Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sewing Has Been Done!

After a much longer break than expected, the sewing bug bit last weekend and I actually accomplished something! Although it's not anything historical in style, it does add to my closet. :-)

Way back in high school (20 years ago!) I made most of my own clothes. I LOVED doing it. When I discovered how to make Victorian clothing my world changed. I've only done the occasional modern top or skirt or window drapes since then.

This fall I stocked up on some beautiful suiting fabrics in royal blue, bright rose pink and a navy/teal paisley. I was determined that if no costume project called to me I would add to my current work wardrobe.

The patterns have been altered since November and the fabric washed. Finally I got going on cutting out the blue blouse and skirt. I'd made both patterns before but altered the skirt ruffle slightly this time.

I love it! It fits nice and looks like a suit (even though the top is unlined). Just wish it wouldn't attract so much static! argh

And it showed me what happens when you don't sew modern stuff for a while. My historical skills took over and I sewed the collar perfectly around the whole thing leaving the space open between the center back notches. Trimmed the SA's down to a scant 1/16" to 1/8" turned and pressed.

Well, I sewed it on the bodice then stitched down the facing. Whoops! I had the two ends of the collar flapping loose from the top. Yikes - what happened? Seems it works better when you sew only the outer edge of the collar, turn and baste to the bodice. The neckline edge of the collar is then sandwiched between the bodice and facing. Duh.

Maybe I'll hurry and get the pink suit made before I forget how to sew modern clothes. For now I'll leave the "sewing around the whole thing" for my historical skirt waistbands and belts.


Jennifer said...

Oh, and the buttons are Vintage LaMode circa 1890.

Lauren said...

So pretty!

Wearing History said...

WOW! That looks amazing! Beautiful work!

Miss Sews-it-all said...

Beautiful, well done!

Jennifer said...

Thank you all for your wonderful compliments!

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