Derby- The Sweetest Thing!

I made this a while back- in Spring to be exact- and it was another dress I failed to blog right away so I decided to rectify that today! For Easter I made Middle Daughter- Holly- the Derby dress by Christine Haynes.

Confession- I never would have bought this pattern just seeing it on the internet. I went to Christine’s last book signing and lo and behold on a dress form was the SWEETEST little dress I had seen in a while. I HAD to have it for my girls -I asked and it was The Derby dress! So, I bought the pattern along with a copy of her new book. :)

 

Derby Dress

 

 

The weekend I was at this book signing I stayed an extra day and went shopping with a group of fun sewing gals and found the perfect fabric for the dress. Can I say $2 a yard? At Angel Textiles? A super fab downtown LA fabric store Amity from Lolita patterns turned me on to. When I saw this pretty lavender floral print I KNEW it was going to be perfect for Holly’s Derby dress. :D

There are so many things I like about this dress. But my favorite thing is it’s simplicity. Not just sewing it up but it looks like a perfect little spring/ summer dress. It has nice lines, a sweet neckline ruffle option and spaghetti straps! It has a thin tie belt that can be used… or not! Like I said… A pretty sweet dress. :)

Derby Dress by Christine Haynes

I thought I was going to have trouble with those spaghetti straps but everything cooperated nicely. I suggest LOTS of pins when attaching the straps to the neckline. Pins can be your friends peeps!

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Derby Dress by Christine Haynes

See? I am pretty sure I did not make any mistakes with that front ruffle and neckline. :D If I can do it, I am pretty darn sure you can do it too! (As a matter of fact I think you should!)
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When I was in LA a few trips back I picked up these adorable little “hands” I decided to use as “tags.” And I FINALLY remembered to use one! The next time I go to LA I am going to pick up a few more bags and do a giveaway… Because I think they are AWESOME!

 

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All in all, I think Derby is a delightfully sweet little dress. And Christine Haynes was a delightfully sweet person! I feel honored I got to meet her and enjoyed sewing up one of her designs.

Derby Dress by Christine Haynes

 

Derby Dress

 

Hope you enjoyed the DERBY dress! I did… :)

In other news… I have made TWO Sewaholic patterns I need to blog… The Saltspring and Gabriola. Ohhh they are MARVELOUS on this SPOON shaped girl! Hardly ANY changes had to be made! Hopefully I will get some pics of those soon and be able to share… And tonight I am starting a round of “Nighttime Sewing.” I will be joining my cousin Kerrielee at 9 PM and sewing until we can’t sew anymore. I doubt it will be in to the wee hours of the morning because #1 we are not as young as we used to be and #2 I have to work in the morning. BUT I typically sew in the evening anyway. And Kerrielee, Mom to 6, pretty much has to sew after all the little ones are in bed or she is constantly interrupted. So we are going to give this a whirl and see what happens!

Take care and Happy Sewing!

Laurie xox

 

LA Blogger Meet-Up… Details Details!

Our meetup is right around the corner and boy are we all getting excited! Our excitement comes from many arenas as well, and the most exciting thing is we get to meet and hang out with a whole bunch of other sewists from So. Cal. Yahoo! There will be shopping, a pattern/ fabric swap, lunch at Cafe Midi and we even have some giveaways!

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And that is why I am here today. To thank those super awesome people who have donated something to our little get together. (By the way, we have 38 confirmed attendees!)

In case you have not heard about it- you can go here to read all the deets! We are meeting Saturday, June 14th at 11:30 at Cafe Midi which is next to The Fabric Store.

First, I’d like to give a special thanks to my fellow co-hosts- Kathy, Erin, and Jill. It has been fun scheming with you ladies the last few months!

