Monday, December 3, 2018

Urban Camo on a Winter's Day

some details...
~ sequins and pearls to cover the moth holes ~

~ Mom's old brooch ~

~ and Doc Marten boots from ebay ~

And that's just the way it was in Chicago, Monday, December 3, 2018 at 2:22 pm.

I'll be showing up at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like, and Cherie's Shoe and Tell when they go live.  Not to mention, Judith the Style Crone's December Hat Attack!


Sunday, November 25, 2018

I'm All Red, I Am

in my newly made coat, and hat, with my new-to-me red boots.  tra-la-la-la-la.

~ nothing subtle happening here ~

Using up bits and pieces from the stash:  the yoke is brocade leftover from a coat last seen here; the grey linen patch underneath is from a tunic and pants seen here; and over that is an ombre wine abstract flower patch leftover from a kimono seen here.

~  some pieces were given to me ~

In fact, the sleeve tapestry was from Anne of Spy Girl during a clothes/ fabric swap at the Blogger meet-up in Vancouver several years ago.   The collar was a thick knit scrap from a sewing friend in Chicago.  And the assorted antique buttons from another Chicago friend.

~  it's a Koos pattern, of course ~

Koos Vogue 1146 coat pattern to be exact.  Yes, I've made it before as a Spring coat, here.  The new one is version A with a lining and a few more extravaganzas.

The main fabric is an ombre jacquard I got in a mystery bundle.  The yoke and the two rectangular pieces were samples I had laying around.  The round photographic rose section was leftover from a dress, here.

~ the other side ~

That's a bit of quilting cotton next to the sleeve.  Another piece of the photographic roses and the base here is a deep red canvas.   I think that about covers it.

~ except for the lining! ~

Yes, it's flannel-backed satin.  yum.  And I squished a strip of raspberry velvet in between the lining and the collar for some special effects on the inside.

Oh, I see I've forgotten to mention that front rectangular patch of wine linen with small handwriting on it (in French, no less).   I also used the lining to make bias tape to encase the hem of the outer coat, leaving the inner lining to hang loose.  yeah.

~ like this ~

What I'm wearing underneath:  Velvet pants from Tina Givens Phoebe pants pattern and the cut-off bodice made of the same velvet from her Bethany Dress made previously and seen here.   The stretch mesh shirt underneath is adapted from Vogue 8450.

~ aerial view of the hat ~

Hand-sewn with scraps of red fleece using Vogue 9235, view D.   It was a quick sew, cutting the circles of the pattern and then the fleece is what took time.  I eliminated the elastic called for on the brim as there was no need for it.

~ back view ~

Those aren't shadows, I used two different colors of red for the hat.  And while I was at it - variegated red thread for sewing.

~ last, but not the least, for sure ~

A glamour shot, a centerfold, a knockout view of my ebay doc marten boots.  whoa bay-bee.

Now, if you haven't jumped around enough already, here's some more links not to miss!  I'll be joining Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine at I Will Wear What I Like and Cherie's Shoe and Tell, when they all go live.  Oh, and the hat.  I'll be with Judith, the Style Crone for her monthly Hat Attack!  Hope to see you everywhere!

Watch out for the 8 inches of snow we'll be getting later today/this evening - if you're in the Midwest.   There's nothing like sewing when snowed-in, I tell ya.

ed. note:  as of the next morning, we've been dusted with an inch.  The only thing blustering was the weather forecast.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Mixing It Up

~ but certainly not matching! ~

I had a lovely bit of 2-sided stretch denim leftover in my stash and...


~ I made reversible drop-crotch trousers ~
even though it did mean making all flat-felled seams.

Note the rolled up cuffs?  That's the reverse side showing.

~ worn with a georgette abstract floral print top ~

Made, and later altered, from an out of print V9040 top pattern.

~ both sides now ~

and last, but not least, no not at all

~ Trippen shoes for a song from ebay ~

Rushing on over to Patti and the Visibles of Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like.  Darn tootin' on both counts.  And Cherie's Shoe & Tell.  Hope to see you there.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Making a Ho-Hum Dress

out of brilliant fabric!

~ nothing happening here ~

Alas, I didn't do it justice with this particular pattern/ style.

Something that showed off the underside, or the inside, would've been great...

~ ah well ~

Here's a closer view of the fabric:

~ back view of dress ~

It has woven stitches and is the same on both the front and back of the fabric.  
How cool is that?  

Of course, I took no advantage of that fact, whatsoever.  

And it has a wonderful feel to it, not the same as regular 100% cotton, 
almost more like a washed linen.

Anyway, here's some shoes and sox to kick it out of the park, as they say.

~ blue suede shoes from ebay ~

more info for inquiring minds:
*Anna Maria Horner Loominous Dotted Line Cobalt Fabric
She has a Loominous collection which is quite beautiful and 3 different colorways in the dotted line venue.

**Tina Givens Violet Dress Pattern
I've made this dress before in striped linen and luv it.  So it's not the pattern, it was just not the best choice of fabric for it. 

When everybody goes live, I'll be at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like and Cherie's Shoe and Tell.  See you there!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

My Dream Pants Come True

I was so excited to see this pattern for pants...finally

~ I just luv them to pieces ~

Why did it take so long for anyone to put a pattern out?   

I know, there are some old hammer-like ones out there, but that's not it.  I don't like the big pleated bagging in the middle.  Burda just released a pattern that came really close and I was ready to settle on burda 6358.

