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Got bored last night, decided to cut into a narrow bit of printed lawn I bought a few months back and try out an idea I had for a slipover blouse with tulip sleeves, and then I ended up turning the remaining piece of the fabric sideways, and now I have a quasi-1920s dress, but I'm going to have to make or find a slip to go under it because that lawn is pretty sheer. Also, I'm not totally happy with the sleeves, but they were a proof-of-concept run anyway.
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Last night's dreams were about geckos. Small flying geckos, in my apartment. They were harmless, as far as I could tell, but I couldn't figure out where they were coming from.

Anyway, I've finished another dress. This is a modification of the 1930s self-draft nightgown pattern that I first used with the purple dress. I changed the neckline and once again added patch pockets.
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Been working for several days on a shirtdress made of this fabric. It's my first real attempt at a self-drafted pattern, and it looks like it might turn out. Pics when I've finished sewing on the numerous buttons.
Photo on 2014-07-01 at 10.56 AM

ETA: Here it is. My main quibble is that it's a bit short (had to cut a strip off the bottom of the hem in order to have enough fabric to make a button placket for the front.)
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Having sewn a couple of vintage-y halter tops of late, I found I need to pad the cups out a bit; there are several patterns online for bra pads, but to get the slightly conical 1950s shape, I have devised my own pattern which is mine, and which I have dubbed the "Titrahedron."

From the cloth of your choice (satin is nice) cut an equilateral triangle, three to four inches along each side (depending on the desired size). Right sides together (if applicable), fold the three corners up to meet each other and sew three short seams. Obviously you will not do the last seam until you have turned the shape right-side out and stuffed it. Repeat for second pad. Place inside bra or halter top, one corner pointing into the depths of each cup, and secure in place with a few stitches.
Photo on 2014-06-20 at 9.22 PM
Photo on 2014-06-20 at 9.22 PM #2
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Slowly managing to use up my fabric scraps. I did another version of this early-'30s blouse. I'd already done one in satin (where I had enough to cut on the bias instead of on the grain as the pattern indicates) and a slightly-less versatile one in dark green mystery-polyester stuff. Today's was in a peach-coloured linen-y fabric. I cut on the grain and did French seams. Instead of the three keyholes at the front of the neckline, I added a little tab/loop that I can thread scarves, etc, through. I also finally tried the removable collar shown in the pattern, and it's actually pretty cute, and easy enough I plan to make another in a contrasting fabric.

Verdict -- this is not a pattern for the large-busted, or for those days when one wants to maximize a small bust; but it's quick and easy, and the changeable collars and bows add versatility and keep it from looking too much like hospital scrubs.
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Self-drafted rockabilly halter top. Adapted from this bra pattern and this beach top.
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Dreamt that someone told me [livejournal.com profile] theengineer had died unexpectedly. I trust that this is not, in fact, the case.

Andrew had to download the new Comixology app, which is currently irritating him by not allowing him to actually buy comics (to do that you have to go to the actual comixology website, then go back into the app, hit "restore" and the new comic should appear.) He is also continuing to enjoy the hell out of the Robert E. Howard Facebook group (it sounds like he's kind of being the unofficial moderator -- i.e., when the official moderator posts a screed against J.K. Rowlings, he tries to divert the subsequent discussion into something a bit more positive.)

His doctor's appointment had to be rescheduled -- I need to figure out a new date -- *not* May 10th, which is what our doctor suggested, as that's the Friends of the Merril's Pulp Show.

Sewed various silly things -- a turban for my mother to wear with her Regency ball gown; tetrahedron-shaped pads (Andrew calls them "lolas") for my 1950s missile-cone bra; and another attempt on the Vionnet handkerchief gown, this one tacked together from four matching square scarves from the Dollarama.
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dress_march_2014 by ennalss
dress_march_2014, a photo by ennalss on Flickr.

The table-cloth dress. It is a polyester-cotton fabric, but a cute print.

I've just notices the pose is basically "Portrait of Mme. X." Bit less aggressive, though. This wouldn't shock the bourgeoisie in the same way.

Good lord I haven't half got a giant head.

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Saw another robin yesterday.

Today while walking to the grocery store I saw various buffleheads and mallards, a pair of cardinals, a red-tailed hawk, and on the way back, a pair of Canada geese in the Humber Loop who were probably nesting. The female had a green neck band with numbers on it. Looking it up when I got home I found this discussion on a hunting forum last February which suggests the green collars are part of a study on whether or not the GTA geese migrate.

A couple of weeks ago I found a tablecloth with a cute print of fruit, and bought it to refashion. Today I started a dress from my usual go-to pattern and it is now about 90% completed -- I need to set in the zipper, seam up the side and hem the bottom. There was just enough fabric to make up the pattern. Will post pictures when complete.

Andrew still not in great shape; though I've noticed this week that he's been more talkative than usual, which I put down to his having found a Robert E. Howard/pulp fiction-themed group on Facebook where he can post pictures from his collection and generally hold court, keeping himself more alert and entertained than he's been for a while. Realized today that next year will be our tenth wedding anniversary. I just wish the "in sickness and in health" part wasn't an on-going test.

ETA -- Could have sworn I had a couple of extra 14-inch zippers lying about, but I can't find them. Completion delayed.
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My first attempt at this blouse.

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silk_blouse by ennalss
silk_blouse, a photo by ennalss on Flickr.

Decided, based on a Holiday Sew-Along thread on Ravelry, to make up another sleeveless blouse from my vintage Advance pattern, and now it's mostly done (I think the shoulders are still a bit uneven). I may need to bite the bullet and finally get a new sewing machine, as I had to redo most of the seams on this one by hand. Luckily it's a nice enough fabric (silk) to cover a few faults in the construction. Knot buttons made from the same fabric.



