Sunday, September 15, 2019

It's a Wrap Dress...

 ...I made nearly five years ago out of linen that's become so very soft now.   I just luv it.


~ and here I'm showing off my new ebay shoes ~


~ aren't they divine? ~


~ It makes me feel like a Victorian sweetie or some such thing ~


~ with my Mom's green-eyed fly pin ~


~ But hey, ~

The pattern I used was from the Japanese Sewing Book, Simple Modern Sewing, modified like crazy.

You can see the first time I wore it here and the next time here.  Each time with different accoutrements.  This is the plainest and probably the most effective, I think.  It's the shoes.  yeah.



~ brand new PSKaufman oxfords from ebay for $21.50 ~


I'll be over at Patti's and the Visibles for Not Dead Yet Style and then Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like when they go live.  Come on by.


Monday, September 9, 2019

Far Far Away

~ From the Deepest Archives ~

I'm wearing clothes I made at least 30 years ago.  At least.  
And now I can fit into them.



The top is a smidgen too small, the pants are bit too big.  
But all in all, they fit well enough.




I have no idea what patterns were used.  
The top is challis, the pants are stretch denim.



~ my haircut is the same ~
 but I sure have aged.



~ as have my navy Docs from ebay ~

Speaking of which, I'm Not Dead Yet Style is happening now at Patti's, so hop on over while you still can!  Then it'll be Catherine's I Will Where What I Like when the time is right.




Monday, September 2, 2019

Another Hot House Dress...


 with another obi

~ yes, you have spoken ~

when I showed my first Hot House Dress posted here.



~ and I listened ~


So I rounded up all the obi-type patterns I had in my stash (who knew?!) V9255, V1244, V1301, S5839, M7270, B6698 and B6267.  Not to mention all the online free ones.

Then I found V1704 on ebay that showed exactly what I had "made" from a scrap piece of chiffon for that first Hot House dress.  I had to get it.  So I did.


~ and voila ~

Another obi-like thingy made in chiffon from my stash.  Only this time I cut in out from a pattern.  Only I didn't bother to hem all the edges.  puleeze.




~ it's a bit larger than the previous one ~


~ but I luv the way it works with the dress ~



I should've taken a photo without it so you could see the difference.   Oh well.

Anyway, this dress is made from challis and hangs/ feels differently from the others.  Heavier, drapey-er.  I put more lace on it too.  I have tons of lace in every color.  Don't ask.  I've been trying to use lace that doesn't particularly match with the dress, so this has pale blue with lavender.  My first had hot pink with yellow.



~ But I did take photos of this get-up ~
The Hot House Dress Going to Market




~ blurred, so posterized to make it arty ~


~ and mary jane docs from ebay, awww ~


Now it's time for Patti at Not Dead Yet Style, then Catherine at I Will Wear What I Like when she goes live.  Come on by.



Saturday, August 24, 2019

Hey! Someone Made Me A Quilt!


 Out of my fabric scraps, no less.


~ Can you believe it?! ~


~ Well, neither can I ~

It was completely unexpected and a wonderful, thrilling surprise.



~ ta-dah! ~

This is what I happened to have on when she gave it to me.  One of four of those "Hot House Dresses" I've been making lately (but haven't been photo-ing), last seen here.


And here's a close up THE QUILT:

~ sigh ~

I've already slept with it.  I even shared it with my True Love.

Jackie, the quilt-maker, told me she made it with both of us in mind.  The various grays for him and the the peachy-rusty-beigey-blushy colors for me.  How did she know?!




From whence it came...

~ my cotton stash ~

Here's the tower of quilting cottons that Jackie perused for scraps and remnants.   Other shelves hold other types of fabric, but you get the idea.  She actually ended up with two Whole Foods grocery bags full.  Still I had no idea.  Do you think she was thinking of doing this all along???



 Wrapping up now with a shoe shot.
~ old docs from ebay ~


I'll be linking up to my favs when they go live.  Patti at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like, and Spy Girl's SummertimeCome on by.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Jumping Back to the First One

~ Wearing Jumpsuit #1 ~


What do you think?  Certainly a far cry from the previous one I've shown, hereBut I luv it just the same.  Well, in a different way.



~ Sure is comfy ~


It's like pre-painted painter's overalls.  Jackson Pollack overalls?

Made from challis using McCall's 7936, a Learn to Sew pattern.  Only the size I had was too big, so I made a button up flap to take up some slack up the middle front.  (I didn't make that up.)  




~ buttons from stash, as is the fabric ~



Oh, and I lengthened the sleeves as usual.




Off to Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like when she goes live, and why not Spy Girl's Summertime?  Hope to see you all there.



