Today's Pattern Story: Simplicity 2032

Blue: What’s that?

Red: It’s a bird … it’s a plane …

Blue: It’s a goddamn drone, that’s what it is.

Red: Hold on, I’ll go get my .22.

This pattern (and , where the the women in the illustration are looking quizzically into the sky, ah the 1940s) is at .

An aside: I’m really, really feeling this particular style of skirt right now. It’s a great combination of length, wearing ease, simplicity of construction, and POCKETS. It doesn’t take much in the way of yardage, either. ( are a .)

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Today's Pattern Story: Simplicity 2095

 

Amelia: So you want to oversell it.  Try this: “Oh, WOE, WOE, WOE is me!”

Cecelia: And that really works? It seems … undignified.

Amelia: You’d be surprised. I’ve gotten out of two speeding tickets and a school fundraising dinner!

Cecelia: SOLD.

 

(Today’s pattern from Etsy seller .)

Another McCalls 6727

Hey, here’s another McCall’s 6727!

I love this pattern an awful lot. Here’s the bodice, I didn’t tack down the facing in front because I thought it might make a visible line, but that means it rolls a tiny tiny bit:

I was sure I took a picture of the facing, but uh, no. It’s Liberty — I used leftovers from this dress.

Here’s a tighter view of the bodice:

The fabric is (I think) a silk-cotton blend from FabricMartFabrics, bought ages and ages ago. It’s very lightweight but hangs nicely, and also it’s impossible to tell what color it is. In fluorescent light it looks olive green, and in daylight it looks either gray-brown or charcoal. It has a very, very slight basketweave.

Here’s the side zip and pocket. I cut away about an inch, inch and a half to make the pockets easier to get into. And — heresy to say — I think I may have actually made these pockets TOO BIG. They’re just about an inch too deep and two inches too wide. I thought I’d never see the day when I thought that pockets were too big, but I keep losing my lip balm in these, so that seems to be the key leading indicator.

And here’s the back:

(It’s not hanging perfectly, but I made seven pies today and am already tired before eating anything.)

This dress looks very Edwardian on, for some reason. I think it’s the combo of the narrow long skirt and square bodice. For winter here in the Bay I love the “long dress with long-sleeved tee underneath plus knee socks and roper/ankle boots”. So I expect to make about five more of these.

Oh! And in happy holiday news, Michelle of has a special coupon for you! 10% off orders over $10 — NOTE: you’ll need the coupon code “dressaday10”. So you can get your Christmas shopping started ASAP.

Winter is Coming (so you might need a new dress)

So hey, new dress:

This is a very faithful (for me) rendition of McCall’s 6727:

(pattern image from )

I mean, I did change up a couple of things; the pockets in this pattern are topstitched to the skirt front, so I added a facing instead (as I am not under any kind of wartime fabric restrictions). And of course I made them significantly bigger (they’re bigger on the INSIDE). And I added piping. Here’s a view including the side zip:

I keep getting that little diagonal pull at the top of the zipper, I think I’m adding ease to the side seams wrong.  ¯_(ツ)_/¯

I also added a few inches to the center back — I usually need more ease in what I will euphemistically call my “lower-lower back” and this is a lazy way to get it:

The skirt here is longer than my preferred summer skirt length — I like a nearly tea-length skirt in the winter to wear with knee socks and boots. (That gap between the top of the sock and bottom of the skirt irritates me.)

The square neckline is a little deep, but not uncomfortably so (so far):

And I did the bodice facings in gingham, because I like the contrast of camo and gingham and also because why not:

I’m planning on wearing this (and have worn it) with a thin long-sleeved black tee underneath, black socks, and black roper boots. (And, of course, camo is a neutral that goes with everything.)

I’ve made this one more time, in a thin silk-cotton basketweave fabric in a deep deep olive-y/loden green, which I’ll be wearing it to give a talk about words on . 🙂

Ready to Wear POCKETS!

I haven’t posted any links to ready-to-wear clothes in SO long. Someone will send me a link to a gorgeous dress and I will click through, mentally deciding what cardigan sweater to wear with it, and then I am brought up short by the TOTAL ABSENCE OF POCKETS.

This skirt, from , does not have that problem. At all.

It is, however, only available in this green and a claret red (no black? inconceivable!) and is on the pricey side. (Also: the older I get, the creepier J. Peterman marketing copy gets. Is this happening to anyone else?) However, the reviews are universally approving, mainly because of the POCKETS.

Thanks to Lynda who sent me this link!

Today's Pattern Story: McCalls 6701

 

Mina: “Don’t worry, sister — we’ll find the rat bastard who reassembled you with your torso back to front!”

Lena: “It could be worse — at least my feet are pointing the right way.”

Mina: “And — for a little while, at least — you won’t have to bother saying ‘Hey buddy, my eyes are up here!'”

 

Pattern available .

A dress for a wedding (not a wedding dress) plus bonus kiltwearing

Haven’t posted in a while … there’s a backlog of new dresses and old patterns with new stories, but a shortage of TIME to post them in!

This picture, of course, takes priority, as it involves a kilt — that’s my handsome-yet-goofy younger brother in the McKean tartan with all the trimmings, ready to walk my little sister down the aisle at her lovely wedding in Brooklyn last weekend. (Don’t ask me which variant of the McKean/McIan tartan this is, it could also be some kind of McDonald? Genealogy is complimacated.)

She asked me to stand up for her as well (that’s why I’m holding a sheaf of lavender, that’s not a customary accessory of mine) and asked me to wear navy blue.  (Of course I did not own a navy blue dress of any kind whatsoever.)

After a few false starts, I finally just made THE SAME OLD DRESS I’VE BEEN MAKING FOR THE LAST FOUR MONTHS. Here’s a post where you can see the lines of the dress. It’s the Simplicity 2389 bodice with the (heavily modified) Burdastyle skirt. And now I have a navy dress.

I don’t own navy shoes, because navy shoes never match anything else that’s navy, so the silver ankle-straps were left over from that part of the early 2000s where I was going to a lot of weddings. I forgot how painful they were — note my “let me just relieve the pressure on this foot here” stance — so they were exchanged for flats at the earliest possible point of the proceedings.

At the shoulder you can kind of maybe partly see that I did do piping for this one as well — self-bias piping with nice fat cord. The fabric is a kind of faille so the corded piping has a nice bias twist to it, very satisfying (if nearly invisible).

It was a very happy day. Hope your days have been happy, too.