This is my pattern, which I picked up on a 99 cent sale at Jo-Ann quite a while ago. I wanted to make pants and I had this pattern, so I thought I would give it a shot.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Yay, I finally made something I like after my disappointing jeans project. I made this 1950s? blouse pattern from one of my vintage fabrics from the estate sale a few weeks ago. I made the folded down collar, but with the short sleeves from view 3.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
My mom gave me this pattern, I think. I am going to make folded down collar from view 1 with the short sleeves from view 3.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
If you were following my blog last year, you know that I had planned on making T-Rex a Napoleon Bonaparte Halloween costume. My costume took a long time, so it got put on the back burner and I just forced him to wear his Chiquita Banana costume instead.
With all of the restaurant training (5 days, with 2 more to go!), I only had time to make this this week.
|Crying because he jammed his ball under the sofa. What a fun game!|
|Looking at Andrew with sad eyes and refusing to look at me or come onto the porch.|
|Sad dog hates his costume, but too bad- I love it!|
I can't wait until it's finished. Anyone have any ideas on how to make a tiny tricorne hat?
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I asked Andrew id he had any good ideas for his Halloween costume. He did not, as his only idea was to make a papier mache Forever Alone guy mask and wear normal clothes. Lame!
I am wearing last year's costume, of course, because it took so long to make!
Any other possibilities for construction?
Monday, September 19, 2011
Well, these are not exactly a resounding success. But, for my first pair of jeans i have ever made they are not that bad. As in I could donate them to the Goodwill and someone would TOTALLY buy them for 4.99. LOL.
These pictures just make me think about how poor fit can make your body look so gross. These pants are like "Oh hai, Molly! We brought you a muffin top so you can look 10 lbs heavier than you really are! Yay!"
Knees down: A+
|Pay attention to me!|
Future changes for the back: I think the back would be fine if I made the other changes I mentioned: more ease in the inner thigh and a curved waistband.
I have restaurant "training" this week and crap for my online class, so who knows how much sewing I'll do this week...
Saturday, September 17, 2011
The temperature has droped here in Chicago, so I started thinking about making pants.
|T-Rex sez: "Oh my lord it's cold! Why did you bring me here!"|
|Yes, my sweatshirt says "Raisin hell in Dundee, Oregon" and has a California Raisin on it. Thrift shop gold!|
At this point it is okay to make this face:
So, I'm glad I made a muslin, cause these looked like shit!!! Not only are the pockets way too big, the waist was gaping and horrible, there's some terrible under-butt wrinkles and the crotch! Even Andrew was like "that's some scary camel toe." Really, it's more like V-crotch. Still terrifying.
Oh, and feel free to mock the fit of my muslin. hahahahha!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
First off, thanks for all the feedback on my last dress! It made me really happy!
I started this a week or two ago, but then lost my motivation.
My pattern is from the 50s/60s. I was amused when I opened it because some later seamstress had altered the pants into bell bottoms. Ha!
Notions: 5 large white plastic buttons that I had, and a zipper I had
Time: Not including all the time I procrastinated, just a few hours.
I also made the skirt which turned out to be huge. I have no idea why when I measured a 34 inch waistband I didn't stop and think. I was too excited about working out the pleats. So, yes, it is about 7 inches too big. I pinned the back for the picture. I think I'll offer it up in my 300 follower giveaway, if I ever get there. Maybe I'll do it for Halloween if not!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
My fabric: cotton from the estate sale a few weeks ago. It has blue, yellow and burgundy flowers and stuff in patterns. (You can click on the picture to blow it up)
I thought to include my scary-spice pose, as it is funny and shows off what I am calling the "under-butt ruffle"
Notions: just a zipper. This is also my Molly's Ew. I dug through my drawer of zippers and found a baby blue metal one that worked. I sew in half of it by hand. I zip it up to pin the other side to match and the zipper goes flying off the end! AHHH! Please, do not be as stupid as I am. It was a zipper that closes on both ends, so I just hacked off that little stopper and did not see the consequences!!! Fortunately, Andrew somehow fixed it and saved me gallons of agony.
So, I love this dress. I cut a 6, and while it is snug, I don't feel like a sausage. I am going to make it again soon using the red silk Andrew brought me back from China. Wouldn't that be hot? When I make it again I am going to elongate the skirt piece to get more under-butt ruffle and take a dart out of the center neckline bodice pattern piece so that the neckline doesn't gape so much. I think all of you should buy this pattern (on sale for 2.99) and make it. It is easy and beautiful!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I went to Jo-Ann to buy some cheap lining for this project, as I am using one of my estate sale pieces that is only 1.25 yards. In the lining section, there were 20 bolts of "palm" medium green lining. It just cracked me up. It's not a very Christmassy green, so I can only imagine it was an accident.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Has anyone else been watching Project Runway this year? I quit watching it three or four years ago because I got so sick of crappy people winning, but now I am liking it again. Point being, for some reason it is an hour and a half long. When it was over I turned on the end of a Bones episode, knowing I had probably already seen it. I had, but it had this dress in it!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
First some good news! I found a waitressing job! Yay, so now I will soon have income! Not at a diner, though... Also, I took three of my teaching endorsement tests yesterday, and I feel pretty confident about them, even the French one (which I thought I might fail!).
On to the only thing I made this week:
Fabric: navy and off white fine wale corduroy
Notions: 1 16" front zipper, 2 white vintage buttons
Cost: About $13
Look at my crazy face! Ha!