Sunday, August 11, 2013

Well, I'll Be A Sew and So

Hello, Dear Ones.
I was going to a luncheon and needed to wear a dress.
 Guess What? I got an itching to make myself one.
I'm a seamstress but haven't made any clothes for myself in a long long time.
I've been sewing since junior high in homemaking class, 'member that?
I've made prom dresses, debutante dresses, jackets...on and on.
I even made a coat for myself back in the eighties out of fake fur! :)
Bet you wish you could see that one!
Here she is!
 In my olden age, I don't wanna sew nuttin' difficult. 
I like easy peasy so I pulled out an easy stitch pattern.
 I had this fabric and just fell in love with it when I saw it. It was screaming my name too.
It's kind of a screen printed looking slinky knit.
Now don't say it looks too grandmaish or would make me look like a blooming idiot! :)
I thought about those exact things but I didn't care.
No, no Nannette! I did not care because I loved it.

Here's the pattern I used and I will not tell you how old it is.
No, no Nannette, I will not! :)
See all of my little markings? I alter right on the pattern picture itself 
after I measure my tiny, um, self. 
I made my neckline a little scoopier on my flowery dress.
While I'm at it I thought I'd show you how I keep my patterns for those of you who sew.
I use these big plastic zip lock bags. They work perfectly too.
 See?
I put the front of the pattern on the clear side.
 ...and then poke the directions and pattern pieces behind the pattern package.
 I don't know about you but I sometimes had a hard time folding up all of the pattern pieces to fit back into the pattern package. So the plastic zip lock is just perfect!

Now are you ready for the big reveal?
No, no Nannette not the 'big' me but my dress. :)
Pretty easy and after 3 hours I had my luncheon dress.
No, I never won any award for modeling. :)
Please don't say I look grandmaish.
Well, shoot! I am a grandma so never mind.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Sewing Song

Take a button and make an eye
Out of nothing we'll sew 'em in no time
Take a button and make an eye
Out of nothing we'll sew 'em what they like

I've made werewolves from carpet
Princes from Primark
Jellyfish out of old carrier bags
I've made fleece into foxes
Robots from boxes
Princesses transformed from old dusters and rags

Take a ribbon and make a wing
Out of nothing we'll sew 'em a fairy ring
Take a ribbon and make a wing
Out of nothing we'll sew 'em anything

I've made parrots for pirates
From papier mache
Butterflies out of old tablecloth pleats
I've made spiders for halloween
Blood out of gelatine
Jesus of Nazareth out of a sheet

Take a button and make an eye
Out of nothing we'll sew 'em in no time
Take a button and make an eye
Out of nothing we'll sew 'em what they like

Oh, I still remember the standing ovations
heard it before
The flowers backstage, the awards that I won 
she's off again, save us!
Now I sit, like my mother, with needle and thread 
time for a change
For the sake of the children the show must go on 
she should be gone.
~ by Matt Winkworth




77 comments:

  1. Good for you! It is hard to find stuff out there we like..so why not make it yourself with that pretty material!

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  2. Great job! I love the material. It's a beautiful color on you too.
    Candy

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  3. I use to have that pattern oh how I miss it lol! I love love love your dress!it looks fantastic on you!
    Helen

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  4. Oh pretty lady, you look adorable in that luncheon dress and yes, I love the pattern print too! Yep, you reminded me how I made a blue jumper and blouse at my "sewing shop" back at school...eons years ago! I don't have a sewing machine any more, you just made me long for one again, as I did make little dresses for my girls when they were young-little girls! Have a great week.
    FABBY

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  5. Oh Sheila you did a lovely job! I wish that I could sew like that. That dress is something I would make in all colors, it looks feminine and comfortable. Love the fabric too AND the great accessories you have on that match perfectly! You GO girl! Cyber High five! :-)

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  6. Really pretty and perfect for summer. :)

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  7. You look darling. What a great job.

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  8. You look beautiful in blue! That is gorgeous fabric. I made my own clothes when I was younger but don't have the patience to sew these days. I like your idea of keeping the patterns. Have a nice evening.

