Finished the purple Frankendress this weekend! Finished pix later.
Started another Butterick 4948 adaptation--this one in blue striped bedsheet with buttons down the front. It will have short sleeves and . . . I'm not sure what kind of neckline. Maybe a flat collar.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Finished the purple Frankendress this weekend! Finished pix later.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Frankendress 2014-01 Butterick 1983 4948 and Lecien Chatter Tailors 2000's 2402: Part III Sleeve rough draft
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Since that didn't fly, I went ahead and started the buttonbands last night, so at least I could get ahead on some handwork until I was ready for the sleeves.
Not much to see here. They'll be topstitched by machine, but I'm turning and doing the inner edge with a ladder stitch first:
Will look more or less like so when they're done:
Monday, August 18, 2014
The following project has no point.
Well, I guess the point is to produce a dress, but the entire thing is being conducted so haphazardly that . . . I don't know. Sewing by the seat of my pants.
I have no idea where I got this fabric, probably either from Sheila in Louisiana or at the antique mall. I never find this much yardage at Goodwill or garage sales. I think it's an old VIP print
I wanted a loosely fitted bodice so I took the bodice from 4948 . . .
. . . shortened it, and added darts.
I'm sure this didn't actually make sense but the pattern pieces were already on hand.
I borrowed the skirt from Lecien Chatter Tailors 2402 (2000's? It might be dated but it's mostly in Japanese so I have no idea):
The skirt is somewhere between a semicircle and a rectangle. A gently-flared pseudo-rectangle, really. Nothing special about this except the pattern was nearby and it was slightly faster than eyeballing it myself.
I may also borrow the sleeves from this, or at least the idea of the sleeves. They're 3/4 length and gathered a little bit into narrow bands.
I already borrowed the bound neckline idea:
It has side-seam pockets and it will have a button band all the way down the front, with pearlescent off-white 3/4-inch buttons. It should be just below the knee (about the same length as the 4948 flapper dresses; not so long).
(The waistline is a bit raised, and the button band will make the whole thing wider. It's not as tall and skinny as it seems here.)
The wearable muslin:
The bust darts are way too low--I overcorrected--but I still love this dress. Ridiculously comfortable. Really easy to make.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Yeah, the neckline is too big. The fit is good but I'd still like it bigger. I'm going to finish this one with the frogged yarn from the failed black sweater, and then do another, starting with a small neckline. Also, four stitches is nowhere near enough to pick up across the underarm; I did eight and there were still gaps.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Can I choose buttons, or can I choose buttons?
I spent my lunch break marking the skirt and running a gathering thread through it, so I hope I'll have a dress, if not finished, at least almost in one piece soon.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Again, not much to see. I've just started the ribbing around the bottom. That will leave the sleeves and the neckline. I think the neckline is going to be too big--when I make this again, I'll probably cast on for a small and then keep increasing to a medium, or whatever.
(The back of the sweater.)
I found, once I started wearing it, that I had way overcorrected the bust darts on the blue 4948, and they were far too low. No big deal; it's only a casual dress. I retraced the pattern this weekend and lowered them half an inch.
Of course, once I got started, all kinds of fabrics started begging to be made into summer flapper dresses. I found this awesome Richloom pinks (the flower, not the color) print at Joann's (coupon, baby!):
I decided to go with bright red binding on the neck and armscyes, and I found light turquoise buttons with white rims for the front placket. I don't have the skirt attached yet so there isn't a picture, but I shortened the bodice two inches--it should it at the high hip now.
I'd like to get the buttonholes done tonight and at least get started on the skirt. I'm thinking of doing bias stripes on the skirt, too. It might be overkill but . . . whatever. Part of me wants to do a scalloped skirt edge but maybe that's definitely overkill?
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Monday, August 4, 2014
I didn't get as much done this weekend as I'd hoped but I did make some progress.
I attached the skirt. I didn't really have enough fabric so there are no sleeves, only one pocket, and the skirt itself is pieced in five unevenly-sized panels. Whatever. This is a wearable muslin, anyway, so it doesn't have to be perfection.
Waist seam bound in yellow bias, because I had a lot of it:
Thursday, July 31, 2014
I got blue and white gingham to make binding for the neck and armscyes.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Mispickel was completely out of control yesterday and I didn't get anywhere near as much sewing done as I hoped.
She finally fell asleep and I started the pattern grading on Butterick 4948 (1983), the Belle France drop-waist pattern. I'm using the closed neckline from A but the plain skirt from B, graded up to a 12 from an 8, and a little extra added around the hips.
I think it might need a small FBA overall, but it's pretty close. The side-seams are curved inward a little so it's loose without being a complete potato sack.
I forgot to lower the bust darts or this would almost be the start of a wearable muslin, if I have enough left to cobble together a skirt. Maybe with blue gingham armscye and neck binding? I might take the seams out and see if I can fake the bust darts lower to salvage the muslin.
The original plan was for this to be black floral with short, cuffed sleeves. Probably with buttons all the way down, too (we were going for a 1990's feel here):
And then a purple. I thought it would have buttons all the way down, too, but I'm kind of thinking placket. Long sleeves, if the yardage will allow? Band collar? Peter pan collar? No collar? Three-quarter sleeves?
I picked this because, well, top-down and seamless, and it got generally good reviews. This one is supposed to be slubby--I'm making a size large and not doing the waist shaping or sleeve tapering. The neckline seems to be designed to be wide so if I make a more fitted one, I'll probably cast on for a small and keep increasing until I get to a medium.
I bought this 1950's sweater pattern on Etsy a year or so ago. It's worked flat and seamed (circular needles weren't that popular in the 1950's and they're only used on the yoke here), which seems like an unnecessary pain. My goal is to rework it once I have a better idea of what I'm doing. I think it will probably be the body in one piece and then the yoke picked up and knitted upwards, but we'll see.
Monday, July 21, 2014
(That's gray, not olive green, and rust, not bright red.) I am determined to do this without buying yet another, still-longer, cable needle. Right? Right?