I had a hugely productive weekend two weeks ago. I sewed up a trio of three quarter circle skirts assembly line style and a precious polka dotted peasant top.
I began working on a skirt for another project, (The Feathers) to be revealed at a later date. I decided that if I was going to do one, I should probably go ahead and do a couple of others I’ve been planning. I used #Simplicity1200.
This was my first attempt at side lapped zippers and I’m so pleased with how they turned out.
I also used self made bias for two of the skirt hems. Time consuming, but so worth it.
I had a lot of firsts that weekend!
I took a poll of my friends and coworkers and they overwhelmingly decided I should wear the cupcakes on Monday to work. Well, I got up Monday morning, and started looking through my closet for a top to match the skirt and just couldn’t find anything that I liked. Like you do. I then got the idea in my head that I needed a peasant top to go with it. I started rummaging through my fabric for something that would work. I came across some white cotton with yellow polka dots that I bought a while back and it was exactly what I wanted.
I sat down at 7:15am on Monday morning, and by 8:30 I had a brand new peasant top made from #Simplicity8741!
The finished outfit was just what I wanted it to be, you can see more about it here.
Needless to say, I’m thrilled with how all of these pieces turned out. I highly recommend that if you have several of the same pattern to make, do it assembly line style. It was so quick and easy to whip out three skirts. In the course of one weekend, I added three perfect summer skirts to my wardrobe. Next time I think I’ll do the same process with some more peasant tops!
Click the pictures to visit my blog for more about each skirt!
Cupcakes with Sprinkles
As always you can follow along with my sewing mis-adventures at www.misskacysews.com!
Thanks for reading!
This is by far my favorite sewing project this year. I call my creation the Dorr Mill Plaid Hoodie, named for the shop that the wool was purchased from. I actually finished this jacket earlier in the spring but it wasn’t until recently that I was able to get some decent photos. This jacket counts towards my 2015 personal vintage pattern sewing pledge. In these pictures the jacket is worn over the blouse (Hollywood 1530) and slacks (Simplicity 1306) that I made last year for the Reading Air Show.
The sleeves are cut with an upper and lower sleeve section and are slightly gathered at shoulders. The jacket back is cut in one piece on the fold. The jacket fronts are made from two pieces each. And of course the hood, also cut on the fold. Hooray hood! The whole jacket is lined with cotton muslin. The whole jacket is gathered slightly to a wide fitted waistband and closes with buttons up the front. The buttons appear to be shell. I added a snap to the very bottom of the jacket. One of my favorite things about this jacket, aside from the hood that is, is the way the front is constructed. It was a little fiddly but I’m happy with the result. I did restitch one front section because the fabric shifted causing the plaid stripes to be off set. I flat felled the seams for a neater finish.
More photos here!
Summary of the Pattern
Fabric: 100% wool from the Dorr Mill Store, cotton lining
Year: late 1930s
Notions: Buttons, thread, one snap
How historically accurate is it? Very. Plaids were pretty popular in the 30s and 40s for outerwear.
Any tricky parts to the pattern? Fitting the gathered front sections to the waistband and jacket front. Not too difficult just a little fiddly.
Did you change anything? I reduced the size just a touch and added a snap to the bottom front.
Time to complete: About a week, I’m guessing 8ish hours? I’m back at keep track.
First worn: Earlier this spring, first good pictures taken June 7 at the Reading Air Show.
Total cost: I can’t remember what I paid for the fabric because I bought it so long ago. I’d guess with the pattern the cost for this project would be in the $30 to $40 range.
Notes: The jacket fits great over a dress as intended and works well with 40s high waisted pants. If I were to make this again for modern wear I would lengthen it a little bit.
One of the first projects I planned after giving up sewing for myself at Lent was this dress! It just took me a little while to get to it. I had this yellow sweater, and when I saw the fabric at the store I knew they’d go great together, it was just screaming to be made into a dress.
I thought for a while about which pattern to use and settled on Retro Butterick 6175, an out of print pattern that I had seen and fallen in love with. Luckily I was able to find a copy close to my size on Etsy.
It was pretty simple to put together, the most involved part was the gathered sleeves. I’m very pleased with how they turned out!
More pics and details on my blog here.
If you remember the pink gingham dress from my last post on WSR, you will find the shape of this new dress familiar. I often sew up a pattern more than once and this one I wanted to tune a little to perfect the fit. It’s still not all that perfect, at least on me, which might be because of my round back. It kinda puckers in the middle back when I slouch, which I do a lot of, sadly. I guess it would be fine for someone with correct posture. I need to work on the fit of my clothes, I tend to get these issues with the fit on the back often.
I sewed this dress from a semi-sheer poly (my guess, I don’t really know what it is but it doesn’t wrinkle and the skirt is fluffy without a need for a pettitcoat) that I got loads of and I’m willing to sew more of it, because it’s cute and satisfying to work with. The dress is fully lined with cotton and blind hemmed by hand. It has a zipper at center back.
How I came about the fabric is a touching story, really, but I don’t want to keep this post too long on WSR so feel welcome to click through and read all about it on my blog
Hello guys and dolls! This is my first post to this lovely site after first discovering it, so I’m particularly excited (and nervous!) to be contributing myself.
My newest sewing adventure was completed about a week ago – she’s a darling full circle skirt, in navy cotton with white embroidered anchors. This is my first contribution to what I’m calling “Me Made Monday” (after Me Made May, which I loved participating in and seeing everyone’s creations), and I’d love to see y’all contributing too!
I have lots more photos and sewing details on my blog, so I won’t repeat it all here. Click here to check it out!
I’m looking forward to participating more here in the future, hope you like this simple project!
It’s been a very busy spring in terms of sewing. Between participating in sew a-longs (see my Spring for Cotton blouse here) and getting ready for the big WWII airshow in Reading, PA, I’ve accomplished a lot! I’ve been making a healthy dent in the fabric stash as well as my personal vintage pattern sewing pledge.
Today I want to share with you the yellow crepe suit I made for the MAAM’s WWII airshow and reenactment weekend. The yellow crepe for this project was left over from my Winter Formal Dress made from Simplicity1469. I received several nice compliments while wearing this. But this suit was so bright outside in the sunlight, yikes! Particularly when standing beside so many drab green military vehicles and tents.
Photo courtesy of Joanna of Dividing Vintage Moments
The construction was fairly simple, though I did have some sizing issues to work out with the skirt. One of the things I really like about this suit is the mock blouse, or dicky, that is attached to the jacket. This could easily be changed out with one of a different color or style to create a completely new look.
I have more photos and construction information on my blog.
Summary of the Pattern
Fabric: Mustard/yellow crepe from discount fabric store
Pattern: Du Barry 5371
Notions: Zipper, snaps, red bias tape, vintage buckle
How historically accurate is it? Very! The crepe is very close to dresses of the period and the trim was inspired by the pattern artwork.
Any tricky parts to the pattern? I had some fitting issues with the skirt when it came to attaching the waistband but was finally able to work those out. I think that was more on my (rear) end and not so much the pattern.
Did you change anything? Other then sizing I just added a few extra snaps
Time to complete: About a week and a half working during the evenings.
First worn: June 5, 2015 at the MAAM WWII weekend
Total cost: Around $30, although this is the second outfit made using this fabric so in reality it’s closer to $15
Notes: Overall very happy with how this turned out! Next time I’ll make the dicky a touch longer.