Archive for March, 2010

Pants or Skirt?

I have been debating this for quite some time and I am still not sure what to do.  Here are my options. To make a pair of high-waisted pants or the Beignet skirt.  The black linen that I have in my stash is enough to make either or, not both, sadly.

Decisions, decisions, decisions!

This is why I am debating:

  1. I want a pair of high-waisted pants but not too sure if I want them in black linen.  I want linen for sure, but I feel the black makes it too dressy.
  2. I want a skirt because warmer weather is on its way.
  3. I’m iffy about the Beignet skirt because I read on Pattern Review it takes less fabric than what is called for on the back of the envelope (is this true?).  And I don’t like to waste.
  4. If there will be a lot of extra fabric, what would I do with it?  It wouldn’t be enough for pants…
  5. Go back to #1; I feel black linen pants would be too dressy…has anyone else made black linen pants and have a picture??

Which shall I do?


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First Vintage Pattern

I have purchased my very first real vintage pattern!!!  I am so very excited!  I guess you could say this is my birthday present to myself!  I have been eying this pattern for, oh, only a month now and decided I MUST have it and must hurry before someone else felt the same way.

I have not been doing any sewing this past week because I REALLY want to work on this pattern that is on it way and will be here very very soon.  Oh, I am so excited!

The reason I had not purchased it before was because I thought maybe, just maybe, I could figure it out and make my own pattern from the picture.  I didn’t even attempt.  I think my ambitions are much greater than my skills are at this point…so sad.  But alas!  The pattern is now mine and I can make my dress with no worries or messing it up royally.  I have already purchased fabric for this pattern, the pink floral that I had bought a while back.

I will definitely make a muslin first because the pattern is actually a 32″ bust and I have a 34″ bust and I don’t want to mess up this fabric that I am in love with.

So what does this beauty look like?  Have I built up the suspense enough yet?  Here she is!  I bought this gem from Sandritocat, who is a doll.

I am going to make Version I with the V neck and 3/4 length sleeves rather than Version II or III.   I love the yoke, sleeves, length of the dress, and, well, everything about it!  Now only if I had a lovely hat to go with it when it’s finished….

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Quick Post

I want to apologize for no post yesterday, no post today, and no post tomorrow. I will get back on it on Sunday (hopefully) for today is my birthday (yay!) and will be doing birthday things today and tomorrow.

I hope everyone else has a great weekend!!

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I am proud to say I am done with my spring dress!  I am super excited to be able to wear it soon.  I am going to a BBQ this weekend and I am hoping the weather will cooperate.  I apologize for it taking so long to get a picture of the Sencha blouse also.

Well, here they are!

Today was a no make-up and no fixed hair day...sorry!

For the dress, I failed to get a lower shot to show the hem (sorry!).  In the process of making the dress, I realized both pictures are the same dress, the only difference being tied up as a halter dress and the other as a strapless dress.  I took pictures both ways.

I am happy with the way both the blouse and dress turned out.  What projects are you working on or have recently completed?  Since I am new to sewing, do you have any suggestions or anything that you can see wrong in the photos of my projects?  I am open to any and all suggestions and critique!

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I received some patterns in the mail from a lovely lady who had no need for them and wanted them out of her house.  I was, at first going to buy them from her because I thought there were several patterns from the 40’s and 50’s but it turns out that many of them were form the 70’s and are for children.   So, instead of charging me for them (she really wanted to get rid of them) she just sent them to me.  So sweet.  Inside I found lots of goodies for children.  She even included a few spools of thread.

There are actually 4 patterns of the costumes, just different sizes

I’m not too sure what to do with them.  I was thinking that maybe I could make a cute out fit for my niece or I could pass along the kindness to someone who would use them.  Do you know of anyone who would use them and not turn around and sell them?

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Cute as a Button!

This weekend I have been working on my Vintage Vogue pattern and have been enjoying making this dress.  I am almost done with it!

There have been no mishaps or problems that I have run into yet.  The cotton is easy to work with, the instructions to the pattern are fairly clear, and I am zipping along with the project.

Well, I said that there were no problems…I lied, sort of.  The only problem that I have had is my sewing assistant wanting to help too much and wanting my full attention…

Shalom trying to help me sew my seam.

I was working on the buttonholes, and you may remember I had problems with those on the Sencha blouse.  Luckily this time, the buttonholes were mad a different way (one I didn’t know you could do) and it was fairly simple and cute, in my opinion.

Along with these cute buttonholes, I seem to have discovered where the phrase “as cute as a button” came from.  When I made these buttons with the same fabric as the dress, I felt they were oh SO cute!  Cute as a button, that is!

I can’t wait to wear my new dress!  The weather is warming up here (finally) and I will actually get to wear it, yay!

I hope you’ve had a productive weekend as well!

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Style Inspiration

Sorry for the lack of posts recently.  I’ve been feeling a little under the weather these last few days and it’s been a shame because the weather has been so wonderful.   I haven’t been sewing too much but the good news is that my machine cooperated with me and I finished my first Sencha blouse.  I will get some pictures posted soon.  I have also been working a bit on my first Vintage Vogue pattern in the purple flower print fabric.  It’s coming along slowly.

In my less-than-perfect state, I’ve been looking online for inspiration and clothes that have caught my eye.  First, this lovely Jillian dress from Kate Spade.  I love the color of this one here, but it does come in another color.

Also, there was a lovely ring at Kate Spade that I love.  It is a Garden Party Ring and makes me wish I had a Garden Party to go to…

Over at Anthropolgie, there was this pretty Twirls dress and this cute Blue Bird Blouse.  I wish I could find fabric like these at my local store.  I am a person who likes to feel the fabric along with seeing it before I buy so I am not too sure how buying fabric online would really work for me.  It’s a shame.

What inspires you?  Are you a person who can order fabric online?  Any suggestions of where to shop and/or how to get over my wanting to feel before I buy?  I hope you are having lovely weather where you are and a great weekend!

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