Friday, May 9, 2014

The 60's Are Calling

And it wants its fabric back!



 Seriously, this fabric is vintage late 60's, a 36" width and has enough staying in it to almost stand up. Upon washing this will wrinkle like nobodies business. But I planned for all that with this oversized 60's inspired peasant dress/tunic pattern. Indygo Junction's Audrey's Afternoon Dress did an audition up in my sewing room.



 I made no changes to the pattern per se, but I opted not to do elastic either in a hem or a binding strip as a casing in the neck. I like my binding to lie flat and not be gathered along with the body of the dress. It was fiddly getting everything basted and adjusted but worth it. I also just hemmed the sleeves. I can't stand the feel of elastic on my arms or wrists. I'll make this again no doubt and when I do I'll draft some of the neck and sleeve volume out and that's it. An easy pattern, lots of fun for summer in some lawn or voile, and lots of options. Belt it, make it maxi, make it blouse length, or run elastic through a casing and do an empire waist on it. Groovy!

While we're going through the sewing area, here is the finished ivory double cotton eyelet tunic.





 It's turned into a very formal garment really. This would have been a beautiful fabric for a simple elegant wedding dress, lined in a voile maybe. In any event it was French Wasp ribbon worthy for embellishment.



Last up is a quick tank/cami top (Simplicity 1810 I think), using a printed eyelet from last summer.





 It needs hemming and some thread snipping but should be ready to go assuming the weather ever gets summer like.... Cool and cloudy, lots of rain and some snow predicted for tonight and tomorrow.

Gene has been out of town up at a Fire Chiefs annual convention/seminar thing. The state likes them all to go to these things as new techniques are discussed and rules etc. He gets a break from the every day stuff and I get to captain the mother ship so to speak.

And the mother ship has had a rocky week. Just as DH was getting ready to head out of town Tuesday, Stella decided to jam a piece of wood up into the gum by one of her top canines. Gruesome and painful.



 It meant a trip to the vet, anesthesia, removal, stitches, worry and a dog that can't have any toys or hard crunchy food for 10 days. The canine was saved  but it has been pure misery for an active little terror like Stella with nothing to occupy her time. Of course that means no one else can have toys since Stella would steal them. Oh Joy! Family, when one suffers we all suffer. ;)

But there were some highlights too. Friend Mary, (who is abandoning Oregon for Arizona) and I got together Sunday for fabric shopping and lunch. A last Ashland hurrah so to speak. I'm hoping to get over to Klamath Falls in the next two weeks for the final good-bye, at least until I plan a visit out to sunny AZ. ;)

The warp for the Delta is measured and tied, waiting for a little warm up weather wise since it is pretty chilly out in that back room right now. I don't "do" the wood boiler while Gene is gone. It hates me, but the little Morso wood stove is always pleasant and that's what I've been running for heat, but it is small (Squirrel size) and the house big. I don't need to add an uninsulated room to its load.

Parting shot: Cuddles and comfort.


15 comments:

  1. Poor Stella, I hope she is on her way to a quick recovery. Love the cuddles photo, lots of love shared between those ancients.

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  2. Bless Stella's little heart!!!! It is amazing what they can get into, though! Lovely new tops in your wardrobe!!!!

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  3. You amaze me with the amount of sewing accomplished!! I can't shop as fast as you sew!

    Poor Stella....and poor Theresa with a house fool of terriers and the toys on lock down.

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  4. Oh, that parting shot is so precious. Hope you are all recovering. My little dog crunched on something that resulted in her breaking her back tooth and that lead to an abscess. When I left her for surgery, I burst and I mean burst into tears as I left the vet's office. So yes, when one suffers, everyone suffers. On a happy note, fabulous new tops. Love the 60's fabric!

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  5. Oh dear Stella - that looks painful.

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  6. Nice sewing! Poor Stella, that sounds so painful, and not easy on anyone else either. Here's hoping she has a quick recovery!

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  7. Poor little terrier, that looks awful. I love your recent "makes", as they say in blogland. The eyelet tunic turned out to be so ladylike and formal, and the tank is very nice. The 60s dress is absolutely fun!

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  8. Cool tunics, cool fabrics but OH MY...that poor pooch and her gums!!! Yikes!

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  9. Poor Stella. And all the rest of you while she recovers. I recommend wine for you all. Sounds cozy in the house. Absolutely love the double fabric eyelet tunic. So pretty. The sixties fabrics...I have one piece, also 36" wide. And so much stay it smells even after many washes. In a bag by itself! But I'm sentimental, it was my mom's. Your 60's tunic is cute, looking forward to your next version with your changes.

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  10. I love the sewing and the crazy dogs. Especially those 2 oldies. Poor Stella, ow ow ow that is a whopper!

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  11. Love the second and third tops, but you can keep the 60s; I wasn't fond of them the FIRST time around! ;-)

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  12. I always love seeing the little embellishment you throw in with your makes- like a Hirschfeld signature. I'm going to go remove all sticks from the yard now- oh poor Stella!!

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  13. Aww...poor stellar that must have hurt! Love your new summery tops. You have been busy.

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  14. Ow. Poor Stella! That looks terribly painful. Poor thing. I hope for everyone's sake the ten days pass quickly.

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