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Just Keep Sewing…

Well it feels like ages since I’ve been in blogworld.  I’ve missed writing, reading other blogs, and discovering new ideas and project inspirations.   So much has been happening the last couple months, but the biggest change was that I moved!  After a brief but necessary time living at my parent’s house, I finally moved into my own apartment.  It is a bit of an adjustment and the unpacking process takes a lot of my time, but I’m starting to feel back to normal again.  And despite everything that has been going on, I have kept up on my sewing…somewhat.

While I’ve been away from the blog, there were a few projects I completed that I didn’t have time to write about.  The first was a top from this retro pattern:

Sailor Pants

I bought this pattern because I have an obsession with those navy-style pants.  Someday I am going to make a pair.  I showed this to my sister and she asked “Ooh!  Can you make me that little sailor top for my birthday?!”  She may have been half-joking, but I accepted the challenge.

Crop Top

 

This pattern calls for something called “braid” for the trim, which I had a hard time figuring out what that was.  After an exhaustive Google search I wondered if it’s even called that any more.  My sister and I went to the fabric store to see what we could use for the the trim on the back flap.  Finally, she picked out some white ribbon so we could make a type of navy design.  I think it actually came out pretty good:

Navy crop top back

 

But, wow!  It is a tiny top.  I won’t post the picture of me wearing this, as it is a bit revealing.  So here is another shot of Madame Booty wearing it:

Navy crop top front Continue reading


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Throwback Thursday: Knit Dress

I’ve been kind of frustrated lately.  With my new job, long commute and social obligations, it’s been tough getting a decent chunk of time to finish my sewing projects.  Which means nothing to blog about.  However, last weekend I did end up taking a trip to Oldie’s Marketplace in Newburyport, MA and I had a great find.

McCalls Pattern 4089

I’m thinking this is from the 1970’s and I got it for $3 (plus tax).  I’ve been looking for a pattern for a casual knit dress and I think this could be fun.   Hopefully all the pieces are in there :o)

I’ve been really enjoying looking at old patterns lately and I can literally spend hours on Etsy just browsing through them.  The challenge is that they usually come in one size, so sometimes you can’t find what you want.  This one might be slightly big on top, but should be easy to adjust and shouldn’t be too much of a problem since it’s made for knits.

What do you think?  Any fun “throwbacks” you working on right now?