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Monday, November 6, 2017

Summer Sleeveless Dresses Become Winter Long Sleeves

This summers dresses-made sleeveless...

Now I add Sleeves and use them for winter.

Added sleeves right before work on Sunday and wore this.

Each of these dresses will have sleeves added to wear again!

Red and Black

Orange and White

Sew, we have different dresses as such, again!

All These and Making a New Dress, Jacket and Scarves to wear to work Today!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Beach and Kayaking Wear

Getting Ready for my Annual Vacation Cottage Fun

This is stretch Matte Jersey from  Gstreetfabrics 

This jacket is a standby and my other typical jacket from chiffons are great bathing suit cover ups in a breeze.  

I wear this one with my Blue kayakin pants and black bathing suit.. and the pink Tank and jacket with my pink suit...

When I make these dresses for the beach-boardwalk, throw over your swimsuit and go out to dinner, sometimes you need a jacket.... Packing your beach wear, these jackets are the best... great for carrying out in the kayak in case it gets breezy ... 

On the Boardwalk you need to blow in the wind so you must carry some chiffon cover ups... to go with your outfits The above jacket shortened a little with pants or long for bathing suit coverup only... is great... This flowy jacket great for beach cover up... tie jacket for kayakin cover up

One of the above quick dresses that have no facings, just a front and back are my sew quick and put on dresses... with matte jersey they don't wrinkle, so great to throw in your beach totes, and add your flowy jackets for a night on the boardwalk, and you can just go straight from your kayak...LOL

If you want long loose capri pants these are good or my legging pattern capri is what I kayak in..with a tank that matches, throw in the back to put on when I am pulling the kayaks out of the water.

You can make these capri pants leggins from Spandex we have at 

This is my pattern with straight legs for work and capri length tight for over my suit, so these pants a tank and a tie jacket are my kayaking outfits and a flowy jacket and dress to throw on for a boardwalk walk over my suit.... packing packing, my summer fun!!!! Cottages here I come!

First you make your luggage and then you fill it!  This years luggage is Vinyl... So much fun!..Well the old kayaking tote must always come with the fabric I designed, I will use it always..Till it falls apart...I designed the outside fabrics from my kayaking trips and covered with the clear vinyl that we sell at Gstreet, the inside is a batik we sell and the trims and handles and inside pocket came from the leather bin... A Creation of Love

Water Bottle Pocket..

For different totes and how to make them try this blog of mine

So want to be happy like me?..Reserve your beach cottages a year ahead, make your totes, pack your totes with Tie Jackets/Tanks/Capri Sets...... Lots of Swimsuits... and Lots of Chiffon flowy jackets and long comfy dresses..... YOU have something to look forward to.... BEACH VACATIONS!!!..until you live on the water... BUCKET LIST

View from the Porch

And then just kayak on over to Assateague

Views from the porch and kayak

View in the morning

Kayaking right outside your door

A view to look forward to

My inflatable kayaks that fit in my hatchback
with my beachy luggage

Friday, January 11, 2019

Jacket, Top and pants.......Baby baby blues and Scarves Scarves

Pants Simplicity 9597      (Leggings... made into Tubins')Drapeneck Blouse   Butterick 3131      Flattering if you don't have a long neckJacket                       Butterick 5045      Free Flowing... Fits anyone (shortened about 4-6 inches to go with pants, but is a long jacket for dresses)

What you see me in at work-

These are all quick and easy designs.... it is all about the colors and fabric textures more than the designs...

I work FULLTIME... you can do this tooo... are you motivated to have beautiful clothes without going broke?.... GOFORIT!!

If I can do it so can YOU!

Well,  Baby Blue Jacket spiderweb jacket and Ultrasuede, microfiber stretch pants.... Oh so yummy....
A little different pattern...

So we will have chemises out of solids and floral chiffons for over blouses ---View C over E.....with the solids for jackets and the infinity scarves out of different fabrics and solids and prints....  The larger scarves out of the same chiffon will look like a large cowl neck but will not be attached... just an infinity scarf.

Spider web jacket... Lace jacket and a blue scarf....

Already made Coral jacket and infinity scarf of white and coral with a spot of glitter.

Shades of royal blue in prints for scarves that go with Royal blue jackets and pants.

Orange silk infinity scarf... floral infinity scarf and a blouse over a chemise... and a spotted scarf of brown and white...for a shades of brown outfit.

Simplicity 9597--- I use a yard and quarter for pants and have a strip left for jewelry-earrings necklace, bangle and or scarf.

These pants are just made length to the ankles and turned up twice about  3/8 inch and then topstitched.... The legs when cut out are just straightened tubes to be more appropriate for a professional work look.---- Hence name tubins...
Take 20 minutes to sew with an elastic waist...oh so comfortable.  The top in this pattern is very unflattering for me.. I never like drooping shoulders and prefer regular inset sleeves because my normal shoulders slope.

Comfy flowing over jacket made to a tunic length but draping front flowing:  I usually use 2 yards and half for a jacket of this type in the pants length the front is wide, but you will have a strip left from the back layout for a scarf.... earrings etc.

