Thursday, May 30, 2013

Simplicity 9825

I needed a new skirt, so I dug into my pattern stash and pulled out Simplicity 9825, which I have made a zillion times over the years. (It is unsurprisingly out of print, although you can still get it on the Simplicity website.) It's a little big in the waist even though I tried to compensate for it during the fitting stage. But, I often have that issue, so no biggy. I'll fix it on the next round.


It's just a simple A-line skirt. I did not line it because I am a slip person, and I just wanted something easy to sew. One detail that is very hard to see is that I did 5 rows of top stitching on them hem. It's not super noticeable in real life because the thread is a very close match, but it is one of those nice details that makes things special.

Pattern: Simplicity 9825 (OOP)
Fabric: Lavender linen. (I forget where from.)
Sewing details: I've made this so many times, I didn't even think of looking at the instructions. The hem is machine stitched, but I hand stitched the yoke facing. (It usually is faster and cleaner for me to do it that way. Whenever I have tried to top stitch the yoke, it's always looked super crappy inside.) I inserted an invisible zipper, and I attached the yokes to the front and back pieces before I sewed up the sides, so I could work out any fitting issues.
Satisfaction: Pretty high. I think this will make a nice skirt for kicking around in over the summer.


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Rebuilding my Wardrobe

So, I have an interesting opportunity ahead of me, which is rebuilding my wardrobe - practically from scratch. I don't usually buy very many clothes, but I've had to buy some lately since nothing fits after an almost 40 pound weight loss. (For those that aren't regular readers this is illness-related. Please no congratulatory comments.) I've dug out some older clothes and culled through them to see which ones would still be wearable, and I've come up with a handful that will get me through for a while with a few store-bought items until I can make some more. I have been having more energy lately, so there has been a little sewing and I have a couple of projects waiting for pictures. But mostly I've been thinking about what I would like to have in the new updated closet.

  • Right now I have plenty of tops, so I'm not gonna focus on that, but I could use a few more hot-weather shirts.
  • More RED! Turns out I really love red and would like to incorporate more of it in my closet. My last wardrobe was more focused on blue. 
  • More solid color items to mix and match. I love prints, but it makes it harder with separates.
  • I need skirts. I'm down to just 2 or 3. Not good for a skirt-lover like me.
  • Dresses. Since I don't know where my weight will end up being, I'd like to focus on looser shapes that I won't have to alter in a couple of months. When I was larger, I tended towards more fitted dresses because they were more flattering. I'd like to experiment with new silhouettes to see what looks good now.
I have a new skirt ready to blog about, but I have some dress projects I'd like to work on next.


This is cute, and is more of an a-line dress than a tent dress if made in the appropriate size. (I have one of these in progress.)


So, this seems a little young for me, but I think I could age up the cap-sleeved version with an appropriate fabric and length. It seems like a cute way to salute the Gatsby drop-waisted trend without wearing a costume.


Vogue 8876. I have some red linen set aside for this. I'm not sure I'm up to it yet energy-wise, but it's on my list of things I'd really like to make.

These are just a few of the things I'd like to make, and I know I have to accept some weeks I won't feel like sewing. But it's been nice getting a few things done, and I can't wait to see how my closet will shape up.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Vogue 8468

Holy crap, I made something! Somehow everything aligned yesterday and both my fatigue and pain receded enough for me to get something done. Weird. I've started seeing a new doctor for my arthritis, but it's too early for anything to happen. Well, I just took it as a gift, and made a dress. I didn't want to make a muslin and I didn't want something I couldn't wear in a month or two. (I don't want to talk about what happened with my latest elimination diet, but I am left with only a few foods that I can eat anymore.) So, I went to my stash and grabbed 8468, which is from 2008, but which I had never made. I did my best to strike a sullen model pose. (Actually, it's just what I kind of look like.)


It's a basic shift dress with gathers under the front yoke, and I was always surprised that Vogue released it. Just doesn't seem their kind of thing.

It's pretty cute from the front and back, but the side view is hideous. I suspected it would be before I started; this style is just not suited for bosomy ladies. I'm gonna show you, because I really have no shame.


It's my grandmother's house dress. I was prepared, but jeez. So bad. However, it was nice just to st down at the sewing machine and make something uncomplicated. I've lost so much weight that almost I  need to refit all my tried and true patterns. Oh well. Maybe when I get well, I can enjoy the weight loss. Anyway, it's not my job to look good, so my dresses can be as unflattering as hell as long as I am having fun. 

Project Notes: I did not look at the pattern instructions, nor did I line this dress. ( I am a big fan of slips.) The fabric is a quilting cotton I bought years and years ago, and I just used bias tape on the neck and arm holes. The neckline was crazy high on this. I lowered it a bit and could have taken out even more. I'm not gonna make this again, but it will work as a shift around the house or when things get really hot outside.