Summer Clothes, one from a Remnant

Subtitled: More clothes I’ve Made for Myself that I Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead Wearing…

🙂 Confession: I’m not the greatest seamstress in the world. One reason why is that I don’t get enough practice. And I’m very dyslexic when it comes to reading pattern instructions. I can read a line of instructions over and over again, and still not get it. I can grasp the idea if I have a picture to look at. Some patterns leave a lot out, either in the picture or the text. Perhaps early Alzheimers? No, I’ve always had this problem with sewing…

Maybe this goes back to my traumatic years as a junior-high home ec student. I think our teacher, poor Miz Thomas, retired or went into the nursing home after our class graduated. She certainly had a nervous tic and gritted her teeth all the time when we were on deck. But that wasn’t solely our fault; her daughter, Lucretia (I’m not making this up) was getting married and so she wanted us to go through all the trousseau-building exercises a debutante could possibly undertake in the late sixties/early seventies, along with dear sweet Lucretia, and to do it all up in style. We had to choose ourselves a silver, china, and crystal pattern for our own virtual registry. Miz Thomas did not like that I chose black crystal goblets from the Lenox catalog. From then on, she saw me as The Devil. The A-line skirt I made in class (well, to be honest, my mom finished it because I was totally inept) was one of the best articles of clothing I’ve ever owned. I chose the color (fire-engine red) and the fabric (a bottom-weight cotton blend that maybe had to be ironed a little?) and it fit me perfectly. Thus began my career of thinking up great things to sew. But unfortunately, my best-laid plans often (always?) fell short of perfection. Sigh.

Here is the remnant that started the Summer 2014 sewing binge:

denim remnant

stretch denim remnant

It’s a 2-yard, 60-inch-wide piece of stretch denim I got at a yard sale YEARS ago that was held in a retirees mobile home park. Retiree=hence, the very organized packaging in a labeled zip-lock bag. I needed to use stretch denim for this project, #113 trousers from Burda Spring 2014 magazine.
Burda trousers

Burda 113 Trousers

I finished them pretty quick, and they turned out fantastic except…they don’t fit me in the waist. I don’t know if I misinterpreted the sizing, if I gained way, way too much weight on my recent road trip, or if I neglected to add seam allowance (I thought it was supposed to be included in Burda’s printed patterns?)
trousers

Burda trousers

This is the blouse, or rather tunic (because it’s longer) I chose to make to match the remnant trousers. I bought the fabric at Joann’s (not a remnant) thinking I wanted some more feminine casual wear, rather than my usual sweat-hoggian t-shirts and cargo-shorts. The pattern is view A of Simplicity 2254.

tunic

Simplicity tunic

This also didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped. 😥 For the hem, I used my Blind Hem Foot. The results are less than perfect but with the busyness of the fabric pattern, you don’t see the blips too much.

And then there was this other outfit, also bought the fabric at Joann’s, a beautiful peach stretch cotton sateen for the pants, Burda 144 trousers, and a stretchy knit jersey coordinating print for the top, Very Easy Vogue V8534.

top & trousers

top & trousers

These pants fit very well, anyway. Stretchy, great length, taper in the legs, pretty color. Not sure about the top; it fits well but it makes me look like Shamu…I do have a back-up semi-sweat-hoggian tee-shirt that will also serve…

I snapped this of a woman passing by in Charleston when we were there…nice to see women in lovely summer dresses at work, out to lunch, walking around town…so feminine, so “Southern Living”…but for me to wear a dress somewhere casual other than church, doubtful!

Charleston

fleeting glimpse of Charleston woman passing by

OK, so I fixed the waistline: there were 4 rather large darts, so I re-made them each a bit smaller and added a piece of denim to the waistband, making it a few inches wider. The piping is a day-glo orange, I guess it looks white with the flash.

Burda trousers

finished trousers with piping

A midsummer night’s seersucker remnant project

I wanted to get away from the boxy-shaped projects and do APPAREL again. Clothes can be fun to sew, although to me, it’s about as fun as trying to paint a duplicate of the Sistine Chapel using a q-tip. I’m always glad when the project’s over and I didn’t have a stress meltdown.

