Sunday, 1 March 2015

The Wrap Dress

Are you joining MBV's wrap dress sew-along?  


Vogue patterns has been asked many times when they would consider re-issusing the highly-desired DVF dress that first appeared back in nineteen seventy-six.  


I love this pattern and you can count me in with the many that could love to make this dress. Vogue has stated that because of licensing agreements, designer patterns can not be re-issued after their original run. Sadly but there are times when this gem will appear online for sale. Right now an uncut version can be found over at Etsy.   

70s VOGUE WRAP DRESS Pattern Sexy Maxi Dress Diane von Furstenberg American Designer Vogue 1548 Bust 34 UNCuT Vintage Womens Sewing Patterns


$205.00 USD

I can say that I would not be picking it up at this price! This pattern seems to be reserved for one of those serious collectors of vintage patterns that would probably store it away in a safety deposit box. with a secured armed guard. Could you imagine cutting into this pattern after paying that kind of coin? Eeeks!  

What I do love about this pattern is that middle photograph on the pattern envelope. The model is wearing it back-to-front. I love the way it looks!


It is unlike any of the wrap dress patterns that MBV have in their current collection. All of the wrap dress patterns in their current collections have darts or pleating in the bodice front and back unlike this bodice. There are no darts or pleats. Here is the pattern description from the DVF dress pattern
1548 Misses' Dress FOR STRETCHABLE KNITS ONLY  Wrapped dress (can be worn forward or backwards) with fitted bodice and flared skirt, 3 inches (7.5 cm) below mid-knee or evening length, has full-length sleeves, pockets in side seams and attached tie ends that wrap and tie at waistline.   
For my wrap dress sew-along I going to use Vogue 8896 which I have previously made. I'm going to redraft the bodice front to be a fitted bodice by removing the gathering and pleating. That's the plan. 

The back is perfect with no darts to remove.  Fingers are crossed that I end up with my DVF knock-off.  

Happy Sewing!  


Saturday, 28 February 2015

February in Review...

Sewing


Vogue 8939
There hasn't been much sewing this month because the brutally cold weather and cold season has been playing havoc on my sewing mojo.  I did manage however to pull off one dress before this head cold had a chance to overstay its welcome. Actually this cold was never welcomed.  

I made big plans this month, forty chemo caps to be donated to Manitoba Cancer Care. I've managed to gather up my fabrics. And I have the pattern that I wish to use. But that is it. I really must get moving on this project. A co-worker of mine has offered to help out with cutting. How sweet is that--and totally appreciated now that I am behind schedule. 

Vogue 1521 Spring coat pattern
Most of my pre-Lent season sewing has been on the vintage Vogue coat. Lots of hand-stitching and behind-the-scene stitching. I can't wait to finish this project and wear it in the spring.





RTW Fast

I stumbled this month.  Do you remember when I saw this sweater?  


I picked it up and brought it home to measure and plot out my own version in a cotton knit. Well, I did return it only to be tempted by it once again when this cashmere sweater was further reduced down to 75% off. I'm justifying this RTW fast fail with the fact that it has been very cold this winter, it fits and of course, I'm weak. And surprisingly, I can live with myself. 

Yeah, it hasn't been a good month for sticking to the plans.

Sewing Supplies
Used from Stash
Additions to the stash
Basting Tape
1.12 metres

Bias Tape


Buttons


Chain

1.3 metres
Elastic


Fabric
12.4 metres
13.8 metres
Interfacing
0.35 metres

Lace


Lining


Needles


Hooks and Eyes


Pattern
2 previously used
3 new
6
Ribbon

7 metres
Serger Thread


Sewing Machine Needle
1

Snaps


Spools of Thread
1

Velcro


Zipper
1 - 22” invisible
1 - 7”  invisible

  
Items
Totals-to-date
Tops
0
Pants
0
Dresses
3
Sweaters
0
Coats
0
Jackets
0
Skirts
1
Hats
0

Monday, 23 February 2015

In Sewing News Today...

This seems to sum up my weekend.


Would you believe that this was the second weekend where we're under an extreme weather warning with the windchill between minus forty to minus fifty. For the whole weekend. ~sigh~

It was the same as last weekend I went out for lunch with a friend and then to the art gallery. A trip to the art gallery usually helps to jump-start my sewing mojo that has been stalling lately. But it was even too cold in there! Shortly after we arrived, after freezing as we crossed the six traffic lanes to get from the parkade to the gallery, this happened.  


