Costumes finished!

I managed to finish our costumes before the party we attended! It was in quite the mad dash though, at five I still hadn’t attached the sleeves! But we did managed to make it to the party on time, and had a blast. Check out these horribly embarrassing photos of me to prove it. 

The dress itself is a heavily modified laurel pattern. I drafted the collar myself and just added bias binding on the sleeves instead of drafting cuffs. The fabric is a poly blend suiting, with a very subtle herringbone pattern. I think I’m going to put a tutorial up soon on how to draft and attache a collar, I found a rather neat trick that doesn’t involve traditional facings! 


WIP : the Suzy Bishop Dress

For those of you who haven’t seen moonrise kingdom, this is Suzy Bishop. 

I’ve been working on recreating the dress using my heavily modified laurel pattern. I drafted the collar and it seems to be turning out rather well!  


If you’d like me to post a tutorial on how to draft a collar for Laurel, let me know! I need to add the sleeves and hem the dress, but I’ll hopefully be able to finish it by Wednesday. 

We’ve been very much enjoying the season here. Fall is my very favorite time of year! Hope you’re enjoying this weather and the holiday festivities.  We even went to a local farm and got pumpkins last weekend! 


Are you sewing a costume this year? 

Vintage Blouse Patterns.

I have a serious wardrobe gap in the blouses section. I seem to be always sewing dresses, the lazy girl’s wardrobe staple! But since sewing the zinnia I realized how few things I had to pair it with! I actually went out and bought the peasant blouse I’m wearing in the photos I took for the zinnia skirt post, bad sewist!  

I’m actually not super flush in blouse and shirt sewing patterns either, but I do have a few I really like. Shall we tackle them in chronological order?  

First we have simplicity 1555 from 1945. I’m not super fond of view one or two, but check out three and four! I love the contrast and the big old pussy bow. I have a feeling it won’t help to minimize my already broad shoulders, but it’s so cute I might just have to deal with the linebacker look.  

From 1948 we have McCall 7277! This pattern is really classic. I love the illustrations for the 1940’s McCall’s patterns. That buffalo check version with bias cut pocket is pretty much screaming my name. I do like version B in blue though, it would look really cute with a scar or bow tied under the color.  

Here’s Advance 7921, from 1950. I’ll probably make this one first once I get finished with a few of the sewing projects I’ve got lined up. Version one with the bow… So cute! It’s very similar to the pattern above, which I like more, but this one is already in my size so I won’t have to grade anything! 

Finally from 1955 here’s simplicity 1127. Versions 2 and three are decidedly more summery than I need right now, but I could see version one with sleeves working quite nicely. I love gathered necklines! 

Have any tried and true blouse patterns to recommend? Let me know!  

Gingham Zinnia


Here’s the finished pictures of my long suffering Zinnia! I had all kinds of issues unrelated to the pattern, there’s a whole post below on them if you’re interested in a bit of a rant. I did run into two issues that are actually related to the pattern so we’ll go into those here. 

The first is that  even though I marked and sewed my pleats really precisely and doubled checked everything before I topstitched, my skirt came out probably a good three inches too short for my waistband. Another blogger has also had the same problem, so I have a feeling this might not be a mistake on my part, but possibly a drafting issue? I solved the problem after the fact by releasing one of the back pleats on each side and managed to have enough fabric to fit the waistband. Because of my fix, the back view is kind of flat and well lacking pleats. If I do make this again, I’ll add enough fabric in so I can have more fullness in the back. 

The second is the directions on the waistband were REALLY confusing. For a beginner pattern I can say I’ve never made a waistband for a skirt assembled how they wanted me to. I just winged it there, and since I’ve done a lot of waistbands it turned out alright. 

Overall I think ti’s a good basic though, maybe at this point I feel like I might have over payed for the problems I had, but hind sight is 50/50 I suppose. I still love colette patterns though, this one just wasn’t my favorite. 

I still need a black full skirt though, maybe a self drafted circle skirt would fit that need?

Did you sew up zinnia yet? What do you think?