Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Full of copycat/inspiration, I made this dress.

It's my second By Hand London Kim bodice with a skirt from the 1940's Tea Dress pattern. I modified the bodice to raise the front by about an inch, and angled the straps in a little bit. I fully lined the dress this time, not just the bodice. it's very comfortable.

I don't remember where I found out about the designer, Lena Hoschek  (Could be a previous post from this blog, or some other mention of vlisco in fashion)  I was very excited to see Vlisco in her garments. Her designs appear beautiful and classic, and I'm sure well worth the price... but according to her sizing charts, I am three different sizes when you take my upper bust/shoulders into account... and how do I know if the cup sizes will fit me? It's better to just make my own, eh? I know where to buy the fabric. :) 

She makes belts AND shoes too! Argh, how do I do that?? 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

New (old) machine!

I went to the sewing machine supply store to pick up an invisible zipper and I bought a new (old) sewing machine. :)

 It's so nice, it purrs!  I'm smitten.

Stylearc Faith top

I love the freebie Faith tunic from Stylearc this month! I made a muslin over the weekend with some nice thin cotton lawn and wore it two days in a row before photographing it, so please excuse the wrinkles. It's perfect for hot weather: lightweight, floaty, with excellent coverage, easy to pullover.

And it only needs two buttonholes for the sleeve tabs!

(My machine buttonhole ability is no longer satisfactory. I'm avoiding any functional or highly visible button holes until I get a new one... )

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hollyburn skirt

Skirt time!  I have made two hollyburn skirts  so far. It's a great pattern which has some of my favorite features. I love slanted pockets, I love circle skirts, I love the length of view A! I made one without any adjustments within a few hours. All seams are flat felled.

1) Black poplin

After wearing the skirt for a day, I noticed the waistband sitting weirdly. It was too big at the top edge and veered out from my stomach at a sharp angle. This is apparently a common problem with straight waistbands. I found this tutorial to make a contoured (curved) waistband, for my next skirt.
To note, after wearing this a few times, I decided it needed a lining so I added one cut on the same pattern from some black bemberg rayon lining fabric. Works like a charm. 

2) Vlisco wax (now my favorite skirt)

I can't get enough of this skirt! I'm planning to make some shirts just to go with it, brown, black and white. I have a slip that is long enough to wear underneath so it doesn't catch on my leggings, but I might still add a lining.  Also, there is a catch around the zipper, where the skirt rides up very slightly in the small of my back.  I think I need to make a small swayback adjustment to make this pattern an even better fit. I think the first skirt waistband hiked the skirt up so much that this problem wasn't apparent.

Only one other flaw, argh, needs ironing after a wash: