Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Pajamas are one of those things I have never been able to bring myself to spend money on. I know, it's stupid, I could easily pick up a cute pair at Marshall's without breaking the bank. But for years, my go-to night look has been a pair of ratty pj pants (bought by my mother some 10 years ago) or ratty shorts with on old, equally ratty t-shirt that I stole from my husband. It's not a cute look.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Perhaps those of you who are about my age will remember the flowy rayon palazzo pants that were popular in the mid-90s. I had a pair, bought, I think, at Pier One Imports. I used to wear them with a white or gray v-neck t-shirt and my $97.52 suede Birkenstock Boston clogs. (Why do I remember how much they cost? Because I talked my parents into giving me half the money for my birthday and my father was appalled at how much I was planning to spend on a pair of shoes and didn't let me forget it for years. I'm no longer a Birkenstock kind of girl, so I don't really remember why I wanted them so badly.)
Thursday, March 1, 2018
February was a busy month, and though I sewed quite a few individual garments, most of them were underwear and other things that don't take much time to assemble. I still have to blog a couple of these projects, and others will only be recorded here.
1) Simplicity 1563A pj pants. These used up 3 yards of flannel bought from FabricMart in January for this precise purpose. Completed 2/2. These will be on the blog soon.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
This cardigan has been on my to-sew list forever. It gets great reviews, and all the ones I had seen in the blogosphere looked fabulous. The pattern is McCalls 6996, which I picked up during a $1 sale last summer but just got around to sewing up.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Earlier this winter, I saw a lovely dress on Instagram and immediately fell in love. It was a lengthened navy-blue jersey Plantain dress and the shape was perfect and easy.
Fabric Mart had a sale a few days later and in the sale was a 4-yard pre-cut of this navy jersey, which was listed as cotton/rayon/lycra. My striped Blackwood cardigan is also cotton/rayon/lycra from FabricMart, and I really liked the heft and hand of the fabric, plus it was in the exact shade I wanted, so I was sold. The fabric didn't disappoint, and I was even more pleased with my purchase when the yardage came out of the wash with that unmistakeable wool smell. I don't think it's a pure wool/lycra, but some percentage of the fabric definitely came from a sheep. The dress took just under 2 yards, and I have about 2 yards left for another garment in the future.
I made up a Plantain from the same adjusted pattern as the purple Plantain tee I made last month. I lengthened it 17", continuing the side seam angle all the way down. I ended up cutting about 2.5" off before hemming it up another inch. (I actually didn't realize that I had ended up with a dipped hem in the back until I saw these photos. I might even it out, I might not. Haven't decided yet!)
Following my frustration with the Plantain sleeves when I last made the pattern, I decided to use the size 16 Renfrew sleeve with 1/2" shaved off each side seam. The Renfrew has a symmetrical sleeve, but it generally fits me with the right amount of ease once I take in the side seams.
Thanks for reading, and see you next time!
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Shortly after making my first M7353, I made a second one. Again I used a straight size 14 (though the size chart would have me in a size 20). This one used up two yards of purple rayon/lycra from the stash, bought as a pre-cut from Fabric Mart earlier in 2017. The fabric was a bit less stable than the fabric I used for my striped version, and so the dress turned out quite a bit larger than the first one on top. I took it in a lot from the top of the waistband up to the underarm and down to the sleeve hem.