As you’ve seen, I’ve been working on a truly hideous, absolutely tacky gold lame’ blouse for an 80′s party we were invited to on the 3rd. I am using Kwik Sew 1262, and I posted pics a little way back of the shell without sleeves, but hadn’t gotten much further. Anyway, a few days ago I thankfully finished the blouse. Its not that it was a difficult pattern to sew, or that I was having trouble. Its that the gold lame’ fabric is horrible to work with, and it sheds tinsel everywhere. Anyway, I got it done but was stumped about what to do for my bottom half. Then my good friend Tracy suggested white vinyl for a skirt (I had already decided on a mini) and I was off to Walmart with my last $10 to see what they had. Turns out they only had browns and black vinyls, but I came home with some white satin instead.
I busted out the pattern I used for the skirt I sewed and posted about yesterday, and making a few small changes (I added 2.5″ to the hemline and completely lined it because my fabric was thinnish) and left off the flounce. I sewed my zipper in more than once but the final outcome is one i am very pleased with and it went in pretty much perfectly.
My entire outfit costs me less than $25 including the cost of the patterns, and only took about 2 hours total to sew them up.
I’ll be doing crimped hair, colorful make up and big bold jewelry, though I may still need to make my jewelry. The blouse is hideous. I will probably bury it in my closet and ignore it forever after this, but for the party, its just right. The skirt I will hopefully get to wear again, as I quite like it.
I just posted this skirt (McCalls 5184 View A) yesterday without the flounce and it was a micro-mini. That was fine and all but today I woke up and I wanted to try the skirt with with the flounce added, assuming I had enough fabric to do so. I just barely managed to cut the flounce from what was left, though I had to cut it in 4 pieces instead of two on the fold, but to say its a completely different skirt is an understatement!
Just ignore the dopey sunglasses. Its morning here and the sun was blinding me, so I put them on, though now I just look silly.
This skirt should be about 4 inches longer, but I made a really deep hem on it to see how I liked the slightly shorter length. I may go in and trim it up and re-hem it, but maybe not. It doesn’t really matter either way.
The girls are big helpers when it comes to pictures. Sashi was really hoping I’d pick up her flat ball ad throw it but I don’t dare with the camera out there because she’ll probably knock it over.
Anyway, end feeling is I love the skirt. I love the fabric. And I love the style. It was fun in its short life as a micro-mini, but now I can actually sit comfortably, as well as bend over safely.
I will still be making a mini-skirt version of this for the 80′s party, but I will add about 2.5″ to the length of the skirt as it is without the ruffle. That will make it a little more decent, though still very 80′s. I’ll see you next time!
Where have I been lately? I have all these plans for sewing but haven’t done much of anything. You know how that is? Anyway, we have an 80′s theme party we are going to the first weekend in May, and I’ve been having some struggles with getting my outfit ready. I have my blouse finished, which I will post another day (only I get my skirt that goes with it done) and that was its own mess and struggle.
Anyway today I stitched up a quick skirt using the pattern I am using for the skirt for the party to see how it fit and if I liked it. I used McCalls 5184 View A, but I left the ruffle off of the bottom to make it into a micro mini skirt. I new it would be short without the ruffle but I had no idea it would be this short.
The pattern is super easy to put together (the part of I did anyway) and literally took me an hour from the start of pinning the pattern down to the fabric to finishing the last stitching. The zipper went in almost perfectly, and the only thing I noted wasn’t quite right at the end was my waistband on one side at the zip ended up slightly deeper somehow, resulting in the two side coming together at the zip being a little uneven.
Despite the super short length, I really like this skirt. Its probably too young for me, but its not like everything in my wardrobe is like this. I think I can get away with wearing the occasional article like this.
Anyway, here it is. McCalls 5184 View A minus the ruffle.
These shoes aren’t the best but they were the only black pair I could find, though in cooler weather I could wear this with leggings and boots.
I have no idea what I was bending over for but you can bet I will not be doing any of this in public where people can see me! There is literally 1″ of fabric covering my butt in this thing.
My zipper is slightly visible here. I used a bright yellow one and all of my visible stitching is yellow as well.
Tomorrow I will be stitching up this pattern again just like this one, but in white satin. My friend Tracy suggested that I use white vinyl but I’m not going to have more money free before the date of the party, and WalMart only had icky browns and blacks. I went with the satin because it was affordable and available without driving across town (I’m almost out of gas). It’ll have to be doubled up as its a little too thin for a single layer, but it should work out fine.
Mattie and I were invited to an 80′s themed party later on this month, which gave me something new to work on in my sewing room. I thumbed through my pattern stash, looked at dozens of options online, and after not finding anything I really liked that was available within a size or two of what I needed, I decided to go with Kwik Sew 1262 View A from my stash. This is pretty basic pullover blouse with a tie detail at the neck, and its construction is pretty simple. Of course I decided to go all out 80′s and buy gold lamé too sew it in, which I started to regret as soon as I started cutting the fabric.
