Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Going Vintage, Butterick 5209


Today I am about to get started on a Retro Butterick pattern.  I've had my eye on this pattern for a while,  I have passed it over many times opting for the newer more modern patterns.  Even though this pattern is an updated version or re-release of a vintage pattern by Butterick, it still has an oldie, but goodie tag on it.

Since it's been in my pattern stash for a minute, I just decided to give it a go.  My first thoughts about this pattern is that from the cover things are going to go pretty smooth.  I like that the pattern only has 6 pieces, but I also know that those 6 pieces can mean trouble somewhere.  After reading over the instructions a few times, the construction seems to have a smooth flow to it.  So, here is my fabric choice and all the other goodies that I will need to complete this project.  I have also made my mind up to fully line the dress because the fabric that I am using seems to be a little thin...explanation as I go.

This is the cover photo from Butterick.  I love the colors in this dress.  It has a way of making you look forward to Spring and because this dress is made as a halter you can smoothly transition into Summer.  I have chosen a teal looking color that I believe will be a year round type dress, but still keep in touch with my vintage era.

I've prepped my fabric and my pattern.  The fabric is a rayon blend floral satin in aqua blue.

I've pick the view (B) out that I want.

This is the pattern layout for the view that I have picked.
Now I have to pick my thread out for my straight stitch machine and my serger.  This was rather confusing because the blue that I thought I was going to be able to use did not match the actual fabric.  Here are my thread choices.
The 2 spools of thread to the left were the ones that I had envisioned in my mind, but when I started putting things together there was a purple cast to them when I placed them next to the fabric.  So that set is out.  The second thread from the left was just a little too dark.  It matched the little flower perfectly and it would have added an interesting look to the garment once finished.  BUT,,, that's not what I'm going for with this one.  My final choice was the soft light teal looking thread on the very end of the right.  It blended into the fabric well and it was almost invisible.
 The same misconception happened with the serger thread, but luckily for me I already had a teal looking color that matched the main thread perfectly (the on on the right again).  Now that I have gotten all my ready equipment together I have to actually decide on the size that I am going to use.  I would normally begin with a size 16 and grade either down or up.  Each pattern is different and there will be a few variables that will guide you to the right size for you.  .

Within the pattern itself there are final measurement numbers that should be taken into consideration.  Even though my pattern is cut out, I have not cut the size out because I was still up in the air about the sizing.  So, before I cut or pin, I will go over my measurements and the final measurements of the pattern to make sure which size I want to make.  With this pattern there are only 2 major sizes to worry about, the bodice and the waist.  The skirt is a simple fix because it is a gathered skirt and there will be lots of fabric left for the hips.  But we should check the bust size.. My bust measurement is 40" or 101.5 cm and my waist (don't want to say), but,,,35" or 89 cm.  When you look at the bodice piece is will say that the finished measurement for 40" is a size 16.  The finished measurement for the waist would be a size 20.  Because I go through this with almost every pattern, I already know that my waist is going to be my main focus.  So grading my pattern from a 16 to an almost 20 at the waist is going to take a little ingenuity.

I hate to leave a cliffhanger at this point, but I have a vintage dress to make...I'll be back with you tomorrow so you can see the progress.  Until then,,,


Monday, October 28, 2013

To Leopard Or Not to Leopard Print


Today I found some of the most interesting styles in leopard print and one of these styles has caught my undivided attention.  So, I'm going to preview them and decide if I really want to make one of them.  I found an article while browsing The Daily Mail UK.  I was actually engulfed in reading this article about Leopard skin has gone classy.  I have not been a fan of leopard, zebra, or any animal type prints, but after seeing these photos of such beautiful representations, I think I am about to make some changes.

Top, £65, brooksbrothers.com; Skirt, £20, riverisland.com; Belt, £39, Twiggy at Fenwick 020 7629 9161; Sandals, £280, CH Carolina Herrera 020 758 303
This skirt is really saying something to me right now.  I love the fabric and the crisp style that it brings to this particular garment.  It says that this is a skirt that I could really get use to.

Top, £14, next.co.uk; Scarf, £17.99, zara.com; Leather pencil skirt, £90, asos.com; Umbrella, £175, aspinaloflondon.com
Here the leopard print is represented in the scarf and the umbrella.    I'm looking at this leather skirt and thinking to myself,,, I just made the perfect skirt for this look, all I need is a little bit of leather.  The scarf, I could do, but the umbrella will have to stay pretty in the picture.  Any way, I might be able to move into another direction by adding a sweater in leopard print.  That's a thought.
Dress, £125, theprettydresscompany.com; Belt, £39, Twiggy at Fenwick, 020 7629 9161; Shoes, £59.99, zara.com

Now this is a dress to puf for.  I think back to a younger me and I see myself in this dress, but how would I go about making it a me for today?  I think I would go with McCall's 6462.  This is more of the style that I would use to achieve this look for the me of today.  I don't exactly have the tummy that I had many years back so a compromise in design would be the protocol here.  I would keep the bodice with the off the shoulder theme and change the skirt to be more flattering to me.  Sounds solid doesn't it?  Well, we will just have to see if this is the dress that I picked to be the Designer Imposter.

