Firehose

Hello again folks.... This week is another Project chronicled from my Sew & Chat LIVE with Sew-To-Fit live-streamed via my youtube channel. During this Sew & Chat project, I sewed this stylized wrap top inspired by Keke Palmer, whom I caught while watching the morning show. You may have already seen it pop up on my instagram account. I'm trying ya'll! My assistant is new at multi-tasking. LOL.



—-PATTERN- McCall’s 7892 👚 with modifications.
The skirt will be sewn again and blogged later. I have a few things to say about that one.

—-FABRIC- Red Egyptian Cotton that I purchased from Sew Much Fabric
___Although, I try to list every modification I make to my projects, sometimes I make more even while I'm cutting. A simple slight of the hand.
  • Rotated the shoulder gathers to form the side bust dart.
  • At the waist I created tucks instead of gathers,... [read more]
Hello again folks.... This week is another Project chronicled from my Sew & Chat LIVE with Sew-To-Fit live-streamed via my youtube channel. During this Sew & Chat project, I sewed this stylized wrap top inspired by Keke Palmer, whom I caught while watching the morning show. You may have already seen it pop up on my instagram account. I'm trying ya'll! My assistant is new at multi-tasking. LOL.



—-PATTERN- McCall’s 7892 👚 with modifications.
The skirt will be sewn again and blogged later. I have a few things to say about that one.

—-FABRIC- Red Egyptian Cotton that I purchased from Sew Much Fabric
___Although, I try to list every modification I make to my projects, sometimes I make more even while I'm cutting. A simple slight of the hand.
  • Rotated the shoulder gathers to form the side bust dart.
  • At the waist I created tucks instead of gathers,... [read more]
Just to be clear, this is what they are talking about

Andy Serkis from Alan Jackson's LOTR
Smeagol at the beginning with His Precious 

I bought this from the gift shop buyer at Seattle Art Museum after the YSL show.
The whole bolt had been hanging out in the display area, and I just had to have this.
I've had this since 2016. Which is not so very long, for someone who hasn't had to move her stash since 2004.

Because I had ideas.
and then they ended.
but I still have the bolt.

It's woven silk (?) folded and fused to a knit backing
Not stretchy but very flexible.

And I have a lot of it. It's two pieces, and I guess I should unroll it to find out how much. I did once, and then I had to roll it up because I started hyperventilating.
I have a couple other precious, but this one is really really precious.

So it's going to be a jacket.
Which one, I'm unsure.  but I have a whole year to... [read more]
Wardrobe Crisis / Clare Press
I picked up this book on sale, because of the relevant subject matter, and because I am already familiar with the author through her podcast of the same name. She interviews all sorts of people working in sustainability in fashion and it is fascinating.

This was her first book -- she has another new one that I'll be on the lookout for now, called Rise & Resist which goes more specifically into how people are standing up for better sustainable fashion and what you can do too.

This book is more of a history of the fashion world and how we've got to where we are. Clare Press writes like she talks -- light, breezy, with tangents and asides. I really like the style, but some readers do find it a little harder to follow than they expected. I felt like someone was just sitting down and talking to me and sharing a lot of stuff,... [read more]

This is the Pilvi Coat from the book Everyday Style by Lotta Jansdotter. I honestly can’t tell if this is the most half-cracked (least cracked?) thing I’ve ever sewn or if it’s awesome.

Frivolous at Last - Pilvi Coat

I was on the hunt for a simple overcoat type thingy (behold, my sophisticated fashion vocabulary!) What might you call it? A topper, maybe? Something with simple lines that could show off a cool fabric and be worn indoors or outdoors. The Pilvi coat pattern seemed to fit the bill.

Frivolous at Last - Pilvi Coat

I requested a hold on the Everyday Style book at my local library, and when it came in I happily brought it home thinking I’d get started sewing the coat right away. I browsed the whole book before realizing that someone had pilfered the paper patterns out of the back of the book. WHO DOES THAT?? There is a special place in hell for them, and that place has of all of the most beautiful fabrics in... [read more]

As promised I’m here to nerd out at you with my annual (biannual if you include Me Made May) Stat Attack.

I made 18 garments in 2019. That’s the least sewing I’ve done (or fewest completed garments at least) since 2015.

I think the main reason is that at the beginning of the year I was having a really tough time with my mental health. I had a terrible manager at work and I was really struggling because of him.

