1970s

 

Bubblegum pillows with Simplicity 8139 pattern (1977)

 

 

 

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McCall’s 7456 & Simplicity 6693, from the 1980s & 1970s, have been getting lots of use at my place…ever since I saw the guitar gods in Cracker, both wearing Western shirts at a concert & thinking, “Hey, the Roommate should be able to dress like a guitar god, even if he doesn’t play guitar!”  A request from a friend for a similar shirt, led to me making 2 shirts, because I couldn’t resist doing one for his little boy, too.  The yoke/cuff/placket contrast for both is from some fabric I got on our trip to West Africa, so it’s authentic wax print.  I’m running out of that, though, so used some regular cotton for the main part of the boy’s shirt, and some Marimekko from Crate & Barrel Outlet for the main part of the men’s shirt.  Find out more on my blog, Bella Industries, Inc. 

 

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It’s been a while since we last spoke. Truth is, I haven’t been doing a lot of sewing. Who knew that moving house would be such a time consuming task? Not me. That’s for sure. After my routine is broken, I have a hard time getting myself back into rhythm, and the things I was in the habit of doing become difficult to find motivation to do. After a few months of slacking, I couldn’t handle any more daydreaming about sewing. I needed to start. I dug out the most basic project I could think to sew. Simplicity 9267 from 1971 is a basic skirt pattern with timeless, classic design.

I used our extended winter as an opportunity to play with my favorite textile, wool. A skirt pattern like Simplicity 9267 is a fantastic canvas for improvisation. I wanted my skirt to be a basic wardrobe piece with a little bit of interest. I added faux leather trim to the pattern pieces using a zig-zag stitch and created a chevron design over the hips.  I wrote a bit more explanation and posted some additional photos on my blog.
This project was exactly what I needed to get back into the swing of things. I’m thrilled to be sewing again and setting my sights on spring. I’ll see you again soon!

XOXO,

Michelle

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I finally have a finished dress to share! It’s vintage Simplicity 7705, the knockoff of the famous DVF wrap. I’m super pleased with how it turned out and now want lots of knits to make more. It makes me feel a bit like Jerry Hall at Studio 54!

 

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