Monday, June 18, 2018

Transparent Gray, My Way

This light weight, woven striped, gray linen ensemble was a long time coming.  Started in May with many pauses as I figured and re-figured how I wanted to go with it.  I believe this is its final incarnation.   I luv that it's transparent.

~ on a hot June day ~

I started out using the Tina Givens Frankie pattern, but soon found myself going my own way.  I needed to use all French seams because the linen raveled just by looking at it and would certainly do so if there was any stress put upon them.  The pattern design includes an extra panel down both sides, so even more French seaming was necessary. guessed it, the pants became too snug.  At that point, the changes kept on coming, but slow as molasses.  

~ see? they're also dungarees ~

That's where the crotchtal panel in jersey came in - after much research on how I might embiggen pants after they were already made.  The stretchy, thin, charcoal jersey insert made the pants more baggy and flexible.  It was also used for a yoga-type waistband.  You can't see them here, but I attached mitten clips as suspenders using the jersey for straps.   It helps with transparency issues.

~ or I can wear this exaggerated muscle tee I made for extra coverage ~

The tunic took even more modifications.  I ended up using bias strips of the jersey to fold in half lengthwise and sew onto the neckline and sleeve edges.  Letting the edges of the jersey roll up as it wants to do.  I added a 4 inch strip of jersey to the hem of the tunic and did not like it.  Seam ripped it all out.

The top just looked too big in front.  Jerry-rigged it to overlap down center front in a narrow triangle and stitched it down.  Added a 6" strip of horizontal linen attached with a French seam on the outside and liked that look much better.  Are you still here?

That's what I wore to work out today.  With different shoes, of course.

~ groovy sandals from ebay ~

I added the back strap from that gray jersey cuz they would not stay on my feet otherwise!

And with that, I'm off the join Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine at I Will Wear What I Like and Cherie at Shoe & Tell.  See you there.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A Cool Blue Tablecloth Dress

for the last day of MeMadeMay'18
~ Am I Right? ~

It's funny how time changes things.  When I first made this, I wore it differently.   You can see how here, way back in 2014.  And now because of MMM, I'm liking it more in this relaxed, funky, layered-look way.

~ and here you can see it really was a tablecloth ~

And very simply made at that.  I just added thin navy bias tape to bind the neckline and sleeve edges.  The dress hem is the hemmed edges of the tablecloth.  There were some stains that I covered with appliques.  Like the two gray leaf forms at the center bottom.  They're actually cut out from other fabric and zig-zagged on.

~ this is the buttoned-up look ~

I added a matching button in the middle of the design and two buttonholes on either end of the fabric "wings" so I could fold them over, as you can see.  Those three little flowers on the white border were sewn on to cover more stains.

The blue lace pantaloons were self-drafted.  Piece of cake.

~ and cool blue platform sandals from ebay ~

I will be wrapping up my MMM'18 experience in the next post and comparing this year with last year.  Both had surprises for me.  
And thank you all for your comments of support.  It really makes a difference.  Especially since I don't do any of the other social media.  mmwwaaa!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Another Never Before Outfit

for MeMadeMay'18, Day 30

~ never before worn together, that is ~

And look at the mood they create. 

I don' know why, but it feels Asianesque to me.

~ or maybe it's just theatrical ~

 The pantaloons are similar to the black ones I've shown here.  

For the white ones I have on...

~ I stated with white gauze cotton shorts I had ~

~ then added organza using French seams and adding tucks ~

~ a very simple outfit! ~

And easy to sew too!  The dress is a Rachel Comey design from Vogue 1482 patterns made in a lovely fabric - a light weight, crinkled jacquard floral print.   


~ with Tsubo platform sandals from ebay ~

One disappointing thing:  when I received these shoes I couldn't keep them on when I walked.  They only worked standing still or sitting down.  phfft.

I don't know how I thought of this, but it worked perfectly.  I had some spare nude elastic, adjustable, detachable bra straps for a bra that could go strapless or not.  (I no longer had the bra, but I kept the straps, of course).

All I did was slip each end of the bra strap around each side of the sandal strap, wrapping it once around so it could fasten onto itself.  Voila!  It's nude-ish, it stretches, it doesn't accidentally come off, but it is removable and it works.

~ the end ~

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Feeling Alright in All White Today

on MeMadeMay'18, Day 29

~ more or less ~

Thank you all for your response to my last post about the blogosphere and my place in it.  I noticed just this evening that my email notifications started back up on bloggers I follow.  Let's see if anything else gets rectified.

~ hmm, what am I wearing? ~

The top is a wildly altered Tina Givens Lucca pattern made from cotton sheeting.  The dress under it is Tina Givens free Priscilla Slip pattern made with linen gauze.  And the pantaloons are self-drafted and made from the same linen gauze.

~ still thinking about all that tech stuff ~

 But here's a Silver lining:

~ my Trippen shoes from ebay ~

Monday, May 28, 2018

What Have They Done to My Blog?!

in the middle of MeMadeMay'18, Day 28

~ please help if you can ~

Seems blogspot changed a few things 10 days ago without telling any of us bloggers.  I was wondering why I no longer received any emails when bloggers I follow posted on their blogs.  Nor any emails when I received comments on my posts.

Well, it seems even worst than that.  They discontinued whatever OpenID is, and from what I can tell, people can't comment unless that join Google+.  I'm not even a member of Google+.  I'm not a member of most things.  I just like to keep it really simple but I won't go into that now...

I went into my blogspot settings and tried to change a few things, but I don't know if it made any difference.  I'm refusing to join Google+.  Maybe I'll have to change platforms, or whatever they're called, and go to Wordpress???

~ comment here and let me know that you can ~

I don't know how you can if you can' know?  Maybe through bloglovin'?

Also, please advise about what you've done or are doing about all this techie stuff.  Like ability to comment, blog platforms, etc.   I don't want to join facebook, instagram, twitter, disquis, google+, or whatever.

Thanks in advance.  I'll really appreciate it.

Maybe it's just time to stop.

But first, shoes.
Trippen sandals from ebay

Oh, and I have on two Tina Givens garments made in lightweight linen.  On top is her Violet Dress Pattern.  Underneath is her Sugar Slip Pattern.  Both with some modifications.

~ standing up for myself ~

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