Saturday, January 22, 2011

What I'm Working on This Weekend...

Thanks again for all the lovely comments on the 1933 dress and jacket!  This week I'm heading back to the year 1940 to make a dress!

If you get the Sew Weekly newsletters (which are great because they have a weekly giveaway!), you'll know that this next week's theme is Something Floral, Something Blue.  Turns out that most people have some sort of blue floral fabric in their stash....which may not be far from the truth because I actually do (one of only two floral fabrics in my stash is blue!).  I got some amazing blue crepe floral fabric on ebay UK (I think 4 meters for £2.99!!)  I was really excited when I got it (I got it awhile back) as the first fabric listed on most of my patterns is crepe.  So this will be my first time sewing with crepe fabric and I am super excited!

So, I'm going to start on this pattern tomorrow (and you can see the fabric I am using as well):

I am going to try view B with the short-sleeves.  This looks like a fairly straight forward pattern to sew.  But I've learned awhile ago not to try and predict the 'easy to sew' versus the complicated patterns.  The first pattern I ever did was marked 'easy to sew' and it took a couple of years (and lots of alterations), whereas the EvaDress 1933 outfit looked complicated but was very straightforward.  I'll just go with the flow and see where it takes me!

What about you? Do you have any blue floral fabric in your stash?  Do you ever misjudge whether a pattern is easy or hard?

18 comments:

  1. great pattern and thanks for the link

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  2. Oh wow, both pattern and fabric are lovely. It shall look stunning- It’s funny as I tend to choose fabrics then find sewing patterns using a similar print, then think, I know what to use that fabric on or visa versa! As with the ‘Easy Sewing’ statement- any sewing pattern is a trial with me, I must just be a knitter I guess!
    Happy sewing. Tups
    BTW your last project was Super!

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  3. Ooh, that dress is going to look lovely! I think that fabric looks perfect for it.

    I don't have any floral fabric but I try not to keep too much of a stash since I don't have room for storage. That being said, I'm really keen to introduce some florals this spring.

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  4. I love this week's dress pattern! I tend to avoid true blues, as they tend to wash me out. I do have some teal and turquoise florals in my stash.

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  5. I tend to approach everything thinking it'll be easy and generally finding it's not as easy as I thought! I prefer to think of it as a positive "can do" attitude rather than being completely naive..!
    Px

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  6. Oh, wow! Beautiful pattern and fabric, Debi! I think I may join you on this one - I just have to check that I have enough blue floral in my stash. :)

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  7. That dress is going to look lovely in that fabric, wow to finding that for £2.99! Well I must be some rarity, I'm not big on floral prints so I definately don't have a floral and blue in my stash!

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  8. Gorg fabric and i can't wait to see the finshed dress i love the version with the short sleeves. And i agree with you on the easy patterns i made a skirt the other week using a vintage vogue pattern that was marked easy, it was not it was more complicated than the others. Look forward to seeing your dress, dee ;-)

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  9. I love the pattern and the fabric will be fabulous for your design.

    By coincidence, I have noticed that Casey at Elegant Musings is currently hosting a 1940s Swing Dress Sew Along - the pattern suggested is very similar to your vintage pattern. Casey has made the dress 3 times already and is producing weekly tutorials attacking all the technical bits. (http://elegantmusings.com/tag/swing-dress-sew-along/)

    Looking forward to seeing your gorgeous new blue dress!

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  10. Oh yes, how funny! I do have a gorgeous blue floral fabric I picked up at a car boot sale last year. Love it so much I'm a bit scared of cutting it. It needs to be for the right project.

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  11. I LOVE the fabric and the pattern- it's going to look gorgeous! Can't wait to see the finished dress :)

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  12. That's a perfect pairing of fabric and pattern. >sobs!< Wish I had time to sew!! Apparently I do have time to comment on blogs though ;)

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  13. I misjudge patterns all the time. Sometimes, it's not so much the pattern, but the confusing instructions that get me. I swear, there were some Vogue instructions writers that had a wicked sense of humor!

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  14. Lovely pattern! I also misjudge patterns but I'm rather a novice. The current blouse I'm almost done with has come out nicely except I didn't really think ahead of time that the bold print and gathers on the front ended up a bit too busy. Oh well, I'm learning. :)

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  15. I adore that fabric. By total coincidence, I just bought some blue floral rayon for a blouse-- this was before I read the Sew Weekly post about the blue floral challenge! It must be wishful spring thinking going around.

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  16. Oooohh....I cannot wait to see the final product! It seems we really all do have some blue floral fabric!

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  17. That fabric is GORGEOUS--I'm coveting it! ;) It's funny that this week's Sew Weekly theme revolved around blue fabric--I just got a length of a light turquoise blue fabric last week for my Swing Dress. ;) lol. I got a chuckle out of that coincidence!

    Can't wait to see the finished dress!

    ♥ Casey | blog

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  18. Ohhh, I think this print will work beautifully with that pattern! I have been watching all the fun at Sew Weekly (no way could I ever keep up, still a newbie!) and love seeing everyone's results. Yours will be beautiful, I'm sure!

    So far as difficulty...Yes, I recently made a shirt for my husband for Christmas. It looked like a fairly straightforward pattern, but of course it couldn't work out that way. I was finishing it up the night before we left to celebrate Christmas with the family! I felt like a spy, sewing in secret. LOL

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