Sunday, August 27, 2017

Butterick 3790


It was a gorgeous day it the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Here I am just trying to blend in. This dress was so easy and no fitting involved.


I had a vintage slip that I dyed. I thought it would turn out lime green because green plus yellow equals lime, right? Well, no it turned dark green, but I ended up liking the darker color under the lace dress.




McCall's 7060


 This dress came about because a had admired a dress similar in the Talbot's catalog, but it was too expensive, well that dress went on sale and this was already cut out. You can never have too many blue sailor dresses!


 If you want a simple shirtwaist dress, this is the pattern for you, no zippers, no plackets, no collar stands.
This is the third dress I've made that has been short waisted. Normally I like that, but not so much lately.

 I had some sailor motif patches hanging around forever and decided they weren't getting any better in the stash, so slapped those puppy's on.


McCall's 7317


 Hi! It is rainy and dreary here, but nothing like poor Texas. We were stranded in Houston for the tax day flood and we were fine, but it spoiled a beautiful city. Here is the dress of the day. There are a few things that keep it from being perfect. One, that it is too short on the side, I knew that would probably be a problem, but there was a fabric shortage. The other is it is short waisted in the front and too long in the back.


 I guess I'll jut have to stand sideways...looks a lot better from this view.


Why is it that your legs don't tan (or get red in my case)?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

McCall's 7081


My photographer should have told me to lift up the chin...oh well. I do love this dress and it is very easy to wear and I got a few compliments (from a jogger and a biker).


This is a fabric hog, about four and a half yards. Luckily, SR Harris has a discount area on their cotton fabrics, this was four dollars a yard. It was a panel fabric, and I didn't want the print running straight up and down so I choose McCall's 7081.


The pattern is the standard sizing for McCall's, so I did my normal adjustments and everything fits nicely.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

McCall's 6558


Here we are at a vintage car show at Lake Minnetonka, it was the perfect day and venue for such an event.


Although there are many patterns for this style of dress, I went to one in the pattern file from 2012.
This was super simple to sew and the only thing is that I could have made the bodice longer.
But no problem, like it shorter.


JoAnn had this denim on sale for 50% so I had to get it since I was lusting over it for so long.
This summer has been really good for sewing (unlike last year). I have really liked almost everything that I've made, and I've had good luck when purchasing ready made clothing as well. Yeah!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Simplicity 7472


This was one of the dresses that for some odd reason got cut out in sewn in two days. I saw a pattern very similar to this in one of my Burdastyle Magazines, but tracing those out are not fun so when I saw this on Etsy, I pressed the purchase button. It was from Australia and their patterns are printed on a nice white tissue, not the tan that we use.


This was very easy to sew and fit. I added interfacing to the front neckline and that's about it.
The neckline is really deep, the instructions say to add a hook and eye, but that just seems strange.
I used a pin and I love Soma Cami Bras (they haven't been selling them the last few times I looked...Yikes).


The back is very plain, sorry didn't feel like taking a picture today of that view!


Pattern copyright 1976.

McCall's 6069



With these last two dresses, I did something I normally don't do, I bought the patterns online, found fabric in the stash, cut them out then sewed the next day! Normally everything has to sit and wait in line.


This pattern has a copyright of 2010 and I saw it made up online and it looked really cute. The main caution with this dress was to make sure to use the back band, because otherwise you would be pulling up the shoulders constantly. I do have a wide back, so not as much a problem.


In Minnesota the lilies are so beautiful this year.



The pattern says it's a one hour dress, does it take me longer because I press everything? Can you sew things in the time they say? Just wondering...