The dream must end. I'm heading back to work on Monday and so before my life turns back into nothing but work and commute, I'd thought I'd get this post up. I haven't worked in 2 months, so I can't really complain. It has been glorious, but I'm also ready for some more travel money to start pouring in. I've got one project done already for the pledge, so I think I'll be more successful than previous years. Also, it is my goal in life to look like Peggy Carter, so I'll be sewing up more 40's patterns!
My pledge this year is to 1) redraft a minimum of 5 of my vintage patterns so they are the right size for when I feel the inspiration, 2) make more outfits out of my rather large vintage pattern collection-once they are redrafted, 3) make at least 2 things that can actually be worn and not look like a costume. Peggy has also convinced me that I need a 40's style suit.
Let's check a few of those off! 1st redrafted pattern (it was an easy one!) and 1st finished vintage make of the year
A slip from 1944. I'm slightly old fashioned in that I will never wear a dress without a slip. Not ever. So it is nice when I get some lovely patterns for slips! Can never have too many! I wanted to make a muslin of the pattern to make sure it fit before I used some good fabric, so I used some left over material. Next time I'll make a muslin out of something that doesn't make me want to bang my head against the wall. It stretched (every piece being on the bias didn't help), it doesn't hold a crease when I iron it, and using self-made bias strips for the top was a nightmare. I basically just gave up towards the end.
I used a decent amount of Wondertape for the sewing. It is a double sided tape that you can sew through (without gumming up your needle) and it dissolves in water. This stuff is BRILLIANT.
This, and many other vintage patterns, are constructed by folding over the seam allowance and just topstitching it to the other piece. This makes all the points and dips and shapes you see in vintage outfits much easier, but I think it is hard for modern sewers to really accept, we try and make points by stitching, cutting, stretching, and trying to sew corners from nearly a straight line. I did that for the first seam and that was as far as that lasted! Topstitching it is! Made much easier by the use of wondertape.
I love the way it turned out (though I might lower the neckline next time) and it fits me better than the mannequin, so I'll definitely be using this pattern again! And definitely in some more solid fabrics so it can go under some of my sheer dresses. But a sheer slip is a lovely frivolity, isn't it? I'm also very excited about the french knickers/tap-pants, I've been hoping to grab a pattern of those for ages and you can better believe I'll be making some of those! I haven't redrafted them yet. The slip still counts as a redrafted pattern though, yea?
Next up in the pledge:
I have a 40's dress that I'm redrafting right now, making a muslin out of actual muslin (to tell you the stage I'm at), and some PJs from the 30's that I'm dying to make up. Redrafting those will be a blast. I traced all the original pieces out and it is like a puzzle. There aren't any instructions, some of the pieces were cut out of a 1938 newspaper (made for some interesting reading!) and some of the pieces that should be for the jacket look like they belong to the shirt and visa versa (just guessing by the picture on the pattern envelope-that's all I really have to work off of). Some I have no idea where they go or what on earth they are. One would think it would be obvious enough, with all the sewing I do.....but nope. It'll certainly be a challenge!
Finishing up my Red Riding Hood theme, until I find some more fabric anyway. I previously posted the red Minoru jacket and a shirtdress in the series. Now, a Sewaholic Granville shirt, out of an adorable quilting cotton I found on fabric.com. It was during my cotton kick ;) I've gotten a huge amount of wear out of this shirt as well, mostly during office days at work. I don't often wear me-made clothes to work, but I wore this once and now it gets requested!
The shirt fit perfectly right out of the package, which is fantastic and in line with the fit I found with the Minoru jacket also by Sewaholic. So nice for a change! Such a nicely drafted button-up shirt too, princess seams, very professional looking (maybe not out of this fabric, lol), and a great fit. I didn't make any changes, so I don't have much to say about it. I used some contrasting fabric (western paisleys stolen from my mom's quilting stash), which I absolutely LOVE and flat felled all the seams. Check out those seams. Seriously. I don't know how I sewed them so perfectly and so straight. It'll never happen again, but I NAILED IT on this shirt!
I also used snaps instead of buttons which was super fun and something a little different. I used a bunch of my tailoring skills on this shirt...which is sort of silly for a silly shirt....but I like putting my skills to use!
I do a fair bit of knitting (the past year or two), even though I never post it. I haven't quite made my way to the stage of 'blocking' anything yet. I'm going to make a goal of it this year though. I have a bag full of scarves and things just sitting there!
