Tuesday, June 18, 2019

We're Talking Flower Power!

~ yeah, need I say more? ~

~ it's a Waxed Cotton African Print fabric from Mood ~

Yes, I finally succumbed when Mood Fabrics had a sale of 6-yard cuts of the stuff.  I'd never seen prices so low before.  I had to jump for it.  I know it's not the typical African pattern, but this one is sold out.  There are, however, several other patterns/colorways still available at 6 yards for $29!

~ and the inside is just as colorful and the outside ~
It's just not waxed.  

There are a few considerations to keep in mind when using the fabric:
  • It only comes in 45" width 
  • Pre-wash it in cold water, without letting it spin in the washer! 
  • Air-dry it.  I used the clothes line and that worked perfectly.
  • Only iron it on the reverse (non-waxed) side and still cover it with a cloth
  • It ravels like crazy and instantaneously.  Finish all the seam edges! 
  • Use a pattern without gathering or a lot of fussy elements

~ the pattern in its full glory ~

Because my fabric was one huge print the I didn't want to disrupt, I used it on the cross-grain,  from selvedge to selvedge.  That's the selvedge as the "hem" for the duster and the sleeves.

The following is all sewing nonsense, so feel free to skip to the end.

I started off using Sandra Betzina's Vogue 1356, but changed a few things along the way:

  • First up, the sleeves were incorrect on the pattern - being the wrong size by 2 inches for the armcyce.  
  • Then I decided I'd rather not have two-piece sleeves for this fabric anyway.  I drafted my own one-piece sleeve pattern so as not to cut up the flowers any more than necessary.
  • The duster was ill-fitting with the center front barely touching some places and widely overlapping at other points.  I ix-nayed that center flap.  This also led me to not want to use the  facing I interfaced that was to go around the neckline and down the length of the duster on both sides. 
  • Instead I sewed it on backwards, so to speak, to form an extension down each side like a kimono lapel.  That brought the two sides together more evenly and gave it some heft.  
  • I tried using the back neckline interfacing to form a mandarin collar and failed miserably.  Off it came.
  • I happened to have matching (?!) seam binding and used that to make a clean, simple neckline.
  • I placed the patch pockets at the sides, centered over the side seams, again because I didn't want to disrupt the flow of flowers on the front.

~ ending with my yellow Docs from ebay ~

Now whatever shall I make with the rest of the fabric????

I'm linking up with Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like.  And Spy Girl's Summertime for June.  Join us, won't you?

Friday, May 31, 2019

Day 31 MMM'19: And So It's Time...

~ to say goodbye ~
I made the jacket long ago from a big 4 pattern, but I no longer have it to share with you. 

~ to all our family ~

Pants are made from New Look 6533  Stretch mesh top you've seen before, here.

~ I'll be seeing you ~

But not every day.  At least not until next May.

~ leaving you with my embroidered velvet shoes from ebay ~

I'll be stopping by Spy Girl's last day for May Florals. sniff.  Come on over.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Day 30 MMM'19: This Ain't Me

~ no, no, no, it ain't me, babe  ~

~ but I had put it on ~

~ so I just went with it ~

~ after all, it's not the end of the world ~

I made this dress long ago, didn't like it then and apparently still don't.  It's modified from Vogue 1312.  At first it felt too small, now it feels too big.  And the fabrics never really worked together.  The top is a stretch medium-weight jersey and the skirt is lightweight gauze.  I added the suspenders thinking it might help both literally and aesthetically.  I also added buttons on either side to gather up some of the excess fabric, from the front and back.   Nothing really helped enough.

~ you got that right ~

For today, I wore the black organza pantaloons underneath which you might catch a glimpse of in one of the photos.  Added a choker I made out of the striped jersey.  Wore some stretch jersey fingerless gloves I made.  And some striped knee sox with the platform Docs I wore already, but hadn't taken a close up shot.  That's as good as I could get.

I doubt if I'll wear it again, or at least not for another several years...

~ les fingeress gloves that I've never taken a picture of before ~

~ there's a glimpse of the pantaloons ~

~ and my Docs from ebay ~

And that's a wrap!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Day 29 MMM'19: A Lighter Shade of Pale


~ yes, it is ~

The blue shades are as old as that song I alluded to.

~ yes they are ~

The vest I made so long ago, I really don't recall.  But a long while after that, I refashioned the jacket that it was, into the vest that it is now.  I had also made matching pants.  Now where are those...

~ I seem to be misty-eyed ~

The shirt you've seen before and is a recent make from stretch mesh, self-drafted.  I wear it a lot.  The pants are a few years old now, made from a heavy linen table cloth using Tina Givens Phoebe pants pattern, modified.  Also seen here.

It was actually a bit cool out, so another layer was necessary.   
I threw this on for our walk.

~ recognize that print? ~

It's the same 2-sided stretch denim that I used for the pants I had on yesterday.  ha.

~  I luv the pattern used to make it ~

The Sewing Workshop's Thai Coat pattern.  I've made another one, here,  but this one is the best choice of fabrics for it.

~ and it's not hard to make either ~

and finally,
~ more Mary Jane Doc Martens from ebay ~

Only two more days to go!  phew.

Meanwhile, I'm all set to join Spy Girl's May Florals.  And go for Catherine's Share All link-up too.  Stop on by.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Day 28 MMM'19: All Them Blues

~ just kicking back here ~

~ being cool ~

~ ahuh ~

~ with a do-si-do ~

~ and all that jazz ~

So what's that I have on, you ask?   Well, glad you asked.

  • Layer #1 is from Tina Givens Lotus Shirt Pattern made from a Hawaiian cotton print a friend gave me.  I've made at least 4 of them that I can recall. You can see them here, here and here.
  • Layer #2 is also from Tina Givens called the Poppy Shirt made in stretch mesh.  As seen in another ensemble here.
  • Layer #3, again from Tina Givens, are the Oprah Pants made in two-sided stretch denim.  See the reversible side here and another rendition here.

And, of course, the pièce de résistance:

~ my Docs from ebay ~

These Docs show scenes from one of the sections of Hieronymus Bosch's "The Garden of Earthly Delights", a triptych he painted c.1500.  Can you guess which one is depicted?

And that's the way it was.

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