Sunday, June 28, 2009

Purchase Pix

More vintage patterns. It seems that the only way for me to control my vintage pattern stash is to avoid them completely - Hah! (That will never happen.)
Another beautiful but mostly impractical garment (much like the jumpsuit!)

Just love the lines of this one.

Got this one for the vest - I've got big plans for "the vest" in upcoming wardrobes. (Note the word plans :))

Dear readers, especially those that commented on this (thanks for such encouraging comments BTW), I happily blame you for this one! Not only do I love the jumpsuit, take a look at the line drawing for the jacket - note the back armholes and sleeve cap. Hmmm, this is something new...

And then there's the fabric:
My Vera Lavender purchases. Note: Yes, I'm happy with my purchases. They were exactly what I expected. Lovely, crisp silk for a blouse in the fall/winter wardrobe.

Silk/wool blend twill with a really nice hand.

I also got two pieces of white, one knit, one a nice cotton for either a blouse or a dress.

Then I got this e-mail from EmmaOneSock. This is another site I try not to visit often - it's just much too tempting. I wasn't looking for anything in particular until I saw this. I have been drooling over the spring Liz Claiborne and found many of the fabrics on this site! Only bought two though.

This lightweight cotton print for a blouse, maybe a nice sleeveless dress.

The second piece is one of the linen huge multi-colored plaids. My pictures don't do this fabric justice and I can't find an online pic to show you. Guess you'll just have to wait!

Then there's this glazed linen - thanks to you Nancy I had to have it. There is a blouse from this fabric in my future!

One more. I picked up this yesterday for a festive 4th of July dress. Hmmm, that's this weekend, right? I'm getting off the computer NOW!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Too much to say!

We just got back from a week's vacation in...Michigan City, Indiana. What's that? You've never heard of it? You can't figure out why anyone would want to go to Indiana for a vacation? Well, just take a look at this.
1. The Beach

2. The Zoo (note the wandering peacock in the second pic)
3. Mt. Baldy (the dunes)
4. The Family
3. The Property
4. The Sunsets
It's close, it's got lots to do, and it only rained at night! A good time was had by all :)

In addition to all that, this city has a fantastic outlet mall that is really within walking distance. (But at 90 degrees I wasn't walkin' anywhere except the beach!) I mention this because the credit card has been very busy for the last two weeks. Online fabric sales before and during the vacation, a few more vintage patterns (online and at an antique mall in MC), and of course, some outlet purchases. I did have certain items I wanted to get for the kids (Gymboree and The Children's Place) but my wardrobe grew a little too. Four sleeveless T's (Liz Claiborne, Ann Klein) and the most exciting of all, a bright pink and yellow belt from J. Crew. You don't know this but I spent most of the summer last year in search of a yellow belt. When I finally found one I got it home and it was way too big. I added the extra holes but the entire thing was topstitched and couldn't be shortened (scroll down)in length. I don't even try to wear it anymore. Will have to share the fabric and patterns later this weekend. Gotta get off the computer and sew, for Pete's sake!

Just one more thing. Here's a website you must check out, if you haven't already. If it doesn't work, go to and scroll down to the Perfect Jeans Calculator. It's not just for jeans. Once you put in your measurements they assign your body type and have links to many, many, many garments that will (are supposed to) flatter you. I'm excited because this is something I struggle with. I know what garments I want to make but am never 100% sure that it will flatter my figure. I like to shop RTW for ideas but don't like it enough to actually go try on high end garments that I know I have no intention of purchasing. I shall take the magazine's advice and see how it works out.

Happy sewing!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Jump n'

If you're ready to jump 'n the jumpsuit trend I suggest visiting the vintage pattern sites. I know, they're completely ridiculous when you have to use the restroom, but I just couldn't resist. (Be kind as you evaluate the pix, I'm hot, I'm wrinkled, I'm ready to end the school year!) It's Butterick 6680 by Willi Smith.

I only made two design changes to the pattern. The first was to increase the width of the pant legs - I think it was a total of two inches. I took a yardstick and put one end at the widest part of my hip and came sort of straight down. I didn't want to width to be extra wide (like my hipss :)), so I brought it in slightly. The other was to add elastic at the waist. I wore it once without the elastic and while it felt fine when I was standing I had some droopy backside! The elastic keeps the crotch line in place. The back view is still not-all-that, but it's certainly better than before. You can read about more of the sewing details by clicking on the PR sidebar picture.

I'm sorry I can't remember the blog I visited recently, but she too had invested in some groovin' vintage jumpsuit patterns. When I started my hunt last year there were many patterns out there - just type in "jumpsuit" in the search box.

Here are my other treasures:

Saturday, June 6, 2009

A Different SWAP

Shopping Without A Plan.

The Results:

Two years ago I discovered sewing with a plan. I organized my stash, listed everything (patterns and fabrics), shopped with my list, and made garments that all coordinated but didn't necessarily look good together. The "outfits" were just a little off. Last fall I decided to stick to one or two color schemes, make what I liked and then backtrack to see if it fit into a SWAP. No lists just a few sketches as my guide. I don't really know if this worked as I only finished about 1/3 of the garments I had planned. This spring I've completely reverted to my old ways. The result so far has been one wader, and five days of coming home ready to sew but no production. I go to my sewing area and don't have any idea where to start. Today I scanned all my summer fabric so I could look at them all together (I was surprised how quick the process was). What I realized is that almost everything I have was purchased to make clothes for work...and work ends on Wednesday. And if you haven't figured it out already, well, just look at all those prints! Last night I made a pair of shorts, orange shorts. Yes, orange shorts! Sheesh.

Here's the current, um, "plan".

Your suggestions are welcome. Just remember, 1. I'm looking at spending the next three months in SAHM mode, 2. I've got to do some more sewing before I can buy any more fabric because I'm out of storage space.