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Another Angie Dress

I pretty much love this pattern. The bodice is so basic, you can work the fit and then change it 9 ways from Sunday. First here you can see the princess seam version I’m working up with a flared hem.
Angie - princess seam adaptation
Angie Pattern from Scientific Seamstress & Sis Boom Patterns

Angie - Livingston Dress

I love this dress. I bought the fabric because it reminded me of my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Livingson, the moment I saw it. Most random thing ever. Anyways. The bottom is a heavier twill, the waistband is like a black quilting cotton, and the top is light broadcloth.

Angie - Livingston Dress

I took the idea of the waist treatment on Sis Boom’s Jamie dress and applied it here, and continued the black around the back. It has pleats on the skirt, and gathers on the neckline. I cut this before I realized I could just take the excess at center front and add it into the dart. Oh well. I think this was the second version of this dress that I cut out so it has a reasonably good fit. I think that next time I’ll make the hem maybe an inch longer. I’m more comfortable with a touch more length.

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Blue & White Seersucker blouse

Butterick B5261

B5261

Its a raglan sleeve blouse with strange cuffs and a convertible collar.  I’m a big fan of raglan, dolman, and kimono sleeves.  They’re easy to fit when you have narrow shoulders and a large bust, IMO.  That’s probably what drew me to this pattern in the first place. I’ve tried to buy it several times when Buttericks go on sale at Jo-Ann, and they never have it.  So I ordered it full price from Connie & paid shipping., which is not something I usually do.

B5261

I’m not sure what it is about this shirt, but it looks like something my grandmother would wear. Literally, I’m sitting here looking at a picture of her wearing something very similar. I really think its the convertible collar. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen someone in their twenties or thirties wearing a collar like this. Good news is that is a relatively easy fix on future versions.

B5261

B5261

I am very proud of my buttons and buttonholes! I realized I’ve never done a garment that needed multiple buttons & holes! I think it turned out pretty well.

B5261

I chose the shirttail version of the shirt. I’m NOT happy with how it looks in this shirt. I’m typically a big fan and I find it to be a slimming look. If there is a next time for this shirt, I’ll be adding an inch at the center front and tapering back to where the original hem is. As you can see below, it comes up in the center front, but with a 5/8″ hem allowance, there wasn’t much to do with it.

B5261

I do really like the back pleat, and I think the stripes look nice where the raglan sleeves meet the back.

B5261

B5261

The goofy cuffs… well they’re not your typical button down shirt cuffs. I HATE them. They make it completely impractical to wear in a normal day of my life. The sleeves are long enough to get in the way of doing dishes or cooking, and since they’re just a rectangular tube, you can’t roll them up. There is no stretch to the fabric so you can’t just scrunch up the sleeves either.

B5261

 

All in all, I’m not in love with this shirt.  I wore it one day.  It irritated me most of the day.  I don’t know if I’ll wear it much, but I am proud of the work that went into it. Its made well, and I’m sure it will hold up for a long time. All the interior seams are mock felled, and I love the durability that gives along with the fact that it just lays nicely.  I think I executed it well, and that it’s just not my style.  And really, I don’t think twenty somethings are Connie Crawford’s target demographic anyways.

If only I were working at my dream job, designing my own line of plus size sewing patterns for young people.  There is a tremendous hole in the market.  There are all kinds of super cute young pattern companies, like Colette, By Hand London, Wiksten, Sewaholic, and Tilly and the Buttons, just to name a few. None of which carry plus size patterns.  I get it, its a lot more work.  No blame on them from my little blog! On the flip side, plus size sewists like myself would love to just be able to pull a super cute pattern out of the envelope, cut and go. It often takes just as long for me to grade a pattern as it does to construct the garment.  If a plus size sewist wants the experience of just pulling the pattern out and having the correct sizes at her disposal, our options are few, and much more mature than I care to dress.

I don’t mean any of this to reflect poorly on any of those companies,  I love their work!  I just wish that there was even one company who got it, and made a plus size line.  And I wish that company was me. 🙂 Who knows where the future will take me.   If the last 14 months have proven anything to me, its that this life is wild ride and I have no idea where I’m going next.

I’ll end my rant/day dreaming now. Thanks for stopping by!!

September Thoughts

What have I been up to? Lots of sewing in actuality. Lots of school. Lots of coffee drinking.

Curtains from flat sheets

I made some curtains from flat sheets from walmart. They were SUPER easy and quick. I made 5 panels for about 20 bucks, in an hour, while photographing the process to do a tutorial on it. Seriously quick.

Curtains from flat sheets

I bought fabric a year ago to make nice curtains for my whole house, and I got through two rooms. So these provide privacy, and I won’t have to worry about them too much as we paint the living room.

Tank into a dress 9/2012

This is one of those tank dresses you’ve seen a hundred times all over the internet. Its a black tank top that came attached to a jacket/cardigan thing I bought. Then I sewed on a yard of this neat fabric that I probably paid a dollar or two for on the Reg Tag table. Its not shiny and satiny on the front, it has a bit of a rough slub to it, but the back is shiny and slippery satin, so it will work with tights in the winter too I think.

Home decorating painting project

I’ve been doing some painting for projects.

Home decorating painting project

Newest addition to the hippo collection. Birthday gift from my momma. I think he’s going to be spray painted silver and hang out in the office.

Home decorating painting project

Before Shots

Home decorating painting project

Aren’t they just lovely?

Then I made a belt to go with the Jaime Dress:
Belt

belt

belt

MUCH better with a belt!

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I’ve even tried my hand at bread making. The only other time as an adult that I have tried to bake bread or rolls or breadlike items, they have had a strange resemblance to hockey pucks. That’s what happens if you only let it rise half the time. But not this time!

homemade bread that didn't turn out like a hockeypuck!

homemade bread that didn't turn out like a hockeypuck!

