Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New Look...

Well... the blog, not the patterns.  Had you there!  You thought "oh my goodness... she has actually done some sewing!" ... but it's not to be!  I do like New Look Patterns though!

Kristy from www.loweryourpresserfoot.blogspot.com has mentioned this humble blog in reference to clever names.  That's probably why I have noticed many more people looking (with the cute map thingy on the bottom). I'm sure that's from the remarks in Kristy's blog.  (Wow did you see that three dot burda coat!!..) Too bad more sewing hasn't been done lately although sew darn tired is how I am feeling mostly lately.

My son is on school holidays this week and next, but I only have this week off from tafe (doh.. didn't work that one out soon enough!) and we have friends from New Zealand coming next week with their baby! My son will have a 2 night sleepover with his cousin (they have a big, big place with every mechanical thing known to boys so not sure he will notice I'm not there till it's too late and he's coming home!).  Then friends for a few days on route to Yeppoon from their European holiday.  I love to cook and make my guests feel at home and welcome but the house is like a dump and the yard isn't worth mentioning.  I keep saying the house looks like a giant walked pasted, picked it up and gave it a vigorous shake ... behold my place at the moment!  Roll on November! (when I finish tafe for the year!)

Anyway... if I get some stuff done.. I'll let you know...(less time blogging maybe??)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Lovely Gems!

Remember a while ago, my first post I think, I said I had acquired some patterns at the local church jumble sale?  Well as I don't have time to do any sewing until probably November (when Tafe finishes) I thought I would show you some of the patterns I got for a song...20 cents each in fact! I bought quite a few and they were all 50's and 60's patterns; none cut and all size 16 with 36" bust.  It must have been someone who was a hoarder lover of patterns but had no time to make them ... know how that feels! 


I haven't had time to look at the measurements even and have never made a vintage pattern (except in the real 70's when I started sewing - it wasn't vintage then!) so I don't know what sizing I need.  Even though I learned in a Fashion Design course many years ago how to adjust and fit patterns, I haven't done it for ever and am pretty lazy time poor . I am pretty short waisted so maybe I'll do that small adjustment and see how I go!

I love the pockets in the princess seams of the Simplicity pattern skirt - it has no side seams, and the blouse has a "back separating zipper".  I have some beautiful old brocade that was my Mum's from the 60's but I don't think I have enough for this.
1966 Simplicity 6787

The Macall's dress is simply divine.  The raglan sleeves and that lovely open neck ... I love both necklines with and without the rolled collar.  I love both skirts but probably see me in a less full skirt rather than the pencil or full skirt.  The full skirt is really only two rectangles of fabric so it won't be too hard to adjust that.
1960 McCalls 5357


Anyway, I hope you enjoy my little collection of patterns in the absence of any real sewing.  Funny, when I had time, I alway put the sewing off... now all I think about is sewing.  There is so much getting put off until my course stops for the summer holidays I don't know what will come first!


What do you think of these lovely gems!