Erin and Matt

Haven’t posted in a while … there’s a backlog of new dresses and old patterns with new stories, but a shortage of TIME to post them in!

This picture, of course, takes priority, as it involves a kilt — that’s my handsome-yet-goofy younger brother in the McKean tartan with all the trimmings, ready to walk my little sister down the aisle at her lovely wedding in Brooklyn last weekend. (Don’t ask me which variant of the McKean/McIan tartan this is, it could also be some kind of McDonald? Genealogy is complimacated.)

She asked me to stand up for her as well (that’s why I’m holding a sheaf of lavender, that’s not a customary accessory of mine) and asked me to wear navy blue.  (Of course I did not own a navy blue dress of any kind whatsoever.)

After a few false starts, I finally just made THE SAME OLD DRESS I’VE BEEN MAKING FOR THE LAST FOUR MONTHS. Here’s a post where you can see the lines of the dress. It’s the Simplicity 2389 bodice with the (heavily modified) Burdastyle Heidi skirt. And now I have a navy dress.

I don’t own navy shoes, because navy shoes never match anything else that’s navy, so the silver ankle-straps were left over from that part of the early 2000s where I was going to a lot of weddings. I forgot how painful they were — note my “let me just relieve the pressure on this foot here” stance — so they were exchanged for flats at the earliest possible point of the proceedings.

At the shoulder you can kind of maybe partly see that I did do piping for this one as well — self-bias piping with nice fat cord. The fabric is a kind of faille so the corded piping has a nice bias twist to it, very satisfying (if nearly invisible).

It was a very happy day. Hope your days have been happy, too.

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Dots at Liberty

by Erin on September 27, 2014

Schlesinger Liberty (Simplicity 2452) bodice

I don’t think I’ve posted about this yet — it’s a hybrid Frankendress of Liberty Schlesinger (which I’ve used before and still think looks like a cricket-ball print) with the bodice from Simplicity 2452 and the same skirt (only deeper pleats) as this dress (Simplicity 5238). Okay, that was confusing. Perhaps the pictures will make it easier:

Here’s the (added) side pockets and side zipper:
Schlesinger Liberty (Simplicity 2452) pocket

The deep back pleat in the skirt:
Schlesinger Liberty (Simplicity 2452) back skirt

The collar (you can see the mustardy bias tape I used to finish it — probably should have used gray. (It matched more in my head.)
Schlesinger Liberty (Simplicity 2452) front collar and facing

I used the Fashion Incubator method on this collar, and it rolled really nicely at the edge:
Schlesinger Liberty (Simplicity 2452) collar

Here’s the whole back view:
Schlesinger Liberty (Simplicity 2452) back view

I made this three different times early this spring but I suppose I never got around to posting them? A search doesn’t turn anything up. I have pictures of the other two as well, so I’ll try to get them up soon.

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Today’s Pattern Story: Advance 8296

September 21, 2014

  Isabelle: So that’s what he said to me — honestly Estelle — I thought I was going to fall down laughing right then and there. Estelle: I can’t take it! Isabelle: Seriously I thought he was going to bust a gasket. I have never seen a man so upset in my life. Estelle: And he really […]

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Because It’s There

August 25, 2014

So the other night I went to a Designers + Geeks meetup because it was about “Fashion Tech Design.” I always think that I will like the idea of fashion tech design but I usually come away slight less than whelmed. The speakers were fairly interesting — my favorite was Meg Grant, you should check […]

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Today’s Pattern Story: McCalls 5136

August 20, 2014

  Frieda: That’s … interesting. Syncopation is not everyone’s friend. Melba: My goodness! Her frock is … only fringe. Entirely fringe! Over no combinations! Mother is certainly going to need some sal volatile. Evelyn: Too, too tedious, darlings. Do you know if Jimmy brought the cocaine? (See the Vintage Pattern Wikia entry for this pattern here.) Oh and […]

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A shirtdress MADE OF SHIRTS

August 15, 2014

So as you all already know, I love shirtdresses. Love ‘em. Buy tons of shirtdress patterns! Which then languish, mostly unmade, in my sewing lair. Because, as it turns out, I love shirtdresses, and I really really love shirting fabric, but I am not really enthused about: sewing buttonholes making plackets creating collar stands So […]

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Today’s Pattern Story: Butterick 3613

August 10, 2014

  ANNOUNCER: Today’s elbow-wrestling contestants are Katrina Williston and Melody Gunnersdottir, both of Pleasant Prairie, Minnesota. COLOR COMMENTATOR: So a real home-town grudge match, huh, Tom? ANNOUNCER: Well, Bob, Pleasant Prairie has been a hotbed of elbow-wrestling since a spate of unfortunate hand amputations from thresher malfunctions back in the Great Depression. But it’s only been in […]

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Hearts and Bones

July 28, 2014

I finished this dress up last weekend: This here is the part I like best. I was going to do plain red piping, but the reds didn’t match. (And neither did the maroons or blues. I have more piping than a Scottish funeral.) The striped piping is from Britex. Every time I go in I […]

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Today’s Pattern Story

July 24, 2014

  Claudine: Move it a little more … a little more to the left. Claudette: My left, or your left? Claudine: Um, his left? Oh wait, he’s left. Smoke break. Claudette: Goddamn illustrators. Bunch of nicotine fiends. Claudine: Might as well put it down before you get dizzy from the rubber cement fumes. [Pattern is here […]

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Book Review: Super Stitches Sewing

July 19, 2014

When you’ve been sewing for as long as I have (30 years!), it can be hard to discover the gaps in your own knowledge. You have your own routes to the places you need to go, and time doesn’t always (or even usually) permit the kind of aimless wandering that leads you to new discoveries. So when […]

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