Monday, June 2, 2014

I'm a Golden Princess! - New Look 6480 & Simplicity 1427

What's the number for Disney so they can sign me?
This weekend was my grandmother's 80th birthday BASH so I wanted to wear something special.

A couple weeks ago I was going through my stash and matching up fabric with patterns and I came across THIS pattern and fell in love with View B

I had this gold Damask that was gifted to me last year a little bit after I sewed my first stitches.
I believe that it is from Thailand!

The colors for the party were emerald green and gold.
Panamanians LOVE gold lol

Anyway, I loved the top but I wasn't sure what bottoms to where. I know I wanted them to be white but I don't have white pants and I'm not yet comfortable with whipping up a pair of pants at the last minute.
Last week I saw the cover for this pattern and saw the outfit for View C.
Plus now I had an entry for the Pretty Girl's Sew May Sew-a-long!
I went to JoAnn's to buy all the supplies.
I pulled out the directions for the tulle skirt and my mind went BLANK.
I just couldn't understand them lol
I decided to cut the underskirt out for the length of View B and I only cut out 12 pieces of tulle.
6 for the front and six for the back.
I sewed them like a straight skirt and attached the waistband.
I don't like it but I wasn't planning on wearing it again anyway.
Looking at the instructions NOW, I definitely understand what was supposed to happen lol

The top was not difficult to sew up and I think it's beautiful.
The instructions for this pattern were VERY clear and easy to understand.
I used the gold side of the damask as the outside and the white contrasting side as the lining.
I was originally just going to line it in plain white but I wanted to showcase both sides.
Next time I use this fabric (I have plenty left) I'm definitely going to use the white side.
The top is complete with boning, a waist-stay, hand-sewn trim, and a lapped zipper!
None of which I have done previously!

The boning was pretty straight forward. No problems there.

The waist-stay was not actually a part of the pattern but the day after I decided I was going to make this top, I came across 3 really good articles about why they are useful/necessary so I decided to add one.
The articles are here, here, and here.

All I did was buy some white grosgrain, put it around my waist, mark where i felt it would be tight and secure and sewed the clasp pieces down at that point and the tip of the ribbon. 
I tacked it down NEXT to the zipper as to avoid bulking the zipper up.
If I had not added that in, my top would have been falling down ALL NIGHT.

Which is really weird because this pattern is made for teens.
One of which I am NOT.
My size wasn't even on the pattern envelope lol
the finished garment measurements for the largest size were 36-1/2 for the bust and a 27 waist.
I'm a 38 bust and 28 waist so instead of 5/8 in seam allowance, I sewed all of the seams with a 1/2 in SA aside from both sides.
I figured 2 seams on the back and 4 on the front would get me to wear I needed it to be.
Next time I make this (and there WILL be a next time) I'm just going to use 5/8 SA.

I had originally bought plain white ribbon for the trim like the picture has with the black.
When I was pinning it down, I had NO IDEA how to keep the ribbon continuous and turn all the corners at the same time.
Because I was on a TIGHT time constraint (party a few hours away) I stopped by Wal-Mart and picked up this ribbon.  I was able to cut and place the different pieces in a pattern I felt comfortable with and I really like the way it turned out.

I had never done a lapped zipper before so in conjunction with trying to understand the instructions, I found this tutorial on youtube and something clicked.
It's not perfect, but i know it will be better next time I do it.

I think that is all of the details lol
I felt so beautiful wearing it.
I kind of felt like Jessica Rabbit lol is that weird?

Tell me what you think!
Have you ever used a waist-stay??

xoxo, Tasha


  1. Very pretty, Tasha! I want to make a top like that, too. I have a different pattern, but had looked at that one. I will make a note to do a waist stay, too. Hate it when things fall down on you!

    1. Thanks, Stacy! What's the pattern that you have??

  2. Anonymous6/02/2014

    I love your outfit! Definitely Princess Material. That top is so wonderfully sewn. Great job!

  3. So pretty! I have the skirt pattern and now I want to make it!

  4. Nice job on the lapped zip! The delicate tulle is a perfect balance for the ornate Damask. You look beautiful in your creation! Have a great day!

    Val @

  5. You Look abSEWlutely beautiful!!!! Great job. I love it.

    1. Thanks, Dellia! I'm trying to get up to your level ha ha

  6. Cute! You should call them ad ask if you can be a stand in for Tiana (or at least design the costumes! Coming by from That's Fresh FridayLinkup !

  7. Tasha, you are gorgeous!! Thanks for linking up at All Things Thursday!!

  8. WOW! That's a lot of new details/techiques in one piece -- I'm intimidated just reading about it. And very smart of you to add the waist-stay. Well done. Thanks for linking up at Inspire Us Thursdays!


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