Friday, July 26, 2019

Summer sews

I have lately been focusing on adding feminine elements to my wardrobe and also keeping Estee Lauder in business.  My recent clothing makes and purchases have been decidedly fun-lipsticks, fancy jacquards, glittery and striped linens, embroidered jeans.  I am feeling GOOD, healthy and strong and want my outsides to match that feeling.
I still struggle with pain and range of motion but am walking, swimming, riding and working around the house and yard.  Avoid at all costs falling off your horse or bike or a ladder at an advanced age!  


To celebrate this improvement, I made a dress.  It is a sheath dress, but with a button placket.  I used a rayon/linen blend in a warm paprika color, an impulse purchase for sure as this color is not in my closet at all.  While I love the color, the fabric itself is a bit too soft for the dress.  I know I'll make this again and use a more tightly woven fabric.  The pattern is M7944, a wonderful pattern for those learning to sew.  McCall's did a good job with this approach to a basic dress.  
This pattern includes basic instructions in a one-page introduction to sewing this pattern. There is information on supplies needed, size and pattern pieces, explanations of markings, how to adjust the length, how to layout the pattern, and transferring the markings. Each of these topics is discussed within its own text box.



I like the neckline, the front and back darts as well as bust darts, and the button placket.  The length as drafted is a little short and so I added 2 inches.  I am 5'2".  

  



The armholes are good, with no bra showing. 
   











Channeling my inner Marilyn Monroe :-)
Other projects have been a skirt and 2 tops using the following patterns: skirt from B6463, white top from Cutting Line Designs (My Heart's A'Flutter), navy top from Christine Jonson V-neck Tee.



The white linen top has become a coordinate for jeans as it is boxy as sewn.  The skirt is much loved, as is the navy tee shown below.  

This is what is on my table right now, using some pretty floral voile.  (V1395)  What are you sewing?

17 comments:

  1. I sew nothing, but DO focus on not falling off (or with) a horse!

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  2. Pretty compromised. No wind, no energy, lots of stumbling. He's added arthritis in his neck to his list of diagnoses.

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    1. Oh Michelle, I am so sorry! Is he comfortable in the pasture? I only ask because I have always boarded and the last few years with 2 horses was financially difficult. It would have been a blessing to find a retirement pasture...

      Are you riding another horse now?

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  3. Yes, he is comfortable in the pasture and I still ride him, as it is highly recommended for metabolic disease (think diabetes). But he has fallen with me at the canter twice, so I stay cognizant of that possibility and choose when and where we do a little canter very carefully. I would love to find another horse to RIDE, but would need the go-ahead from Rick and it would have to be very inexpensive because just buying hay for a third horse would be stretching the budget with a kid in private school and soon college. I'm looking into a Morgan at a rescue down in the Klamath Basin but that's quite a ways from me, and I still don't have Rick's okay.

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    1. Do you want to do dressage? I board at a breeding barn...just sayin' :-) I don't know what your budget is-mine is low and I cannot afford these youngsters. I'm used to getting horses to rehab or to just plain ride.

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  4. Your looking good. The recent makes really suit the inner effervescence. My sewing is pretty slow but happy.

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    1. I love your style! The recent squiggles squares dress is really cute :-)

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    2. Thanks Mary - the Squiggle Squares dress is a favourite. Currently packed in my bag for the working week. Thus weeks top is a bit of a dusaster. No PR Match Your Shoes entry for me!

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  5. Love the paprika dress on you! That color is fantastic. Looking forward to seeing your Vogue 1395- I have that pattern too, and have pulled it out a number of times, but haven't found the right fabric yet.

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    1. Thanks so much Ann! I will post about 1395. It turned out to be very pretty. I hope you make it.

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  6. I love the paprika dress and the navy combination on you. So classic and flattering. Glad to hear that you’re able to be active. I always look forward to reading another one of your posts. :)

    Abbey Sews

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  7. Might we have the pleasure of another post soon???

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    1. Happy to do that soon! I have finished some nice sewing projects, started an art class, and am vacationing in Nova Scotia right now.

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