Sewing again

The sewing bug has taken hold. Joann’s had a $1 Simplicity pattern sale and well you know the rest.

I told mom that I would make her an outfit. She ended up picking out Simplicity 2372 for the outfit she wanted. We bought some stretch denim that was on clearance for $4 dollars a yard. Woohoo! It has a cool surface design to it. The jacket and pants would be made from denim that way she can mix and match with anything in her wardrobe. We chose a rayon dupioni silk  look-alike for the blouse. I ended up using the reverse side because it looked shiny and provided a better contrast to the denim.

After 4 days on and off the outfit was done. Fitting the pants gave me the blues at first. Mom is barely 5ft tall and has a round belly but skinny legs. Sandra Betzina’s book Fast Fit gave me the answer. Cut a smaller size then add to the waist. Choosing a size based on the waist measurement would have made the pants 6 sizes too big! I have gotten pretty good at making waist alterations because I have needed to do this to make every pattern fit myself. Easy, peasy.

I told mom she was an apple shape. She laughed and told me I was an apple too. No, no mom I’m 5’4 that makes me a pear darling:-)

Simplicity 2372

Simplicity 2372

I finally get to use those Made by labels purchase almost 13 years ago

I finally get to use those Made by labels purchased almost 13 years ago

She liked the shiny reverse side of the fabric because it looked dressier

She liked the shiny reverse side of the fabric because it looked dressier

I think she likes this outfit

I think she likes this outfit

The back of the jacket has a pleat at the top so the jacket as a slight flare in the back

The back of the jacket has a pleat at the top so the jacket as a slight flare in the back

All this sewing reminds me of a certain influential  lady in my life named grandma Arelia Hodges who made clothes that her family kept for decades all because they had her special labels in them and were made with love. Grandma look what your Sweet Pea made!

Vest that grandma Arelia made has her labels in it.

Vest that grandma Arelia made has her label in it.

Grandma's highly sought clothing had her labels in them

Grandma’s highly sought clothing had her labels in them

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