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Author: Nichelle Shayne
I sew a whole lot, I buy waaaaayyyyy too much fabric, and I have an obsession with books (especially sewing books and magazines), shoes, and fat quarters (and I don't even quilt)...Bags will always hold a special place in my heart; I still make em from time to time.....random fact about me**the pin cushions on the front page were made by my Mama and me....She made the yellow one and I whipped up the red one.....I can ramble all day about sewing and I feel a good ramble coming on sewwwww I'll stop here (pun intended).....Oh! My name is Christy but all my friends call me Chris!
Good afternoon y’all and I hope everything is as well as possible….As I mentioned before I would try to share more of my makes instead of keeping all the goodness to myself so yeah!!….On to this pretty dress that’s full of color and happy face stuff….
First of all the fabric is from my beloved Hancock’s Fabrics….both pieces have been in my stash for quite some time; I was on an eyelet kick when I first started sewing so as soon as I saw them I snatched ’em up…..thought about making an A-line skirt a long time ago but I didn’t have enough yardage; or so I thought….I didn’t think about the color-blocking thing until I decided to make the dress….the color-blocking thing for the A-line skirt may work better with different colors now that I think about it…..
The pattern is another one from one of my favorite books** Chic and Simple Sewing by Christine Haynes**...its calledThe Sunday Dress and the example in the book is whipped up in Black eyelet; and its sooooo pretty….I hardly ever follow the pattern’s fabric suggestions but for some reason I knew I had to use eyelet for this dress….I sew with knits more often than not no matter what the pattern says but this particular dress would not shine as bright without using eyelet I swea’ fo Lawd….yayyyyy me for having a fabric buying issue with four yards to create with amiright?!…I had a slight problem with the waistband (I was tired asf); I couldn’t figure out the pieces to a friggin’ waistband (crazy right?) but this morning I found them to be cut totally wrong so yeah it wasn’t going to work that day or any other day…..when I started the dress that epiphany escaped me and I chucked it in the corner of shame and immediately started another project which was a simple tank top that turned out to be a fail and is now in the corner of shame too because it needed bias tape but I didn’t have the right color so I decided to finish the neck a different way and okay I’m rambling LOLOLOL…. okay yeah that sewing session had a lot of sewing mishaps to say the least…but for some reason I couldn’t get the damn dress out of my mind yesterday so I when I got up this morning I decided to figure it out…the tank top is another story and that lopsided mess may never see the light of day!…the dress was saved with a little rest and re-cutting so lemme share the pictures because I can literally talk about something, well pretty much anything sewing all day….
–side note– the dress didn’t call for a lining on the skirt but the eyelet holes are much bigger than the example fabric used in the book….should I do a short lining or try and go naughty like the pattern suggests?…lemme know!…(oh and share blog links to sewing goodness)….Talk to you good people soon!
Well now how is everybody this good Wednesday afternoon?! I’m more than all right because I actually felt like taking pictures and blogging today! Yayyyyy me amiright?! Yall know I sew like the dickens but flicking it up and writing it down has been just escaping me lately…I said I was going to change that and why not change it on the 1st of August? Something about new beginnings make me feel like I’m not so out of touch with what I feel I should be doing…..
Now on to my dress yall….I loves me some pineapple and fabric even more so when the two combine its always a big arse YES from me……you never wanna not buy the fabric you know?……I snagged this fabric quite some time ago from Fabric Mart so when I decided to make New Look’s S0802 View C I took to my stash….I usually sew with knits so sewing with rayon this go ’round was a refreshing change…..the description on the fabric was “Burgundy/Pale Yellow/Sunflower Yellow Pineapple Slices 100% Rayon”….it didn’t slide around too much; if at all and the dress came together with no issues (I usually sew straight out of the envelope and hate the hell out of alterations)….I whipped this dress up on June 2nd this year and have worn it at least twice; I love this little dress!…it just slips over my head with no hardware–I omitted the button in the back because I didn’t have any elastic cord at the time and was too damned lazy to make a fabric loop instead….the pattern only had five pieces and it was labeled “easy”….I cut the size 16 and sewed it up using my guy Greyson, my Heavy Duty Singer sewing machine…..Since the fabric was so light and flow-y I used a heavier thread and sewed double lines on the hem and neckline to give it some weight~~it worked like a charm!….
Okay here are the pictures; my husband decided he would take them for me, it’s already 100+ degrees and these are really the best we could do before we passed out from the heat! LOLOL….Talk to you good folks soon I promise!….oh and if you want me to check out your makes just share em with me!….
my neighbors need to get the trashcans huh?….shiddddd its HOT! LOL!
