Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Gene Jeanies

In the pile of fabric I got from my mom last year, there was this AMAZING 70s striped denim.

I just knew that it had to become these jeans from 1968.  I made View 2.  

I saw my mom a few weeks ago and was wearing the jeans. 

She gasped and said, "I made those exact pants once."  
I laughed and told her that I used the fabric she gave me. 

"Great minds think alike" she said.
"Good taste is in our genes?" I replied.




Friday, June 19, 2015

Matchy Matchy Part II

This is the second of the matched sets we made.  


His is a Kwik Sew 575 shirt and Simplicity 7146 trunks.


The fabric is Robert Kaufman Retro Cameras.


Despite starting with the same yardage, there was a lot less fabric left over for my suit.


I used Sew Lovely B70 for the top.  
It is a bra pattern so the pieces are much smaller than the Simplicity 1426 beach tops.


I like that it provides more coverage and support than a standard triangle bikini top but it's great for using up tiny scraps of fabric. It stays put perfectly when you move around.


Rather than standard sewn-in over-the-shoulder straps I made button-on criss-cross straps.  The buttons, zipper, linings, and seam binding all came from the stash.


The back band is shirred with elastic in the center.  
It is stitched down on one side and clips in with pants hooks on the other.


The Advance 3169 bikini bottoms are fully lined and I did that semi-complicated thing where you sandwich the zipper between the layers.  I'm so proud.


By the time you read this we'll be off the beach and back in Fogville, shivering in the perpetual fall.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Matchy Matchy Part I

As I think I've mentioned before, my husband also sews.  Each year before Tiki Oasis he makes a few cabana sets. For last year's Tiki O he made sets with Robert Kaufman's This And That.  He used Rotary Phones in black and white and Retro Cameras in black, red and gray.  (I'll show you the camera set in the next post.)


His favorite shirt pattern is Kwik Sew 575.  It goes together fast and the collar is fairly uncomplicated.  He prefers the trunks from Simplicity 7146.  They have a drawstring instead of a belt and the legs are a bit roomier than the Kwik Sew.


With the leftover scraps, I made myself a matching bikini.  I used Advance 3169 for the bikini bottom. The top is the reissue of Simplicity 1426 view C, with the criss-cross straps from view B. Zippers, buttons, lining, and contrast fabric are all from the stash.


The top was really easy to put together but I found it to be very slouchy and unsupportive after the first wear.  Unpicking the bottom band and adding heavy weight interfacing inside the band and inserting stiff swim bra cups helped considerably.  It's much more perky now.  With these corrections I could almost wear it without the straps despite my C+ cup size.


We took these photos while on holiday in South Carolina. Look at all that sunshine!


I can barely keep my eyes open!


What a wonderful thing to be WARM in the summertime!  It's pure bliss.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Well hey!

So last summer I made a bunch of stuff and then never posted it.  
The fact that the light in my house is awful and I'm too shy to take photos outside where people can see me pretty much put a stop to my blogging.

Making without showing is starting to feel kind of pointless so here goes...

Last summer I made a pair of trousers using this pattern and some vintage Pucci print denim.

I attempted the version with the petal cuffs but failed miserably.  


I shortened the legs properly this time (instead of just hacking them off at the right length) but I didn't take into account the width of my calves.  When they were finished I couldn't get my legs in.  Sigh.  
So I hacked them off just below the knee.

Trousers of this type always seem to have too much room in the thigh and a little bit of sag in the butt.  I think my failed alterations made these a bit worse than usual.


I'm trying different things to to make myself happier about blog photos.
I got photography lights for christmas last year and have recently invested in a remote and tripod attachment for my phone and iPad.

The extra lights don't make any difference.  It's still weirdly light but shadowy in here. 
The remote and the iPad are a easy-to-use combo but I haven't figured out how to hide the remote. 

I was hoping the snaps would be better.  The iPad photos are just as blurry as the ones taken with my with my camera.  I'm beginning to think that I am simply a blurry person. 

It definitely has something to do with light and distance.  
I'm a lot less blurry if I'm close to the iPad and the natural light source.


I have a ton more stuff to post.  Hopefully soon.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Vera Sheet and Leftover Notions

Someone donated a Vera Neumann full flat sheet to my favorite thrift store and I was lucky enough to find it!  The design, I think, is intended to be wildflowers and grass and is darling and Spring-like!


I seem to recall that Vera linens became readily available a few years ago through Anthropologie and I've found placemats and tea towels at Bed Bath and Beyond. Its a pretty good bet that this is not a vintage sheet so had no qualms about cutting it up to make a dress.  

The skirt is just a simple dirndl gathered onto a piece of seam binding.

The bodice is from this1970s jumpsuit pattern.

It makes for a very bare back and potential side-boob!

I used leftover seam binding and rick rack from the stash to decorate the bodice.

 Piping isn't too difficult but you really have to pay attention.

The bit around the gathered waistband was challenging and had to be re-done several times.

My one regret is that I didn't sew in bra cups.  The back is so bare that it doesn't even 
work with my backless longline bra.  The ladies are a little flatter than I would like, 
but the neck strap and tight midriff provide pretty decent support.

Rather than trimming the selvedge edges to make the flowers meet in the back, 
I chose to leave the white space in so that I would have more volume in the skirt.  
I like a really full skirt.  
This is me trying and failing to "swish" the skirt.  It is fairly full, though.

The design has more flowers on one side than the other, but I don't mind.

Despite being a bit OCD, I can handle a little wabi-sabi from time to time.
In this case I think it makes the dress much more interesting.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Dotty Voile Blouse

In the stash my mom gave me there are several chunks of fabric left over from other projects; lovely stuff but oddly shaped and only suitable for patterns with small pieces. 

This cotton voile was one such chunk.

I was able to eke out a blouse by shortening it considerably, but I think I like it better that way.

The blouse is Butterick 7682.  ( Trousers are Simplicity 4401.)

I lined it with poly organza so that it's still filmy but not see-through.

This is such a comfy outfit.

I'm trying to look cool and aloof but really I just want to scream, "LOOK AT THE BACK!"

I couldn't wait to tell you all about it.

But blogging is way harder than sewing.

When you do your blog photos in the morning before work, 
most of your  shots will come out like this.