I think I’ve got a winner! I have been wearing the heck out of the blue linen dress I made from Simple Modern Sewing Book 3C pattern. It transitions nicely into fall weather with it’s cropped sleeves. Most importantly this shift style dress is super comfortable. I decided to use a printed woven fabric and added a notch to the neckline to mix it up a little for the second dress.
I made another top from Stylish Dress Book: Wear With Freedom. As with the other tops I’ve made, the “F” top pattern was super easy to sew. I like the the slotted, petal sleeves with ties. It is roomy enough to wear a knit top underneath for warmth as the weather gets cooler. I have another cut out already. This pattern is a keeper.
It’s pretty safe to say that I am on a roll with sewing everyday casual clothes for my wardrobe. I found a blouse on Pintrest from a Japanese sewing book one day and ended up falling in love with the simplicity of the styles. I have found 3 books that I really like so far.
The books are translated into English with easy to follow instructions (for advanced beginner) and have western sizing. Styles are fast to sew and comfortable to wear. Most can be made from start to finish in a couple of hours. Here are some of the styles I’ve made to date. I have been wearing the heck out of them.
Not too long ago re-making my wardrobe seemed pretty far-fetched. At my rate it would take forever. I got to thinking about what I wear on a daily basis. I realized that most of the patterns in my stash were more tailored than what I would typically choose for an easy, fuss free day.
Now this might be a Midwest thing but truth be told, when I’m not working, on an outing, or going to church you will most likely find me in some knit pants with t-shirt or jeans with t-shirt. I know, I know, I need to mix it up right?
I started looking for easy chill clothes and found Simplicity 1620. It is a simple wardrobe that has pull-on pants, a dress, tunic, short 2 piece jacket, long 2 piece jacket and a sash. No zippers, no buttons, no fuss. Fast and Easy sewing.
I bought linen blend fabric in different colors and got to sewing. I made no major alterations since the patterns have a lot of ease. In about 3 days I had made:
2 pairs of pull on pants
a short jacket
a long kacket
Bolero jacket (from Sew Chic Japanese sewing book)
Happy with the result I kept looking for more. Unfortunately I didn’t find too many more simple wardrobes like this one in the Big 4 pattern catalogs. Thank goodness for Pintrest though. I discovered Japanese clothing patterns.
My goodness. There are so many simple, easy to wear designs and they have started to publish them in English! My favorite Japanese designer at the moment is Yoshiko Tsukiori. I have her book Happy Homemade Sew Chic: 20 Simple Everyday Designs. Love it!
There are a few base patterns (graded up to American sizes) that have a bunch of style variations to mix and sew. The instructions are easy to follow with lots of diagrams. So far I have made the Jersey Style Bolero jacket. It only takes 3 pattern pieces to make. Easy, Peasy. I have more patterns cut out ready to sew. I will continue exploring Japanese clothing style for sure.
Last week was our pastor’s 6th anniversary and there was a week long celebration. Each day a different color was chosen for all to wear to the festivities. Ah, yes! the perfect excuse to make stuff. I didn’t have a coral or a blue dress to wear so I decided to challenge myself to make them. All week people asked me if I had made what I was wearing. A crafters dream! Yes I made them, quirks. mistakes, and all.
Quilter’s cotton was the fabric of choice this time keeping the cost down.
For the coral dress I made Simplicity 2444 with the contrasting cape collar and matching waist tie.
I decided to use muslin as a lining to give the dress some weight. This dress was easy to sew and had some ineresting waist darts and pleats in the skirt. I like the pockets on this one too, nice and generous enough to stash your keys and emergency candy in them.
For the blue dress I used Simplicity 3877. The dress has 8 godets in the skirt which gives the otherwise simple design lots of movement. There are lots of style configurations to explore with this pattern. Different sleeves, sashes, bodices and skirt lengths.
This dress will get a lot of wear for sure. It was surprisingly easy to make although my mandarin collar came out less than perfect. The front opening rolls outward in the front instead of sitting against my neck. If I make it again I will do the mock wrap variation.
I didn’t have time to make anything with lavendar so I wore a skirt that I already owned with a top I made a few months ago with Lutterloh pattern 87. It’s a simple wrap top with shoulder darts. The fabric is from an old sateen sheet set I had. I forgot how much I really like this top. Need another ASAP.
Hancock Fabrics has some special occasion fabrics on clearance. I found taffeta with a matching shimmery accent fabric on sale for less than $3 per yard! Now there was a catch. The fabric was a bright lime green. I figured I could get away with it for Easter. People really get dressed up at my church so it would be a fun dress to wear for the occasion.
The pattern I settled on was Butterick 5850
Unfortunately, what started off as mild congestion on Thursday turned into an all out monster cold on Friday. I was down for the day. Saturday I worked on altering praise dance dresses for the youth ministry and went to my niece’s birthday party (the baby is 5 already!). Before I knew it, it was midnight and I was putting together folders for scripts at the last minute for my youth group. That green dress was not happening. I ended up wearing my rose dress instead. New Look 6184 Here.
I did finally finish this week, post Easter but better late than never. The tucked shawl collar was a little tricky for me and the huge skirt required more gathering than I was used to doing but all in all it came together okay. I’m not sure where I’ll wear this bright green dress but it was a great learning project. I probably need to lay off the taffeta for a while now.
We’ve had a few warm days in northern Indiana but for the most part it’s still Nippy.
Seizing the perfect opportunity to use up some embossed faux fur that was in the stash, I decided to make a jacket using a factory remnant of Simplicity 1758 view A.
For $.97 at Walmart you can get a discount pattern with minor packing issues. In my case it had apron instructions instead of the jacket instructions inside. ( Another discount pattern came with an extra sleeve piece) Oh well. Simplicity has awesome customer service. They helped me out with an issue I was having with the armhole. Basically, I needed some assurance that that the pattern would work and too keep going. It worked!
I would like to make this Jacket again perhaps in denim.
Northern Indiana has yet to receive the Spring memo. It’s cold up here. Maybe if I wear flowers, the weather will get the hint. Ah yes, an excuse to make something.
A friend and me went shopping a few weeks ago and fell in love with this cool rose printed fabric. The weird thing about it is, the fabric is mostly white with a few random roses placed here and there.
Our real obsession with this otherwise blah fabric was the rarely placed exotic turquoise roses among the pink and grey ones. Loved it. Sold.
I chose to make New Look 6184 in view C.
With only 2.5 yards of fabric I should have known it would take a miracle to showcase all of the roses and have enough fabric to cut the necessary pieces out.
Layout was a real puzzle, but I was able to capture all of the roses in the dress. Miracle!
I like this one, but then I am starting to like any dress with a full skirt. Every women needs to twirl every once in a while.