Wednesday, November 28, 2007
So ladies here is the first set of vintage give away patterns:
Background: These patterns were purchased from a thrift store a few years ago. Most of them are size 14, which translates to a size 10 by today's standards. The average copyright date is 1959.
If you want any of the patterns below, post a comment selecting the pattern(s) that you would like. Then send an e-mail to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with an address to send patterns to. Thanks, Happy Sewing!
Size 12; cut
Size 14, uncut
Size 14, partially cut
Size 12, partially cut
Size 16, uncut
Size 12, partially cut, no instruction
Size 14, uncut
size 14, cut
Size 14, cut
Size 14, uncut
2 patterns: Sizes 14 and 12, partially cut
Monday, November 26, 2007
This is the first dress of several that I plan to sew this season. At the beginning of the season, I started designing a fall collection that would include a variety of garments. It was hard to narrow down a few pieces to compliment what I already have in my wardrobe. So I decided to create a dress collection as a sub-set of a larger collection for myself.
Pattern Description: This is a out of print McCall's pattern, 1989, size 10. Misses's Dress - For Stretch Knit Only: Close fitting dress with princess seaming has raglan shoulder pads, side zipper closure, front neckline ties with or without contrast and trumpet shaped skirt.
Fabric Used: blue/purple matte jersey. I love jersey. It's easy to care for and very comfortable to wear.
My version of the dress did look like the photo and drawing. The instructions were easy to follow. There were no confusing or complicated techniques involved in the construction of the dress.
I really like the style of this dress, particularly the trumpet shaped skirt and versatility of wearing the tie. Nothing to dislike.
Pattern Alterations: I made several alterations: my usual sway back, board shoulders, and FBA. I omitted the side zipper. The neckline was wide enough to slip the dress on without the additional side opening. When I purchased this pattern I was between a size 8 and 10. Now I'm size 12/14. so I had to alter the pattern pieces to accommodate my current size. I used M4930 as guide to make the adjustments, including a little extra room as I don't like my clothes too tight. (Normally I add two inches to the length of dresses. In this case I didn't. It was very long to begin with.)
I probably would not sew it again. It's unique enough that I wouldn't want the same dress again unless I changed the tie and neckline.
Conclusion I had fun making this dress. I like the style options and it is very comfortable and easy to wear.
Pattern Description: MISSES’ DRESS: Dresses A, B are below mid-knee, slightly flared, have high waisted bodice with elastic casing, skirt and sleeve variation. A: gathered sleeve with sleeve band. B: three-quarter length sleeves with elastic casing, lined skirt with gathered lower edge and elastic casing.
Pattern Sizing: (8, 10, 12, 14) I made view A, size 12 with alterations.
I used a macroon matte jersey.
My dress did look like the photo. The sleeves on the model were loose at the arm band. My was snug. I think my arms are a little thicker than the arm size drafted for this dress.
The instructions were easy to follow. I didn't care for the bulkness of the method noted for finishing the elastic casing. So I modified it slightly to suit my preference. I trimmed the bodice seam allowance to 1/4 inch as instructed. Instead of turning under 1/4 inch on the skirt seam allowance, I finished the raw edge by overlocking. Then press and form the casing.
Like: It was simple and cute. I thought it would be a easy dress to make. Dislike: The neckline is too low. I wish I had thought to bring it up about two inches.
Pattern Alterations: I did a FBA, added 3/4 inch to the shoulder seam, and added 1 1/4 inches to the side of the front skirt to match the increase in the bodice front. I lengthen the skirt by two inches following the pattern instructions.
The first attempt at a FBA covered the width, but did not provide coverage to the rib cage.
On the second try, the adjustments were adequate.
I probably would not sew it again. I have other dresses that I would like to try. But I would recommend it to others.
Conclusion Easy dress to make.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Sew Sista' #1 recently had a pattern give away. I'm thinking about doing the same. Since joining PR and blogging I've discovered a huge community of sewists who love to sew vintage patterns. Like Sew Sista' #1 I would like to pass some of my pattern collection to anyone who is interested. Once a week I will post pictures of several to give away. If you are interested, leave me a comment to choose which patterns you want. Then fire an e-mail to me with your mailing information. I'll ship them to you in seven to ten days.
Last night I started working on the five knit tops of DD's Fall collection. I stayed the shoulders, sewed them and the side seams. Before continuing, DD needs to try them on to check the fit.
Next, I decided to fish through my UFO's in hopes of including a UFO dress in my collection. I found one: B4849. This was cut last winter. So I overlocked the edges. I think I can finish the tops and the dress before Monday.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
There are so many things that I'm thankful for, tangible and intangible. It would take too long to express them all and I would probably forgot something important. But to sum it up, I'm thanksful for:
- A true and living God, who continuously blessing me.
- I'm still above the dirt
- Good health
- My sweet pea, Lauren
- Presence of mind
- The love of family and friends
- Gifts and skills
- The capacity to love and to give
- A job and/or the ability to get a job
- A bit of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding
- love, peace, and happiness; good and bad times
Yesterday, I took a vacation day. Initially because I'm usually the host for Thanksgiving dinner. This year my mom is the host so that freed my day up for sewing. I was able to finish two dresses: the dress(B4973) that I started on Saturday and M4547. It was great. I'll post pictures later.
After finishing the dresses, I cooked the Thanksgiving ham as promised. >
Monday, November 19, 2007
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Now on a lighter note: while house and baby sitting I got to know my sister's latest family addition a little better.
This is Hudson. He loves everyone!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Team Line Up
Cheerleaders taking their place
Roy, Chris's brother
Trice and Mom
Mom and Son
Christopher, the Ironman
Friday, November 9, 2007
S3673: I really like view A, will make in a macroon/black chevron patterned wool blend. This pattern runs a little small. I cut a straight 12. When I tried on the muslin, it gave me the caterpillar affect from the bust through the upper hip area. OMG! I couldn't wait to take it off! Alterations: FBA and broad back -- Oh yes, I'll cut it a size and half larger.
M4930: For me this pattern required minimum alterations. I'll make this in a chocolate polyester gaberdine. This is pattern is designed by Palmer/Pletsch the Fit Experts so all of the alteration lines are drawn onto the pattern pieces.
M5269: I'm making view A. After seeing Ann's awesome version on PR, I decided to try it. Fabric: cherry red monece polyester satin. This will probably be my holiday dress ;-). Alterations: FBA, sway back, and add 2 inches to the length.
V8411: I really like this dress (B), my DD says it looks like a night gown and no fabric choice could compensate for the lack of style. I beg to differ. So I'm still contemplating this one. It's very comfortable. What do you think?
M5467: The verdict is still out on this one. The muslin was fine, but...,
Other dresses that I plan to make before Spring