Thursday, 30 April 2015

MY SPRING FOR COTTON DRESS : : VINTAGE NINETEEN TWENTIES INSPIRED

Spring For Cotton, #springforcotton, DYT Type One


Spring For Cotton, #springforcotton, DYT Type One 


Spring For Cotton, #springforcotton, DYT Type One










Hallo everyone! I'm here and wearing my Spring For Cotton sewing project. And it's polka dotted! And looky dat....we's got the front views, the side views, and the me walking off into the sunset views. The Spring For Cotton sewing challenge, masterminded and hosted by the ever gracious Rochelle of Lucky Lucille, is pretty straight up....sew something vintage inspired, using 100% cotton. Just what the doctor* ordered. Every time I wear my Midnight in Paris Dress, I vow to sew another; and this challenge is a perfect fit.  I made the pattern almost, nearly the same as my MIP dress.  {It's a hack on the Burda Blouse 7255.} This go round, I omitted the inverted pleat in the back bodice, and I made the skirt portion just a wee bit fuller. I used polka dot quilting cotton...and how is it that this is the first all-polka dot dress I've sewn, asks she? The trim is 100% cotton twill. I cut 1 1/2" strips, and pressed the long edges under 1/4". I lined the skirt portion with 100% cotton muslin. Although my shoes make me feel a bit like Dorothy, they are the closest to vintage that I have...um...and I love them. So? How true to the 1920s am I? Probably not very. But the design is similar to the lovely dress Marion Cotillard wore in the film Midnight in Paris. My fabric, however, is light, crisp cotton...quite unlike the lovely diaphanous and sequinned makes of the twenties. After a quick Internet looky, I believe my dress might be described as a 1920s house dress. A house dress! Call it what you will, I promise you this dress will not be staying in the house!


* I had my return visit to the eye doctor and my eyeball is looking just as it was a week ago...which is a good thing. Thanks bunches for all your kind words on my last post. They are so very appreciated! This time, I also had a routine eye exam, and...after fifteen plus years...I'm in the market for a new pair of specs. So far, I've found nothing suitable. It's weird...at least to me....I've found frames that have polka dots, or stripes on the inside...on the inside, but not on the outside. {Insert sad face here} Ah well, the hunt continues.

All righty, a deadline is looming, so short and sweet today my friends! I'll see you soon!




 





Tuesday, 21 April 2015

OH MY AGING EYES : : AND SIMPLICITY 2339














Hey you. It's me. Here, in my happy place, not looking entirely happy. You see, I had just been to the eye doctor for an unplanned eye exam.  The day before...rather suddenly...I found myself seeing little gray dancing spots. A little disturbing. It was, however, the brief flashes of light after I turned out the lights that night, that urged me to see the optometrist the next day. I don't deny my attraction to sparkly things, but when it comes to my vision...thank you, but no. After the dreaded pupil dilating drops, I received a thorough exam and was deemed healthy. enough. for a 54 year old. Spots and thready wisps, known as floaters, are apparently common in aging eyes. But what about those white flashes? Apparently, they are considered a warning sign for a potentially detached retina...which would be seriously serious. In my case, my doctor has advised me of other signs to be watchful for...helpful yes...but I admit to feeling a little out of my comfort zone. A few friends have had similar experiences and found that it went on for a few months before resolving. 

Okay, just a simple make today. Simplicity 2339 shirt pattern, worn with my green skirt. I picked up this turquoise gingham at a thrift store last spring, and the flowery bits are leftovers from my I'm a Bird in Paradise dress.  Having less than enough fabric for full sleeves, I cut out what I thought would be 3/4 length, but they shrunk up to my elbows after I turned the cuffs back to reveal the colourful facing.  The pink cuff links were another thrift store find.  They've been languishing in my drawer forever because I have zero shirts that have the necessary buttonholes. I think I would have been happier with green buttons, but at least the pearly pink links add a unique touch.

