A few photos of what’s been doin’ round here lately.
Caution! If you’re hungry, have a snack before continuing. 😉
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Just so’s you don’t think the urge to sew/serge has gone. . . 😱
Besides reading the Cleeves & Durrell books I also did a bit of sewing prep.
By judiciously utilizing early morning minutes before the blast furnace cut in, I managed to cut out another duster (ancient pattern copied & origin no longer remembered) plus another of my favourite summer sleep shirts (NewLook 6871, gifted by Ali).
I also managed to totally forget not to cut down the centre back. Which will now be seamed. Ah, well . . .
I’d hacked the back a bit on the previous duster by cutting down the centre back of the pattern piece and pulling the 2 pieces apart to create a bit of a flare in the back. I really liked it, so did it again for the gauze. In the photos above that back piece is in the lower right of the photo.
The fabric is a black cotton gauze from Vogue Fabrics in Chicago, and still available. I must report it shrinks like crazy, but I think I might have washed it in hot water and machine dried it. 😳 Face of shame as I know better. Just figured if its gonna shrink, then get it over with.
Vogue has a redesigned web site. By the way, I don’t get a thing from anyone for blogging about them ~ receiving freebies is against my policy. They’re nice people who know & love fabrics and I shopped at the Evanston & Roosevelt Road stores when I lived in South Loop.
So on to the serging (overlocking) bits… Should say I have a 3-thread BabyLock BL3-407 almost an ancient as me. This week I decided to tackle serging all the edges of both cottons before sewing. Which meant the dreaded serger rethread operation because I knew all-white thread would not do for that all-black duster. Deep sigh.
Plenty of chocolate to hand, a fan, cooler outdoor temps on Monday so I began.
Being lazy, and hating to change thread colours, I decided to try something I’d just read over on Grainline Studio’s blog. Incidentally, they’ve also redesigned their web site.
They use neutral colours when serging (as do I) and just change the top looper thread colour. Yeah! I gave that a try on the dark gray (“ey”? never remember which is correct) and decided it was ok, but wouldn’t do for the solid black gauze.
Then I rethreaded the needle.
Which took about an hour.
Or so. . .
Am promising myself I’ll serge the duster pattern pieces today. And if that doesn’t happen, then definitely tomorrow. . . Maybe. Done yesterday! 😇
If you haven’t been to the post office lately, you might want to drop by and get a set of the Oscar de la Renta stamps for (U.S.) First Class mail.
Okay. Let’s look at this one last time, shall we?
After several years of working (mostly not working) on this, I still think it’s a good pattern.
Just not in the fabric I chose. And there’s a huge learning curve in that “NOT.”
As I got into the pattern, which has some weird pieces that prove interesting for fit, I discovered that precise seam widths were vital. (ugh!) A fraction off in some places and it’s seam ripper time.
But even more important was the concept of those side pieces. Definitely bias effect going on, which should affect what fabric gets used, and its pattern.
Blithely ignorant, I lost a lot of the skirt’s character, as all the interesting top stitched detail became invisible on this patterned fabric.
Although I thought the weight of the cotton would be good (it’s okay), it turned out the ravelling has been horrendous. Something I didn’t discover until I’d washed it a few times, which I did over the past 2 years.
But lest we get discouraged, there have been positives: Learning about petersham ribbon from Hila’s post and actually using it for a waistband has been a huge plus. (Suspect it will influence most future skirts.)
The other huge plus has been realising, then acknowledging my mistake in using fabric I do not like. (An early on-line purchase so I didn’t touch it beforehand.)
HUGE lesson learnt: Don’t even think about using up fabrics you don’t want to touch… even for a toile.
Below are assorted photos from the recent finishing. However, if you’re looking for sassy photos of me wearing this . . . 😱 Shock! Horror!
Do you ever see sassy piccies of me?? Lol! Will admit to laundering it again, giving it a good press, and trying it on. It fits loosely, as I made a straight 16 I think, and am not about to alter it.
The petersham waist works really well for me (hate waistbands) as it sits at the waist (or would if I fitted it properly) and doesn’t annoy. Because of the weird side pieces there’s a good fit at the hip, particularly when seated.
Would I make it again? “Never say never.” Maybe. . . . but with better fabric.
“Fluid. n. A body whose particles move freely among themselves, and yield to the least force impressed…
”January isn’t the time for me to be making resolutions, ’cause all I want to do is rest up from a hectic December. But…
My plans would include lighter weight fabrics, and V- or scooped necklines. And elasticated waists. And pockets, inseam or elsewhere.
So, with all that in mind, let’s look at some piccies, and please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts afterwards!
Vogue 9193 Love the hem on this top & would do whichever version I’ve linen enough for, but sleeveless. Felicia reports problems with those dolman sleeves, and solutions. As I’ve had similar thoughts about similar styles, will have a long think before tackling. Fabric: Linen (summer), knits? (winter)
Butterick 5655 – “Fast & Easy” Hm. Am thinking a short version from some viscose in stash. Although it might be fun to play with the sleeves
& that front insert… Hold thought for another season. Fabric: Rayon or maybe linen
Vogue 8813 Still pondering what to use with this one… cannot locate a decent knit is the main problem. Or excuse. 😉
Vogue 1508 Like the shape of the top’s hem very much. Trousers are too slim for my taste, plus the back is contrasting fabric from the front. Not my style. Fabric: Linen
VeraVenus Cardigan Coat (free) (Click link to go to pattern.) After seeing this several times on people & reading how comfy they found it, I decided to switch my plans for a mustard wool to this pattern. Have a rayon piece cut out now, to check fit, etc., before cutting into the wool. Fabric: wool (winter), rayon (summer)
Butterick 6377 Will change neckline as I don’t do anything that tight round my neck. Fabric: Any stash stretch fabric to pair with V9193 trouser (above).
Vogue 8975 Liked the jacket on this, but the dress is also a possibility. Fabric: Linen, rayon.
Farrow Dress, Grainline Have not purchased yet; keep trying to talk myself into it. Needs neckline re-do, but that back fascinates me, along with the longer length. Fabric: Almost anything from stash.
McCall’s 6083 Lounging ONLY, in the green version. Fabric: Rayon from stash
Except I had no source for either until Friday. Yippee!
We who sew know freezer paper is great for tracing dressmaking patterns. It’s sturdy enough to write on, you can iron it, and it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than anything else.
My lack thereof was crimping both use and storage of my PDF patterns.
You know what I’ll finally be able to do this week!
I should also explain that an early Christmas box arrived from my sewing bestie, Samantha. Needless to say, I picked up the phone and we had a long natter whilst I was unwrapping things. (Yes, I tried to wait, but it’s been such a difficult time I needed an early holiday.) Have included some of her lovelies below.
Here’s some of the other things that happened last week ~ as my contribution to Natalie’s Sunday Sevens. If you’d like to find out more, just check out her site.
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