Sewing Rewind: My first wearable clothing! ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sewing Rewind: My first wearable clothing!

First of all, I wanted to thank everyone who has been amazing with comments and emails of support and compliments.  I am certainly having a lot of "aw-shucks" moments lately!

Also, I updated my previous post here to include (slightly) better pictures of my Christmas dress, "fur" wrap, and NYE dress.

So for today, I thought I would share some of the first garments that I actually wore in public.  The first time I wore each of these items, I thought that either everyone would point and laugh or that it would completely disintegrate like a paper doll dress.

Luckily none of these things have happened, and I even had a couple of compliments!  Victory!

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In this post:


Orange Maxi Dress

Remember, I first began sewing in April and for the first several weeks I did a bunch of beginner projects (pillow cases, binder covers, etc.).  Then, I moved on to my first dress which I will blog about later.  It was a trial for a lot of techniques, but I knew I wouldn't wear it anytime soon.

By the time I finished, it was the end of June and I was in need of a fun summer dress!

I only decided to attempt a maxi dress because my sister (who is as short as I am) told me about how it actually made her look taller.  Sold!

I decided to use Simplicity 3503 and an orange stretch jersey with white stripes bought at the swap for $1/yard.  Because it had stripes, I didn't want to resemble a jailbird, referee, Waldo, etc. so I decided to cut the skirt with the stripes running diagonally at the bias.  I'm thrilled at how it turned out!

A tall drink of orange.  :)

I'm especially proud of the way I matched up the stripes in the middle of the bodice.  Hard to tell, right?  Also, the stripes match up at the side seams as well, which you can see in a later picture.




By the way, I just hung the dress over my dress form which is why the fabric is pulling away.  It actually fits really well!


The only time matchy-matchy is a good thing!


And for comparison, here is the pattern using the bottom left view.




I wanted to be able to wear wedges with the dress, so it was hemmed pretty low.  However, I thought that if I was wearing flip-flops and needed to run around that I should somehow be able to bring the dress up hands-free.

With the help of a button from the swap meet (10 buttons/$1) and a hair tie from the swap meet (50 ties/$1) I did just that!  Total for this project = about $3


Hidden button in the pocket.  Matched up stripes on the side seam!


I really love this dress!  I received lots of compliments last summer, and it looks put together while still being super comfy.  I can't wait until next summer!  I already have another short version cut out because the bodice fits me with no alterations, and it will be my first time attempting a pattern twice!



Polka Dot Sorbetto

My friend introduced me to Colette patterns even before I started sewing.  I was in love.  Then when I actually learned how to make a couple of garments, I went back to the website and found the free Sorbetto pattern.  There are a million variations of this EVERYWHERE!

I had never made anything with a printed pattern, so it was fun to piece together the puzzle before making the garment.  I had also never worked with bias tape, so it was a learning experience.

For the fabric, a drapey polka dot fabric (no idea what kind) for $1/yard and white bias tape for $1/4 yards.  Another project under $2!




My first time working with bias tape!  Not flawless...




A close-up of the pleated front.




The verdict is that I would easily make this top again.  There are so many variations that there is no way to become bored with the pattern.  However, I would not use this fabric because it was not at all breathable, which an easy shirt like this needs.  Also, my bias tape technique has improved since then, so I would expect less gaping at the neckhole next time.



Purple Corduroy Skirt

By the time I made this skirt, I had made 3 dresses, 2 tops, 1 pair of shorts, and seemingly countless crafts & pouches.  It seemed natural to make a skirt next!

I had bought a small piece of corduroy from a Sewer's Guild yard sale for $1 and knew I could only had enough for a short skirt.  I used a zipper with metal teeth bought from the swap meet (5/$1), to make a total of less than $2.

I used Simplicity 2451 View D (minus the decoration) for my skirt.




Here is the result!




In reality, the skirt ended up a bit bigger than I would have liked, but that made it easier for me to tuck sweaters into it and show off the waistband.




I probably should have ironed out the wrinkles near the hem & in the waistband!

Metal lapped zipper


I still can't believe I've made this article of clothing!  Maybe it's because I assumed corduroy would be hard to sew that I am amazed how easy this came together in a few hours.  Also, I think it looks like it could be bought at a store, so that's a win for me!

Did anyone else have that nervous feeling the first time they wore a homemade garment in public?  Or was it just me being overly nervous!




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