Hello there! I have a treat for all of the sewers today! I am going to be beginning a few new sewing projects shortly and I wanted to get a chance to share my ideas with you “in the raw”. For years I have been a distant observer of my seamstress sisters and mom, but just within the last five months, I have been bitten by the bug, (i.e. spent some time on Brigi’s easy to operate vintage Kenmore). No matter how I phrase it, the fact is that I am finally on the seamstress team, a little low on the totem pole maybe, but hopeful that my brain catches on quickly all there is to know about sewing together your own clothes. Exciting, no?
Ever wonder why I don’t do many outfit posts? Because my clothes are ancient, coming in a close tie with some of mom’s (no disrespect here, she actually has some of the best clothes due to her perfect care of them!), which means it can be hard to hold a candle to the bright light Charlotte and Brigi make with their wardrobes here on the blog. Perhaps I exaggerate, Brigi would say so I know, but still it is something close to the truth. The real truth is that I need a couple of wardrobe staples to get me off on the right track. So for my new projects, I am going tackle a vintage skirt + a blouse that won’t be just a simple blouse, along with a rather interesting reconstruction of a vintage piece.
Uh… did you see what I meant about the blouse? I am going to be combining it with WHAT? *sigh* Ok, I had better explain: I really don’t like blouses. But then again, I do really like blouses! “You do… but you don’t? That makes a lot of sense, Jess. What are you saying?” What I am saying is that I don’t like blouses because they come untucked so often, making me feel like I can’t move around to save me from another session of tucking. On the other hand, I adore blouses for their ability to ad colorful interest to an outfit, and their thin fabric weight. “Ah. So you’re going to make a onesie?” No… I am making a “stay-tucked” blouse.
The Blouse’s story: When we girls were busy with Christmas performances, Mom made the three of us these fantastic, slippery satin blouses, but there was a catch–she attached the 1970’s “stay-tucked” shirt pattern with the 1940’s styled blouse pattern. This worked because we were wearing our high-waisted navy palazzo pants, which gave us no easy task in keeping our ever shifty blouses in place. So a snap bottom was added. Are you beginning to see the brilliance in my plan now?
The Fabric’s story: Last year I worked my 1940’s dress from another rayon novelty print. I was sold the moment I put the finished garment on, it was so soft and almost wrinkle-less! Tickled to the bone, I decided then and there to make a blouse using a rayon something or other. This alone made the 1940’s pattern my #1 choice as it has both a blouse and skirt. I spent a long time searching for the right print, and I finally found this Echinacea floral fabric you see in the above photos.
The skirt’s story: When I ordered the two yards of delicious, 100% rayon challis from Fabric.com, I ordered only enough to create one blouse, since the price was a little bit high. However, when it arrived in the mail, I pulled out enough fabric to make a whole dress! I had no idea the width of the fabric would come out wider than what was listed on the website! Odd, but too good to be true! Still I wasn’t about to make a whole dress out of such a brilliant print, so I decided to make the skirt found in the 1940’s pattern along with the “stay-tucked” blouse. Oo! I am just giddy to begin working with this soft, fabric! Before the week is out I hope to have it cut out, and the pieces waiting on the sewing machine table. We’ll see…!
There is one more sewing-related thing I wanted to show you before I say adieu. This 1960’s knit dress was a bargain I pounced on during Croatia Vintage‘s Instagram Sale. At first, when the sale was just beginning and the girls were busy reloading their Instagram page every minute, I couldn’t have cared less. Then I heard rapturous squeals over the vintage pieces Caitlin was listing! There were many cute frocks she had in her inventory, probably 50 too many (can’t be sure), and a lot of them were in the larger sizes. But! That didn’t stop me! I am a newbie seamstress after all, and I think I can manage to reconstruct a Large 1960’s knit dress into something attractive, don’t you agree? Again, we’ll see, but I have a good feeling with a lot of Brigi’s help, I’ll succeed. 🙂
One last thing: Yesterday I guest posted over at Emma Schramm’s beautiful blog, with an article I wrote, called Living by Faith. I hope you will head on over to her site as soon as you are through here! You will find she is a very eloquent writer, and her thoughts are full of love, depth and encouragement for our walk with the LORD. Give her a visit, and follow her blog!
What new sewing projects have you started this year?
Have any of you worked with rayon challis before, not to mention with such a bright print?
What do you think about my “stay-tucked” blouse idea?
May the Lord bless the work of your hands, dear friends!
Jessica, the eldest sister & singer