Month: April 2016

Granny Chic

I swore my next me-made was going to be some Jamie Jeans but I got distracted. I decided I would spend an afternoon cutting fabric. Usually that’s the most sucky, dreaded piece of sewing for me. I cut out all my pieces for my Jamie Jeans then I still had some cutting mojo so I grabbed one of my vintage reprint patterns, Simplicity 1692 to be exact, and cut a little more.

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There’s very few pieces to this pattern. I had some left over floral chiffon (still stash bustin’) and figured I had just enough for this shirt. I picked to sew up version C. It’s has the tighter neckline with little sleeves. I fit a size 8 but since I have some hips I checked the width at the bottom of the shirt. I need the size 14 to actually fit there. Wholly crap!  I decided to cut a size 8 from the armpits up and graded the sides out to a 14 heading towards the bottom. I also didn’t add the tucks at the bottom of the shirt for even extra room.

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I didn’t start sewing it up until a few days later and I wondered how the top of the shirt opened up because there’s no way my head is fitting through that small hole. I realized there were buttons on the shoulders that come undone to pull the shirt on and off. I didn’t like that idea. I looked at the other pieces from the other views. The alternative was to split the back at the top a smidge and have a loop and button closure. Much better! 1 button is better than 6.

DressHere’s a closer look at that button a loop. Pretty proud of that little guy. Even had a button from the button jar that matched.
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Cranked most of this floral lady out quite quickly. I tried it on before finishing the hem, sleeve edges and neckline. Uhh…this shirt is designed to be way short. I did not realize that. If it just hits the top of my waistband, that’s unacceptable. I thought about it over night and decided I would fold a piece of fabric in half and attach it to the bottom for insta-length. I also considered lace but then I would have to run to the store.

In the end, I think it worked out quite well. Immediately after putting on the finished product I thought “grandma”. It’s not something I would normally wear but I rather like it.

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Oh also, totally can wear it backwards! Ha!  Next time sewing thoughts are to add additional length to the bottom. I’m thinking 2 – 2 1/2″. The neckline is a little tight. Not where I’m choking but taking it down another 1/2″ would be much more comfortable. I may rock a grandma shirt but don’t expect blue hair anytime soon!

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Purple Persuassion

I think I’m stuck in a pattern rut. I can’t seem to pick a new pattern to make. I’ve made Thurlows again! I feel the need to apologize or shout that “Yes, I know I suck”. But damn it, when you find something you like and you’re not half bad at making it, well you know.

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The only exciting thing about these Thurlows is that they’re shorts. *gasp* I know right!?! Same boring Thurlows for a 3rd time now. They’re even made from the same fabric as my first pair. I had just enough to squeeze these out. Hopefully these last longer. I’m still pissed about the whole pocket debacle.

I don’t really have too much more to say that I haven’t said before. I took 1″ from the front and back. Lopped it right off the top and slid the pocket markings down. I used my usual crotch curve markings (Still weird to share that. You don’t normally talk crotch with people.)

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I used some leftover cotton you might recognize from my first Colette Sorbetto. I wished I would have used a heavier interfacing in the waistband. This fabric doesn’t have a lot of structure so the waist band kinda collapses when worn. My shirt lays over it so you don’t notice it but I know it’s there!

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Hmm…lots of cat hair in that pic. Something I didn’t mention on my denim Thurlows is that I work the belt loops into the waistband. I don’t like adding them last and they just look like crap. This was my easy fix.

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Again no back back pockets. I thought of making some sort of pocket flap for faux pockets but I really wanted to wear them so I said screw it.

I would love to say that the next post isn’t going to be more pants (shorts in this case) but I plan on cutting fabric for Jamie Jeans from Named today. I might get mad at them when I’m sewing so maybe I’ll throw a shirt in there. I’ve been trying really hard to work from fabrics I’ve had in my stash. Hence, leftover purple and frames fabric. I’m sure there’s a few shirt’s worth of fabric lurking in there somewhere.