First of all, I do not work for these people. I'm just really excited and would like to share my new knowledge with others.
I'm taking a pattern drafting class through G Street Fabrics in the DC region (also excited about that, but it's another post) and my instructor recommended using the Atlanta Thread and Supply Company for notions and our french curves and what not. They're an online wholesaler. So I visited and man are the prices good.
Behold my first expeditionary haul:
All of that (not the blue mat, I already had that) was a grand total of $28.67, including shipping. Those three spools of serger thread? $5.55 TOTAL (they're $4.59 individually at most places). The zippers? $0.65 each! A dozen cover your own buttons? $1.92 total! Plus I got a $5 off my next purchase coupon which covers my $6.25 of shipping from this one (I think they do the shipping by weight, but I'm not sure).
Anyway, there's no fabric (I think), but tons of other stuff. It's FANTASTIC and I ordered this stuff on Monday with the regular shipping option and got it on Wednesday. So, go forth and save some money on notions without having to wait for the 50% off sales at Hancocks and Joannes.
Nice, eh? I thought so and bought some awesome blue and white linen to make this color blocked 60s throw-back dress. Cut the pieces all out and pinned them up on my indoor clothes line I put all my sewing projects on. That was a year ago. I was apparently very distracted.
So, the dress:
If you checked out the link you'll notice that there are sleeves on that pattern. Mine too originally had sleeves, but they didn't sit right. And I tried to fix them. And they were better, but not quite right. And I tried some more, thinking I was getting better at troubleshooting and congratulating myself on being able to fix the sleeves. Then the whole thing went pear-shaped and I ended up having to cut the sleeves out entirely and decided it would be sleeveless. Sergers, while awesome, make irreversible sewing decisions.
If you've set in sleeves you've probably noticed that a nicely cut sleeve has more space underneath your armpit so the garment sleeve will move with you. My dress now had gaping arm holes which displayed some side boob. In the picture below you'll see the armpit gussets I had to add.
Also, that neckline was hard to do and required some hand sewing. Plus linen is begging to be unraveled so there was alot of serging and lapped seams involved in this dress. All in all, it was a Vogue "easy" pattern which means "geez, I really have to think about this to do it right" or "way harder than any other pattern company's definition of 'easy'". I still don't really understand why the sleeves were weird.
Anyway, I got a nice summer shift out of it. Hopefully the linen won't be too wrinkly to wear to work.
I picked up this pattern ages ago during one of those $0.99 sales at Hancocks. It's a pretty handy pattern in that you pick a dress size and a bust size (by cup). Cools. It's straightforward with the instructions, but I'm biased because I also have David Coffin's shirtmaking book so have a decent idea of how collars are done (though this is the first time I've finished a button-down). I finished ALL the seams. French seams and those nice shoulder seams all around, most of the techniques courtesy of Mr. Coffin. I serged the sleeves on after basting them on with the regular machine.
I've seen short sleeve button-downs described as "camp shirts" which I like. Wearing them out with shorts feels a little bit old fashioned and kind of dressed up, kind of not.
Anyway, the shirt:
I made the collar maybe a tad large, but I like it. It sits pretty well.
Excuse the wrinkled armpits. I wore the shirt today so it's a bit broken in already.
The sleeve details I did myself. A friend had something like this on a shirt I admired so I decided to add them here.
Things I'll change next time: I'll nip it in a bit more through the waist (it's fine as it is though) and I'll use a lighter interfacing up the front. The button line is a bit stiff when I sit, but it might soften with a wash.
Anyway, it's a good pattern, I recommend it and will use it more. Happy sewing.
Alright, I have to run by the store for a longer zipper and I will be DONE. Receiving your package in the mail is really a great kick in the ass.
I probably should sweep the craft room though:
And that doesn't show the other side of the table that's littered with my husband's miniatures he's painting. Or all the stuff I just kicked under the table. Or everything my cats have carried off to their nest.
