My first Sew Weekly challenge! If you haven’t heard about Sew Weekly (who haven’t?), you should check out the site now! This week’s theme is ‘kidding around’ where people make creations inspired by outfit worn in their childhood photo. I was quite excited with this theme as most of my clothes are basically shaped like a bigger version of little girls’ dresses. Hello baby dolls, gathered skirt, and ruffles!
Now for finding the childhood photo. This turned out to be not quite an easy task. My late father loved to take pictures of his kids when we were still very young, but unfortunately all the pretty photos are now in my mother’s house who is of course in another country. But here is a few that I managed to take here.
Now, now, is that a dress with ruffled collar? And do I see a floral paper bag skirt there?
I think I’ve seen a dress that look like the one in these pictures.
A couple of bonus pictures of a family with five young kids in 1973. I’m kid #4:
Now for the inspiration photo:
Well, it is an ID photo, taken for my kindergarten report book and I didn’t look too happy in it. But I’ve made outfits similar to the ones in the above pictures and I want something else. I was inspired by the stripes bias bindings and bias skirt of the dress. Since I don’t remember what the actual color of the dress, I made mine in grey, like a black and white photo.
My take is below, in equally unhappy face. But you know, I’m one of those people whose face always look sad and people would ask me, “Are you okay? You look so sad….” There are not many smiling pictures of me after the age of four.
The photo on the right shows how I actually feel most of the time. Really.
The fabrics are linen that I already have in my stash. They were initially bought to make a set of shirt and pants for Sidra, but after making the skull and cross pants, I realize now that they don’t really suit his taste.
I told him about the fabrics and asked if I could use them for my dress. He glanced with disinterest to the boring grey heaps and said, “I think you should use them for your dress, Mama. I want something else.” Looks like this kid knows what he wants.
I rarely sew at night, but my husband went out drinking last night so I had time to sew! Too bad it is still too cold to wear this dress outside, I really love the shape and the muted color!
Pattern is self-drafted.
drape drape pattern #1
I’ve had this pattern book, ドレープ ドレープ (Drape Drape), for about a year now but had never made anything out of it. Most of the pattern in the book use knit fabrics, I guess I was a bit intimidated by it. But after making several clothes with knit fabrics (without serger), I found myself browsing the book again and decided to make one of the pattern.
This is pattern no.1, the loose drape top that I lengthened into a dress. The pattern is pretty straightforward, consisted of only two pieces with binding for finishing the armholes.
The fabric is double-gauze knit in stripes pattern, which accentuate the shape of the drapes. I wear the dress with black sleeveless top underneath. I wish I could wear it like the girl in the picture, but it wouldn’t be too practical for everyday use!
Loose drape dress
Pattern is loose drape top (lengthened) from ドレープ ドレープ (Drape Drape).
So many things happened in just two weeks. We didn’t have any blackout again since the last time, although the schedule for next blackout will still be planned to roll until summer. Summer without aircon? I might need to take a vacation then!
This week is also the last week of school year, and Sidra missed the entire week because he is down with bad cold. It’s too bad that he didn’t have the chance to enjoy the last days in second grade, next month he will start third grade with new classmates. I hope he will get better soon.
I was feeling rather tense after all that has been happening, so last night I went to the sewing room and looked for a quick project to make myself feeling better. There was this purple cotton lawn originally intended for other project, but I decided to use it to make a simple tank top.
The pattern is Novita from Tamanegi Kobo, a favorite pattern that I’ve used to make this top and dress. The pattern is cut on bias, resulted in a soft and flowy top. I omitted the sleeves this time. As I’ve made the pattern twice before, it came up rather quickly. It is such a nice feeling to finally make something again!
Pattern is Novita from Tamanegi Kobo.
1958 McCall's 4822
The fabric may look like denim, but in fact it is quite lightweight. It’s cheap polyester, initially bought to make a muslin for my husband’s shirt when I changed my mind and used it for my pants instead. I’m sorry!
I rarely wear nor make pants for myself, but I ‘d been wanting to try this 1958 McCall’s 4822 pattern. The cheap fabric is perfect for this, just to see how it would look on me. If it turned out horrible, I can pretend that it’s a muslin….
I made view A, the long pants but without the pockets because I didn’t want added attention to my hip. The belt carriers are from view C, they are made from the same piece of pattern as the pants. There is a pair of darts on each pattern piece, which are stitched until reaching the waist, then slashed open to make the belt carriers. I’ve never seen something like this and I was curious to make them!
