Creative Fantasia Patternwork Sew-A-Long

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The Creative Fantasia Patternwork Sewalong fun begins June 6!  Hosted by Laura Nash of Sew Chic Pattern Company.

I can not believe I could not stand this pattern when I first laid eyes on it.  Still not sure if it grew on me or simply the fact that I am experiencing a love affair with Sew Chic Patterns in general.  Ms. Nash created a wedding gown with this pattern and it is divine.  Go check it out at her web page.

Laura is a true educator and this sewalong will testify to that.  There is going to be active learning, participation, and homework.  No doubt I will not be having multiple WIPs while doing this project the month of June.

Umm, there are two outfits I need for July 27 – 29 so I may have to retract that, LOL.   Maybe I’ll just have a sewing marathon in July to get them completed.  If I recall according to the sewalong schedule we will be working on muslins and then after the course we are to make our frocks in chosen fashion fabric.

Get your muslin, scissors, marking paper, measuring tape, come join us and get ready to sew, learn, and share.

Cheers,

lyric-siggie-purple-cute

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Response to “Be Your Own Cheerleader” by Robbie of My Journey Through Eden

Just had to share this with my friends.  My comment on my girl’s blog:

  1. Robbie girl,

    I don’t even know what to say (mostly because I blog on the public library’s computers and I have only 15 minutes left, bwahhhh haaa).

    “Do I want to be skinny? No, I just want to add more productive years to my life, enjoy my grandchildren, travel without having to pay for two seats, be able to see my feet, tie my own shoes, fit comfortably in a tub, avoid knee replacements, etc. When I look in the mirror, (most of the time) I like what I see. I don’t feel abandoned or cheated because folks are having weight loss surgery. Would I get discouraged or angry if they had a breast reduction, tummy tuck, face lift, knee replacements? ”

    My mamma brought me up to love myself. I think I use this to make excuses for not exercising and eating right. As a matter of fact not two hours ago I mentioned to a girlfriend “There is a bunch of stuff which will keep us out of God’s Kingdom. High cholesterol and being fat ain’t two of ’em”. That is true. Even more reasons why I do not overly sweat my health status.

    Now, like you, I am in pre-diabetic mode, my A1C is 6.3 when last checked.  I am grossly overweight. I think they call it “obese” at 5’6″ and 202.5 lbs. I had joined Anytime Fitness last year and was working out regularly. Six months ago we moved here. These Southern women can COOK do you read me, girl!!!! I have been eating like a big ole hog. Six months ago I was 179 pounds (though that may be large) check me out now at over 200! Not cute atall. (Rolling my eyes).

    Those who get the surgery . .. . “turned in their fat/curvy/thick cards”. Girl, please. Folk need to quit hatin’. I WISH I could get the surgery. I’m too poor (the pay here is horrendous, the cost of living a tad bit lower for us though). And, I know the best way to to move, move, move. Sewing and sitting don’t help, LOL. Still, I would love gastric bypass (maybe I need to get a “Go Fund Me” account and beg for donations).

    ”When I look in the mirror, (most of the time) I like what I see.”

    My sentiments exactly. Somebody pass the peach cobbler . . . .

    Cheers,

    Lyric

Sew Chic Starter Skirt

Sew excited here (pun intended) to be writing about my very first Sew Chic pattern project – the Starter Skirt.

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First time touching a Sew Chic pattern!

You see, I have been amassing Sew Chic patterns for probably over a year now with the Tia dress as my first purchase.  Recently, I found out the owner/designer, Laura Nash has made herself available on FB via a creative sewing group dedicated to Sew Chic pattern projects.  Truly, it is thrilling for me and good business sense on her part to be available this way.  Her warm, friendly personality inclined me to purchase (and continue to purchase) Sew Chic patterns.  As a matter of fact, the Petticoat shall be next to join my collection.

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Lyric’s Sew Chic Pattern Collection

Psst, we hear Laura is working on a new design to debut early fall, I think.  Try as we might she is not letting the cat out of the bag much on this story.

With all the buzz at our lovely FB group I was itching to do some stitching of a  Sew Chic pattern.   So, I decided on the Starter Skirt and shopped my stash to make a wearable muslin.  Ahh, this will do nicely and I have enough yardage. Kinda sorta.

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Still in the works. Bedsheets and table cloths sure make nice circle skirts.

My no-name serger was used for the first time.  Yay!  Boy had I forgotten the joys of electronic sewing.  Many of you know we used to live off grid last year before relocating here.

The panels of this baby went together lickety split with the serger.  The skirt went together like a dream.  I really must give her a name and soon.  Sally Serger is goofy.  Any suggestions?

The Starter Skirt pattern is a level 2 (I think); great for beginners.  The 12-gore view tickled my fancy this time along with the wide waistband from the other view.  I like the wide waistbands to have something for my cinch belt to cling to.  I should be embarrassed to share that I sometimes do not add hooks, eyes, or buttons because they would be concealed by the belt anyway.  I know, do better Lyric.

