Tuesday, May 27, 2014

DIY Vintage McCall's 9206


Sewing Pattern Review is having a vintage sewing contest.  Well, needless to say, I joined.  I love just about anything vintage and this was the perfect opportunity for me to get into my vintage stash and shuffle things around.

For this contest I chose a simple vintage pattern McCall's 9206.  One contest rule was ,,,IT MUST BE BEFORE 1980.  I think I might be safe with the year mark because the copyright for this pattern is 1968.  Here is a photo with an actual year written on it and possibly who the pattern belonged to at the time.
All of the fabric options were lovely and I had a tough decision between Shantung, Gabardine, and a Jersey.  I went with a double knit.  I pretty much like how this pattern turned out and was very shocked (!?!) to find that there was a Butterick pattern that looked similar to this vintage pattern.  Not to do a lot of rambling because there is talk enough in the Review which I will post here.
Now here's my entry photo collage.
Here's my review.
Supplementary questions:

What year is your pattern from? (Or decade if you can't date it precisely)
 Copyright on the pattern says 1968, but I have a photo attached from another pattern that has a date of 1970 written on the front.

Why did you choose this pattern?
 I love Vintage items and this particular dress reminded me of something that I saw on Bewitched.  I was excited to see a "Real" vintage challenge.

If you used any vintage techniques or fabrics please tell us about them.
 I didn't use anything vintage other than the pattern.  I have not had the privilege at this time to get my hands on any fabric or notions from yesteryear, just patterns and each one excites me and becomes a treasure.

What made this pattern different/more difficult/easier or more interesting than a modern pattern?
 The thing that made this pattern different was that everything was straight to the point.  On the envelope it stated EASY.  The instruction sheet said it was going to be 8 or 9 steps.  To me, this was pretty much how things went.  Here's the catch, the steps were time consuming, yet fun.  Each piece had to be cut out then underlined.  I thought this might be at least 5 steps, but the front yoke needed interfacing at the neck.  This was different to me because I have always put it on the facing.  These steps would be more of what I would call the prep work.

With all the prep work done it was time to start putting this dress together.  The front center panel had to be joined to the 2 outside panels.  The seams were to be pressed open, but I used a serger and pressed my seams to the center.  Once I had those pressed I was able to stitch a 3/8" seam on the outside front.  The same process was used on the front yoke.  I thought this gave a good detail to this dress.  The pattern called for a regular zipper in the back.  I didn't have a regular black 22" zipper, but I did have an invisible one.  So, I went for it with the invisible zipper.  I really wanted to keep this dress in line with what they might have used back in the late 60s, but I just used what was on hand.

The finish work was pretty easy.  I am on the height challenged side, so I knew that I was going to need to cut some of the fabric off the bottom.  I measured before I got started and took off 4".  I really thought they were making this pattern for Twiggy.  I ended up cutting off another 5" in order to get the right length than I wanted.  I used a 2" hem, which is unusual for me, but very much a part of fashion during that time.

I wouldn't say that this pattern is more difficult than today's patterns.  I would rate it about the same in difficulty, style, and overall appearance.

Pattern Description:  Vintage Misses Dress with front yoke and short set in sleeves.  Front and center seaming with center back zipper.  Dress is underlined with interfaced belt and contrasting front panel.

Pattern Sizing: 18 1/2.  I graded in between a 16 and the 18 1/2

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I liked that I almost got my birth year with this one and I love the look because it is so easy to fall into today's fashions.  Here is a current pattern that reminds me of this pattern.

Fabric Used:  Double Knit.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I had to cut the length as previously stated.  I didn't like how long the pattern was.  I had to vary in the bustline and waist between a 16 and 18 1/2 to get the correct alteration sizing .

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  Yes, and Yes.

Conclusion:   Overall this was a great pattern.  I didn't realize the symmetry between this pattern and the Butterick pattern at first, but they are very much alike.  The little belt was something that gave an opportunity to contrast with the center panel.  I used black buttons to tie it all together.  This is also a pattern that I would suggest to a beginner and I wouldn't say search the ends of the earth for a vintage pattern because the listed pattern is very much like this one.

I really had fun with this vintage pattern.  If you haven't had the opportunity to sew a vintage pattern, try one.  It will take you back to a time when life was simpler and making your on clothes was the "Cool" thing to do.