Jacket B made about 6 inches shorter I am 5'2" and that length is great with my tubins....I have made the longer length that is great with my long boatneck dresses...  I have used every piece in this pattern-you don't have to have stretch material and they are feminine looking.  I always have to adjust the necklines higher in patterns because they show cleavage on me, just follow the curve and make them higher, but big enough to get your neck through and they work on any dress or over the head top.

This whole outfit in this pattern is great out of a gauze cotton... so graceful for summer at the beach.

Coppers, browns, oranges... tie scarves slanted ends and a small silk infinity scarf with a large 2 yard wide infinity scarf..... a warm neck in cold weather but lightweight fabrics.

I have a day off... so.... Red onsie... Done with that... Kimono for somone else and an outfit for me...  Lots of scarves off the back of the chair... I tend to drape 3/8 and quarter yard pieces of things I can't walk away from...

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Copying Dresses That Fit

 Copying Something that Fits You

I use Create-A-Pattern Pellon type material that I buy from GStreetFabrics... 

lay dress on the create a pattern and cut out leaving a seam allowance.

I trace each piece with a 5/8 seam so I can alter if off a little.  I number the pieces as you would a bought pattern and write if the edge is on a fold and how many pieces I need and trace the Darts (important to add the Space you need for each dart or fold) I write dart or fold where needed and draw a line or dot.  Add extra for hem so you can adjust.  Take or draw a picture and put in the ziplock Gallon bag with the pattern for future use.

Original much loved dress worn through the threads of cotton.

Someone attempted to copy old dress, but did not make it the same and it was uncomfortable... changed to exact as original dress.

added buttons where missing

changed from buttonholes to loops like original

Newly copied dress back-like original

Pattern is ready for any additional dresses wanted

Then baste together.
Be sure to pre wash your fabric before cutting out and sewing so it doesnt shrink and change size after laundering.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Fitting and changing styles of Patterns

I don't like kimono sleeves.. so originally I overlaid the lace to look like set in sleeves.  But this did not help the cut.  I have rounded shoulders...really rounded.. so I like set in sleeves... I just tried this style because I liked the idea of piecing different textures.  Now... after improvising I once again am changing the style cut.

So after the darts from the set in sleeves and the darts to make the waist fitted at the peplum, I found I needed to do a full body dart up to the edge of the trim to take out the extra gapage...(word?) and in the back I did the same thing.  I am big accross the back and still with the change from the kimono sleeves to the set in sleeves I needed to take more in... so I did the same thing in the back doing a full length body dart in the back too.

Now, the 25 lbs I lost not only is obvious.. it is obviously not enough... so back to the powdered drinks for the next four days and heavy exercising.

Gotta get those old musics with the beats going...LOL

The next group of pics will be the forest green under dresses... and then the crazy shoes...

The pattern that has some set in sleeves is this one:

I took the sleeve pattern piece and overlaid the sleeve cap on the top of the coat dress already made... and cut the sleeve off close to the lace over lay.   This way I knew I could alter the sleeve that was already made and match the shoulder seam and the sleeve seam a the top.... I took in the bottom of the sleeve to match the pattern piece under seam... now to match it back up to the bodice..

Pattern piece I overlaid over the original kimono sleeves to get a set in sleeve..

Here is one sleeve altered and set back into the bodice.... but side darts to the bodice had to be added first to make the bodice work with set-in sleeves otherwise there was a bulk gap in the fitting.

Lace kind of hid this, but it only takes a pinch and stitch to make the bodice have two darts one up and one side and then the sleeves fit back in perfectly.... Whether my  big body will fit? I am very very shapely.... so I prefer baggy flowy things.... It is not that I am shy, but I find it unnecessary to show all my curves to feel pretty and feminine... I prefer the freeflowing fashion look.  But this is to show you different ideas you can do with bits and  pieces of things.

Here you can see where I just laid it on the top cut the sleeve off and added the dart on the side to fit the sleeve back in and make the bodice tailored.

*******  The bodice originally was just baggy... I have now put a dart in the bottom of the bodice to attach the skirt waistline to the bodice waistline.... so that is a pointing up dart made by trying it on and making it fit at the waist.   This causes some bulk gaping on the top of the bodice just under the sleeve... Now with the altering the sleeve to a set in sleeve I have added a side dart to the bodice ... This makes a fitted the bustline

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The other thing that this does is pinch out the extra fabric to fit the new sizing of the set in sleeve as I put it back onto the coat dress top.

The peplum was just lace so it was very nice, but with the added buttons on the rest, I decided the peplum needed the pretty ribbon enhanced gold buttons, too.   SO you see I started out with 3 pieces of 2.97 fabrics... added some expenisve venetian lace trim and then went for the fancy buttons... but I love the look!!!

In case the peplum edges flipped up when I was walking, I backed the edges with interfacing on muslin with some 2.97 lace strips topstitched on... This gave stability for the buttonholes and buttons, but also was pretty if the underedge look.

So, this is just showing you how I make patterns different by cross blending pattern pieces... You can have many different dresses just by pulling pieces from one and putting them on another.  The other thing you can do is always mix textures as in this dress, or Color Block giving total different looks to simple styles...  Making Simple look Complicated, but it is only simple with different colored panels or cuffs collars or bias trims.