Friday, June 30, 2006
A top, in time. I whipped this up at the beginning of the month, and I'm just now getting around to posting. It hasn't gotten much wear yet because the weather has been cool, but it's supposed to be a hot weekend, so hopefully I'll get around to wearing it soon too.
It's made from some Joanne's calico with Simplicity 4589 (which seems to be a popular pattern around here).
Ok I sort of cheated. I was too worried about cutting the fabric and trying to alter it. So I just did a test by basting it up to see how it would look without a zipper and I think it works. Let me get up some courage and maybe I'll alter it...later.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
I recommend the book if you can understand (or translate) to sew something in Japanese.
However I think if you just see the book, maybe you have good inspiration !!
The design is so cute and they have many stylish pics.
Of course you can sew some camisole and one-piece easily!!
Pattern : no,05&11 from camisole and one-piece
Fabric : liberty print & linen
more pics is here
Happy sewing and knitting !!
Well I was going to show my cabo halter when I was finished with it but I'm stuck. I need to make alterations. It says "If there is more than 1 1/2" left along the back raw edges on each side, then take in any extra amount evenly on each of the side seams to get your desired fit." Huh? Does that mean I cut it at the edge where the zipper would be?
**UPDATE**: Ok no lightbulb. I just looked at it again and what I thought would work doesn't. I'm clueless.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
It is taken with flash, but that's ok because the beautiful golden print comes out fine on the fabric. You see, it is past 10pm here and it is bedtime soon... I guess I can finally sleep now that is done and I don't have to go to my friends's wedding naked ;). The pattern is still the Burda 8103, changes I made is the clasp in the front and it is 5cm shorter than it is supposed to be... The pattern is a bit challenging, but I found the instruction adequate. I don't have any formal education in sewing, but I Finland the public school program includes some basic sewing and knitting skills.
Monday, June 26, 2006
Well, I'm not ready to show my finished product, but I do have a "scene of the crime" shot to share. I say crime because I didn't follow the pattern exactly, and I realized something about vintage patterns. Although the pictures look very cool, the cuts and lines aren't necessarily cool to wear today. I don't really like my top very much :( but I keep trying to get inspired by it. I keep thinking, if I just embellish it somehow it will be great. I think my unhappiness with this top is a result of my novice sewing abilities, and a pattern that is not really suited for my figure. Oh well, I shall keep at it, I'm not ready to give up just yet.
"Sew Retro is a sewing group for those interested in making vintage or retro style clothing. We're not limiting ourselves to only truly vintage patterns and/or fabric, but embracing retro and vintage styles in all forms.
We will be having various sew-alongs but with quite general inclusive themes (ie a Simplicity pattern, a flowered fabric, a 50's pattern, that kind of thing) which members will be able to join in with if they so wish.
We are also hoping to be an open forum for all things related to vintage pattern sewing, such as questions on pattern wording, fitting patterns to your figure, where to find certain fabric, notions, patterns etc as well as showing off your handywork and making us all jealous!"
I'm already digging into my fabric stash to make more! The pattern was easy and straight forward; no changes were made. I think that next time I might make it a little longer perhaps.
Pink Trees, formerly Pink Rocket
I still haven't made the Rosie the Riveter shirt (still a few weeks till deadline, right?) but I did make another summer blouse. This is Butterick 4467, with quilting cotton from the clearance table.
Sunday, June 25, 2006
I finished my test top a week ago, and is using it gladly....
It is made of an old duvet case from my childhood- early seventies...thats perhaps why the fabric feels so nice on ?
Pattern: An old danish magasine "Alt om håndarbejde"- found in a second hand store.
I think the band sits a little bit wrong and that makes the top to loose in the upper part. I fixed it with a small needle with pearls. But want to ajust the pattern a bit with my next top.
Hiya, Louise here of Louise makes stuff, based in London. I ditched the project I had planned on making for sew I knit after a little shopping expedition to John Lewis on Oxford Street where I picked up the fabric above called bright ditsy. I never wear pink, but those little yellow daisys really caught my eye. The fabric is 100% cotton and should be nice and cool for the summer. I am using Simplicity pattern 4123 - the pattern looks very similar to Simplicity 4589 (Alissa's project below). I am making the top with the capped sleeves that hopefully won't make my arms look too chunky. I might put some yellow rick-rack across the front too but I will see what it looks like once it's finished before I decide. The top is well underway and I should finish it before the end of the week. more soon...
Saturday, June 24, 2006
More photos can be found at my Flickr "Sew? I Knit!" page here.