And now a special thanks to our fabulous sponsors! We LOVE you guys! <3

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Hopefully I will be seeing some of you June 14th for some fabric and fellowship! If if you have not RSVP’d yet be sure and email Erin!

xoxox

Laurie

PS. Here is a current list of attendees- Just so you can go and get to know everyone before meeting in person: AmityTriceTanya plus one, AmyEleynaLaurie plus three guests, KathyJill AmyBethanyDianeStephanie, April, MelissaAngieKarin, Nancy, Kaoru, Marie, Pam and her friend Sarah, AleahLoren DPamieMarrie BLeahNhiJulianne, Natalie C, Sandra, Adrienne, and Jo M.

McCalls 6834- I Am In Love

I am little late on this post but Eldest Daughter (Kadi) likes PERFECT pictures. And she loved her latest dress so much she wanted to have them taken by a photographer friend. Now that I see the photos I am so in love with the dress AND the photos I am happy I waited. :) A very SPECIAL thanks to Darnay Luckie of Darnay Luckie Photography for these beautiful images!

I made this dress for Easter. All 3 girls got a new dress for this occasion and getting them done on time was quite a challenge! Thankfully, by noon when we had to leave, all 3 dresses were complete! WHEW!

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For Kadi we chose McCalls 6834. She loved the pleats and the whole look of the dress. The challenge came in finding a fabric she wanted to use. After several trips to JoAnns, she kept going back to this lovely piece of cotton voile I had picked up at Angels Textiles in Los Angeles. The fabric is so soft and drapey and oh so pretty I could not resist it! Not only that, I snapped it up for $2 a yard!! Now I wish I had purchased more! I think it has a vintage look with those roses and that pretty shade of blue.

The pattern called for more of a midweight fabric and I admit I was a bit worried how the pleats would turn out and how the general flow of the dress would work with the dress. But I really believe it worked beautifully! The iron was DEFINITELY my friend during the making of this garment! (Ack! I see a thread!)

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The pattern piece’s are quite a few “panels” sewn together. If you take a look from the neckline to the hem- that is all one piece. No waistline and bodice/skirt pieces. Just the panels. Then the pleats! As a said, I was worried if they would hold but once I had them ironed up they looked AHHMAZING! (In my humble opinion!) I think the whole shape of the dress is very flattering because of those panels!

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McCalls 6834

I did not match up my roses. To be honest I never even THOUGHT about matching up the roses until I was sitting here thinking about it and writing this post! I suppose I would have been extra ahhhmazing if I had done such a thing… but ah well. I did not think about it and I think the dress still looks great!

The dress did not have lining but this fine cotton was so fine I felt the need to line the dress. All I actually did was line the bodice fully to the waist area and tell her to wear a slip. But the other night I was thinking about this dress and decided I could actually attach a “slip skirt” to the bodice lining and then it would be completely wearable without a slip. DUH… Not sure why I did not think of this before. I will blame it on the midnight sewing! I seriously thought to myself, “Man, I am NOT going to line the skirt because I don’t want to do double pleats…” Uhhhhh- what was I thinking?

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Now that I LOOK at the back of the dress I see my roses COULD have been placed better. But next time I will remember that detail! I was seriously cutting this out the night before Easter Sunday. It was one of THOSE nights!

I will definitely make this dress again. The only negative is ironing the pleats. YES… they will need to be ironed after every wash and wear. The fabric is just that kind of fabric. But honestly I think that 10-15 minutes in ironing time is well worth it. It is SUCH a pretty dress!

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I will leave you with a bunch more photos… Cause I just can’t resist sharing them!

Happy Sewing!

xoxo Laurie

 

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McCalls 6834

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A Groovy 70′s Dress

Hi All! So FINALLY I get to blog about this dress. I have been nagging and nagging Middle Child about taking pictures of the TWO dresses I have made her that still remain unblogged. Well, now I know the trick. We bought Marvel Comic Super Hero fabric for a dress and I informed her that I would not make it until the other two dresses had pictures. :) Success. So the way to get pictures is to promise more dresses! And I am surprisingly OKAY with that!