See, this leather skirt thing keeps coming up and it is really driving me insane because I keep telling myself that I need a leather skirt, jacket, pants,, just anything with leather.  But let us take a peek at the leopard  print blouse topped off with that red sweater.  This outfit has a sense of Chanel regalness to me.  The bow gives the leather a soft edgy presence.  

Well, how would I bring this one together?  Oh, I can see clearly now,  Vogue 1325 has what it takes to set the leopard print craze to doing business.  I would trade the leather skirt for a nice pair of gabardine or wool slacks.  Flip the design of the blouse out with a smaller bow and a little trimming in a contrasting color to calm down the cattiness in the leopard.  Change the sweater to an all out jacket lined with the leopard print and BOOM!  Off to work and look exceptionally good while you're working.

These are some of my favorites from this article, but I saved this last one because I have mixed feelings about where it could go.  So , here is my best shot, then the drum roll for the winner of my imposter.

Dress, £395, CH Carolina Herrera 020 7581 3031; Belt, £69, BeltMania at Fenwick, 020 7629 9161; Shoes, £250, johnlewis.com
I love the fact that this dress is not completely covered in leopard print, but I would like to revamp the look just a little to suit me.  Here's my first choice to impersonate almost exactly.  New Look 6124
View C with the cap sleeves would be a perfect alternative for this project.
 Now here's my totally different look with my changes.  McCall's 6789.
Here is where I would make my changes if I had to choose this dress as an alternate for the inspiration piece.  The center piece is the life of this dress.  I know you think the peplum is, but that is not what makes this dress talk when it enters a room.  To make this dress have a life of it's own I wouldn't use a leopard print.  I would give the illusion of dots or lace accent instead of a print.

These are my insert picks for this dress.  I think any of these fabrics would go well in the design.  With the right color combo this could be a bombshell of a dress even if you go totally leopard print.

Well, the drum rolls and my pick for the highlight,,,,Is,,,,,,The red dress with the least amount of print.  To see how this is going to turn out, you'll have to stay tuned.

Until next time,  LOLPOH,,


Saturday, October 26, 2013

DIY, Fall Semi-Formal With New Look 6206


Today my oldest daughter had a little semi formal party to go to.  Last week she asked me to make a dress for her and quite naturally, I said "Yes To The Dress".  It was on my mind that I would have to pull teeth to find
the right pattern to suit her taste, but she quickly found something that caught her eye.  New Look 6206 was the first and only pattern that she wanted.  I could see that my thoughts about fashion were not in the picture, so I set out to find a couple of yards of fabric.  I had a few nice fabric picks in my stash, but she found this gold knit that I had had plans for as her ideal dress match.  Boy, was I wounded when she picked that piece.  Needless to say, I made the dress with my most wanted piece and she was all smiles when it was finished.  

Here is a candid look at those smiles.

Sparkle knit-Hancock Fabrics, Jewelry-Belk, Shoes-Shoe Carnival,,,,Hair--compliments of Me (Mom)

Look out Project Runway...Here comes the 5" model of the year.
Ok, the Belle is off to the ball and I am off to start my next project.  I hope you enjoyed today's post.   Thank you and Until next time...


Thursday, October 24, 2013

DIY McCall's 6844, It's Getting Cold


I have been thinking for a while about how cold it is getting outside.  I can not stress how much I do not like cold weather.  If it were left up to me the temperature would be 74 and sunny, 365 days a year.  Since I live in the South it would be easy to see why I like warmer temperatures.  It is almost like my dream all year long, but there are times like today when the wind is blowing and with it is a hint of Jack Frost.  I can almost see him on the horizon just waiting to freeze me up.

When I was a kid, I used to love it when winter came.  I knew Christmas was right around the corner.  I could hardly wait until the Christmas specials so that my brother and I could watch Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer and all the other good cartoons (Charlie Brown was his favorite not mine).  I was foaming at the mouth for my mom's turkey and dressing.  While my mind was filled with wild ideas of the gifts under the tree that Santa had snuck under the tree.  I couldn't hardly wait to open all those pretty presents that were under the tree with my name on them.  My favorite Christmas was the year that I got a Tuesday Taylor doll.  The only thing that lasted on her was my brother's headache.  He ate my piece of Pecan Pie, so I cracked him with my doll.  Needless to say, I never got a replacement doll, but those were good times.  Growing up with my brother was more than interesting.

As the weather starts it's slow decline in degrees, I feel the need to start stacking up on sweaters, coats, and plenty of boots.  Yes, cold weather gives me the chance to do more wishing, a lot of sewing, and very little shopping (not going out in the cold).  Which brings me to McCall's 6844.  This is one of McCall's newest ideas for this season and I fell in love with it about 2 weeks ago.  I like the way it looks in the picture and thought,,,why not make one for myself.

I am pretty happy with my new sweater and it even matches my boots. Thank you for joining me today and I hope you had a nice visit.  Until next time...