ETA -- I still have a couple of feet of the silk left over -- any suggestions for what to do with it?
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bodice by ennalss
bodice, a photo by ennalss on Flickr.

Been looking at some diagrams on pattern alteration by the slash-&-spread method, and the last few nights I've been reworking one of the existing bodice patterns I have. I finally made a pattern today that looks ok when I sew it up (fabric is an old pillowcase). Trying to decide what to do with the lower edge -- finish it with bias tape like the neck and arm-holes, or add a little peplum?

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bodice by ennalss
bodice, a photo by ennalss on Flickr.

Been looking at some diagrams on pattern alteration by the slash-&-spread method, and the last few nights I've been reworking one of the existing bodice patterns I have. I finally made a pattern today that looks ok when I sew it up (fabric is an old pillowcase). Trying to decide what to do with the lower edge -- finish it with bias tape like the neck and arm-holes, or add a little peplum?

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Skirt has been attached. I ran low on fabric, so it's a couple of inches shorter than called for in the original pattern. Looking at the photo again I see my waist seam is a bit crooked. May get lazy and just hide that with the belt and make sure the skirt comes out even when I hem it.

I am also going to omit the pocket this go-round as the fabric print is already a bit busy.

Like most dresses I've made from vintage patterns, it's very comfortable to wear, but the close fit and non-stretchy fabric make getting it on and off the hard part.

Photo on 2013-08-18 at 10.02 #2
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I decided to jump in and try this 1939 tennis frock. Last week I drafted it onto wrapping paper -- The measurements given in the sample are larger than mine, but I didn't want to complicate matters on the first attempt by changing them to my own measurements.
Last night I began my test version and I've now almost finished the bodice (still needs buttons, front darts and sleeve cuffs).
I wasn't sure if the pattern included seam allowances, but since I was working from a bust size several inches larger than my own, and the instructions suggested the front darts can be adjusted to fit, I figured I'd risk it. However I hedged my bets and only seamed with a 1/4" allowance rather than the 5/8" I've seen on vintage printed patterns. The result *just* fits, so if anyone drafts this to her own measurements I'd recommend adding a seam allowance.

The major pieces came out ok, but I ended up improvising the collar and facings after I had cut out and assembled the bodice; the front facings were easy, the collar and neck facings required a couple of tries.

The sleeves have a gradual curve on one side and a sharp curve on the other, and the instructions don't make it clear which is the front. I tried it both ways, and settled on gradual-curve-at-the-front, with the tucks at the top of the sleeve near the shoulder-yoke.

Further updates as it progresses.
Photo on 2013-08-17 at 13.50

More Sewing

Aug. 9th, 2013 06:43 pm
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Spiral-cut sundress by ennalss
Spiral-cut sundress, a photo by ennalss on Flickr.

Spiral-cut sundress based on a memory of a diagram in a 1970s sewing book. Still trying to get the halter top to tie in a way that isn't awkward.



Short-sleeved peasant blouse by ennalss
Short-sleeved peasant blouse, a photo by ennalss on Flickr.

In the same fabric. I'm not totally happy with it -- the sleeves look ok, but they *feel* weird.

More Sewing

Aug. 9th, 2013 03:40 pm
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Spiral-cut sundress by ennalss
Spiral-cut sundress, a photo by ennalss on Flickr.

Spiral-cut sundress based on a memory of a diagram in a 1970s sewing book. Still trying to get the halter top to tie in a way that isn't awkward.



Short-sleeved peasant blouse by ennalss
Short-sleeved peasant blouse, a photo by ennalss on Flickr.

In the same fabric. I'm not totally happy with it -- the sleeves look ok, but they *feel* weird.

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Finished the floral dress. Picked up a scrap of stripey purple jersey while I was downtown buying notions, and a couple of extra-large pillowcases in a beautiful print at the thrift store, and ran up a quick-and-dirty oversized T-shirt, and a spiral-seamed sundress based on a diagram I dimly recalled from a 1970s sewing book. I have a peasant blouse in progress.

I'm not sure how but I appear to have agreed to give Carter, my older cat, a food and water station in our bathroom. I'm not sure why he wants this (perhaps Narly was annoying him in the kitchen), but it seems to make him happy. He's also got a snazzy new collar with a floral print, also picked up on yesterday's shopping trip.

Saw Neil Gaiman last night as mentioned in the previous post. Tomorrow we will be meeting Don and Janet for lunch at the Sunniside Cafe. I've been trying to not let us eat out too much this week for budget reasons, but the Sunniside patio is a favourite and we haven't been there yet this summer.
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The dress from the floral cotton print is well under way. This one's got a collar and pockets. Will attach the skirt tomorrow -- the zipper might have to wait until Tuesday when the stores re-open after the civic holiday.

Hoping we get some more warm weather before fall hits in earnest, but at least a print with a black background looks good in all seasons, and I can always wear a slip and leggings underneath for extra warmth.

ETA: The dress is nearly done. It needs a zipper, some more black thread (so I can stitch the last five inches or so of the hem) and possibly a belt buckle -- the glue on my home-made attempt at a fabric-covered buckle is currently drying, and I don't know yet if it will look good or awful, but the stores that sell zippers tend to also carry buckles, so I'm not too worried.
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The dress from the floral cotton print is well under way. This one's got a collar and pockets. Will attach the skirt tomorrow -- the zipper might have to wait until Tuesday when the stores re-open after the civic holiday.

Hoping we get some more warm weather before fall hits in earnest, but at least a print with a black background looks good in all seasons, and I can always wear a slip and leggings underneath for extra warmth.

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