Simplicity 6882 Vintage 70's

I picked up this vintage pattern a while back. Holly is such a slim girl I wanted to try some 70′s styles on her. Simplicity 6882 seemed like a great place to start! I found a pretty royal blue rayon and went to work. The pattern is a size 10 and I had to take in the bodice quite a bit. Ah well. I am getting used to that with this girl! 5’4″ and doesn’t even hit 100 pounds. Despite all that she is a pretty cool cat. ;) She has already worn this dress a few times. :)

Simplicity 6882 Vintage Pattern

The pattern went together pretty easily. I don’t typically like dresses with seams in the front of the skirt so if I make this again I may make some adjustments but thankfully the seam is barely noticeable. The zipper in the back went in without any trouble. Cool beans!

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I shortened the length considerably. Holly looks great in a shorter dress so we usually make them a few inches above her knee. I had some trouble because the skirt was rounded. I kept getting those little ripples and ended up having to give it a really good press. Guess I need to do some tutorial reading on hemming rounded hemlines!

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The bodice has some simple “pleating” in the front. Adds a neat little touch I think! Simplicity 6882 Vintage

Don’t you love Holly’s new short hair?? :)

Somplicity 6882 Vintage

Yes. I am really liking this dress. And Holly does too! She has worn it several times! I am thinking I may need to make one in a pretty floral next.

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Picture heavy and word light! I just don’t have a lot to say about this dress other than I love it! So I’ll catch you on the flip side!

Laurie xox

The top 15 70′s slang terms for your enjoyment:

Psyche

Far out

Dream on

Book/booking

Catch you on the flip side

Boogie

Right on

Brick house

Can you dig it

Cat

Chump

Cool beans

Do me a solid

Groovy

What a fry

 

 

1. Psyche! – This 70’s slang word was used when tricking someone. I.e. “I told the joke and she thought it was real, it really psyched her out.”2. Far Out! – Used when the person wanted to show that something was cool, awesome, unbelievable, etc. I.e. “Did you see that new movie? It was far out!”3. Dream On – This slang term was used to show someone that they were being unrealistic. I.e. “He asked me out like he thought he really had a chance, I told him to dream on.”4. Book/Booking – Used to talk about moving fast, being speedy, etc. I.e. “I saw the principal booking it down the hall towards the fight this morning.”

5. Catch You on the Flip-side – The 70’s slang term was used to say goodbye, see you later, etc. I.e. “I’m going to go home, catch you on the flip-side, John.”
- See more at: http://coolestwords.com/content/top-15-slang-words-70%E2%80%99s#sthash.gzn0OSCr.dpuf

The Top 15 Slang Words of the 70’s

In the 70’s disco was hot, lava lamps were the latest “cool” invention and Charlie’s Angels was a hit new TV show. The decade brought on some interesting times as the Vietnam War was waged overseas… so what slang words was that generation using?

1. Psyche! – This 70’s slang word was used when tricking someone. I.e. “I told the joke and she thought it was real, it really psyched her out.”

2. Far Out! – Used when the person wanted to show that something was cool, awesome, unbelievable, etc. I.e. “Did you see that new movie? It was far out!”

3. Dream On – This slang term was used to show someone that they were being unrealistic. I.e. “He asked me out like he thought he really had a chance, I told him to dream on.”

4. Book/Booking – Used to talk about moving fast, being speedy, etc. I.e. “I saw the principal booking it down the hall towards the fight this morning.”

5. Catch You on the Flip-side – The 70’s slang term was used to say goodbye, see you later, etc. I.e. “I’m going to go home, catch you on the flip-side, John.”

6. Boogie – This slang word was used as a description for dancing, having fun, etc. I.e. “We went to the new disco club and boogied all night long.”

7. Right On! – Used to show agreement with something or someone in the extreme. I.e. “You’re got into college, right on!”

8. Brick House – A term used to describe someone who is physically built well with an attractive body. I.e. “She’s got a body like a brick house!”

9. Can You Dig It? – A 70’s slang term used to see if someone agreed with you or they understand you. I.e. “We’re going to go to the beach, can you dig it man?”