Well, here is the one thing I've blocked. Just last week! The Forest Park Cowl, free on Ravelry. Made out of aran weight Classic Elite Yarn, super soft. Blocked on 4 bottles of cava. I don't know why I have 4 bottles of cava, but one day it'll make for a great party, I'm sure. After I made a simple scarf for my first cable pattern, I decided to try this one out. I'm ready for something super crazy next!
Great simple pattern, I absolutely love the shape, with the increase. I just wore it out to dinner a few nights back and it was super toasty and worked fantastic under a coat. Love this cowl! It's going to get a lot of use this winter!
Wow. Happy New Year, everyone! My only resolution this year is to post more. I haven't taken pictures of my sewing in months and I have some projects from over a year ago that I haven't got around to posting. Might be good now though, to see which ones are actually comfortable and that I've worn since I've made them. I also haven't posted any of my vacation photos from last year. I'm going to try and catch up. I imagine it'll last as long as most resolutions!
This fantastic pattern is Minoru from Sewaholic. I made the version with the hidden hood, it zips into the collar. Love it!
Also, since I waited so long to post this , I can now say that this has probably gotten more use than anything I've ever made. I love this jacket. It is a great weight (twill from Joann's), and I can wear it to work without fear of it being ruined (because it is a jacket and I take it off!). And it's RED. I've already gotten some nice black wool in from Mood to make another version of this in some heavier fabric. Some great flannel lining too. I always say I'll make patterns multiple times, but this may be the first time it's actually happened!
It is hugely popular in the sewing world. I found it fit me with very few alterations, which makes me love this pattern company even more; it is perfectly drafted for my body type.
Geez, I have an entire summer worth of sewing to post up here! I don't know what I've been doing other than working and traveling! Well, I managed to finish a dress and a shirt both made out of different red riding hood quilting fabrics at the same time. I don't know how that worked out. I also made a red jacket with a hood last year that I need to put up. I feel like I should keep going with this theme!
The dress is McCalls 6696. I know now why it is such a popular pattern! Such an easy make! The pattern fit without a lot of alterations (it is a little loose, but not noticeable with a belt on), so I'd say it's a keeper, I already have a few different fabrics in mind for future projects with this pattern.
The skirt is a little less full than the pattern because I didn't have enough of the fabric and the top is recycled out of a man's button-up shirt (all re-cut and everything). I have a whole stack of those shirts that I need to use up!
Can I just freak over this fabric for a little while guys? Matryoshka little red riding hood. I mean, come ON!
I hope I get over my blogging laziness!
If you finish summer dresses in fall, it means you need to find sweaters to go with them!
So, I decided to make Butterick 5281. I spend a lot of time staring at my pattern and staring at my fabrics before I actually start. Well, I was reading reviews and staring at this pattern cover and noticed that the picture (copied from the original pattern) has a button closure at the neck instead of the weird side neck open seam thing. Odd change. I also noticed that they changed the back skirt from a 3 piece to a 2 piece, so the seams no longer line up to the darts on the back of the bodice. Another interesting thing to change. It made me think that all the patterns I've made with the back neck closure only have a neckline facing, lining the entire dress seems like an odd choice. How many dresses in the 40's were fully lined anyway?!
I then I wondered why I make things so complicated. I had decided to use a newer pattern because resizing yet another vintage one didn't seem appealing at the moment. But there it is. I've found things to change and I wander off again into the unknown.
Has anyone seen the original in the flesh/paper? Any thoughts/pointers?
I'm back from vacation! I haven't done any sewing, then again, I've only been back for like, 10 days. Seems like forever. Probably because I started working the day after I got back. Have to make up all that money I spent in Scotland! I've started going through my pictures, so those will be up eventually. You know, when I finish my vacation from over a year ago. Whatever. Anyway, I need to get back to sewing! I've just been slacking off. I'm also making some of my own camping gear for my camping trip to Seattle in August. I'm going a bit overboard. I'm going to have to do a lot of camping in the future :P
I finished this dress when there were still snow storms blowing through. It was my way to chase off winter. I was considering going outside on the first day of spring while it was snowing and take pictures of this dress outside, but I always feel silly taking pictures, which is why they are always taken in my room. That and it was cold...and snowing. Oh well, in my head they were awesome pictures.
