Finished Stripes

At long last, pictures of simplicity 1692 . I’ve worn it several times already, and I’m rather proud of it, especially since this was my first time sewing a blouse 🙂

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back (2)That being said…why, yes, that is a seam you see running down the back. Hehe. Besides being my first blouse this was also the first time with stripes, and it completely slipped my mind that I ought to plan my cutting. As it was, I ran out of fabric and had to piece the back section. Oh well. 🙂 I don’t mind too much, and I doubt I’ll let it happen again.

Oddly though, my favorite parts were the fasteners. The zipper went in with surprising ease, and the buttons! I love the loops for them. I was a little wary at first, having never done buttons that way, but they actually turned out right! Yay!

buttons (2)Despite the little hiccups here and there, I’m very happy with the finished product. And it is nice and cool in all this summer heat.

Now I’m off to cogitate on several little sewing ideas I have brewing – most related to the much anticipated return of fall 🙂 I can’t wait for sweaters and scarves!


Retro Summer Blog Party | Dress to Skirt

Paige of Sunday Best and All the Rest is having a fantastic retro themed Blog Party, so I thought now would be the perfect time to share a recent sewing alteration. Hopefully this is something of a forties look.

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shoes-kohl’s; skirt-eShakti; top-Walmart; bag-gift

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So, the skirt was the dress on the right, however, it didn’t fit very well. But with a few snips and stitches I now have a beautiful skirt that I’m getting much better use of. 🙂

Much thanks to Paige for hosting this fun party!

Striped Revision

This is just a small little alteration project I did, while trying to make up my mind on a summer project to try. (I still haven’t found one yet; I may just start several and see where they go) 😉

skirt redo

This used to be one of my favorite skirts, but when it came to the washing machine/dryer it was the incredible shrinking skirt. I figured stripes would be the best solution for giving it a bit more wear time. I think I like the look better with the stripes anyway… I will say though, stitching all those seams was rather boring. Sigh. I need the practice though; they are a little scraggly looking.


P.S. Sorry for the bad lighting; lots of rain 😦

Vintage Pattern Love

In an attempt to distract myself from a cold, I took to Etsy for some pattern perusing. I thought I would share some of my favorites. (Click on the picture to be taken to each respective shop.)

Clearance Sale 60% OFF McCall 5259 Misses 1940s Dress Pattern Swing Era Shirt Dress Bust size 30

I thought this was such a unique looking dress (I’ve always been a fan of tied collars). Perfect for summer too 🙂

I love the gray dress on the right; styling, color… everything.

1940s McCalls Pattern 5771 Tailored Blouses with Two Design Options Size 16 Bust 34 pantrydoor@etsy

This kind of goes back to my collar preference, doesn’t it? My suit pattern came with blouse instructions, but it was for short sleeves, so I’ve been keeping an eye out for long sleeve patterns. I really like the style of this one.

Butterick Victorian/Turn of the Century Blouse Pattern Sizes 6-12 Sailor Collar

And my oddball one…I just recently got into Edwardian style clothing and I’d love to try my hand at it. (I like the top left and bottom right the best.)

1940s Skirt Pattern McCall 5877  Lovely Details Shirred Gathers Classic Forties Design Waist 28 Vintage Sewing Pattern FACTORY FOLDED

Finally, a pattern with nice vibrant colors that got me all excited about summer! 😀

Forties Suit: Done!

forties suit me (2)Finally finished 🙂 A tad wrinkly, but finished. The jacket was far more complex than I thought it would be, partially through my fault. I’m not sure why, but when searching for patterns, pockets were my biggest concern. What I should’ve been worried about was the collar. My pattern didn’t have a collar, but I cockily presumed it would be a piece of cake to add one. Wrong. It took the better part of a day to draft and try to insert one. (Even still, it came out rather lopsided)

40s Stone Grey Wool Suit XS Small / 1940s Fall by CrushVintage But overall, I think it turned out pretty close to my inspiration suit. It’s a shame I didn’t finish it sooner; with spring right around the corner the suit is just a bit stifling (I’m astonished at how warm tweed is). I’m glad though to have it finally finished. What bogged me down more than anything else was the details; I can sew an entire dress and then balk at hemming it. But I did finish, and now I can start on some badly needed clothing alterations.