10. Cat – Used to describe someone who was cool, great, awesome, etc. I.e. “I met your boyfriend today, he’s a real cool cat.”

11. Chump – This 70’s slang was used to describe someone who was a loser, an idiot, a fool, etc. I.e. “Did you see what he was wearing? The chump!”

12. Cool Beans – Used to show agreement with or to reply in the positive. I.e. “You want to head out, cool beans.”

13. Do Me a Solid – The slang term was used to ask a favor of someone. I.e. “Will you do me a solid and not tell mom I’m going out?”

14. Groovy – This 70’s slang word was used to describe someone or something as cool, neat, great, etc. I.e. “That girl is really groovy!”

15. What a Fry – Used to describe something or someone that blows your mind, that is weird or crazy. I.e. “Did you see Toby walking down the road all spaced out, what a fry man!”

- See more at: http://coolestwords.com/content/top-15-slang-words-70%E2%80%99s#sthash.gzn0OSCr.dpuf

The Top 15 Slang Words of the 70’s

In the 70’s disco was hot, lava lamps were the latest “cool” invention and Charlie’s Angels was a hit new TV show. The decade brought on some interesting times as the Vietnam War was waged overseas… so what slang words was that generation using?

1. Psyche! – This 70’s slang word was used when tricking someone. I.e. “I told the joke and she thought it was real, it really psyched her out.”

2. Far Out! – Used when the person wanted to show that something was cool, awesome, unbelievable, etc. I.e. “Did you see that new movie? It was far out!”

3. Dream On – This slang term was used to show someone that they were being unrealistic. I.e. “He asked me out like he thought he really had a chance, I told him to dream on.”

4. Book/Booking – Used to talk about moving fast, being speedy, etc. I.e. “I saw the principal booking it down the hall towards the fight this morning.”

5. Catch You on the Flip-side – The 70’s slang term was used to say goodbye, see you later, etc. I.e. “I’m going to go home, catch you on the flip-side, John.”

6. Boogie – This slang word was used as a description for dancing, having fun, etc. I.e. “We went to the new disco club and boogied all night long.”

7. Right On! – Used to show agreement with something or someone in the extreme. I.e. “You’re got into college, right on!”

8. Brick House – A term used to describe someone who is physically built well with an attractive body. I.e. “She’s got a body like a brick house!”

9. Can You Dig It? – A 70’s slang term used to see if someone agreed with you or they understand you. I.e. “We’re going to go to the beach, can you dig it man?”

10. Cat – Used to describe someone who was cool, great, awesome, etc. I.e. “I met your boyfriend today, he’s a real cool cat.”

11. Chump – This 70’s slang was used to describe someone who was a loser, an idiot, a fool, etc. I.e. “Did you see what he was wearing? The chump!”

12. Cool Beans – Used to show agreement with or to reply in the positive. I.e. “You want to head out, cool beans.”

13. Do Me a Solid – The slang term was used to ask a favor of someone. I.e. “Will you do me a solid and not tell mom I’m going out?”

14. Groovy – This 70’s slang word was used to describe someone or something as cool, neat, great, etc. I.e. “That girl is really groovy!”

15. What a Fry – Used to describe something or someone that blows your mind, that is weird or crazy. I.e. “Did you see Toby walking down the road all spaced out, what a fry man!”

- See more at: http://coolestwords.com/content/top-15-slang-words-70%E2%80%99s#sthash.gzn0OSCr.dpuf

 

Introducing Olive- A Lovely New Blouse From Lolita Patterns

Olive Blouse from Lolita Patterns

 

Last week Amity released a new pattern in to the growing Lolita Patterns line and I am stoked! I was asked to test it, was late in replying, but had it whipped up in just a few days! And here she is… Olive. Amity’s description is perfect so I decided not to even try to reword it!

“Olive is a beautiful blouse that plays with fabric texture to create a striking look. View A features a beautiful draping sheer fabric combined with a stable solid that produces a unique look. The sheer cowl overlay and soft flounces draw attention to the gorgeous blend of fabric textures. The waistband combined with the pleated peplum adds shaping to the garment. View B eliminates the sheer fabric to provide a fantastic all-around basic blouse perfect for pairing with suits, skirts, and pants.”

