Saturday, October 14, 2017

OMG! Pretty is Back in Vogue Patterns!

The latest release of Vogue patterns is absolutely DA BOMB!  Finally, they have put 'pretty' back in their designs again!


Love this dress, but if I make this, I will change the neckline:



Love it all, but will make some changes to suit me:



Love the first top as is, but don't care for the rest of the pieces:


Love it all!!!



LOVE!  Definitely make this as is!



Love the pants, but don't care for the jacket/top:



And they even came up with a great men's jacket!




This weekend, I am definitely sewing!  Right now, I am leaning towards making a wrap dress:





Aloha,
Summer

Monday, October 9, 2017

Simplicity 2258 - Ponte Skirt and RTW adjustments

I made another ponte skirt with my TNT, Simplicity 2258:





I know how difficult it is to see details on black, so here it is lightened:



Hmm. . . that's not much better.  You can see the details on the pattern:


It has two pockets (I love pockets!) and an elastic waistband (comfort!).  It's a straightforward pattern that sews up quite easily and quickly.  And that wears beautifully!

What I am really over the moon about with this skirt is the quality of the fabric.  I used a ponte from Kaimuki Dry Goods here in Honolulu that cost $17.98 a yard.  Kaimuki Dry goods has the best fabrics on the island!  Their fabrics are expensive, but they are worth it!

The pattern that I used is a TNT that I have made countless times before, but I don't have any other skirts made with this pattern in my wardrobe right now.  I made my previous ones with a ponte that I got from Walmart that cost less than $6 a yard.  The trouble with that ponte is that it pilled very quickly.  After one wearing, I could actually see the fabric wearing away.  After 3 washings, anything I made with it was pilled too badly to wear anymore, so I'd toss it.  The fabric was cheap so I'd just get more and sew another one.  But my time is limited, and I was getting tired of wasting my time on a skirt that would only last a minute.  I still had more of the fabric, but it sat in the stash because I didn't want to bother with it.   

When I found the good quality ponte this weekend, I finally found the courage to throw all of the Walmart ponte out the door.  And while I was at it, I decided to throw out all of the other fabric that I did not love.  I mean ALL of it.  I tossed 5 large lawn garbage bags full of fabric too yucky to use, and I am feeling much lighter now.  I think I can get rid of even more and am going through my fabric stash one more time.  From now on, I am not getting fabric unless I really love it and it's good quality.

What finding the good ponte made me realize is that I'd rather have one good item than a lot of junk throwaway ones. 

This weekend, I also adjusted some RTW to fit me:

Anne Klein white top - took the shoulders in and raised the armhole:




Anne Klein jacket - took the shoulders in:



Anne Klein mock turtle neck ITY top - took it in at the sides to be fitted, took the shoulders in and raised the armholes:



That's more sewing than I've done in a while! 

Aloha!
Summer

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Planning for my Holiday Dress

I just bought my holiday dress fabric:


I don't know what style I'll be making, but I bought enough to make anything.  I'm thinking about using one of these patterns:

OOP Vogue 9162, the short version.  I just got this pattern from Etsy:




One of the styles from McCalls 7564:


Simplicity 8448:



OOP Butterick 3491, the sleeveless version:




Butterick 6019, either one, but with straps:



Butterick 6582, the fitted style:





OOP Butterick 6840, fitted or flared:




If I make a sarong, I'm also going to make a teeny tiny bolero, as I saw vintage sarongs paired with them on ebay.  Those vintage sarong dresses are absolutely beautiful!

Also, I don't know how this happened, as I usually only buy what I like, but I have fabric that I don't like in my stash.  So today, I am organizing and thinning my fabric stash.  I'm also going through my patterns today. 

But I am definitely also sewing something today.  

Aloha,
Summer

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Simplicity 1112 - A Classic Pair of Wide Legged Pants!!!

My first two tries at wide legged pants with fabric that had no drape were utter failures.  I figured out that the fabric was wrong for the style.  So I looked at my stash again and found some rayon in a classic print that drapes beautifully.  I pulled it and got to work.  I had more than enough for two pairs, the first was a muslin.  It fit alright, but I wanted it looser around the hips.  My second one is Da BOMB!!!





I used Simplicity 1112 and it was the easiest thing to sew.  On my final pair, I adjusted it to be looser around the hips because that was the style I was after.  But I also loved the pair that was fitted around the hips.  If I make this in a ponte, I will make it with fitted hips.  Here's the pattern:



The waistband on this is a separate piece for 1 1/4" wide elastic.  I love wide non roll elastic, so this was perfect for me.
 
I wore my pants with a cold shoulder top with an asymmetrical neckline and side ruching that I made with OOP Butterick 3391 a while ago.  I drafted my own cold shoulder sleeves:




Here's the pattern:



My other half told me that short people can't wear wide legged pants, and just his morning told me that again. It's alright to have a difference of opinion, but in the end, you always have to take your own counsel.  I love my new pants and will definitely be making more.