Fortunately he left in the summer and it made a huge difference. I have a much nicer big boss now (my little boss has always been the same and she’s great) who actually treats his staff with respect and trust. Work has been bananas in general this year though. I have been so busy, which I actually prefer and have so much more job satisfaction. It’s just been very tiring so I haven’t wanted to come home and bend over cutting things out or be shut away... [read more]

I turn 60 this year.  SIXTY.

Blah blah age is just a number, you’re only as old as you feel, 60 is the new 40 yeah yeah right.

SIXTY FFS!

I never got pearls for my 30th.

I never got rubies for my 40th.

No gold for my 50th [although I had  a new wedding ring at 53]

I doubt if there’ll be diamonds at my 60th- but my wife is a diamond, so I’ll let it pass!

Sigh.

In happier news, mum and dad just celebrated their diamond wedding, so I’ve sent off for a letter from the queen for them.  They are ardent royalists.  Sigh again.

Anyway, what can I REALLY say about being 60?  Hmm I’ve always said my lucky number is 6, because it’s a factor of each bit of my birthdate [18/6/60].

I often joke with the kids I teach that they shouldn’t keep me waiting as I’m so old I could die before they answer the question…then they ask if I’m 100 or something. ... [read more]

Diary of a Chain Stitcher: Thread Theory Fairfield Button Up Shirt in Grey Cotton Chambray

I made a few presents this Christmas including a double gauze Named Lahja dressing gown for my Mum, a Deer & Doe Sirocco jumpsuit for my sister (which I love and will definitely be making one for myself so expect a review of that pattern in future) and this shirt for my brother. I’ve made a fair number of shirts for men now (my first here about 5 years ago!) but thought it was worth posting this particular one as I used a different pattern which is very worthy of sharing. The previous shirts I’ve made have all been based on the Walden/Colette Negroni pattern and the pattern has required a bit of work to get the look I want; namely taking the pattern for a traditional collar with stand off of a RTW shirt and adding that and a classic front placket (following this shirt sew-along from Male Pattern Boldness) to replace the Negroni’s facing.... [read more]

Longest break in the history of this blog! It was not my intention to take such a long hiatus, but here we are, almost two years after my previous post. I have missed blogging but had to focus on other writings, including finishing my dissertation. Still, even after submitting my dissertation, which was long overdue, I found it difficult to get into blogging again. However, now that I have also successfully defended my work, I hope that I will be able to revive this blog and continue posting in the future. Who knows, perhaps blogging will be making a comeback in the 2020s!

Before revamping this blog, I figured that it might be fun to review some of the items I posted about in the past, loosely following the format of Crafting a Rainbow’s Sewing Top 5 Hits and Misses. What made certain garments favorites, while others are still languishing in the back of my... [read more]

At the last meeting of our local Stratford Garment Guild, we shared some of the more unusual sewing tools found in our sewing rooms.

This got me thinking about some of the more unusual things I use, and I thought I'd make a short list here showing off some of the oddball tools that serve me well!

1. Telescoping magnetic wand

These magnetic pick-up tools can also come with a light (like mine) and can be easily found in the automotive department of your local hardware store. Handy for dropped and missing pins that end up under your sewing table. And for getting in between the wall and your cabinets!




2. Plant cover fabric

I buy huge packages of this at Dollarama to trace my pdf & Burda patterns -- it's cheap, easy to see through, and takes a ballpoint pen nicely. It is a little harder to see your pattern notations on this than it is on tissue, but on the other... [read more]

I’m all for zero waste, but the last time I attempted a zero waste garment it didn’t turn out so well.

What can I say. Not great unless you are after a Japanese look.

This time zero waste wasn’t my intention, but this is all that was left of 2m of batik, 120 wide. Not quite zero, but pretty darn close!

We are about to treat ourselves to a holiday in Vanuatu, after a very stressful and extremely busy year. Once upon a time I had 3 weeks off for my Christmas summer break, but this year it appears not only to be late, but to have shrunk as well. Still, one week is better than nothing. I am so tired I intend to veg and do nothing but eat and sleep. Forget sightseeing, culture and shopping, I intend to be almost exclusively in the pool or in the horizontal. (Well, maybe a bit of fabric shopping, if there is anything interesting.)

What I... [read more]

Starting My Slimming World Journey

So, I have a confession to make. I started my Slimming World journey in November. It took me months to make the decision to join…

The post Starting My Slimming World Journey appeared first on The Marvellous Mrs Maus.

