Sunday, June 29, 2008
I am weary so please forgive me...but I think I can...I think I can...finish up this last piece so the JCC is done...
Okay...I'm going back in now...too bad I have to go to work tomorrow or this would be a no-brainer...
I think I can...I think I can...I think I can...
she mutters as he heads back to her sewing machine...
Friday, June 27, 2008
I know that I said that I would stay away from there (Ebay) but I just keep getting sucked back in...at least now though I am only buying one or two patterns at a time instead of 15!!!
I also got this amazing gray linen blend border print from FashionFabricsClub:
My fabric closet holds quite a few pieces of gray and navy fabrics but mostly in wools for fall and winter. I managed to put together this collection of fabrics to make several more pieces for work...I just have to figure out when to sew it!
Solid gray linen (FFC); gray linen/blend border print (FFC); cotton/linen blend (Rag Shop); ltwt. cotton sateen (Metro Textile)
And I took a picture of this tag:
Since so many people seemed "curious" about the fact that I knew exactly where and when I bought the fabric for the Vintage Vogue Dress. This is just something I do...every piece of fabric that comes into the house gets tagged. The little white tag tells me yardage, fiber content, where I bought it, if it was pre-treated, and in the early years I put the year on it or if it was a store tag (i.e. Fabric Mart/Rag Shop) the year appears on it. It helps with knowing how much fabric is available when I'm thinking about a project and if it was pre-treated!
I also want to clear something up from the last post about the Vintage Vogue dress ~ the back yoke DOES NOT have bound buttonholes on it. I made machine stitched buttonholes and added an extra buttonhole and button to cover the yoke fully. When I re-read what I wrote it sounded like I made bound buttonholes and I didn't...making the pleats was bad enough! *LOL*
So this weekend will be dedicated to finishing off my JCC pieces. There are already some amazing entries up for this contest and I need to get mine finished and photographed so that I can move on! I have quite a few ideas running through my mind for more summer dresses and I need to get them made into garments!
Last update - I am in awe of all of those who have made their coat muslins! I don't even own the muslin fabric yet and realized that I am going to be sewing mine in late August/early September. I just can't sew that far ahead of the season! Issues...I know! *LOL*
Have a great weekend and hopefully finished JCC pieces soon!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
photo credits: http://www.style.com/
If you've been reading my ramblings for any length of time, you know that I LOVE fabric. Nothing makes me happier than a great piece of fabric...especially one that has some detail to it...a piece of fabric that once cut up can be transformed into something magical and unique!
So even as I've attempted to try sewing patterns other than my TNT, time and time again it's the fabric that makes the garment sing...
And I have some even more amazing pieces of fabric waiting on deck for their chance to become a garment, because it's all about the fabric, baby!!!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
I know I broke my rule and showed it on my body but the flat pictures just don't do the components of this dress justice as you can see here:
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
The jacket is my Butterick 4980 wearable muslin - made last year from a linen jacquard tablecloth and working perfectly with the optical illusion that is my dress this year:
Even though the dress has a very big and vivid print, I like it! I only used two of the four yards that I bought from Melodye so I probably can get the tunic out of the remaining fabric.
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Saturday, June 07, 2008
I know that several of you have tried to locate this pattern after seeing a couple of dresses that I made from the pattern. Well, since I have become an Ebay hound, I located 3 at Pins-Needles Sewing Emporium Store on Ebay. The sizes are 8-10-12; 14-16-18; 20-22-24! They are all present and accounted for and are selling for $10 a pattern.
Just to remind you what the dress looks like - this is the last version I made for last year's Timmel SWAP:
So of course I bought three yards of it! It is a 100% Cotton light weight poplin with an embroidered pattern. It arrived last night and I LOVE it! I even have the perfect buttons to go with this fabric...but alas, I have to sew JCC items!
In my pattern collection, I have several shirtdress patterns...c'mon admit it, you probably do too! It is such a classic dress and looks good on everyone when made correctly!
Vogue 2939 is a very classic shirtdress with a hidden button placket and I think the fabric would look very "Corporate Chic" in this pattern!
Tamotsu 1916 (circa 1997) has a shirtdress with a cute little collar and short sleeves. Mine is a size 14-16-18 but I can alter the pattern to fit me since it has very simple lines.
Fashion Patterns by Connie is Connie Crawford's webline and while it has some of the Butterick patterns on it...there are a lot more styles available. You should definitely surf around this wonderful resource.
Since I am "working" on JCC pieces ~ this new idea will go on my list! But I have fabric and notions in hand and the idea is gnawing on the edges of my brain so I don't think it will stay in fabric lengths long...especially since it works so well for my corporate work environment and my idea of "Sophisticated Summer Dressing."