Aloha,
Summer

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Vogue 9862 - Hawaiian/Tropical Print Sundress

I made 2 muslins of wide legged pants and didn't like them.  When I find better fabric with more drape, I'll try again.

But what I did make that I am very happy with is another sundress:



This time I used out of print Vogue 9862:



I'm very happy with the way it turned out, and I'm especially happy with the fabric I chose.  It's a cotton Hawaiian/tropical print in vibrant shades of all the colors that I like.  It has a lot of colors, and yet, I don't think it's gaudy.  I really like it!

When I sewed this, I didn't make many changes.  I did, though, substitute in a circle skirt that is much shorter, and I replaced the button back with a zipper. 

I absolutely love this dress.  It is perfect for where I live and I know I will be getting a lot of wear out of it!

Needless to say, that plan I had about only sewing basics for a while, well, it's out the window.  I can't sew like that.  It's too boring.  If I stayed with it, I'd probably quit sewing.  I don't want to do that, so rather than throwing sewing out the window, I threw the plan out.

I don't know what I'll sew next, but I have to say that I am very happy that the sewn part of my wardrobe is growing by leaps and bounds.  I actually am wearing more of the dresses that I've made for myself than RTW pieces.   

Aloha till next time,
Summer

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Raging Wide Legged Pants

My other half likes telling me, "You can't wear that style because you're too short."   

So I am making myself something that he thinks short people shouldn't wear.  I'm making a pair of wide legged pants with a very large Hawaiian print purple cotton.  It's cute, but very loud.  It would probably be better as a sarong, but I am making pants with it.  I only wear solid pants, and this will be my first pair of printed pants.


To get an idea of the size of the print, that's a Starbucks coffee mug sitting right on top of the fabric.

The purple pants might be a bust, or it might end up being the best!  No matter. I am making them.

If it ends up being a bust, then I'll try again with a more sedate color and print because I want a pair of printed wide legged pants in my wardrobe. 

After the pants are done, I don't know what I'll wear with it.  I am leaning towards making a solid purple or navy mock turtle neck sleeveless top just to wear with these pants.  But I don't really know, yet.
 
Aloha,
Summer

Monday, August 28, 2017

My First Project on My Singer 403 - Vogue 8723 Turtle Sundress

I just put my Singer 403 to the test and sewed a complete dress on it.  It came through with flying colors!  Everything I've read about this machine is true! What a great machine this is!!!




I made a sea turtle dress with this fabric - see the turtles?  So cool! 



I sewed a size 10 and had to adjust the pattern to fit me.  I shortened the straps by an inch, and raised the waist by an inch.

Here's my new Vogue 9723 dress.  I'll try to get a pic of it on me in the backyard after work today.



I've sewn this once before, but that dress is long gone and it was definitely time for another one.

Here's the pattern: 



I am very happy with my new dress. 

Up next will be more dresses, not sure of the styles, yet, but I'll probably sew something with these fabrics:


Aloha, 
Summer





Thursday, August 17, 2017

HAPPY!!! HAPPY!!! JOY!!! JOY!!! My 403 accessories are HERE!!!

I am besides myself with excitement!  The accessories for my new vintage Singer 403 are here!!!  I now have the deluxe monogrammer with 11 cams, and the regular one, various feet - including the walking foot, a ruffler, a buttonholer, and the manual for the 403!!!



 I also have the decorative cams:



Aloha,
Summer




Saturday, August 12, 2017

New Vintage Sweetie - Singer 403A

I just got a new vintage sewing machine with its own vintage table from Craigslist!  Here it is:



I've read about people finding this machine on Craigslist, but I never thought I'd find one because it's such a rare bird.  And I especially didn't think I'd find one on the same island that I live on!  Where I could actually go to pick it up.  BIG HUGE WOW!!!

After I got it home, I cleaned the machine and oiled it, and then I went online to learn how to thread it.  It is vintage and is not easy to thread.  After that was done, I tested it.  OMG!  It runs like a dream!

I can't believe that I get to sew with a sewing machine like this and with a machine that has its own table!!!

Right after I tested the machine, I went online and bought a buttonholer, a small monogrammer, a zipper foot, and a complete set of the top hats.  I want to get a few other accessories for it, too.  But that'll keep.

I've read really great things about this machine.  People who have them absolutely love them!!!  I guess now I'll find out for myself! 

Oh, there is one thing, the lightbulb is burned out.  But I don't think it will be difficult to change.  I'm just going to use my OTT light until I get a chance to pick up a replacement lightbulb. 

HAPPY HAPPY CAMPER HERE!!!

Aloha,
Summer

Thursday, August 10, 2017

I Am Loving OOP Patterns!!!

OOP patterns are the BOMB!!!  Whoa! OOP!!!

I have been really happy with the OOP patterns that I have, so I went looking around online even more than I normally do and found these:














I can't wait to sew these!!!

Aloha from Summer, who's sitting on an island in the middle of the Pacific!