Made out of a quilting cotton, I absolutely love the design of the birds. And so colourful! Anyway, it's a fun dress. Unlined and not too tight, which is all I ask for in a dress for summer, really. The belt helps cinch in the waist a bit, but then I can come home and just take the belt off and be super comfortable in it. And the contrast zipper was done on purpose :P
The pattern is Simplicity 1803. Easy pattern, no major fitting issues, POCKETS. I'd definitely make the pattern again or use it to frankenstein. Pretty versatile, basic sun dress. The pattern hides most of the design, it's a princess seam top with a notch and a gathered skirt. Just in case you were wondering :P
Get it? Does eat oats. It has deer on it and it is a blatant copy of the Deer&Doe Sureau pattern which I couldn't afford at the time and knew I could make myself. I was talking to a friend the other day and he when he asked if I had pictures of what I've been making, I was just like....no. I haven't taken any pictures or made posts in MONTHS. I don't know why. This dress was finished maybe in February? Something like that. Just not in the mood to take pictures I guess. I even took photos off a card in my camera that has pictures of dresses on it from last summer that I just never put up.
I almost didn't want to post this dress at all, I felt bad that I copied a design. But I had taken pictures, so I might as well put it up! Plus, I just bought a Deer&Doe pattern a while back (Bruyere) so I feel a bit better for supporting the company. I just read so many reviews of the Sureau pattern and it seemed like it would be one of those that I had to make so many changes on that I would end up, as I so often do, wondering why I didn't just draft the thing myself.
...So I did.
Made out of an Art Gallery quilting cotton that I just loved for some reason, even though I don't usually use cotton and the print doesn't really seem like my style. I saw it in a store and just really wanted it. Such a nice hand for a quilting cotton, Art Gallery makes some great fabrics. And in between making things out of fabric that I want to throw out a window, I've been doing easy dresses with cottons. Just for fun.
I made a bodice that fit better, it is still around somewhere, but decided that I wanted the dress to be loose and comfortable. Tunic-like and easy to wear. So I remade the top.
Novelty print sort of makes dresses look 'homemade' but I don't really care. I still like it. I'm quite happy with the dress and I've worn it a few times already. Lightweight cotton with sleeves is a nice for in-between seasons.
And it has pockets.
I took pictures of a few other dresses, but I'm heading to Scotland on Saturday, so it'll be a while before I post!
As we are in the midst of yet another blizzard here in the northeast US, I thought it an appropriate time to post this comfort-wear. A super soft, comfortable, oversized, and probably unflattering blanket coat. I'm totally in love with it.
The pattern is thanks to the amazing VeraVenus. She puts up some amazing free vintage patterns. Great source if you haven't visited her blog already.
I fell in love with the fabric when I saw it in the store and I bought everything they had. Which was 2 one yard segments. Blast. I knew exactly what kind of thing I wanted to make out of it and just prayed I had enough fabric for it. I found the free pattern on Sew Vera Venus when I was searching pinterest for jacket ideas. What luck!
This sweater jacket is basically the most comfortable thing I own. I don't even know how fabric can be this soft. But it is. And it is so warm and cozy and oversized and super fast to make. I serged all the edges (this fabric unraveled so bad!) and didn't hem or turn under anything except the pockets. Like I said, super fast. Totally works! If I need something to do while I'm snowed in, I might embroider a decorative blanket stitch around the edges. Might look cool! I used strips of faux leather to pipe the pockets.
My incarnation is also slightly shorter due to yardage restrictions. So glad I eeked it out though!
Hope everyone is surviving these never ending snow storms! I bought tickets to visit my sister in Texas at the end of the month. Just had too much of it!
And I want to semi-apologise for my total rant last post. Some things just infuriate me. Dodgy copied pattern still up for grabs if anyone wants it!
Pattern here --> http://veravenus.com/diy-things-to-make-tutorials-patterns/
That is a picture of a vintage pattern. What I received in the mail was a (poorly) copied cover and instructions, and traced outlines of the pieces. In pencil. Not even straight lines!! I'm so annoyed, I was SO excited about getting this pattern. I'm going to retrace the pattern because I need to adjust the size, but I'd be more than happy to send this copied pattern on to someone who wants it. Shipping on it is $2.45, if anyone wants it! It is a cool looking pattern. In some colour blocking and cool fabrics, it could look really modern. Or not ;) Whatever you want
[EDIT] Actually, I won't even charge shipping. It'll be like a lending library, I'll just send it to you and maybe you'll trace it and offer to send it to someone else. Get the vintage patterns out and about!
Not all were failures though, all these patterns arrived and are awesome