Thursday, June 30, 2011

This week's projects and yummy pattern giveaway

Oh boy! This week has been so much fun.  My sister is in town and we've been checking out lots of cool places in Scotland.  But boy am I tired :)  I'm a bit behind on the blog posts and I have so much to share....

This week's theme over at the Sew Weekly is UFO's.  I decided to tackle one my oldest UFO's, a super cute halter top from an early 50's Simplicity pattern:

My post has just gone up over at the Sew Weekly--check it out!  I'll also post some extra pictures and more detailed information here this week as well! 
But that's not all I am working on this week.  I am also starting a super fabulous dress for my sister from a 1940 McCall pattern (how very unlike me...giggle).  And this pattern is also this week's giveaway (and you are going to LOVE it!!).


And this pattern is also featured in the Singer Style Digest from 1940 (these are really neat small booklets put out by Singer showing some of the season's patterns from all companies all sewn up).  Here's what it looks like in the 1940 digest:

I'm making my sister the short-sleeve version from an amazing teal cotton/wool blend.  This will definitely not be a one-week turnaround as you'll see the pattern size is quite small (B30) and I need to do quite a bit of regrading.  But I've made a copy for myself and have made one for my sister with all the new regrading.  I hope to post a bit on how I regraded this pattern in case the winner wants to do some regrading as well!

As with other giveaways, this pattern giveaways will be open to readers everywhere. To enter:
  • Leave a comment on this post by noon GMT Sunday (this is a bit different from most weeks), please also leave a way for me to contact you,
  • If you are technologically savvy and connected then post about the giveaway on 1. your blog, 2. twitter or 3. facebook for an additional entry for each method (so you can have a total of up to four entries...be sure to leave a comment and let me know if you've done any of these extra things).
I'll announce the winner on Sunday evening and I'll ship anywhere in the world. Just note that it sometimes takes awhile for packages to arrive for those outside the EU but I'll aim to mail out the patterns by the following Friday. If you win a pattern, you can't win again for another six months. And again, the only caveat is that you don't sell the pattern.  Keep the pattern for yourself as long as you want and when you are done, pass it on to someone else!

YAY! Love this one and can't wait to see it made up in various ways!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Mission McCall Mondays: 9081 to 9090

This week's Mission McCall covers pattern numbers 9081-9090. For those of you new to the series, my goal is to update the Vintage Pattern Wiki so that it's complete for all McCall patterns from mid 1936-1940. If you have any source images for any of these patterns, email them to me and I'll add them to the Vintage Pattern Wiki!


First pattern up this week is McCall 9081, a lovely bathrobe:
I really love this double-breasted bathrobe...so chic!


I am missing the image for McCall 9082 but 9083 is already in the Wiki...a super adorable dress:

I absolutely love how the details are mimicked on the back of the dress as well:


9084 is another amazing dress pattern:

McCall 9085 (also already in the Wiki) has a great bow detail:

I'm missing the image for McCall 9086 but have 9087 which is a men's bathrobe.  I am not quite sure what to make of the expressions on their faces:


I am missing the image for McCall 9088 but 9089 is already in the Wiki:
 LOVE the back on this sundress!!!

Last up this week is 9090 which is another fantastic dress:

Love the tie detail!  Here is the back view:

Which is your favourite this week?

Missing images so far: 502, 503, 505, 507, 508, 510, 9000,9002, 9003, 9008, 9009, 9011, 9012, 9013, 9014, 9017, 9030, 9040, 9041, 9048, 9050, 9062, 9073, 9082, 9086, and 9088. If you want to contribute to the Mission McCall--just email me the images or pattern covers and I'll update them in the Vintage Pattern Wiki.  myhappysewingplace[at]googlemail[dot]com.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Winner of the 1933 jacket pattern...

I'm super happy that the winner of the 1933 jacket pattern is....

Nan who blogs over at Retired in Alaska!!!


Definitely check out Nan's blog! I love following her sewing adventures, seeing the beauty of where she lives and the two adorable Weimaraners 'Pan' and 'Kalen' that are always nearby!  Plus, Nan said this pattern is exactly in her size and her style! YAY! I know it will be well loved!

Stay tuned next week for another episode of Vintage Pattern Lovin': Send it Around!!   Have a lovely Saturday!

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Friday, June 24, 2011

From 2006 to 1933: My jacket refashion


Happy Friday everyone! I was really happy to dip my toes into refashioning this week and decided to tackle a jacket that's been in my closet for awhile but that I don't really wear that often.

