23 February 2011

New Show: Class Clown

I've been terribly bad about not updating my blog. No excuses, I know. I have progress on plenty of projects. I just feel too lazy to take any photos! So instead you get the renderings for my latest show, Class Clown. Don't worry, you'll get an eyeful of sewing projects during MMM to make up for this dry spell.
 Julio the "cool kid", Lucas the "class clown", Cricket the "teacher's pet" and Arthur the "quiet boy".
School nurse, Mrs. Hockaday, Lucas' mom, the mime.

18 February 2011

1959, I Love You!

I seem to be on an accidental 1959 kick lately. Records and songs from 1959 and even books keep crossing my path! Listening to Radio Bop through iTunes and checking Beverly Cleary books out from the library isn't helping.

Anyways, it is time for Me-Made-March again. Don't know how successful I'll be seeing how busy I am and the fact that I've hardly sewn anything for myself since SSS.
I, Lisette of http://vintageorbust.blogspot.com/, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-March '11. I endeavour to wear one handmade/refashioned piece of clothing or accessory each day for the duration of March 2011.

So what have I been up to? Well January was fairly successful as a sewing month. I have several projects with not much left to complete them.
I have almost finished my own pair of these mittens.
I've got a little hand sewing and bias taping to do on this party dress.
I also have the MPB Sew-Along. I just finished one sleeve and now I am on to the second (I'm using a pattern from the 1970s). It is pretty much giving me an ulcer (I would have even given it up) but it will be the boyfriend's birthday gift on the 22nd. Hopefully it fits!
Lastly, I have a pair of 1940s pajamas that were essentially finished at Christmas but I'm taking my time with some embroidery on them. Ditto on a vest/skirt suit from the 1970s. MMM will just be an excuse to finally post them!

13 February 2011

Spring Shoes: Keds

While shopping for costumes, I had to stop at the Keds site and let me tell you, some of their new styles are vintage-ly delicious!

08 February 2011

1930s Bias Evening Dress: The Conclusion

This is probably my best sewing to date. <3

Pattern: Hollywood 544, 1940
Description: "Nightdress with raised waist-line in front and a seam under a tie belt in back. High neck with shirt-waist lap closing and flat round collar, or a deep V-neck with ribbon-run beading or binding finish. Tucks or gathers at the shoulders, and bishop sleeves or sleeveless."
Fabric: Parachute Purple Crinkle Charmeuse from the Midnight Jewels collection, 57", at Jo-Ann
Burdastyle: http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/1930s-evening-gown 
What I Learned/Details: 
-The back tie was eventually omitted from the dress. I made it floor-length and it pulled on the front. I don't know if the original length would still have produced this same problem.
-Buying wide enough fabric is important, unless you want to "piece" the skirt.
-Silky fabric has a bad reputation. I loved sewing with it!
-Making self bias-binding and then hand sewing it to the neckline and armholes made it look so much better than if I had done it by machine.
-I bought the chain of gems to go across the neckline from Jo-Ann's for $5 or $6, I don't remember. Unfortunately it cracked apart during dry-cleaning and now needs to be replaced.

02 February 2011

S&S Sew-Along: Tracing Tutorial

The first order of business is to get all participants the first S and S Sew-Along badge.
Just go to the HTML Image/Link generator and use this link for the image: 
And this link for the link:

In my zeal yesterday, I forgot a very important step: tracing! I was only reminded this morning when I went to MPB for the men's shirt sew-along update and saw Peter going through his own tracing how-to (I recommend reading his as well as my own).

This is my material/pattern for the MPB sew-along, in case you were wondering. The fabric is from Lorraine Fabrics, from their upper floor where everything is $1.99/yard. I'm pretty sure it is mostly cotton with a smidge of something stretchy. It has sort of a beachy feel to it, so if it is a little wrinkled it will look all right. I'm making the long sleeve version, with no pocket, as requested by Mr. WWNDW. What Would Ned Nickerson Wear?
Anyways, on to the tracing! It is important on old patterns and multi-size patterns to trace a copy for sewing purposes.
Materials Needed
-paper...I use medical paper (or "exam table paper", the stuff you sit on when you have your check-up at the doctor's office. It is just wide enough and you get a ton of it. Just make sure you use the not shiny side. Amazon (18"x 225'): $35.99
-pencil...not pen/marker! It may leak through the paper. I've ruined patterns this way.
-weights...I use stone coasters, rocks, anything heavy for this pattern because it is of heavy duty paper. If it is a vintage pattern I use my old coin collection.
 1. Lay out your pattern. Then roll out the tracing paper over it, smoothing as you go. Add weights as needed. Since this paper is so thick I didn't iron it and used the weights mostly on the creases.
2. Trace away! Mark everything that is on the original pattern. This means name, size, how many to cut, notches, arrows, the works :) I usually don't draw the seam allowance but I will make a note of it on the pattern if it is smaller/larger than 5/8" to remind myself. You can also write this on the cutting layout for a mini reminder.
3. Cut out around the pattern pieces you have traced, not on them! It is easier to cut away the excess while cutting your fabric as well, otherwise you may take extra off. Other than that, smile and have fun!

01 February 2011

S&S Sew-Along: Prep Work

Huzzah! 'Tis time to begin the sew-along. Despite inclement weather this morning I ventured out to buy my muslin. I had to forgo ribbon in order to use my 40% off coupon on the muslin but we won't be that far along for at bit. I hope that unlike myself, you all did not wait until the last minute to go and buy fabric.
The only step for today is to pre-shrink your fabric, so I hope it is laundry day for you too! Your fabric should be 100% 45" wide cotton. I'm putting mine on a regular wash cycle, using warm water. Once that is done, toss it in the dryer on a regular cycle as well. If you're really ambitious you could even iron it today, just don't fold it up or you'll crease it and have to iron it again later.
"Mrs. Van murdering a Spider"
 From lastbloom, Diana Sperling watercolour
I'll be doing my cutting tomorrow and have pictures, etc. I'm also trying to get a badge drawn up for each garment we make. Isn't the picture above darling? It is from a book called "Mrs. Hurst Dancing", and is from sketchbooks by a lady named Diana Sperling, between 1812 and 1823. The style is a cross between Grandma Moses and Edward Gorey. The link in the caption will take you to the other watercolours, which is nice as the out-of-print book usually has to be ordered from the UK and it is expensive!
I also came across this image in my search of "regency chemise". Looks a lot like what we'll be making! I love the pointy lace edgeing, and I would love to incorporate some into my own chemise.
'Til tomorrow!

Folks Serv