Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Kwik Sew 3873


 This has been cut out for a whole year. I ran out of fabric for the front bottom panel. Tried to match it and this was the best I could do. If I'd just waited Vogue Fabrics had it at their booth at the sewing expo, bummer.


With Kwik Sew patterns I do usually have fitting issues. The extra large is way too big and the large is too small. This is the large and I would have liked it with a little more ease on the top and on the top panel. All in all I do think it's a striking pattern and if the right fabric comes along...

New Look 6525



 I just purchased this fabric at Treadle Yard Goods and sewed it up the next day, how often does that happen?

Super easy to sew. Don't size up on this one. Next time I use the pattern I will go down a size, to my normal 16 on top and 18 on bottom.


I just made it about two inches longer because it is a winter dress and I hate to wear tights.

Butterick 6480



I used this pattern because it was very similar to one in my Burda Style Magazine. I think I should have gotten out the tracing paper!! See the pulling on the bust-line?  That was my fault, normally I cut a size 16 on the top, but I thought I'd just go ahead and cut the 18 because I always have to make the upper sleeve bigger. When I make sleeveless tops I always have to watch for gaping armholes.


 Maybe I should just stand like this all day...


This is the solution, to look like you are out of the Golden Girls, ha! Back to the pattern, these are the sleeves from Simplicity 1059. I also had liked how the back had the same design details as the front, but, if you have a butt I would recommend just a solid, plain back. The fabric is a beautiful ponte from Vogue Fabrics.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Butterick 6087


Ah, how I long for summer and here is a dress finished and worn in summer. Butterick 6087, easy to sew and wear. I made the skirt longer and fuller.


The applique is added by a combination of fusing and sewing.


The fabric was from the sale table at Hobby Lobby purchased this year, believe it or not!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Style 2667




I saw this pattern online and had to have it. The other versions made from this pattern were cute too.
I used a different skirt because the pattern did not fit. The fabric was from Nancy's Notions and once again, had to have it, even though it was more than I normally spend. This is a favorite and will use again.


Here is a goofy cat helping me with my next project!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Mcall's 7381


I've been standing by a lot of cars lately, maybe because our lease is up this winter and I have some wishful thinking.  McCall's 7381 is a great pattern that I may even make again. No changes or alterations to the pattern and it fits good.


Sewing this was a beast, the fabric is so soft and stretchy, but I managed to fit everything together without swearing too much.


Don't let the ties intimidate you...really easy. Interesting how the wind is blowing the skirt, ha!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Vogue 1550


 I'm a summer lover and here in Minneapolis we just had a warm spell and it was fantastic!
My mom and I both went swimming in the lake almost everyday. It was the latest in the season ever. Happy dance!

Here is another dress that needed a special bra, luckily I had one on hand. This is made from a linen table cloth. I looked up Mimi G's tutorial on ice dying and let me tell you, this is the easy way to dye. Hauling that huge bag of ice was the hard part.



 For the center the pattern says to make a bias strip, crazy...just use some braid or a strip of fabric from the stash and just on the straight of grain.


I still have more dresses coming! I have a new computer and saving pictures is now torturous, they seem to go where they want to go and it's so hard to find them, so much for stupid upgrades.

Simplicity 6016


 The pattern for this top is a vintage pattern, that I bought when I was young (not vintage then).
I think back then I was afraid to sew it because it looked too complicated. Well, it was very easy to sew. Instead of using self-bias tape, I used ribbon.


 My problem with the last garments made is that I had to go shopping and buy special bras or fabric to make bralettes. I thought I'd be able to wear a normal bra with this, but no, had to wear strapless. So, I had to rip this dress off after awhile and order a new bra.



Frida Kahlo was such a fascinating person, don't you think?


New Look 6511 and Vogue 1401


Thought I'd better finish up on my summer blogging before summer is gone! This was a franken-pattern. The top is New Look 6511 and Vogue 1401 for the skirt. I originally wanted to buy the Eva dress pattern, but it just got too expensive shipping from Australia.


The skirt is cut out in four quadrants, front and back. I thought you'd be able to tell, but not so much. The top is  little too tight at the bust and a little too wide at the waist. still wearable, though.


Simplicity 9118


 Have I mentioned that I like older patterns because they have a better fit in the armholes?
This has a raised waistline and a little opening in the front. I just made my usual adjustment of making the back wider.


The fabric was from SR Harris and the trim from Hobby Lobby.

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.