Saturday, January 14, 2012

Next up on the docket : 1935 Floral print dress

I just finished the scarf I have been working on for my fella this evening, which means not only that I can cross one more thing off my list, but he will also have another scarf to wear in the kitchen at work now, since the back of the restaurant is absolutely freezing.

I felt bad for him today, all bundled up with a hat and scarf under his chef's coat. This also means I can move onto other things though (and gives me one less excuse to procrastinate on other work as well). I still have that set of short stays to finish, but I have all three layers cut out at least. I plan on starting the assembly process tomorrow. That's my goal at least. I'm getting ready to make out a to-do list for the rest of my long weekend, and that is one of the first things going on it. I always work much better with lists, and haven't made myself one yet this semester (although granted school has only been in session for a week). Once I get that out of the way, though, and before school gets too, too busy (which I fear will happen more quickly than I'd like) I have one more project in the lineup for the cold weather.

I just received a pattern in the mail that I won as part of a giveaway hosted by Marie over at A Sewing Odyssey. I somehow missed the fact that I won the giveaway back in September, but she graciously held onto the prize for me, for which I am very grateful. The pattern is a 1935 McCall's dress pattern sans instruction sheet. The instructions for patterns of this age are generally minimal anyway, so I am taking it on without apprehension. What I really love about this pattern, however, is that it is not only printed, but it is trilingual! I haven't come across many (if any) printed patterns of this date, but much less one printed in English, Spanish, and French. I was very excited. I was looking at the pattern and suddenly had a stroke of genius. I have about three yards of a rayon faille that I hadn't actually assigned a pattern to, and that I thought would be lovely in the long-sleeved version of the dress. Then I thought about the seaming on the shoulders. Afraid that it would get lost in the print, I suddenly realized that problem could be solves, and rather smartly I might add, by the addition of piping. I'm thinking something to match the deep gold in the flowers. We'll see what I can find.

I've got a black belt that I wear with everything that should do the trick for this dress as well, but if not, I can make one that coordinates with the colors in the print. I'll have to see what I think whenever I get it all put together. Piping to match the bow at the neck, with big, shiny black buttons on the bodice and skirt are what I have in mind for the rest of the trim. I don't really have any winter dresses, and I've really been wanting to remedy that issue. I think I've finally found my first really good candidate. 

You can see the colors in the print a bit better in this photo. This is one of the few pieces of fabric I have allowed myself to buy in the last year or so that I didn't have a very specific purpose for. I new I wanted a 1930s or 1940s dress, but I hadn't selected a pattern. I think this is what it was waiting for. I can't wait to get to work on it. I'll need a relaxing sewing break soon I'm sure, but for now it's back to reading for my Pedagogical Linguistics class.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Year in Stitches

Since so many other people seem to be doing these recaps of their sewing projects from the past year, and since I have not been nearly as productive over the break as I had intended, I thought I might as well do one as well (also in an effort to remind myself that I have still been productive, despite the toll that grad school has taken on my sewing). So without further ado, here is a recap of my 2011 sewing...


A 1950s vest and circle skirt in windowpane plaid (not the best picture of me, but oh well). 

A 1930s silk blouse.

A plaid wool skirt from a 1946 pattern.


I started an 1870s corset, but it has been put on the back burner for now. 
A 1950s reproduction top in an 1970s reproduction print.


A 1960s blouse in a vintage feedsack cotton.

1930s natural color linen/rayon lounge pants.

An early 1930s blouse in a vintage feedsack cotton.

A 1960s repro sundress with matching belt (not shown).

 A 1940s seersucker playsuit.


Sky blue knit DKNY dress.


Purple knit DKNY dress.


Black 1930s lounge pants.

Polka-dot knit DKNY dress.

Knit wrap top.

Knit tank top.

Convertible sarong dress.

Tropical challis maxi dress.


Navy wool sailor shorts.

1951 tomato print blouse.

1950s repro blouse with matching belt.

1940s denim shorts.

Denim cigarette pants.

1950s flocked sundress with sash belt.

1950s polka-dot halter dress with bow belt.

1930s inspired challis dress.

1950s repro dress.

1950s suit, still on the back burner.

Sari blouse for my cousin's wedding.

Aqua knit DKNY dress for my cousin.

Red 1930s lounge pants.

Black double-knit tube dress (pardon the dusty mirror).


Blue knit tube dress with bloused top. 
Version of tropical maxi dress for my cousin.

1930s inspired challis dress.
I also made another of the green 1930s inspired challis for my cousin, but didn't take photos, as it looks just the same. 

I took quite a break from September to December, since school and relationships didn't allow for much sewing/crafting time. I did however finish a sweater over the break...


1930s lace sweater.
And I also got half way through a scarf for the boy. Well, there it is; everything I've made in the last twelve months. Not too shabby really, considering that I've been so busy with school. I didn't realize just how many projects I got finished at the end of the summer. Hope everyone had a wonderful New Year! School just started back yesterday, so I won't have much time for sewing most likely over the next few months, but once I graduate at the beginning of May I hope to work through several more projects on my list.

***An amendment***

I realized later that the green dress I made for my cousin, was actually an October project, as I finished it over fall break, and I also made a tunic-dress from a pattern my little brother's girlfriend drafted in November. I unfortunately do not have a picture of that, but I'll make sure and take one soon. It's very comfortable, and I think I may make myself another one this spring. So, I actually didn't take a complete sewing break at all last year. I made at least one garment each month.
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