It feels like it has been forever since I’ve posted. Vogue 8997 deserves some space on my blog though. Then again, since I started working I am not sewing nearly as much as before. Lately I have been thinking that is a good thing because I was cranking out “stuff” when what I really need and want is quality garments that are timeless. I have a plan to address that going forth.
Meanwhile, I finally completed Vogue 8997. The fabric was a thrift store find. Something like six yards of fabric for a steal (that means less than $5.00). It sat for a while until I was extended an invitation to a surprise retirement event last summer. Get this, I was in Jo-Ann Fabrics purchasing lining fabric when I got a call. The young lady giving the event for her dad (the husband of the woman that studied the Bible with me when I was young) had expired!!! I was stunned. Needless to say, that project lie unfinished for some time . . . months.
The dress is fully lined. I opted for a solid purple cotton. The dress is kinda heavy, LOL. I absolutely love the pockets. In keeping with upping my sewing skills I did a toile of the bodice. For one thing I noticed the midriff of this frock fits the model sweetly! I had to achieve the same thing. Second, I needed to make sure the girls were well covered. Now see, this is how I know I need to do way better with my sewing. The toile showed the bust area to lie in a decent spot. Lo and behold when I put on the dress to wear it the other day . . . NOT!
Now get this, I had made up a modesty panel. But forgot I had it and wound up wearing one of those things that wraps around your brassiere strap to cover up my cleavage area.
It seemed too that I was constantly pulling at the shoulder straps. The straps are designed to fit closer to the shoulder than the neck. Not sure if I did it wrong or am simply not used to such distance between shoulder straps. I love that style.
Check out the midriff. Doesn’t it seem a bit “bunchy”? I don’t recall it staying that way for what it’s worth. I do think the next time I don this frock I might wear a waist cincher. Oh, and better supporting bras are definitely in order. That’s another blog post another time.
Overall, the dress was comfy, I like it and will undoubtedly wear again in the spring. It did get comps which is kind of cool. Still, it is always good to blog about a project for pros like you to see and get constructive feedback. One can’t grow with only accolades, right?
As I haven’t blogged in a while, I just had to share Modern Mantua Maker’s frock. Lovely puts itmoildly. I am truly inspired to step up my game as it pertains to the INSIDE of my garments. She rocked this dress and check out her shoes people!
This is probably my favourite of all the dresses I made this summer, I just love how it turned out.
This was the happy result of a vintage dress inspiration and the right fabric coming along at the right time.
Here is the original dress that happened along my Pinterest feed and set the ball rolling:
It was love at first sight and I decided I *needed* a border print dress. I took to Etsy (I really prefer their platform to eBay’s, I find it much more user-friendly) and scoured the listings for a border print I liked.
And I found this:
I know it’s not exactly the same but it was more than close enough for me! I snapped it up immediately and eagerly awaited its arrival.
I looked through my vintage pattern stash for the same style of bodice as the original dress and decided on this one:
Tell you the truth I was a little concerned about wearing this lime green in all its voluminous cottonness. This little ditty debuted at our Regional Convention a couple of weeks ago where she showed up and showed out! 😃
It has been concluded that three quarter circle skirts are becoming on these hips moreso than the full circle ones. Plus they take less fabric to sew. That is always a plus in my book! Oh how I long for the 1 yard skirt days again; coming soon, LOL.
Oh, I have got to give kudos to the elastic cinch belt. It looks like a rainbow of these babies will be making their way into my wardrobe. I like how they stay in place and impart a feeling of support (ya think it’s time for a corset perhaps-I keep putting the wearing of them off?).
Now on to re-purpose/re-finish the pink gingham shirtwaist that has been hanging in my She Shack (sewing room) for upwards of six months.
My sister asked me to show her how to make a circle skirt. I am excited as well as honored to have been asked!
Not wanting to wait I began discussing basic sewing principles a couple of weeks ago with her. In our humid climate I suggested cotton or cotton blend fabrics. I can’t wait to see what she chooses. Not too long ago I found a pair of pinking shears for asteal. A nice tool to start out her sewing kit. Plus, pinking is a nifty vintage seam finish technique, yes!
She’s such a nifty girl and even thought my Tabitha (1925 hand crank sewing machine) was cool. I have read these are great to learn on because the student is better able to control speed.
First of all I get to spend an afternoon with a beautifully positive, spiritual-minded young lady with whom I have the pleasure of serving the most high God Jehovah, in the full time service as Pioneers. Sewing, as a skill, is something we may use on into the new system; how useful!
Sissy and I share a love of vintage styling. She’s made an excellent choice for a first project? Not to mention she will be absolutely darling in her circle skirts. I suggested we “beast it” and knock out two or more for this her first project.
Baby girl decided to start out with one skirt though. Bless her heart she purchased fabric from expensive Hobby Lobby (we’re plain folk down this way living on modes sums) and they took all her money. Phooey on them! Big Sister has got to tell her about the apps where she may get sewing related discounts.
Sending a special shout out of thanks to Sunset Happy Glow, our sister who lovingly took all the photographs of our afternoon sewing soiree. And where would I have been without Gulf Coast’s Daughter who provided a special treat for me – bean pie! Not one, but two mind you. One was to be mine to take home but guess what!!! Sweet Pea here and Sunset Happy Glow did not tell me that one of the pies was mine to keep – they ate it!
Seriously, I hope to see her this weekend in her very first circle skirt creation. Perhaps she will grace us with a stylish photo.
This day goes down as one of the best. Now, on to my own circle skirt to wear this weekend along with a Bree top (which is simply a good old-fashioned peasant blouse, LOL).
My ties were done sew wrong. Again, I simply misread/didn’t see the instructions. After I found them they were quite easy to understand.
An aside: The big four pattern companies have ruined what could have been a great sewist I tell ya.
With their pattern instructions all in order and even numbered. Oh, and we won’t even talk about the lightweight tissue paper pieces all marked and notched telling sewist wanna-bes exactly where pieces are supposed to meet. The nerve of them.
In printing my pdf I used photocopy paper . . . thick as all get out (which I kinda thought was good, kinda sorta); though a tad cumbersome. When I printed the first set of instructions I didn’t think about it being coloured and I did not want to deplete her ink, then the printer jammed a bit. So, I wound up printing elsewhere. Additionally, I found separate skirt instructions on Loran’s site that I didn’t realize existed and needed to print. Duh!
Some of the instructions I printed were double-sided, others were not. Some were coloured, others were black and white. Now, while that is probably not a big deal, remember, you’re reading Lyric’s blog. The lady born feet first who does many things “bass ackwards” as my mamma used to say. When it comes to the sew-a-long I will reprint the instructions, one-sided, thank you very much.
Moving on from bodice construction to the skirt . . . if you think the bodice was a comedy of errors, wait till you hear what happened while putting together the skirt. Now mind you, I stand by the fact that this project is easey peasey, LOL.
There is 3.5″ of fabric beyond the edge of the bodice! On both sides! Shoot, I am simply going to fold the whole shebang back and keep it moving! I did measure the waist area of the skirt pattern piece. It dawned on me that I did NOT fold the darts in and measure the paper pattern bodice pieces before cutting them out or I would have seen the discrepancy. I did measure the waist area of the skirt section and it was perfect for my waist.
FYI, I was sent the size 36/38 pattern. The cutting lines between the two sizes is negligible, IMHO. So, I’m still scratching my head at the waist/facing discrepancy. The only thing I am coming up with is that the bodice is/was not as long as the skirt’s waist. For I did measure the skirt but did not measure the bodice. Again, I’m cracking up at all my faux pas (er ah, did I spell that correctly?)
For the sew-a-long I’ll trace the bodice onto tissue paper, elongate the ends, and deepen the armscyce.
Try as I might I can’t seem to get away from wanting a red and white polka dot dress like the original. Not so much because I don’t have imagination but by golly ’cause they are two of my favourite color combinations!
Maybe between now and the sew-a-long something else will catch my eye, but for now my name is written all over a correctly done version.
