Monday, May 21, 2012

Vintage charm.

I am proud of this one.  Another oliver + s... this time the family reunion dress.  I used a vintage, navy blue fabric with white polka dots.  It is from the 1970's, and belonged to my great aunt who recently got rid of most of her stash.  I've been trying to figure out what to make with this for a while.  It was one of a select few fabrics that were able to be salvaged from her stash as most smelled like cigarettes.  Phew.

Hard to see in this picture but there are a few rows of stitching at the bottom, which add a nice touch and stability.  The fabric isn't cotton, I think it is a blend of some sort.  Not sure what though, it falls nicely and isn't stiff but very "drapey" and soft.  Whatever it is, I like it.  

The buttons are vintage from my stash.  I thought having a new machine that sewed the buttons and button holes for me, would help me like buttons more.  Nope, even though they are really easy now, I still find them annoying.  I think it boils down to me not liking to switch gears in the middle of a project and change the presser foot to sew button holes.  So I am just lazy.

The neckline and pleats are adorable.  The button tab is cute too, but my stitching was a little wonky.  That was the cat's fault.  He likes to sit in front of the machine when I sew, it is not distracting at all.

Another easy to sew pattern with adorable results.  I've seen a version of this dress in dupioni silk on flickr.  Here is another gorgeous rendition, made by the same lady.  They are both amazing!! 


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Something old into something new.

Back when the weather was still cold and I actually had somewhat of a life besides studying for neuroscience/biological psych tests I had some free time to peruse through thrift stores every so often.  I usually make a beeline for the fabric section, the sheets/pillowcases, and then look for some pyrex.  I only give myself 10 minutes.  If I can't find it in 10 minutes, it isn't there.

On this trip, I got particularly lucky.  I found a pyrex bowl, set of matching vintage pillowcases, they are a really nice fabric, not cotton, almost silk like?  I even scored a few yards of this pink striped quilting cotton.

I am not sure what I will do with those vintage pillow cases, for now they join my stash.  The pyrex matches a set of four mugs that I have.  Cuteness.
The cotton became this...another oliver + s pattern.  (I know, I know, I'm addicted, I should seek help).  This time I sewed up the seashore sundress pattern.  Again, a superb pattern, very easy to follow and it turned out really cute.  The fabric was a bit too sheer, so I should have probably lined it.  Although, I figured this is going to be worn in the middle of summer in Georgia (HOT) so Miss L might be more comfortable with it unlined.  Either way, it turned out cute and I can't wait to sew up another.  Next time I'll use something that is a little more substantial.  But hey, you can't complain when you get two yards of fabric for $1.99, the buttons came from my stash, so this dress was a steal!


Monday, May 7, 2012

Stash busting.

Going thru my stash nicely!  Here's another top made for Miss L.  Another oliver + s pattern and another rave review.  This time it was the 2 + 2 blouse.  I used a butterfly print that I found at joanns a few years ago and a random polka dot print.  I this combo about three years ago to make this dress (2nd dress pictured).  

The pattern was a dream to sew up, and I cranked this out in only a day.  That was with several interruptions, of course.

It's not my favorite, I think because I just don't like the fabric.  Also contributing to my lack of love for this top is the fact that Leilani "wanted a dress" and was rather put off that I dared sew her a shirt.  She was downright offended.  In retrospect, I should have just added five inches to the bottom and this would have been an adorable a-line dress.  Ah, well, live and learn.  

I have quite a few more items on my "to-sew" list and I made sure that they are all DRESSES.  You can thank me later, Miss L.