Friday, August 21, 2015

More sweater

Okay, so I finished one sleeve.

The body and neck are great.  It's a nice, squishy, sweater.

The sleeve is a massive, ostrich-sized, bingo wing.

I'm about to start on the second sleeve and will frog the first, then reknit with a better stitch-reduction policy.  I'm cracking up.  It's actually pretty funny.

This totally fails to convey just how enormous and flabby that sleeve is.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

On hold

I'm still here.  We have a houseguest so my spare time has been less spare--I spent Saturday at the mall and Sunday in Galveston and Clear Lake, doing the tour guide thing. 

The only thing I can say for myself is that you can get a lot of knitting done on a trip to Galveston if you're not the one driving.


Monday, July 27, 2015

McCall's 2440 (1961) Back-wrap apron dress, Part IV

Well, I sure got behind on this.

The yellow atomic print done:


And I ended up taking the flowered one apart and cutting a new bodice.  Since the pockets and skirt were already cut, it didn't take me as long and I got it all put back together yesterday.   I used slate blue binding this time--the lighter blue looked good but I like this better.


I went to DSW to replace my black flats (the soles fell off!) and found pink shoes on clearance!


Friday, July 17, 2015

McCall's 2440 (1961) Back-wrap apron dress, Part III

Yesterday's commute home was horrible so I wimped out and, instead of going for a walk as I should have, I sewed.

Bodice so far:


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

McCall's 2440 (1961) Back-wrap apron dress, Part II

I went home last night and futzed with the pattern for 2440.  I took a wedge out of the back piece to take up some of the slack along the center edge, but without changing the length of the side seam:






And I reduced the width of the upper half of the bodice front.  I also flattened the angle of the shoulder seam a little and raised the bottom of the armscyes slightly (not really shown here):

It's a lot better:






and:





 I managed to tweak the shoulders on the flowered dress a bit.  It's not great, but it's more wearable than it was.  If I can get more of the fabric I might remake it.  Until then, though, I'll be making the next one out of the yellow atomic print I got a few years ago. 







Monday, July 13, 2015

McCall's 2440 (1961): Back-wrap apron dress

Good grief--now I'm even detouring from detours.

I made McCall's 2440 five years ago, out of pink cotton-polyester with pink and white gingham binding.  It's pretty much the perfect summer housedress.  The only thing I did "wrong" was that I was new to sewing at the time and didn't know to lower the bust darts/lengthen the bodice a little.

The pattern calls it an "apron".  As in "bungalow apron", I guess, since none of these women are wearing it over another dress.


This is a dress I can sew in a day, cat permitting.

I had this Jules and Coco Japanese-ish flower print that I got for another project.  I kind of wasn't feeling the pattern + fabric combination, though, so I did the bust adjustment on 2440 and got to work.

Delft blue binding.  I sort of wish I'd used the slate blue instead but this is a close second:


I had to add a button and loop on the back.  I need to go back and reposition them tonight.  Also, since the bodice is no longer to short/pulled tight, the shoulders are pretty loose.  This is a small-medium-large sized pattern, not an individually-sized pattern, so the fit is kind of fast and loose, anyway.  I'm going to try taking the binding off the neckline and putting some small darts in to save this one, but then I'm going to fiddle with the pattern a bit.   I think if I basically take the upper part of the bodice in a size but leave the lower part, I should be OK.

I have some scrap fabric to test it but then I might use the yellow oversized atomic print for another go-round.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Butterick 1954 7053 Ralph Lauren roses brunch coat

I'm going to take a detour again but it's not out of hare-brained-ness this time.  I actually do need this.  Okay, maybe not this, specifically, but something like it.

Butterick 7053 (1954) "brunch coat", which seems to be a garment less sloppy than a housecoat but not quite as presentable as a housedress.  I guess it's the housecoat that married into the upper class.  Anyway, if you're going to lounge around in something, it might as well be fun.  Sometimes I sleep in a tank top so I need a coverup.

This has a long zipper in the front.


I haven't decided yet whether I'm going to do the scoop neck or the revers.  I'm leaning toward scoop neck with bias stripe trim.  I'll probably use the shorter skirt simply because I don't think I'll have enough fabric otherwise; it's a Ralph Lauren bedsheet.


I plan to make another one in flannel for winter, with the 3/4 sleeves:


Also, this has a four-paneled A-line skirt, which is what I need for New York 1490 that failed so miserably.  If I have to fit it for one project, anyway, I might as well use it for another.


Simplicity 1942 4102 Shy Sister of the Chicken Dress Part III

Done!  Pix of me in it later.

My only beefs with this pattern are that the waist ties need to be at least eight inches longer to tie well (sorry, fabric rationing) and that the inset belt was drafted without ease. That is, the waistband for the 28-inch waist finished to an actual 28 inches, which, once you get all that skirt gathered in, fits but is a bit snug.  I'll add an inch if I make this again.


Monday, July 6, 2015

Simplicity 1942 4102 Shy Sister of the Chicken Dress Part II

I lazed around a lot this weekend but still got quite a bit of sewing done since I had already done the pattern alterations.

I have to do a lot of hand finishing (inset belt lining, armscyes), the waist ties, the buttons, and the sleeve supports. 


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Simplicity 1942 4102 Shy Sister of the Chicken Dress

I did the fitting on Simplicity 4102 (the Chicken Dress) in 2011 and it works pretty well, so . . . away we go.  I went home last night and cut most of the bodice pieces.


The fabric is a slate-blue (darker in real life) VIP mini print.  The pattern is pink and maroon so I'm using maroon rick-rack trim and buttons.


Badly-drawn concept mock-up:


I kind of hope, too, that I can use this to help me re-fit New York 1490, since it was such a mess.  This has a similarly relaxed bodice fit.

Monday, June 29, 2015

To-Do list

okay, now I'm just keeping loose notes.  I have no idea in what order, or if at all, I'll get these done.

1) January: Hollywood 1944 1411 Christmas dress (done)
2) February: DuBarry 1943 5612Valentine's princess dress (done)
3) March: DuBarry 1944 5986 St. Patrick's Day dress (done)
4) April: Marian Martin 1942 9928 Telephone Girl/Easter-ish (done)
5) May: Butterick 1983 4948 Belle France drop-waist dress in the Moda April Showers umbrella fabric. (done)
6) May, part II: New York 1950's 1490 brown acorn dress (fail!)
7) May, part III: McCall's 1975 4663 dress with square yoke (done).
8) June: Simplicity 1976 7627 Mother of Tova peasant blouse
9) June, part II: Simplicity 1971 9778 Mother Hubbard dress (done).
10) July: 
Simplicity 4102 (1942) slate blue calico and maroon dress (Chicken Dress sister). 
11) August: DuBarry 1945 6030 two-piece dress.
12) September:
Hollywood 1944 1411 brown calico
13) October:  Hollywood 1944 1411 dark gray with lime
14) November: Simplicity 1943 4718 yellow Keepsake Calico Richloom Faine pinks-print dress
15) December: Simplicity 1943 4718 brown DS Quilts housedress

If time permits:
16) Butterick 1983 4948 skeleton dress (done)
17) New York 1950's 1490 brown acorn dress and maybe sundress, time permitting.
18) Simplicity 1975 7303 blouse with shaped yoke.
19) Butterick 1954 7053 brunch coat/housecoat, at least the summer version in blue with pink roses.  I actually need this, and the skirt is the type I could use for New York 1490.

Simplicity 1971 9778 Part IV

Done!

It looks . . . pretty much the way you'd expect.


My only real beef is that the original collar is just a straight band.  I should have thought to contour it a little so it would look less like a piece of pipe around my neck.  Not a big deal, though.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Simplicity 1971 9778 Part III

Buttons!  At last!  They look better in real life--the lighting made them look lighter than they are.  I still need to find a belt, but at least I can finish the dress itself this weekend.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Simplicity 1971 9778 Part II

The buttons are supposed to be here in the mail today or tomorrow, and then it will be finished.  I still haven't found a suitable belt, though.

The yoke and short sleeves:


Epic pattern match made in the flounce, entirely by accident.  If I had tried to do this on purpose it would never have come out this well:


Done except for the buttons and buttonholes.  Floor-length.  (I did try it on.  It looks insanely long here.)


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Simplicity posted some new patterns the other day.  There is a 1950's dress for a little girl and a really nice set for 18-inch dolls from Keepers Dolly Duds.

Of course, the one I like is 1080.  I'm definitely in a slubby clothes mood these days.


And mixing calicos.  OMG.  So many possibilities.

The line drawing.  I think if you had to do a FBA on this you'd have to cut the top off, alter, and reattach it.  But it's cute.


Appears to be a daughter of McCall's 4570 (1975):



and:


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Simplicity 1971 9778 Part II

No new pix, but I have all the hand finishing done on the side seams and pockets.  I made the flounce last night but haven't attached it yet.  Then I just have to do the sleeves, which shouldn't be too bad since they're to be gathered in, not fitted to the armscye, the buttons, and the buttonholes.  I'm still debating the buttons: I have some that I like but only three, and I need four fasteners for the front yoke.  I could either go look for a set of four maroon buttons or use a hook and bar on the band collar.

Tropical Storm Bill hit Monday night and my office closed yesterday.  It ended up being much ado about very little for most of Houston--the worst of it was to the west of us.  I was up early, though, and spent the day running errands and cooking.  We got some good rain but not enough to cause us any problems.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Simplicity 1971 9778 Part I

I got distracted.

I don't know what happened.  I don't have an immediate need/use/anyplace to wear this dress, and I didn't think I have enough yardage (I do, but I didn't know that when I started cutting), and it wasn't on the list of things to sew any time soon, but . . . it just happened.


My copy has some miles under its belt.  It looked as though the original owner made the mini--the pattern wasn't cut off at that length but the extra tissue around it was left intact on the lower part.


Basically a nightgown by any other name.
 

The fabric is less antifreeze-green in real life, but you get the idea:


It was supposed to have facings but I lined the yoke in some scrap from another project.


