Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The (new) White Blouse

It's done!  There were quite a few hiccups along the way.

Remember that I'd decided not to do the big tucks under the bust as in the first version - they were too much and were a touch gauche after some washing and wearing.  So I started things out with no tucks at all but clearly *that* wasn't working:

That's a lot of extra fabric - and I need every bit of waist definition I can get, since I don't have a ton on my own.

I started pintucking, and tucked, and tucked... and I could tuck more, but I do want some wearing ease - nothing worse than a too-tight non-stretch fabric that gapes.

LOTS of pintucks.

The lace I'd picked for my collar melted, I didn't find anything else that I liked particularly... so I left it off.  At the last, I decided to put a touch of lace at the center front, and I think it dolls it up sufficiently.

So with no further ado - my new white blouse.  :)

*Other comments:   Clearly I need a thicker skirt.  This is an unlined faux linen - great for the heat of summer, but obviously not working with this blouse.  I like the shape though, this is my go-to skirt pattern (also it's ridiculously easy).  Anyone know why my zipper does that?  It irons flat as a board.   A new skirt is my next project ... for myself, anyway.  And yes, I probably should sew some "normal" blouses too.  As for fitting, this worked okay but I think I'm going to need to cut the next size down next time, regardless of pattern.  There seems to be less of me these days....

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The White Blouse

I wrote about the necessary white blouse a while back, and I stand firm that this is a basic element in any wardrobe, even for those of us whose best color is not white. 

But MY white blouse has seen better days. 

Oh sure, when it was first made, it was pretty fine.  Not perfect, by any means... but for the first blouse I ever sewed? 

But the blouse has seen better days - and had problems from the beginning. Now it looks like this (and yes, it has been ironed recently):

I'm not entirely sure what happened there - other than a serious need for interfacing the collar - but... yeah.  Time for replacement!  And while I'm at it... there are a few things that need to be changed.

1)  I don't wear the belt.  It pulls the fabric all out of line.  It's just completley unnecessary.  Buhbye.
2)  In fact, I almost always tuck my shirts in.  This would be a lot better if it was a lot longer.  (Add 4" in length).
3)  I know that short women should wear their sleeves slightly shorter than most.  And unfortunately I knew that when I put this together.  These sleeves have driven me NUTS the entire time.  (Add 2" in sleeve length).
4)  The turned up french cuff?  Sort of cute, but in soft cotton, forever falling down.  Bye bye.
5)  Bringing up the collar a good bit (2") and adding some simple lace. 
6)  I added the tucks because a defined waist is something that I absolutely require for figure flattery.  But they're overkill.  They're going away at least until final construction.  If I change my mind right before I hem this up... I'll change things at that point.
7) I'm not sure why the sleeves cut up at the point they did... but I will attach them first this time, then put in the sleeve slice.  To my back/waist, not the front.
8) I put an extra inch in the center placket.  It needs a bit more room for balance.

I'm using a slightly thicker cotton shirting this time...

Oh, and you probably want to know what pattern I'm using, right?  :)  Folkwear 210.  I do like the Folkwear patterns, even if they need a solid lesson in interfacing.

So that's what I'm doing. I cut fabric this afternoon and I'll be sewing soonest.  Um.  Probably in about five minutes or so.  ;) 

Hopefully you'll have a finished object to see, with another 18mo of sewing experience utilized, very soon.

Friday, November 25, 2011

New Blog Direction - More personal

I feel pretty terrible about letting this blog lapse.  I have a lot to say about fashion, but saying it all at once in some sort of organized way isn't as easy as I thought it would be.

Instead of just talking randomly, I'm going to be posting up my own personal journey through the wardrobe game, and discussing the reasons behind the pieces of clothing that I post.  I'll also be talking a lot about sewing, because I sew most of my own clothing.  (Or I buy it at Penneys on sale - Mom clothes for the win!)

In light of where I started writing... and in light of my current sewing projects, the first post will be on the necessary white shirt.  (Will be up tomorrow).

I hope that this will keep me honest about my wardrobe needs and on track with my sewing for those, and not just after every pretty little thing.

Here's to a new beginning!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Pretty Dress for a Pretty Girl

I made my little girl a dress today....

This should go well with her pink cast. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Mutton Dressing as Lamb

Tonight I'm mulling mutton dressing as lamb.  How old is too old to rehash some really successful looks of your youth?  Must an almost-40-yo wear only sophisticated things, or can  you stay with a more youthful vibe?

I'm a short woman, and I have a sweet face.   (Think Mrs. Santa Claus, only with brown hair).  Other short, sweetfaced women tend toward looking cute well into their post-menopausal years.  There's an adorable woman at the school my children attend, she's even shorter than I am... she keeps her blonde hair dyed, cut pixie short, her makeup on, her heels high (not an option for me) and her hemlines mid-thigh.  Does she look inappropriate?  No.  She looks cute as a bug. 

Sometimes I'm good with that... sometimes I want to look more elegant. 

But for when I don't... when I want to wear the cute clothes... is it weird?  Am I too old?  Or should I just relax and let the cute reign?