So I could get way too used to this dress. How old is too old to dress like Holly Hobbie? Can I pull it off a little longer if I mix in at least a few subtle prints?
1) The yoke is technically my size but feels a big large. The measurements were on the fence so I went ahead and graded up because so many of these 1970's patterns are tight through the shoulders. I can go back and grade down again. And close up the neck a little bit.
2) Need darts in the back of the neck.
3) I need to go back and put one more hook and eye in the back yoke.
4) It could be shorter. I may not shorten this one, but just as a general thing, it would look OK shorter.
All easy things to change, though, for the next time around. It looks a lot better than the green dress. It's much less baggy. Kind of a neo-Edwardian tea gown.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Monday, November 23, 2015
OMG FINALLY FINISHED!
This dress took me forever!
I went with hooks and eyes in the back in the hope they would snag on my hair less than buttons do:
. . . and closed:
It doesn't look like much without a body. New pix later:
Monday, November 16, 2015
I finally made some progress yesterday! I still don't have it done, but I'm closer.
I got the waist tabs on. This will be a pullover dress with a bisected waistband that buttons at the sides.
(This is the back. It will have hooks and eyes in the back yoke.)
And I got the flounce on I still need to bind the flounce seam, but that doesn't take long:
So . . . sleeves, flounce seam, seam finishes, hooks and eyes.
Monday, November 9, 2015
I got very little done this weekend. Saturday, I went to the second annual Festival of Texas Fiddling at Burton. Well, sort of at Burton--at the La Bahia Turn Verein on 237, just off of 290. It rained all morning, though, and then it was cold. I hope they got enough of a turn-out that they can do it again next year because the musicians were terrific.
Monday, November 2, 2015
They must have just gotten the Pharoah stuff in because they had six or eight Trad models and a big pile of Stablemates and ornaments. It was a busy weekend, too.
Monday, October 26, 2015
Okay, back to work on this. I'm actually a bit surprised to see that I started it this month and not last--I'm not quite as far behind as I thought I was.
I cut all the pieces last night except for the sleeves, which have classic giant, overly-tall Seventies puff caps that I won't be using. I was dreading futzing with those but then I realized I can probably use the sleeves I already re-drew for the green dress instead.
I have literally just scraps left. It took all four yards and I had to shorten the body pieces by 3 1/2 inches to get them onto the fabric.
This wasn't difficult as a concept but it was a ton of work, physically. It turns out that the sweep on this is about 3 1/2 yards, which sounds OK until you have to pleat seven yards of ruffle onto it. I'm embarrassed to admit how exhausting that was.
It's heavy, too, but I think it would do any gothic Lolita proud:
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The black lace for the prairie dress is supposed to be delivered today. Fingers crossed.
Meanwhile, I started another quarter-circle skirt. I originally meant for this to be a regular dirndl and the curved pieces and hem flounce mean I need to go get another piece of fabric to cut the last quarter of the skirt and a few more strips for the ruffle. It's Moda Morris Apprentice Art Nouveau print in gray and black:
With some black lace I got secondhand (I think. I might have to use the other lace if there isn't enough of this):
Mispickel was impossible last night. She's not actually sleeping here. She was doing the mullet cat: Innocently "asleep" in front, tail twitching furiously in back.
I made the waistband lining and will make the pockets out of solid black to save scrap for the black quilt:
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Monday, October 12, 2015
The slip underneath:
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Okay, I haven't actually started this yet. I've traced and graded the pattern, but I'm waiting for the lace to arrive in the mail--I finally got the Amazon shipping notice yesterday.
Since it's October and Hallowe'en and all that good stuff . . . goth prairie dress!
McCall's 4872 (1975).
This one seems to be more flared and less baggy than Simplicity 9778 (1971).
It has the yoke I like. I might add a band collar. I'm doing short sleeves and a knee-ish-length skirt because I only have four yards of fabric and cannot get any more. The waist ties will be separate so I can wear it with a belt if I want.
