Thursday, April 29, 2010

Three skirts, a dress and a pair of yoga pants for the whole of May?

Better get cracking !

Thanks to this post on sew retro I now have 15 (yes that's right fifteen!) patterns to add to my wardrobe.

Plus because I got excited with all the money I saved, I bought the Colette Beignet skirt from   Which I'm very excited about because everyone who's ever used a Colette pattern raves and raves about it.   And all the photos of the finished items on peoples blogs etc. always look great.

But funny really, because I need tops not bottoms. 

And if you havent joined Me Made May you should.   Talk about motivated.   Can't stop... must sew...


Thursday, April 22, 2010

I've joined Me Made May

Thanks to Zoe for kicking off a challenge on her blog here.

Its basically a push to create garments and try as best as you can to go hand made in May.   I'm riding on a high after my red dress, so getting all those patterns and fabrics out of my stash that have languished after the initial burst of enthusiasm.

This one isn't exciting at all.  Just a pencil skirt with a nice if corporate-dull fabric, but if successful is destined to become a work staple.  And for my personal indulgence a hot pink lining !   I can see it happening with boots / heels / flats.   I'm doing knee length as my mini skirt wearing days are over.   But I did have a successful version of the above knee version of this skirt many years ago.  The pattern is dated 1996 so it must have been then, I would have been 31, how long ago that seems. 

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Simplicity 6171 shift dress circa 1965

Thank you so much to the generosity of Kaye who has been giving away patterns on the Sew Retro blog.

I picked up this great simple shift dress from her giveaway

 I decided to go with the sleeveless dress on the right.

The pattern offered fitting challenges.  It appeared originally that I was the right fit for this patten but I ended up bringing the sides in by another 3cms, extending the darts in the back to higher up on my shoulders and increasing and lowering them to to account for my swayback.  apart from that it was a good fit!
The fabric I used was one recently added to my stash from Spotlight.  A 1.5 metres of a 1.5 metre wide stretch polished cottonny looking thing.  Not sure of the composition.  Whole lot cost me about $12.

This is my side seam altered after many backwards and forwards to my mirror -  in 1.5 centimetre increments.  And the back dart increase by about double at this stage.  Further changes were made to this dart.

And the final look

Thanks so much Kaye for the pattern.

I hope to attack the others I got  from you next!


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New Look 6933 - Girls cape

My daughter has been invited to a ghost party at Quarantine Station.   What to wear?


After a bit of brainstorming we decided that any great costume may end up being covered up as its late at night and they have to wear something warm.  So how about a huge cape?  Black ?  With red lining ??


I posted this to pattern review:  

Pattern Description: Girls dress and cape. I made the cape.

Pattern Sizing: Multi size from 3 to 8. My daughter is 10 1/2 though, so I upsized and altered a little.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Its such a great cape - I couldnt have bought anything like it anywhere.

Fabric Used:Panne velvet. Lining is polyester.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I lengthened it as we were going for a floor length cape. I simply used 1/4 inch seams rather than the 1.5cm seams on the pattern. This upsized it big enough for my daughter. I stinged on the fabric and only bought 2.5 metres of velvet. I knew I was making it far longer than the pattern and even though I made a toile and measured it I got it a bit wrong. The inside facing is supposed to be the same fabric as the cape, but I just used black cotton from my stash.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I'm sure I'll get a request to make it again from my happy customer (daughter)

Conclusion: Even though this pattern is out of print, I did find it still available on the internet. Its a great pattern for a fancy dress party.

We're loving twirling in it !

Isn't it a great cape?

Now I just have to hem it and finish off the armhole slits.   And make something nice for underneath!


PS This is the pattern: