Throwback Thursday: Simplicity 2286 in Vintage Barkcloth

Yes…. in a blatant ripoff of the Sometimes Sewist, I’m posting a Throwback Thursday…#TBT to you young, hip kids 😉

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This is my Simplicity 2286 completed way back in 2012, solidly pre-blog.  In fact, this was the first finished garment I made once I really got into sewing…. There was a very 80’s leopard print jumper/overall atrocity made for a Girl Scout sewing badge in elementary school, which we don’t talk about *shudder*.

Simplicity 2286 is solidly a beginner/learn to sew pattern and a really great one!  There’s no closures, but a lot of very basic skills 🙂

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I honestly can’t remember too much about making this, except I basically completed it in a day from cutting the pattern pieces to hemming.  I also cut straight into my “special” fabric….no muslins, no trial runs in less “special” fabric!

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The fabric is a vintage barkcloth my Mom had gotten, she had had it since forever (I remember rummaging through her fabric stash and finding it periodical growing up).  I’m not sure how old it actually is, but I’d say at least 1970’s.   And there couldn’t have been much more than a yard 😦

It is amazing looking back….. I just jumped straight in- there was no hemming and hawing about finding the “right” pattern, no muslins, no trial runs to make sure I had gotten all the techniques down; there was just cutting (and the hubris of a beginner).  I guarantee you had I not made this skirt that fabric would probably still be languishing in my stash waiting for the “perfect” project….. there’s a lesson somewhere in that :-/

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Now, being the n00b that I was, I actually didn’t finish the seams….at all.  I also, used the wrong size elastic, twisted said elastic, and then hemmed it too short.  It was kind of a hot mess if you looked close enough! So, after a year or two of things slowly unraveling with each wash, which honestly wasn’t that much because I hardly wore it due to fear of flashing everyone every time I bent over, I went back and “fixed” everything.

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I used store bought bias tape and finished everything with Hong Kong seams.  I also unpicked the hem and used lace hem tape to help lengthen things a bit.  And replaced the elastic.

Since then I’ve gotten a lot more use out of it!  I still find it a bit short and so will usually pair it with tights, but given I only started with about a yard it’s not too bad!

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And there you have it!  I’ve got a couple of other pre-blog makes I could post about, so we’ll see if this becomes a regular thing 😉

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OAL 2017 Update and other stuff!

You will notice this is not a finished OAL 2017…. you will also notice the OAL deadline was like 4 weeks ago 😦

On the other hand:

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I finished my sweater!!  This is the quickest start to finish sweater I’ve done….like 2.5 months.  So, despite not finishing in time for OAL deadline I’m quite pleased with myself 😀

On the other, other hand:

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Yes…. ironies of ironies, I was convinced I’d be able to zip through the Kim Dress no problem and it would be the sweater preventing me from finishing, but it was the other way around 😦
It may be the seasons starting to change, but I can’t seem to get started on this :-/

So, having failed at the Outfit Along I decided to jump on Fringe Associations Summer of Basics…..2 weeks before it ended, because yes, I am insane!

In my head this was going to be easy….. my Zinnia skirt would be my first item, the Miette sweater would be number two, and a quick and easy T-shirt would be number three.

Easy peasy…..right?

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And then for reasons I can’t fully explain, I did ZERO sewing in the month of August 😦   There was knitting to be sure….

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And traveling to view awe inspiring astronomical events….

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But no sewing…. or blogging for that matter 😦

On the other, other, other hand, after living in my house for over a year I’m finally getting it set up!!

 

 

Zinnia Skirt in Sand Washed Navy Tencel

This may be the most expensive object I’ve made….. and it is worth EVERY penny!!

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This is (finally) my finished version 1 of the Zinnia skirt.  At some point I had vowed to make this skirt and promptly spent way too much money on this fabric (according to my husband, but what does he know!). The fabric then proceeded to sit in my stash for over a year :-/
It is sand washed tencel….. and HOLY SHIT it is like butter!
I mean look at this:

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That was just a slight breeze 😉

The fabric came from Mulberry Silks…. which is were ALL my good fabric comes from!  They told me specific washing instructions….which I promptly forgot 😦  After some Googling, I decided to pre-wash it in the machine and handwash it for all subsequent washes.  I am usually pretty hard on my makes (machine wash ALL the things!), but I’m trying to be better about that :-/

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The buttons are pretty awesome!  They are made from corozo or tagua nuts….. otherwise known as vegetable ivory.