Thursday, August 1, 2019

Oh, Just Some Silly Summer Thing - Testing...

This is Just a Test, Really


Bloglovin never published my last post of Monday, July 29 so as a PSA for my ever lovin' readers, I'm throwing out a flash image from the original post. 

You can see the whole shebang on my blog here.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Oh, Just Some Silly Summer Thing

~ Whatever can I say? ~

How about:  it's sub-tropic weather again.  You know, 90+ degrees, humid as all get-out, with intermittent crazy showers.    So I wanted to make a Hot Dress.



~ Yep, and this is it ~


Something that slips on and doesn't stick to you.  Lightweight and oh, so soft.  And still protects me from the sun.

This is one of the homeliest dress I've every made/ worn.  I think it's basically like a housedress, if you can remember those.  I even added hot pink lace to jazz it up a bit.  The pattern is Simplicity 8332 and started off as View A, but looked ridiculous and turned into View B along the way.  Sort of.



~ Yeah, well, I'd like to see what you come up with...~


I raised the neckline, lengthened the sleeves and the hemline.  I did not gather the skirt to the bodice, but put two very small tucks in both the front and back.  No lace at the hem because I used it to cover up the seamline where I added length to the original short cut skirt.  I also made one size larger than I needed, because that was the smallest available with the pattern I had.



And that's a wrap.  Speaking of which.  I tied a piece of fabric around for an obi-like look in the first photo trying to make something happen.  But suffice it to say, I don't think I'd actually wear it like that out and about.


~ crocs from ebay ~

And now I'm off to Patti's Not Dead Yet Style and then Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like when she goes live.  See you there.  Oh, and I forgot all about Spy Girl's Summertime link-up.  So off I go.


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

I'm Jump Suiting Now

~ no, doubt about it ~

I've caught the bug that's been buzzing through the bloggo-sphere.  This is actually the second one I've made.  Different style, not yet photo-ed.


~ What do you think? ~

Are jumpsuits your thing?  I think I like them.  They're like dresses in terms of one item and you're done.  And even more comfortable.  There is the bathroom thing.  But there's always the bathroom thing in one way or another.


~ Right? ~

The pattern is Vogue 1617 and the fabric is old stash, a synthetic jacquard, last seen as a dress, here.  I think the pattern runs large so watch out for that.  I made a size medium.  Also, I cut at least 6" off the length of the pants and I'm 5'5".


 
For something as simple as it looks, I found it very fussy/ fiddly to sew.  The top and the pants are pretty straight forward.  It's the waistband/ belt, pocket arrangement that seems unduly complicated.  I found the instructions and the illustrations cumbersome at best.  And really began to doubt my sanity after awhile.  (Did I no longer know how to sew?)


~ Of course I do, dahling ~


But I must (must I?) admit I did sew French seams through out and had to undo two long seam's worth because I put them in backwards.  aiyiyi.   Surely something that happens to the best of us...


~ Nevertheless, She Persisted ~

Might I add this was perfect for working out.  And I continue to lose weight to boot.  Just full of myself today, it seems.


~ my bosom buddy ~

A $ store plastic bug I painted gold, stuck on mini pearl eyes and a pin clasp to keep things decent.


~ and the golden Birkenstocks from ebay ~


Now I'm off to join Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style before it's too late!  And Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like, which starts now!


Monday, July 15, 2019

I Got Birkenstocks!

How in the World did that Happen?  You may ask yourself.


~ Well, let me tell you...~



I was already dressed like this, complete with the anklets, when they came in the mail from ebay.



~ I had to put them on immediately, of course ~


And dash off for the camera, ooo-ing and aahh-ing all the way.



~ so much better than the gray Nike sandals I had been wearing ~

puleeze



Before I get to the centerfold shot, I simply must say a few words about the ensemble (which I have worn before).  I'ts a lightweight, pale blue linen shirt dress made from a Vogue Miyake pattern #1544 and last seen on me, here.



~ Les Golden Leather Birkenstocks ~

They looked as though they hadn't been worn before and no one was bidding for them?!  Well, almost no one.  Like 3 people and I won them for $21.00!  I guess it's cuz they were Mary Janes and not the popular sandals.  I usually don't even bother bidding for Birkenstock sandals because no matter how gross and used they are, people bid up to and over hundreds of dollars for them.  yuck.  But there was no action on these babies.  Yeah for me.

I think I'll wear them to bed.

And certainly to Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet StyleOh, and Judith's July Hat Attack! too.  Let's not forget Catherine's I'll Wear What I Like.  Do stop on by.


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 that 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 had 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.  And Patti's Not Dead Yet Style.  Join us, won't you?


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