a Bit of Sewing

All the knitting is work knitting, at the moment (in perpetuity, seems like). I have been doing some sewing in what little spare time there is, as it’s faster to finish and wear things if I don’t actually have to make the cloth myself.

First up, Vogue V8470, I love the Easy Options patterns – more bang for your buck. I actually made most of this back in February, didn’t get around to hemming it until, idk, May? (it was a circle skirt, they take forever to hem – skirt and lining, and I did it all by hand. That’s my excuse.). The fabric is Birch from Habitat by Jay McCarroll for Free Spirit. I lined it in China silk (yardage bought for a pittance at a second-hand shop) which I dyed black. I also put a layer of fine netting between the lining and the fabric. It really didn’t matter that it took me so long to finish it, because it’s sleeveless and I couldn’t have worn it in February anyhow.

Bodice assembled!Bodice


Here is the lining being attached, after I sewed in the zipper by hand with a prick stitch. I don’t mind a bit of hand-sewing, I get so much practice on the knits, and once everything has been machine assembled, it really doesn’t take that long. I also used to repair vintage dresses when I worked at I miss you, so I have a lot of experience hand-sewing and I have worked on more dresses than you imagine. I think a dress zipper looks nice sewn in by hand. But the hem, she was tedious.sewing in lining





See how nice the zipper looks! (this is the inside, the bodice is self-lined).zipper

I did make the sash, but have no photo of it.






Then I made Vogue V1220, a Donna Karan pattern, out of some khaki-brown cotton with a one-way stretch. It turned out very well also, though I didn’t do as much hand finishing, so I feel a bit lazy.








Brutus helps
Brutus helped with the pattern piece layout. As in, he laid out on the pattern pieces. He excels at this. He is in fact teaching a course on Craftsy about it.

There are more sewing projects to write about shortly, as soon as I can get around to posing for photos.

4 comments to “a Bit of Sewing”

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    On July 10th, 2012 at 10:41 pm, Marnie said...

    Oooh, I own that first pattern and would never have thought it’d look so nice in a quilt weight cotton. It’s gorgeous on you. I like a bit of hand stitching too. I hand sew in my linings as a general rule. I just never get good results sewing those in by machine.

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    On July 11th, 2012 at 8:18 am, Tracy Call said...

    HI Robin! It’s Tracy from “in the loop cafe”!

    Nice dress! It’s nice to see you are doing well! Lovely sweaters! I make a pair of your mittens or gloves about twice a year!

    I’m starting my felted creations and teaching bus up agian since my pancreas is no-workie and I was no-happy doing anything else but creating!

    (under construction)

    My doggie is having puppies,

    I’m engaged and moving to Milton. Hope you have continued success.

    With Fond Memories and warm wishes,

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    On July 11th, 2012 at 10:04 am, admin said...

    Hi Tracy! Congrats on your engagement and move! And congratulations to Pickles as well! I can’t wait to see the puppies.
    I am happiest while creating as well, hope you are having lots of good ideas and time to make them happen!

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    On July 11th, 2012 at 10:11 am, admin said...

    Thank you! It did turn out nicely in that fabric, it’s so easy to work with. The only part that was bit tough was on the armhole facings, even with the allowances clipped very close to the stitching, it was still a bit bulky when it was folded over, but not unmanageably so. But otherwise, the weight of the fabric gives the dress a vintage-y feel, I’m pleased with it.