Madras Bermuda Shorts have been on my shopping list for a few years now and the perfect pair has eluded me as they are never the right size, length or in my color preference. This spring I was determined to just make my own and face the fly front zipper application challenge. http://www.fabric.com offered a wide variety of 100% cotton madras and after my selection was made, 5 yards was easily ordered via Amazon. The patchwork madras was underlined in black cotton voile and of course both fabrics were pre-washed and dried before cutting. The purchase of a manual Button Hole Foot was required for the Bernina because the patchwork madras fabric surface was uneven, otherwise the construction was fairly straight forward and assembly was rather quick.
Blazer and Bermuda Shorts completed there were many colorful scraps and I up-cycled them into small quilted bags which make much appreciated gifts for family and friends.
The weather forecast for day after tomorrow is an unusually warm 90 degrees and I can not wait to wear this dress! As usual the fabric determined the design of something floating with a bias cut. The basic Simplicity dress pattern skirt was lengthened by extending the under tier skirt. The entire bodice and sleeves were underlined with self fabric as the voile is very delicate and still drapes wonderfully with the double weight. The sleeves were lengthened and the elastic gathering eliminated in my design along with the belt.
Matching Slip for under Pink Paisley Voile Dress
Against strong sunlight I often notice the outline of a ladies legs and crotch through her skirt and am careful to always wear a slip or line garments to be modest and / or improve the drape of garments.
Cynthia Rowley Designer Simplicity Pattern 1872 Basic Pullover Dress with Tiered Skirt and Sleeve Variations
Looking for some vintage design inspiration and how to???
Check out this slim little volume with flat pattern directions.
Vintage black beads and a pearl pin accent the neckline
Draped Bias cut neckline detail
Black Polka Dot Dress Back Godet detail
Black Ribbon Hanger Loops
Vogue Pattern V1406 Godet Detail
Vogue1406 Pattern line drawing
Rachel Co Mey is one of my favorite pattern designers and this pattern has been in my stash for at least 2 years. I tend to buy patterns and fabrics that catch my fancy before I have the coordinating elements together trusting my creative process.
Now that I have more time to sew I decided to search my stash to create a few additions for my wardrobe and the first project was to find the appropriate fabric for this pattern which I like because of the asymmetrical neckline and back skirt godet which is a triangle of fabric inserted in a seam causing a flare and thus adding width and volume.
The black polka dot fabric is a very light and fluid rayon challis which drapes beautifully and required a lining. The construction was a challenge which required interfacing the back and sleeve cuff invisible zipper seams. I spent an entire afternoon with the tricky draped neckline but am glad I spent the time to make this deceptively simple dress.
This rayon challis and the fashion fabrics used in my next few posts were purchased from http://www. fabric.com
Carnevale is an annual event @ Il Fornaio held every Fat Tuesday
I recently retired from my full time career as a DietTech in Medical Nutrition Therapy working with seniors at a Continuous Care Community and having a great time working part time at my favorite restaurant to socialize, keep active and rationalize the expense for ballroom dancing lessons.
I made this costume to wear for our Carnevale al Il Fornaio on Fat Tuesday which celebrates the last day before Lent with face painting, masks, live music, magicians and of course delicious authentic Italian food from the region of Umbria.
This is a Steampunk Victorian Costume pattern by Simplicity which is made up in mid-weight taffeta which gives it lots of body and that swish factor I love. The black jet beading was ordered from MJ Trim and I did the ruffles with a special sewing machine attachment that made this difficult looking detail, deceptively quite easy to achieve.
Look for a sale and these special patterns may sometimes be purchased for as little as $1.00 to add to your collection.
Last week while out shopping a pattern sale at local Joanne’s I found some fabrics on sale including a black stretch taffeta that had a nice weight and drape plus a 100% linen to add a bit of embroidery to a simple dress.
Simplicity Patterns were on sale for $1 each and I could not resist today!
Fabric color crocking stain on my new Bernia was upsetting, but luckily Mr. Clean Eraser came to my rescue.
Mr. Clean Saved the day and erased the black fabric color stain on sewing plastic sewing machine surface.
The black stretch taffeta looked promising but as soon as I started to sew my new sewing machine was stained with color crocking which was unsetting but Google suggested the Mr. Clean Eraser which did the job of removing the stain without damage to the plastic surface. Joanne’s gave a complete $$$ value refund on the fabric as damaged goods.