My cat snuck outside when we were taking pictures; she is quite nosy! Yall see her on the porch?…
Now off to brave the heat because I need to go to the grocery store accckkkkkkk
Whattttt??!! Another blog post so soon??!! Well yeah because I’ve been off work for the past few days and I’ve had the energy to do what I actually want to do! Go figure!…Well this post is about a new make; it was finished just today!….Now, a little dialogue….
Yesterday I was in my sewing room really wanting to sew but I didn’t know if I wanted to sew something hella extra or just something quick and easy…I was also tidying up the house and doing laundry….long story short I took a nap and when I woke up I started “sewing”….you know the process of looking around your sewing space, messing with stuff that you’re not going to use, and sifting through patterns….This pattern has been in my stash for quite some time; a few years to be exact….I snagged it from my beloved Hancock’s Fabrics when I first started sewing….I’m almost certain I hadn’t sewn it because at the time I wasn’t very good at installing hardware and had no clue that it wasn’t necessary all the time….Sewwww while sifting away I found the lovely again…There are six views; three for the day and three for the evening…they’re all very feminine and pretty….One of my Instagram sewing friends suggested I sew View F initially but I ended up sewing View A….exactly the same cut but View F is a maxi version….I see myself making View F in a light, flowy fabric for the Spring and Summer like my friend suggested….
Awww Lawd I’m rambling again and haven’t mentioned the actual dress! Okay here we go: I started it yesterday evening and finished it today; its Simplicity 2308 View A….I cut the size 14, which is the largest size on the envelope….The fabric is from Fabric Mart and its been in my stash for for a spell….its a sturdy knit fabric (but of course) and the description reads: “Dusty Pink/Black Poly/Lycra Box Plaid Ponte Knit 54W”….No alterations except the elimination of the hardware which would’ve been a 20″ zipper and a couple buttons….I cut the back piece on the fold too because of the hardware ditch….When I make the other views I’ll probably add them because the fabrics I have in mind wont hold up well enough without it….My knits have no problem standing on their own…..The pleats on the neckline gave me fits for no good reason and after three tries I just let it be…the side ones were okay but the middle one just would not cooperate…the fabric often has a mind of its own….Sewing moo-ju-juju! LOL…Well I’m feeling like whipping up something else so I’ll share the pictures….As always talk to me, share with me, direct me to all the best sewing stuff you can find!
Until next time yall!
Turned out very nice yeah?
Zoom in to see the different day and evening views!
The pattern of the hour! Pretties for every time of the day! I can dig it!
Belle modeling; Pink Cookie in the background kinda too “free”…I need to make her something to wear!
Yall!!!!! I haven’t blogged in too long and for that I want to start this post out with an apology and virtual hug!…My February/Black History Month is off to a okay start and I’m grateful….Now I’ve been sewing sooooo much like nonstop but to blog about em; yeah that’s a whooollleee different story….Recently I told myself I was going to blog more and to be more dedicated to my cool beans of a craft….I may be getting more time to do just that (wink-wink stay tuned)….Right now today I’m sitting here with my GRANDbaby watching Forensic Files and roasting up a chicken….She’s doing something on her tablet; ABC Mouse it may be…..it’s smelling really Sunday dinner-ish up in here!…..I gotta figure out some kinda side dishes to make with the bird…..Okay now to share one of the many projects I done’ made recently…..
By now y’all know my love of vintage stuff and yesteryear; this outfit is one of many that I’ve whipped up but have basically kept hostage from my peeps on accident somewhat hahahahaha….well no more; for this outfit anyway……The pattern is circa1974—Simplicity 6326 View 2 Easy Cut Easy Sew Jiffy Knits pattern….it only came in one size; “Miss Size 14 Bust 36” AND aint none of these my size! LOLOL luckily knits are so forgiving.…this pattern actually called for knits (my absolute favorite fabric everrr, most of my patterns are for knits) so I referred to my beloved, ever-growing stash and dug out a printed knit I’ve been hoarding of course for no good reason….the fabric sewed up beautifully (which is one of the reasons why I love knits) and fit the pattern perfectly….it’s so comfy and easy to wear although those waistlines were quite high back in the day….no matter; the high waist definitely helps with the chubby hiding thingy I do…..did a couple alterations too; I didn’t add any hardware and I eliminated the butterfly collar….I didn’t really care for it–I cut it out and “set” it but ended up chucking it in the end….I’ll probably make the outfit again though; and the collar then because I kinda liked it on the envelope; maybe because it was in a contrast color on there….::prints and knits are two of my weaknesses just random FYI::….the collar seemed like it was too busy when I tried to add it this go ’round though…..overall the outfit is a really cool addition to my closet so I know it’ll remain in rotation….Vintage wins again peeps and I got a buncha’ crazy pictures to show y’all as proof…..any questions about this ‘fit just ask me, anything to show me just share, and I’ll talk to you good folks soon!
