Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Got this blocked and ready to wrap yesterday. It's a cowl for my mom that can also be pulled up and worn as a hood. Because my mother, like most children, won't wear a freaking hat in winter.
It's cold here, people! I'm hoping this will convince her to bundle up a bit more.
Still to go? Two and a half hats, some pyjamas and a bookbinding project. Then all the stuff I'm planning to give people late. MUST CRAFT FASTER.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
So I hacked off the yoke with my trusty seam ripper, folded over the top towards the front and attached it to a wide elastic with two rows of stretch stitch while stretching the elastic to the length of the fabric. That last part was HARD. I finally figured out how to keep tension on the top fabric using my elbow, but I'm not in a rush to try it again.
In the end I got a cute skirt that fits and that I'll actually wear. Success! Just don't look at my stitching too closely...
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
A while ago I came across a giant collection of children's patterns from the early 60s. Even though I don't usually do kids' patterns, these were completely irresistible. Some of the 8-12 year old stuff is just amazing. I want it in my size! There were only a couple patterns for the 2 year old set (the bean's only 1, but growing FAST), including the slips, nighties and bloomers above. Who makes a slip for a 2 year old? Apparently mom's in the 60s.
I thought, given the right fabric, View 3 would be super cute as a jumper in winter and a sundress in summer. Looks pretty cute already, right?
Monday, December 13, 2010
We decided last month, while in the end-of-term trenches, to give Gertie's Crepe Sewalong a try. Last week we met up to search for fabric, and Natalie got some great purple check. I found a 5 yard section of a crazy atomic nautical print in my stash before heading out, so I ended up only shopping for Brian's Christmas pyjama fabric (which needs its own post!). I have no idea when the yardage is from, but it was only $7.99 from the local thrift shop. A huge savings on buying new for this dress. I still need to get something for the sash though, maybe a shiny navy fabric? I was thinking red or green but it might be a bit much.
Today we met up to sew our muslins and work out fit issues. The bodice on this dress is a little short, which is great for me and my high waist. The only things I had to change were the depth and position of the front darts. The grey lines are the original dart placement, and the red ones are my adjusted darts. The side dart was still too high so I lowered it about 3 cm. Now I have to trace the new darts back onto my traced pattern and shore up the angles of the side.
This is my first time sewing a bodice muslin before jumping into a project. It was a lot of work, but I'm thinking it's worth it for the better fit. I've never had the bust darts on a garment be in anywhere near the right place, so this will probably be the best fitting dress I own!
Friday, December 10, 2010
I made it out of a great throw-sheet-thing I found at Goodwill on half off day. I think it was $2? It's a very open weave cotton, but not sheer, with a block print dye design, and some white paint highlights on top.
This is also the project that got me interested in matching seams. All of the matching on this dress was entirely by chance, since all I tried to do was keep the flowers at an even height for the hem. This proved difficult since all the flowers were a slightly different height from the edge of the fabric.
All in all I'm really happy with the way the fabric worked out for this dress. I especially like the pocket hidden in the bottom flower in the picture above. The pattern is Anna-Maria Horner's Socialite Dress, which I've used once before. I highly recommend this pattern for beginners, since it's a simple. pull on dress that's really easy to wear. And it has pockets, which is a total deal sealer for me.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
The lingerie shop in particular had me sighing, and caused me to seriously consider having a go at this little gem from my collection. I'm choosing to ignore that it's a couple sizes too small...
As is this wonderful duBarry, but the lines on it are just breathtaking.
I can't wait until I get a little better at this whole sewing thing, and feel up to trying my hand at resizing. Being a curvy gal is not always the easiest with vintage patterns.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
I think this bird print is the one Zoe used for her lovely Bird Blouse. At $2.99 a yard, some of this may follow me home next time I'm there.
This citrus floral from the same line would be great for a dress for my little second cousin, or a spring apron for me. Mind you, I use my aprons more for printmaking than baking... A blouse maybe? It would also be a great base for a spring quilt.
Some of the other fabrics I just like because they're so different. I'm not sure what I'd make out of them, but the thought of being able to redo my couch covered in song birds is pretty great. Mostly I like the idea that great fabric pops up where it's unexpected. It has the potential to make the already dangerous trip to Ikea that much more tempting.
None of the fabrics are available online, but you can click any of the images to check if they're in stock at your local(ish) store. Or just keep the textile section in mind next time you need a new fold out futon.
Monday, November 29, 2010
It's the details in vintage patterns that really call to me. Look at the way the jacket seam and skirt darts line up. Is this actually feasible, or just wishful illustration?
I love the little bow at the neckline of the dress, and the way the bodice curves under the bust. The first option highlights this so well with the two tone dress. Sadly, the jacket blocks the transition in the illustration.
Even the line drawings on this dress have allure.
I'll definitely be keeping scans of this one in my inspiration file. With some planning, I'm sure I can use details from this pattern in a way that would suit me.
What about you? Do you take details from patterns to use on other ones later? Do you ever add vintage details to modern patterns to save on fit changes?
