Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Finished Springy Things!

Hey guys!

Sorry I was completely MIA for so long.  My roommate broke her foot a couple weeks ago and we live on the third floor of our apartment so it's been a bit of a struggle.  For awhile I was busy helping her, but lately I've just been busy with school!  I have had some time to sew though, and here are two things I finished recently.

The top is Simplicity 9559, a vintage pattern that I picked up awhile ago.  I made it out of plain white cotton shirting and I love how it turned out!  I want about 20 more tie-neck tops, but I'd probably make plain cap sleeves next time.  These sleeves make me look like a linebacker!  

I used a heavier interfacing than I should've because it's what I had on hand, but I'd definitely use something lighter next time.  Also the buttons are off-center, but that's totally my fault and you can't really see them.  Otherwise I have no complaints!

Sorry the picture quality is so crappy...it's been rainy and grey nonstop the past week so taking pictures outside isn't really an option and even inside it's not too pretty.  Hopefully it'll clear up soon and I can get some nice shots outdoors!

Anyway, the skirt is refashioned from a big dress I got at Goodwill.  I forgot to take a before picture (typical) but it had a gathered skirt and a princess-seamed bodice with buttons up the front.  I actually tried to turn it into a wearable dress by taking it in and adding piping in the bodice seams, but I ended up completely screwing it up.  I salvaged the skirt by adding an elastic casing and some pretty lace at the hem.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Weekend Loot...and BurdaStyle May Preview!

This past weekend, Boyfriend and I went about an hour north to Waynesville, a tiny town that's supposedly the "Antique Capital of the Midwest."  The main street was indeed crammed with upscale antique furniture stores, antique malls, and other assorted shoppies.  I brought my camera, fully intending to take pictures of this picturesque town, but in all my excitement I completely forgot.  Oops!  Here's what I walked away with:

Simplicity 6613: 1974, uncut, princess seams, my size.  Not digging those sleeve options though...

McCall's 5461: 1977, jumper and romper.  I can't get over how cute that white dress is.  

It's going on my to-do list for sure!  Maybe light blue with white topstitching?

McCall's 4898: 1959 pencil skirt.  What a find, right?  I LOVE the middle option with the pockets!

There were a bunch of other patterns that I wanted to save from antique mall misery, but I couldn't afford to take them all home.  There were also not one, but TWO fabric stores on this tiny main street.  Granted, they're owned by the same company.  But still!  The first one we went into was a home decor store and it was super expensive.  I fondled just about all of the fabrics and almost talked myself into buying a yard of $17/yard fabric to make a skirt.  Again, I'm kicking myself for not taking a picture of it.  It had a pattern of birds and flowers and leaves and it looked like it was embroidered, but it was printed.  Ahh.  Luckily, boyfriend talked me out of that one.  We went over to the quilting store next, where I picked up only a yard of this print.

It's a little washed out in the photos, but it has this delicate lace print on it.  I'm planning on making a sleeveless version of my Watercolor Blouse, McCall's 5661, with a slightly lower neckline.  I'm not sure why I didn't get at least two yards...it was only about $5/yard.  Oh well!  I don't think I'll have a problem squeezing it in.

On a different note, I'm pretty impressed by the preview of the BurdaStyle May issue.  Here are some of my favorites:

Aaand, one I don't like so much.  Yikes!

Check out the rest here: BurdaStyle.de

Sunday, April 3, 2011

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Here Comes the Sun Skirt

I say this every year, but this winter was SO long!  Actually I don't mind the cold so much.  Sure, I'd love to wear skirts and dresses everyday but I can deal for a couple of months.  The lack of sun, though, just kills me!  Today is the first warm and sunny day since I've been back from spring break.  What better way to celebrate than to rope your roommate into taking pictures for you in the creepy lot behind your apartment?

This is Simplicity 6896.  I made the capri version once before (pre-blog, I'll post them eventually!) and I wanted a simple pattern to show off this cute fabric.  It had pockets, a side zip, front and back pleats, and belt carriers.  I made my usual size 12, like before, but I probably could've gone down one more size because it bunches a little with a belt on.  I got the fabric back in December from fabric.com.  

Excuse the wrinkles!

It came together really quickly since I made it before.  I think the only change I made was to cut about 3" off of the bottom.  It looked a little too matronly with all of that length.

I pressed it before we took pictures, but I can't get rid of that annoying factory crease down the middle!  Any suggestions?