It's a lovely colour and I really like the fabric (linen look) but it's not quite the right style for me.

5 hours later...et viola...My new jacket based on a 1933 pattern complete with matching neck scarf:


I thought I would try out the same techniques of refashioning that were used in the 1940's. Instead of just taking in a side seam here or chopping the sleeves there. I took apart this entire jacket. I first took out the lining, then meticulously unpicked every seam. It took about 2.5 hours to take apart the entire jacket as most of the seams were serged. Here are all the pieces:



I decided I was going to try and make it into an early 1930's jacket and use McCall 7284 as my base.  This pattern is also this week's giveaway.  Leave a comment on this post by midnight GMT tonight for a chance to enter!
I really like it!  I love the front princess seam and the shorter length.  I love the more fitted sleeves.  True to the time period, this is a really short jacket (I used View B) and goes best with high-waisted pieces like my 1941 trousers from the Simplicity repro pattern.  Luckily, I had some of the nice lightweight wool left over from the trousers to make the matching neck scarf...LOVE it!!


I kept the original jacket's front facings, buttons and buttonholes, back darts and cuffs.  I redid the neckline and shoulder caps and added the front princess seam.  I also added a snap at the bottom of the jacket since I had to cut the last button off since it was literally on the bottom seamline!

Here is the back of the jacket before the refashion...not fitting me very well:

Here is my new jacket back.  So much better:


The original jacket was lined but I decided that I didn't want to line this one.  Since it's so short and fitted and the fabric is more lightweight, I felt it didn't really need it.  I did decide to neaten up the seams on the inside by binding them all with some matching lime green binding I had in my stash.  I really like how it looks:

The one consistent pattern alteration I have to make is to lengthen sleeves.  I love my sleeves on a bit of the longer side as well and decided to reuse the beautiful cuffs from the original jacket but instead of folding them down (as in the original) to keep them straight to create a bit of a feature cuff.  I really like how it looks:

We've been having the typical start to the Scottish summer (i.e. three seasons in one day) and we managed to get poured on while taking these photos! hehehehe....Here's to singin' in the rain! :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Best Day EVER

OMG. I've had the best day ever (not counting the day I met David of course :) ! I have a really exciting collaboration in the works (can say more now but soon...I promise!)  You are going to LOVE it!


Happy first full day of summer (winter for my lovely friends down under)!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

What I'm working on and this week's pattern giveaway....

This week's theme over at the Sew Weekly is refashioning--something I've never really done!  The idea is to take something in your wardrobe that you don't really wear or that doesn't really suit you and make it into something new and improved.

I do love to follow the work of refashioning gurus like Meg the Grand and Miss P and there is always the Refashion Co-Op.

So I picked something in my closet that I like...sort of.  I love the colour and fabric of this jacket.  I do not like the shape and fit.  Hmmm...maybe I could make this a bit more me?


Here it is again in better lighting.  We took this photo a year ago in March (2010).  Look how much my hair has grown! Crazy!


This is a better representation of the true colour.  It's very nice and I would like to wear it more!

So here is what I am working on....making a version of View B for this jacket:
This is also this week's pattern giveaway!!  It is a size 18 or 36B.  The pattern is in good condition and all the pieces are present.  It is a jacket pattern from 1933 and you can make three different versions of the jacket.  There is also a pattern piece for the belt and for the neck scarf. 

The pattern giveaways will be open to readers everywhere. To enter:
  • Leave a comment on this post by midnight GMT Friday, please also leave a way for me to contact you,
  • If you are technologically savvy and connected then post about the giveaway on 1. your blog, 2. twitter or 3. facebook for an additional entry for each method (so you can have a total of up to four entries...be sure to leave a comment and let me know if you've done any of these extra things).
I'll announce the winner on Saturday and I'll ship anywhere in the world. Just note that it sometimes takes awhile for packages to arrive for those outside the EU but I'll aim to mail out the patterns by the following Wednesday. If you win a pattern, you can't win again for another six months. And again, the only caveat is that you don't sell the pattern.  Keep the pattern for yourself as long as you want and when you are done, pass it on to someone else!


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Monday, June 20, 2011

Mission McCall Mondays: Some Missing Images

Thank you for all the lovely comments on the new flat! I love how Kat described it as a 'ray of snuggly sunshine'! I love that!!

This week I'm happy to fill in a few of the missing images from the Mission McCall Mondays.  The first three images are from C├ęcile (aka Petite Main at the wiki) and are from 1936.  First up is 9001 (which I've been dying to know what it is....isn't it lovely?):


 I really love the the back on this dress! So beautiful!

