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Friday, July 1, 2016

Summer Blue and White Wardrobe Sewing



Wow- it's July already!  I haven't posted much this year, but I was sewing or thinking about sewing quite a bit.  If you follow my blog, you know that my daughter had a very serious surgery in May, and most of my Spring sewing was devoted to making her some loungewear for her to wear while she recuperated.  My daughter's big surgery went very well, and she is recovering amazingly fast.  She'll be returning to work in just 10 days (the surgery was in mid-May).  After we knew she was going to be fine, I felt like a huge weight had been lifted, and I immediately went out and cut off all my hair!  I don't know if that's a normal reaction or not, but it just seemed like the thing to do- to just lighten up!  I hadn't had such a drastic cut in many years, but it really feels good.

I did make her a couple of new dresses while I was staying with her during her recuperation, and, unfortunately, the pretty robe that I made for her got lost in the hospital shuffle, never to be seen again.  Luckily, I do have enough fabric to make another one.  But before I do that, I needed to make some things for the FabricMart blog using some beautiful Maggy London fabrics that I got in May.  They still have some of these available if you like them!

I'm  certain that I bought every "The Cut Line" pattern that Butterick came out with a few years ago.  These were all patterns that could be made either as a top, tunic or dress length.  I think most of them have gone out of print, but I truly loved the idea, and decided to go ahead and cut into one of them.-  Butterick 5637.   You can see the "bones" in the line drawing below- it has some really fun details.



I made View C, using a printed stretch poplin with a very large print.
I really struggled with how to lay it out, but I ended up placing the star motif right in the center front bodice, and then trying to align the starburst/floral print down the middle.

This is so, so comfortable!  I made it on the loose side, and skipped the zipper, since it was stretch poplin.  It has pockets, and a really cute gathered band in the front.

I didn't have enough fabric to make it the full length, but I had enough to made the lowest tier in half the original width.  I like this length alot.  I go up and down stairs a lot, and the full maxi length is actually just a little dangerous, as I'm always worried about tripping.  So, the mid calf length works for me.


When I was in Chicago staying with my daughter, I picked up a bad habit- going to thrift stores.  There was a Salvation Army store within a couple of blocks of her apartment, and I would go there occasionally.  I have to warn you- going to thrift stores is addictive.  Ever since I got home, I can't drive by a thrift store without stopping.  I've scored some vintage Vogue patterns, a gorgeous silk sari, and once you get that taste, you've just got to have more.  So the next pattern was one of my thrift store finds- McCalls 3919- this cost me a whole twenty cents!  I mean, really, what can you buy for twenty cents that would give you any more joy?


 It's nothing too exciting on the surface, but it was absolutely what I've been looking for for a long time- a very simple raglan sleeved tunic with a tie front.  You would think- oh, every pattern company must have one of those!  But no, no one does currently!  I swear- I checked everywhere.  Well, maybe not all of the indie patterns or Burda, but the big 4 and Simplicity do not have it.   So, here is my version using Maggy London cotton voile.  It's beautiful fabric!!  I love the colors.


I also made it in a border print that I've had for eons- probably from a mystery bundle.  The village scene with the huts reminds me of my daughter who is living in a twig house in Madagascar.  I like this pattern so much that it is going to stay in my "emergency snack sewing" drawer, where I put things like simple skirt and t-shirt patterns that I can make in less than an hour.  Sometimes a little sewing is all you need!



My last fabric was a polyester chiffon palm tree print, also Maggy London.   I used Kwik Sew 3160 for this one, because it is completely lined, with no zipper.  I've found that when working with chiffon, the simpler, the better, as the fabric tends to fray like crazy.


This one feels a lot more dressy to me, so I haven't "really" worn it yet.  I need a dressier occasion to go to.   I lined it with cotton batiste so that it is more breathable.  I had enough fabric left over for a top, so I dug out another oldie but goodie for sheers- McCalls 6204. 
I made the view with the butterfly like sleeves, and the v-neck.


You can see the design better in this white crinkle chiffon version, where you can see how the side seams and underarm seams are joined together to give it a little more shape than a loose poncho:


So, this will be my 4th of July outfit this year.  I didn't set out to make a wardrobe capsule, but that's how it ended up.  How about you- have you discovered thrift store thrills, or made any drastic hair changes lately?

Happy Sewing!
Ann

20 comments:

  1. Happy to hear your daughter is on the mend! What a feeling of relief you must have.i spotted your hair cut on PR right away. I'm a hairstylist so these things usually catch my eye. Looks fantastic. All your sewing has been lovely. Lol. Love the 'emergency snack sewing' top. Trifting is totally addictive. I collect sari scarves for quick little tops

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    1. Thanks, Maureen! I hope to find more saris too!

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  2. Like Maureen, I saw your post on PR this morning and when I realized it was you I had to visit your blog to see your new short haircut. Then reading I learned about your daughter and serious surgery. Glad she is recuperating and doing well. I like the new hair style, looks great on you! All your blue and white garments look great. Sewing is such a stress reliever as well. Have a Happy July 4th

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  3. Your haircut looks terrific. I always seem to love everything you make. I'm happy for you that your daughter is recovering well...always scary with your children not being well, no matter how old they are!

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  4. Fabulous news about your daughter, so happy for your family. I love your hair and all your new garmentz

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    1. Thanks, Lori. We are feeling very fortunate.

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  5. Fabulous news about your daughter, so happy for your family. I love your hair and all your new garmentz

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  6. I really like everything you made - the colors are gorgeous and summery and they are very flattering. The Butterick "cutline" dress is my favorite - it is so pretty! You always look so cute in everything you make! I am glad to hear your daughter is getting better. I like your new "do" - sometimes we just want a fresh new look. This past year I grew out my hair from being really short for many years, and I grew out the gray! I am having a lot of fun with it.

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    1. Thanks, Mary. That is my favorite of the bunch too. I'm still up in the air about whether I want to stay gray or not, because I find so few people are keeping the gray. I'm glad to hear that you are keeping it and having fun with it!

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  7. Blue and white are so fresh and summery. You have made some lovely garments here and the colours suit you so well.

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  8. Such a great summer wardrobe! And your new hair cut is adorable!! I particularly love that stretch poplin dress. Such a relief on your daughter's health front - I can't even imagine!

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    1. Thank you Shams! The medical field these days is amazing- we're lucky to live in the time that we do.

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  9. So much to say . First, I'm so happy for you that your DD is fine. Net I love your haircut . It is very flattering and so summer friendly, isn't it! And lovely garments, all but I absolutely love the first dress! Love that fabric and the pattern. It's funny to see all your blue because almost every thing I'm wanting to make this summer is navy or blue too.About thrift stores. The ones available to me never have patterns but my addiction is buttons. I can go to a thrift store and spend $15 on them and belts. I keep thinking I can use the various closures on garments but have yet to do that!Lol.

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    1. Thank you so much, Diana. No wonder I've been liking all of your items this summer too. (Of course, everything you make is gorgeous, no matter what color!) I hadn't thought to look for buttons at the thrift stores- but now I will have to!

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  10. I love your style! Great looking garments - they all look so comfortable for a hot summer. Wonderful that your daughter's surgery went well and she's on the mend. I'm sure that was very stressful for all of you, but it looks like sewing has rejuvenated you.

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  11. I saw this on the Fabric Mart blog and loved how well thought out these pieces were and how they will work so well together and alone. You highlighted some pieces of fabric that I've never contemplated. Enjoy wearing them!

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