Fabric: An unlabelled, mixed-fibre, blue and white striped shirting from my grannie. The warp (or is that the weft?) is a synthetic and the weft (warp?) is a natural fibre.
Pattern: From an old issue of "Essentials" magazine. Pattern number E177
Modifications: Well - I modified the front pieces to accomadate my "boobage", turned the 1 piece sleeve into a 2-piece so I could add width at the upper arm without altering the sleeve cap, I ended up using the attatched facing strip as extra frontage becuase it was still too tight on me without it! I cut a new facing crosswise on the fabric. I did the same at the back of the collar and collar stand.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
I finished my top. This pattern was super-easy, even for me. My only complaint is that the front gapes open a bit. I may wear it over a stretchy tank.
It turned out like I wanted: a fun, cool, casual summer top. I'm hoping to make some chocolate brown bermudas to wear with it.
Pattern: Butterick B4549
Fabric: Denyse Schmidt Flea Market Fancy
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
The jury is still waaaaaay out on when I'll dive in but I intend to make the short-sleeved version, as long as those sleeves aren't too capped because cap sleeves make my upper arms look like 20 pounds of sausage stuffed into a burlap sack. If they are too capped, then the long sleeved or sleeveless.
Sunday, June 18, 2006
It was finished last weekend. I made this top for "Wardrobe Refashion 06" as well. It was done in 70's vintage fabrice, pattern from one of my Japanese pattern book called "Female" Summer 2005 issue. It's easy to make and I love the flower print on the fabric. Eventhough the colour is dark and very Autumn, and still I like it. It's very light to wear and easy to match as well.
And here's a back view:
Pattern - sort of self-designed; I based the shape of the top on a princess-seamed dress pattern that I'd used before, and just sort of winged the rest.
Fabric - 1 yd. of "Kitschy Kitchen" printed cotton by Robert Kaufman and 1 yd. turquoise cotton for the lining.
Trim - turquoise grosgrain ribbon by the spool (from Jo-Ann Fabrics).
I'm quite happy with how this turned out. I love the fabric and this is pretty much exactly what I'd envisioned when I bought it. The sash/bow is removable, in case I happen to be in a less girly mood when I'm wearing it.
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Haven't started anything for myself yet!
Pink Rocket (the site change wasn't meant to be yet!)
Friday, June 16, 2006
I love this shirt, it's so cute and girly, very me. All I have to say is that I want to make another one!!
Only mod I made was adding elastic on the sleeves to keep them down.
Nicer pictures of me wearing it to come when the weather is nicer and I find a photographer.
I haven't decided yet. She is almost done and I am leaning to the modified tank version. I think I would wear it more (the girls feel more contained) than a halter. The halter part tends to pull too much on my neck. The perils of a big bust. I was able to omit the zipper in back due to the stretch in the fabric. I can just slip it on over my head. It is just basted for now - I am "living with it" for the weekend before I decide. p.s. it is cold and rainy where I live - not much tank top wearing going on this summer :-( eek! look at that pale skin.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
A tank top really doesn't take too much fabric, so I used an old vintage pillowcase I'd found thrifting.
It's been a while since I'd worked from a pattern, mostly I deconstruct and reconstruct clothes to my liking, or I just wing it. But I dutifully cut out the pattern.
I ended up getting fed up trying to turn the ribbon ties inside out after sewing them up, so I left them out. I also think that despite cutting the pattern to specifications, the lower back panel should have been longer, so I ended up sewing on a ruffle to compensate.
Overall I think I'd try the pattern again with a few modifications.
Thanks everyone! I love seeing what y'all are sewing!
I love all your blouses, it seems like our wardrobes are growing!
Waiting for the new assignment! ^^
I've just read this month's project rules and... I found out I was mistaken! I thought the deadline was 15th June!... But it is 15th July!... So I am not "just in time", but rather "one month before the deadline"!... ^-^
Anyway, I'll be patiently waiting for the next project, wearing my new top from time to time. *^v^*
Since some of you asked about the pattern, here it is: I used a pattern from an old Burda, 3/2004 issue, pattern 118, (I only skipped the sleeves part and used a satin ribbon).
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
I am an almost-complete sewing newbie. I've only sewed one pattern, a Burda wrap skirt. The cheerful "easy" printed on the pattern is somewhat reassuring but I'm skeptical of zippers. My husband, who has a couple months more sewing experience than I do (and so is the "expert" in our immediate family) claims that zippers aren't too difficult but has a few horror stories about trying to ease sleeves.
