Friday, May 22, 2015

Off the Rails-But I Made a Whale

Me-Made May photography has ceased to happen. It's not that I've not been wearing self-mades, but I forgot to take pictures for a couple of days, and then the habit was broken.
Also, I've been on vacation this past week and I have been largely rooting around in the garden in grubby old clothes not worthy of photography. 
Tomatoes, just waiting for their cages.

I' have sewn a few baby thing for a new arrival. 
Some receiving blankets, wash clothes, and the whale. Baby S's reaction was somewhat muted when he was shown the wee beast but his dad, who hails from the Maritimes, was quite taken with it. (I may have to make him one). 

As for MMM, for the next week, (and for the actual matches in June,) I'm volunteering for the FIFA Womens World Cup Soccer. This is what will make up the bulk of my daily wear for that time. 
I was even supplied with socks.
I'm still loking forward to watching what everyone else is doing for the last two weeks of MMM.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Me-Made-May Week 2

May is just zipping by. (And both Firefox and Explorer are determined to drive me batty today.)
Sunday -Renfrew Kimono tee, second hand jacket and jeans.

Sunday May 3
Monday -same top and jacket as Sunday and yellow Vogue 1247 skirt. The pink leggings match the hint of pink in the top. (See Barb's Public Service Announcement post on compression therapy. I stand all day, so it's lovely to find fun coloured compression leggings. Mine are from Juzo.)
Monday May 4
Tuesday - Sewaholic Hollyburn re-worked from the poufy pleated skirt and a thrifted blouse.
Tuesday May 5
Wednesday - I wore almost the same out fit on May 7 last year, and then definitely the same one on May 28. I guess I'm predictable.
Wed May 6
Thursday - purple vintage Simplicity.
Thursday May 7
Friday- Sewaholic Renfrew. Earlier in the week I received an email at work suggesting wearing  teal for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day.  I no longer have ovaries (the triad of evil was removed a couple of years ago, not because of cancer), but to those of you who do, be mindful of the subtle symptoms and be persistent with your GP.
Friday May 8

Saturday -Sewaholic Renfrew with a modified neckline. Saturday was socialize-all-day with three different events. I'm thrilled to have so many wonderful friends, but the introvert part of me wants to spend the rest of the weekend by myself. That won't be happening. We're having a Boxing-Day-in-May party at my sisters for my Dad's side of the family. Again, I have a wonderful family and I am grateful we are all healthy and able to get together, but I'm all peopled out. As Stephanie says, I need time to staccare.
Saturday May 9
I'm happy to note I have worn one vintage pattern this week as well as items from an indie pattern designer.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Simplicity 6557 - A Look Slimmer Pattern- in Purple

I vaguely remember my mother wearing the pant suit version of this pattern, so it must be from the early '70s.
I cut it out months ago, but I have only finished sewing it this last week. The warmer weather removed my enthusiasm for wearing corduroy, but a slight cold snap spurred me on again.

 The dress has princess seamed with a v-neck and seamed above the waist front panel.
 The dress was easily assembled but the inverted 'V' of the bodice gave me pause, and, with typical introvert behaviour, I thought about just how to achieve a definite bodice point for far too long. I should learn to do something and then, if it doesn't work, ponder why. I might get more done that way.

I think the dress looks better IRL than in the pictures, and it could be because all the pictures, save the very first one, were taken at the end of the day when I was all rumpled.

 As with many patterns, the sleeve heads are too large resulting in puckering around the arm hole seams. I managed to steam the worst of the wrinkles away, but if I make the dress again, I'll definitely reduce their size.
  I inserted a back zip, but later removed it as I can pull the dress off over my head without the use of the zipper.
The facings and pockets (not included in the original pattern but I like pockets) are made from cotton remnants from the stash as I thought self facings and pockets would be too bulky.

I'm rather pleased with how this turned out as I had to make no fitting adjustments at all.  It's amazing how the way patterns fit changes over the years. The pieces were all well marked and other than the overly large sleeve heads, (that I knew would be just from looking at them, and should have trimmed) everything went together very well. I hope all my other vintage experiments are this successful.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Me-Made May; The beginning

Here we start Me-Made May. I'm afraid there won't be much chatter today. I'm just happy the weather is nicer this May compared to last year. It's still unusual (we're not usually 27 degrees on May 2) but I prefer it to last year's temperatures.
 May 1: Renfrew-Kimono tee and a Hollyburn denim skirt.

