Monday, February 15, 2016

Sewing a bit and getting it done.

Happy February lovely people!


The weather in Los Angeles is so nice and it's set to hit over 80 degrees today. I'm taking Mr. Handsome man to the vet for a bacterial infection, drawing, and then washing my hair, a lot to do for my Monday off.

This weekend I actually decided to get some of the sewing things out of my head. I organized some of my patterns, I organized the printed NewVintageLady repros I have in stock, I worked on another Frankenstein suit for Workshop 77, and I finally, finally started on the draping of a dress I've had in my head for weeks!




I wanted a dress that of course was challenging. The front bodice is all one piece. I've pleated it on the bias, slightly, so that it would have some give, but not be too twisty. The center line is on the grain.

My challenge came when I tried to put the pleats over the apex of the bust, which I deeded against. Why? Because I'm just too busty for that to work and don't want to have to fiddle too much with that pleat pointing out. Believe me, I thought about it long and hard, and with the detail I'm planning for the skirt, just the top of the bodice being pleated will work.

I'm happy with the progress and once I mark this I'll adjust it (especially the neckline area) and do a proper pattern mock up.

I even got the time to re-plant Fancy, my wax plant.


This weekend also involved curtains being made.


I got this lovely 50s (?) kitchen fabric. washed it, cut the pieces to work with my window, and lined the back with plaid so that light is blocked. They turned out great and look so adorable. This was a quick job that I really needed to do.


It's been fun being crafty :)

Okay, gotta get ready to take the pooch to the vet. I'll chat with you all later!

5 comments:

Donna said...

Glad things are going so well for you! Also, I hope this isn't weird, because I have no reason to expect you wouldn't have Brian anymore, but every time I read a post and Brian is there, I think yay! They are still together!

Also again, I keep meaning to make this post but it seems weird and I think I shouldn't, but then I think I should--your blog has been hugely important to me. I used to dress vintage a lot back in the 80's when I was younger and much thinner, when I got older and had kids and gained weight, I stopped. When I discovered your blog it was huge revelation. You have a body similar to mine and you always look so stylish. I started seeking out plus size patterns on Ebay, started sewing for myself and learning to tailor to my body and found a new sense of style. People compliment me all the time at work and it's been so monumentally gratifying to have discovered this once again. It has been a huge boost to my ego and makes me enjoy getting dressed. Thank you so much. And when people compliment me, I tell them about your blog and how much you have inspired me.

Shelley J said...

Aw, thank you, Donna! That makes me feel like a million bucks!

Sandra Cox said...

Isn't that funny, I feel the same way about Brian! He's just so gorgeous! Plus, I agree with Donna. You always look so lovely and stylish. I'll be waiting to see how that pleated bodice turns out, it looks challenging but worth it.

SJ Kurtz said...

I love the idea of plaid showing through in the window. (looks up at window). Testing will commence shortly.

You and the handsome man, you take care of yourselves!

Shelley J said...

Aw, you gals are so sweet! Brain isn't going anywhere. He's my handsome man!

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