Friday, 25 October 2013

Facebook: Dress of the Week

Every week I find a wonderfully made dress and make it a 'Dress of the Week' on my Facebook page.  I have decided to share that every week on my blog so that my blogger friends can see these amazing dresses too.  

Today my Facebook page 'A.M.E.G. Designs' was updated with a new 'Dress of the Week'.  This dress was made from all recycled material and I think it is utterly amazing. Take a look and enjoy! 

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Dress Making Report: The Batman Dress

A few friends of mine decided to get this dress for a friends birthday.  I am totally in love with batman and had to accept! This fabric is amazing, and was totally wonderful to work with (100% Cotton, Batman pattern, perfect!). Also, with this one I got to put the images together as best I could to make it look like a comic, which was awesome.  Maria loves the joker so I put him right in the middle of it all.  Happy Birthday Maria!! I hope it is everything you wanted and more!

Cutting Pattern

Pinning Pattern to fabric

Cutting Fabric

Front and Side pieces

Sewing the top together

Neck ties

Sewing back bodice to side sections

Sewing bodice front to midriff  

Pinning lining to fabric
Sewing lining to fabric

Finished top

Pinning skirt together

Sewing Skirt

Adding darts to skirt lining

Sewing Darts
Pinning lining to skirt

Pinned for hemming
Final pictures for this dress will be professionally done, stay tuned!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Fabrics: Cotton

Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in bolls. It is almost pure cellulose and when the bolls get blown in the wind the seeds disperse more so then when done manually. Cotton is spun into yarn or thread to make a soft, breathable fabric.  It goes back to prehistoric times about 7000 yrs ago, which is just incredible, but I wouldn't expect anything less from this fantastic natural fiber.  Since Cotton Gin was created in 1793, the price was lowered and it became the most widely used natural fiber and still is today.  

I chose Cotton because I have recently been working on a dress(batman dress below), using this fabric and must say it is wonderful to work with.  It doesn't have too much stretch, so it is great for pinning, cutting and it moves easily through the presser foot on the sewing machine.  Cotton creates a great structure for dresses and is great for anytime of year.  I love working with this fabric, as you can create so many pieces with it.  I am looking forward to using it in my many upcoming household projects, such as; pillow coverings and in the making a an ottoman cushion.

Super Girl Purse
Super Hero Shoes
Vintage Wedding Dress
Batman Dress
Super Hero Doll Dress
Batman Pillow
Ninja Turtle Nunchuks

Friday, 11 October 2013

Dress Making Report: A Wedding Dress

As promised, the finishing touches to this beautiful wedding dress are here! There will be professional photos taken on the wedding day that will be added after that. But, for now here are some sneak peeks of the wedding dress. Continuing, from my first 'Dress Making Report: A Wedding Dress', with the zipper and blind hem folded edge along the neck line to the hemmed edge of the skirt. Enjoy!

Sewing the zipper

Pining the blind hem folded edge

Finished Dress

Sewing skirt top to skirt bottom

Pinning the hem of the skirt

Finished Dress and Skirt