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q & a: circle skirts

front of hatI’ve met another sewer today, and she’s local.  Happy New Year !

We started out with my hat – remember the green fleece? Yep. I’m still wearing it. Nothing keeps me warmer! The pattern is Folkwear’s Metropolitan Hat #269.

I’m dedicating this post to you, Ms. V, in answer to your questions (and a couple of my own).

And I’m asking you, Lovely Readers, to help us out by sharing your experiences with circle skirts. Here are a couple of questions ~

  • Why do we have to divide by Pi (6.28 in inches try 3.14 instead ~ 😳 embarrassed face) in that formula to get waist measurement?
  • Why doesn’t anyone mention hanging the skirt before hemming it to allow the bias portions of the skirt to stretch out so they can be trimmed before hemming?

I don’t think I’ve ever made a circle skirt. But I’ve planned one and never got to it, partly because of these questions.

Here are three of the things I kept for future reference: Dana Made It, Me Sew Crazy, and Mood Fabrics in NYC/LA.

Your turn, Dear Readers!

Please add to my list, either with your own experiences, or a fav tutorial you’ve used.


Thank you in advance!


And since the WordPress Photo Challenge is a “perfect fit” this week, it’s included.

holiday monday

Thought I’d share some cards from the New York Public Library’s Digital Collections during the holidays.

Loving hats the way I do, couldn’t resist these two happy models.

Hope you enjoy!

click to go to original
click to go to original

weekly photo challenge: on the move, or, serging ahead

Move, v. t.[OE. moven, OF. moveir, F. mouvoir, L. movere; cf. Gr. to change, exchange, go in or out, quit… ] 1. To cause to change place or posture in any manner; to set in motion…

Got out the old serger/interlocker/overlocker depending on what they call it in your part of the world.  And really went to town… so to speak.

Photos above should show what I’ve serged, and what got updated this Spring…

The Burda blouse from last year got it’s pleats sewn down, and itsy French knots embroidered at the bottoms, to match the ones on the back.  Then I sewed the entire neck facing down, by hand.  Patience, oh, patience!  Hand sewing isn’t my favourite task.  But it looks so much better!  Also serged that facing before turning under, come to think of it.   🙂

And… the brilliant yellow jacket, also from last year…  Yes.  The one that ravels if you think about it.  It finally got serged all the way round its seams, and is in the wash.  I used blue tailor’s chalk liberally, to mark wrong sides.  Come to think of it, hope it washes out.

And finally, thinking I had enough cherry cotton to do a trial of the Miss Bossy pattern, I laid out the fabric. Nope.  No way.  So I cut out, and then serged all the edges, of another blouse, with shorter sleeves. (Updated: Had to go searching for this ~ remember the December red w/white dots flannel? Cut out the bottom left view this time.)

We are moving on !


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Link to del’s  Travel Theme piccies here.

Link to del’s  WordPress Challenge piccies here.

contemplating hats…

last summer's crocheted hat - too ruffley?  need to replace??
last summer’s crocheted hat – too ruffley? need to replace??

Inspired by Vintage Traveler Lizzie’s mentioning Susan Langley’s book, Vintage Hats & Bonnets 1770-1970, found at my local library, I was hunting through the 1920s-1930s section for inspiration for a new summer hat.

Langley’s book is full of colour photos, as well as vintage adverts for hats and dresses.  Left me drooling, gave me lots of ideas, and held a big surprise…

I found an excellent example of my last summer’s hat, ripply brim and all – it was an actual style. Who’d have thought!  There’s even a sample, which I’ll leave in the book for copyright reasons.

The “real” ruffle brim hat appears to be a stiffer straw, while mine is loosely crocheted, ripples varying according to gravity & wind. But I’ve temporarily postponed rushing to make another hat. Come summer’s heat & humidity, I know those crochet holes are  excellent ventilation!

sew grateful week ~ thursday, project day

As mentioned at the beginning of the month, some of my latest projects have been winter hats for friends… using some of that bright fleece originally used as a blanket at the start of this fierce winter.

Am slowly cutting strips off the bottom of the blanket – hehe!  Although sadly it’s still needed as an extra blanket, when Spring comes (if?) it might be down to shawl size.

Trying to be smart, I put the side pattern piece along the least stretchy portion of the fleece. Not the best idea, I discovered after making 2 hats and then trying one on.  That stretch is very much necessary.  Will find smaller heads for these 2 hats, and try again.

The red hat’s pieces are placed differently on the fabric, and it turned out well.  The fleece is I used is light-weight Polartec® fleece, purchased several years ago & used as a wrap.  But it’s not really my sort of red, being cool rather than warm (blue rather than orangey). My faithful pattern for this was Folkwear’s #269, of course!

That’s what I’ve been up to lately… which means those trousers for The Monthly Stitch got put on hold.  Might have to skip this month, as pants are just not my thing right now.  We’ll see how I feel tomorrow.  After all, it wouldn’t be the first time I made something just before deadline.  Know what I mean?  🙂

Those are the projects I’ve been working on this month.  How about you?