Well howdy everybody and I hope you are enjoying this easy Sunday…Of course I am utterly and completely dreading going back to the rat race tomorrow but my sewing room is the BEST way for me to ease back into it…Been sewing so many things but of course no blogging nor pictures…I don’t have an excuse though; just a story (forgive me)….it’s in my plans to share, it is in the plans….This dress forced me to blog it though; the process was quite interesting; check it…..
It all started Sunday July 23, 2017; which I know was another therapy session because of the fresh hell I face weekly with my gig…..I remember that day because I was fiddling around in my sewing space and I couldn’t figure out what to sew…I was binging MadMen on Netflix and that moved me toward my vintage stash…..as I rummaged I kept running across these “weenie dog” type dress patterns; you know the ones with the super dropped waistline?…yeah,those….now I can’t bear to part with any old school pattern even though I may NEVER sew it and this particular style was filed under that category…..
Fast forward a bit (because I decided to go ahead and sew the style) to the fabric choice being “Coral/Citrus/ White Pineapple Print 100% Cotton Shirting” that reminded it should be washed gently; meh…..The print cheered me up and I went to work with only two yards so I Tim Gunn’d it….Pineapples every damn where!…My kinda party though cause it was wild! LOL…..The pattern is Butterick 3578 Size 16 Bust 36….Extra Quick ‘N Easy pattern with only four main pattern pieces….That’s what lured me in: Only four main pattern pieces….Now I am usually a speedy seamstress but this dress was drawn out until today!…That Sunday I started it I really thought I would have finished it that night but was stopped dead in my tracks because the pattern called for a lining….now I shoulda’ known it was going to need something because there were no facing pieces; just wasn’t thinking like at all….So I take to my stash and find thee perfect lining fabric that’s the same Coral color is the dress fabric….I supposed with all the fabric decisions and huge darts in the dress I got tired and went to sleep…..
Day number two started on Tuesday July 25, 2017….Installed the lining and was reminded of how tedious linings can be—-and more importantly of how necessary they are with certain garments for cool structure and finishes….
Day three was yesterday; Saturday July 29, 2017…..More tinkering with this dress…This UFO doesn’t bother me for some reason and the time span is making me love the dress more….it’s literally SLOWLY becoming one of my faves….I got a new Ott Lite for my space too which is thee perfect addition….it added just the right amount of light without being in the way of my machines…..Went ahead and got a new iron …this time a little cheap-y one; a Sunbeam….it has a lotttt of steam though…..my other one just quit steaming all together….now an iron is quite pointless without steam in my game which is why I put my other one in storage….the new one ” aint all dat” but it’ll do for now….(I’ll probably order my beloved Oliso tonight; my soul is telling me I should LOLOL)…..Anyway I got so far as installing the lining and I quit again….the lining and had a buncha’ hand sewing involved and I wasn’t interesting in any more sewing after that….
Now today was the showdown….I installed the hook and eye!!!!!!! Bahahahahahahahahahahahaha!…that is all I did today for my dress!….I even hemmed it yesterday too; I forgot about that……but it’s done….I couldn’t find my bees wax for the first session of the hand sewing and it was flat irritating….I started digging around in here and finally found it though….Now lets see if I can pull off another one of my MadMen shenanigans……Here’s my new girl —–>:
the pattern of the hour…..
Its kinda pretty yeah?…..we’ll see….
I forgot all about quitting because I had to do the zipper….I put the zip in yesterday too….it was also from yesteryear…..a Talon brand zipper I got from one of my thrifting trips…..It was the perfect size; after I had to look through every single zipper in my possession….this dress, this dress….I better look darling in it!
Need to do a final press and she’s ready to go…..Has anyone sewn anything similar lately?…Ever?….Show me your makes!
