Sunday, February 18, 2018

From TG Pattern to Rundholz Dress

~ Yes! ~

While I had started on yet another Tina Givens Serena Dress pattern that I know doesn't quite work out, I have allowed for her errors to make my previous dresses into something unique.  The first is here, the second here.

What I like the most about them is the suggestion to use two different fabrics that don't normally go together:  linen and jersey knit.  And for each dress I just so happened to have the corresponding colors for each fabric pair.

This time, however, as I started out with the browns I was thinking it might end up boring.  Then I stumbled across a picture of a Rundholz dress that looked like a rougher version of TG's pattern.  hmmm.  I don't know which came first.  But I do luv Rundholz style - which is way beyond anything I could ever afford.

~ Rundholz Dress ~

and for comparison, here's what TG's dress is supposed to look like according to the pattern picture.

~ TG Serena pattern ~

This seemed to give me the freedom to treat the "making" of the dress like an art project.  By that I mean paying attention to what was happening and not doing things by rote.  Taking my time so I could notice things, possibilities.  Nothing had to be a certain way.  If something came out differently than what I might have expected, I would consider it as is, or other what ifs.

~ stretching out and standing tall ~

It was so much fun to make.  And I did things differently than the other two.  There's little surprises and neat details that make so much sense to me.

~ I can move all over ~
Watch me now...

~ wasn't that a triple sow cow? ~

~ les boots from ebay ~

I'll be gallivanting around with Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style, then there's Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like, and Cherie's Shoe and Tell.  Come on by when they go live.

But for extra credit, I've got something else to show ya...

Monday, February 5, 2018

What I Wore to Work Out

~ No kidding ~

Well, I did change my shoes for the event.  But honestly, my workout shoes are some old flat-soled silver Trippens.

~ Yes, it's all very comfy ~

The kimono top and pants were made way before Project Minima started.   Simplicity 4291 for the top.  The pants are just slip on, elastic waist, nothing special.

~ voila ~

I made the undershirt recently out of stretch mesh.  A modification from a simple Vogue pattern, V8450.

~ and some good ole Docs from ebay ~

Meanwhile,  I'll be at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style to party with the Visibles, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like and Cherie's Shoe &Tell.  Hope to see you all there!.

In other news...
I've been working like crazy on those bugs.  Beetles to be exact.  I am  

Sunday, January 21, 2018

FINALLY, that Pamela Roland Coat is Done!

Yes, it is.

~ Ta-Dah ~

~ and here's what the pattern model looks like ~

As you can see, I made a few changes.  And a few changes happened because of me.  Like I'm not a 6'+ model, for instance.  Or I decided I'd like long sleeves and buttoned up collars on my coats.


~ notice the back is different ~

I know, rather suggestive, but I didn't need all that extra fabric around the shoulders so I ended up folding it over as much as I could.  And that's want I came up with.

~ it's such a weird thing ~

It's a cape.  No, it's a coat.  No, it's a Ninja Turtle.  A Rorschach Test?  hmmm...

~ Check out the lining ~

This was so hard for me to make, way beyond my technical abilities.  It had four layers, I was lost, I tell you, lost.

Meanwhile, let me show you that lining again that I hand-quilted to the batting...

~ yeah, baybee ~

And the humongous snaps I covered with fabric (woo-hoo) and hand-stitched on.  Speaking of which, every part of this thing was hand-basted first before it got to the machine.  No wonder it took me 2 months to complete - along with all the moaning involved.

~ awww ~

Then I had this brilliant idea that I wanted big (embroidered) bugs marching across the mid-back/ shoulder seam line.  I figured a bug a day.  But it took 3 days for the first bug.    I do think she's cute as a.  Even more time spent on the second, and I didn't think he fit in with the coat.  The third was looking good, but I still needed 4 more.  So for now, I just stopped and decided to wear the darn coat already.  geez.

~ Bug #1 (not sewn on) ~

I even went so far as to make a bug hat with silver veil over the eyes, kind of a 20s vibe.  But no, you're not seeing it.  It was really too, too, much with THE coat.  You know how it is.  Right?  Sometimes enough really is enough.

I can actually come out of hiding and join the bloggerhood at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday and the rest of those guys when they go live.  And here's Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like.  Yipee.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

A Fresh Dress for the Holidays

~ photography by geof kern ~

So nice that you can dress it up or down for whatever the occasion.

In other news, it's been gently snowing since last night and looks so picturesque. 

~ out my window ~

~ only 2 inches expected ~

And I'm back at it with THE coat...

~ this time whistling while I work ~

I have one more of these big panels (bigger than my table top) and then I'm off to hand-sewing another set of layers.  An ever smaller lot of them.  woo-hoo.

~ with intermittent breaks to watch the snow fall ~

Ho, ho, ho to each and everyone!

xoxo, pao 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Sewing In, Sewing Out

~ and a rough day at the sewing cave ~

But it's not always like that.

Some times it's just like this.

~ le sigh ~

Then there's the fun and games...

~ like hiding behind sheer silver-gray organza ~

I hear that's good for disguising wrinkles.

~ but first you must iron it! ~


~ another trick is to keep moving ~

 That way you are a blur, which keeps any old, aging parts at bay.

~  double points if you keep on moving and have your back to the camera ~

But what I was really going to post about was the trials and tribulations of the new coat I'm making:  Pamela Roland's Vogue 1332.  

~ this one ~

Has anyone done this one before?  oh my.  

That's my coat fabric on the right and my lining on the left (hand quilted, by the way).  It has so many layers of fabric!  Plus batting, the organza as interlining and sew-in interfacing.  And each layer is hand-basted around the perimeter of each pattern piece.  All the pattern markings and stitching construction  are marked with tailor tacks (thread) on each layer or each piece.  Something like that.  

It is taking me forevah!  I guess that's okay.  I only hope it fits/looks good after all.

p.s.  I'm wearing my workout clothes in the pix.  yeah.  oh, the top is a translation of Tina Givens Juliana top pattern and the pants are from her Phoebe pattern.  

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