Until next time,  Lots Of Love

Sunday, May 25, 2014

DIY McCall's 6083 Review


Today I have a simple McCall's pattern that caught my attention last year.  I wasn't really sure about how I was going to make this one, but I did have a piece of sequin fabric and about 5 yds of crepe that I had been saving.  Since I couldn't come up with anything for the 2 pieces of fabric separately, I decided to join the two.

I had seen a really gorgeous piece of sequin fabric a while back at The House of Fabrics that was so beautiful until I decided to order something a little different from Fabric.com.  The fabric that I used was purchased at the end of last year and is no longer available.  Sorry about that.  It really is a lovely piece of fabric.  However, I did find some more HERE, HERE, HERE, and a host of it at Moodfabrics.com.

To accessorize this jumper I chose a pair of silver thong sandals(yesteryear from ON), silver earrings, and my ensemble was complete.  I thought that the top of the jumper would be "Bling" enough so I opted to use as little jewelry as possible to have a more "casual" effect.  If I were going to a more formal setting I might would spruce up my shoes and choose an heeled sandal or closed toe pump with some snazzier earrings.

The Review
Pattern Description:  McCall's 6083, Misses jumper with bodice and length options.  Sash, and pockets.

Pattern Sizing:  EE (14- 20)

Fabric:  Midnight Blue Crepe and Matte Sequin Netting.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes.  The illustrations were useful.

What did you like about the pattern?  I liked that the length and bodice options.  This pattern makes you want to sew all of them.

Pattern alterations you made:  I didn't do any alterations to the jumper, but I did have to put a lining behind the netting in order to apply the elastic.   Since I was using a sequined fabric, it was important not to disturb the outside appearance of the sequins.

 After removing a few rows of sequins from the bodice I stitched the lining to the bodice sequin fabric.  The lining fabric was cut from the original pattern piece plus I added 1" to the lining(and sequin) bodice pieces (front and back) to give ample room for the elastic.  Once I had my top seam that connected the bodice and the lining, I zig-zag stitched the elastic to the seam allowance and the bodice lining.  This created a self enclosed casing for the elastic and allowed the sequin fabric to be free of any stitches as seen in the photos. 

Will you sew it again?  Yes. This is my go to pattern for a good quick jumper (just no sequins next time).  I would also recommend this pattern to anyone who likes jumpers.

Conclusion:  This is a great pattern.  I loved everything about it and I look forward to another one.  I used a lightweight crepe and sequin netting to achieve what I wanted for this particular jumper.  Even though I would not wear this one on a daily basis, I do believe in having something in my closet for every occasion.  This jumper is very versatile and would do well for many different occasions.  

I would suggest trying different fabrics and some of the other options to see what comes up.  Not to give formals any slack, but satin and a double georgette would lend a beautiful finish.  Choose a cotton fabric to make it more casual and something for the everyday wardrobe department.  Also think outside the box with embellishments. 

This is an awesome pattern for beginners.  My only suggestion to a beginner is to use cotton fabric.  The fabric suggestions lists lightweight cottons and cotton blends first.  To me, cotton blends would include just about any type of broadcloth.  My first choice would be a silk blend or batiste.

If you make it in a cotton you will have a feel for how the pattern and the fabric flows together.  Challis, Jersey, and Crepe are softer and more flimsy fabrics.  Therefore making them a last choice for a beginner, meaning: choose a fabric with my body (stiff) and less drape (slinky).  If you stick with the first fabric choice you will then be able to move on to a more difficult fabric in the future.  

Thank you for joining me and I look forward to our next project together.

Lots Of Love

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Fashion Sale and Giveaway Winner Announced


I have been surfing the internet trying to find Summer clothes for my daughter.  There are times when I can get her style down pat and then the rest of the time I am walking in the dark.  I had recently found a "New To Me" website that really had a lot of cool items.  Chicnova has quickly become one of my favorite drool spots.

This site is chocked full of sweet things for girls of all ages and here's a look at a few.

Ok, I don't want to show and buy everything on this site, but I do have to share with you.  Right now Chicnova is having a sale on Chiffon blouses and use code chic25 to get 30% off all items (not sales items).  So hurry up and get in on this sale before Summer.  Free shipping is also a plus for me.

