I have to substitute another wardrobe visual because I went off track, added an item, and finished said item before anything I had planned to complete from the original plan.
I had fabric leftover from Simplicity 5289 and when faced with frustration in the construction of that dress, I decided to move on to the much easier and faster New Look 6977 skirt. The skirt is done but photos will have to come later because it will not stop raining here!
I also ended up buying a pants pattern, New Look 6216, for a fast and simple solution to my I-have-no-casual-pants dilemma. However, I have no appropriate fabric right now, but I wanted to add it to the diagram so there would be no surprise when the pattern review does show up. I have that red stretch poplin which is thin and pliable enough for a semi-fitted shirt but don't know how it would work in gathered pants. I'm thinking of combining those last two pants patterns. Vogue 1992 is sizes too small, the front crotch looks too long, and it has no pockets but I want to use the fact that the front waistband is flat and only the back is gathered. Luckily, I picked up my IKEA MÅLA paper roll* from my sister's house so I can trace and play around with the pattern pieces.
The Simplicity 5289 dress is nearing the finish line. Numerous pattern alterations had to be done to this 42-year old pattern (!!!) some major and now I am working on changing the neckline. I was getting a very "1940s prison matron" feel from the dress; all that was needed was to add some sensible shoes.
The muslin for New Look 6145 has not worked out. It didn't look that bad straight on but my arm movement was limited while there was too much fabric around the neckline. I think I will pull out Cal Patch's Design-It-Yourself Clothes book and make myself a simple dart-free bodice, compare it the slouchier Scout pattern, and work from there.
So basically, what this post shows me is there is no such thing as easy and fast sewing when I am involved. Oh, well...
*18.5 inches by 98 feet (30 m) of paper for only $5.00!
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
This has nothing to do with sewing but I have had these links saved for so long and wanted to share them.
|Swing Shift Cinderella (1945)|
When I was growing up we were exposed to an array of children's programming, consisting of Hanna-Barbera cartoons (The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo) and the live action shows of Sid and Marty Krofft, such as H.R. Pufnstuf, and Land of the Lost. In addition, we could also view vintage cartoons on basic cable, clear into the 1980s. Among these were gems from the 1930s-era Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes series. During that period of their rivalry with Walt Disney Studios, one particular type of cartoon caught my eye because it was not Disney-like; these characters were flippant and full of sarcasm and the situations were rude, sometimes violent, and even risqué.
Some of these were produced by the great Tex Avery, one of the men behind the children-friendly characters of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck at Warner Brothers. During his tenure at Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), he dabbled in a adult jazzy series of fairy tales using elements of modern life in the 1940-50s. I believe the fairy tale element was included to make them seem children-friendly while the story content was not. His work changed the language of cartoons; with exploding bombs, eye-popping doubletakes, and girl-hungry Hollywood wolves. Instead of skipping through forests and castles, his characters frequent bars, night clubs, and high rise apartments.
Sorry, I have written almost an entire post and have not explained the Jessica Rabbit connection. Well, Jessica (sultry-ly voiced by Kathleen Turner) was a big deal when the movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, was released in 1988. More popular a costume during Halloween than that year's trashy French maid or nurse, she was a beauty to be imitated. However, she was not an original, in fact, she was modeled on the femme fatales created by Tex in the three cartoons below. These lusciously curvy and clever bombshells were clearly the inspiration for Jessica.
Oh, and do not forget the importance of their antagonist, "Wolfie," the Zoot-suited playboy who was part of the chain-smoking, cocktail-drinking lifestyle that was depicted as a temptation to our heroines. Some version of this sophisticated, urbane, and slightly swarmy wolf appeared in more than a few Tex Avery cartoon features.
Here are a few images and
The Tex Avery Fairy Tales
Swing Shift Cinderella (1945)
Red Hot Riding Hood (1943)
|The Bear's Tale (1940)|
All of these plus the three above are available on DVD.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Pattern Description: Simple fold-over lined clutch features interior phone and small pocket with stitched dividers. Clutch has a shaped gusset to add depth to the sides and bottom, topstitching around the edges and closes with a magnetic purse snap.
Pattern Sizing: One size, approximately 8" tall by 14" wide.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Well...
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I checked Patternreview.com and unfortunately, found that only one person has reviewed this pattern. As I went along, I found that there were problems with this pattern and its instructions starting with the location marks for the magnetic snaps. If you follow the pattern markings, they will not meet. Even the illustrations in the instructions show the locations wrong.
Before Construction: First thing, first, I cut and ripped the drapery panels on all four sides to make sure the fabric was on grain before I cut out the pieces.