A blessing was received last week that I just must share. Yaw’ll know I am feverishly working to get Skirting It! off the ground. Well, I set up a Go Fund Me account which is a platform where you may ask friends, family, whomever to support your dream. Well, while sitting around one day it occurred to me a couple of family members who are not on social media and whom I had not contacted with my Go Fund Me link. My big brother came to mind and I decided to ask him for some money to help with my venture. Then, I promptly forgot about it.
Some weeks went by and two weeks ago I sat down and wrote him a letter telling him my situation (described at the original post) and thoughts. I made sure to tell him this was not a pity party; no, that I have plans! Years of research has led me to know I would do well with a dressform and gravity feed iron. Therefore, specifically, I asked him to please send me the money for them and told him the price range.
After waiting a very short period of time I remembered that I had made the request, but I had not heard anything. Then, I got chicken so called a cousin to ask her opinion. “When I call him, I said, do I get right to the point or beat around the bush, make small talk, before asking IF he had read and is considering my request. Did he feel like being philanthropic?” She felt like me, “Don’t beat around the bush get to it”. Then, LOL, I made the comment, “If I were him I would have read the letter and immediately sent the check in the mail; or sent a declination letter.” Sew, I got up the nerve and called him . . . NO ANSWER! Geeesh, then I got really nervous.
What do you know about THE NEXT DAY a letter came in the mail WITH a check and his best wishes for my venture!
All praise to Jehovah God and thanks be to my big brother for his love and kindness. Now, I want to get a photo with “Riyaaz” (the dressform) and my unnamed gravity fed iron (a boy) and send it to him. He’s 81 so don’t know if he’s into getting photographs via his cell so I am going old skool and printing out a photo to send to him AND to place one in the Lady Lair, my sewing studio.
I am so happy, excited, and can’t wait to bring you pretty, lady-like, way cool skirts and more from Skirting It!. And, did you check out the motto/by-line? “Modest excess within control!” Yeah baby.
When I first spyed The Dottie Angel Frock had to have it. I thought to myself, “This is the ugliest cute dress I have ever seen”. Finally, I made my very own first one.
Shopping my stash there was no doubt she would be a bedsheet project. Save for the patch pockets I used sheets for the top and bottom halves.
Dottie angel employs french side seaming and a buncha bias tape. I love working with bias tape. The wider the better. Get this, it is all on the inside; no one will see it, but me.
Then again, I guess you will see it because I just posted it. I went with gold between sections and the sleeves and green for the hem.
When I read a review of this dress somewhere it seemed to be difficult or maybe fussy is a better word due to the french seams and the biased interior. Thankfully I decided to go with the instructions because it was not hard to make at all and was quite fun. May I label this dress whimsical even?
The one thing I did change was at the advice of a predecessor and doubled the pockets. She said it imparted strength for carrying things; i.e., cell phones. Will I do so for upcoming dresses, I do not know. I am leaning toward not doing so. Speaking of strength, I need to get into the habit of backstitching at the end of my seams for one of my pockets is coming loose where I did not do that. I’ll have to fix it when I take it off to get dressed for worship later.Project wrap-up:
This was a fun, easy, and inexpensive project. Every bit was shipped from my personal stash. That is always a plus. I highly recommend this dress to others. I will be making more of these.
Shortly after cutting the fabric I realized I was making it too large. Since this is a house dress of sorts I decided not to sweat it and simply make the next one a skosh smaller. Basically the hip area is fine, the upper portion is too large in the XL size that I cut. Also, I may lengthen it so that when I sit down my knees are covered. When I look at the sleeve area compared to the pattern and other lovely sewists’ projects mine are way too big.
The original is this lil cute cap-like sleeve. Mine feel like elephant ears! But, it sure is comfy!
The scoop on the front is too low also. I expect all this will be addressed with a smaller size Large cutting.
Sew excited here (pun intended) to be writing about my very first Sew Chic pattern project – the Starter Skirt.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stay tuned with me gals (and guys if there are any following me).
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.
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.