Sunday, July 4, 2021

OOPs Tornado-

 Tornado-No Electric, No Lights, Only Hand Sewing...I was on a creative roll

Sewing Machine Stopped...Lights out.. Called Pepco

Then went outside ---  Where is my car!??

It was still there!  EWWWWWWWWWW  I was just admiring it the day before 😢  It was a 2010 and it looked sooo good.   Not anymore!

I could have made myself feel better if I had a battery light and a treadle sewing machine.... but I just sat in the driveway for hours waiting for Pepco and the tree company through the pouring rain at night and finally ..... Light and power again!...

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

Outfits and Accessories

 My Favorite Patterns-using today.

If you come into the store and see me, you have probably seen me in my favorite pattern accessory.  The jacket I wear that is usually out of a flowing chiffon or silk is shortened from a regular pattern about 4 inches.  I am 5'2 and they, of course, make them for all sizes.

Remember, if you are new to patterns, the measure for your body parts is what you go by, not by store sizing.  The actual circumference of the finished outfit will sometimes be on the back of the pattern.  Then when you are buying material, you can tell by the width of the material you are buying if the pattern pieces are going to fit across the fabric. The jacket can be used with lacy fabrics with scallops and you can use the scallops around the front edges and the sleeves and then you don't even have to hem those parts.  You can find my old vintage patterns-uncut on ebay and etsy.  A couple of bucks and you can fill you closets with beautiful outfits from out fabrics.

Accessories-Trim on Light Blue Tubins bottom of legs, earrings, Face mask Scarf

This pattern is great because you don't have to have stretchy material and you can make it all out of Linen and embroider on it.  You can make the pants longer, like palazzo pants and you can extend the sleeve length so it is not 3/4, which I usually do.  I also find the neckline is a little low for my age and I make the scoop neck more of a boat neck so I can still put it over my head.  Pockets I put in the side seams.  I am  not much of a front pocket person.  Here is the jacket I just made.  I am adding trim of the same chiffon to the bottom of some pants that were too short to make that combination good.  And a shirt from the pattern below of the same fabric of the pants, and a dark blue tank so that the outfit can be versitile.

Now there are 3 scarves...1 Jacket and Pair of tubins with matching trim and tank with matching trim-next elastic waist big leg pants with pockets and short sleeved shirt... maybe a dark blue shirt
Mix and Match combos

Pants needed length added second ruffle- Rumba Pants?

This is the second pair of pants in the set.  I was asked for baggy legged pants and these have pockets.  So the second set on the hanger are baggy legged.

Pants with the trim are from:

With the legs widened.

For a Chemise or a top with short sleeves and a non stretch material, you can make to whatever length you want I have this Simplicity pattern, great for a lot of combinations:
This is the pattern for the short sleeve shirts that do not need stretch

On the side- I just recovered an old swing chair so I could have some outside R&R

I used some Green Palmtree fabric, so mine looks a bit tropical.