Monday, April 30, 2012

Check it out!

Another fab giveaway from WeSewRetro! I picked the bathing suit pattern, who doesn't want to embrace their inner Marilyn? (image courtesy of Mrs Depew via WeSewRetro)

Sunday, April 29, 2012


Here is the new pattern. Love it! I didn't need it but I bought it anyway, ugh, I can be so impulsive sometimes.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Another Simplicity 4640

Here she is! I love this seersucker frock, it's so cheerful! Somehow though it's a little bit smaller than the first one. Odd. Not bad small, just a little
More snug in the shoulders. Idk how this happened, I must have done the French seams a little bit to wide or something. It's not more than 1/2 inch overall between the front and back. I had thought about making a self belt for it too but I think it would be overkill.

The only thing I changed about the pattern was exempting the back ties and snipping off the pointy bodice bottom to make just a simple princess bodice. I did just order a a new pattern off Etsy too. Once it comes I'll flash it around. It's an early 40s princess seam dress with a really cool neck.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pajama party time?

Is it me or should I have used this fabric as pajamas? Maybe blue covered buttons would help? Is seersucker an appropriate fabric for a reproduction dress? I like it a lot however I'm starting to have second thoughts. Maybe I'm just staring at it too long.

More cutting but not so much sewing

I am cutting another dress. Sigh, I should have cut the dress pattern I just got from Etsy (McCalls 5803) but instead I decided I wanted to use this thrifted seersucker to make a pajama set. The fabric ended up being much more cute than I remember so I cut it up in the fabulous 40s Simplicity 4640. I wanted to do the strip version as I haven't ever played with stripes before. I'm adding a different cuff too, more of a 50s winged cuff with a button and a collar in the same color. I'm so erratic with my sewing lately, I need to just finish something.

On a side note this past Friday it was in the high 80s and I got to wear cute strappy frocks all weekend. Then Monday hits and we get snow. Snow!! It's still snowing today too. Only in western NY.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


I have been wearing the navy polka dot version of Advance 8574 over and over and over and over. I didn't even really think about it till today either. So, I'm making two more. I have my Swirl knockoff, my 70s McCalls, and my mail order pattern all cut and in partial completion too. When I get a thought in my head I guess I just have to do it. So my question is this: how do you wear eyelet? It's shear by nature and has tiny holes so do you underline it? I say nay on underlining 1. bc it's more work and 2. bc then you have covered up holes.... I dunno. The bottom part will be an almost denimish fabric. I bought it to make shorts but lets be honest, I'm not making shorts. So what do I do? I don't want to look like a dope. I figured I would just wear a cami under it or something.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


It's not quite what I wanted but it will do. The thread didn't take any color and you can still see the print. I can wear it in the house but I don't think it will make outdoor appearances. The bust tucks are only okay. I just don't think was the best pattern for me. Sigh, I really wanted this to work too.

Simplicity 4200 - in purple!

Remember my unsatisfactory results with the bust gathers on Simplicity 4200...... Well I unpicked the gathers and made them and into a tuck and I decided to due it purple. I used regular old Rit dye (2 packs to be sure it was a dark purple not lavender). We shall see shortly how it comes out.

The horror that is knits - Marian Martin 9329

I never see knits, I suck at it. However when I saw the 4 yards of 60" green polyester knit at Goodwill for $1.99 I had to buy it. I have no clue how this one is going to turn out. I have been reading lately instead of sewing so this is a challenging "back to work" project. I am using the stretch zig zag setting on my machine; hopefully this will eliminate my need for any closings on the dress. I want it to be completely pull over. I am a little worried that the pockets will be too floppy.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Sneak peek!

Simplicity 4891

So far so good. I have never made anything detailed for my kids before. I'm pretty selfish with my sewing. Lorna is going to be two in a couple weeks and I wanted her to have a new dress. I think the fabric is sufficiently springy and festive. Everything is so small! The sleeves are a nightmare. It's like sewing oompa loompa clothes. The upside is that it goes together very quickly.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Movie night

Has anyone see the Doris Day movie called The Pajama Game? Omg, it's about a bunch of girls working in a sewing factory making pajamas. The opening scene is great; all the great house dresses, smocks, the shirtwaist dresses and the aprons.... oh the aprons! The colors are great, so bright and cheery. And who doesn't love a Doris Day movie with sewing!?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

More costume madness

Well, it's more costumes again. I'm halfway through my daughters dress and had to pick up my good old hat standby, Butterick 6386. This pattern makes a great helmet. Anyway, I'm making a Batman costume out of thick shinyish black stretch polyester. I'm going to appliqué a batman logo on the cape and the helmet has horns.