First of all, I didn't make the tote. The lovely people at Michaels did. I didn't seem to fit into the reconstructed category and I didn't see a posting section for "lazy bums who are just embellishing store bought items".
I dropped the picture into Photoshop (this may or may not have been done on my work computer), copied it out so that it was the length I wanted, made the background color roughly the same as the bag, and added my initial in the same color. Then I just printed it out on that color iron on paper, cut it out, and voila:
It's been a book or crochet bag (pfpht, like I ever finish anything crocheting) for a while now and seems to be holding up just fine.
Sometimes you find a quilting cotton you just can't live without. I bought this fabric a while ago and only recently decided to make something out of it. This is the Weekender Monaco Top from Hot Patterns.
If you google the pattern (I'd like but there's something up with their site at the moment I'm posting) you'll see that my collar is nothing like theirs. I used too stiff of interfacing and the mandarin collar was too wide so it came halfway up my neck. So I flipped it down and out and it seems to be working out. I've worn it a few times like this now and quite like it.
I do love things with yokes though. I had to set the sleeves in twice though. I somehow always forget that my shoulders are narrower than what most patterns allow so I end up with sleeves about a half inch out too far. You think at some point I'd start to remember.
I made the sleeveless, collarless dress from this pattern a few years back and at some point I'll take some pictures of it.
Comments about Hot Patterns: They're perfectly fine and functional patterns. I personally prefer the tissue patterns over white paper ones for storage reasons, but people are different. If you're not swayed by the paper issue, they're honestly not any more stylish than stuff you can get from the big four - they just do a better job with the pictures to make the patterns seem more stylish. Elongated fashion drawings of people always look way better than the comparably stumpy legged human in the actual garment.
A friend of mine went to India last fall for a family wedding and brought me back some what I assume to be sari fabric (he doesn't have a clue, his aunts picked it out). It's a thin cotton with blue and green threads which makes the color change with movement and there are little mirrors sewn into the middle of gold printed sunbursts. The edge is a wine and gold stripped border, which I wanted to make a design point of anything I made out of it.
I decided to use Vogue 7848, which I've had for years, and make it into a dress. On a side note, I think the pattern might be discontinued as I couldn't find it in the catalog when I was at the store buying boning, but I was in a bit of a rush. Here's the dress on my dress form (which I didn't use to make this).
A few notes on the pattern: It's a Vogue Easy, but it has boning in it. Honestly, the boning is simple to put in and it is an easy dress. I taught my roommate to sew years ago using this pattern. It's also a great versatile pattern that just needs interesting fabric to make it a great dress.
Unfortunately I don't have any great wedding action shots due to my husband abandoning picture taking duty for bourbon drinking duty. Another friend hopefully has some good ones since my mother has been demanding them. This is my friend (a bridesmaid) and I acting out awkward middle school dances from our youths. Notice the kick-ass fascinators my mom brought back from Ireland in all our hair (mine's the most obvious). Start the trend in the US, wear them to weddings!
I'm lucky enough to live near two really great thrift stores. I stroll through the racks looking for decent quality stuff that's not too worn and in colors I like. This was a J.Crew sweater with sleeves that folded back. Loved the color, but it was too small and the sleeves were clunky. So I cut off the bottom of the arms and up the front to make a cardigan.
I'm not a knitter so I just ran a zig-zag stitch along all the raw edges. Here you can see the original finish at the bottom of the body and the raw finish on the arms.
I made the mistake of cutting out the neck of the sweater which wasn't bad to begin with and led to some strange gaping that had to be fixed with a hot steam iron. I originally wanted to sew ribbon around all the raw edges but that just turned out awful so I pulled it all off. In the end I used the ribbon to make a little rose for the top.
It's a bit more homespun than I usually like to wear, but I like it and wore it quite a bit this winter. I love thrifting because even if this had of turned out to be a disaster, I would have only been out $5.