Summery Tiki Shirt

August 28, 2014

Typical: just in time for the days to be shorter, the temperatures cooler, and with all signs pointing squarely toward autumn, I’ve finished a rather summer-appropriate blouse for myself.

I had bought this fabric oh, ages and ages ago, and had in fact sewn myself a little wiggle dress from it, complete with co-ordinating piping and (mostly) hidden side zip, but when I came across the rest of it in my stash, I decided I needed to do something else with it.  Enter Simplicity 7086, View E.  Nothing demands a tie-front blouse quite like tiki pin-up girls.

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I deliberately left the darts out to make it a little more boxy – since the front tie means it comes up a little shorter than some blouses, I didn’t want it to be too close and prone to creeping up, and find that the more flowy silhouette complements the length nicely.  Also, although you can’t tell from the photo, I made that collar my b…, I mean, my slave.  For a pattern named Simplicity, the collar instructions were (bad word) convoluted.  I looked at them, asked my mother’s advice, and even checked with my dad in case he saw something in them that I was missing.  Nope.  So, I modified it just a wee bit, but you’d never know; it looks just fine on.  (Does anyone else have this problem with collars?  Or am I forever doomed to a life of sewing nothing but collarless pajama-style tops?)

I think  I have enough fabric to maybe fashion a circle skirt of sorts, if I don’t mind cutting panels instead of one big piece…sort of a modern take on the vintage playsuit.  Well, there’s always next summer…

Thanks for looking! 🙂

[cue polka music]

It’s been unseasonably chilly here the past while.  I wore sweaters to work twice last week, and it’s the last part of May.  This is the Northern hemisphere, and I expect warm spring days, darn it!

Can I will the nice weather to show itself by sewing a summery skirt?

(Modeled by the always-lovely Dolores.)

I made this using Simplicity 5564, View E (or F?).  I’ve attempted this pattern a few times in the past with varying degrees of success, but this is the first time I’ve ever managed to get the waistband right.  In the past, I tried the waistband and then decided “Forget this!” and simply folded over the top of my skirt “tube” to make a casing for some elastic.  Besides the easy on-and-off factor that comes with an elastic waist, leaving the waistband off makes the skirt shorter and more flattering; as it is, it’s just a touch matronly looking – but still cute, and suitable for the office.  Or maybe I just need to grow another couple of inches.

The fabric is a lovely, stretchy knit that I fell in love with at Fabricland, and which instantly brought to mind this pattern.

Now I just need sunny days and warm breezes…

Up with Miniskirts!

February 21, 2009

(“We meet again, MAD Magazine…”)

I actually finished this last weekend (“finished” being open to interpretation; I haven’t yet hemmed the bottom nor added the hook-and-eye at the top of the zipper, though it is wearable nonetheless), and have just gotten around to cutting my head out of the picture.  Heh.  The pattern is the apparently out-of-print Simplicity 2967, View C.  The fabric is some cheap-ass but surprisingly comfy knit I got for $1.97/metre ages ago.

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Now I just need the weather to warm up a l’il bit (okay, okay, a lot), and I’m set for spring!