Archive for the ‘ Help me ’ Category

TV to sew (T-shirts) by: She-Ra

Yup. On the old digital Qubo channel, late at night, long after my usual Svengoolie ended.

Made important decisions regarding this magical little piece of white knit I got at the Vogue warehouse sale in December, paying by the pound. Flipped through the pile of T-shirt patterns to find the right one.

I recognized the cartoon style, but couldn’t remember these dudes’ names.

She-Ra dudes

Then this villainess turned up, with robots and a purring voice.

She-Ra villainess

And a cat headdress.

She-Ra villainess

Ah, there she is! It’s She-Ra, Princess of Power.
She-Ra transformation

Mmm hmm.

She-Ra sword

Wait, that heroine is crosseyed!

Looking around: Alice + Olivia

Inspiration abounds. Two staples and a frou-frou dress that’s not *too* fancy. I don’t have the approximatly $350 a piece though, so I wonder how I could approximate them myself?

This vintage Vogue might get at the shape of this cocoon top above. It’s short still but could lengthen.

pattern-vogue

The white underdress looks pretty simple: tank top attached to skirt. Like this maybe?

The overdress in gray silk (chiffon?) has more complicated sleeves which I’ve seen in a vintage Vogue pattern from my stash.

Then this infinity knit cardigan. Remains a mystery still.

I’ve bought Alice + Olivia patterns before and love them. Wore one of their skirt patterns in three or four versions one summer. Unrelated: Might have eye now on this dress.

Yard sale: pattern style

Sorting patterns again. Trying to get rid of the ones that will never fit me, I will never wear. And I’m at the point of, “Make me an offer”. Our house search is going terribly, so I don’t know why I’m so nuts lately about clearing stuff out. But there you have it. I am.

Like these skirts:

pattern-McCall's 8424

Shirtdresses:

Pattern-Butterick-6192

Blouses:

Pattern-McCall's 8901

But wait, there’s more…

Refashion plan: From dress to what?

I found this turquoise silk dress for pennies at the thrifts.

I love prints that aren’t florals. So the paisleys were exciting. And I’ve been trying on this blue-green in a wardrobe that contains neither blue nor green.

Thought about hemming up the sleeves and the bottom, since the workmanship on this guy is amazing: Quilted yoke and cuffs, finished insides with interfacing to kick out the shoulders, bra holders, skinny tie front.

Then I noticed this giant spot on the front bosom of the dress. Boo. It’s going to need to be recut into something else.

But what?

Maybe a Wendy top?
Maybe a Cynthia Rowley?

A Sewn Wardrobe, you read my mind

Dear A Sewn Wardrobe:

Amen, girl.

Thanks for saying it for me, FITZ

p.s. You’re doing some hella amazing work.

*

I hear you, loud and clear. My own sewing time is so precious, I also pick projects carefully.

Only lately, nothing’s been turning out right. I’m so excited to sew things, but then I’m hardly excited to wear them.

Bad fits, unflattering shapes, prints I’d never actually wear… and the thrift store just has so many great RTWs like denim skirts and knit dresses.

But I love you, Stylist 776

The difficulty in finding feet to fit my darling Singer Stylist 776, the one I’ve been sewing on since, you know, 1990, is making me start to think it could be time to, um, get a new one.

This slant shaft foot from Hancock Fabrics didn’t quite fit. It screwed on, but didn’t sit straight and resulted in test stitches with incredibly uneven tension.

Internet searches are turning up feet that *look* like they’ll work but Stylist 776 isn’t among the listed machines they’ll fit.I’d happily pony up for a slant shank and some snap-on feet. I just want to know they’ll work on 776.

Stylist 776 never turns up. And that’s my concern.

Is it time to ask Santa for a new sewing machine?

Singer dressed me at dances throughout high school. It sewed tiny things for beloved new babies. And it made me a kickass gold wedding dress, too.

We’re old friends. I don’t want to just give up on him. He was made the year I was born. But I want to sew better, make higher quality things and I need help from things like real zipper feet to do that.

Sad.

Must…find…blouse pattern…for…fabulous…silk

I bought ridiculous silk at the Vogue right before Christmas, two chunks of two yards each, from the $3 table. Bought one piece, realized folly, went back for a second.

silk magenta print

I haven’t found the right blouse pattern for it yet. Something super simple to show off the irregular pattern of the fabric. Something with a little cap sleeve. Something in as few pieces as possible.
Then I was thinking one of the pattern lady’s gems might work. Especially since it was one of her few that I could cut to my own size instead of just her usual 18. And lately, I only want to wear dolman sleeves, long to the wrist or short.

Simplicity 7264

Clearly I’m too chicken to experiment on the silk. And the one below is too complicated. Maybe lengthening one of the plain ones… Must find the time to make a muslin before the poor silk ends up lost in a stash.

Simplicity 7264 tops I like