Monday, September 16, 2019

Butterick Patterns for Fall 2019

The new Butterick patterns for Fall 2019 were released last week, and you can probably guess my thoughts if you have seen them.  I am disappointed that there are no new vintage reproductions.  It definitely appears that vintage reproductions are no longer popular as far as the Big 4 are concerned.  Of course, I don't care what's in style, and actually prefer things that are at least sixty years out of date, so I really did love having all those "new" vintage designs at my fingertips!  That said, I do like a few of the new designs.  

This Lisette pattern is really lovely.  In theory, I would love to add that two-toned dress to my closet in a different color combination.  But will I actually make it up?  (Provided, of course, I manage to find two fabrics that will work and that I love.) 
The design that I am most likely to add to my collection is Butterick 6713.  I just love that open neckline!  The sleeve on that particular view is not my favorite, but that's an easy change to make.  Do we think a balconette bra would work?  That's an issue for another day . . . but I think that the neckline with the exposed clavicle is incredibly elegant.  I would tuck it into a slim fitting skirt that trumpets out at the hemline and stops at mid-calf.  I definitely have plans for this one (just not in the poly satin on the model)!
Butterick 6704 has another lovely neckline.  Do I need the pattern just for that neckline?  Probably not.  But I do like the purple color on that model!  And those View B sleeves are a nice silhouette, although I am not entirely sold on them with this dress style.
I am trying to think if I have ever made a double breasted bodice but I can't think of a single one off the top of my head.  There is that vintage reproduction double breasted suit that I have been pulling out of the pile every winter but never manage to make it up.  Would I be more likely to make this dress?  I can't say.  But I have decided that I need to make a double breasted design for this Winter season because it is ridiculous that I have never made one!
Do you have any new favorites?

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Umbrella Season

I spotted this fabric at JoAnn Fabrics last year.  I love the print, but the white background was rather sheer so I put the bolt back.  But after it made it to the clearance section and remained there for some time, I decided to grab it.  It's not the best quality cotton, but I though it would come in handy for some future project.

Vogue 9345 was my pick for a vintage cut of cotton gingham that I found at an estate sale.  However, the major issue with this particular design is that it is a total fabric hog if you want the full skirt version (which I did!).  So the vintage textile was out.

Then I spotted this yardage in my sewing room, and thought I might as well try the pattern out and see how I like it.

Of course, that's no reason not to go all out with bound buttonholes, especially when you don't trust the machined version!

I did my best to line up the front bodice pieces with the pattern repeat.

And with all of my stashed buttons, these were the only red ones in my collection.  They aren't my absolute favorite, but they work.

The hemline didn't drop that much, but I did trim a little from the bias portions of the skirt.

And with the button placement, I though it was a good idea to add a hook & bar at the waistline.

I also added a snap between the two buttons on the bodice.  The top button is placed at the fullest part of the bust as it should be, but I think that a snap placed between two buttons keeps the bodice opening closed a little better.

Here is the finished look.  It's no longer seasonally appropriate, but I did manage to wear it once during the Summer months.  I suspect I will be using the pattern again in the future.  It's classic, it has a nice fit, and I do love a good shirt dress!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Finishing the 1960s Jacket

No matter how "simple" the project, there are always a bunch of finishing steps that need to be done.  This is probably one of the reasons why I always underestimate how much time a project will actually take.

Once again, this vintage pattern goes above and beyond most or perhaps any contemporary pattern I have come across.  They suggest reinforcing the sleeve with interfacing.  So, I did.  I have a roll of this bias tailoring canvas stuff that I thought would be perfect for the task.

After some pinning and catch-stitching, and everything was ready to go.

I had some old shoulder pads (actually removed from my eighth grade graduation dress - mid-90s Gunne Sax, anyone?) that were perfect for the job.  They look much better in a jacket than a dress, I must say!

Seam binding was applied to the bottom edge of the jacket as if it were seam tape.  A lining will cover it, but because the upholstery fabric likes to shred at the cut edges, this seemed like a good solution.

And then, of course, I needed a lining.  This rayon satin is much heavier than bemberg and I wish I had purchased a bunch more when it was available at some ten years ago.  The problem with ordering online is that by the time I figure out what a treasure any particular item is, it is most likely sold out.

I am hoarding it in a couple of pastel colors, but this jacket deserved most of the ivory yardage that I have left!

The lining was then stitched to the shell by hand.

It's a process that I love!

And the sleeves also needed the same treatment.

Did I mention how much I love hand sewing?!

The final touch, of course, was to add a personalized label to the front facing.

And that means this project is complete!