Sunday, 14 April 2013

VOGUE PATTERN 2659 and other stuff.......

There are times when I hate being a Libran (zodiac sign) not some strange cult! Not the creative aspects, for that read passion for messing about with fabric and scissors, but the imbalance, the indecisiveness that is apparently one of our traits.
Having spent the last two weeks with family and particularly the lovely grandsons and little time to spend in my sewing room, I suddenly find myself with actual time on my hands.  So ignoring the towering Pisa of ironing (there are only two of us living here now, I'm sure someones sneaking theirs in) I shut myself away to enjoy a few hours of sewing.......
So what do I do; sit there for more than half an hour not knowing what to start with first or in fact what I really felt like doing at all.
Do I finish taking in those trousers for my holiday, hem DH's new jeans, do a bit of the patchwork quilt or try to finish any of the WIPs in my basket.
Well you can guess what I ended up doing, coming on here to show you what I completed before my sewers block...

VOGUE PATTERN 2659....remember this


Well having made the dress I showed you the fabric I had in mind for the skirt, but hadn't found anything for the top. A quick root through my stash though revealed some more jersey , again in brown but this time with a self coloured embroidered design . And this is how they turned out.....





You'll note that I altered the neckline on the top, because I was using the same colour as the dress I made, I wanted the top to look a little different. I found instructions on tinternet to alter any neckline to a cowl so had a go. In all honesty it didn't work quite as well with this fabric which is a little firm, but I think with a softer jersey it would work very well.
The skirt is shorter than I would normally wear but I thought more of wearing it with tights and boots so I think I can get away with it.
I am still toying with the idea of the jacket, but have a few things I must definitely finish first!

Following this I was on a roll so I revisited a very old pattern NEW LOOK 6040......


certainly looking a bit dog eared now, well used.....
I bought some lovely rose patterned jersey, quite fine, from either the Harrogate knitting and stitching show, or the one at the NEC and needless to say it had just been waiting for me to decide what to do with it. Well once  I came across this pattern again my mind was made up. ( I do occasionally make a quick decision!)
And this is the result.......


 A better length for me I think. The 'underskirt' is a completely separate dress from the same pattern which works perfectly as a lining and at my age a 'modesty panel'!!. I did french seams on the dress as it is quite sheer and I don't possess a serger.

And finally after procrastinating....there I've been eating dictionaries as well!......I decided to play around with an idea for a few additions to my folksy and etsy shops to go with the needle cases I make.....Alice inspired pin cushions......


Love the design but feel the shape is a bit bulky looking. I have one I made as a wrist pin cushion, shaped more like a small pillow which I think I prefer....I have also created some numbers and letters which look like old typewriter keys which I might attach as the numbers for a clock face and make the cushions round instead.......but that's another decision I have to battle with ....wish me luck..

Hope your day is as sunny and cheerful, though very windy, as ours is...Have a great week....

TTFN
Jenny xx


19 comments:

  1. Jenny your makes are fabby, I to can procraftinate ... yes a real word in Fairyland. Sarh x

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    1. I like yours so much better...tehe....

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  2. Well done! Love the dress - you've made it so professionally - such pretty material; it really suits you.X

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  3. Well you might class that as procrastination but from here it looks as if you've achieved an enormous amount! The rose print dress is particularly lovely, I think. It really suits you.

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    1. Thanks, its surprising how much better you feel in something you've made with a few encouraging comments.

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  4. Hi Jenny,

    You look fabulous in your new outfits. Well done!!! Wish I could make clothes as beautiful as yours.

    Have a lovely new week,

    Madelief x

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  5. Very pretty...I do like the neckline on the plum colored dress. That is very much the shade of the dress I am wearing to my daughter's wedding. And the floral dress is just beautiful.

    I'm sure you will be back on top of things soon! I look forward to seeing more of your creations!

    XO,
    Jane

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    1. Thank you, although the top is actually brown. I do love plum though and have many things in that shade. I bet your wedding outfit will look stunning.

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  6. The floral dress is beautiful such a lovely fit.
    The Alice pin cushion is absolutely brilliant I love Alice In Wonderland. Such a beautiful design x

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    1. Thank you. Yes I love Alice in Wonderland too, especially the original illustrations.

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  7. Lovely makes - I just caught up with 'The Great British Sewing Bee' on iPlayer and I think you should be on it! Adjusting necklines, knocking up pretty, well-fitting dresses and decent linings, plus French seams...You should apply for the next series!
    x

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    1. You are too too kind, and I think there are many blogger friends out there who should be first in the queue before me!

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  8. Hi there this is Laura from VintageBettys...Thank you for the idea...I think taping the gaps first will work. I love how both outfits look on you ..I don't think the first one is to short, but I prefer longer on me also. I really love the floral dress it really looks amazing on you :)
    Have a wonderful day
    Laura

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  9. The White Rabbit cushion is adorable and don't you look fab in your ensembles!

    Victoria x

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    1. Thank you! Have changed the design slightly now and will post the new one soon.

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  10. You look marvellous Jenny! Loved the capsule wardrobe in the last post too :)

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  11. Love your dress and seeing this and the pattern has brought back fond and happy memories as I used to work for New Look Patterns in the 1970's to 90's as head designer when it was still a family firm. I have a wonderful collection of old patterns that I saved from going to the tip when they had a massive clearout!
    Love your blog by the way and will be back soon to have a read of all your past posts. Viv

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