I hate back zippers so I changed the front to a button-up yoke (creating an overlap down the middle).  I might need different buttons.  These are just right but it really needs four.  I'm not sure if the band collar really should have one or if I should just put in a bar and hook.


 The idea.  Long dress, short sleeves.


It's just two big panels on the fold:


Sewing the sweetheart yoke.  The point in the middle was tricky.


But it worked.   I should have basted but I didn't, but got away with it.


Soft rayon seam binding.


I sewed up the side seams and put pockets in last night.  This pattern is super fast and easy since it has no real fitting issues.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Simplicity 7627 (1976) peasant blouse Part II

Ugh.

I've had allergies or something going on and basically haven't felt that great for the past month.  I'm going back to the doctor tomorrow.  I'm sure by then the complaint in question will have miraculously resolved itself and I'll look like a total hypochondriac.  Meanwhile, I didn't sleep well last night because the house was too hot, and I think I managed to give myself a Benadryl hangover. I also ate an unmentionable amount of sugar and salt this weekend--my eyes were almost comically puffy this morning--and that definitely didn't help.  I feel like death warmed over this morning.

I'm this far on the blouse.  Pity the fabric is so awful because the stripe effect is nice.  Maybe I'll make another one out of actual cotton once I get the fit figured out.


Monday, June 1, 2015

To-do list 2015 June 1

Recalibrating . . . 
So, the grand failure of New York 1490 seems to have derailed my list.   Furthermore, I can't find Simplicity 4718.  I'm in the process of putting my patterns in folders and filing them properly, so I hope I find it, but I have a bad feeling I set it aside somewhere to use and now can't remember where it is.  I'd rather not buy another copy but I will if I have to to get work done.
I have several other patterns, though, that I've already fitted and from which I could make usable items.  
1) January: Hollywood 1944 1411 Christmas dress (done)
2) February: DuBarry 1943 5612Valentine's princess dress (done)
3) March: DuBarry 1944 5986 St. Patrick's Day dress (done)
4) April: Marian Martin 1942 9928 Telephone Girl/Easter-ish (done)
5) May: Butterick 1983 4948 Belle France drop-waist dress in the Moda April Showers umbrella fabric. (done)
6) May, part II: New York 1950's 1490 brown acorn dress (fail!)
7) June: Simplicity 1976 7627 Mother of Tova peasant blouse
8) July: 
Simplicity 4102 (1942) slate blue calico and maroon dress (Chicken Dress sister). 
9) August: DuBarry 1945 6030 two-piece dress.
10) September:
Hollywood 1944 1411 brown calico
11) October:  Hollywood 1944 1411 dark gray with lime
12) November: Simplicity 1943 4718 yellow Keepsake Calico Richloom Faine pinks-print dress
13) December: Simplicity 1943 4718 brown DS Quilts housedress

If time permits:
14) Butterick 1983 4948 skeleton dress (done)
15) New York 1950's 1490 brown acorn dress and maybe sundress, time permitting.
16) Simplicity 1975 7303 blouse with shaped yoke.

Simplicity 7627 (1976) peasant blouse Part I

I've gotten totally distracted.

A friend of mine and I got into a discussion awhile back about the Wiksten Tova shirt/dress pattern.  Mostly about how 80% of them need FBA's.  But, anyway . . . I have Simplicity 7627 (1976), which is pretty much the same idea:


And I figured I'd wing it.  This is my size so I don't even need to do a lot of altering (in theory).  I measured and then added 1 1/2 inches across the back, with shoulder darts to take it up again at the shoulder seams.

This is a I-hope-it's-wearable muslin so I used some old (it's 35 inches wide, so it's no newer than early 1970's) cotton-but-mostly-poly "chambray" stripe that I got from my great-aunt Marian's stuff after my great-uncle passed away.


I wish this were cotton so it would be a nice texture, but it's not.  Oh, well.  It was free.  Destashing and all.

The stripe doesn't have a symmetrical repeat so I had to seam down the middles of both the back and the front:


and:


 . . . which will make it even stiffer and weirder.  But whatever.  If it even sort-of works I have other, softer, nicer fabric to use.

I was in a textile frenzy this weekend.   I probably sacrificed a bunch of old T-shirts to an experiment.   It turns out that De-Solv-It (an orange oil solvent/cleaner) does take deodorant build-up out of fabric, but then you're left with the problem of getting the orange oil out.  It's sort of the Caddyshack gopher-hunting approach.  So . . . yeah, it "worked" but I don't recommend it.

Anyway, then I threw 2 1/2 yards of muslin in the washer with one box of Rit Tangerine and one bottle of Rit Scarlet.  This gives you a bright papaya red:


I'll try that next if this pattern fits at all.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

McCall's 4663 (1975) yoked peasant dress Part III

Finished. 



I stayed home yesterday because my route to work was under water.  We're having issues with one of the drains in the yard again.  One works, but the other is either clogged somewhere in the pipe or the drain box needs work again.  Sigh.

I was tired and feeling distracted so I started on my dirndl skirt backlog.  I need to get some heavier interfacing for waistbands but at least I can start by cutting and sewing up to that point.