It seems with each if my projects there is a glitch.  This one was no different.  There was not quite enough bedsheet for this skirt.  I believe this one was for a double sized bed.  As it turned out there was only a corner of the pattern piece that was not covered.  A 20″ narrow triangular shape piece of sheeting to fill the area did the trick.  Since this is a full skirt the area is concealed where I sewed that patch of a corner.  Way to go for a $2.00 skirt especially considering I just laid $35-$40 for a Moda by Sandy Gervais cotton to make my next Starter Skirt.  Note: I combined two project posts – my Starter Skirt toile (the green and white skirt) and the second one the pretty Moda fabric skirt.

Wrap-up:

The Starter Skirt is easey peasey to make.  I thoroughly enjoyed working with this Sew Chic pattern and look forward to additional projects by that indie designer.  I even learned a new technique with sewing the waistband part.

Let me give you a heads up.  In June, Laura Nash is hosting a Fantasia Sew-A-Long.  It begins June 6 and is going to be heapa buncha informative.  So get your hiney on over to Facebook and check us out.

Cheers,

Lyric

Shalwar Kameez Kit

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This project was truly an interesting feat.  Long ago I fell in love with African/Indian shalwars and kameez outfits.  They were to be had economically on eBay which was a boon for me.  They are so ornate that I would only wear them on “special” occasions.  Thankfully I have grown out of that nonsense.  Now, I wear them whenever I feel like it.  Sadly, I gave about 20 outfits away some years ago.  Well, I am on the mend and working to replenish my stock.

Seeing me wear them to work a Muslim co-worker was delighted and stated she would purchase me an outfit.  Hey, who am I turn turn down a double blessing (her for the giving and me for the receiving).  Time passed, I figured she had forgotten about it, no problem, right.  Well, lo and behold, my girl Hazmat brought me this project to work one day.

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So, check it out . . . I thought this was a salwar/kameez outfit, right?  Well, it was sorta, kinda.  I was all smiles as I opened the cellophane package.  The seafoam green is truly stunning.  My cell phone did no justice to this outfit.  Anyway . . . as I am taking items out of the package.  This is what I also found . . .

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Up close of the salwar fabric

Hazmat had brought me a salwar/kameez kit if-you-will.  I had to put the kameez together and make the salwars.  I had to hide the surprise from my face.  Thank gawd Mamma taught me to sew.

Seafoam green salwars

Now, I am a big girl (read that size 16 ready to wear, size like 20-22 big four pattern companies).  Sew, there was not enough fabric for the salwars.  Shopping my stash I found some ivory colored squares of fabric that I got from a house sale.  They felt divine and have the feel of linen and silk.  No clue as to their content.  I sewed two of them together with a narrow hem and used them for the yoke of the salwars.  I figured they would be under the kameez anyway.  Who would know?  Ooops, I forgot.  Yaw’ll will know ’cause I can’t keep a sewing secret.

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Sleeve fabric

Really I should have pressed the stuff before photographing this, duh.  It looked so pretty when I pressed it before actually sewing it.  Anywho, you get an idea here of what I was working with.  Yikes, slinky, silky fabric is not my forte.  I have got to work on that I suppose.  So, above is what I used for sleeves for my kameez.

Seafoam Dupatta

The beautiful dupatta kept sliding off my shoulders last night at the Memorial Celebration event that we attended.  Note to self:  Next time you wear this discreetly pin it where you desire it to stay.

Shopping my stash again, I found a sleeve pattern piece that I thought would go well with this design.  I also already have a couple salwars patterns.  The next time I make salwars I am going to add a crotch gusset.  I saw one on another African pant pattern and I think I could use one with my big behind.

From what I understand the word “salwar” means “baggy pants”.  How cool for that is exactly what they are.  However, being made with such exquisite fabric I like the term salwar better, LOL.  Dupatta is Indian for “scarf”.  And kameez is shirt.

Cheers,

lyric-siggie-purple-cute

 

Folkwear 255 and McCalls 7356

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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.

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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?

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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!

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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.

Cheers,

lyric-siggie-purple-cute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wendy By Design, Fabric Storage: A Shout Out

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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.

Cheers,

lyric-siggie-purple-cute

Lucerne: For the Love of Trench Coats

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

https://shop.deer-and-doe.fr/en/sewing-patterns/40-luzerne-trench-coat-pattern.html

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.

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Go check out the https://shop.deer-and-doe.fr/en/sewing-patterns/40-luzerne-trench-coat-pattern.html Lucerne  and let me know what you think.

Cheers,

lyric-siggie-purple-cute

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.

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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?

Cheers,

lyric-siggie-purple-cute

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?

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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.

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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).

Cheers,

Lyric

New Sewing Haven

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Cheers,

Lyric