Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Vogue 8895


Here is another pattern that I ended up really loving. I had wanted to use the version with the sleeves, but not enough fabric. And sleeveless is more practical anyway, because you can wear a sweater or jacket in the fall.

If I were to make this again I would cut about one half inch off the waistband even though I am long waisted.


The fabric is from S.R. Harris (Burnsville). It was from the remnant table, great price, but you have to buy the whole piece.


Vogue 9240



I love this Vogue pattern that features pattern mixing, but this style dress does not really love me back. I'll try to wear it again soon, because it does fit, but it needs something and I just don't know yet what that is. But if this is your style dress, be sure to buy the pattern!



Butterick 6318


I was going to wear this today, but the sleeves were too tight so I couldn't zip it up without my dresser (husband) who was out running errands. This would be a great dress for church, weddings or anything where you can just sit and look pretty. This was made from a sheet and before I bought it I unzipped the package and it felt so nice...but got it home and it was thin and polyestery. Uck. So, I thought I'd at least sew my first muslin in my life. I did learn a few things, make the sleeves wider, make the sash longer, the neck a little lower and I lined the bocice.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Simplicity 7649




Do you ever contemplate how lucky we are that we know how to sew? How often can we go into the store and find something that fits good, is nicely priced and matches your style? Plus, it's such a good creative outlet and we get to show it off too!


Another older pattern (1997). This pattern is good because it offers a lot of places for easy adjustments. I made the back wider and shortened the straps, pretty much par for the course.


How often do I share back views? You could use a different fabric for the front bodice and back straps, like a lace, how cute would that be?


The braid is sewn to the dress, I have quite a few lengths of braid, so might as well use it. The next dress in the works is pink and has braid too! Hate to change the thread...lazy!


Good pattern, might be worth a small investment if you find it online.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Simplicity 6882


Another "vintage" pattern, circa 1975. I did change it up a bit. The front bodice originally had a
V-shape, just straightened that out and used a straight gathered skirt. I didn't want the cats cut in half or standing on their heads.


I'm wearing a cat print dress and how old? Couldn't resist it's so cute, black cats trying to get at the goldfish. The fabric was purchased online, maybe Fabric.com can't remember, sorry!

Butterick 6587


This was a dress that I cut out last year after making all the wadders. I wanted something easy that would fit.


It was easy and it did fit, although the sleeves are folding up because I had my sweater on. 


The fabric was from the 70's, purchased at Minnesota Fabrics (later Hancock). Back in those days I couldn't afford to buy whatever fabric that captured my fancy and this was a splurge for me. It was probably the first to go in the stash since it was too special to sew. Funny how you remember things.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

McCall's 3733


 Another dress that I really love and it's like wearing a nightgown, couldn't be because it's made from flannel, ha! I saw this on sale at Joann's this winter for about four dollars a yard. The colors were so vibrant that I had to get a few yards of this and some tie-dye flannel as well. No problems with the fit, just adjusted the upper arms on the sleeves and everything else was spot on.


 My mom made her mother of the bride dress from this pattern (for my brother's wedding). She used a beautiful brocade fabric and still has the dress. And my brother is still married after all these years to his wonderful wife.


 Got a few compliments when I wore this and that is always nice.


This would make a really cut summer dress.