happy fun time

I got me my new toy!

my new true love

I decided to go with the Nikon d40 – it’s nice and small, perfect for my teeny hands. I got the kit lens, an 18-55mm, and also bought this lens off my friend Andrea – it’s the 50mm f/1.8. I love it! Such pretty pictures!

dream in color baby

I’m still practicing, since the 50mm isn’t an AF-S lens, it’s only manual focus on this camera (one of the downsides of this model). But I still got some great shots at knit night the other night! Mostly of the kids, really, since they’re such adorable models.

zoe!

knit night

chew toy

Check out Keri’s super cool bling sweater! See the beads?

keri's bling sweater

Finally, a shot of Liam, hamming it up for the camera:

liam is awesome

All these photos are unretouched (sorry Michelle!).

I love this camera!

the dress, the dress

Ooops, I almost forgot to come back and post about it! Usually when I upload photos to Flickr I blog them right away – this time I uploaded photos then ran out of time to blog, time passed…and now here I am.

infinity dress

This dress is AWESOME. It was the first time I made it, and it still only took an hour! Most of that time was cutting and figuring out how things go together.

Just the Facts:
Pattern: Infinity Dress
Fabric: unknown mixed fibres (probably something like cotton/poly/lycra), stretch, $2.99/m from Fabricland, 3.5 m

After reading the entire thread on Craftster about this dress (warning: it’s over 120 pages long!) and seeing all the fantastic versions that people have made, I took the plunge and headed out to my local Fabricland. I found this fabric as a discounted end for just $2.99/m, so it was a great steal. I’ll admit I wasn’t totally sold on the print when I bought it (but hey, it was cheap) but it’s really grown on me and now I love it!

This was my first time sewing with stretch, but it was surprisingly easy – I used my normal machine and zigzag stitch and was just careful not to distort the fabric while sewing. This fabric wasn’t super stretchy or slippery, so everything went quite smoothly. And no hemming, because knit fabric doesn’t fray!

The dress is super simple and is just composed of a skirt, two long straps (each of which is wide enough to cover a boob) and a waistband to finish the back of the skirt. You can make the dress with just one seam if you have enough fabric – I made a circle skirt out of two half-circles, so my dress has two extra seams in it. But this is seriously the easiest, best-fitting, and most flattering dress I’ve ever sewn. Okay, so I haven’t made many dresses, but that’s mostly because when I do and they don’t fit, I get discouraged!

infinity dress, back

To wear the dress you just pull the skirt on up, however high you want, and use the straps to wrap around you any way you want! For many, many more photos check out that Craftster thread – you can click on “images only” to see just the posts with images (more than ten pages’ worth!). This is definitely my favourite way to wear it, I think, because it’s got some sleeve going on and full coverage in the back.

It’s super comfy too! Ask Dr. Steph, we swapped clothes at knit night this week because she wanted to try it on :P The straps can be a little fiddly, but it’s really fun to try various ways of putting it on! I’m sure at some point I’ll try actually wearing it out with a more…shall we say risque look.

I love this dress so much, I’m already planning on making more. Starting with one in black…

P.S. Sadly I did not take any photos during WWKIP Day/Stephanie’s Birthday party/Franklin at lettuce knit. But Amy’s got some great ones!