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).



1950s Wrap and Crinoline

1950s Wrap Dress: Lyrical Reveal


1950s Wrap and Crinoline

Tie and Facing


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.

Other Tie



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.

pdf patternIn 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.

3.5 inches too long

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.

Too Big Facing
3.5″ folded back

opposide too long facing

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?)

two pattern sizes

For the sew-a-long I’ll trace the bodice onto tissue paper, elongate the ends, and deepen the armscyce.

Armscyce too tight!



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.

Wrap Dress Back View

1950s Wrap Rev

Project Wrap-Up:

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.



1950s Wrap Dress Bodice Construction

50s wrap sun dress Bodice DoneDoes 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 . . . .

Stay Stitching Bunch

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:

  1. Opened the short side
  2. Placed the right side of the tape to the right side of my fabric
  3. Sewed the tape in the opened fold of the short side
  4. Brought the longer side of the tape to the back of the fabric
  5. 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.20160725_083051Stay stitching is visible along the whole of the bodice.  I am thinking that means I should stitch closer to the pinked edge. ???Stay Stitching showing

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.

We’re almost there!

Stay tuned my sweets,


50s Wrap Sun Dress

Polka-dot-dressThanks 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??

Loran's Dress

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.

paper pdfThis 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 . . .

Yellow Grey Paisley

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?

bodice blunder 3
Fabric too short

The Solution

I matched up and added an extra piece of scrap fabric to complete the tie.

bodice blunder 2
Pieced strap area

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.

The Solution

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.

bodice blunder
Left side is the wrong side of fabric

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.

Bottom Line

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.