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Floral Micro Cord Alder Shirtdress

img_6102-1This dress jumped the blogging cue because it’s my new favorite, and I finally took some decent blog photos this time around.

The fabric was a gift that has been in my stash for years. It’s a beautiful floral micro cord. After I made my first Grainline Alder shirtdress (still unblogged, but I did share a photo on Instagram a while back), I knew it would be a great pattern to pair with this fabric for a fall dress.

I started with the size 2 this time, based on my high bust measurement, and did an FBA to add 3″ to the pattern piece at full bust. I did a swayback adjustment on the back bodice, and removed some of the height from the back armscye. I also shortened the bodice portion by about 1.5″, and added the length back in the skirt.

I knew that the style wouldn’t lend itself well to a fitted waist, but I did take the waist in a tad for a little more shape. I don’t mind the ease in the waist, since my adjustments made it fit quite well in the arms, shoulders and bust.

I have a very high waist, and recently discovered that my sister who is 5’7″ has the same waist to knee measurement as me. Our upper legs are even the same length. This lead to an interesting observation among family members that I am essentially a similar shape to several of my sisters (who are all 5’7″ or taller, while I come in at a whopping 5’0″), but I’m just smooshed from my shoulders to my waist, and from my knees to my ankles. Ha! I’m also the oldest of my five sisters, but people rarely thought that I was the oldest when we were growing up because I was so height challenged. Too bad people don’t equate height with youth once you’re out of childhood. I don’t think there’s any mistaking that I’m the oldest now. (>_<) Continue reading

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My Wardrobe is Abuzz with Hummingbirds

IMG_8271The Hummingbird pattern has certainly tickled my fancy. This is the third of four items (so far) that I’ve shown you that was made using this pattern. I actually finished all three tops and the skirt I’ve made from this pattern over a month ago, but we all know how easy it can be to fall behind with taking photos and posting about finished projects.

I shared this Hummingbird skirt last week and mentioned that I had made a top that matched the pocket lining. Well, here’s the top I was referring to.

I found the knit that I used for this top at one of my favorite thrift stores. This material was part of the thrift haul, I mentioned in this post. I believe it was $2 for about 4 yards! It is super lightweight, so unfortunately I have to wear an undershirt with it to go out in public. It’s perfect for days that I’m at home and want to stay cool though. Continue reading

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Me-Made-May ’13 Week 2

IMG_7073It’s time to summarize the second week of Me-Made-May. It was rainy almost every day this week. Boo! I still managed to take some pictures every day.

I’m going to start giving the details (when I can)–in case anyone’s interested–of every aspect of my outfit. Anyway, here ‘s a look at the last week! Continue reading

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Purple Chevron Renfrew

IMG_6888For my first day of Me-Made-May yesterday, I wore another recently completed Renfrew.

It was a Sewaholic pattern day, apparently, because I paired my Renfrew with my Thurlow trousers…

I’ve had this vintage, light purple knit in my stash for a long time. I think I acquired it at a yard sale a couple years ago. It has a cute, raised Chevron pattern.

I cut the same size as my first Renfrew (4 at the bust and hips, curving to a 0 at the waist). However, the fit is much more snug than the first top because this knit has a lot less stretch than I realized. Continue reading

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Blue 40s DuBarry Dress

IMG_5981I’m still here! I have sewed a few things, but I have been a very bad blogger and neglected to post for a while–which, unfortunately, means that I have already failed at one of my goals for the year. Oops… Although I sometimes go MIA briefly, rest assured, I will be back (As you no doubt have figured out, if you’ve read this blog for a while)…

OK, enough of the excuses! I’m making myself dizzy with self-disappointment. Here is a finished dress…

I made several alterations to the pattern. I didn’t add the yoke (I don’t like high necklines), and I used bias tape and top-stitched around the neckline. I also adjusted the shoulders at the neckline to account for the missing yoke. Many vintage patterns have unbelievable amounts of ease and this one was no exception, so I took the dress in a tad on the sides. The sleeves are also smaller than the original pattern. I ended up making them a little too tight for my taste, but they work… Continue reading

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Tutorial: Hot Air “Hinderers”

To make the Hot Air “Hinderers” that I referred to in the previous post (you can read it here, if you’re interested in a short update about my epic rivalry with wasps), you’ll need some fabric and something with which to stuff the finished product. Continue reading

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