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Diary of a Chain Stitcher: Sewing Patterns by Masin Sicily Slip Dress in Liberty Print Floral Silk Satin

I don't know what possessed me to make this dress when I'm not going any place suitable to wear a dress this fancy for the foreseeable future. But I do know that I loved making it and I'm excited to be able to wear it to drink some sort of cocktail in eventually. I guess I had an urge to work with a piece of really beautiful fabric which this Liberty print silk satin certainly is. After making somewhat practical clothing for quite some time it was refreshing to put my sewing skills to the test making this and bring out all those refined techniques. 

Diary of a Chain Stitcher: Sewing Patterns by Masin Sicily Slip Dress in Liberty Print Floral Silk Satin

This is the Sicily Slip Dress from Sewing Patterns by Masin. What a great pattern this is. It is a bias cut slip dress with cowl neck and super skinny spaghetti straps. There is a second view which is sleeveless if you'd rather a wear a bra with straps. The simplicity and elegance of this style is... [read more]

Learn how to sew a 1950s peplum, with step by step video tutorial.

After two years away (and a rough 2020) I knew it was time to return to the blogosphere with the garment which started it all: Simplicity 1460. In this post, we’ll be chatting about how to sew a 1950s peplum in all it’s gorgeousness, from the new and improved VoT HQ! 

Watching the original video I filmed in 2016 (!!) and reading about this vintage pattern again made me incredibly nostalgic.

It wasn’t just me looking at photos of this blouse. It was being reminded of why I love blogging and sewing on camera. Of why I kicked off this project in the first place.

Vintage Simplicity 1460 peplum, pinup style | @vintageontap
The vintage blouse which started my YouTube channel, throwback to 2016.

It reminded me of why I like to talk about vintage sewing and advocate for it so much.

Click the video above to watch the full breakdown of how... [read more]

Wardrobe workhorses over here... 

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On to part 8 and some actual sewing! (Find the previous videos here: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6…

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I have been hording this retro floral jersey knit fabric from Fabric Mart for years.  I just love a good retro print that is reminiscent of the 60s or 70s.  


I have been wanting to make a hooded sweatshirt dress for a while, so I thought I would finally cut into the precious to make one and decided on the Seamwork Skipper with the member bonus dress option.   Honestly, I have much more of this fabric because a little while after I bought my initial standard 3 yard cut, I saw it on the 70% off section for $2.40/yd, so I bought 10 more yards.  Yeah....I totally don't have a problem with hoarding fabric.


I made this back on August 2nd, 2020 and took these photos the next day.  It was like 110 degrees (at least it felt that way!) so it's not styled the way I actually wear it -- with some nice warm grey leggings and cozy boots.


I underlined this dress with a pink cotton... [read more]

It’s not nearly as novel sewing medical masks now than it was a year ago, but unfortunately we are still needing to wear them. … More liberty face masks »

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When I was a little girl — maybe 6 or 7, I created my first zero-waste garment. In fact, it was negative waste, because I used an already pre-existing textile object — my homemade and quilted blanky. I loved my blanky so much that I wanted to wear it (the highest honor to bestow on any fabric in my opinion). So, I found a pair of scissors and made a cut in the middle for my head and slipped it on. With my new blanky poncho surrounding me, I felt secure and happy. My hands were free to play, I could show off my most prized possession, and I knew I looked amazing! Thus my affection for the design combination of simple form, specialty fabrics and practical wear was born.

I am not a fashion historian or an archivist but I have noticed many similarities of both design and textile reverence in the traditional costumes of... [read more]


thee inspiration:
 

I saw these macrame attached valance curtains from 🎯 on Pinterest and while I’ve could’ve just bought them I remembered I had this material. It’s been sitting around leftover from the backdrop I made for our wedding as seen here (blowing in the breeze so the text is messed up).

I bought this material at Joann (Earth Child Apparel Lace Panel Fabric With Fringe White). It’s not macrame but looks similar enough. If you can't find a fabric like it, you can use any cotton lace trims, just combine them. Make them the vertical width or length you want and make sure the last piece is the one with a fringe. It really does add a nice touch to otherwise plain cotton/linen curtains.


Such a cute idea, thanks Opalhouse for Target lol.


What if you could be part of a movement that has saved 28 kilos (61 pounds) of scrap fabric from our landfills and that’s just the beginning? What if you could join an army that has made 548 needed gifts, 548 moments where people were touched by a stranger’s kindness?

@tacqueira_goku made these toys with friends and co-workers for homeless kids at @cts4kids_ (ID: a cluster of six handmade stuffie monsters in various colors: pink, yellow, green and white.)

