Sunday, November 22, 2015

Dress #4 -- Butterick 6217 (2015)

I MADE SOMETHING!!! It's been 10 months so I don't think it's the best, but I still have my sewing mojo.

There are a few crooked lines and I actually temporarily forgot what some of the stitches were on my machine, but it kept me busy of the last few days and I'm really excited I'm sewing again.

Unfortunately, I could not find my soft apparel interfacing so I used a stiffer type I use for handbags. That is one thing I don't like as it makes the top stick out a bit at the neckline. It doesn't EXPOSE anything (lol), but I'd prefer it to sit flatter. Oh well. I'm also excited to show off my slimmer figure. I made this top out of a size 12 instead of a 14:

There were a few things "wrong" with the pattern. First, the facing didn't match the bodice. Mine was too short. I took out the shoulder seams and that helped. Also, the petal sleeves didn't fit in the armholes. If you match the big O's and baste like the pattern says, they will be way too large. Just keep them unbasted and wrap them into the sleeve hole. Then stitch. They'll fit then! I also do not like pre-clipping corners. It always looks like shit. I prefer to clip them once everything is in place. Having forgot this, I pre-clipped and they didn't match up with the stitch line.

Despite it's issues, it's a cute top and the tie is almost like a built-in bra, lol. I don't know if I would ever actually wear this shirt anywhere, but it was perfect to get my sewing creativity and skills back.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Dress of the Century 1980-1989

Continuing my series! My sewing machines and possessions arrived this week. Sewing will resume tomorrow! Until then...











That long knit skirt from 1987 -- I wore those so hard from 1986-1988! With Converse sneakers and DIY t-shirts of bands I liked!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

New Sewing Things

My stuff should be here in about 2 weeks or so and I really can not wait to sew something. After a really terrible year which included the loss of interest of things I once loved, I am ready to start over again. I'm already running and reading -- sewing is next! Here are a few new patterns I bought:

Butterick 6217

Butterick 6266

Vintage Vogue 9127

I also hit up a thrift store and picked up a few cheapies before I left Philly:

1987. Who doesn't need a Miami Vice jacket in their wardrobe?

1990. Couch cushion collection.

2008. Always love a skirt pattern!

I've also helped myself to a few sewing books. Three books with patterns and instructions on how to make various iconic movie dresses. I haven't been able to use them yet, so I can't speak about that. But the dress selections are nice.

These two "Famous Frocks" books are of modernized versions of famous dresses spanning 1930s to 1990s. Most of them have been way shortened and they are mostly "based on" instead of close replicas. Some dresses in these books are closer replicas than others. For example, the Bette Davis gown representing the 1930s has been heavily modified:

Audrey's gown representing the 1950s is closer to the real thing:

The Little Black Dress version seems to be closer to the originals. I don't mind the modified, modernized versions in the original Famous Frocks book, though. I think the Bette Davis example is very cute. I might end up making some of the dresses longer, though. They're all above the knee.

Today I got Sew Iconic in the mail, which has patterns and instructions for 10 iconic movie costumes. This one seems to be a bit closer to the originals and they actually look like COSTUMES, not a "wearable" version (again, I love both!):

The 10 dresses. Can you name the films?

Once my sewing machines get here I'm going to keep myself busy while I'm still not working yet! This blog will get more exciting very soon!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Shrine Of Remembrance

This post is not about sewing, but I've moved to Colorado and my things should be arriving from Pennsylvania within 2-3 weeks. While I am currently unemployed (but looking) I'm making the most of my days by "sightseeing." My first stop was the Shrine of Remembrance mausoleum in Colorado Springs. This was a special visit because it is the final resting place of Ruth Etting, who is one of my favorite singers.

This is it! She's all the way on the very top so I couldn't get close to her. Some vaults had decorations on them pertaining to what the person did in life: fireman, a telephone operator, a guitar player, etc. Ruth's vault is so underwhelming and there's no indication she was anyone special. As a matter of fact, when the man at the front desk asked me if I wanted to see someone particular I said "Ruth Etting." He said "Is she your relative?" I said "She's a singer from the 20s and 30s." He said "Do you mean Ethel Merman?" (who has a cenotaph at the same place.) I told him Ruth was another singer, but would love to see Ethel's cenotaph, too.

He said people come in to see Ethel's cenotaph quite frequently, but he had no idea who Ruth Etting was. Which is actually kind of sad that Ruth gets no love.

The rest of the place...OH MAN! I've never been to a mausoleum like this. There were the huge outdoor vaults (where Ruth is), but is was also a church-like building with vaults inside just this normal looking building. There were different rooms with vaults in the walls set up like living rooms or dining rooms. I wanted to move in, lol:

Wall of cremains

The entire place was beautiful! I would definitely love to visit again WITH someone else who can appreciate grave sites!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Patterns for .25 each!

In an effort to keep my blog somewhat active until I get settled in Denver, here are some .25 patterns I recently bought in a thrift store!  The sewing bug is getting strong!
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

2015 has not been my year!

2015 has just been horrid. In January I separated from my husband of 10 years. In February my 16 year old dog died. IN March I moved in with my current roommate. In May I met a man named Chris that I dated for three months. And now in August, I am preparing to move to Colorado on October 1. Sewing has been put on the back burner, unfortunately.

But, I did just buy myself 6 patterns in the McCall' sale:

In Colorado I plan to live by myself and i also plan to sew up a storm. Of course, this probably will not happen until 2016 -- but I am ok to wait until then. I can't wait to move away from depressing Philadelphia.