May 2: Faux cowl top from a rayon jersey and my giraffe skirt.
 Let's hope I'm a little more energetic next week.
I hope everyone else is having a good start to the month.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Me Made May 2015

 'I, Sox of Finished Thread, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May 2015. I endeavour to wear at least one article of me-made, re-made or thrifted clothing,  each day for the duration of May 2015 and I will try to wear at least one item from a vintage or independent* pattern company each week.

* This differs slightly from the pledge I signed at So Zoe.. in that I didn't mention the independent pattern part.

Now I"ll just have to see how this goes. During the week is easy, but I don't have a lot of me-made play-in-the-dirt clothes for warmer weather, and so far this year, the weather is soooo much better than it was last year at this time.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Collared Oakridge

Tho' she has absolutely no recollection of this, the Geek found this blouse at a thrift store a few years ago. We both liked the fabric and the pattern,

This is the pattern, not the much more interesting way the camera make it appear in the other photos.

but not the boxy shape.
No fashion blogger would wear this blouse with those trousers.
This picture was taken after I removed the darts.
I tried adding dart to the front and back, that made it fit better in the waist but didn't address the poor fit under the arms.
The shirt was placed in the 'ponder' file for several months.

Tasia then released the Oakridge pattern. It's nice having someone who designs for the pear-shaped among us.

I traced out my size placed, found the blouse, opened up the side seams, and placed the pattern pieces over the existing front and back. After cutting the blouse to the new shape, I resewed the side seams. I didn't change the hem or the collar.

I didn't move the dart, which may explain the drag lines toward my waist even tho' the fit under my arms is better.
 But when you add a sweater, you can't see the imperfections.
 Now I'll see how it fits when I start with a fresh piece of fabric rather than an existing shirt.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Front and Back. Front to Back. Front and...

I'm not the only one who has trouble fitting trousers. It's a common lament on the blogs I read. Only Roobeedoo has managed to nail a pair on the first outing. I'm thrilled for her and I hope I can find my perfect pattern too.
My first attempt, started in January, was a full legged pair, Vogue 8751. I decided to insert use a back zipper because, for me, fly fronts don't always reflect how well something fits. The back zipper was a royal pain, taking me three attempts and I regretted trying to be clever;the fly front would have been much easier.
The results are not what I'd hoped for and I'm not sure if I like the pattern enough to try fixing the problems.

some pulling in the back
But the real kicker was the way the yoke did(n't) fit. I think the pattern was made for someone whose hipline suddenly turns into a waist. Mine tend to taper in gradually.

plus, the pockets stick out
OK. Next. Vintage McCalls 5408 shorts with length added to the legs and pockets.
a prominsing start.
This turned out to be quite hilarious. Again, I did the back zipper for the previously mentioned reason, and again, I should have done a fly front, but if I had, I wouldn't have learned something very interesting...
First off, the fit was verrrrry strange. The back was fine, but the front was incredibly baggy. I puzzled about who this could have been drafted for, because they look very close fitting in the picture. I regret not taking a photo, becuase it reminded me of this (without the pointy bits).

Needless to say, I had to take in the front quite a bit.
The back gaped, so I added a couple of darts. Then I found I had comehow cut the waistband too small
so I added a tab.

The fit at that point was not too bad, tho' the back was strangely low,
 There is a bit of a gap in the back because I didn't pull the zipper fully closed
 while the front was unusually high.
plus the pockets pull in the front a bit.

I'm not sure when the dime dropped, tho' I'm sure the experience among you have realized all along where I've been going with this...

Yes indeed. I'd somehow confused with the front and the back. 
The original  front with added darts and some pull lines.

the original back, that still doesn't fit despite all my adjustments..
I should be slightly offended to realize that because I have no derriere the front fits as a back better than the back would, but this is quite amusing.

So, modified the pattern so I had two 'fronts'.

And tried again. These aren't bad, I just need to take about an inch out of the rise so the waistband sits at my waist.
The weird lighter area is from sitting on my bicycle saddle

I can't believe it's taken this long to get my first vintage pattern sewn and I'm starting to think I should just stick to skirts. I've marked my changed on the pattern pieces and will revisit this trouser thing later.