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fabric stores = take-home art galleries

To those uninitiated into the mysteries of fabric stores, first thing to note is there are goodies & not-so-goodies. Just as in everything else.  And, what’s a goody for one person’s style ain’t necessarily a goody for you.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t keep looking!

The thing with fabric stores is you get to fondle the art works, take them home with you, and either make them into something you can wear or something you can use in your daily life.

Want some Picasso?  Start searching, because he’s on fabric.  How about Monet?  Ditto.

Have your own ideas?  Paint or photo them and do a quick search for a printer who can print them onto fabric for you (silk, cotton, linen – your choice). Presto – you’re a designer!

There have been small kits (from HP or Avery, in U.S.) for doing this with home printers, too. Used one meself, for a long gone tee shirt, over 10 years ago.  Give it a go if you’re so inspired!

today’s photos
Have been putting off doing pants for weeeks & finally figured out why.  I don’t want to make an error in fit, or go to the time & trouble of sewing a full muslin trial.  So out is coming a shorty pattern, for a trial, but eventually in the green teal, for summer.

Decided maybe something not too big, in a colourful rayon fabric I love, might get me over the hurdle.

Sigh.  Spring.  Wishful thinking.   Sigh

Counterbalancing that, did 2 quick updates for winter hats, one with an easily removable button, and the other with an even more easily removable pin.

Getting ready for Valentine’s Day!

weekly photo challenge: selfie

as close as I get to a selfie: judging a hem ;emgth
as close as I get to a selfie: judging a hem length

Self, a. pl. Selves [AS. self, seolfsylf; akin to OS. self …] Same; particular; very; identical.

Would rather not feel self-conscious so don’t do selfies.  No judgement on anyone who does! Just not my thing.

With so much gorgeous fabric and beautiful flowers and bazillions of other things to photograph, how boringly dull to do just moi!

Off the soap box and on to a blanket that’s becoming a hat (those huge flowers on black fleece), and probably a bunch of other things still to be determined.  And the pattern, natch!Large_EN-285

McCall's 4116, center & bottom right versions
McCall’s 4116, center & bottom right versionsMcCall’s 4116, which hat… maybe several…

WordPress post.

weekly photo challenge: juxtaposition

JUXTAPOSI”TION, n. [L. juxta,near, and position.]  A placing or being placed in nearness or contiguity; as the parts of a substance or of a composition. The connection of words is sometimes to be ascertained by juxtaposition.

Russian veil:  see above photos.

As used in hats, which I adore: see above.

When I saw it ON SALE last month I had to order some.  For the stash.  For whenever.  Youknowwhatimean?

Mind you, this stuff is a mere 18 inches wide. And the sale price was just under $5 USD.  Uhhh.  OK, so I removed a few colours from the order, which still left me well over the Free Shipping amount.

So when is this Arctic refrigerator going AWAY, so I can concoct something luscious for Spring with a bit of this stuff….

hehehe ~ like the way I snuck in some springy blossoms?!


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Finished those green mittens over the holiday.  Solved the elastic problem by sewing a fleece casing inside the gloves at the wrist  and threading elastic through.

Discovering a bottle of puffy paint, did a bit of doodling on the mitts’ palms.  Hope that will stop some of the slippage, an annoying characteristic of all fabric gloves & mittens.  Leather is better, but not as warm as fleece.  😉

McCall's 3677, 1993
McCall’s 3677, 1993

Have added McCall’s P461 (6377), 1993, to my collection, thanks to Erin B at Vint Hill.  Will do skirts for all seasons with it, as it’s for woven fabric, not stretch. I’ll try both, just to push the boundary, and add pockets.  If I’d had the pattern last summer, would have used the green floral print for it, instead of the dress, but am glad to have the dress.

Lots of gift sewing going on, so posts may be less frequent.  Got a copy of Emma Brennan’s Making Vintage Accessories and am busy trying to choose which one to make  first, and for whom.  It’s a gorgeous book with exciting projects.  Am getting up my nerve to make  that Harris Tweed handbag in 2014… still nervous about cutting into such wonderful fabric.

There’s also the Monthly Stitch project for December, Party!, to make.  Have several things in mind ~ will see what gets done.  Does everyone do that – plan lots of projects and actually make maybe half?

Which reminds me, last night I looked at Franklin H’s knitting blog and saw heavenly Erté.  Found the dress I’d looove to make for Monthly Stitch, but can’t find faux ermine for the skirt.  Drat.  (Tongue-in-cheek, as I’d freeze, and canNOT visualise all that fur at hip level.)

Do read past the dresses to find the knitting bags he includes – as in bags to carry your knitting.  Seems it was all the rage after WWI.  Who’d have thought?

Must thank knitting friend Lynn for telling me about the blog, suggest knitters check out her original designs, and consider joining the Lacy Knitters Guild (international membership) if you use those teensy needles!

Happy sewing, Dear Readers!