With lace trim:
Monday, September 28, 2015
I actually traced the bodice and sleeve pieces to get ready to resize this. I spent most of the weekend mending the car cover and keeping the cat warm, and I had a nagging headache, so I didn't really do anything that required thought.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Monday, September 14, 2015
I maxed out my vacation time again so I took Friday off to sew. I didn't manage to get the dress done but stubbornly pinned myself into it and wore it to the Troubadours concert, anyway. It was dark. Nobody could see that I didn't have buttons.
I finished the buttons the next day:
The lining makes it heavy but I sort of like the semi-19th century feel:
I ran out of time to mess with the skirt so this is the gathered (well, pleated) quarter-circle skirt with which I was experimenting in small scale. It worked great--lots of sweep and the look of a dirndl but with less bulk around the waist, but freer around the hips and in need of less fitting than a semi-circle without a gathered waist.
The bodice isn't meant to be tightly fitted but it does have a little bit of, for lack of a better term, side-boob going on. It sags a little around the dart (not along the dart, though; the dart isn't the issue). It's OK in this dress but I wouldn't make it again without trying to fix it.
I made another copy of the bodice front and slashed it from the center front waist diagonally to the side armscye, then perpendicularly downward from the middle of that slash to the side waist, and then rotated the diagonal quadrants inward a little (1/2 inch overlap = 1 inch taken out of the side-front).
A picture is worth a thousand words, right?
This takes up that part of the bodice around the dart but leaves the waist, side, center front opening, and upper seam/yoke measurements the same. The dart is a little smaller.
Comparison of the new (orange) and previous (green) bodice pieces ignore the jar; it was holding the paper down):
I ran up an embarrassingly sloppy test out of a rotted bedsheet. I'm going to try out a (wearable, I hope) muslin later. I think this gives it enough of a "tummy tuck", though, without spoiling the softness of the gathers into the yoke.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
The bodice back:
I'm sort of cheating here. Instead of setting the armscye piping in between the outer fabric and lining, I'm using the apply-and-turn method you use to finish the necklines on 19th century dresses.
But it works:
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Scrambling to catch up . . .
I have actual social obligations in the next two weeks. I hardly recognize my own life. Two of them are semi-professional: One is the employee awards dinner (much less formal than it sounds. Employee awards is where I discovered my aptitude for Wii basketball) and the other is a dinner lecture given by a doctor who might mention my organization in his talk, so it seems impolitic not to have a few of us in attendance. Plus . . . free dinner.
I've just found out that the Habsburg exhibit at the museum of fine arts is closing soon so I should go see that, and Friday, I'm actually going to see live music.
I'm half-dying and half-dreading this. I love the Turnpike Troubadours and this is a CD release concert, so . . . awesome. But it's downtown at a big commercial concert venue, and I find those hard to deal with. And I have to park in one of the big public garages, which is also stressful. (This is the Asperger's talking.) But I'm going. Yeah.
I saw them a year or so ago at a bar near my house. I think the waitress and I were the only two women there with our original hair color, and I was wearing the Drunken Muskrat dress and was possibly the only woman not in stretch jeans and an inexplicable jersey top. I felt both very old and like a Martian. But the band was great so . . . whatever. I'm not there for the audience.
With the understanding that I'll probably feel like a time traveler yet again, anyway, I decided I needed a new dress. I don't really have time to make this new dress but since when has that stopped me from trying, right? Thank goodness for Labor Day weekend.
I got outbid on (what I've recently discovered is) Capper's Weekly 2875, from the 1950's, a few years ago. Later, I found another copy somewhere else. I love yokes.
Mine is a bust 28 ha ha ha ha. I know it's generally considered to be a bad idea to try to grade up more than two sizes but it's been sixty years so what else am I going to do?
The fabric is a green plaid homespun with gold lamé running through it in one direction. I don't trust snaps to hold the whole dress closed--it's going to open all the way down--but I did go with white pearl buttons.
I made self piping to set into the yoke seams. It's subtle but I like the detail.
The homespun is a bit cheesy, though, as homespun always is, and I'm afraid that the bias yoke, especially, will distort, so I spent most of Saturday finagling a lining. Fingers crossed that it works. The whole thing will be lined.
Friday, August 21, 2015
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
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
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!