Can I sneak this in before The Monthly Stitch‘s September Amnesty Month ends here in the Northern Hemisphere? Gonna try!
An easy make using Butterick’s 5432, View A. Am already planning to do a knit version, as this cotton is fine, but I’d like more give for wearing whilst exercising. Only altered the pattern a tad, with an extra seam allowance on the outside of the 2 pieces to make them extra roomy!
After reading about half the Tessaro book, I became more interested in reading the original volume, A Guide to Elegance, by Dariaux* , which Tessaro quotes at the beginning of every chapter. So I ordered the Dariaux today.
Sure hope it arrives whilst there’s time to look through it!
* “A complete guide for every woman who wants to be well and properly dressed on all occasions” Genevieve Antoine Dariaux (1964)
eventually spring/summer shorts & winter flannel pants
this week’s button
this week’s pin
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!
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.
It all started with this wonderful remnant of greens from some time last year. I couldn’t resist it, and decided it needed to become a simple sleeveless tee-smock-dress-whatever would fit. Then suddenly the weather turned cold, and sleeveless was the last thing on the To-Do list.
Enter current hot, humid summer. And this pattern, picked up on sale somewhere… a great simple design (as in won’t-need-much-fabric).
Last Saturday I got everything out and stood on my head trying to lay out the fabric evenly. Guess what? Those stripes come and go, and they are NOT a straight line. I needed 2 folds, so the fabric had to be folded evenly on both sides, toward the middle, so they met in the center. Think about how a staple looks from the side – each end folded over toward the center. That’s what I needed to do.
Normally I’d just start flipping each side of the fabric toward the center and slide it around until I got the proportions and grain right. Nice idea, but cotton knit is slightly fuzzy and likes to stick to itself. grrrrrrrrr.
Maybe that’s why I didn’t measure twice and cut once, as the DIY shows say… there’s a reason why there’s “lovely detail” at the bottom of this.
On the plus side was getting the serger switched from black to white thread, adjusting the loopers so they were more or less correct, and generally becoming intimately re-acquainted with my ancient machine. Another reason for a slight lapse? Maybe, but I’m sticking with “creative detail.” 🙂
Yesterday afternoon, tired of sewing more layers onto the bottom, I thought about adding a just-decorative button or two at the neck. Then I poured over my button stash and came up with… only 4 mismatched green buttons?! How could I have allowed that to happen? And I’ve got all this green fabric??
Ruminating about that and staring at the blouse patterns I hope to work on, I suddenly remembered a small needle-like gizmo that’s perfect for working serger ends into seams. With all the cutting & serging I’d done, the inside of this thing had a spider’s web of tails and that would neh-vah do! That little process I’m sticking into a post all it’s own.
While engaged in that project I went back to thinking about how to get some good green buttons… quickly. Obviously the shops hadn’t had much, or I’d already have them. Enter etsy… and the wonderful world of online search machines & photos.
On the first page I found my green button stash… er, it’s beginning. WitNWhimsy, owned by Laura Pytlik, had this great group of green buttons and I had to have them. Great price – great location – great selection, and they’re in the mail as I type!
I also ordered a wonderful Anne Adams pattern, but more about that another day. Remind me tomorrow to tell you about the other Saturday fiasco project…
And they’re selling real quick, because her prices are great, she ships internationally and doesn’t charge an arm & a leg. If you’re in the market for craft, kids, or fashion patterns, from 1960s to current, click on over to Sew U Sew Me.
Borrowing from Urban Rustic, I think of this as my sewing slum, and it’s a delightful escape. Having spent so much time getting machines cleaned, & finding infrastructure (fabric, patterns, thread, bindings, ribbons, laces, buttons, interfacings, etc.) it’s such a pleasure to just sit down and sew.
Decided this morning to make up a seersucker fabric purchased last weekend. Am doing an extremely simple gathered straight shift with tie shoulder straps. It’ll do for either nightgown or house dress when it’s super hot… which is what I was vainly looking for this morning.
If you can’t find it/don’t have it, sew it! Which makes this not only an escape to a pleasanter, though decidedly crowded place, it’s also a process whereby to escape from heat, and add a needed item to me wardrobe.
detail of birds on 100% cotton flannel, very soft hand
Yesterday it was rainy and the ironing board still not together. Went to the fabric store instead, for basics like binding & piping, needles & pins. Mind you, that’s just after writing me talented friend Josée that I don’t much like binding. (Maybe using some will warm the affections, huh?) The store’s fabric was uninspiring, which is not a bad thing, considering The Stash Here.
Got caught in a bit of rain coming home, and saw that caftan when I came in the door . Not very wrinkley, so ready enough for lounging, and I was in the mood. The hem drags drapes a bit on the floor. Guess I’ll eventually lop some off. Probably. Possibly. We’ll see. It’s always nice to have a bit extra to cover toes.
Bought a magazine instead of fabric: stitch, creating with fabric & threads. As it was labeled, “get organised this summer with 8 fun projects” and had 34 more “sizzling summer projects” I thought it might give me some ideas. It also included a double-sided sheet of patterns for some of the projects, and the web site has more. Now if only it would give me the impetus to do them.
At $14.99 USD I thought it expensive, but it seemed worth it for all the project ideas & templates. If any of you Dear Readers see a copy or already know the magazine, I’d love to know your opinion.
Hopefully, will have a nice surprise on Saturday. Mmm… you’ll never guess!
got this off the floor & onto the wall – now have to decorate it with something…
summer hat – looks like a bowl, doesn’t it?
the side is forming!
2 more things off the floor
nice box of rubbish – more things off the floor!
canopy in summer
Worked up a flannel caftan, too. Just the basic: Sew the side seams (don’t forget to leave arm holes, like I did!), finish the 4 sides of the 2 pieces of fabric (cut to whatever length you want), decide which neckline to fool with (boat neck – sew straight across & leave a hole big enough for your head – don’t forget!). Easy peasy. Photo after I’ve put the ironing board back together & given it a pressing!