I really like the slightly puffed sleeves and the tie neck detail, and I can honesly se this making a very wearable top in a more durable fabric. The gold lamé though- I’ll probably wear it once or twice and at some point it will vanish from my wardrobe in a fit of frustration.
I did about half of the sewing on it this evening, constructing the main part of the blouse, and tomorrow I will hopefully get to the sleeves and hemming it. I had originally planned to do a skirt with a matching gold lamé ruffle but at this point, I’m thinking I’ll just skip the ruffle and do a floral print mini instead. I’d at least like the skirt to be wearable for normal every day use even if the blouse is not.
Here’s my thoughts on this fabric and why I can happily go to my grave if I never hav to sew anything with it again.
- It’s super shiny and fun
- It’s lightweight
- It’s polyester so probably does not breathe for shit
- Its like sewing aluminum foil- every pin prick and ruffling of the fabric shows. I am living in terror that I will have to rip out a seam and it will leave the fabric full of pin holes.
- Its slippery and hard to keep moving evenly and constantly wants to pucker.
I’m sure I will have more thoughts on it as I work towards finishing the blouse, but that’s all for now. Gold lamé, you suck!
I decided a few weeks ago I wanted to try something new. I wanted to try working with polymer clay. I’ve never worked with clay except some ceramics-type clay back in junior high once, so didn’t have any idea really what to expect. The guys were at a concert last night, so I went to Tracy’s to hang out with her, eat delicious Thai food, watch silly stuff, and for her to teach me about the clay. She showed me a few things, like how to work the clay through the pasta machine, and how to handle it, and then she gave me a project to work on. Its a terrible photo but I made this cute little flower and vine enveloped mirror disc to wear as a pendent.
Working with the clay was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be, though it probably didn’t hurt I watched a ton of videos over the last few days in preparation. I’ll try to get a better photo when I finally have an actual camera again. I finally got home at about 2:30am, way after Mattie got home.
This afternoon I went out and did some shopping. I ended up going to several stores, most more than once, and finally finding all the things I was looking for after comparing prices both online and off.
At Target I came out with a package of baby wipes, since they get the clay off of your hands better than anything else, and a stacking trio of boxes, one with a tray inside, to store my tools I had yet to buy and to store my unopened clay in. I love Sterilite’s storage options and I use tons of them in my craft room from everything from bead tool storage to pattern storage to fabric storage. All but about $0.95 was covered at Target by a git card.
The pasta machine I got at the Kitchen Collection store in the outlet mall, and at Harbor Freight (which is almost next door to it) I got the set of 6 double-ended tools. The Exacto blade and the tissue blades I got from Micheal’s after I looked for the tissue blades at Harbor Freight but they didn’t have them. The pasta machine was on sale, so that was nice too.
The stacking containers turn out to be the perfect size and shape and I was able to place all four blocks of clay I have no into one section and put my little cookie cutters into another. (I didn’t keep the packaging for the cookie cutters- it was just easier to show them off in the pic that way.)
Later on this evening, I saw Joann’s had $0.01 shipping today and tomorrow for the holiday, and they had clay on sale down from $2.49 to $1.87 per package. I went ahead and ordered a few more blocks in different colors since I had a few bucks left, part of which was covered by my gift card I had for there. That will give me a bunch of colors to work with. I want to get my cookie cutter shapes, but that can wait.
Today’s project was a new, bigger, more fun purse. Weeks ago I had decided to make myself a new purse. I wanted a bigger purse, and I also wanted to add some zipper pockets to the inside. I had modified my purse pattern I have made several of already for myself to be larger, and but hadn’t worked it out yet so wasn’t sure how it would turn out. I had estimated the fabric usage to be about 50% more than what it takes for my original design, but it actually ended up taking almost double that. I barely had enough fabric to cut everything from using the two one-yard cuts I had chosen for this design.
My exterior fabric, pictured at left, was chosen after I had already picked my lining fabric- a cut of fabric that my friend Jami gave me two years ago. I had to hand draw some of my pattern pieces as our printer wouldn’t print half of the pieces, and gave me duplicates of others.
The actual construction went really smoothly, except for the part where I forgot to put the interfacing in. I actually had to partially disassemble it afterwards to put it in because to just wasn’t stable enough without it.
I added a zipper to the inside of both sides in the center panels, and was really pleased with my zipper skills- both went in perfectly the first time, and I don’t think I’ve ever put a zipper in so well the first time, and especially not two of them.
One of the biggest design changes I made besides making the purse bigger and adding the zipper pockets was to make the strap longer so it could be worn cross-body, though it doesn’t sit incredible low and it at about hip level.
The lining fabric is a cute grey and yellow polka dot flannel, and its a perfect match for my outer fabric.
After stitching it up, I did find a few things I wanted to adjust in the final pattern, such as making the purse body about 2″ taller, and I found the pocket pieces needed to be lengthened by about 1″ to fit better into the design and sewing methods. When I sew this purse, the pockets on the ends are held in place entirely by stitching them into the other seams- the only thing I have to do with the pocket pieces is hem the upper edges before inserting them into the seams.
