Sunday, October 16, 2016

Jonesing For a Jumpsuit

We all know that jumpsuits are back in a big way. I wanted one back when I was traveling but never found the right one. So I browsed Neiman Marcus site for inspiration simple is best.
Jumpsuit's are one of those things that you don't have to think about. You just put it on and go. Or as my wise 10 year old granddaughter says, "I love them, they one piece". Of course she is talking romper. But she was right!
I found this vintage,  Simplicity8510 pattern circa 1998. I really like the simplicity of the suit. There was only one problem, it zips from the back! Can you imagine having to go to the potty at a party? So I had to change that.
Back View

I made the back high like the front added an invisible zipper. I did a muslin fit because jumpsuits are tricky with the length. I am short and I didn't want the crotch to hang at my knees. Trying on the pattern doesn't work for me. Does that work for anybody?
To my surprise I did not have to adjust the crotch at all. I had 4 yds of blue ponte in my stash. The muslin was a little snug, so I used my serger, so that I would have a little ease. I also didn't make my legs as wide as the pattern.

I am happy with the way it turned out. I have worn it several times. The fit is so good, I don't have to wear a belt. If I ever get back on the road again, I have to have at-least a few of these.  

Monday, October 3, 2016

Dress Form Earrings

I know it's been a minute since I have posted anything. I have good reasons, but I won't bore you with them.
I had to do a quick post so that you could see my new dress form earrings. I have been getting so many complements.

If you are not for familiar  with Janet  from  you need to be. Not only is the service fast, she always put some little trinket in your order. I don't know if I look forward to the patterns or what surprise she's going to have in the envelope. She is my go to for all vintage patterns.

The last sale, I ordered a few patterns (sign up to receive the emails and news letter. It could be raining out side and she will have a sale lol) any reason. When I received my order it had this cute little dress form. How cute is that? I wanted to put it on my Pandora. But decided it would be too long. So hubby, said "those would make nice earrings".  I'm like yeah they would make really cute earrings.
So I sent Janet an email to ask her if I could buy another so that I can make earrings and you know what she said?
        She said "no worries I'll just send you another".
Who does that? So  when you think of vintage patterns think The patterns are priced right and the service is awesome.

                                  Thanks Janet                            

Monday, August 22, 2016

Consew 206-RB2

Well I finally did it. I sold my singer 281 industrial machine for an upgrade. I have been looking at walking foot sewing machines for the past month. These machines sew the thickest leather and most car upholstery shops use them. You can sew everything except very light fabric, and knits.

What made me upgrade? I have been looking for a nice suede hand bag for the last 2 years. The ones I like were 800 up, and nothing fancy about them. So this year I started looking for my bag and buddy husband said, I don't see why you don't make a suede bag you make everything else. And if you follow my blog you know he's always right.

I found a brand new Tac-sew walking foot machine online for 798, I was going to purchase the Tacsew but after doing some research, I found that they have quite a few issues even the new ones. I was able to find a used Consew machine for 899 locally. Of course you know I didn't want to pay that for a used machine. Then I thought "Would you rather have a used Mercedes Benz in excellent shape? Or a Brand New Honda".
I opted for the Benz. She is beautiful. In addition to the machine, I purchased the servo motor which is so quiet that you don't know that the machine is on. You can dial the speed to go as slow as you want or as fast as you want. I ended up paying a little more than 1,100 I am sure I am going to love driving my used Mercedes.  

Sunday, August 7, 2016

McCalls 5801 For the love of Chambray,

I made this dress back in 2013, (different fabric) even wrote a pattern review. I wanted to make, the top below (Simplicity 8137).

I am digging relentlessly  in my stash because I knew I had this chambray purchased at Walmart in Goldsboro NC
 (I remember because our daughter was stationed there and Walmart was one of the few places to buy fabric. I paid 1.00 per yard but it was in 3 pieces.) I knew when I purchased the fabric that I was going to make this dress. BUT I FORGOT I MADE IT!

Anyway,  as is was digging I found this dress (McCalls5801) instead of the chambray pieces. I had completed the dress except for adding the snaps on the front closure. I was a little disappointed that I had used the chambray but thrilled that I had a new garment. What a find.

Simplicity 8137
Long story short I finished the dress, but still wanted some chambray to make this top. I did find some at JoAnne, paid a little more than 1.00 per yd but I am ok with it.