6 inches! Our new record is 94. 8 inches. 😀 That is 7 feet and 10.8 inches of snow!

This was the longest, coldest, snowiest, and hardest winter I can remember; in contrast, about three years back we only had two light snow falls and very mild temperatures the entire winter and spring. Michigan weather is so weird!

I really thought that we weren’t going to break the record because of the warm weather. At least the snow isn’t going to stick around; most of it has already melted today, revealing the spring greenery that has sprouted.

I hope your day is warmer than mine!

~Christina