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This company is neat- everything is made in Brooklyn and although there is a minimum order, they have some pretty gorgeous buttons.

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Construction was fairly simple and straight forward.  I busted out my new edgestitch foot for this…. and holy crap is that thing AWESOME!  I used it on practically everything, including, but not limited to: the pockets, the button placket and the waistband.

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I decided to leave the pocket flaps off, because they just seemed un-necessary.  Also, pockets!!

I used French seams throughout, which coupled with the button placket makes for a very clean finish inside (which I forgot to photograph… you’ll have to take my word).

I cut this in a size 16, which was a size up from my usual size 14 for my two previous Zinnia skirts. I figured since my old Zinnia’s were getting a bit snug I should size-up….. and I was wrong 😦  This actually turned out to be a bit big, I probably should’ve stuck with my original size :-/

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But it still works!  And of course what this means is I can’t lose any more weight 😉   …..in fact I should really have some extra cookies and ice cream to ensure a better fit 😀

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If you recall I ran into some trouble with a mystery stain…. that is still a mystery, I have no idea what the fuck that was.  But true to everyone’s assurances they did come out with the first washing 🙂

And there you have it!  All I need now is to make Version 3 and I’ll have the Zinnia trifecta!

Works in Progress XVII….. aka Sewcation ’17!!

When I lived in Charleston my sewing friends (Jen and Elizabeth) and I would get together for marathon sewing days with food and alcohol…and sometimes even actual sewing 😉
When I (and later others) moved away we kept in touch via text and email- asking questions, getting opinions, sharing finished objects and often lamenting the distance.  One day while sewing all by my lonesome it struck me that we should get together for a sewing weekend…. a Sewcation if you will 😉

After much planning, coordinating of schedules and driving we met up at my parents mountain cabin in western North Carolina (heck yay free accommodations!).

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There was lots of sewing, knitting, cross stitching,…. cursing, and a surprising amount of wildlife!
Due to a variety of reasons the cabin had sat empty for over a year and a half and had since been occupied by a whole lot of mice!  They would appear every night around 8 or 9pm….. which came to be known as “The Mousing Hour”.

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I managed to catch and release (a fair distance away from the cabin) three mice.

Because we were in the mountains and both Jen & Elizabeth live on the coast, there was a fair amount of hikes.  We were able to see lots of various animal tracks, including, deer, turkey, and ….. BEAR!!

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Now, between all this gallivanting with wildlife there was some actual sewing!

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After the weekend, I am very nearly done with my version one of the Zinnia skirt….despite trying to sew the button placket on backwards! :-/

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A little quality time with Buffy the Seam Slayer.

I also have some mysterious stains I somehow managed to acquire.

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I left my cut pieces out and when I woke up in the morning I had these weird white marks that almost seemed like sap?  Everyone is assuring me it will come out once I wash it and I’m trying not to think about how many tears will be shed if it doesn’t 😥

Jen brought a bunch costumes she’s working on for DragonCon….. and got a LOT of stuff done!

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Though she too managed to wind up spending some quality time with her seam ripper when she sewed some leggings backwards 😉

Elizabeth managed to sew both a super cute bag and refashion a thrift store shirt.  She also made some progress on a super cute cross stitch of her dog 🙂

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I did not have any photos of Elizabeth sewing, so here is one of her exploring an abandoned mica mine from our hike.

So, there you have it!  Plans and schemes are already in the works for Sewcation ’18!!

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P.S. Elizabeth took all of the photos of the lovely scenery and wildlife.  She is currently running an animal rescue and they are raising funds for heartworm treatment for one of their newest rescues.  If you’ve got some extra money think about donating here.

Outfit Along 2017….Update

Ah, The Outfit Along…. I decided I was going to do this almost on a whim… because I am in fact crazy :-/   But I had the perfect fabric for the Kim Dress and had been itching to try princess seams.  So, I immediately got to work on…. the sweater portion!

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I wasn’t sure I really liked the Anaheim sweater that was the official sweater pattern, plus I wanted something the would take my dress firmly into colder months (Winter is coming you know).  So, I chose Andi’s Miette pattern!
Not only is it a free pattern, but I’ve actually made it before!

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Which I’m hoping might give me an edge in actually finishing this by the deadline…. I wouldn’t hold your breath though!

I had some issues with the fit last time I made it…. but of course made no notes as to what size I did or anything useful like that :-/
So, I decided I would actually properly swatch this one!

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L to R: US size 8, 9, and 10

I ended up going with the middle swatch- US needle size 9 and size large in the pattern.  I used this knitalong from WAY back in 2012 to help me with gauging and picking the proper size (as well as Row 25)…. it is quite helpful and I highly recommend it!

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In terms of the Kim Dress….. I’ve, uh…. bought the pattern?  In point of fact, I just bought the pattern, because I wanted to at least be able to say I’d bought the pattern for this post :-/  I actually spent an inordinate amount of time trying to see if I could find an old printed copy to buy, but alas people are hoarding those 😦

However, I refuse to print and tape this shit together!  So, I’m taking this opportunity to price the local Kinkos.    If that fails I’ll certainly be using Cashmerette’s excellent resource guide on how to cheaply print pdf copyshop files 🙂

Violet Shirt in Vintage Fabric

What’s this?! A finished object post???  Yes, at long last I actually finished something I started sewing!

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This is the Violet shirt by Colette patterns (shown with my Zinnia).  I bought a couple of years ago when they put a bunch of their old paper patterns on sale… I am not down with PDFs and sensed this would probably be my last chance to get the paper version.  And surprise, only the PDF is available now 😦

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Ignore my mysterious leg bruise!

I muslined (yes, it’s a verb now) this in a size 12 figuring that perhaps I had gained enough weight to necessitate it. NOPE! I discovered that while it fit in the bust, it was way too big every where else 😦  So, re-traced everything (le sigh) in the size 10 and did my usual 1 inch FBA. #bigboobproblems

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Speaking of….

I had some weird puckering going on with the bust darts that you can see here.  I’m not sure if I sewed them wrong, if the fabric is too stiff, or what…. I did press the ever loving shit out of it [with my fancy new tailors ham! Thanks Aunt Sandy!] which only seemed to help slightly.  Thoughts and suggestions are appreciated in the comments!

I finished the hem of the shirt with some leftover bias tape I had in my stash.  In the beginning I used this method because I had been a bit aggressive adjusting the length back down after the FBA, but I actually really like!

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The fabric was given to me by my Mom, I believe she got it years ago at her church rummage sale.   It’s a vintage(-ish) Laura Ashley fabric from 1979…. how you may ask do I know such a precise year…..

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The fabric is similar in weight to a quilting cotton weight fabric, maybe even a bit stiffer.  I was treating this as a kind of wearable muslin, so free fabric that I had quite a few yards of seemed a safe bet 🙂

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Overall, this was a good and decently quick make AND it’s a good shirt!  I had fears at first it was going to be too twee or look like a school uniform, but I’m actually really digging it.  Future adjustments though I will try are to grade down a size in the shoulder and maybe even try to adjust the arm scythe- it’s a bit low.

I’ve a got a couple of different yards of fancier fabric I’ve bought specifically for this pattern over the years, so hopefully I’ll be able to crank out a few more!

And finally, in conclusion, here are some shots of me and my co-workers messing around during our lunchtime photo shoot!

My co-worker shot these and you should TOTALLY check-out/follow her on Instagram- @maeggycakes23

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Behold!  Mary the Elephant!

 

 

Me Made May Musings…. plus Works in Progress

So, my first Me Made May is officially done!  I missed a couple of days taking pictures and had a few Me Made Underwear days, but overall I’m calling this a success!

 

Things I learned!

  1. It was actually not as hard as I thought to pull this off!  Yes, I had a shit ton of repeats… but overall I was able to do it!
  2.  A surprising gap I have in my wardrobe is casual, weekend wear!  I’ve got work appropriate skirts and tops pretty well covered, but I have ZERO me made causal bottoms to wear on the weekends.
  3.  Along the same lines as point 2.  I have NO me made pajamas…. or rather to be more precise-  I have no me made pajamas that don’t have a giant rip in the butt because I’ve gained like 20 lbs since moving 😦
  4. I have a small collection of me made items that are just not in regular rotation at all for a variety of reasons.
  5.  I look much better in pictures when I stand up straight…. but don’t tell my mother, she’s been harping on me for years to stand up straight :-/

So… moving forward I have a rough plan for some causal makes, some pajama makes, and maybe even finally giving the Ginger jeans a crack!  I did after all shell out $50 for the class!!