Giveaway Winner-  I know you have been waiting to see who will share my anniversary with me, so the winner IS.........LindaFayelewis. Yay!!! Thank all of you who participated.

Thank you again for viewing my blog and congratulations to Linda.

Lots Of Love

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Vogue 8870 and An Anniversary GIVEAWAY!!!


First on the agenda for today's post is Vogue 8870.  I really like this pattern and since I had made 2 for myself, I thought it would be nice if my Mom had one in her closet too.  I chose a nice crepe to make hers with and I changed the way the skirt was made at the bottom.  I also snuck in a little side slit for walking ease.

See the slit that I snuck in...Hehehe.
Intermission while we look at the bird's nest.  Mom had to show me this one because the birds normally build their nests in the back yard, but this one wanted his nest in the front.
Since my Mom is a very modest lady, I decided that I would make her a little light jacket to match her dress.  We had to improvise the belt because I am the smarty pants who didn't bring the belt with me, but Mom did a quick save with a belt from her closet and paired it with the cutest ballerina slippers.
I am going to hit her shoe closet really soon!!! I love these too.
Now on to the Giveaway.  Today is a very special day for me.  I have been blogging for one full year!  There are not enough words to thank my blogging friends for your support.  I am so appreciative of all that we have done this past year.  So in order to sew my love, I want to do a GIVEAWAY.  The prize is a $25.00 gift card from Joann Fabrics.

In order to win the prize for this GIVEAWAY just post a comment in the comments box and a winner will be drawn and announced Saturday, May 17.

Thank you for joining me today and Thank you for a wonderful year.  Until next time...

Lots Of Love

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mother's Day DIY Vogue 8997


I hope all the Mothers had a beautiful and wonderful Mother's Day.  I was so excited to be going home to see my Mom for Mother's Day until the drive home was like sitting on pins and needles.  Every mile down was a closer step to seeing her beautiful smile.

When I started on her gift a couple of weeks ago and I was holding my breath the half the time and praying the whole time.  I had picked Vogue 8997 to be her gift and I chose Hancock Fabric's silk look polyester fabric to make my dream gift come to life.  In my vision I could see my Mom rock'n this dress.  I wanted something that was light and flowy.

In the planning phase with this pattern I couldn't really grasp the concept that the skirt was going to be as BIG as it turned out to be.  I added a few inches to the bottom of the skirt and a couple from the hips down and the end result was .....
I don't know where my Mom got these little shoes from, but I thought they were so cute and dainty.  I really need to raid her closet..:-)
I was a little apprehensive about the fit of this dress on my Mom but, the fit was perfect.  Seeing her in this dress brought tears to my eyes.  The smile on her face as she twirled for me was more than I could have ever imagined.  That smile will forever be sealed in my hall of memories.

The Review

Pattern Description:  Misses dress with skirt, sleeve, and enhanced size options

Pattern Sizing: 14-22

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes

What did you like about the pattern?  I liked the construction.  The lines for the dress were clean and very flattering.

Pattern alterations you made:  I added 3" to the bottom and 1" to the hips then kept the same line down to the hemline.

Will you sew it again?  Yes.  I want to make this one for my oldest daughter, but keep it with the pattern hemline. 

Would you recommend this pattern to others?  Yes.  

Conclusion: I think this is a good pattern for a nice sleeveless dress.  There are other options for this pattern and I think any of the other options would make up nicely.  I used a silky polyester weave, I think that this dress with the wide skirt would be good in a linen (suggested fabric) and the tropical would go better with the straight skirt.  It would totally be up to the design style of the sewer.  I used a polyester lining which kept the skirt in a light state, but that might would be different fora dress made out of linen.  The V that's in the back was at strap level and very appropriate.  The V in in the front was a good height and appropriate as well.  There weren't any alterations to either of them as I had anticipated having to make an alteration to one of them.  I actually like this pattern, but would not suggest it to a new beginner.  It is perfect for a more advanced beginner or higher level sewist.   

Well, I had a wonderful Mother's Day with my Mom and the smile on her face let's me know that she really loved her Mother's Day gift.  Thank You Mom for being the Very Best Mother in the world.
Thank you for joining me and I look forward to next time.

Lots Of Love