I would like to start off by saying my pictures are not great. I have been SO busy- as you probably have figured out- that I have not blogged at all in like a MONTH. (Maybe more…) Between work (several 60 hour weeks) and sewing for Easter, and life… and then my 10 day vacation to Oregon I have been a bit out of touch. But I have missed you all in Sewing Land! And thankfully I have Instagram so if I follow you I still feel connected. :) (My instagram is lauriesue83 if you are interested!)

Now that I have that out of the way… lets talk about Olive. :D (Ya- she is a bit loose in some areas in these pics!)

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I used a “teal” crepe de chine and a matching sheer chiffon. These pics turned out a little bluer then it really is. Take this in your mind and add some more green to it!  (On a side note- my first car was teal. I bought it myself. And I LOVED it! I am not even sure if this is called teal anymore… but I call it teal!)

I started with the size 16 pattern despite most of my measurements being in the 14 category. Next time I will use the 0-14. My biggest body issue is my thighs and hips. Sigh. I am a PEAR… and not a subtle pear. So, I used the hip measurement and went with the 16. I definitely had to take the bust and waist area down. I also noticed when I tried it on today to take my pathetic pictures it was bigger under the arms in the bust area AND waist. Sigh. Why can’t I lose weight in the biggest problem area first!

I chose to make View A with a few changes. I used one ruffle on each arm instead of 2. Now that I see Amity’s gorgeous plum one I want TWO ruffles. AND the flower. Lack of time had me skipping the flower. The nice thing is I can totally make time next time to add those special touches. And I will. I have a black one planned.  A solid black stylish dress blouse should be in every girls wardrobe!

Special touches are one of the things I love about Lolita patterns. Seriously people! So many patterns are just rehashed and it is difficult to find anything special. And even more difficult to find pretty, fashionable UNIQUE work clothes patterns. Well, let me tell you, Amity’s line of patterns has you covered! Fashionable and stylish and different then the run of the mill stuff we see all the time. You can tell she puts a lot of love and time in to her designs. It is in the DETAILS! From the ruffled sleeve to the draped neckline and pleats… a beautiful blouse!

Olive Pattern

It is in the details!

On the sewing front, Olive went together quite easily. You need to pay attention while cutting (especially since many of the pieces you only need one) and use those labels! The labels will be a LIFESAVER when you go to put it all together. I admit I was afraid when I embarked on this project. Sheer fabric? Pleats? Drapiness? But it REALLY went together well and I was pretty darn excited. And the most exciting part of this whole process was the fact I was able to finish my sheer fabrics without my serger!

My serger has been paining me for a while. I actually had it in the shop for a few weeks. $150 bucks later and the darn thing still is not working like it used to. :( Much sadness. Maybe it is too old. I don’t know. I just know I was tempted to skip all things sheer on this blouse but went for it anyway. And just LOOK at what my sewing machine did. She stepped up to the plate and edged my ruffles beautifully. Yahoo! I seriously just thumped my chest and high fived myself! (I have put together a post on how I did this with my machine and will publish it on Friday…)

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Back to construction- There is an invisible side zipper. I did a pretty good job although it IS slightly off where the wasitband is. And speaking of the waistband… I lined mine. Originally the pattern did not have you do that but I wanted to so it would look neater and have a little more stability. (My waistband NEEDS stability to keep that waist of mine in!) I think Amity mentioned she was adding that to the pattern because most of the testers added a lining.

My invisible zip

My invisible zip

 

Olive Blouse Pattern by Lolita

Just like I did with my Olive… Go out and add Olive to your collection if you haven’t already. There is a Sew Along going on right now! And while you are at it you can pick up Spearmint, Sugar Plum, and Gunmetal. Amity is offering a 15% discount this month- just use sewing15indie in the coupon box! Trust me you will not regret it! I have them all… I think I need to have myself a little “Lolita” month and sew them all up! :D

Laurie xox

PS. Want to see more Olives? Here are some LOVELY ones that joined Lolita Patterns on a Blog Tour! Go see! Go see!

