Saturday, June 16, 2012

Leanne Marshall and the bombshell...S1876


 A couple of months ago, I got super addicted to the, Craftsy website and I really love their sewing classes!! I'm lovin how interactive they are, how clear the videos are shot, from supplies needed, preparing the pattern, alterations needed, really true step by step for visual learners like myself.  


 Now, I've taken other online classes before, but there's always some type of time factor involved, online chat sessions (which can get boring to read and scroll thru) with a picture here and there etc. and I just can't learn anything without seeing how you do it, seriously lol.

  
 One of the first classes I took was Gretchen's Bombshell Dress class.  I was very impressed, and learned so much from her, and the best thing is, I can re-watch it again and again whenever I want to!  Can you say, Genius!


 The techniques I learned in the course were applied to my latest dress by Leanne Marshall (S1876).  I actually like both views in this pattern, but I felt this view would allow me to try some of the things I learned. The bombshell dress is... somewhat similar, being strapless requiring boning and  well fitted an all.


 In the course, I learned how to use steel spiral  boning which came in handy for this dress and gives better shaping results, and unlike others, move with your body instead of bending in awkward shapes or just plain ole poking me, lol.  I  learned how to make bra cups to shape the bust area, how to make the top of the bodice cup you, to prevent gapage and also how to add a waist stay! 



 Soo, with my new-found skills, I incorporated what I learned into this dress and I tell ya the fit is very secure. My original bombshell dress is still a muslin, but I no longer fear the strapless dress and I also have 4 craftsy classes under my belt so far! 


I used a Robert Kaufman cotton fabric, and I love this print, and I lined the bodice with a similar black cotton. I had to try my,  most favorite belt  on with this dress to break up the print and I think it works well with or without it.

For Reference

This dress was very straight forward to make as it was originally drafted,  but  using my new skills helped customize the fit to me. The other alteration I made was a  1/2" fba.


I'm very happy with my dress, and I can't wait for a new class to start, Thanx for stopping by!
C-ya!!

21 comments:

  1. The dress looks fabulous on you... Great job.

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  2. You look gorgeous in this and I love the black belt you added to it!

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  3. Kora Robinson-ThompsonJune 18, 2012 at 3:55 AM

    I have always thought you make the trendiest clothes . This dress is no exception. Looks amazing.

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  4. You look fantastic in that dress and I agree with Carolyn, the belt is a great added touch.

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  5. I signed up to a craftsy class a while back, to learn the skills in making a blouse. Not watched it yet but it is sitting there when am ready. i just want to learn how to lower the neckline so it is similar to a cool Burda one I have seen. Am excited about it as am really scared about doing an FBA, not sure why though lol, since I have the Pletscher DVD on it.

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  6.  Your dres looks fab.

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  7. You look great, really like the fabric and the fit is perfect. I,m hooked on craftsy at the moment too and just signed up for the jean-ius class.

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  8. SPECTACULAR dress! You look stunning. You sure know how to marry the right pattern and fabric!!!! Glad all of your classes are coming in handy. I've heard about these and will have to check them out!!!

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  9.  Thanx Kora, I'm only trying to make things I'll wear more than once, lol.

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  10.  Thanx Andrea, I mite wear people out with this belt, I love it that much!

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  11. Gertie's class definitely sounds worthwhile - your new dress looks fantastic and the fit is spot on.

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  12.  Once you learn how to do a FBA, things will fit soo much better. I followed Smoking Needles and The Mahogany Stylist blogs, they give the most easiest and detailed advice on FBA's.You'll love your class, I even watch it on my phone during lunch breaks!!

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  13.  Thanx pinQueen,  I signed up for that too!! Can't wait to watch it.

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  14.  Hey Lady!! Thanx so much,  some are free too!!

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  15. I always enjoy stopping by and seeing you in work...You are working that dress :)

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  16. This dress looks fantastic on you!

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