Thank you all for hanging in there with me during this dress construction. Now, what I need from you in an honest critique. It won’t hurt my feelings. I’d rather now than when I get my fashion fabric of choice! Plus, I’m trying to grow as a sewist.
In General: The pattern has only three pieces – a dream to make up quickly. I would venture to say this dress may be made in one afternoon. The biggest thing I would possibly change is making the instructions into one file (which will probably be done for the SAL). The pro tips Loran added were on point. I am grateful for them.
For Me: The bodice will have to be lengthened to match the skirt and wrap around my waist properly. The armscyce will be deepened as I do not want to tie the shoulder ties differently thereby making the girls covered less; i.e., adjusting the ties may lower the armscyce but that effects how much my bust is covered (or not). Also, I am thinking of lengthening the skirt. For this project I only did a 1″ hem, the instructions called for 1.5″ and I believe I would like that better, but I do not want to lose length in the process.
See you all at the sew-a-long! Oh, and don’t forget to write your comments and constructive criticisms below. Thanks again for visiting and hanging in there with me.
Does it make sense to have a pattern with minimal pieces, full instructions (with real photographs nonetheless) and still make blunders? Hey, step into my Lyrically styled world. I am cracking myself up. Well, here we go with the continuation of my 50s style wrap sun dress pattern testing.
Loran highly rcommended stay stitching the edges of the bodice. She even said we would be sad if we did not. Honestly, I did not measure where to put the stay stitching. I eye-balled and did the stitching a skosh away from the pinked edges. Then, I noticed the fabric . . . .
I believe the tension on my machine needs adjusting because the fabric gathered as I stay stitched. The funny thing is when I sew two fabrics together there is no such “gathering”. It only happened when I did one layer of fabric. Oh, and by the way, I am using a cotton fabric, medium weight. Sew, straight to the iron I go hoping smoothing the threads and pressing will help. Oy vey! I decided to keep it moving. On to the bias tape. Oh boy!!
I had a time of it installing this tape. First of all, I went to my stash and you know I had 1.5 packages of two different 1/4″ yellow tapes, right!!! The other day I stopped by Wally World and they had only the .5″ wide tape and Loran advised against using the double wide tape. JoAnn Fabrics is 70 miles away (literally) and I do not have the time to mail order tape, not to mention shipping fees. make-do with what I have then. I am telling myself, “It’s only a muslin and I can wear this dress around our farm” and keep it moving
Second of all — the dang tape is “uneven”. I don’t mean it was manufactured that way, oh noooo, “I” installed it incorrectly apparently. Here is what I did:
Opened the short side
Placed the right side of the tape to the right side of my fabric
Sewed the tape in the opened fold of the short side
Brought the longer side of the tape to the back of the fabric
Stitched bias tape on the right side, catching in the longer side on the inside of the dress
I did not pin the tape in place. Loran mentioned it would be easier to stretch the tape around the curves if it was not pinned in place. What I ran into while stitching the tape:
“Some” areas there was too much fabric to be totally encased into the bias tape fold after bringing it up and over the edge of the fabric. Therefore, in spots (the wrong side) you see the pinked edges of the fabric.Stay stitching is visible along the whole of the bodice. I am thinking that means I should stitch closer to the pinked edge. ???
Considering the bunching of fabric and the visible stay stitching; perhaps I should rip out the stay stitching on the other bodice side. The thing is . . I do not want to re-stitch if my machine needs repair. I do not know how to adjust (fix) the tension mechanism. In the past when I have turned the knob in any direction . . . nothing happened. Stitches did not lengthen or shorten. Okay, for the fun of it tomorrow I will get a piece of scrap fabric from this project and lay with the knob and see if I get a looser stitch. if I see no difference in moving the knob I will go ahead a install the bias tape and then trim close to the stitching making sure the edge is enclosed. IF I do get a looser stitch I will rip and re-sew the edge stitching closer to the pinking.
Thanks to my cyber bud, Maria, this way cool dress is going to be Lyrically styled.
