Lovelies, there is a new girl on the block. Charm Patterns by Gergie. I am so excited to witness the launching of this new independent pattern company. Notice that my pattern is signed! Gertie had a kick-off for her pattern company where people were invited to donate for start-up. If I recall, her goal was something like $8,000 by a certain date. Check it . . .in about a two week span her friends and fans donated something like $32,000. Yesss, talk about a blessing. Different levels of giving received thank you gifts. For a $25 donation in addition to helping Charm Patterns get off the ground I received the Rita Blouse pattern signed by Gertie! Click on the link and see what else Gertie has going on. I won’t spoil the secret.
Gertie is chock full of designs, professionalism and style as she features modern vintage with class and pizzazz. Truly you will feel ultra feminine and ladylike in her designs.
Let me dish the tea on this Rita Blouse. Miss Rita is a peasant style blouse. The kicker is . . . . the waist area is fitted! None of that blousy, baggy look as with normal peasant blouses. This adds a sleek, classy look to what I always felt to be a casual top. Gertie has taken the peasant blouse to a new high. For the daring gal in you try wearing this top off-shoulder.
It is super simple to make with less than two yards of fabric even with a 45″ wide piece! And, you know I’m a big girl. If I had to guesstimate it probably took about two to three hours to make this. It is difficult to tell when a body is doing more watching of Austen style videos than sewing.
The chosen fabric for this top is rayon challis purchased via eBay. There is a side invisible zipper that goes in oh so easy. I tell you I have fallen in love with the invisible zipper. Finally after all these years this morning I ordered the special foot for installation. I am wondering if the install will be picture perfect every time. Sometimes with my regular zipper foot I must rip and make adjustments (usually from me rushing or not paying attention).
The bottom line: Yes, I will be making more of the Rita Blouse. Oh, there is a sew-a-long being formed as we speak. You have GOT to get in on it.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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.
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 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.
Am I the only one who tells self I am buying no more patterns? Yeah, right! Took advantage of the monthly pattern sale at Jo-Ann Fabrics today. Apparently I already own most of the vintage style patterns (that appeal to me) that the big four have to offer. These will do until they come up with more, LOL.
An executive decision was made today: I need to list the holes in my wardrobe and make an effort to fill the gaps. Off the top of my head that will be solid tops and solid skirts. I possess so many printed tops and skirts that don’t match each other. Truly, I must replace the Wal-mart tee shirts I have been amassing for $1.99 and $3.98 in myriad of colours and replace them with vintage style, classier, women’s tops. This pattern stash will get me started.
Happy June, yaw’ll. Can you believe it, soon this year will be half over!