The People’s Sewing Army is a collective of sewists who make magic with their scrap fabric for organizations in need. It’s by the people, for the people. Our mission: We reuse our sewing scraps for good causes. Our value: We love our planet and the people on it. 

@sarah.a.mcmanus made scrap quilts for the birds and napkins for volunteers at @portlandaudubon Wildlife Care Center. (ID: a stack of... [read more]

Couldn’t get the blanket back in the picnic hamper, but no worries.

Elaine- Grandma wants to know if you’ve seen her Easter tree skirt….

I’m loving the idea of tights that look like I’m covered in moss.

I got ‘velveteen high waist palazzos’ on a random band name generator once.

I kind of love this jacket. Do you think she has matching pants in the case?

If this ended as a jumpsuit it would give serious Mr Furley vibes.

Monica- get in the car! I’m double parked in the student pick up line and I’ve already had 1 warning!?

Monica!? Where are your pants?

Welcome to Bettys Borscht Bucket, may I tell you the specials?

Photo credits: Vogue.com

I just finished watching a funny little movie called, “Space Sweepers.” I honestly did not think it was “my thing” but Netflix recommended it based on my other “thumbs up” selections, and it came 92% recommended for me.

I thought, why not, right? Open yourself up to new things. Seek out new knowledge. Break out of your comfort zone. I like to watch foreign movies or series – not always a huge fan of Korean/Chinese stuff, but I do try and give it a shot if it looks “different”, and this definitely looked different! – and I am so glad I clicked on this little peach!

TOTALLY WORTH IT! The cast, while mostly Korean, included people from pretty much every continent and a multitude of languages are spoken – all with excellent subtitles! – and the interaction reminds me of a big block-buster movie rather than a little independent film. I’ve actually seen some of... [read more]

Two Saturdays ago,

I made this bedspread for my 13-year-old nephew out of plush faux fur. I used 4.5 yards of zebra plush faux fur fabric. My nephew had seen my daughter’s bedspread and wanted one for himself. When he saw it, he said, “If I had one, that blanket would follow me everywhere in the house because it’s so soft.

Last evening, my brother took a photo of the bedspread and texted it to me, He said, “This blanket follows your nephew almost everywhere!” It made my heart smile. High praise indeed! I’m glad he loves the blanket so much.

The fur is on both sides, so it has some weight to the blanket. Perfect for those who like that while they’re sleeping. I’m one of those people. To sew this blanket, I used a walking foot on my Brother Designio; it was... [read more]

Two Saturdays ago,

I made this bedspread for my 13-year-old nephew out of plush faux fur. I used 4.5 yards of zebra plush faux fur fabric. My nephew had seen my daughter’s bedspread and wanted one for himself. When he saw it, he said, “If I had one, that blanket would follow me everywhere in the house because it’s so soft.

Last evening, my brother took a photo of the bedspread and texted it to me, He said, “This blanket follows your nephew almost everywhere!” It made my heart smile. High praise indeed! I’m glad he loves the blanket so much.

The fur is on both sides, so it has some weight to the blanket. Perfect for those who like that while they’re sleeping. I’m one of those people. To sew this blanket, I used a walking foot on my Brother Designio;... [read more]

My friend died last week. I know I’m not the only person to have ever lost a friend. I’m probably not the only person … More my friend died last week »

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Cover Designs is a feature in which I try to match up the outfit on a book cover with a dress pattern and sometimes even potential fabric matches as well. Today's choice is a Valentine-y title with some unexpected characters. 

Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann is an unusual love story about a biromatic asexual woman working at a library. After her girlfriend leaves her because she admits she's asexual, Alice decides that her summer working at a library is going to be all about her. But then she meets Takumi, and feels all sorts of attraction for him. But is it worth jeopardizing their growing friendship by acknowledging her feelings, which are usually misunderstood anyhow? You'll have to read this to find out...

This cover is beautiful. From the woman who is clearly confident in herself to the gorgeous (silk linen?) dress with that stand... [read more]

It’s Zero Waste month for The Sewcialists, and we’ve now had a fair bit of discussion about the concept and patterns (introductory post link), and many of the commenters talked about how they would rather use an ordinary pattern and use their scraps for other things. I do like the idea of a zero or minimal waste garment, but know that it’s not always possible to be a purist as fabric isn’t the right size or I want to make something that would be impossible to create using zero/minimal waste principals , so I thought I’d show you some of my recent scrap busting adventures to see if I can pique your interest. All of these, except a couple of things, have been created within the last three months – yes, I do a lot of scrapbusting!

