Friday, October 31, 2014

HSF Challenge 22: Gentlemen

Wow it looks like I don't have hands in this picture....
So my Halloween costume ended up doubling as a HSF Challenge, specifically Challenge #22: Gentlemen. The aim of the challenge was to either create a garment for a man or a menswear inspired piece for a woman. Well I made overalls so I guess that counts!  I went as a Woman's Land Army: Crop Corps member. The overall's are made with denim from my stash, it has some stretch so I'm assuming the fabric has lycra in it (not historically accurate but using up the stash, yay!) The buttons, zipper and bias tape are also from stash. The only thing I had to purchase was the pattern. I used Wearing History's Overall pattern (I see jeans and other pants in my future) during Lauren's Kickstarter campaign. I chose not to line the bodice and instead I used bias tape to face it. The tops of the pockets are also faced. The buttons were from something my grandmother gave me to chop up but I can remember what. The hem is hand stitched and so it the zipper. I added a zipper instead of the button placket because 1 I didn't feel like making all those buttonholes, 2 I didn't have more of the same buttons in the stash and 3 I wasn't quite sure how to attach the placket so I try that another time when I don't have a deadline. With the overalls I made a WLA armband. I used red and navy yarn for the design and some scrap navy fabric for the main piece. These overalls are super comfy once you get used to the lower crotch length. Mummum gave me the shirt to wear with it and then I just wore my brown boots to complete the look. I feel like I should have my hair in a bandanna or a snood but oh well.

The Scoop:

Fabric: Stretch Denim from the Stash
Pattern: Wearing History Overall and Trouser Pattern
Year: 1940's

Notions: Bias tape in two colors for top and pockets, two button and a zipper.
Hours to Complete: Sewn over 4 days including a mock up
First worn?: Halloween
Make again?: Yes! plus pants and shorts and a short overall playsuit too!
Total cost: $12 for the pattern but everything else came from the stash.
I'll Leave you with a picture of me wearing my new overalls with my red wool Ike Jacket! 

Friday, October 17, 2014

American Duchess Strikes Again!

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Down the Rabbit Hole We Go (HSF #18)

So I've been flirting for years with the 18th Century and I've finally jumped. I ordered some lovely linen from (use coupon code ilovelinen for 7% off) and immediately started to work. I drafted a pocket pattern based on Costume Close-Up: Clothing Construction and Pattern 1750-1790 by Linda Banumgarten & John Watson with Florine Carr. I used my fabric swatches from for the (uneven) squares and then linen from for the lining and the back of the pocket. I'm going to bind the pocket with 1/2" linen tape from once I know how long I want the waist tape. The pocket also qualifies for the Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenge 18: Poetry in Motion because of this little poem:

Lucy Locket lost her pocket,
Kitty Fisher found it;
Not a penny was there in it,
Only ribbon round it.

The poem was written during the 19th century and is possibly about two courtesans in King Charles II's court. So without further ado here is my first completely handsewn (with linen thread mind you) 18th century project.

Sorry for the poor photo I'm away at school and I only have my iTouch to take pictures with. The waistband is sewn on yet because I don't want to make it the wrong size because I don't have my stays made yet (or my shift for that matter). But I'm pretty proud of it for being my first completely handsewn item.

The Scoop:

Fabric: White Linen and Linen from fabric swatches, sewn with linen thread
Pattern: Costume Close-Up
Year: 1740-1770

Notions: Linen tape for a waistband (not applied yet), beeswax for the thread
Hours to Complete: Sewn over 5 days
First worn?: not yet
Make again?: Yes but I think I'm going to try and embroider one
Total cost: The swatches cost 5.25, and a whole yard of linen cost 6.37 but I might have used a little under a quarter yard for the backing and lining so about $1.50 coming to a total of $6.75

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Summer's End

So I go back to school today, start orientation for my job tomorrow, and classes start Thursday. I thought I would just do a roundup for all of the stuff I've sewn this summer since I haven't had a chance to post about everything yet. I apologize for the terrible pictures of some of the clothes, they were taken with my itouch, in my room which is pretty dark as well.

