Recently, I made two pieces for two different costumes. I will eventually share those costumes with you, but I decided to share the two pieces together.
It looks a bit like an outfit worn by a member of the Newsies cast. I just need suspenders and a pageboy hat.
Now if only I could jump that high and do the splits without dislocating my hip! hahah!
I made the vest using the Cashmerette Concord t-shirt pattern with the v-neck. I used a hacci knit in a dark grey/brown colour and put bands on the armholes and the bottom hem. It was a quick garment to make up and it took me about 30 minutes once I factored out serger issues.
The capri sweatpants are made using the Blank Slate Patterns Forsythe trousers and using a jersey sheet from the thrift store. I put elastic in bands on the hems of both legs.
I know I made this capri sweatpants for a costume piece, but they are super duper comfortable and I throw them on so often that I need to make another pair so I don’t wear out this pair since I need it as a costume piece going forward. The only thing I would change (and you can’t tell in these pictures) is to switch out the slash pockets for side seam pockets since jersey fabric tends to droop a bit more and the pockets don’t look that good.
I also got an old UFO finished. I haven’t actually made the Cashmerette Harrison pattern in the final version. I tested it, though.
What you can’t see is how incredibly uncomfortable I am in this top. That’s not really a pattern issue, but a few different issues. 1) The fabric I used is actually a poly cotton. I bought it thinking it was cotton and being told it was cotton to wash it and go….uh this is poly cotton. Disappointing. Too bad you can’t do burn tests in stores to prove store keepers wrong. Anyway, it’s been a while since I bought it and it was only 5 bucks for like 4 yards so I am not going to complain. But I hate it. I originally made this with the longer sleeves and then needed to chop off the sleeves to see if that would help. It did a bit…. but not really. 2) OMG my sewing is wonky on this…. I didn’t have consistent seam allowances for it at all. 3) I just don’t have symmetrical shoulders at all (thanks EDS!). The button band just does this super weird thing in the centre because one breast is higher than the other and it’s throwing those double princess seams in weird directions. It’s not really an issue when it’s only one princess seam per side or when it’s a darted bodice, but on this style… it just doesn’t work for me. 4) I am bigger than when I cut it out so it doesn’t fit well at all…. booooo.
I will be putting this in the donation bin, but I wanted to share it. It’s a good pattern but just doesn’t work for me and that is okay!
I am definitely thinking about making a pageboy hat….
Luckily, I was not absent from blogging due to illness, but due to summer being busy and fun so far!
My main source of enjoyment has been my garden.
And my plants
I haven’t taken a recent picture of my garden. The tomato plants have grown to be 3 feet tall! The cucumber, red peppers, and beans are coming along too. Sadly, the amount of rain drowned my herb seedlings and made my lettuce turn from good to bad in a day. Oh well, lessons learned. I will buy some mature herb plants soon and just keep them inside, I think.
My jade plant sadly got a mold disease and looks really bad. I used a spray solution on it and all the diseased leaves are falling off. I hope I saved it in time. I have one little cactus that is looking poorly, but stabilized over the past month. If anyone has a clue what is wrong with it, please let me know. I know it isn’t bugs or too much water…
The big news is that I met Kat!
She came all the way from New Zealand and we met up and did some fabric shopping.
She brought me some tasty chocolate and lush merino from New Zealand. We also bought matching pink monkey jersey!
It was so good meeting her. We even discussed a Monthly Stitch meetup in Japan for 2018. I’d love to do that!
In the sewing world, I made three more Pavlova skirts. Cake Patterns is no longer, but this skirt pattern is a staple for me.
Unfortunately, I need to alter the black skirt since I mis-measured and need about another inch and a half. Luckily the skirt has pleats and a long waistband to let out.
The skirts have pleats in the front and in the back. They are meant to copy this Butterick skirt pattern by Gertie. In my version the pleats are a bit different and a bit more flattering on me. I seriously love the black and white skirt and wear it a ton in spite of it being made in a mid-weight suiting material. The blue one is pretty short and works great for a variety of casual cosplay, including Wonder Woman.
I made a new born outfit for a friend’s baby boy.
The E is totally covering up a serged hole. 😦
I have two dress cut out and ready to make for two different friends.
I have to get on those and send them off.
I managed to get a wicked good haul at the thrift store and add 30 yards to my stash…
I’m not doing great on stashbusting….
I still have UFOs and am slowly getting through them.
These Misty Jeans require topstitching.
This Harrison shirt still needs button bands and a collar:
I still need to redo this dress.
I think I will take the waistband off and add darts to the skirt. At first, I was just going to do fisheye darts, but now I want to do it properly.
My swimsuit is half done. The bottoms are all done. They look messy when laid flat, but are fine on me. I have to make the bra top soon.
This is an in progress picture of them:
Done now, but I didn’t take another picture after this.
I cut out and made a Concord T shirt yesterday.
I also have an Appleton maxi almost done. Here is a sneak preview.
I also cut out a Webster dress and two pairs of shorts in linen rayon fabric
The Appleton dress will be posted soon. I just have to put on sleeve bands and hem the dress and take pictures. It’s going to be gorgeous. I am trying to meet the dresses deadline on Friday (@ 8pm in Toronto!) for the Monthly Stitch’s indie pattern month. It’s also part of the maxi dress sew along. 🙂
Are you taking part in either of Indie Pattern Month or the Maxi dress sewalong? 🙂