Friday, November 26, 2010
These are all great buttons, but it was finally time to face up that I wasn't going to use them any time soon. As my stash begins to take over my life, I'm trying to be more honest with myself about what I will and won't make. What about you? Do you find yourself collecting wonderful things, but not always using them?
I'm going to be listing more buttons over the next few weeks. They're too special to be sitting in a box, they need to be part of someone's hand-crafted project!
Monday, November 22, 2010
Materials: 1.5 balls Lang Lanalux, 5mm dpns & 16" circulars, place marker, darning needle
Finished size: Women's average
Cast on 94 sts
Join and knit 7 rounds k1, p1 rib in the round
Row 8: *K2, M1* repeat to end of round. 141sts total.
Knit in the round until piece measures 5" from cast on edge. For a slouchier hat or a larger head, knit for 5.5" or 6" instead.
Next round: *K4, K2tog* repeat until 3sts from end of round, K3
Knit 5 rounds plain
Next round: *K3, K2tog* repeat until 3sts from end of round, K3
Knit 4 rounds plain
Next row: *K2, K2tog* repeat until 3sts from the end, K1, K2tog
Knit 2 rows plain
Next round: *K1, K2tog* repeat until 2sts from end of round, K2tog
Next round: *K2tog* repeat to end of round
Next row: *K2tog* repeat to end of round
Break yarn and pull through remaining stitches. Weave in ends.
Friday, November 19, 2010
It's a very simple crocheted tam with a little pink flower sewn on. I used a ball of not-scratchy brown wool I had in my stash (35 grams and I used every inch) and a bit of pink alpaca I had left over from knitting my Scroll Lace Scarf. I will eventually weave in the ends and block that scarf, then you can see it in all its pale pink glory. Coincidentally, the pattern's on sale this week on Ysolda's blog.
It seemed plenty big when I was making it, but it was almost too small for the bean when I gave it to her! Luckily, all the decreasing is in the pink section, so all I had to do was give it a good tug to stretch it out. Every so often alpaca's tendency to grow can be a good thing!
Monday, November 15, 2010
To try and urge myself along I've been checking out my options for my next project.
The only problem with this dress is that it's sleeveless and too much of a summer dress.
Of course, this may all just be idle dreaming since there`s two weeks left of the semester and I`d really like to finish my undergrad one of these days...
Friday, November 12, 2010
Scored a new pattern for myself at one of the cute new shops in my area. I'm totally blanking on the name right now, but it's across the street from Mrs. Huizenga's Keele Street location.
Cute, right? I was super tickled to find the only 40 bust pattern in the lot, and it's for such a great dress. You can't really tell on the envelope, but it has a huge full circle skirt... So deliciously drapey! I'm thinking of cropping it to knee length and making it out of some fabulous black rayon in my stash. I need a new dancing dress!
This pattern came in a lot of older patterns I won on eBay a while ago. As the weather gets colder, I'm realizing I need something a bit nicer/warmer than my current coat. I'm tempted by the elegant shape on this gem, buuuuut... The size is completely missing. There's what looks like the beginning of a red "1" in the top corner, so I'm guessing it's not a size 20. When I measured the back lining under the armpit, subtracted the seam allowances and multiplied by 4 I got 48". Does anyone know what the ease would be on a garment like this? I was thinking 10", but that would make this a 38" bust and a size 20, so probably not if I'm to believe the "1" on the front. It's Butterick 4317 if you were wondering, all the pieces intact, and I think it's from the late 1940s.
And here's a sneak peak of my favourite find this month. Click to see larger images. I'll be adding some more scans of the fashion pages and some of the full colour pages later this week...
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Speaking of Grosgrain, I haven't given up on the Anda dress, it will just have to be done by a different Friday... I finally found the perfect ribbon to use as a hem facing turned to the front.
Now I just have to wait for it to get here...
Monday, August 2, 2010
Anyway, she wants one based on a letter (the mail kind). She sent a photo along of a dress someone else had made, which I promptly lost by saving it somewhere I will never be able to find again. The big thing I remember about that one was that it was all done in paint, and I wanted to do something a bit different. So I've been trying to work out interesting ways to do things like stamps and addresses so intently that I've neglected to work on actually making the dress. I think I'm just going to suck it up and embroider the thing. Maybe some quilting?
I've been really interested in the Airmail dress by Hussein Chalayan, which I found while looking for inspiration for this dress. It would definitely be great to mail the dress off to Emma wrapped up in itself.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
For now, you can come see my bookwork A1 at Love Me Two Times Vintage during August as part of the printmaking group show RePrint, put on by the InPrint Collective. You are so very invited to the opening if you're in the Toronto area. Here's a sneak peek of the piece, which is much more alive in person:
The title comes from the number on this vintage laundry tag I used on the cover.
Each of the three pages of the book is a different child's dress, which has been taken apart, printed onto kozo then sewn back together. I was inspired by baby memory books and the tendency of mothers to keep their children's tiny first clothes. Each dress is removable from the book and can hang as a separate sculpture.