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Water damage

20170325_182845I cut a blouse from a vintage pattern I’ve wanted to use for some time now, but always hesitated because really, those waists! I never had a waist like that and I certainly don’t know. Of course they’re meant to be worn with a corset but still.  I figured if I ignored the fitting folds in the back it might actually work.

Because the one side is really shiny, I thougyt it best to check if it would work to spray water on when ironing the seams and it was fine. I ‘m quite often good and irons every seam as I make it, but this time I was lazy and sew several before pressing. After i finished I realized that splashing water on it actually wan’t ok, it had gotten water stained. I’m assuming this is a cotton, it doesn’t feel like silk and it’s one of the fabrics my sister brought me from India so there is a limited supply.

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Yes I know fabrics should always be washed behore using.

I can’t decide now if I should make a new one or proceed with the this one and hope the stains don’t show much.

Einstein and I

I’m sure many of you are familiar with Einstein’s supposed quote how the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expect differnet results?

This is my third attempt with vintage pattern Stil 6166. It has all the parts but no instructions but I’ve made enough pants to know what to do, I figured.The first pair of pants turned out nice but very loose. Which is fine and quite comfortable but not the look I was thinking of.

When I used it again I realized there were three midriff pleats instead of the two I’d made the first time, ah good, that would also explain why the waist band was way too short. So I mde he waist band longer and added the extra pleat. Now they wouldn’t close. OK. I took up the pleat but they still wouldn’t fit me, so I had to make the other pleats narrower. The waist band was now long enough to be double in the front which I used as a detail.

Linen of course stretches pretty much, and the pants are now very loose. Which is fine and quite comfortable etc etc.

Attempt three. I carefully cut the top, but just as in my second attempt I made the legs straight from the hip (which is wider than the original) , I also made all the pleats thinking I could put an extra line with a golden fabric if they don’t fit. Turns out though that the fabric bleads color very badly, so using a golden fabric with it probably isn’t a good idea. I will now sew them together, after measuring they should “just” fit, or possibly not. So back to taking the pleats up and have them too lose again?

i’ll keep you posted.

Pantsy schmantsy

I cut out these pants a long time ago and finally sat down to sew them together, I I really needed some new ones. The patterns looks smashing although I’m not all crazy about the late seventies fashion. Not sure they look like the picture, maybe should take them in some more, but…well

I was wrong!

I was wrong all along. Burda 2582 is not a favorite pattern. The neckline is really boring, the shoulders are way too wide and the over all shape of the dress is not really flattering.

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Oh well, start the modifications. What I have used and am really pleased with is this pearl, vintage stil 5357

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I used it for the demanding dress as well as this one.

Now I know.

Tracing darts and markings

Let’s face it, I’m lazy, and when it came to markings on the patterns I would think I’d remember where they sat or just put at needle as a guide. Well. Years of experience have taught me that the more careful I am with copying the pattern and paying attention to details, the better the result (duh!) So how to trace the markings on to the fabric? Part of my reluctance to do it had to do with a lack of method.

This is how I do it these days: First I tape the markings on both sides of the paper to protect it. Then I put marking paper underneath and on top of the fabric,  (I usually do it on double/folded fabric in order to only have to do it once and to get them the same).Image

The paper pattern on top, I trace the lines with a dull pen, usually a bic pen with the tip tucked in, Imageand the tracings come neatly onto the fabric. easy to follow when I sew.Image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On vintage patterns there are quite often holes instead of lines. With those I mark dots, using the same technique in order not to ruin the paper. Sometimes I tape as well so I won’t accidentally rip the paper.Image

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