This fabric is obviously a poly/cotton blend, and it shows in the fit. I made this pattern in the same size as my 99 Pink Balloons dress, but it doesn't have quite the same ease. {sigh} I really do love natural fibers in general, and cotton specifically. Almost all my makes are 100% cotton. Sure, they wrinkle like crazy, but the fabrication, the weight, the feel, and the endless colour selection...it's no secret; I'm a little crazy for cotton!

Which brings me to Lucky Lucille's Spring for Cotton group sewing challenge. The ever lovely Rochelle, of Lucky Lucille, is hosting a Vintage Sewing Challenge for Cotton Fabric Lovers.  We are challenged to sew a vintage inspired garment sewn with only 100% cotton fabrics. Although I'm late to the party...the deadline is April 30th....I am so looking forward to playing along!

And last, but not leastest, I will be participating in Me-Made-May 2015. In May 2014 I wore a me-made item of clothing every day.  It was a great experiment. Although I had enough clothing, I discovered some wardrobe holes, namely jeans and t-shirts. I've since remedied that...having sewn three pairs of each. This year, I quietly pledge to wear an article of me-made clothing a minimum of five days a week. More importantly, I intend to assess the happiness factor of my me-made wardrobe over the coming weeks. Any and all ah-ha moments will be shared early in June.  I'll be posting photos along the way to the Me-Made-May 2015 Flickr group.



 





Sunday, 5 April 2015

ORANGE AND BLUE :: BLUE GINGERS THAT IS





Ginger Jeans, Burda Double Breasted Coat 02/2015



Ginger Jeans, Burda Double Breasted Coat 02/2015










Hi everyone!  I'm here. At the seaside. With Vancouver's Sunset Beach as a backdrop. Thanks bunches for your comments on my last post. It was actually with great effort that I resisted loading up on balloons again today. For the moment I'm carrying this crazy idea in my head that a photo op without balloons is blah-blah-boring. I'm sure I'll get over it...eventually...but actually no...I don't think I will...so there will indeed be balloons featured in the future.

Okay, so what have I been up to? Not a whole lot really. I have, however, been eating a whole lotta Girl Guide cookies. Whomever created the concept of sending young girls door to door, armed with sweet smiles and even sweeter boxes of cookies, was pretty much a marketing genius...just sayin. Oh yeppers...we caved...as in three boxes caved. I get hooked every spring...I mean, a cute kid, a tidy little box of chocolate and vanilla sandwich cookies, all at my front door...I can't say no. In autumn GG sells chocolate mint cookies....which although lovely little morsels, mercifully tempt me less keenly. They should sell the traditional sandwich cookies spring and fall. Not just to make me happy, but to make more money. You see, every time I reach into a trad box, I take two cookies...one chocolate and one vanilla...'cause how could I not? There's only one choice in the mint box, so I'm content with a single cookie. It's by necessity really, that I buy twice the number of boxes of traditional cookies as chocolate mint.

Of course the downside of eating twice the number of cookies, is...well....you know. Still. I managed to squeeze into my latest me-made pants, my Blue Gingers.  The fabric you may recognize {my buttonholes on my Orange and Pink Coat}.  It's cotton with about 2% lycra {whew}.  It's a lighter-weight fabric than denim, and was therefore pretty easy to sew. Even so, I picked up some helpful tips from Leila of Grow Your Own Clothes... Grow Your Own Clothes: Sewing Jeans. I used my now TNT Ginger Jeans pattern. And the name, Blue Gingers? Well...obviously they're blue, but they also remind me of a fun aloha filled clothing retailer in Hawaii called Blue Ginger. Although I haven't bought any clothing from them....I sew after all....I'm totally in love with their gorgeous fabrics! Lots of watery blue shades just like my Blue Gingers!

Thanks so much for popping by. If you've recently indulged in Girl Guide cookies, please let me know! The post-sugar euphoria is wearing off, and I need your support...


sneak peek....birds, blossoms, and blue gingham


If you haven't yet seen my previous Ginger Jean makes...

Classic Ginger Jeans with a Twist
Distressed Ginger Jeans

Joining Helena of Gray All Day for Sew It Chic in a Week