Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Floral "Camouflage" Overalls

I made overalls!!

I'd been wanting to make a pair for the past month or two since someone posted on one of the many sewing groups I follow on Facebook about some she was going to make. I was very tempted to also, like her, buy the Turia Dungarees pattern but the thought of sticking together almost 50 pages was a a bit too much (no print at copy shop option!). And I also wanted some with a bit more shaping at the back.

I was imagining a pair of blue denim overalls, with gold top stitching. But the fabric shop didn't have the shade I wanted and right next to the denims was this stretch floral twill... I wanted the overalls for doing gardening in because I am sick of showing my crack to the neighbours. This is the perfect fabric for it! It's like camouflage fabric! Well it will be in a few months when my flowers are blooming. It was the end of the roll so I had to buy almost a metre more than I needed but it will get used!

I had a hunt through my patterns and remembered that I had made some pants years ago using a pattern from Burda magazine September 2010. I still have those pants although they are very snug now (and I never actually hemmed them) so I don't wear them. So I traced out the pattern in the next size up (always so sad to do! My weight hasn't changed at all since then but my measurements have a lot). I extended the waistband pieces into bibs. Got rid of the side seam pockets. Added some straps, buckles, a big zipped front bib pocket and voila! Overalls!

The bib pieces are doubled for a bit of stability. There is an invisible zip in the side seam. I found heart shaped buckles! And rose buttons!

The blouse is Burda 7831 which I made way back in 2009! It is one of the very few white garments I own and I am honestly a bit surprised that it is still this white.

These overalls are comfortable thanks to the stretch fabric but if I was to make them again I would probably lower the crotch a cm or two. I am going to add a few patch pockets to the front legs because they desperately need them but I couldn't wait to start wearing these!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Retro Swimsuit With a Mind of Its Own

Do you ever start to make something but it seems that you don't really have control over the final creation, that the fabric is choosing what it will be?

I added foam cups to the top for a little support.

A few months ago I really wanted to make a one piece swimsuit before I went to New Zealand but like usual I decided on it at the last minute and was in a huge rush. I looked at hundreds of photos of vintage swimsuits for inspiration then made a pattern. I made a muslin, did some changes and it was looking great. I went to the fabric shop, found a beautiful perfect fabric (I asked for 65 cm which would be just enough for a one piece). At home that night I pulled it out. It looked small. Measured it. 55cm. Sooooo angry. I had so little time before my trip. Luckily I had kept my receipt so the next day I returned it and got the amount I needed. Cut my swimsuit, started sewing it. I made a few minor seeming changes and I fucked it up! So pissed off at myself. There wasn't enough length in the body so it was pulling down. I nearly cried. And it was too late to fix it so I went on holiday without it.


Fast forward to the end of April and we had a weekend trip planned which involved spending time at the thermal baths so I thought I would pull out my swimsuit and try to save it. I cut it in half making it a bikini. Half a day working on it, trying it on a million times, and it was done. If I had known from the start it would have been a bikini I could have bought half the fabric!

I'm pretty pleased with it after all. It's nice to not worry about my crack hanging out. This is my first high waisted bikini. It's a very different feeling - like being a demure (but still sexy) 50s lady.

Why can't all pools be octagonal? I love this shape!

These photos were taken at the 400 year old Turkish Baths in Eger. It's so nice there! Beautiful and clean and hardly any people. Most of the time we had the pools to ourselves. Hungary is lucky to have so many thermal springs.

Radioactive water!