Sunday, 23 December 2012

Mrs Sew and Sew

Money is not something that happens across my path very often, I buy things usually when I need them and sometimes not even then (my leaky shoes x 2 are testament to this). I rarely get to treat myself and don't often get birthday money as I'm relatively easy to buy for, but this year I have been spoiled with more birthday/Christmas money than I have ever had. Of course now I don't know what to do with it!

I have though, just made the first purchase, treating myself to a lovely shirtwaist dress pattern. I see it becoming a real staple as my mind is buzzing with variations and if there's something I need, it's dresses. It can be made up in lightweight wool too, so it would be good for colder months. I'm not sure about the variation with the tie at the moment, but we'll see. And what's wrong with the brunette on the left at the top, she looks, well, deranged (or demonic), maybe the dress pattern sent her mad.



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I have a gorgeous jacket pattern in mind too. I'm hoping I will be able to manage it, after all I managed my Victorian dress without too many tears and tantrums, but I have heard tales about Vogue patterns. 


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I was even toying with the idea of a make a month in 2013, or maybe that's a bit ambitious. I have some lovely patterns already in my possession, including this one .. I thought it would work out cheaper making such night attire than buying it, but totting up the fabric amounts needed, I think I was wrong. Oops. But I really need nightwear and this is so pretty.


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I also want to give this another go, as I have an idea to make it more wearable, as the underskirt seen at the front is awfully skimpy and one gust of wind and the world sees your flimsies. I am very partial to gingham but more partial to polka dots but also love the monochrome version shown here.



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I also want to make this in navy with white polka dots


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And this would be nice too .. just the dress mind you, not the coat as well. I do sense I would have problems with the bodice as I always do.



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And I will master the original Frankendress, as it's so pretty but I have tried it twice and have experienced problems .. I need to make the bodice longer, I think that's my problem. Actually I know it's the problem.



That does make twelve, so maybe I'm all set. I do of course have my new book 'Sewing For Dummies' which is invaluable for someone like me, whose preferred sewing method is a variation on Eddie Izzard's speed archaeology. 
"I shall finish this in AN HOUR! Who needs instructions? Instructions are for the weak!"
and then I'm lumbered with a dress with every conceivable problem and one that likely should have taken a couple of hours to complete and as night falls I am hunched over the sewing machine with mad eyes growling at anyone who comes near. 
Slow down, tortoise sewing, not hare sewing.




14 comments:

  1. Some great patterns here, the first one is my favourite.

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    1. I like the simplicity of the first and look forward to making it up once I have some fabric.

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  2. I too am loving the first one Melanie, I love love love that style of dress. I think a make a month sounds like a daunting but good task, as you have a whole month to sew like the tortoise and not the hare. Which I too am of the same guilt, but have told myself that 2013 is my year to learn how to make things properly with patterns and not just a 'give it a whirl' notion.

    Merry Christmas xx

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    1. Pretty isn't it, I can just imagine it in polka dots or gingham with lovely contrasting parts. I want to run off a few staples this year, mostly dresses as I wouldn't have to worry about being matchy matchy with a skirt or a blouse. I definitely want a black one as a black dress is always a good fall back with bright accessories.
      I do glance over a pattern initially, to make sure I'm not going to trip myself up along the line but sometimes it's just common sense (she says) and I discard the pattern entirely but next year I intend to do it properly and not end up with an it'll do garment and I will use interfacing which I am notorious for neglecting.
      I look forward to seeing your makes next year.

      And merriest of Christmasses to you too xxx

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  3. What fab choices! I can't wait to see what you create. I'm particularly loving the monochrome retro '52 pattern, that astounding cropped Vogue jacket and capelet and the dress with the tie.
    I'm afraid I'm more like a hare with my sewing, I really should slow down, less haste more speed and all that! xxx

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    1. I love the monochrome too, but I was thinking the white may go a bit grey in the wash so am plotting to maybe popper the front and back together if I go with that scheme. The Vogue jacket I adore! I have a swing jacket which is such a good fit that I can't wear much underneath it and it only has a button, so this would be a more wintery option.
      From one hare to another, let's vow to try and slow down! I always tell myself I'm going to go slowly, but end up impatient and want it yesterday!

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  4. I really need to practice my sewing at get better at it, whenever I see great patterns like the ones you showed... I think to myself. "I wish I could make that"
    *hahaha* Maybe I will have to go take some lessons or something. I am just a beginner really. I can't do nothing fancy.

    Can't wait to see what you create.

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    1. I think it's as simple as practicing, I know if I had the room to have my sewing machine out permanently, I would practice more and consequently I would gain skills, but alas, no room for it and I also have a bunny who likes to supervise/taste power leads. Maybe that could be your goal for 2013 - learn to sew lovely things.
      xxx

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  5. All these patterns are just lovely, Melanie, the illustrations are beautiful and I can see them suiting you really well. Can't wait to see which you make first!
    I really MUST make something in 2013. I meant to this year and failed, miserably. I may need sewing advice!
    Happy Christmas to you and Andy. xxxx

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    1. I'm glad you like them too! I have noticed that the dresses always look better in illustration form, once they're sewn up they seem to lack a certain something .. maybe the oomph of the drawings. I do think multiple petticoats would help and a form of perfection pattern ladies always have!
      I think you should take the plunge next year and sew yourself some lovely things. I cannot recommend the Sewing for Dummies book enough. I got it from the library first and it was invaluable, thankfully I now have my own copy.
      And Merry Christmas to you and yours xxx

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  6. Oh! I have that Butterick wrap-around dress pattern but I haven't made it yet. Have you already attempted it? I'd like to make the blue with red trim version, possibly without the trim. These are all beautiful dresses, I admire you for taking on so many vintage designs in one year!

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    1. Yes, I have tried it twice. I made a red one, as seen here - http://follybird.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/butterick-retro-b4790-1952.html but found the armholes so to speak, were a little tight and chaffed, so I would have to cut back those back and the second time I made it in lilac gingham but it was an absolute disaster. There are certainly problems as I saw them ..

      01. It never looks as impressive as the illustration, you would certainly need a petticoat underneath to get that look but unfortunately the front piece of the skirt is a lot tighter than the back piece giving no room to wear one.

      o2. I ended up using poppers to attach the full back skirt to the front as even a slight gust of wind would lift the back skirt to the skies and the front stayed put. Very embarrassing!

      o3. The front skirt part also shifts when walking, making it uncomfortable to wear!

      The solution I have decided to go with is to make the front part bigger, almost a mirror of the back part .. whether that would make it to bulky I don't know, but it saves blushes! I really hope I haven't put you off it now, hehe!
      It remains to be seen if I manage to do even half of the above, but if this year has taught me anything, it's that I need to bulk out my wardrobe so I don't keep wearing the same blue polka dot skirt time and again.
      Merry Christmas!

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  7. Haha, the brunette on the top left does look a bit scary. But she is very well dressed. That dress is so cute! I love the jacket pattern too.

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    1. I like to think she's a prototype Stepford Wife ;) But the dress is lovely so I'll ignore the scary eyes!

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