A project that has used a lot of knit scraps is the snuffle rug I made for my Granddog, Heidi! My... [read more]

Yes!  I am doing quite well this year, so far!  Part of my #makenine2019 challenge was some casual yoga-type pants.  This seemed to become more urgent on the list, as I wore out most of my yoga pants during 2020 – the year of “Casual Wear”. As usual, I didn’t use the pattern I first … Continue reading I finished another one of my #makenine2019!
Just dropping in to let you know I have a new post up on the Minerva website--featuring my go-to vintage dress pattern, Simplicity 4475, and this gorgeous Nani Iro linen! Happy Valentine's day!
 
xoxo,
allie

ps: see all my posts for Minerva on my profile.


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I love handmade jewelry, and I’m especially smitten with this woven cuff bracelet. It’s not only simple to make but an easy way to … More diy woven cuff bracelet »

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There aren't a lot of century-old styles that are easily wearable today, but the cloche hat is one that works. So when I found a free pattern to sew one, I thought it was worth trying it out.


The cloche is a close-fitting hat that became popular in the 1920s when the new short hairstyles became fashionable. The hat usually comes quite far down the head and covers most of the ear. Not the worst idea for prairie winters!


The Pattern

This is a free pattern on Instructables. Since hats are always too small for my head size, I printed out the pattern and photocopied a few variations by changing the enlargement percentage. I experimented with the fit using inexpensive craft felt, and I think I finally settled on 110%. And not to throw the designer under the bus here, but I wish anyone sharing sewing patterns used sewing conventions, such as marking notches to match seams, and... [read more]

 Strange times call for strange sewing!

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Fashion Embroidery / Jessica Jane Pile
London: Batsford, c2018
144 p.

Now for some super fancy fashion embroidery to continue the Embroidery Month theme! I picked this one up on sale - it has a bit of spine damage, which meant that I could afford it. It's quite a pricey title, especially for what you get. 

It's very interesting -- the author is the Production Director at Hand & Lock Embroidery, an English firm that is at the top of the embroidery game. They certainly know their designers. The book is filled with clear images of catwalk outfits that are heavily embroidered and/or beaded. But it's not really just a lookbook. Each section deals with some aspect of embroidery, and is illustrated with these couture images. 

If you are hoping to get into the field of fashion embroidery I can see how this would be a compelling read. Pile talks about the... [read more]

 


Hello Peeps! It's Michelle here and I had the amazing opportunity of hosting the #sewyoruview January sewing party on Instagram! The pattern of the month was the Hickory Ensemble by Mood. This is s 2 piece unisex pattern.

Here is Mori and her #thehickoryensemble. This is a little upgrade from her work for home pajamas and the pattern whipped up so easy. I'd say that's a winning combination.



The fabric I chose is so amazingly soft, you would never want to take this off. 
Mellow Rose Bamboo Stretch French Terry/Product #: 320912  
Helmut Lang Dusty Rose 1x1 Tubular Cotton Ribbed Knit/Product #: 420862  


My idea for this hickory pants.


Not let me share what I did here.
-You saw the quilting on Instagram, that was a chore but worth it.





-Although I had the softest terry from [read more]

This year, I believe, will be the year when I finally purchase my beloved industrial sewing machine.

I’m leaning toward the Juki DU-1181N walking foot machine; however, I’ll be checking out the Juki DDL 8700 sewing machine. I’ve watched numerous videos featuring YouTubers that use this sewing machine in the same way that I’ll be sewing. So the DU seems like the perfect match for me; however, I’ll also check out the Juki DDL 8700.

I honestly believe that the DU 1181N will best serve my needs. However, since there is a sewing shop in my state, I’ll bring a few items to the store to see which one I prefer. Initially, I was planning on setting up the machine in my room; however, I’m seriously thinking about creating a small space outside of the house. If I do that, I’ll move all my crafts related items to that little room. We’ll see.

This year, I believe, will be the year when I finally purchase my beloved industrial sewing machine.

I’m leaning toward the Juki DU-1181N walking foot machine; however, I’ll be checking out the Juki DDL 8700 sewing machine. I’ve watched numerous videos featuring YouTubers that use this sewing machine in the same way that I’ll be sewing. So the DU seems like the perfect match for me; however, I’ll also check out the Juki DDL 8700.

I honestly believe that the DU 1181N will best serve my needs. However, since there is a sewing shop in my state, I’ll bring a few items to the store to see which one I prefer. Initially, I was planning on setting up the machine in my room; however, I’m seriously thinking about creating a small space outside of the house. If I do that, I’ll move all my crafts related items to that little room. We’ll see.

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