~ thank you, ma'am ~

Then, wham, Tina Givens dropped Candace pants and top pattern.   I was in.

~ just pulling up my pants here ~

I used a drawstring, rather than the 1" elastic band for the waist.  I always prefer a drawstring because then I can choose to wear it high-waisted or slung low on my hips.  Plus, it's a bit more decorative.  Here, I used some grosgrain ribbon I had on hand and added a cluster of mustard colored beads to the tie ends. 

~ it's so simple to make ~

Of course, I did make a few modifications.  But nothing major.

~ like in-seam pockets ~

I put pockets in the wings located on either side of the waist.  It seemed like a no-brainer.  Otherwise, it's just flaps in the wind, which is a nice design element - but why not use them too?  The pattern does call for a welt pocket in the body of the pant itself.  I opted for these 2 instead.

~ no cuff pants and ebay shoes ~

At the leg section, after trying them out, I eliminated the cuffs.  I already knew I wasn't going to use the 1" elastic in them (just don't care for the look and there didn't seem any purpose for it).  The cuffs seemed to exaggerate an unbalanced look somehow.  So I decided to finish the leg off with lace used as seam binding.  I like the way it kept it light and simple.

~ about that top ~

I made the top a long while ago from an old tablecloth.  As you might be able to tell, it was folded in half so there was a front and a back.  The middle section was cut half way up to be able to put it on and form a neckline.  Two side seams were sewn half way up from the hem to form sleeves. 

~ and that's the gist of it ~ 

The pattern of the tablecloth is what makes it, I think.  This was a small, square one with a smaller white square in the middle.  Not to mention the great print of a garden and gardeners.

I'll be at Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like, and Cherie's Shoe and Tell when the all go live.  See you there.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

What to Wear in the Tropics of Chicago

~ but, I'm cool ~

Yeah, it's humid, with scattered thunder storms, another hot and sunny, 90+ day.

~ like limp-humid, where nothing ever dries ~

~ I am not even thinking 'Fall Sewing' yet ~

~ Yep, I do believe that's a long way off ~

Meanwhile, these are the latest 2 items off the press, so to speak.  I wasn't intending to wear them together...but here we are.    Both items are made from fabric scraps.  And both are from Tina Givens patterns.  The pants are from the Oprah tunic and pants pattern and the top is the Myra pattern from the Sychil 03 magazine.

I'm going to go into some detail with pix and stuff of how I did what, so now's the time to leave, or keep on after the break...

Sunday, August 26, 2018

I Was Inspired to Make This!

~ Yes, I do declare ~

I know, I know, it's hard to believe, but I've got the pictures to prove it.  I swear I never would've thought to wear my bloomers under my too-big-for-me-now jeans.  Never.

~ starting bottoms up ~

Worn with my pink Frye boots from ebay, my Mom's old kitchen curtains turned bloomers from long ago, those ancient blue jeans, and a long tank top made out of stretch mesh. 

~ this is it! ~

I only needed a light-weight, vintage looking fabric for the making of a shirt-dress/ duster to complete my sartorial splendor.  And I found this cotton voile with meandering embroidered flowers in white, pale blue to gray and faded black thread at Fabric Mart.    Perfect!  (It's no longer there).

I finally selected McCall's 7472 pattern and then changed it up quite a bit when I found I chose too small a size.  geez.  I had wanted something I could wear over things.

You know how it goes, in making changes, one thing leads to another, and another...

If you want to see more, plus the original inspiration photos, continue after the break.

Monday, August 13, 2018

It's Lounge Wear!

~ at full flight ~

Totally inspired from Catherine Daze's post and adapted from McCalls 7727 dress pattern.  I used some stretch poplin from my stash.

~ back view at rest ~

As Catherine states, the pattern runs very large, so I made it several sizes smaller than I usually would.

~ side view of high-low hemline ~

And I made it longer than their shortest option and shorter than the longest option.  (Yeah, I like it my way.)  I added side seam pockets (I mean really!).  Eliminated the sash belt (of course).  And kept the collar stand, but left off the collar proper.

~ bad photo (back lit) ~

But it does shows the front that has a hidden button placket.  That threw me for a loop, but after a few restorative naps, I finally figured it out.   I didn't do the gathered sleeve cuffs either because I knew I wouldn't be wearing them down and buttoned.

~ "What Is Real?" ~

Perfect for lounging around reading my true love's library book, What Is Real?

~ with my shoes from ebay ~

and now I'm off to Patti's Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like (a different Catherine), and Cherie's Shoe and Tell when they all go live.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Resort Wear 2018

~ Yes, strike that pose ~

Just lounging about on my back porch as one does in the dog days of August.

But what am I wearing you ask?  My usual this and that.  The fabric is a border print challis.  The pants started off from Sandra Betzina Vogue 1355 which is a favorite of mine.   The top on the other hand, was a flop (my own fault) from Butterick 5955 because I made it a zillion times too big as well as situated the print poorly. 

~ Hey, what's that I spy? ~

But all that's changed now.  After hours/days/weeks of pinning, trying on, taking apart, naps and readjusting, I got to something I really liked.  Amazing.  I'm always amazed that can happen. 

~ ahhh, a little rabbit just hopped by ~

Why can't I ever remember that while I'm going through the process?!  

~ and then my shoes from ebay came in the mail ~


And yay, I'm showing up for Patti at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like and Cherie's Shoe & Tell when they all go live. 

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