The third pair of compression leggings I wanted to share with you were actually made before the other two pairs, when I was still tweaking the first but felt confident enough to cut into “good fabric” rather than the cheap stuff I keep around for sewing muslins. And what a fabric it is, too!

You know I love a good digital print, and that this one mixes in cityscapes and weird florals and cherry blossom trees made it all the better in my eyes. I bought this fabric at Spandex House in NYC years ago and instantly adored it. I had been shopping in the store for ages and was already checking out and then *gasp* I saw it near the till and had to add it onto my order immediately! But as happens with beautiful fabric, it sits a little too long in our stash waiting the perfect use. But I decided that a fabric this good deserved to shine in a very basic... [read more]

Humans are asymmetrical. You don’t need me to tell you that. There have been hundreds of anthropological studies on the fluctuating asymmetry of the face alone. You can google it or get any couple issues of National Geographic to tell you that, and while it can be a minor annoyance when putting on liquid eyeliner, that’s not what we’re taking about today.

Today we are talking about more pronounced, physical asymmetries that require specific alterations for clothing so that the wearer may feel and/or appear more symmetrical. While one can fairly easily tailor a garment to fit minor asymmetries, it took me months of researching breast cancer survivors, their many different stories and reconstruction choices, and their feelings of not always wanting to be this “beacon of cancer survival” to learn about more intricate alterations. Heather Sanders was a... [read more]

Well.  It's certainly been a while.  I seem to have taken an inadvertent lengthy blogging hiatus.  I honestly meant to come back ages ago and post, but clearly it just didn't happen.  I've had a lot going on and I've been ridiculously tired so blogging was one of the things that unfortunately fell by the wayside.

I've done quite a bit of crafty things over my time away from the computer though and one of these days I'll sit down to tell you about them, because I had a lot of fun doing them and I'd love to share them with you.  I've also done some super secret test projects that I can't share just yet, but promise I will just as soon as I can down the road!

In the meantime, I'm here today to tell you about a project that I made way back in the fall for the Minerva blog that's finally gone live today so I get to show it off!

It's the Christine Haynes Ellsworth Coat... [read more]
These pants were very easy to make....with only 2 pattern pieces, this should be on everyones list of stylish non-leggings pants.  I sewed these live as part of my Live Sewing series on my YouTube channel.

The side seam is moved forward creating a really nice curve along the hip.  This I think, gives the illusion of smaller hips. I did my best I modeling the side seam..  It was not easy to show the seam with the red fabric. Which, by the way, I bought this red Ponte Roma from http://bit.ly/STF-SMFabric back in 2019, when she got it in stock. Oh, how many projects I have for this red fabric.  Even though I know this years color is a version of blue, I have been missing some red in my wardrobe for way too long.  (Stay Tuned)
The picture below is how I install the elastic at the waist.  This isn't the way the instructions suggest, but I need my elastic... [read more]
These pants were very easy to make....with only 2 pattern pieces, this should be on everyones list of stylish non-leggings pants.  I sewed these live as part of my Live Sewing series on my YouTube channel.

The side seam is moved forward creating a really nice curve along the hip.  This I think, gives the illusion of smaller hips. I did my best I modeling the side seam..  It was not easy to show the seam with the red fabric. Which, by the way, I bought this red Ponte Roma from http://bit.ly/STF-SMFabric back in 2019, when she got it in stock. Oh, how many projects I have for this red fabric.  Even though I know this years color is a version of blue, I have been missing some red in my wardrobe for way too long.  (Stay Tuned)
The picture below is how I install the elastic at the waist.  This isn't the way the instructions suggest, but I need my elastic... [read more]

SO of course my SWAP this year is inspired by Anne Lister’s wardrobe in ‘Gentleman Jack’, and I also want to dress as Miss Lister for World Book Day, so apart from the ‘ordinary’ clothes, the look will need to be completed by a suitably swaggering coat.

