Anyway...first up, my finished fishie blouse:
Finished it this morning; I had been putting off doing the buttonholes. I forgot how fast and easy the attachment makes it. :shrug: The buttons are from the '40's, according to the seller. I thought they looked like bubbles and HAD to have them for this top. :lol: (The bubbles don't show up very well here - they are OPALIZED, y'all! They look like stones under water, the way they sparkle!)
Next up, my 1940's Homefront overalls as a playsuit (why, Hello Google! :lol:) This is a review of the pattern as well as a brag post, because....well, the pattern has *issues*.
This is a Retro-vivo pattern from Wearing History. She takes an original pattern and grades it up/down, but does nothing else to it. The instructions are photocopies/scans of the original pattern....and therein lies the problem. (Well, ONE of the problems.) I'm not sure this pattern was written for a sewing machine - the assembly directions want you to make the bodice, then make the bottoms (sewing up ALL seams, except for the short bit on the left side where the facing/button band will go), THEN attach both to the belt, THEN attach the facing/button band and do the button holes.
I'm sure a more experienced sewer could do this....*I* canNOT. The first pair of overalls I did, I followed the instructions. There was NO WAY I could neatly apply the facing and button band, and the buttonholes are...well, creative. The 2nd pair, I left everything FLAT; did the facing/button band/buttonholes and THEN sewed up both side seams. Anyway, on to THIS project.
I decided to line the bodice again - it's a much nicer finish then the way the pattern calls for (bias tape on the raw edges). My choice: Watermelon fabric!
I have to say, I did a bang-up job on these! The sewing up was as close to perfect as I can get it. I carefully sewed the seam, then overlocked it to tidy up the inside. All was going well, until I sewed the bottoms to the top.....
Don't know if you can see what I did there.....:sigh: Basically, you attach the RIGHT side of the bodice front to the back, and the RIGHT side of the bottom front to the back. Um.....I did, only I sewed the side that was on the right of the front as it was FACING ME to the back, then neatly overlocked the edge, then overlocked it AGAIN because it wasn't quite neat enough. I then proceeded to sew it to the belt, overlock it, press it, and TOPSTITCH it. THEN I noticed my mistake. :bangs head:
I spent a bit of time looking at it, but decided to junk it and start over. (Don't worry - I figured out a way this AM to USE both parts - I'll cut the bottom off of the belt, add a new belt, and have a pair of shorts. I'll take the top and add a skirt to the narrower belt, and voila! A dress!) I didn't have enough of the lining to do another watermelon set...so I got cupcakes, instead:
THIS time, I obsessively marked the side seam I was to actually SEW. :lol: I was just as careful, so this set is also pretty "perfect":
I figured out a few things: instead of using 2 layers of denim for the front facing, I used the lining fabric. On the long overalls, I couldn't figure out exactly WHAT the instructions wanted me to do (still can't, to be honest!), so I folded the facing in half and used it that way. It was MURDER to try and do the buttonholes thru 3 layers of denim; this time it was a *breeze*. I cut 2 of the facing pieces, sewed them, flipped them, and topstitched them before attaching them to the bodice. The buttonholes hold it in place.
The button band is the same - the outside is denim, the inside is lining. It's neat, it's pretty, and it was not as difficult to install the hammer-in jeans tacks that I used.
Of course, that could be because I discovered that my grommet press will also work on the jeans tacks. (Helpful hint: IF you're going to be sewing a lot of jeans, run - don't walk! - to eBay and snag one of these lovely, lovely tools. I looked last night and there are a few listed for as low as $35! I paid $65 for mine, and it's worth every penny!)
They don't fit Kat perfectly, but you can at least SEE them on a "body". Sorry, but I don't do morning pictures - bed braid and hay isn't a good look for me. :lol: Not that the husband complained.....he seems to have a thing for women in overalls. :wink:
The only thing I don't like about these is that the denim I bought for me is a stretch denim. I thought I had grabbed a bolt of non-stretch; it didn't stretch any when I tested it (I also bought a bolt of stretch for Herself; it's still stretch. :lol:) This was a bit.....fun...to sew up; I think the lining will help the bodice not stretch out during wear. The bottoms...well, I guess they'll get a little baggy. :shrug: NEXT time I'll be more vigilant in my testing of denim! (I STILL need to get me some lighter-weight NON-stretch denim. :Sigh:)
All-in-all, though, I'm happy with these. They are perfect for summer barn work. And the lining does make me happy. :lol:
Oh! For the 2nd pair of overalls I made earlier, I added 2" to each leg piece (because the hips on the original pattern are SNUG. To the point that you can NOT work in them. You can pose, you can walk, you can look very cute, but you can NOT actually do any work. Since I wanted them to USE.....) I carefully added another dart to the back and tuck to the front, taking up the amount I had added to the side. I remembered - now! - that I had a problem with the pants being too wide; this time I widened the added dart/tuck by another half-inch EACH.
The pants were STILL 1" too wide. :bangs head: I re-drew the dart AGAIN; the pants on the cupcake set was only 1/4" too wide. I simply made a small tuck on either side of the right side seam and called it good. Thing is, I can't see HOW it's too wide! I carefully used 5/8" seams, like it calls for, I took out via the dart/tuck the same amount I had added.....:shrug: The belt fit the bodice (which is traced from the same size as the pants, and is a wee bit loose on me)...so I dunno what's up with that.
Hope y'all have a great weekend!
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