Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sewing My Vintage Patterns

 A great many people have joined the Vintage Pattern Pledge co-hosted by Marie and Kerry. The passive-aggresive part of me doesn't like to feel obligated, so I won't 'pledge', but I still plan to sew up some of the cool patterns I've acquired.

To that end, I have cut the shorts version of these 1977 trousers. The grey corduroy fabric is left over from a different pair of trousers under construction. (I have never had so much trouble with a zipper -I'm attempting the third insertion, but they should be done soon.) I am adding the Hollyburn pockets because I like them so much, and, well, trousers should have pockets.

 I hope to cut out this 1971 (I think) dress this weekend. Purple corduroy this time.

I have white cotton-with-seahorses for this 1960's dress. I've been tidying tho' and I can't put my hands immediately upon the stuff. And, because I have a Sewaholic crush, I'm going to use the Cambie skirt instead of the slim one pictured.

I had a hard time finding this pattern. Again, the tidying. I'd filed it in its proper box. What was I thinking?!? I plan to make view 3 from a white orange printed cotton. No picture, of course, because the orange print is hanging out with the seahorses.

I want to make this dress too, but I'm not 100% sure where I'd wear it. The idea is still percolating.

And I have no hard-and-fast ideas about these two, but they were too much fun to leave behind.
Let's see what actually happens!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Renfrews With A Twist

This is a very sloppy post. The camera batteries are dead, so I took these pictures with my cell phone and they are topsy-turvy. (Thankfully I have no aspirations of being a fashion blogger.)

I have been doing a bit of sewing, and some knitting. I am a very slow at kniter but I wanted to make my friend K an infinity scarf for Christmas. A project that would take most people one day took me close to two weeks. The project was easy enough, but I am easily distracted so there are several 'design features' to make the scarf truly original. However she likes it so all is good.

But I digress. Bring on the crazy pictures of some easy Renfrew modifications. All the sweaters are a lovely wool jersey I had in my stash and finally worked up the nerve to use. (It's taken me a long time to cut the 'good fabric'. I don't know why; it's not good for anything laying in a box somewhere.)

The first one is from Modellina November  (I think) 2013. I saw this magazine on sale once at McNally's and promptly bought it. I have never seen the Modellina in stock there again. Such a pity. This one contains some very interesting patterns so I would think others would be the same.

Modello 34. I'll wait while you turn your head, tho' it may not be necessary to look at the pattern layout sketches. This was a very easy idea to adapt to the Renfrew; I just made the Renfrew's neckline smaller and traced off the curved collar piece to fit.


This off-white-but-soon-to-be-dyed-because-some-colour-ran-onto-it sweater was made using this
split cowl collar tutorial. I like how it turned out and plan to make another, and not wash it with anything brightly coloured.

The tie front sweater is a modified with the neckline and tie from Butterick 5859.

I like how the simplicity of the Renfrew lends itself to so many other neckline styles.
And I can stay warm on my way to work and in my drafty office.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

Our best wishes to you all for this holiday season and a safe, healthy, and contented New Year. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Colder Days Ahead

It must have been Nicki's blog that pointed me toward Elsewhen's Craftsy shop and from there, the Daryn cloche.
I thought the lower right toque was a good place to start. 
The crown pieces were cut from the sleeves. (I was practicing my shivering when I took this picture. )


The brim from the body. I free handed the curve. 

The cap badge was a wood laminating experiment The Geek did a few years ago. We had no idea what to do with it until now. (We both have strange stashes of all sorts of things. )

The finished object. 

From many different angles. 

The hat is sitting on a balloon on top of a glass. 

It's so much easier to take pictures of something when it is sitting still (on the ironing board) that to attempt selfies of yourself 
The hat made its formal debut as I marshaled for the ShimanoCyclocross  Championships held her this weekend on a lovely fall day. 
How would you like to come down this hill or rather, riverbank, on a bike? (I'm standing behind the barricade that prevents riders from flying into the river. )I climbed down on the right and was so glad I wore my hiking boots. There were crashes only in the first two (of three) races I marshaled  with no serious injuries. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sewing Smalls Flat -the Instructions

 Back in early July I sewed myself some knickers from a pattern made from an existing pair. I took pictures so I would remember how to do it, but had yet to write up the instructions. Since I am going to eventually make more (once this lovely fall weather succumbs to the inevitable winter; {please, take your time, winter}), I thought I should quickly do it now.

1) Cut the fabric (front, back, leg bands (2), waist band, crotch (2)). I used two different colours to ease demonstration.

2) Pin the back of both of  the crotch piece to the back piece, with the back piece sandwiched between the two crotch pieces.

3)Pin the front of one of crotch pieces to the front piece. Roll up the front and back pieces so they sit against the back crotch pinned area/seam. (Note: it may be easier to sew the back seam so nothing slips. By this point I had sewn a few so I was combining steps.)

(Front and back pieces rolled up between crotch pieces.)
4) Pin the second crotch piece to the front piece, sandwiching the front piece between the two crotch pieces.

(Front and back pieces sandwiched between crotch pieces.)
 5) Sew/serge one/both crotch seams.
Front and back pieces still rolled between (now serged) crotch pieces.)
 6) Pull the front and back from between the crotch pieces.

(Seams are now hidden between the two crotch pieces.)

(Seams are now hidden between the two crotch pieces, both sides.)
 7) Fold one leg bands in half lengthwise and sew/serge to one leg opening.
(Leg band stitched to one leg opening.)
8) Sew/serge the side seam on the banded side.

9) Attach the second leg band to the second leg opening. (You could do both leg openings at once, but don't close both side seams.)
(Attached leg bands with one side sewn.)

(Closed leg.)
 10) Fold the waistband in half lengthwise and sew/serge it to the waist.
(Waistband attached.)
 11) Sew/serge the second side. Trim threads.
I ended up top-stitching around the serged seams to re-inforce and to have the seams lay flat.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Seven Random Facts

I would like to thank Philippa, the lovely author of Gloria and Me, nominated me for the the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

I am very touched and therefore pleased to offer, in no particular order, seven random facts about me.
- Reading was the best thing I ever learned how to do. I still prefer books to e-readers and maps to GPS. 

- My eye colour changes from very dark, when I am my normal myself, to almost clear when I am tired or unwell.
- Curried tuna salad (tuna, mayonnaise, curry paste, cucumber relish, hint o' garlic) with sorrel is my favourite sandwich.
- I have OIADD* and so do most of my colleagues. That's what happens when you are trying to make your brain do too many 'urgent' things at once. People in my line of work usually acquire this condition in less than two weeks.
- I started sewing when I was nine years old and even with 40 years experience, I confess I am a lazy seamstress. I doubt I will ever make a couture garment simply because I don't have the required attention span. (see #4.)
-  Like Philipa, I am very content. I have been very fortunate and I am fully aware of my good fortune. I am healthy and so is my family. I grew up in the best place on earth with caring, loving, role-model parents. My friends are interesting and interested. I have a job that pays for my life and habits (rowing, sewing, books, cycling, thrift stores), has enabled me to give back to my community, and to travel to many parts of the world.
- My feet have grown two full sizes in the last 30 years. I have also worked in the health care field for the last 30 years. I wonder if the two are related?

I will have to take a rain-check on nominating others -I'd have a hard time choosing only seven. If you feel like posting seven random things about yourself, please consider yourself nominated -I love reading little tidbits about others. Please leave a link in the comments so I can read them!
*Occupationally Induced Attention Defecit Disorder. This us not a medically recognized disorder-yet.