I plan to make this out of an abstract Batik-print cotton.
Other than that, I am a sock-knitter, an artist (by hobby), a computer wrangler (by trade) and I would really, really like to learn to sew nice clothes that fit because (like many people) I'm convinced that clothing designers hate me.
This blog is just the kick in the pants I need to get this done, so thank you for providing it to help us newbies along!
I have sewn clothes since I was a teenager. I used to make more clothing than I do now, because other projects: quilts, knitting, kids, have taken over. I hope to get back into it, I love to sew.
I made a blouse last month, before the sew-along started, and you can see it on my blog. The one I'm making this month is going to be the same pattern, Burda 2561, only I'm going to make it short sleeved and change the collar.
Here's my fabric and pattern:
I'm listed in the sidebar as doing the Artful Dodger pattern from Hot Patterns, but I liked the way the blouse from this pattern turned out so I changed my mind. To make matters even more confusing, I'm listed incorrectly in the sidebar as "Erica P" instead of "Emily P".
I've been enjoying seeing everything you all are whipping up. Glad to be a part of this group!
I am having the devil of a time trying to get my fabric pleated. I am aiming for a cute Hello Kitty smocked swing top for my daughter. My problem is that I can't seem to get the needles in the right place and so end up with this:
Unpleated material! Not good. Does anyone see what I am doing wrong here? More pictures on my blog. Helpful tips desperately needed!
Monday, June 12, 2006
I have managed to complete my tunic top, I really enjoyed getting the sewing machine going again after a very long break. This pattern was simple to follow and the fit is not too bad. It did need some adjustment to the arm holes which seemd tight for this style of top. I even managed to make the bag which was also included with this pattern, I had enough fabric left over for the bag lining and used fabric from my stash for the outside.
As you can see, I've converted it to a tank top style. I'm really proud of the fact that (for once) I've finished ahead of schedule. I used some silk kimono fabric from my stash. More details about the top are on my blog.
Everyone's tops are coming out great! I hope I have a chance to finish one more before the deadline. :)
Sunday, June 11, 2006
The shirt is made from Denyse Schmidt Flea Market Fancy (I'll wait while the quilters pick themselves off the floor...); the front has faux buttons, tucks, and a peter pan collar, the back closes with 3 buttons and loops. I also made shorts to match from corduroy.
Hopefully, before a new theme is posted, I will get a shirt of my own in! I picked up the fabric for it on another one of my thrifts.
xo! Pink Rocket
Here is my summer top -- Butterick 3383 in blue cotton gauze. I think I must have chosen too large a size, because the neckline ended up having a Flashdance off-the-shoulder effect. I solved this by pleating across the front at 2 cm intervals, roughly collarbone to collarbone. The effect is like a peasant blouse, and a little shapelier than the original. I think this will be a cool and pleasant top for summer, and good under jackets in the fall.
The pattern was very easy, and very fast, too. I will make it again -- using a smaller size.
It is from Simplicity 4589, it's the third time I've used this pattern now and I love the shirts I've got out of it. I'm sure it will keep garments appearing in my wardrobe for a while yet!
Anna - finally waking up
Saturday, June 10, 2006
I've made some progress on my top, having sewed together the main pieces of the garment. One thing I've realized with this project: see-through, gauzy fabrics are difficult to work with when you are a novice! After getting this far I realized I needed a sewing handbook, and went out a bought "Teach Yourself Sewing Visually" and it has been extremely helpful, since I am a visual learner. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to start over with this top with the same fabric or new fabric from my stash, or if I'm going to stick it out with this first attempt. Stay tuned...
Friday, June 09, 2006
I found the pattern easy and very quick, i finished it today but took the collar off and sewed it on again because i was unhappy with the stitching, it still didn't look good but i decided to leave it as it is, it's mostly hidden anyway. I'll probably make another at some point so i may use some scrap fabric to make a practice collar before i do.
Not bad huh? I love it, i've impressed myself! It turned out better than i expected. Oh, and why do i always have my hands on my hips?
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Now my little smock top looks juicy with jeans or a little straight black skirt and my gold hippie sandals. What was old is new again! The best fashion bargains can be right in your own closet!
See more pictures and read the tutorial here.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
I reached my goal yesterday to get my pattern pieces cut out. There they are. The Cabo pattern calls for 2 1/2 yds of fabric but I could have made do with only 2 yds. My fabric is non-directional though, so that could account for the extra. No worries, I want to make a cute little bag to go with this. Today the sewing machine gets moved to the dining room table. Not long now before actual sewing occurs.