Slow and Steady

I’m gently making progress on my shirt dress.  The collar is constructed and basted in place, I just need to put the permanent stitching in then add the buttonholes to the bodice.  After that it’s skirt attaching time and it’ll really look like a dress!  I’m really proud of the results so far and the inside is looking beautiful – french seams and bound seams!

But my sewing mojo has wandered off for a short while – I suspect due to outside influences like suddenly needing to buy a new truck for my husband’s business as our Land Rover decided starting was too much like work.  It’s taken four weeks to fix the Landy (when all along it was just a faulty fuel pump which the ‘specialists’ failed to identify for 3 weeks), a bit of juggling and a small (hah!) amount of stress, but we’ve sorted it.  Phew.  New truck is being collected end of this week or maybe next – depending when the bit that covers the load bay arrives.  We’re getting a twin cab Navara.

Apart from anything else, no truck means no holiday and no Olympic Sailing!  So it’s a double relief that its getting sorted.

But, you don’t really want to know about our mechanical and vehicular nightmare!  So, whilst I couldn’t summon the energy to sew ‘properly’ I decided to do some virtual sewing.  Also known as pulling patterns and fabric from the stash and planning the next half dozen or so items!

The next ‘project’ item will be this:

Vintage Vogue 2903

This is for Brother in Law’s Wedding on the 8 September.  I’ve read the reviews on Pattern Review and understand that the yoke and sleeve insertion is unusual!  I’m planning on using the wider yoke with the shorter sleeves.  I think I may well shorten the skirt to knee length rather than mid calf too.

I’ve yet to decide on a fabric and it uses a LOT – 5 yards of 60″.  I think I’m likely to use a taffeta of some sort.  Possibly a bronze/gold colour.  The wedding colours are a deep ‘Cadbury’ purple so I don’t want to use that  colour (despite loving purple), and my other thought was a deep teal.  I have a hair clip that I’ll wear with peacock feathers in it, so I have a beautiful range of colours as inspiration.

So, whilst the above is going on, I thought I’d make the top and maybe the skirt from this:

Rachel Comey for Vogue 1170

I’ve got an irregular pokadot fabric which I think would be great for the top.  I’ll be omitting the ties on the sleeves though.  I’ve also got a black imitation suede that I may use for the skirt.

Then I have to decide – dresses for holiday (in two weeks – gotta  finish the shirt dress and make the 1880 wrap dress first…) or start sewing for autumn?  Anyway, here’s where I got to:

Seersucker Lonsdale
Lawn Butterick 5750 or Colette Chantilly

I’m not sure about the Chantilly as I love the gathered section over the bust but as my bust is already ample I worry about looking like I’m all boobs!

Then for the autumn I’ve got this far:

New Look 6000 in teal plaid
Vogue 8280 in charcoal wool

I think probably view C on NL6000 but with short sleeves and view E of the Vogue.

What do you think to my plans?  Any opinion on fabric or colour for the Vintage Vogue? All advice gratefully received!


14 thoughts on “Slow and Steady

  1. The vintage Vintage Vogue 2903 is sooo pretty! but be careful with the wider yoke and long sleeves – the sleeves may pull the yoke down so it will be constantly falling off your shoulders.
    The Vogue 8280 is also on my to do list (but not planned in yet 🙂 ) so would love to hear about your experiences with this pattern.

    1. One of the reasons I like the wider yoke is that it provides a bit better coverage! I’m hoping the shorter sleeves wont be as likely to yank everything off my shoulders too!
      I’ll let you know how I get on with the 8280 – I know many have made it (Dibs looks amazing in hers!) so I’m hoping it’ll be relatively straight forward…

  2. I love the vintage Vogue. Seriously droolworthy! I think bronze or gold would be stunning, think about a brocade, damask or jacquard…… phwoar!

  3. OK, just about all of these are in my queue, so you just go right ahead and work out all the kinks for me and I’ll watch and make notes, ok? I like the teal idea for the Vogue- you’ll be lovely in either, really!

  4. Wow, that vintage Vogue will be stunning! I like the sound of gold. Or what about a silver or charcoal? It will be gorgeous! Glad you’ve gotten your truck issues sorted out– what a pain in the neck!

    1. I have to admit that I’d love a deep shimmering grey, very classic and ‘black and white’ movie. Would also make the colours in the peacock feathers really sing! I’m looking forward to getting some fabric swatches now!!

  5. Ooo that vintage Vogue is SO pretty!! I can’t wait to see what you do with it!! I pictured it right away in a rich navy blue taffeta, but then you know my penchant for dark colours ^__^

    I adore ALL your plans and I’m so excited to see them!! I’m having a big problem narrowing down my list to realistic proportions currently (LOL) so I admire your very chic and enviable collection of makes. You’re even organized for fabric choices… very admirable!!

    I agree with your thoughts on Chantilly – I’d had the same feelings about it although I think it looks very classy on others 🙂 I think the Butterick will be more flattering on you 🙂

    Did i read that right? You’re gonna make three dresses in two weeks??? Geez girl, give me your secret on time management! The most I’ve managed to do is one garment per week LOL!!

    1. Navy – soo classic! you’re all so full of great ideas!

      Nah, i don’t plan to do three dresses in two weeks! Just finish my shirt dress and make the wrap version of 1880! Then it’ll be Vintage Vogue time before I crack on with the others!! Assuming some of my days off actually happen as today is a bust as i have no childcare!

  6. Whoa! your plans for autumn look like my wish list….I have those patterns waiting to be sewn too…together with Vogue trousers…but I must work on my Crepe beforehand.
    I made a londsdale last year :o)

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