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My made June-ish

17 Jul

June is usually the coldest month here, and my warmer clothes are usually just op-shop finds to see me through an average of all of 3 weeks of cold weather. So I didn’t sign up for Me-Made June.

But this June turned out sooooo cold I had to dig out some of my southern travel clothes for their extra warmth. One old favourite is this blue velvet skirt. I found the skirt, a straight wrap-around in I think a size 8, (too small for me) in an op-shop in Darwin when I was 19. I made it into this straight skirt that buttons up at the side. (Gorgeous buttons. Mmmm!) The fabric was a tad worn and frayed in places when I found the skirt, and I do secretly love that. It has Character!

It turned out to be the perfect weight for the extra-cold weather. Yes yes, I really was barefoot even though it was freezing 😛 I wore this skirt so much that, especially on days I wore a top I had also made, like this one, I was doing a Me-Made June after all.

One day I will work out how to fit the back of my bodices so they don’t have all that extra fabric in them. I already take some length out of the waist. I have trialled taking some of that excess out of the shoulders/neck, without affecting the armscye. I think it is working. More on that in a later post when I am more confident of what I am doing.

The top is my “wearable muslin” of Sense and Sensibility’s swing era dress pattern, started when I optimistically joined Casey‘s Swing era dress sew-along earlier this year. I ‘fess, I went on holiday in the middle of the sew-along and never started the actual dress The muslin worked out just fine, however, so I finished it off as a top, (practised that crazy shoulder corner seam!) and it soon became a wardrobe favourite. I suspect it is partly to do with the colour (looks lovely on me and goes with everything in my wardrobe), partly the weight of the fabric is so nice (cotton poplin), the style is comfortable (love that back pleat!) and it suits my figure. What more can a girl ask for?

(For the record I have some red, red, red cotton sateen in the cupboard to make the actual dress up.)

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Blue linen shorts – self-drafted (sort of)

16 May

FINALLY got my motherfashion photographer, a sunny day, and the blue linen shorts I finished in early February

together. Here is the result. Sorry, no back view. I was lucky my fashion photographer had the patience to take these ones!

Blue linen shorts front
Blue linen shorts side view

While working on getting the fit as good as I could, I worked out the back crotch length was just too short. (could explain a lot of fitting issues with trousers/shorts to this point) So I stuck a yoke in to make up the extra. I realised it is very similar to jeans back yokes. I had already lengthened the back crotch quite a lot on the pattern I drafted using my measurements and crotch shape. When laying the pattern on the fabric, to keep the legs on the straight grain meant the back crotch seam came up really high, using a lot of fabric. Then I had to add some more!
I do wonder, having seen this, how much the yoke characteristic of jeans has to do with commercial layouts being designed to use the fabric as efficiently as possible?

Wagh! The pockets gape 😦 I ended up simply sewing the opening down at top and bottom, leaving a smaller space for my hands. Worked fine. I suppose to eliminate it it would need a lining across from the side seam to centre front, but that is just another layer of fabric to make the shorts hotter to wear.
All that was left of the blue linen fabric after making these shorts!
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