First was finishing up my green (I swear is is green not gray like it looks in the picture) skirt for my bunny rabbit playsuit from Advance 3897. (The playsuit has yet to be made. Whoops)

Second was Murphy who can be found here

Third was Simplicity 3688 Blouse and Pants

Fourth was Dubary 2347B or the "Secretary Dress" which was for HSF #14

Fifth was my bandanna skirt from Make and Mend for Victory Booklet

Sixth was my Red Wool Ike Jacket (My Favorite) for HSF #15

Seventh is a polka dot blouse from Simplicity 0260 but that's not going to be finished this Summer, Maybe I'll finish it over Thanksgiving break.......

Progress so far.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenge #15: The Great Outdoors (part Two)

For my second entry for the Great Outdoors challenge I made a red wool version of Simplicity 4366.
I love Ike jackets and I wanted one of my own for a while but then I found the red wool and decided that I would pay homage to the Ike jacket but make it my own. I have to give credit to Tasha from By Gum By Golly for starting the sewing bug for the jacket. Tahsa made a great 1940's jacket for Rochelle's Sew for Victory last year (2013) in a wonderful green fabric. From the moment I saw the jacket I knew I had to make one and here it is. The shoulders are gathered into a yoke and the waist of the jacket is gathered into a waistband. The sleeves are gathered at the wrist and finished with a cuff that buttons. The buttons are self covered and the red wool cooperated in waves that Murphy's buttons couldn't dream of doing.
The pattern called for self made shoulder pads but instead of stuffing them I used two layers of crinoline. The crinoline made the jackets shoulders keep their shape but don't make me look like a linebacker (which I appreciate). The Jacket is also fully lined; the pattern didn't call for it but I knew I wanted it lined because of the wool. I had to adjust the facing piece because of the change but that was a quick fix. For all of the buttonholes I used my grandmothers Singer 9134 which is cranky but works most of the time. I added the pockets to the front, they're from Colette Pattern's blog Coletterie and can be found here. For attaching the pockets I had to wing it since I don't have the original Colette pattern the pockets actually go to.

The Scoop:

Fabric: Red Tango Wool and Medieval Blue Lining
Pattern: Simplicity 4366
Year: 1942 (Thank you Anne)

Notions: 9 self covered buttons
First worn?: Only around the house, it's not cool enough outside to wear wool
Make again?: Yes but the peplum version in green corduroy with flannel lining

Total cost: Pattern $12 but I'll say $6 because there's a skirt pattern with the jacket, Wool Fabric $19.24, Lining $9.98, Self Covered Button Kit $5.99 so total $41.21

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Birthday Surprise!

So Mummum's birthday was on Sunday and in celebration we're running a 25% off coupon in the Etsy shop. Just enter BIRTHDAYSURPRISE at checkout!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ohh the Irony and Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenge #15: The Great Ooutdoors

So I found this little skirt in Make and Mend for Victory (Downloadable here) and made it up over three days. The booklet was published in 1942 by The Spool Cotton Company. To make the skirt you need 5 bandannas. You sew 4 of them together leaving a 7" long opening on one seam for snap closures. Then you cut the waistband from the 5th bandanna. I took a 1/2" seam on sewing everything together because in my downloaded copy the seam allowance was missing, as was the width of the waistband which I made an 1 1/2". You then gather the skirt into the waistband. The directions say that you can close the skirt with ties on the waistband but I decided to close it with a wooden button instead (Belle Button-Natural Wood Burnout 18Mm from Joanns if you're interested)

The booklet also has instructions for a top to go with the skirt and that is next on my sewing table once I finish my Red Ike Jacket. The buttonhole on the skirt is done with my grandmothers Singer 9134 which does a one step buttonhole. The buttonhole didn't come out perfect but I think it had to do with how much the skirt is gather into the waistband. The irony part comes from the fact that it's raining outside today so I had to take pictures on Audrey, my dress form.

The Scoop:

Fabric: 5 Pink Batik Bandannas from Joann Fabrics
Pattern: Make and Mend for Victory Booklet
Year: 1942
Notions: Snaps and a Button
Hours: 3 days off and on
First worn?: Not yet, it's raining out
Make again?: Maybe not for me but my grandmother has been eyeing it up so perhaps one for her

Total cost: Pattern: Free download, Bandannas: $12.95, Buttons: all 3 cost $2.96 (yay 50% off) but since I only used one we'll say $.99, and the snaps came from my stash. Total: $13.94