She wears several coats in the series of course, all a combination of male and female styles of the time.  Here she is striding along in her very masculine great coat with contrasting collar, probably velvet

Image result for gentleman jack costumes

Here she broods, Heathcliff-like in her caped coat

Image result for gentleman jack costumes

An unusual bit of colour here, which I think was the ‘wedding’ outfit

Image result for gentleman jack costumes

A spencer jacket, rather like a riding habit

Image result for gentleman jack costumes

A much more ‘feminine’ look when presented to royalty if I remember rightly

Image result for gentleman jack costumes

And here a lovely military inspired pelisse [or maybe it’s  aspencer, can’t remember if it was long or short]

Image result for gentleman jack costumes
looks like sateen to me

I love... [read more]


https://craftindustryalliance.org/css-industries-including-big-4-pattern-companies-acquired-by-design-group/

I'd like to thank Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic for this link.

Previous to this event, the Big4/CSS released this pattern catalog, which I read through yesterday at Joann's

This coat is going to drive me mad until I figure out which game or book or movie it's aping.

back, just in case you forgot kids

 
All brands served here. 

Find it online!  I like that mom is doing historical, while child is doing piratical. 
Capes are their own category. Unicorns are animals, too.

Pageant = Not Beauty Pageant
Pageant = Church performance of Christ's birth or death.
I still think there should be an official 'rock' costume for the opening of the tomb, because I know at least one mom from my childhood who was really tired of winging it. Or do we all still... [read more]

I liked this pattern as soon as I saw it – I like shirtdresses and the easy, relaxed style of the Camp Dress looked right up my street. As you may or may not know already, I usually try and think of a variation on a theme when I’m making one of Liesl Gibson’s garments as I contribute occasionally to her blog, but in this case, my immediate thought was more along the lines of styling. One of the big things I love about shirtdresses of any kind is the fact you can dress them up or down very easily. I’ve posted a blog entry showing off seven ways I like to wear shirtdresses over at the Oliver + S blog, so if you’d like to see what I came up with, head over there!

20191201_123643

I’ll keep this short and sweet, but a few details on the project follow. I actually made this dress at the tail-end of last autumn, and the first thing to say is that the fabric is... [read more]

Well, here we go with all the coats and jackets!  I traced 5 jackets and coats over the weekend, so I’d have no more excuses to get started, because a toile doesn’t take long to make, given it needs no interfacing and hours of pressing.  They just need suitable fabrics, something sturdy and with a bit of body and weight – you can’t successfully toile a coat using an old cotton duvet cover!

On the cutting table are the following patterns:

I have the main fabric for all of these patterns, and lining for the two Burdas.  The Sienna Jacket and Grace coat are unlined, but I think I might be binding seams on at least one of them, just to... [read more]

The second pair of compression leggings I made for myself using our new Compression Fitting Bottom Block pattern was one I decided to make after realising that I’m wearing a LOT of leggings made from winter technical fabrics for my daily cycle commutes. Even though my legs are moving and getting warm that way, I find that because I’m moving faster, the wind keeps my legs a lot cooler than when I’m running. And my few pairs of Cold Gear or thermo leggings have been in constant rotation for the past few months.

So I finally cut into some fabric from my deep stash – genuine Under Armour Cold Gear fabric that Cidell gifted to me years ago after coming across a treasure trove of it in a Baltimore fabric shop. I made a baser layer top around the time I was developing the book (which I may have never blogged?), and a bunch of leggings out of the other... [read more]

Let’s set a mood, shall we?

These shoulders tucks can fit the entire daily calorie intake of one professional runway model! Fashion + function! Winner, winner tiny dinner!As if, Toni! I said I was wearing my IKEA wrap today- bitch!Turn Blue Heather- mines Benetton! So what if you haven’t finished shrink wrapping the model- we’ll crop the hose out later! Due to a severe waxing accident, Tiffany was forced to sit out the runway. I mean so like, the galleria was way packed- I couldn’t wedge myself into the Claire’s. It was bogus. Doy Erica- it was 2for 1 stud day- the food court was slammed with toasted surfers scarfing at full pitch. Whatever. Shut.Up. Marley- is that your mothers suede fringed bolero? You’re so tripendicular in that. I totally die of env. Do you have a clue Yardley? That is like granny wear to the max. Wear pink rollers and cruise the farmers market much? photo credits: Vogue.com

Dear readers,

Happy new year! This a just a reminder that this blog has moved and that new posts are waiting for you  at the new address! Click on the link on the picture to my latest random sewing thoughts don’t forget to update the rss feed or subscribe with the box on the sidebar of the new blog!

See you at my new blogging home!

Sewing Belted Wrap Skirt

« Previous Next » Showing 1–25 posts out of 1000