YAWD (yet another winterish dress)

by Erin on April 27, 2015

I made another dress like this one, right down to also using Liberty Lantana fabric:

Simplicity 2389 w/Heidi Skirt

The name of this particular print is “Haberdashery”, and I fell in love with the weird faux-patchwork:

Simplicity 2389 bodice

(“Haberdashery” is a fairly stupid name to call a Liberty print, because it is nigh-unGoogleable, but here it is at Shaukat iffen you need some. Looks like it comes in a nice bright blue, too.)

And OF COURSE there is piping:
Simplicity 2389 piping of course

And on the pockets:

Simplicity 2389 pocket piping

Here’s the zipper (bonus piping view):
Simplicity 2389 zipper

And the back:
Simplicity 2389 back

I forgot to take a picture, but the neck facing is the same plaid as in the flower print (or near-enough as makes no nevermind). (Because that’s the sort of thing that makes me weirdly happy.)

This variation has a much longer skirt, nearly tea-length, so that it looks better (in my head) with ankle boots. (Does it actually look better? Who knows.) If you want to see how it looks on, I wore it to give this talk.


Stealth Liberty of London?

by Erin on April 10, 2015

I feel like this fabric (at Mood) is a Liberty print, but I can’t find verification of it:
give me liberty or give me stealth

I ordered some (because duh, and because I hadn’t spent my fabric allowance for February OR March) and it doesn’t feel like Tana Lawn, but might feel like the Liberty poplin range — I couldn’t tell for sure. There’s also no marking in the selvedge. It’s also available in blue. This one looks Libertyesque, too.

Why isn’t there a Liberty fabric wiki where you can search for prints by name, year, color, type, key words, etc.? If I didn’t have roughly eleventy-hundred projects going on right now, I’d be making it. Everyone could take photos of their stash with rulers for reference and there’d be badges and wishlists and swap lists and Etsy links and … stop me, please. (Or do it yourself! I’ll be an advisor.)

Speaking of projects, followers of this here blog might be interested to read this in the New York Times today.



April 9, 2015

Been forever since I posted a new dress, huh? I’ve done a teeny bit of sewing since October, but only got around to taking some pictures last weekend, or maybe weekend before last? This dress is all sorts of mashup. The bodice is McCall’s 6727, only with the neckline taken up an inch or so. […]

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The Bookpile

April 7, 2015

Do you have a bookpile? I have a bookpile. I assume everyone has a bookpile, unless they have been cursed by an evil wizard and are unable to read again until they finish some impossible task, like spinning straw into gold. (Aside: do you all know the word tsundoku, which in Japanese — supposedly — […]

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Today’s Pattern Story: Advance 5247

March 2, 2015

Blue: With these new “grab-bag” pockets, you never know what you’ll get! Last time I got a baby alligator! Red: I should have brought my safety goggles today. (Today’s pattern from Fancywork on Etsy.)

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Another winter dress

January 10, 2015

Here’s another January-appropriate dress, although I made this back in October, to wear to talk at Pop!Tech. (That there is a video link.) Specifics: it’s Liberty Lantana, but I don’t remember the pattern name — if you search for Liberty Lantana on eBay this one always comes up. (Lantana is the winter-perfect cotton/wool blend. Super soft, […]

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Progress Report: Slow

January 4, 2015

Not a lot of sewing going on in my atelier lately. Holidays, and a huge press of work*. You know, the usual. One dress has been hanging on the hook where I keep the in-progress projects for more than a month. Okay, it’s not really a hook, it’s one of those orange spring clamps that photographers […]

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Today’s Pattern Story: Simplicity 2032

December 21, 2014

Blue: What’s that? Red: It’s a bird … it’s a plane … Blue: It’s a goddamn drone, that’s what it is. Red: Hold on, I’ll go get my .22. This pattern (and many, many others where the the women in the illustration are looking quizzically into the sky, ah the 1940s) is at Oldpatterns.com. An […]

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Today’s Pattern Story: Simplicity 2095

November 28, 2014

  Amelia: So you want to oversell it.  Try this: “Oh, WOE, WOE, WOE is me!” Cecelia: And that really works? It seems … undignified. Amelia: You’d be surprised. I’ve gotten out of two speeding tickets and a school fundraising dinner! Cecelia: SOLD.   (Today’s pattern from Etsy seller studioGpatterns.)

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Another McCalls 6727

November 27, 2014

Hey, here’s another McCall’s 6727! I love this pattern an awful lot. Here’s the bodice, I didn’t tack down the facing in front because I thought it might make a visible line, but that means it rolls a tiny tiny bit: I was sure I took a picture of the facing, but uh, no. It’s […]

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