This project is another rendition of the Simplicity Project Runway dress #2444 that I first did in February 2011. The remnant I used was a little piece of white cotton to make a contrasting collar.

what's left of the remnant

As soon as I cut out the cape collar, Grayzie parked his considerably large carcass on what was left of it, establishing territorial rights. Next project=cat bed?

understitching the collar facing


The main fabric I used was a baby pink and white cotton seersucker by designer Calvin Klein, which I found at Fabric Mart at a too good to pass up price. It’s rather stretchy, so maybe it has a little spandex in it. Still cool and summery. The dress has side-seam pockets, too!

belt is braided non-leather material

back view

I could have added a sash, tied in front or in back, but in the seersucker material, it would have been bulky, like wearing a big ol’ fanny pack. Hence the store-bought little white belt, which I think looks demure and Land’s End-Meets-June-Cleaver-like. Shirtwaist dresses and little frocks like this seem to be making a comeback, minus the bouffant hairdo y’all. Come ahead on, August!

A midsummer night’s seersucker remnant project

I wanted to get away from the boxy-shaped projects and do APPAREL again. Clothes can be fun to sew, although to me, it’s about as fun as trying to paint a duplicate of the Sistine Chapel using a q-tip. I’m always glad when the project’s over and I didn’t have a stress meltdown.

This project is another rendition of the Simplicity Project Runway dress #2444 that I first did in February 2011. The remnant I used was a little piece of white cotton to make a contrasting collar.

what's left of the remnant

As soon as I cut out the cape collar, Grayzie parked his considerably large carcass on what was left of it, establishing territorial rights. Next project=cat bed?

understitching the collar facing


The main fabric I used was a baby pink and white cotton seersucker by designer Calvin Klein, which I found at Fabric Mart at a too good to pass up price. It’s rather stretchy, so maybe it has a little spandex in it. Still cool and summery. The dress has side-seam pockets, too!

belt is braided non-leather material

back view

I could have added a sash, tied in front or in back, but in the seersucker material, it would have been bulky, like wearing a big ol’ fanny pack. Hence the store-bought little white belt, which I think looks demure and Land’s End-Meets-June-Cleaver-like. Shirtwaist dresses and little frocks like this seem to be making a comeback, minus the bouffant hairdo y’all. Come ahead on, August!

The Cinderella Dress that stayed home

I loved this on the cover of the Simplicity Project Runway pattern, so I made it to wear to the Gold and Green ball in Gainesville Saturday. But once it was made and zipped up on my body, I lost my nerve. The dress stayed home in the closet, looking less flashy in the shadows. In the interest of cheapness, the material for this dress only cost about $30. I bought quite a bit more than I used, because the Project Runway patterns tell you to buy fabric for the feature you want. For instance, this pattern included besides the one here, a sleeveless version, one with 3/4 length sleeves, a stand-up collar, a cape collar, and one without the sash.  I estimated 6 3/8 yards for this, but I have more than a yard left over.

the gown in question

It was fun to make, not that tough. But the material is very unforgiving. Snags here and there. A little bunched up seam just past the zipper, possibly evoking Bertha Butt of the Butt sisters memories while out on the dance floor cutting a rug in a poufy, very poufy skirt. The beautiful tie in the front keeps coming untied due to its slippery nature.  I am uncomfortable in clothes that you have to constantly readjust. So Cinderella stayed home and I went to the ball wearing the usual black.

I did have a remnant project from all this, however.

Remnant corsage

I looked for some floral tape to make a corsage, and couldn’t find any, so I grabbed a strip of the slippery, glittery polyester, wrapped it around the camellia stems, and secured it with double sided tape, then tied a bow around it.

These camellias are so gorgeous, I felt inspired to wear them and not let my dear get me a store-bought corsage.

We met some friends at the ball who had gotten married on our first anniversary, so this was their first Gold and Green ball together, and our second. Marvelous to think of how much more at ease we were a year later! Dances used to get me all stressed out; now that I can walk in with a full dance card, with a partner I love to be with who always tells me how beautiful I am, it’s a snap. We went out afterwards and had a late and very romantic dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. It was a wonderful evening!

Camellias accomplishing their purpose in life

They didn't freeze

I was afraid they would freeze, because the weather said it was going down below 32 degrees, but I went out Sunday morning, and they were still blooming like madness in the brisk air! So breathtakingly beautiful!

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