Leila A really neat printed blouse!

Carolyn - OOO- Such a pretty white version!

Maria A v-neck!!

Ping – A gorgeous shade of royal. A simple but pretty version

Hannah – RED! And she added black lace to the peplum… divine!

Katrina – A fantastic print combination!

T - Polka Dots! I love polka dots!

 

 

 

Let’s Get Together… Ya Ya Ya!

I am pretty excited… Cuz a few of us So. Cal Sewists/ Bloggers have gotten together to organize a MEET-UP! Yes! Our very own Meet-Up! We can’t let all the fun be had by fellow Sewcialists across The Pond… Or the East Coast. It is time for the Best Coast ladies to get together… So, along with Erin, Kathy, Jill,  I am co-hosting an EPIC LA Sewing Blogger Meet Up… And I hope you can join us!

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Here is “The Plan.” On Saturday June 14th, we will meet up at Cafe Midi for lunch (lunch is optional), at Cafe Midi we will be having a fabric/ pattern Swap (again optional!), and then shopping at The Fabric Store and Mood. If you do not want to do lunch please feel free to join us for the shopping part!

Woop Woop! Fabric, Food and Fun with Fab Sewing Friends… What could be better than that?

So, put it on your calendar and come join us!  If you can, grab the button and  RSVP to Erin at misscrayolacreepy@gmail.com a week prior as the restaurant is reserving a table for us. :)

Laurie xo

Miss Bossy- I finished… BUT…

I finished my Miss Bossy pick on Sunday. Yes… One day before the end of the month. But seriously people, that’s how I roll. I LIKE to wait until the last minute. I can’t help myself. Deadlines and me are like this (my fingers are crossed)… We are buds. So I like to wait until the deadline is upon me! But I finished! :)

Only…

I am currently eating JUST fruits and veggies because I cannot wear my blouse until I can actually suck in a breath without popping the buttons. DANG…

I wasn’t going to post- but then decided “What the hey. I think I’ll post this loveliness anyway!” So, I give you Simplicity 1590. A LOVELY 1940′s blouse. And I can’t thank you all enough for choosing this. Because I never thought a peplum top would be flattering on me. I love them on lots of other people and just made an Ava top for my daughter, but me? In a peplum?

Simplicity 1590

This is me, sucking it in like there is no tomorrow… After a few quick shots I heaved a sigh of relief and put on a comfy super hero t-shirt. Whew! BUT, I am going to wear this! And soon! Yesterday I hit the gym at 6 AM and worked my butt off… and this morning I was back for a cycle fit class. Tomorrow- BOOTCAMP! Sigh… Let me go get another orange cuz I am hungry just thinking about it!

Anyway, thanks Monthly Stitchers! I LOVE this and am gonna make another.

Vintage Simplicity

Vintage Simplicity

BTW- this one was snug because I tried my “muslin” on before I put in that last set of darts. They are in the front and are put in close to the END of sewing- so I missed them on my first “sloppy” and quickly fitted try. (Don’t we almost ALWAYS put darts in first?!)

Simplicity 1590

The fabric I used is a cotton voile I got in Los Angeles in the Fabric District. It was a bargain at $5 a yard… It is so soft and flows so nicely. I LOVE it! And the grey color has a beautiful shimmer. I thought it may be too light weight for this but it turned out perfect! I love the rounded neckline… And I love that the peplum is attached 3/4′s of the way around leaving the front flat. Hard to explain in words, but the front of the blouse is all one piece and the peplum is added at the front sides and drapes in a flattering circle the rest of the way around. It drapes a little longer in the back as well.

Simplicity 1590

At that is Simplicity 1590… I am going to make another one! I think I will make exactly the same size because then I HAVE to lose 5 pounds! :)

Laurie xo