See, what happened was, Maria asked if anyone knew where she could find a pattern to make this dress. True to their nature a heapa buncha sewists chimed in with answers to her dilemma. Ay yi yi, lo and behold there is a pattern for this dress over at Etsy for . . . $78.00 or some such non-sense. Too much for my pocketbook. Lyric went away sad.
But wait, there’s more!
Enter Ms. She-Ro Sewist, Loran of Loran’s World said she could draft a pattern of this dress easily. Guess what??
She did! Oh, but, wait, there’s more . . .
Not only did she draft the pattern and sew it up . . . she drafted several and is allowing some of us gals to test the pattern before our official “Maria Wrap Dress Sew-A-Long”! At least that’s what I am calling our upcoming SAL.
I am making a toile, size 38 (bust) and I am ecstatic! You see, I have never been selected to test a pattern; YAY!!!!
Loran emailed me the pattern for copying. One thing about patterns printed at home (or wherever) – the copy paper is surely sturdy. Not to mention you have the file and may print additional copies as fitting changes are needed. Or, if the original copy somehow gets ruined.
This pattern has three, count ’em, three pattern pieces: front, back, and skirt. They say part of being a professional is making a thing look easy. My hat goes off to Ms. Loran for taking her personal time and talent to draft this pattern and then share it. Thank you, Loran, for helping me add this pretty dress to my growing vintage styled wardrobe.
In testing this baby one of my jobs is to report anything amiss. Up to this point I have:
Put the paper pattern together, separated/cut the pieces apart
Pinned pattern to muslin fabric
Marked the darts
To my thinking nothing else needs to be added. You can see for yourself how professionally she laid out the pattern pieces above. Loran even addressed the issue of grainline within the post about this dress.
Oh, did I tell you she included instructions on how she put the dress together. She also offered pro tips and fitting advice to help us make our dresses look professional along with warnings and things to look out for.
Lyric’s Typical Blunders
They say “watch what you put out in the universe”; i.e., what you speak out of your mouth. Still, I can not help but keep it real and fess up. Perhaps it’ll make my sewing better. Anywho, it seems with most projects that I sew there is at least one big mistake. This muslin is no exception . . . sigh. Well, what happened was . . . okay, how can I ‘splain this?
The bodice of this dress is cut “one” with fabric A and “one” with fabric B. No problem, right? Easey peasey, makes sense. Okay, I am using this fabric . . .
Sew, I got it right and cut one of the fabric on the left and one on the right. Where I messed up was I did not lay the pattern pieces in the correct direction. Oh, but wait, there’s more . . . I purchased three yards, 45″ wide fabric for each side of the dress. NO! I should have purchased 3.5 yards or maybe 3.75. Not having enough fabric the tip of the strap is off the fabric. No matter how I finagled and shifted I just could not get the pattern piece to fit. What was I to do to fix this blunder?
I matched up and added an extra piece of scrap fabric to complete the tie.
No doubt you sewists could think of what I should have done. There is no Internet in my She Shack where I sew; therefore, I had to keep it moving at the time. After all, I’m on a deadline for completing this muslin.
Now, back to the original blunder . . . the mis-cut bodice piece(s). To the scraps I went to see (knowing the answer) if there was a piece large enough to cut another bodice piece the correct way; i.e., the opposite direction of the other bodice section.
See if the store has more fabric. The lighter one I took the entire bolt. The darker one I really do not recall if there is more. IF I remember I will check tomorrow. There wasn’t. Therefore, I decided to use the wrong side of my fave of the two fabrics to make the bodice work.
Oh, here’s another funny for ya . . . I assumed the dress had piping. It doesn’t! Lo and behold as I was reading the instructions, it calls for bias binding, ay yi yi. What a hoot. The deal is . . . JoAnn Fabrics is literally a day trip away, one is 35 miles down the road and the other about 45 miles ONE WAY! Hopefully I may find the yellow bias tape at Wally World. Fast forward, they have the wide tape and Loran advised against that. Ay yi yi. Searched my stash and there is some dirty old 1/4″ yellow bias tape. I’m trying to decide how best to wash it – perhaps in one of those stocking net things that you wash hosiery in? I’m too lazy to line the bodice or I would simply use the new piping.