Next up is 9006 for the low-neck dinner gown:
This look definitely epitomizes mid 1930's gowns for me!

9007 is also absolutely stunning:

I also found several images from the December 1936 McCall Style News on Trevira's flickr photostream including McCall 9049:
This may be my new favourite gown pattern!

YAY! Glad to have found a few more images!  Happy Monday everyone!


Missing images so far: 502, 503, 505, 507, 508, 510, 9000,9002, 9003, 9008, 9009, 9011, 9012, 9013, 9014, 9017, 9030, 9040, 9041, 9048, 9050, 9062 and 9073. If you want to contribute to the Mission McCall--just email me the images or pattern covers and I'll update them in the Vintage Pattern Wiki.  myhappysewingplace[at]googlemail[dot]com.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

MMJ Days 13-18

Here's a bit of a Me-Made June catch up:

Day 13:
About the Outfit:
White blouse from 1943 DuBarry pattern, navy wool skirt from 1940 pattern and beloved Ness shoes.

Where was it worn?
To work.  It was a bit muggy outside hence the crazy frizzy hair :)

Days 14 and 15:

About the Outfit:
My new black and white dress from a 1939 pattern.

Where was it worn?
Oh yes! I wore this twice in a row!  Working from home one day and then to work the next day.  After work I  met up with the lovely Katie from Monkeysocks Learns to Sew.  We had a fabulous time and a few gin and tonics :)

Day 16:

About the Outfit:
My "Paddington Bear" dress from a 1967 pattern and my favourite Ness shoes!

Where was it worn?
To work and then at home sewing!

Day 17:
About the Outfit:
Me-made bolero and matching skirt from late 40's/early 50's pattern, blouse from Monsoon.

Where was it worn?
To work and then out to drinks with friends!  My colleague just passed her Viva (dissertation defense) for her PhD.  Congrats again Lou!!!

Day 18:

About the Outfit:
Refashioned blouse with embroidery and gold leaves skirt.

Where was it worn?
Running errands, cuddling with the kitties and sewing!

In other news, we found a new place to live! YAY!  We'll be moving in mid-July and I'm really excited about the new place.  Here's a photo of the living room:
It's so colourful and the perfect size for us! And I'll have fun setting up a new sewing room! More photos once we get all moved in.  How's your weekend going?

Saturday, June 18, 2011

And the winner is....

Ooohhh! I am very excited to announce the first winner of my weekly vintage pattern giveaways!

And the winner is....

Tamina Listening from the blog Bodies & Words.  You must check out her blog!  This is how she describes herself: A sometimes burlesque performer, vintage enthusiast, home sewer and feminist thinker. I like bodies and think you should too.  

YAY! We can't wait to see what you make the pattern but I'm sure it will be stunning! Keep it as long as you want and when you're done, pass it on!!



Stay tuned for a post on Tuesday about the next vintage pattern giveaway! I can give you a little hint, it's a lovely pattern from 1933!!  ooohhh...I am loving this so much! Happy weekend everyone!


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Thursday, June 16, 2011

More details from McCall 3228

McCall 3228 gave me plenty of chances to try out new things!  One of the things I love most about the dress is the rose trim at the collar:

This was my first time putting trim on a neckline.  I first sewed on the trim right sides together and gave enough space at the top when I flipped it to then also add the neck facing (which hid the other side of the trim netting).  Here it is facing down and sewn at the top before flipping it up:

I was also very proud of my cuffs, cuff opening and link buttons:
Did I mention I really like long-sleeves from this time period?  It's the perfect amount of drape in the sleeves.  Very comfortable.  I must have really long arms because I also have to add 1-2 inches in length to get it to sit right!

The pattern also called for a double thickness of organdy sewed into the sleevecap.  Instead I used lightweight sew-in interfacing.  It works perfectly and provides that extra bit of structure in the sleevecap:

I also made the belt from an already existing belt that I found at a local charity shop.  The belt didn't have any prongs and I could tell it was a self-made belt from a kit, which was perfect for recovering.  I folded the material over it and topstitched it down each side on the front. 

I cut off the old buckle and attached my own belt buckle! Et Viola, the easiest belt I have made so far!!

The dress front also has two pockets which get lost with the busy print (but I know they are there :-)
You can sort of see the pockets in the picture above.

Such fun details!  Don't forget to enter the giveaway before midnight GMT on Friday to win this pattern!
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