I don't know about the weather where you are, but we had a HOT weekend (mid-eighties) and are heading into an equally hot week. Makes you think beachwear!
So another week has come and gone. Let's see what we have to show for it.
Remember how I complained last week about being buried under a pile of sewing books?Happily, I still have a little room left for fashion books, and I picked up a beautiful one at the flea market yesterday, "Unseen Vogue."
It's a sumptuous coffee table book full of photos that for one reason or another didn't make it into the magazine. Let's take a look (click to blow them up):
Chock full of inspiration. Wow!
And speaking of glamour, I know you're all wondering how the rose dress is coming along:
It doesn't look like much on a hanger, peeps, and it still needs hemming as well as a belt, which I think I'm going to make myself. But of all Cathy's outfits, I think this is my favorite. If it ever cools down here, we'll do a photoshoot and you'll see why.
So books, dresses, what else have I been up to?
1. I finally started paring down my fabric remnants stash! I know you can relate when I say that even though I may have half a yard of Ralph Lauren floral bedsheet left, I don't want to look at that fabric again let alone sew with it. Heck, I don't even want to clean with it!
3. I nearly finished the rose dress, which, you'll recall, is from a 1948 McCall's pattern. I may actually do the hem by hand; I think it warrants the effort.
4. What would a sewing week be without an impulse pattern purchase? I picked this up on Etsy:
I'm guessing that it's from around 1942 or 1943. If anyone can date it more accurately (#9540), please let me know. It will be my first truly vintage Vogue.
And now, for the week to come:
1. I want to complete that rose dress and get Cathy into it, hopefully in black -- yes black -- gloves.
2. I realized in yesterday's heat that I could use a pair of short pants that doesn't look like something you'd wear to the gym. Maybe I'll stitch myself up a pair.
3. I want to continue to pare down my stash. I may have too many sheets, do you believe it?
4. I need to whip myself up some cloth sewing machine covers. A few of my machines are sitting atop my sewing table collecting dust -- not a good thing.
And now -- how about you?
Kerry: Have you decided what you'll be wearing on your European tour? Lisette: Did you finish the apron? Makingtime: Update us on the red cotton print dress please. Mae: Did you make Simplicity 2648 with the mismatched serger thread? Laura: Did you make the "sunny day" outfit? Toby: "fear of sheer" -- what is going on there? Alyssa: Arabian Nights costumes -- how are they coming? Stacy: Did you make your linen skirt?
Look, you're all adults. What are you going to do when you're out on your own and I'm no longer around to nag you, huh? I know it's an uncomfortable thought but it's reality, peeps. What I recommend is that you start nagging others. It's much more empowering to be the nagger than the naggee, and a little authority is always healthy -- helps build responsibility.
OK, folks, time to finish my coffee and figure out how to do a credible whipstitch. Frankly, I'm frightened but I'm determined to "feel the fear and do it anyway."
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!