weekend recap

It’s a sad thing to be writing about the weekend on a dreary Monday morning, but here goes…

I was able to complete two projects–and get in a little bit of tidying up which is no small feat for the likes of me.

First project is the Burdastyle Azalea dress I made from pairing some Robert Kaufman fabric with the remnants of a satin-y bedsheet (yes, I do love those bedsheets!) that I had previously used to line a purse.

burdastyle.com azalea dress

Second project involved this beautiful art nouveau/Tiffany-style print fabric I’d gotten from Tonicliving.com that I had intended to use for a dress, but hadn’t realized that it was a sturdy home decor fabric. D’oh! Maybe I should have read the details more closely.

Anyway, it dawned on me that these colors matched the scheme of our bathroom–and I’ve never been happy with the plain, store-bought curtains I’d hung when we first moved in–so…

Tada! I’ve transformed our plain bathroom into art nouveau heaven. I really love how the busy pattern livens up the space.

And while I was busy at the sewing machine, my Breadman Pro was slaving away in the kitchen to make me this gorgeous loaf of cinnamon raisin bread. So not everything in this home is handmade. 😉


first, there was a yoke…

During my heavy crochet phase, I made this yoke with a star motif on the back, intending to use it for a dress or top. I hadn’t decided yet. I also needed some matching fabric for it, which I didn’t have. So I set it aside and almost forgot about it entirely–that is, until Dane decided to do a big spring cleaning of the bedroom yesterday and I found this old polka dot skirt I bought years ago that I don’t really wear anymore. And then I had a lightbulb moment…

I so love the idea of recycling/reinventing old clothing, so I’m particularly proud if this creation.

orange/white striped minidress

Alright, the minidress is done! I did, indeed, use that Built By Wendy pattern (3835) I mentioned in the previous post and will definitely be using it again. Lots. I just love the rounded neckline, raglan sleeves and, of course, the pockets. I had a rare dinner out last night with some old friends I hadn’t seen in, geez, probably over a decade and wore this dress just minutes after it left my machine. I took these photos after dinner, hence the wrinkles because, at this point, I was too lazy to iron them out.

I like the stripes/dots combo that the belt lends.

new fabric

Oh, the possibilities.

The yellow bird and black/white medallion print fabric came from Tonicliving.com. The yellow birds in the design turned out to be a whole lot bigger than I thought they’d be, so I might have to change my original plan to make this into a dress. Cushion covers? A handbag? I’ll ponder it a little longer.

The one I’ve chosen to work with first is the orange/gray stripe fabric — which was a lucky thrift shop find! I got 3 yards of the gorgeous stuff for only $2.99. Methinks the weather calls for a minidress, and I’ve got this Built By Wendy pattern in mind…

spring tunics

I’m glad that tunics are in fashion because: A) they’re flattering to all body types B) they’re easy to sew.

This is a batwing/boatneck that I designed myself and marks the first garment I’ve made by drafting my own pattern. It didn’t come out perfectly, but it was still satisfying to take a project from start to finish on my own.

Here’s one I made from Built By Wendy pattern 3692.

And, of course, I have to talk about the belts. I simply can’t resist a cute waist cincher!

I found this belt at American Vintage in Los Feliz (on Hillhurst). It was a steal at $12:

This one came from Bejon & Deheg, my favorite Los Feliz Village clothing shop.

vintage pattern jackpot!

I love perusing ebay for vintage sewing patterns, and a couple weeks after emerging victorious from a bidding war over a terrific lot of 45 patterns (mostly from the ’60s and ’70s, but some from the ’50s as well) — my package arrived in the mail! I just love the vintage illustrations, the fonts…the yellowed paper and the worn edges of the envelopes. And, of course, I can’t wait to sew one of these! I have my eye on a fab ’70s tunic that looks like something Jane Fonda would have worn in Klute.

spring jacket

I used another free Burda pattern — the “Steffi” — to create this lightweight jacket for spring. The original pattern had a sort of military style collar which didn’t quite look right on me, so I changed that, and I also added these pleated trim sleeves for extra girliness. As you can tell, I love this vintage yellow fabric (I found yards of it at a thrift store over ten years ago!) as I’ve already made a shoulder bag and two mini totes with it.

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Photos by Cici Sutjiono