Works in Progress

In other news,  I’m hoping to finally finish the Violet I’ve been working on….

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All I have left are the buttons and button holes…. this should be a whole hell of a lot easier with my new machine 😀

And in keeping with my whole being more active in the online sewing community I will be participating in the Outfit Along!!

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Yes…. I’ve never participated in a Sewalong…. I’ve never participated in a Knitalong…. I’ve never even finished a sweater in less than 8 months, but I’m doing the Outfit Along….. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?!?!

But seriously, I have no illusions that I will be able to finish this in two months.  I’m just hoping to do the dress and get a decent start on the sweater…. I’ll do a more full-ish post on this, including the sweater pattern (hint it’s not the official sweater pattern) and the dress 🙂  So stay tuned!

 

 

Me Made May- Week 4.5

The last week in May! Woohoo I made it through!!  I’ll return next week with my thoughts regarding an entire month wearing at least one handmade item each day…. but until then:

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Day 28: Ah yes… more Grail t-shirts!

 

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Day 29: Memorial Day!  The original plan was to sew…. but instead I got distracted by container gardening.  And yes EVEN more Grail t-shirts…. plus RTW jeans that are on it’s last legs 😦

 

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Day 30: What’s this???  A “new” dress?  This is actually an old dress….that I hardly wear :-/ It’s the Crepe wrap dress by Colette patterns in lilac gingham seersucker.  It’s good dress/pattern, just a bit too cutesy for regular rotation.

 

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Day 31: Last day! Ending strong…. with more Grail t-shirts! 😀  Hooray!

 

And thus ends my very first Me Made May 😀

 

Me Made May- Week 4

Well, it’s Memorial Day and I’ve just come back from another long weekend helping the parental units 😀
I’m hoping to still get some sewing and knitting in today…. maybe even have a finished object post for later this week 😉

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Day 21:  It was a rainy lazy day…. and another me- made underwear day.  Here I am trying to ham it up and actually showing my undies….. SCANDAL *clutches pearls*!

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Day 22: Zinnia skirt and more Grail t-shirts of course!

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Day 23: Even MORE Grail t-shirts!!  Apologies for the weird lighting…. which highlights my need to clean my mirror.

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Day 24: Green Peony Dress

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Day 25: Grail t-shirt and RTW dress pants

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Day 26: Again Grail t-shirt (deer head this time) and RTW jeans

 

Day 27: I forgot to get a picture of today’s outfit, but it was… you guessed it! Grail t-shirt (the red one this time) and RTW pants.

 

So, there you have it!  Another Grail t-shirt heavy week :-/
We’re in the home stretch now, just a few more days left….expect more Grail t-shirts 😉

Me Made May- Week 3

I’m back!  And this time kinda on schedule 🙂

 

Day 14:  So I forgot to get a picture this day.  We were driving back from my parents and by the time I remembered…. I didn’t care.  It was another me made underwear day though :-/

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Day 15: Back taking proper pictures and my husband trying to photobomb them, the mysterious blur in the background is a pillow case he was waving 😀
Here I’ve got my pin dot Zinnia and a RTW t-shirt.

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Day 16:  My seersucker hawthorn dress…. and a kitty!

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Day 17: My un-blogged Peony dress, plus RTW sweater.  P.S. I didn’t mention this before, but it’s actually made out of quilting cotton!

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Day 18:  I’ve decided that this is probably my best fitting garment.  And it should be! This is my third Peony.  If you click through to the original post, you can see that the green eyelet fabric has shrunk up over time exposing the navy lining…. which I actually really like 🙂

Day 19 & 20:  You get another twofer…. and yes I wore the same t-shirt two days in a row, what of it?! Both days I wore the Grail t-shirt (both days with RTW bottoms) The second picture was taken on a hike on Buffalo Mountain, I’m working on being more active 🙂

And there you have it!  A lot less Grail t-shirts this week as promised…. although I did just buy some fabric for MORE Grail t-shirts 😉