Folkwear 255 and McCalls 7356

Folkwear 255

Pencil skirt and a peplum.  This blog post is being written as I construct this outfit.  In my mind’s eye this project should turn out womanly, classy, with a bit of sass.  My friend Cinnaspice sent this beautiful African fabric to me and I simply must do it justice.  The only thing missing is a matching head wrap because I do not have the hutzpah to pull it off.  Tis a shame too.  A new pair of shoes would be nice to wear with it but one must not get beside oneself, eh.


Folkwear 255 has been in my stash for upwards of 20 years.  This is the first time I cut the tissues.  One day I will make the entire swing suit.  Perhaps with dupioni or something fabulous.  But, for now, let’s focus on the pencil skirt.  The pattern goes up to an x-large, 34″ waist, 44″ hips both of which are smaller than me.  Pattern grading is not my forte, but I did the best I could for now.  You see, the goal is to wear my outfit on Saturday, April 1 and today is March 26 (1 week, ay yi yi).

The steps I took:

  1. Measured self
  2. Compared numbers of envelope (knew I would be off the chart – yuk, yuk).
  3. Measured the tissue minus the darts.
  4. Tissue fit the skirt pieces, kinda sorta.
  5. Added necessary measurement by taping additional tissue paper down the length of the back and front pieces and the waist band.

The toile shows that the top is too big overall.  There is too much cleavage and check out the shoulders.  The princess seam is not lying over the apex either.  Simply too big!  I always do that.  Look at the pattern envelope, pick the size that I should fit, if in between I go up a size.  Now, I was taught all patterns (well most) are for a size “B” bust.  Yet, look at this.  There was no way I needed a full bust adjustment.  Right?

Top Toile
Too much cleavage

I realize I should finish my seams with binding.  As you know, I have a hand crank sewing machine and quite frankly I do not want to use time binding them.  So, I decided to pink the seams instead.  While writing, it occurred to me that I should line this skirt.  Hmmm, I may have something in my stash.  I have yet to line an unlined skirt.  I’ll bet it is simple to do, right?

Meanwhile, I hung the skirt at the end of a sewing session and it looks like a big rectangle;  not a classy, sexy pencil skirt!

Fat pencil skirt

The next morning lo and behold Gertie is modeling one of her dresses and commented that she tailors the knee area to make it “Mad Men” style.  That is it!  I decided to chop away at my skirt.  I should have written the measurements, but I simply put the skirt on inside out and commenced to pinning it next to my body where I wanted the new seam.  Truth be told I re-sewed the waist area at least three times making it smaller.  Now, think about it, I have cut away all the extra inches added from the tissue fitting.  Obviously I need pattern fitting lessons for not only am I wasting fabric, but I am wasting time.

African Fabric Assembly

Sorry for the blur.  Working on antiquated public library computers and programs!  You probably can’t tell, but the top fit superbly.  Fitted at waist and comfy.  The skirt does not look “Mad Men”, but it is okay.  Hiking it up to use the restroom proved to be interesting as it is.  I don’t know how Gertie gets into all her way cool slim pencil skirts and dresses.

The skirt lining came out swell.  Kinda proud of myself for attempting it.  Now I will have to purchase lining fabric for most of my upcoming skirt projects.  Sigh, who said sewing one’s own clothing is less expensive, LOL.











Wendy By Design, Fabric Storage: A Shout Out

wendy by design

There is nothing like a way cool stumble-upon. Always in search of decorating and organizing tips the other day I found Wendy By Design who has a very good, practical fabric storage tutorial on YT.

I enjoyed learning from her so much that I clicked on her Facebook page and blog.  I am hoping to take my pattern stash from . . . this



to something like what Wendy has done.  As a matter of fact I have a slew of boxes being mailed to me right now.  Seriously, that pic is when we first moved in and we were still unpacking.

My stash is nowhere near that of most sewists that I see online, but what little I have I do want to look decent and pretty.




Now, yaw’ll know I am all about vintage.  As it turns out, Wendy designs “Sexy Vintage, one of a kind, hand made, fully functional APRONS”.  Now I ain’t never been into aprons, vintage or otherwise.  But humph, take a look at Wendy’s.  Too bad I do not have her permission to post one here.  Seriously, go check them out for yourself or your girl.



