sewing for spring 2011

18 Jan

it’s not spring yet here in nashville – quite the opposite, actually :( cold enough to make our gas bill $350 but i digress – but the spring fever bug has really hit me hard over the past couple weeks.

and then my favorite favorite fabric store, textile fabrics, decided to have a huge 40%-off-everything sale for the entire month of january.

and then i magically got my sewing mojo back!

yay sewing mojo!

want to see my fabric spoils & pattern choices? clicky clicky!

remember this number? the one that is ripping off this number?
well, not quite ripping off, but ~inspired~. i am frankensteining the pattern to have the same gathered skirt & ruffly neckline. not sure if i’m going to do the trim or not yet.

anyway, this is the fabric i bought for it! a whole 3 yards!
sidenote: the original pattern calls for 3.5 yards of fabric… the skirt pattern for the gathers calls for something obscene like 5 yards. for a SKIRT. i cut out all the pieces and laid them out and it actually only uses 2.5. WTH SIMPLICITY. eyelet is not cheap!!

here is a little better picture of the eyelet… i messed around with the contrast so you could see the embroidery. isn’t it lovely? it’s a creamy off-white. i am going to underline the bodice & top skirt portion with muslin.

vogue 1086 – i already made this pattern once and i loove it. gonna make it again!

this is the fabric i’m using – a gorgeous lightweight flowy cotton.

simplicity 3061
bought this lil guy at the flea market last year for $1. i didn’t get a picture of the fabric in question but it is a nice linen/cotton blend in deep navy. i bought some plain navy buttons – nothing fancy, but i’m thinking about doing covered buttons instead. what do you think? the detachable collar will be white, just like on the envelope.

style 1568
LOVE this pattern. i made the bustier up last year – it’s a quick’n’easy thing, no lining & fits beautifully – and i wore it all the freaking time.

bustier#2 will be made with this mediumweight stretch cotton floral.

simplicity 2412
this is the most expensive pattern i own – i think i paid $20 for it. i’ve never sewn it up, partially because i’m afraid of it since it is unprinted. but i love that shoulder neckline thing! it’s called a “bertha” lolololol

i love this red checked seersucker for the bertha dress. so crisp and summery! ahhh get warm outside already!!

a couple other fun things i bought at the antique store on sunday…

rayon seam binding! I LOVE RAYON SEAM BINDING. and these were so cheap – 3 for $1! i already bought a motherload of seam binding from mattiecakes (seriously if you are in the market for seam binding or qt trim, check her out – sooo much good stuff! and so so so cheap!), but it’s nice when i can source it locally :)

2 yards of packaged boning. it was 50¢, how could i say no?

i got approximately 5 yards of this pretty peach gathered lace for $1

as a side note, i finished the cranberry wool dress last night :) i am actually wearing it today! will try to get a picture within the next couple days so i can share it… here is a teaser picture:
hanging to set the bias.

i love it so much, i am actually about to head back to the fabric store to pick up some summery fabric to make #2 :)

2 Responses to “sewing for spring 2011”

  1. Scarlette O February 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Hello lady! Nice site you’ve got here. I’m a keen seemstress myself. I’ve stumbled upon your page as I’ve lost the sleeve piece of my simplicity 3061 pattern – think you could help a gal out by scanning it and emailing it to me? Pretty please with sugar on top?

    As to your query regarding the buttons, I’m thinking of something like this:

    • lladybird February 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

      hello! i actually don’t have access to a scanner. wish i did, though! what i can do is take a picture of the sleeve on my cutting mat – it has a 1″ grid, so i bet you could fiddle with the image size & then print it out. or i could just make a tracing of it and mail it to you the old-fashioned way :) my email address is; let me know what you want to do. i hate it when i lose pattern pieces, so i feel your pain!

      and ooh, those buttons are adorable!!

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