Ok, moving on, rapidly! So now that I have sewed myself into feeling better with the Renfrew tees and a little vintage number for Daughter no 2 I feel ready to tackle another pattern from Pattern Magic. I still wanted to play with the “Just Like a Stole” style.
So out came the paper and rolls of Magic Tape (I still need to get shares in Scotch-tape). The book has a high neckline which will never work on me, so I have adjusted it to be a sort of rounded v. I also have a front button fastening, and sleeves. Not too fancy this time, just pleated 3/4 length. The dart has been moved, and elaborated! See the sketches.. Again, the trickiest thing with the pattern is making a Winnie block do what another writer needs. It works though! Although I’d love to share the photos of the pattern and toile with you, dearest husband has filched the camera.
Instead you get these…
The difference between fashion illustration sketches, and reality! This is a sketch of the blouse I am making, the sketch on the left is done using a template from this book from Morplan, and the next one was done over a photo of moi. What a difference proportions make!
You can get similar sketches from Fashionary, free downloadable templates, or buy the sketchbooks.
How tempting is it just to keep the template sketch and dump the “real” one? Very!! 😀
So the toile is in a soft linen (linen sheets from the charity shop!!) to replicate the cotton I will use later. No fabric purchase necessary, I have dug out a piece from my stash, yay! Also, there are just about enough buttons from the button box to finish it off. I cannot profess to be completely good this week though. When visiting the charity shop looking for toile fabric and some vintage buttons, my eye was caught by a pile of grey houndstooth on a shelf. Upon closer inspection it turned out to be 2m of a lovely soft wool, for £12! Needless to say I gave in – no way that was staying in the shop for someone else to have! So now there is another piece to make up.. 😀
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Oh how I love little gems – nice spotting at the thrift shop … I wonder what will become of it from your stash when the time is right.
Nice sketches too, wish I had the skills as I most certainly do not. I wonder what the world would look like with all us gals being mincing around in our 7″ tall slender splendor?!! :o)
Daughter no 1 already has her beady little eye on that wool! I didn’t hide it in time… If you have a template to use, the sketching is much easier. Then all you have to worry about is getting the lines and details right, proportions are all taken care of. Oh, if we were all 7″ tall and skinny we’d all be the same, and what would be the fun in that?? ;p
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Thanks Jeyco!! I am so sorry, this comment ended up in the “spam box”!! Thanks so much! 😀
I love the 3 dart modification you made. It adds that *extra something special* that sewing gives you that RTW doesn’t.