LOLPOH,  Dellia

Friday, October 18, 2013

OOP McCall's 3529, DIY

Today I finished my skirt project with 1 and 1/4 yard of fabric or less.  Quit naturally when I said I would see you at the Hancock sale, I literally meant, "See you there!"  I am too happy with my finds at the sale.

Ok, here's the skinny on the deals that I ran across.  I picked out a few patterns from the new lines and a few of the new ones that came out for the new season.  I was looking through the sales table and found this yummy piece of denim.  From looking at what was on the bolt, I thought there was 2 yds.,but I wasn't going to let that piece of denim get away because it was so haunting my head and the many things I could do with it.  When the assistant got to the denim he told me that there was only 1 yd and maybe 10 inches.  I told him to give it to me because the yard was only $3.00.  Yep, I missed out on some awesome fabric or at least I thought so at the time.

Well, needless to say that when I got home the search began for a pattern that would allow for 1 yard.  Guess what the genius I am did?  I didn't take into account that denim normally comes on a 60" bolt. (Muah, ah, ha,ha, ha) Says me in my evil scientist laugh.  A yard in 60" fabric is like a gold mine.  So here's a look at what my gold mine turned up.

The fit is excellent with this skirt.  I think this was the best $3.00 I have ever spent.  I had been looking for a denim skirt for a while and now I have on that I not only love, but also fits me to a capital T.

The Review
Pattern Description:   Misses pants, skirt (long/short), and shorts

Pattern Sizing:  Size 14-18, I made the 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Completely.

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes.

What did you like or dislike about the pattern?  The pattern was straight forward and easy.

Fabric Used:  Stretch denim

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I didn't have to do any alterations and I didn't make any changes to the pattern.

Would you sew it again?  I definitely will.  I need one of these skirts in every color and suede.

Would you recommend it to others?  Yes.

Conclusion: This was an excellent pattern.  I loved the ease that this pattern brought to the sewing table.  I can see why it is called PERFECT FIT.  There was no guess work or fidgeting.  The instruction sheet had Tip guides all along the way to help with getting the perfect fit, which I followed a  couple of times.  I think this pattern could be done by a beginner and nailed all the way by an advanced.  Great pattern!!!

This 1 yard skirt was extra special for me.  Thank you for joining me today and I hope you enjoyed today's post.  Until next time,,,,


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Two New Labels at ModCloth

Today's post is about 2 new private labels at ModCloth, Bea & Dot and Myrtlewood.  Both labels are keeping in touch with the vintage style that ModCloth is known for.  There are lots of fun flirty styles that come in a wide range of sizes, XS thru 4X.

All Hands on Spec Script Dress

by Myrtlewood

It's A-boat Time Dress

by Myrtlewood

In the Key of Chic Dress in Floral by  Bea & Dot

Have Fun, Will Travel Dress

by Bea & Dot

While you are enjoying your shopping at ModCloth remember that shipping is FREE!!!  

Until next time, LOLPOH, Dellia

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Finished DIY, Simplicity 1880 Shirt Dress


Today was really a beautiful day.  Not just because the sun was shining and the weather was so outdoor friendly, but because I finally finished my Shirt Dress.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Shirt Dress has been around for many years and women have come to see it as their "Go To" dress when they are in a pinch.

Since I love yellow and I didn't have one of these dresses in my closet, I thought it was time for me to brighten things up and to add a little staple dress that would with any occassion.  This particular style of dress was not something that I would have thought to put in my wardrobe in the past, but I realize that I do actually like this style.  It just goes to prove that time changes many things.

As I worked on this project, I had some incidents that happened that really came as an easy fix.  These problems I will explain later.

Now on to the finished product.

With this dress I had to take my time because I actually spange my right ankle.  It was a struggle to put the brace on and continue sewing, but I just felt that I couldn't let you down and even though I felt pain, I so desperately wanted this dress. (Remember,,,BEAUTY IS PAIN,,,LOL)

Overall, I am well pleased with the outcome of my dress.  The pattern was somewhat strange in places, but I have to say,,,,It was a good pattern and I liked it.

Ok, as promised here are a few inside details to the dress and it's construction.  First, the pattern actually called for pleats.  If you look at the 4th picture I used gathers instead of pleats.  Reason-- When I tried the bodice on it was very tight and I had not even put the zipper in.  I knew that if it was too tight now, it wasn't going to fit once I was done.  I also set the right arm sleeve in place and it was even tighter than the bodice.  So, to remedy all of this I had to let the sleeve out to about 1/4 of an inch and do the same for the armhole.  I also let the pleats out and gathered where the pleats were suppose to be.  This gave me more room in the bust, waist, and armhole.  When I set my zipper (which was last), I left the whole side open and used my invisible zipper foot to apply the zipper.  Once I was done, I forgot that I had to let it out and had to go back in and let the sides out.

I am broader across the shoulders in the back than some.  My biceps are a little bigger too, but this was not a panicking moment for me.   When I looked at the situation in the mirror I immediately knew that this was a quick fix.  With the changes that I made this dress fits me just like it was made for me.....LOL.  The next time I make this pattern I will take all of these things into consideration first ( I made a note and put it with the pattern).

Ok, that's all for now,  Thank you for joining me today.  Until next time,,, LOLPOH