I made a simple elastic waist drindl skirt for a friend’s birthday. Loved this fabric. It was a lightweight voile from that Global something or another line at JoAnn’s.

Elastic waist drindl for a friend

Well that’s what I’ve been up to sewing wise. I’m trying to get my studio in order and organized so I can move it to a bigger room and shampoo the carpets. Its currently about half way done. School is keeping me super busy. I quit the regularly scheduled sewing job a while ago, it was SO not the right job for me. I’m glad I did that. I’ve got enough freelance work to keep me busy for the next few months, so that’s exciting. As always, my sewing to do list is a hundred times longer than the actual time I have to sew for myself. I find myself anxiously awaiting graduation. I’ve got quite the case of “senioritis” and I think mine is worse than all the kids I go to school with because I’ve been working at it for so much longer than them. This will pass, and I’m trying to enjoy it while its here.

Anyone have an interest in a tutorial for the curtains? Maybe it would be a good thing to increase readership.

Lisette top is finally finished

The Lisette cotton lawn top is FINALLLLLLY finsihed.

I don’t know what my problem is with finishing things. It took me forever just to sew on the darned sleeves!

Lisette top

I really don’t care for this shirt. Its wearable, and it will be cool this summer, and I love the fabric. But I think it looks a little like some strange caftan or smock or something from the 70’s. Sometimes these things happen. Also, its too big, too low cut, and too bell sleeved.

Whatever! Its done, and its breezy. Two important characteristics of clothing for an Indiana summer.

Lisette fabric

So a while ago, I posted about this lovely Lisette fabric I bought and planned on making into a shirt.

Pretty fabric from Jo-Ann's that is bound to be a cute easy top.

It feels lovely, and I had guessed it was a cotton lawn, and it turns out I was correct.
Leisl, from Oliver + S, designed a whole line of these lovely prints for Jo-Ann’s fabrics!

You should seriously take a look at the Oliver + S website, they just have adorable, sort of retro graphics that I love, even though I don’t sew for kids.

She’s even got a new line of patterns from Simplicity that are very cute. My gripe is that of course they only run to a 22. I don’t think I love any of the patterns enough to take all the time to grade them up at this point in time, but who knows what they’ll come out with as the collection grows.

(For all you non-sewists, pattern sizes aren’t like regular ready to wear sizes like you find at Macy’s. They have a whole system of their own, and in my experience, I wear a much larger size in sewing patterns, than I do in ready to wear. And regular non-plus size patterns only go up to 22 which is too small!)

Here’s the progress on the Lisette top so far. I think it needs sleeves & a hem. Please ignore that. And the wrinkles…and my crazy expression.lol

Lisette Cotton Lawn top

Lisette cotton lawn top

I think it will get a lot of wear this summer, its very light and breezy!!

Pin Tuck Shirt

blankity blanking pin tuck shirt - done and in need of revisions

The Pin Tuck Shirt, which has had many names, is finally “finished.” First, it was just The Pin Tuck Shirt, then the Dang Pin Tuck Shirt, then The Expletive Pin Tuck Shirt, and later two versions of The Expletive Expletive Ping Tuck Shirt. I even lost it and had growing resentments towards it.

blankity blanking pin tuck shirt

But alas, it is done. Sort of. I hate it. I think I’m going to take 3 or so inches from the hem, add some strange dart/pleats to the collar, and add elastic to the sleeve ends. Hopefully it will be wearable!

blankity blanking pin tuck shirt

See how the collar has some bizarro gaping issues? I don’t know what is causing that.

Underneath it you can see the unfinished Annie Tunic. Its so close to being done, and yet I haven’t finished it. But it has to be finished by this coming weekend, so it’ll get done eventually!

Pretty fabric from Jo-Ann's that is bound to be a cute easy top.

I’m making a shirt with this fabric. Its very soft and flowy and has a great feel to it. Its from Simplicity 3700.  I’m just cutting the jumper down to shirt length and adding sleeves.

Me Made March

I, Amy Jo of http://www.BlueHippoArts.com, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-March ’11. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade garment, refashioned garment, or wearable accessory each day for the duration of March 2011!!

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So that means I can wear a scarf or hat (if its part of an all day outfit, and not like, oh, its cold! I should put on a hat!) but not carry a purse or clutch and count it. And of course, any articles of clothing that I’ve made count!

I’m super excited! Zoe over at So, Zo… is hosting it. She’s done a Made by Me May and a Self Stitched September before. (Oh how I love alliterations!)

In order to do this successfully, I’m going to have to make at least a couple more shirts between now and March, and hopefully a pair of pants or a skirt. I’d really like to make a pair of trouser jeans, but I’m not sure how much farther I have to go with altering my Burda pants pattern.

We’ll see!

I’ve got a vintage yellow sheet with flowers on it that I’d like to make into a button down shirt, lovely soft and drapey blue oxford cloth, and this interesting linen looking cream with flowers print that I’m thinking would be good button downs. Then I also have a black gauze that I’ve been wanting to make into a simple tunic for almost 2 years. So if I can get those shirts and a pair of jeans done, I think I’ll be good to go!

Weeeee!!! I can’t wait.

Oh, and a progress update on the Dang Pin Tuck shirt… I have the sleeves but have lost the body of the shirt! Egads! Who does that? I think that perhaps I’m not meant to ever finish the stupid thing. At the rate I’m going, it might be done next fall. Stupid shirt.

Ok, that’s all for now! Go check out Zoe’s blog! She has a really cool style that isn’t much like my own, but that I really admire! (And some awesome info and posts on sustainability!)