Instruction for belt carrier
The pattern was a bit bigger than my size so I slimmed down each piece about 0.5 cm on the sides. The pants had zipper on the back side. I usually use invisible zipper for clothing, but this time I wanted to learn something new and followed the instructions carefully. The result is not too bad in my opinion, I can make the stitches neater next time.
I’m not too sure about the finished result though. The high-waisted pants dominate my whole proportion, leaving only a small amount of my upper body to ‘decorate’. Maybe I’m just not used to wearing this kind of pants (and I’m still too self-conscious about my asymmetrical hip!) Anyway, my husband said it is different from what I usually wear but still look cute nonetheless. He knows about my hip (of course!), but there’s nothing wrong with it in his eye.
I think this pants would look wonderful on a taller person (who is not having any self-conscious problem). But I really enjoyed making this pants and learned new things from it. My favorite part is the construction of the belt carriers. I showed them to my husband and he was puzzled of how they were possible. Ha! I’m a magician!
Pants pattern is 1958 Mccall’s 4822 from this seller.
I’ve finished tracing the pattern pieces for the MPB Men’s Shirt sew along and washed the fashion fabric. But before moving on to the next day, I still need to find some cheap fabric for the muslin.
In the meantime, I finished my dress! It’s the floral printed cotton that I bought in Nippori, made with this 1967 pattern, McCall’s 8746.
Inspired by the sew-along, I also did the pattern tracing so the original pattern stay intact. I made no significant alteration other than shortening the bodice and the hem, rather aggressively for the latter. Apparently I’m that short (-_-)
I read the instructions carefully before I started and tried to follow all the steps. The instructions called for underlining the whole dress, so I use thin white lining fabric for it. Underlining is different with lining. In underlining a garment, we cut the lining fabric using the same pattern pieces as the fashion fabric. The underlining is then basted to the coordinating fashion fabric pieces and they will be treated as a single piece. This method is useful for sheer or flimsy fabric, also for adding weight and stabilize the fabric. It is nice that I learned some new things while making the dress.
The main focus of this dress is the overlapped yoke, which unfortunately a bit hidden by the busy pattern. There is a slight gathers under the yoke. Buttons on yoke are for decorative purpose only, the dress opens and closes with zipper on the back. I use invisible zipper since installing it is far more easier than ordinary zipper. There are also a pair of neck darts at the back, which I really like since it makes the dress fits nicely on my back.
Although I didn’t rush making the dress, it came together quickly as the shape is pretty simple. Reading all the instructions beforehand really help the whole process, maybe that’s why they always say to read the manual before you start? Duh! Anyway, my seam ripper stayed almost neglected during the whole process. Yay!
I really really love the result! The shape is actually very straight and the details are rather hidden by the floral pattern, but it looks nice (I think) and very comfortable. I’m planning to use this pattern again and make the sleeved version. Too bad it is still too cold to wear this dress outside because I’m ready for Spring!
Dress pattern is 1967 McCall’s 8746 from this seller.
I’m joining a Men’s Shirt Sew-Along at Male Pattern Boldness, starting at February 1! If you’ve never heard of Peter of Male Pattern Boldness, you really should check out his blog and read his adventure in clothes-making, written in the most entertaining way as possible. He posts everyday, which I really admire. Reading his posts often makes me chuckling in the middle of the night (got to blame those time differences!). Peter is arranging a sew-along using Negroni pattern from Colette (but you can use any men’s shirt pattern as well), and the time is just perfect because my husband can have a new shirt for spring.
Flat collar blouse
I rarely made any shirt for myself. Usually I prefer wearing dress, as wearing separate top and bottom always makes me feel a bit self-conscious about my asymmetrical hip (because of scoliosis).
But I decided to make a simple blouse, maybe I want to try something different, and also as a ‘warming-up’ project for the sew-along. The fabric is called ‘Toys’ by Shinzi Katoh. I bought it without much thought, just because it is so cute, that’s why I only had 1 m of the fabric. Luckily it was just enough for a blouse in my size.
I drafted the pattern myself, using directions from 1970 book, Pattern Drafting Vol. II. The flat collar was drafted from Garment Design Textbook (3) Blouses ＆ Dresses, published by Bunka. My husband bought #1 and #3 from this series as my birthday presents (^_^)
The blouse was pretty simple, with front and back darts, bust darts, and small shoulder darts. I love shoulder darts! In my opinion they make the clothes lay better on the backside. There was not enough fabric even for the small back facing, so I use double-gauze bias tape to attach the collar.
I kinda like the finished blouse, despite still a bit self-conscious about my hip. I’m wearing it here with my favorite bubble shorts. The tie is just a piece of black lace. Too bad it is still too cold to wear this blouse outside, I can’t wait for spring!
Blouse pattern is self-drafted.
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