Lucerne: For the Love of Trench Coats


I had no plans on blogging today but I just stumbled upon my next trench coat.

From their site:

Close-fitting, unlined, double-breasted trench coat with princess seams. Pleats at front and back, diagonal welt pockets, and two-piece sleeves.

The pattern envelope contains a full size pattern and a detailed instruction booklet.

The PDF pattern contains a full size printable pattern (A0 and A4/US letter formats) and a detailed instruction file.

As yaw’ll know I would rather have this in a tissue pattern.  Apparently the larger sizes are pdf version.

Have you seen or heard of the Robson Trench?  Too bad Lucerne does not have the shoulder tabs and the back wind flap.  I think that is what makes the trench truly trench, LOL.  Perhaps I can add that feature.  We’ll see about all that.


Go check out the Lucerne  and let me know what you think.



Kastrup Top Musings

Kastrup Top Front ViewThe Kastrup top from How To Do Fashion is a recent stumble upon for me from the gals over at We Sew Retro.  Had to have the pattern.

As it turns out this pattern comes only in pdf form.  Not my fave.  Plus, I was not in a hurry so if given the choice I would have preferred tissue.  So, check it, I paid $12.50 for the privilege of downloading the pattern.  Since we do not have proper set up at home I had to print this baby out at the local library.  I paid a whopping $8.50 (.25/page) and now I have to take precious time cutting and taping paper together.  $21.00 for a stupid pattern.  I know it sounds like I am complaining.  Well, I guess I am, but I do think the top is kinda cute.

Jane's Kastrup Blouse

Look at the little cap sleeve!  It takes minimal fabric.  Oh, and the pattern calls for all manner of wovens.  I just knew it was knit so imagine my delight when I found out it wasn’t.

I am curious how these size “J” cups will look in this cute little top.  I’m bold enough to find out and I believe there is something in my stash that I could use as a toile.  Yippee!  If all turns out well I will be making several of these babies.  They look so comfy.  As always, stay tuned for a Lyrically styled version.

What do you think?



Simplicity 1080: The Dottie Angel Frock

The Dottie Angel frock is country chic at its best.  When I first saw this pattern it was love at first sight.   We were living on a homestead in the South trying to build a small family farm and it spoke to me.  Simply perfect for a house dress to be worn while doing chores and even while chillaxing at home.  Even the hubby liked it (which makes sense because he likes homely looking dresses).  This dress screams “homely”; don’t you think?


As one who enjoys repurposing this is a good project for a bed sheet design.  I am curious as to what this will look like on a granny such as myself.  Tickles and giggles!  When we first arrived at our new home I purchased a pair of black ankle boots.  A photograph with this frock and those boots out by the woods should will be interesting.  As for Spring/Summer wear I have a pair of silver thong sandals that put me in the mind of Birkenstock knock-offs that I think will be cute paired with this dress on a sunny day!

Somehow getting the hint that the Dottie Angel is a big deal I Googled to see what I could find.  “House On Hill Road” was one of the sites that featured the Dottie Angel.  Apparently there is information on Pinterest too though I have yet to visit them.  The pattern reviews that I did read indicated the instructions to not be on point with confusing steps which make the construction of this dress needlessly difficult.  Ay yi yi!  The dress looks so basic on the envelope.  I decided to read over the instructions for myself before cutting into fabric.


I confess – I will not be making a toile.  I will; however, tissue fit and check the tuck placements along with checking for appropriate length.  Mine must be below the knee even while sitting.

The dress employs french seams and bias tape up the wazoo.  Get this — the tape is on the inside; no one will see it except me.  Oh, I guess you will because if I am going to do all of that for a simple house/work frock I am going to at least take a shot of my handiwork to show you, LOL.  Maybe I have a crazy colour in my stash.  So, I think I will make this dress as instructed by the Simplicity people this time and see how it goes.  Perhaps subsequent (and there will assuredly be some) Dottie Angels may undergo Sew Lyrically styled adjustments.

Okay, so here’s the deal.   Since it has been so long since I blogged I did not want you to think I had fallen off the world.  Been busy relocating and looking for work.  My original plan was to blog about the entire project now; but, guess what?  I left the cord for my digital camera at home  and can not upload the photographs of the fabric chosen for this project.  Therefore, my experience with this dress will be a near future blog post.

