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Purple Plaid Archer Button Up Shirt

img_5259The fall(ish) weather means I can finally wear this Grainline Archer shirt comfortably again. I say fall weather, but I use that term so loosely….It’s seriously still been fluctuating into the high 80s here! My Morning Glories literally just started blooming yesterday morning. Last year they were blooming at the beginning of September. :o)

Anyway, I made this shirt last fall, using some thrifted material that I found several years ago.

This shirt was a labor of love.

When I first sewed it up, I basically had to take the shirt apart and re-cut every piece, particularly in the armhole and shoulder area. I also had to take the side seams in a lot because the shirt ended up way too loose for my figure. I can handle a little bit of a relaxed fit nowadays, but I looked like I was wearing a shirt meant for my husband (who is 6′ and wears a men’s L-XL) when i first finished this one.

I chose my size between my high and full bust measurement (size 4), knowing I would want it to be slightly more fitted at the top. Then, I went down to a 2 at the waist, and faded out into a size 12 at the hips (since my hips measure around 43″ and the finished garment hip measurement for size 12 is listed at 44″. I figured I probably should have done an FBA before cutting into the fabric, but this was a muslin and I was feeling lazy. Surprisingly, it was still super loose and way too big in the armhole and shoulders (yes, that shoulder seam was sitting even further down my arm (>_<). Continue reading

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Vintage Floral Sleeveless Bruyère Shirt

IMG_5207This is one of my favorite pieces of clothing from the last couple years. I know that may not be evident from my face in some of these photos, but I really do like this garment. I just took way too many photos of different garments in one day, and I was 100% over it.

I used the Deer & Doe Bruyère pattern. I omitted the sleeves, changed the armholes slightly and added bias binding.

When the pattern first came out, I was unsure about the shape. To be honest, it draws a lot of attention to my hips. However, I liked the design too much to pass it up. Besides, the older I get, the more accepting and appreciative of my body I am, so I’m not really self-conscious about it.

The fabric is a vintage floral cotton that I was saving in my stash for years. I saved it for four and a half years, to be exact. I found the fabric on this thrift haul. I still can’t believe I finally allowed myself to use it. Looking back at that thrift haul makes me really miss the thrift stores in Maryland. That’s probably the one and only thing I miss about living there. 😛 Continue reading

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Self-Drafted Sweater Shirt and Skirt

When I was in California, I didn’t have any of my pattern drafting tools with me but I decided to try to draft a few patterns anyway.

When I found the sweater material above in my $2 bag from Loft, I wanted to make a shirt to go with the skirt I bought while at the thrift store with my sister. . . . Continue reading

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Linen n’ Lace Top & the Great Maxi Mistake

This is the last of the summer sewing catch-up posts….

When my grandparents came to visit, they brought some fabrics and vintage garments from my grandma’s sister, Anne (Thanks Auntie Anne!). The material below was cut out for a loose blouse, with no pattern instructions. I thought the lightweight material would be ideal for a summer tank, and I’d use the sleeves and the bit of leftover material for another top, at some point.
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Spring watercolor dolman shirt

This was a quick and easy project, made from a self-drafted pattern…The material that I used for the top is a comfy lightweight sweater material…I don’t remember where or when I acquired this material, but there’s quite a bit left. I had been thinking about making a dress in a similar shape to this top, but I convinced myself to make a top first so that I could ensure a proper fit. Now, I think I’m going to make a dress from this same material. Continue reading

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Floral blouse with yoke and piping

I present to you, the first article of clothing I’ve made for myself this year…I decided to force myself to start working on some of the UFO’s that I have lying around. This project had been lying in the UFO pile since August. I cut it out and sewed two of the darts while I was visiting my family in California last summer. Continue reading

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40’s Blouse and Reconstructed Skirt

It has been an exciting few weeks. I will provide more details in a few days, but first I’d like to share a completed project. Remember many months ago when I mentioned making a blouse with this 1940’s pattern? Well, … Continue reading

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Summer Reverie Blouse and Shorts

I’m sorry that I neglected to post earlier this week. My husband is gone for the week, and I’ve discovered that I’m not as productive when he’s gone. I start to miss him too much, and I have difficulty staying … Continue reading

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Promises Paisley Peplum Blouse

I began this project with this lovely, paisley accordion pleat dress. Sorry about the pic, I had to take it at night with horrible lighting. The label was Promises Promises… …which definitely brought to mind the song of that title … Continue reading

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Blossoming Love of the 40s

I was bidding on this dress pattern from the 40s on eBay, but I missed it. I was really bummed. Isn’t it gorgeous? There is so much potential. Oh well, I’ll have to be on the lookout for something similar. … Continue reading

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