Friday, May 14, 2010

Sewing in the Days of Feedsacks

I got this little booklet from an elderly lady and only the other day got around to looking at it. This is SO cool. I can imagine that farming ladies would have been delighted to get this free fabric and be able to put it to good use.

It says that if you have 100 chickens and 2 cows and 5 hogs you could get 24 yards of fabric every month! And, for example, that would be enough for six dresses! And if you had a few children, then by switching things around everybody could have something new every once in a while. The booklet goes on to share men's and children's patterns.

The paper is kind of yellowish and the printing isn't very dark, but, hopefully, if you click on the picture you can read some of it. I tried to tweak the scanner to get the best possible picture.

Simplicity Pattern 4092 has a hot pad to go with the dress!!

This page gives the neat idea of making the basic dress and adding collar, cuffs, belts, bows or scarves.

Sewing in the

Friday, May 7, 2010

Fun Apron!

Yesterday I made this apron. It is Butterick 4945 and I will try and get a review up soon. This pattern is not for the faint-hearted. I should have read reviews of it before doing it. I put a button and buttonhole at the neck instead of a tie in the neck back. Also put rickrack and a button from my stash on the pocket.

However, it turned out okay. The main fabric is Vicky Payne - the heavier quilting fabric and the coordinating fabric is Michael Miller. I am anxious to tie this one on!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

McCall's 3106 Jacket

Procrastination has to end sometime, right? I have been meaning to get this jacket up on the blog for some time.

I cannot find this pattern on the McCalls website even though I recently bought the pattern, so here is the photo.

Here's a photo of the jacket from the back and from the front.

This jacket is very comfortable to wear and I fully expect to make it again. I'd like to do it again without the collar. The zipper went in nicely except the instructions didn't seem clear - it said to sew the facings on and then afterwards put the zipper on. Maybe there is something I missed.... Anyway, I basted the zipper on before putting the facing on the front.

I like this pleat in the back seam of the lining. Makes it very comfy.

One more photo of the front.