Yup, the fire alarm went off! Don't let those hat-less figures fool you, it was cold outside and then it was cold in the art gallery. I couldn't shake off the chilled-to-the-bone feeling all weekend when a head cold decided to take hold.

Needless to say, there has hardly been any sewing this week. Lots of pill popping, nose blowing but little sewing.

The best medicine came in the form of mail when the absolutely lovely and generous Nakisha sent this pattern my way, Squeealll!


It is Butterick 6185, one of the new spring patterns. It is not even in the stores up here yet! Although I haven't sewn much this week, I have picked out my fabric for this project. A red and white cotton stretch fabric that I found last year, for the dress. And a white denim fabric for the unlined jacket.

I might have to take a break from the vintage spring coat to whip up this outfit. Boy, I can't wait for spring to get here!

In other sewing news, did you hear about the McCall's Pattern Company sew-along?


Are you going to join? I'm thinking about it. I do have enough wrap dresses. There is this woven version and this vintage version. And my absolute favourite and most challenging wrap dress. So why would I want to join in the wrap dress sew-along?

I am hoping for some tips on sewing knits. I have the perfect knit fabric, the same quality as the burgundy coloured wrap dress but if memory serves me correctly the fabric was a bit of a challenge to sew with and I'm hoping for some pointers along the way.

Well, that is all in sewing news today...

Happy Sewing!





Sunday, 22 February 2015

Pattern Give-away Winner...

First off, apologies that I'm a day late announcing the pattern give-away winner. I'm fighting a cold and the winter blues. When will it end? But I digress... 


The winner of McCall's 6993, The Archive Collection skirt pattern is 


Congratulations Jackie!  I'll send you an email shortly.  

Happy Sewing!  

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

The Lenten Sewing Project

Let's face it, I'm not the give up my coffee (I've tried and tried) or heaven forbid chocolate kind-of-gal. Who came up with that sort of silliness when the stores are filling up with chocolate bunnies to tempt everyone anyway? But I digress...

My goal this year during the Lent season is to make chemo caps to donate to Manitoba Cancer Care. I plan to use McCall's 6521.

McCall's 6521

These three styles are the ones that I would like to focus on.  




The challenge would be to make forty chemo caps for the "forty days" of Lent. Yeah, I know there are technically more than forty days between Ash Wednesday and Easter but lets start with forty for now and see how that goes...   
  
I'm so happy I decided not to give up coffee for Lent, I might need it. ;)  How about you, is there any charity sewing projects on your sewing table?

Happy Sewing!  

  

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

National Random Acts of Kindness Day!

Perfect day for a pattern give-away, don't you think? So in hono[u]r of National Random Acts of Kindness day, I thought I would give-away McCall's 6993 from their Archive Collection. This pattern is from circa 1933.



It is an unopened and uncut multi-sized pattern. It includes sizes 14 to 22. Here's the deal: promise not to sell it rather use it, share it and make fabulously retro skirts with it. That's it. 

Oh wait! There is more. Just do something nice for someone else today. You know, a random act of kindness. I will ship internationally, if you agree to the requests above, leave a message below. I will draw for the pattern on Saturday, February 21st. 

Happy Sewing!



Monday, 16 February 2015

Sewing Invisibly

Say Whaaaaaaaat?!


Okay, I'm working on vintage Vogue 1521, a Sybil Connolly couture pattern and I came upon this set of instructions.  
Baste LOWER FRONT INTERFACING 4 to wrong side of LOWER FRONT 5.  Sewing invisibly along foldline and hemline.  
What does "sewing invisibly" mean? A quick google search left me with more questions than answers like this conversation. If "sewing invisibly" means the blind hem or slip-stitch why wouldn't the instructions just say to do that?  

I turned to my sewing library to help me clear up all this confusion. It took some time working through a pile of books but I think I discovered a description in my 1980 edition of Vogue Sewing that makes more sense. 
When interfacing a garment section that has a foldline along one edge, such as a collar, cuff, waistband or front edge (BINGO!) with extended facing, the interfacing should be trimmed at the foldline if the edge will be topstitched or edge stitched... Secure interfacing to garment along the foldline with long running stitches spaced about 1/2" (13 mm) apart, with only a tiny invisible stitch catching the garment fabric (156).  
Okay, that makes sense. 

Wrong side of the fabric 

Right side of the fabric
I'm only on step 5 (out of 69) and I'm on the second new-to-me technique. I wonder what other techniques I might learn along the way...  

Have you ever been confused by terminology used in a vintage pattern?

Happy Sewing!   

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