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The other night I was looking through my patterns and thinking about what to try next.

When I choose the fabric first I become far too indecisive, so to make it easier I thought, after I complete the first set of upcoming projects, what patterns am I itching to try? This made it easier to decide

All these plans are subject to change of course!

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Above: I finally decided on the right dress of this fabulous drill, that has vintage sewing pattern ladies on it.

The vintage pattern envelope print will be the pleated skirt part of a fit and flare dress!

I wanted to make a shift dress out of this cool print, but I figured it might be too overwhelming covering an entire dress (plus I dont have much of it). I like the idea of doing the bodice of this dress in a plain blue drill, perhaps it would be a bit more balanced. Plus I really want to try this pattern (simplicity 1418). I L O V E box pleats (do I get extra sewing-nerd cred for that? heh)!

 

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Above: I really want to try this pattern out! The envelope front was a little overly ‘crafty’ looking, but looking at the line drawing it’s a really nice A-line baby-doll 60s style dress.

Julia Bobbin has already used this pattern to make a gorgeous Betty-inspired dress some time ago.

The fabric I selected here is just ‘Meh’ to me. I like feminine florals, but this ones just a quilting cotton that creases like crazy, so just a good fabric for trying a new pattern out with.

 

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Above: So I have already used this pattern before, but I need more shift dresses in my life! I never seem to get enough of them!

I was keeping this polka dot poplin for a 50s style dress, but now I think it would be cute as a shift dress! I adore navy! Which is funny because as a girl/teen I though navy was boring/not my thing, now I’m in love with it.

Navy blue seems to be the colour that suits my skin/hair the best and it looks killer with orange (which is my favorite colour, but one that suits me less)

 

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Above: I really want to make something sweet and feminine! Especially now that I have such short hair, I have days where I really want to wear a ladylike dress!

Fabric is another cotton/poly poplin that has some weight to it.

I didn’t realize how sweet this pattern looked made up till I saw this lovely dress.

I would be making the plainer bodice (view c) because it’s a busy print I would want to keep the dress pretty simple.

Not sure if I would use the skirt from this pattern perhaps I would franken-pattern it up with a skirt that flared out (simplicity 1418 with the two pleats front perhaps)?!

 

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Above:So…pants and shorts- And yes I am crazy enough to consider those very short tartan things ‘shorts’.

I have only ever made one pair of shorts years ago, and I don’t even remember how you construct them.

I figure it’s probably easier to copy pants or shorts you already own,  rather than try and make a commercial pants or shorts pattern fit right, I could be wrong, but I’m game to try!

I want to try and copy these hot pants and these really fitted black and white checkered ones ones because I love the fit of both!

 

And finally here are some other patterns I really want to try. I know I have issues (pattern hoarding issues), I hope you guys understand….

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Did you spot the stay threads on my floor? that would be a boring game, but I sew in my living room and I feel as if there is no point in vacuuming because I’m always sewing!

Anyway that concludes the sewing plans that may or may not eventuate, depending on my whims.

I have been working on a cute shift dress and I am adding scallops to them hem, something I have never tried before.

Has anyone tried any of the aforementioned sewing patterns? Let me know in the comments!

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I made a loose woven tee! As usual I had to ham it up for the cameras and play dress ups with my new tee, please forgive me, it’s all in fun!

(Click to enlarge the images. My annoying wordpress template shrinks them. Must get on that soon!)

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I think this is a good top for wearing with skinny jeans or tight fitting bottoms, the loose fit of the top makes it a bit more relaxed and I guess ‘demure’.

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The top goes with a lot of accessories…Gingham is practically a neutral right? well I’m sure that’s debatable!

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With a leather brooch I made. Is it too silly/clown like? I kind of love stylized daisies (perhaps it’s a 60s thing)

Sewing/Fitting notes: 

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Above: I did an invisible hem on the sleeves and the bottom of the top. Still obsessed with my invisible hem foot!

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Above: up close and personal with my tee!

Sewing notes: The original plan was to make a shift dress using the pattern New look 6225, which was the same pattern as i used for  this dress. I thought this quick project would be a fabulous antidote to drama I had with my Mad Men Megan dress.

LOL have a look at my pattern notes (perhaps I need a better system)….

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I remember transfering all the alterations/changes to the pattern tissue, the last time I made this dress, but somehow the fit was looser and it came out a lot more boxy than I wanted it to!

Unlike my first shift dress using new look 6225, this one does not not have a CB seam (but that’s what the pattern intended) perhaps that had an effect on the fit?

The gingham I used is also less drapey, it’s a bit crisp and has a lovely hand. I bought it during a 40% off sale at lincraft around $6 a meter. Anyway really not sure why the fit is so much looser…

I always intended this fabric to be a shift dress but I tried it on and it looked like hospital scrubs (not cute). So I thought “wow I better shorten it!” -That’s when I went far too crazy and shortened it too much. It seem’s to be a mistake I often make. I like short dresses but this is too short. It was that weird no-mans land between ‘top’ and ‘mini dress’, just covering the bum.

As you can see below it was too boxy, but also too short to be a dress and I didn’t feel like taking it in at the side seams

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I could either add a contrasting band to the bottom or shorten it into a top.

I’m so glad I shortened it and made it into a top, because this top goes with almost anything! I like how it’s slightly cropped, but its still a little modest because of how loose it is.

I cut this dress/pattern some time ago, but I decided to time my sewing. It took about 3.50 hrs (not inc cutting time), then an additional 2 hrs when I umed and erred over shortening it for the 3rd time.

A loose woven tee is actually the perfect addition the my wardrobe. It’s one of those basics that’s not super exciting when blogged, but when added to a wardrobe like mine, its a real workhorse. After trying it on in daylight, I think the top is actually too wide, if you took some excess fabric out of the cf it would sit much better, but it’ll do 😉

That was a crazy long winded post for such a simple project, need to learn to edit!

Time for me to go eat and vacuum up the endless sewing threads that cover my living room/sewing nook and thanks to this project I leave you with this “sewing wisdom”