I will share this, finally I shopped my stash.  It is always so cool when I read you ladies “shopping your stashes”.  🙂  The two larger pieces are bed sheets, the pocket (small piece of fabric) is a quilting cotton.  Now, here’s hoping I have suitable bias tape for I do not feel like going through the rigamaroll of making some for this project.

To keep us all eagerly anticipating the Sew Lyrically styled Dottie Angel, let’s check out some other gals’ frocks.


By Dottie Angel Herself
House On The Hill
House On The Hill’s Dottie Angel Frock

Stay tuned with me gals (and guys if there are any following me).



New Sewing Haven


2017 is rolling in swell. With our new home in the country your Lyric now has a new sewing haven!  I am sew excited I could 💃dance.

It just occurred to me that I should have taken photographs of this room before placing items inside. Oh well, it is a hot mess now!  Besides, the flavor of Sew Lyrically Vintage blog is about keeping it 100, being real, not pretentious.  Sew, here we go.


Let me tell you what I am working with.  The room was originally to be the master bedroom according to the previous owner who spoke to the people that had the house built.  Shhh, we won’t tell her she is a bedroom.  The area measures 11′ × 17′ via the walk-off  method.  I had the nerve to think, only for a second, that this space was not enough for my needs.  Oh, but I put myself in check with the quickness and corrected that erroneous thinking.


There is a seafoam green carpeting that I am sure needs replacing.  Was beautiful in its day. Limited budget here so deep cleaning will have to do until we are able to do better.


See the dirty well-walked area there in front of the craft table?  That is where her dresser was placed.  Which reminds me of a point I should explain.  We obtained our home from a long time friend of mine and moved in before she moved out for a couple of reasons.  One being she recently lost her husband, was not sleeping well.  She did not like being alone here.

Carpet cleaning was supposed to have been completed before we arrived.  We also helped her pack.  Our things were and some still are, on the car port!!!! There simply was not room for 20 years of her things and our things inside the dwelling.

The room comes with two closets.  The one below is a narrow walk-in closet.  It was probably originally going to be a bath since this was to be a master bedroom.    2017-01-02-05-30-53

It has been designated as my wardrobe closet.  Yes, that makes sense about a master bath idea because there is a hollow core door present whereas the other closet has a  double shutter style closure.


The closet above will house all the sewing supplies that I do not want to be seen.   Don’t you just love the photos of sewing spaces where everything is prissy, new and magazine perfect? Okay Lyric, stop being catty.

See the corner there to the right of the window?  A comforter and my grandson’s Tigger are currently stashed there.  I am picturing a cozy seated area for Bible reading and meditation.


To the left of the window is an antique desk.  That will be my personal study area where I prepare for my ministry, think about/sketch out sewing and home decorating projects.

For now these lacy curtains are staying for privacy until I decide upon window treatments.

Feeling blessed and very excited to have this space. Stay tuned with me as it develops into something usable.  Truly, it is a process.



Vogue 8997

V8997 Lyric

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.

V8997 Midriff
Cleavage and midriff detail

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?



2016 Summer Frock Parade – Vintage Lavender

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!

The Modern Mantua-Maker

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:

Vintage 1950s Dress / by TuesdayRoseVintage:

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:

Vintage Floral Border Print Cotton Fabric // 3 yards 33 in by 37 inches wide > purple, yellow on white- dress, skirt

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:


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Simplicity 1200 . . . Again!


The circle skirt may become my new fave.  Talk about comfy.  Simplicity 1200, 3/4 circle skirt is proving to be a winner for sure.

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.







Teaching My Little Sister to Sew

Learning to Sew

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!

Sew Lyrical Measuring
First things first; gotta get those measurements!

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.

Tabitha 2016

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!

Sew Lyrical teaching

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.

Sew Lyrical Teaching 2

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.

Sweetness 2

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!

angry smiley face
But I’m aiiight!!!


Seriously, I hope to see her this weekend in her very first circle skirt creation.  Perhaps she will grace us with a stylish photo.

Sweetness 1 Sewing

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).