RTW #2

I just had to try the Anthropologie dress again in a blue/black stripe from my stash.

This time:
1: I’ve overlocked the edged and added some differential feed for the waviness where the sections meet. That way you can see the changes in stripes.
2: The neck edge and hems are zigzagged.

The fit is the same and from DH’s look, it does fit well – and he was engrossed in watching sport at the time.

RTW in 1 day

You know how you enjoy admiring what’s available in store but know that you can make it – you just need to figure out all the pieces of the puzzle to make it? That’s what I felt with this Anthropologie pieced column dress. It’s the version on the right. My take on this RTW dress is on the left. I’ve entered this into PR’s RTW contest.

What I needed was to see how someone with more technical nouse handled a similar situation and I saw Dilliander’s pieced top and then the penny dropped. You could hear the penny clang a mile away.

Yesterday, as it happened, Dilliander and I were both at Rhodes ASG day and I had practised figuring out her pieced top to the point where I have it cut out, ready to sew. I even have the FOE to bind the neckline.
So after she checked how I’d tackled her pieced top, I showed her this dress and I set about getting the design lines in the right place using KwikSew 2683 as the basic pattern. 

For the sewing techos, this picture above show how I identified the 5 sections on the dress and then Dillander realised the stripes are at the same angle as the base of each section.

Then I traced off the pattern pieces from the template onto tissue ie, wrapping paper from a Christmas present. I did iron the paper before I drew on it.

Each section was sewn with seams great and then topstitched using grey thread. I’ve used a two thread Coverpro finish for the neck edge, sleeve hems and dress hem – and that’s it.

So last night I wore this dress to dinner with some close and very honest friends and I got some great comments so I’m a happy sewer today. So honest, one of my friends alerted me to a bit of lipstick on my teeth – an easy fix in the powder room.

BTW, the shoes are Cyprus circa 1997.

Winter Pjs – Simplicity 2503

I do like a good pair of pjs for winter so here’s my made me pj bottoms. The pants flannel fabric was from Spotlight and the top is from a monkey refugee hospital in Vietnam. I need to find a soft knit fabric for a long sleeve top – maybe with shoulder and wrist rushing. Would that be too much detailing?

The fabrics was soft when I bought it and now it’s even softer after prewashing. It still has it’s body.

I’ve used Simplicity 2503 and DH has a blue and white plaid print that I’ll write up about separately because I added a fly front. The main feature on these pjs are the side pocket on the left and the elastic and ribbon waistband. The ribbon is sewn on the ends of the elastic so you only see the ribbon tie at the front of the pjs.

This is my entry to Karen’s pyjama party. My very first Peter Alexander pjs with clouds are in storage somewhere so I need to find them because it’s getting colder at now.


1960s debut.

That’s how I feel in this 1960’s Butterick 3833 dress using Cue remnant fabric from Pitt Trading.

I love that all the pieces have come together with some very determined hand stitching: hem, bodice, buttons and hooks.

These gloves  (Carol’s suggestion) are long but I’ve kept them short for these pictures. I’m not sure what the style police would say but I’m sure I would get a warning for my sense of style. Bring on the garden party.

The self-cover buttons I had in my stash were too small for me to deal with at 11pm last night but I found three small round buttons with an edge to them until I can find some nice white pearl shank buttons. I’ll also look for blue ones too – thanks Sheila.

And this is probably how I’d look at the end of a long debute party or garden party.
It’s Anzac Day (Lest we forget) and the weather is now starting to cool down so I think that’s it for warm weather clothing.

Vintage in development

This Butterick 3833 dress style was one I bought while managing the PR Vintage contest. The participants were very vintage inspired and knew their stuff so I did buy a couple of patterns.

The dress below is made of a Cue remnant fabric from Pitt Trading. The bodice is interfaced because the fabric needed more body to fit firmly.

What you see here is the first fitting. Now I want to wear this dress so I’ve:
– added lining to the skirt to give it a smoother flow
– taken 2cm off the centre back seams for a better fit
– replaced the zipper with a darker blue and the white bias strips now match up. 
I’m at the handstitching stage so that’s going to take some patience but the hand stitching that Anne and Sharon have done recently has convinced me that it will be worth the effort.

The white bias strips are a white shirt remnant. The bias strip edges will not be finished because they won’t fray. There are some white buttons to be purchased but I might use self covered white or blue buttons. What do you think?

I do have some more Cue remnant pieces but I’ll use those later. Much later.

Print top – KS 2694

The night before our Easter lunch I read the weather was going to be good (25celsius) so eventhough we’re about to go into the colder months, I wanted to wear my RTW white jeans just one more time.

I had traced out this top pattern for Mum in a large but I decided to do a small in view B for myself, while I had the pattern out. The print does repeat but I bought so much of it I decided to cut and sew this quickly to check the fit. 
The centre back is normally cut on the fold but because of my sway back, I cut it down the centre back and took 2.5 cm out of the centre back at the waist. This pattern had previously had the roll shoulder adjustment so using the overlocker and Cover Pro I was able to get this pattern to work out. I’ve used Seams great on the shoulder seams.

The print is actually red and dark blue. At night I couldn’t see the blue because it looked black. I think this fabric was a Spotlight special. Today it’s raining buckets so my timing for this top was perfect. 

Vintage ‘apple’ – Simplicity 6870

This 1966 dress is made from a slippery apple green fabric from the remnant bin at Pitt Trading. Pitt Trading had a $20 garbage remnant fabric bin bag sale earlier this year and this fabric was one of the pieces from this sale so I thought this would be useful evening fabric to test out.

I don’t use silky fabric often but because we have a few family functions this year I thought it would be handy to have a couple of options so that I don’t groan: “I have nothing to wear“.

This pattern is a size 18 so with my wacky maths brain I checked the tissue pattern against me and decided to make it as is. My back up idea was that I could take out any fullness from the side seams if it was way too big.
The sleeve length is bracelet length and the front gathers were not that difficult to achieve but I did as instructed because I wanted to see how full the gathers were. And they’re not that full.
The pattern does state that the back darts are optional so I did a sway back adjustment and added in the back darts. I also decided to make the tie in case it would be useful for future styling. I’m guessing so if it doesn’t work it’s no great loss of time or effort.

I’d be interested to try the top/skirt combination next try.

Today Mum tried on her new gear before everyone arrived for lunch. The skirts are now shorter and only one of the tops has had a neckline change. So she’s happy with her new Easter clothes. Well today is Greek Easter so I’m technically on time. Yes we had lamb on the spit with all the Easter trimmings – red eggs, pastichio, cheese triangles, eggplant dip, bbq chicken and lamb skewers and a buffet of desserts. And we had an Easter egg hunt in the backyard – for chocolate Easter eggs.