This is the last of the summer sewing I was chatting about. I've made several of these years ago. They were versions A and B. The pattern was cut to a size 18 at the time. I traced it over adding inches in the bust, waist, hips and the uppper arm width. Hmmm...diet time!
View B with the white one upper left; A is the lower middle one. I am doing A in the off-white, tannish, cotton. No pocket though.
It’s October 6, 2013 and I am still sewing the last of a summer shirt. I found some nice cotton in my stash. Could be cotton lawn, its nice light-weight, sheer-ish fabric. Even though summer is over I am going to wear it anyway. I will need to wear a cami under it! Since the last time I posted, I’ve only sewn about 6 skirts +/-; two-2-piece dresses and 4 tops/shirts. I did manage to make a few pieces of jewelry, but other than that I’ve been lazy. I get in a rut and seem to not be able to dig myself out of it. I am on a mission… 1. Do digital detox; I spend too much time on sewing sites and review sites and should be sewing; 2. I did go on a fabric/pattern diet and I am happy with that; 3. I will stop joining challenges that I can’t meet. Not enough hours in the day for me to participate. I feel like a failure when I can’t complete them. But they are fun; maybe I will just challenge myself; 4. I have dozens of sewing books, I plan to read one a month from cover to cover; 5. I also have a problem of choosing, sometimes, the wrong fabric for the pattern. I want to increase my fabric knowledge. I have a few books on fabric; 6. Lastly, maybe organize my fabric stash….lol. Like that will happen! Happy Sewing!!!
Well as I said before to myself, "nothing is free". My aunt didn't think before she agreed to this. I went with her because my uncle had died last year. Anyway, I spent two days pushing her around in a very heavy wheel chair. Not that she needed it, she likes to be pampered. I told her you're lucky, another day of pushing you around, I would have pushed you over board.
I didn't get to wear my two pc outfit... :-(. I will get to wear it tomorrow, it will be our 9 year wedding anniversay. So I can where it to church and to an early dinner.
I have another few days off. I plan on doing a little sewing and some beading. I have a bracelet in mind that I've been thinking about. I'm also thinking about selling some jewerly this year for a few craft shows or flee markets. I also thought about doing something online on etsy. I'll see.
Glad to be back home in Philly!!!! Don't know why I miss this city so...
Here is another view of B5496, I am still having issues with the neck opening. This time I made it just big enough to fit over my melon head…lol. So I had to make another save. I just made a V opening and moved on. I also sewed up the under arm seams. On the pattern they are opened. The fabric is a Cotton Lawn that I got from fabric.com…this has been in the stash since 10/2010. I love this fabric, it’s nice and airy. I will have to wear a cami or tank under it. I also want to make a sash or some sort of belt. I don’t like the elastic showing like that. I will see how I feel. I don't think that I will wear it with that skirt; I didn't take it off the when took the pic. Sew on my friends!
This is what I’ve been up to since June 1st. I cut out KS 2694 and I drafted an A-line skirt. The fabric is a few years old from my stash. It was about 1.50 maybe less per yard.
For the top I cut it out and added inches for my bust, waist and hips and did a sway-back alteration. I did the pivot and slide method for these “alterations”. The tops fits pretty good, some may find it a bit low but I was comfortable with it for the “try-on”. I will hide a safety pin in it just in case. The skirt was self drafted. How hard could an A-line skirt be? The problem was I didn’t have enough fabric to place the two pieces on the fold and cut. So…I just laid out the whole pattern and just cut two that way. I really did not want to waste the fabric, so it was a just get it done and move on…but the out come was great! This outfit is for my “free” cruise that I am going on next week with my Aunt. Thanks and Happy Sewing!!!
Here is what I worked on Monday. It’s B5496, view C was made with modifications. I closed up the under arm seam. For this top I cut the large based on my high bust measurements and went to an XL based on the width at the lower edge. I didn’t think I needed all that extra fluff for my size. Well needless to say this top was way to low and almost fell off my shoulders. The only way that I could save this was to insert ¼” elastic at the neck line. I also made a thin bow to give the illusion that it was a draw string type of a look. For this I also used fabric from my stash that’s been around for at 15+ years. It could be rayon or something; I’m going to say it is rayon. I was drawn to the bright color and I love the designs in it. I should have mentioned that I am doing my own stash busting, smashing, using, and not hoarding fabric, eradicating, sewing up marathon. I am looking to have 70-80% of my wardrobe made me. I’ve done it before in the ‘80’s but will start again…NOW!!!
I also got to use my bias tape maker. I have them in several sizes and have had them for a while but never got around to using them. I also found my rotary cutting guide. This took the guess work out of measuring. That’s also been in the draw for years, still with the plastic on it. Now all I have to do is find my rotary cutter...lol. I felt like the bias binding queen. It was fast, easy and I love that I got to match my fabric. For this top I accomplished a few things. 1. used 1.75 yards of fabric in my stash; 2. used some notions that I’ve never used before 3. salvaged a top that would have gone in the trash if I didn’t stop take a breather… 4. I also did french seams at the shoulder and side seams…. I am happy! This is for my cruise that I am going on in June…I will wear it with a knit skirt that I made also….