Looking to replicate the Betty’s retro style? Try Vogue 8728 pattern.
For a more update of this dress, add a high-low hemline like I did back in September.
My Etsy shop is up!!
Please take a look and support me!
Martin’s little sister and father came to visit us last week. She’s been eager to learn about sewing so we ventured out on Friday to Chic Fabrics and she bought her first few yards of fabric.
I measured her and helped her make her first circle skirt. I think the most difficult part was just threading the needle but I assured her it can be a tough task for someone who sews alot like me. Haha.
I also whipped up a cute peplum top that she adored.
You could buy the top here! I’m having a soft launch of my new Etsy store. I’m hoping to gauge how people respond to my label and whether I should continue. I think I’ll officially launch this week when I can get more photos up of the garments I’ve made and then post a coupon code for subscribers. =)
Sorry for being MIA. The title of this post isn’t a Les Mis reference; I’ve been working on expanding my sewing and patternmaking skills to try to come up with my own designs (!!!) as part of a new and improved Sara. So far, so good. My first try was making a simple top with a cowl neck, since this neckline is especially flattering on full-busted women.
The fabric is satin charmeuse from Chic Fabric in NYC. It’s everything I wanted in a blouse I can wear anywhere — from the office to drinks with girlfriends!
I’ve also got big news coming up… =)
Simplicity 1755 – Finished in 2 days!
The fabric is from Paron in NYC. It’s wool that looks like the plaid pattern is painted on with a sponge application. Or plaid maginiified so greatly that it looks deteriorated. Whatever it is, I fell in love instantly and had to had at least 3 yards of it.
I didn’t apply the tie in the back because it’s always so fussy for me.
There’s a lot of pleating going on but I love the full skirt effect that it gives. It’s the most time consuming part of the dress.
Also, hooray for east collars. I’ll definitely be using this to add collars to other tops I’ll design for myself, too.Pin It
…and then she’s looks at my blog and sees everything i can make.
(Anticipating her response)
Yayyyyyy! I got an award just for being kind enough to comment on Sabs’ blog!
Now to pass the award onto some of my own commenters:
Amanda – fun poses, fun clothes, will just make you smile
Rebecca – another hilarious blogger with a penchant for quirky prints
Candice – I look forward to seeing what she sews next AND which shoes she’ll wear this the new garment
ReadyThreadSew – fellow stash-buster. I knooooow what you mean about having a fabric lying around forever because not pattern quite fits it perfectly yet. Great pieces from her too!
The Perfect Nose – lovely because she reviews pattern sources that I never check out like vintage patterns, knipmode, and patrones =)
GUNMETAL. My buttons are made of metal from guns! There’s a slight chance that ‘gunmetal’ may just be the name of the color of the buttons. I’m not going to subscribe to that line of thinking, however, because it diminishes the badassness of my GUNMETAL BUTTONS.
No pockets for me. I just didn’t like them and frankly, I’m always in a rush to finish a project once I start.
The fabric is wool suiting from Sewfisticated Fabrics in Somerville, MA. I miss that store and it’s low prices. You know what else I’m missing out on? Aerosmith having a concert in my former neighborhood, Allston.
Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler made an impromptu stop Saturday morning at the Allston apartment building he and his band mates lived in when they started their journey to become one of the most successful rock bands ever, according to one of the rental property’s owners.
Tyler’s visit came two days before he and the rest of Aerosmith plan to perform a free concert outside of 1325 Commonwealth Ave.
Free concert a mere 4 blocks away from my first apartment!
Remember this post back almost a year ago when the Hunger Games trailer was first released? Looks like Simplicity has just released a Girl on Fire pattern:
Me: (looking longingly at the pattern)
Martin: You want to make an evening gown, don’t you?
Martin: You wish you could’ve been Katniss for Halloween, don’t you?
Damn, he knows me well.Pin It
Hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween! Mine was a blast! This is one of my favorite holidays but the issue with dressing up for Halloween is that I usually have to buy two costumes: one appropriate for work and one for a night out on the town. Last year, I had on an orange top with cat ears and cat eye contacts. I drew on whiskers and was a cat for Halloween. Done and done.
But I’ve been challenging myself all year and I wanted to make an awesome costume this Halloween.
This pattern was perfect for Marie Antoinette. I didn’t want to make the full length version of this gown because I didn’t want to deal with all that fabric, especially for just one night. It would also make this project more expensive.
So how short do I make it? Mid-thigh would be flirty and youthful but I wouldn’t be able to wear it to work. Knee-length would be more appropriate but not cheeky. How could I get both looks without having to make two skirts?
Voila! I added two tracks inside the skirt and ribbons to pull up to shorten or lengthen the skirt.
I added pick ups to the back.
I added contrasting lining to the sleeve since I had fabric left over.
So proud of myself for making this!