Dressing for the Summer

I’m sitting here writing on a verrry brisk August evening, and I’m trying to think of where the summer time went.

Oh yeah…I was sewing. I’ve sewn a LOT this summer, and honestly haven’t been able to keep up with posts the way I intended. Included in one of these summer sewing projects has been #v9253 as part of another McCall’s sewing contest. This was a pattern I had really wanted to try, so when they announced another contest, I was definitely up for it.

 

The pattern sort of reminded me of a Kimono robe, so I thought a floral print would be fitting. This fabric is from JoAnn’s and is a rayon Challis…which was lovely to work with and drapes very well for this particular pattern.

I love when a dress gives a great spin ;)

The pattern itself easy to work with and pretty quick, which is always appreciated in my book. ;)

 

Outfit details: Purse-Vintage from Etsy; Shoes-from a friend; Bangles-from various places.

Summer Making

As an experienced fabric hoarder, I will say it is always extremely exciting to have that “aha!” moment when deciding what to use specific fabric for.

I had been hanging on to this printed cotton for 8 months or so because I just couldn’t decide what to make from it. Especially because there was only about a yard and a half, which meant I was somewhat limited, project-wise. Finally, I found that perfect something (M7603) after my most recent McCall’s pattern haul ($1.99 patterns? Yes. Please.) And hey, look! Another print! I’m on a roll… ;)

This McCalls pattern was very simple, and definitely a great basic to add to the summer wardrobe. I already have plans to make a few more versions.

The fabric I used was more that belonged to my Grandma… I guess I now know where my fabric hoarding habit came from. And the buttons are vintage that belonged to the other Grandma. ;)

Since I didn’t quite have enough of the printed fabric to use for the neck and shoulder binding, I used some solid dark pink which added a great contrast.

I am loving my new [vintage] basket purse. I’ve been searching for one of these for two summers now. I just couldn’t find one I liked enough, so you can imagine how happy I was when I found this one on Etsy from ThreeSparrowVintage. It’s the perfect summer bag because it coordinates with just about anything, plus it’s cheery and puts a smile on your face. ;)

 

Outfit details:

Jeans-Gap; Shoes-DSW; Earrings-Earthbound; Sunglasses-vintage; Basket purse-Etsy

Green [Sewing] Thumb

Yes. It is summer. And yes. I have also made yet another coat. Though, I will say, for as cool as June has been this year in CLE…there are some nights I could have probably used a coat like this. Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving this coat…but I am definitely crossing my fingers the rest of the warm weather months are you know, warm.

This make has been festering in my brain for a while now, I just wasn’t sure what color lining I wanted to use so I’ve put off making it. Finally, the other day I found this beautiful periwinkle colored lining fabric on sale at JoAnn’s for $2.99 a yard and figured it was fate. Though the print itself is mostly a green floral, there is a very faint hint of a purple-y shade that is totally brought out by the periwinkle lining.

It wasn’t something I thought of until mid-making, but I was glad I chose to do a Mandarin style collar for this coat because the print really blends well with it. I actually used the same pattern (B 6385) for this coat as I did for this post from the winter.

I also made the top I am wearing. It was a VERY simple and straight-forward pattern (M 7570; recommend for beginner sewists) the only thing is that I will have to alter the shoulders slightly because they are a bit tight and probably need a little more ease.

Check out my Instagram post for a look at my sewing stages! ;)

 

Outfit details:

Coat & top: me made; Jeans: Gap; Shoes: Target (no longer available); Purse: J.W. HulmeΒ ; Necklace: coming soon to Etsy shop.

The Pink Jacket-Cape

Happppy Monday!

So, ya know how in my last post I said I had another make to share with you that involved more awesomeΒ wool that belonged to my grandma?

Well, here she is. Just like that blue wool, my aunt also gave me a few yards of this beautiful pink wool from J.P. Stevens. It is in equally as good condition, with no sign of hungry moths. It also had an original tag like the blue, but the yardage it had listed was incorrect. It said there was 4 yards, but there was only about 2.5, so I had to do a little creative solving to finish this jacket-cape I decided to make from it.

 

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The back, which you can catch a glimpse of ^ is actually a different fabric. Just a remnant I needed to use up and whose color coordinated perfectly with the rest.

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Instead of making the sash from the wool, I opted for some pink tweed that I had lots of.

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Topstitching makes my heart flutter… <3

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Had to make sure the lining was fun too, of course. :D

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This post involved a lot of twirling…

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And the ballerina in me came out. Maybe it was the whole, ballerina pink cape thing… ;)

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There was something so beautiful about this iced over pond. Especially seeing the leaves trapped just under the surface of the ice. Looked a bit surreal.

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I said there was a lot of twirling involved. There was also a little dancing. Because you should always take time to dance. ;)

 

 

Outfit Details:

Jeans, Gap; Sorel Boots; Scarf from Portobello Market in London; Hat, Target (years ago)

Ice Dyed Brocade

Textiles and dyeing are probably one of my favorite things. In college, I was required to take 3 different textile classes, each highlighting a different facet of textiles, and each very interesting. The class about color and dyeing though, was by far my favorite. If you follow my Instagram account, you will witness my interest in dyeing various textiles and experimenting with different techniques and colors.

It wasn’t until about a year and a half ago when I was a fabrics lab instructor during grad school that I had even HEARD of ice dyeing. I was immediately intrigued. I had to try it. I finally did test the ice dyeing waters this summer on a piece of scrap fabric, because I had this idea for the coat in this post, but of course did not want to screw it up. I decided to do a little trial run first and learn from any mistakes first before moving on to something a little more important than a piece of scrap muslin. ;)

Well, my friends…the results turned out just as I had hoped. Here’s how I did it:

I started by sewing my coat shell. After I finished that, I pre-soaked the coat shell inΒ Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (which you can find at a hardware store). You can also use Soda Ash, washing soda is just a more accessible alternative (Pre-soaking in washing soda is supposed to help with the color vibrancy because it changes PH levels).

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I used Dylon dyes, which was the first time I used them and thought the colors were fantastic. (*Note, the lining in all my pictures came out WAY more blue looking than it is. It’s actually a more violet color).

After I pre-soaked my coat shell for about 30 minutes in the washing soda, I air dried it and in the meantime, sewed my coat lining. After it was dry (luckily, it was a warm sunny day, so it didn’t take too long!) , I was finally ready to dye!

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It’s like a beautiful, sparkly pile of gem stones. 8)

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…until the ice melts. But now I was able to see the great colors going on.

 

And check out the finished product…

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Unfortunately, sheΒ is one I’m keeping for myself (unlike the velvet cape I featured in my last post, which you can find here). BUT, if you’re interested in something custom with similar or different colors, please contact me and we can figure it out. ;)

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OH! And what can you do with leftover dye?

Make some cowabunga tees, of course…

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Happy Saturday! :)