I have found no serious flaws in the drafting of this pattern up to this point. The instructions, advice, and pointers are sufficient to bring this project to fruition. Thankfully, this is a muslin and therefore the “real” dress will be gorgeous. 🙂
My next post will be sewing the bodice. Stay tuned.
Am I the only one who tells self I am buying no more patterns? Yeah, right! Took advantage of the monthly pattern sale at Jo-Ann Fabrics today. Apparently I already own most of the vintage style patterns (that appeal to me) that the big four have to offer. These will do until they come up with more, LOL.
An executive decision was made today: I need to list the holes in my wardrobe and make an effort to fill the gaps. Off the top of my head that will be solid tops and solid skirts. I possess so many printed tops and skirts that don’t match each other. Truly, I must replace the Wal-mart tee shirts I have been amassing for $1.99 and $3.98 in myriad of colours and replace them with vintage style, classier, women’s tops. This pattern stash will get me started.
Happy June, yaw’ll. Can you believe it, soon this year will be half over!
Are you all hipped to bentonite clay for hair and skin health? Apparently it is good for “cleansing, clarifying, moisturizing and conditioning hair” accord to my daughter, Brookie, and the worldwide web. There is myriad of information about the benefits of bentonite clay on the Internet so I won’t reinvent the wheel. I have included some links here for you.
The mixtress in me just had to try this out yesterday. The bestie was selected to be the guinea pig, LOL. Here is the recipe we used: Bentonite Clay Mask.
This is how the first batch turned out.
It seemed kind of watery to me. I’ve got a video on my cell showing the consistency; however, I can not seem to upload the mp4 here, sigh. Well, here is my hair all clayed up. For the second batch that I put into my hair I added 1 tablespoon less water and a skosh more bentonite clay for a thicker mixture. I made a hot mess of it on the floor while applying it to Bestie’s hair.
I let the mixture “do what it do” for 30 – 45 minutes under a plastic hair bag allowing my body heat to help out. Since we heard it is excellent for the face, why not? Do I not look like a being from Star Trek or what?
Here are my locks after the initial treatment. I did not get a photograph of bestie’s locks after she removed the clay. Lo siento!
Our bottom line:
As my hair is always soft after co-washing I did not notice a big difference in that department. The whole thing about detoxing and addressing hair loss peaks my interest and as this is a natural product I know it is not harmful to my hair and skin.
One of the accolades of bentonite clay for hair is that it aids in situations of hair loss. I am thinning on the top no doubt due to menopause. That being said I am curious to see if using this regime will effect change and possibly reverse the thinning that I am experiencing in the top, center of my head.
Bestie says it “closed her facial pores tremendously.” However, she did not state noticing a difference relative to her hair. I did not notice a difference relative to my face. Oh, let me state my daughter said it would helps with the dark circles around the eyes. That definitely caught my attention.
We will continue with the bentonite clay hair and facial treatments and see where it takes us.
Here we go, “Apple bottom jeans, boots with the fir, everybody lookin’ at her. She hit the floor; next thing you know, shorty got low, low, low, low, low, low, low”. Don’t ya just love the movie Zookeeper?
Okay, on to my good news. Just left weigh-in no. 4 (I think); 179.3 lbs. YAY!!! I do not know the last time I was one seventy anything!!!! That’s 7.2 lbs down from when my job’s “Biggest Loser” contest began. I know this is a vintage style sewing blog, but I am really excited about this progress and me thinks writing in public adds another level of accountability. Plus, thankfully, I am surrounded by positive well wishers like YOU.
Now, gang, I’m going to need you all to pull together and send good vibes, strong will my way. I go home next week. And, ahem, at home I can get things like bean pie, peach cobbler, and fried white bass fish. The good things is, we have Anytime Fitness at home and oh yeah, I WILL be a workin’ out. Can I get an “amen”?