Am I happy with the outcome, despite thinking it should be about 2″ taller? Yes. Hopefully I’ll be making an official pattern download with instructions for this version and adding it to my shop soon.
Simplicity 1716 has two different necklines, two different top lengths, as well as two mini-dress variations, and three different sleeve options. I opted to sew up View D, which is the cowl-necked mini-dress, but to use View A’s sleeves. The fabric I chose was one I had bought sight unseen with this project in mind, but after trying to use this same fabric type for another project several weeks ago, I wasn’t sure it was going to pan out. I really loved the color though, so threw caution to the wind and jumped in.
I cut the pieces, and figured since there were only a few, I couldn’t very well mess it up. I started off by sewing the two back pieces together by their outer edges instead of their inner ones. That should have been a sign of things to come. I should have stopped there and picked it up another day, but I really wanted to wear it that afternoon, so I slogged on.
I got the darts in okay, and I got the shoulder seams and side seams stitched without a problem. Then I moved on to stitching on the sleeves. Easy, right? Nope. I sewed them on inside out. Ripped them out, sewed them on again, this time right side out, but I succeeded in stitching one on upside down. If this has been a woven fabric, it would have been no big deal to rip out all of these stitches, but in a knit, its difficult, and its so easy to put holes in the fabric instead. I put a few into it while I was ripping out all of those stitches.
Anyway, eventually I got finished with it, and tried it on. Due to the instability of the fabric I used, it actually created a much softer, drapier fit because of it and I really, really like how it turned out.
I paired the mini-dress with the purple skinny pants I made last week, and I could not have been happier with the outcome. Sorry for the weird almost-full-body selfie, it was the best I could do without a camera since the image stabilizer finally went on mine.
So despite the difficulties, and the things that went wrong, the bad fabric choice, I still love the outcome and I’d be glad to have a second one of this same pattern in my wardrobe. I’m also loving the solid colors I’ve been using lately.
The belt came from a Chinese reseller off of eBay- I actually bought three of them, one black, one white, and one red all with different ornamentation. I’m apparently at that in between weight where regular sized belts are too small but plus sized belts are too big, which leaves me elastic belts that all seem to come form China.
Anyway, Simplicity 1716 View D was a winner!
Butterick 5169 View B is the long sleeved top at left. I had tried to sew this pattern once years ago and having no idea how so sew, or how to follow directions, it was a complete and total failure. I can’t remember what happened to the top in question- I probably threw it out and said good riddance. I do remember there were horribly placed button holes that ruined it completely.
Anyway, in my attempt to clean up and use up some fabrics, I realized a girl can never have too many tops and started going through my shirt patterns. I came across this one and figured why not? It’s been years since I tried it and I actually kind of know how to sew now. I checked the fabric requirement, saw it was a small 2 yards, and selected a 2 yard cut of charcoal Kona cotton from the pile on my beading table. One less cut of fabric to put away, right?
The top is someone fitted, with a lot of darts (6 I think it was), and buttons down the front. I have button holes, but figured there are only four so why not give it a try? I can survive four button holes.
Excuse my lousy picture- its from my phone taken in poor lighting. My camera seems to have not only lost its ability to fire the flash without help, but also has lost its image stabilizer too rendering it pretty much useless. I’ll be saving my pennies for a new camera soon. I’ve already got one picked out, and I wish I had the money for it now because having double exposure photos seems to be the best I can manage right now with my camera.
Anyway, the fit is good, though I would lengthen it a few inches if I make it again, and its comfortable to wear. The construction was super simple and easy to follow, and the final outcome is like the pattern image. I haven’t made the skirt yet to go with this, but may make it next. Or I might make this top again in a different color. I really need to gain more solid color pieces as I have more than enough prints in my closet already.
Tomorrow we’ve got company coming over, but if I get up early, I might see about using up another cut of fabric from my stash.
As promised, I worked up a second pair of these plants today, in some in plain black flannel for Mattie. His pair went together really smoothly except for the past where I manage to stick a pocket on backwards and ended up with two right legs and had to rip out some seams. I didn’t notice until I was about to sew the crotch seam and things weren’t lining up quite right.
Even with that problem, I still managed to knock them out in about 90 minutes from first cut to last stitch.
He claimed they were going to swallow him, I can only assume his reaction to the very wide legs on these pants. Simplicity 4101 is actually a pattern for scrubs so they are very roomy and easy to wear.
I made this pattern once years ago in a really fun, really splashy fabric that was not at all suited towards something that needed to take abuse. I wore them maybe twice, sat down, and the whole butt ripped out. That was when I learned that there are fabrics referred to as bottom weights and what that actually means.
My friend Alix was recently given a sewing machine and I am trying to get her to come over so I can teach her how to sew. Hopefully we can do that soon and I can give hr a small project to work on while she learns.
Today I’m planning on doing some furniture rearranging in my craft room, but not sure how much. I also want to try to reclaim at lest part of the closet nook, but with all of Richard’s car parts in there, that’s looking pretty iffy as I won’t be able to access the space even if I do empty it out.