Hey y’all hey! Now of course my blog gotta start talking smack as soon as I logged on; saying I haven’t blogged in four months! Four months!?!? ….now that makes no sense at all; but I do have purty dress to share this afternoon…. and I’ve been sewing a’plenty during my hiatus but alas, no sharing and for that I apologize…
This afternoon I present my latest make: McCall’s Fashion Star M6552 (this pattern debuted in 2012)….I so miss that show a whole lot…the contestants made designs for Macy’s, Saks, and similar chains….I like Project Runway too and get quite wrapped up in the designs but they are so NOT ME……very beautiful, well some of ’em….but the majority of the others are just not my forte’ at all….but I basically liked everything I saw on Fashion Star….the clothes were “normal” instead of some crazy challenge garment made with parachute material!….anyway, this is one of ’em…..
First of all the fabric just feeds my soul y’all, it’s the modern retro thing I do like all the time so it just works you know?….I snagged the fabric from Fabric Mart a few months back…the description is just as awesome as the fabric itself: “Plum/Stone Blue/Goldenrod/Multi Large Retro Floral Print Rayon/L” <—COOL, amiright??….I cut the medium; only because if I would have cut the small “the girls” would have protruded so far out my favorite guy would have certainly been quite concerned…the large would have the same effect with the addition of the neckline dropping down a little too far South….Remember J. Lo’s little green number??…not a good look at the grocery store or family BBQ yikes! …..the neckline is hella fierce though with the deep “V”, which is one of my favorite features of the pattern….the pattern was labeled “easy” which it actually was for a nice change…..there were only three main pattern pieces with a neckline facing and drawstring for the other two…..Made a couple modifications to the pattern though….the drawstring was cut out, casing sewn in and everything only for me NOT to like that feature with the fabric after the fact….After careful observation I ended up grabbing Clover (my seam ripper) and taking the channel out….I made a quick sash instead….I suppose I’m a sash kinda gal….although the cinch waist works much better with solids IMO…..This pattern required three yards of prettiness to whip up….
I’m still in the lab (my sewing room) and I’ve been stalking Pinterest for new inspo….Pinterest doesn’t help much though because it makes you want to sew up every damn thang and you can’t make up your mind!…I love that time suck though, I really do…..I have some striped sweater knit swagged on Belle too trying to get the creative wheels rolling….I’ll share the pictures now; maybe I’ll get some ideas from all these patterns and books stuffed in my sewing space….till next time y’all good people! *don’t laugh at my pictures; I’m still refusing to upgrade my little Coolpix or use my guy’s awesome Nikon he has….old habits die hard I suppose*
the prettieness of the hour…..
check out that neckline….I gottsta’ be careful when I wear this little numba’!…..
Good evening all! I hope all is well; and I am all right over here too….It has been a super chill weekend for me; I didn’t go anywhere!….I went straight home after work on Friday and been here ever since…Its been raining off and on all weekend so I’m taking full advantage of the natural cleanse….I am so spent with all the unfortunate events that I’ve personally experienced lately that I ultimately decided I should just stay home and recharge my batteries so to speak….Overall I’m not complaining but to continue to maintain I have to stay to myself for a bit and gather my thoughts….
Now alone doesn’t mean without my machines; and I’ve been leaning heavily on my craft lately for coping….If I’m not sewing then I’m looking at my magazines for ideas or adding cool pins to my Pinterest boards for inspo….I’ve been sewing stuff since Friday too; I’ve sewn a blazer and matching skirt but my latest make prompted this post….I’ll probably blog the blazer and skirt when I actually wear it so I can show off a pair of my favorite boots….
After my first makes of the weekend the sewing bug kept biting so I decided to whip up Simplicity’s 1950’s Vintage Pattern #1319 View A….I thought about View B; never considered View C until I looked at it a little more closely…..I had cut the pattern out a while ago but I had never got around to sewing it….the pattern only has 7 pattern pieces including the lining…I took to my stash: Pink/Magenta/Multi 100% Novelty Weave Boucle’ Suiting and Tomato Red Poly/Lycra ITY Knit by Maggy London….I snagged ’em from Fabric Mart quite some time ago…they worked well with this pattern and sewed up good!….I made two mistakes while sewing this project and let me tell you that unpicking tweed is real beast-y….it was quite messy too; I mean fibers all over the damn place….No pain, no gain yeah? Yeah.
I scanned the pattern instructions before I got started and wrote down a few modifications…I added extra bunching on the sleeves by using a knit for the lining; I lengthened them too…the mock pockets were omitted as well although I still might add those one day….I always love when my ideas make sense and actually work out!…Now when I took the pictures I didn’t take any of the flip side…If I remember to when I wear it I’ll share ’em….And speaking of pictures let me share some…..Talk to you good folks in a few!