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  9. You look beautiful - fresh, fun, colourful and just plain awesome.

    I LOVE you did that, and totally slapped my palm to my forehead about ziplock bags keeping patterns tidy. DOH.

    Brilliant, all of it. Yay for the luncheon and your beautiful new fun dress. (Great colour on you, too btw!!)

    Hugs.

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  10. Great pattern and dress. You look wonderful in it too! It is such a bright and cheerful dress! I loved the song too!

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  11. I think it looks very lovely, Shelia. Yes, I remember those Home-Ec classes most fondly.

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  12. Shelia, great job and you look so cute modeling your dress! The fabric is fantastic, and you look wonderful in your new dress!!

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  13. You look fabulous in your new dress!! You're quite the seamstress to finish that in just three hours.
    Mary Alice

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  14. Shelia, You look beautiful in your new frock. The fabric is perfect for you and the color. You will be the bell of the ball, umm, tea.
    Have a great time sweetie, xoGinger

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  15. You look so beautiful in your pretty dress! Kudos to you for dusting off your sewing skills & making a lovely dress for the luncheon. Job well done! You have inspired me to do some sewing. Hope I remember how!?!

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  16. There's nothing like an A-Line dress, so flattering!!! Looks great on you and the perfect color for you!!! I hope to never again sew any clothing........gave all my patterns away!!! No, no, not for me!!

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  17. Hi Sheila, you look elegant in that dress, beautiful print and the colour look perfect. The matching earrings and necklace look stunning. :)

    Me too, I took sewing for 2 years in my younger days and haven't sew any dresses for the longest time. LOL

    Have a lovely week ahead. Regards.

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  18. Oh, it is a beautiful dress and you look gorgeous! Great job!! I would love to sew a dress for myself one day! It's on my to do!! Have a blessed week! xo Heather

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  19. Love your blog. I just followed you and hoping you'll follow back :)
    http://thecraftiestallie.blogspot.com/

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  20. Your dress turned out great Sheila! I love the pretty fabric:@)

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  21. oh how I wish I could sew! Your dress looks wonderful....you did a great job :-)

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  22. Oooooooh how pretty you look in your stylish dress. The fabric IS "YOU"! Love the color and print on you.

    I'm a seamstress too and have loved making all of the things I've sewn - especially for the pups and brides and attendants I sewed for!!

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  23. You look beautiful in your new dress, it definitely looks like you! The fabric is beautiful. Now aren't you just the Bee's Knees to think of putting patterns into zip lock bags, I have haggled those pattern pieces for many a year trying to get them back into the original package. I took Home Ec in high school and fell in love with sewing then. Now I'm back to sewing and loving every minute of it. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous self, er dress, with us!!!

    Hugs ~ Mary

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  24. You look beautiful and I love that material. My mom used to sew a lot of our clothes when we were kids. Unfortunately I didn't inherit her talent for sewing.

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  25. You look stunning and I'm a great grandmother, sugar, so don't knock it! ;-) I absolutely loved growing older and wanted grandkids as far back as I can remember. BUT when my granddaughter started having our great grandkids, I cannot even tell you the euphoria we felt. Greatest feeling in the world.
    xoxo,
    Connie

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  26. Oh you look lovely Nannette:) Wish that fabric would look as nice on me as on you....and of course I wish I could sew a dress for myself like you too....but alas....we cant all have the same talent, can we? But glad that you shared us yours thru this post...and that alone is enough to bring my day a big smile:)

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  27. It is a beautiful fabric and a lovely dress! I never had any patience sewing anything other than straight line curtain panels.

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  28. Your dress is lovely Shelia! I can never get those pattern pieces back in either! That's a good idea to put them in a bsg, I will definitely try that one!

    I learned to sew in Jr. High also. I still enjoy it!

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  29. You look absolutely adorable. I love your new dress, you are such a cutie. Hugs, Marty

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  30. Oh what a perfect dress for a luncheon! It looks wonderful on you! That's a good idea on how to store the patterns. I always worked so hard to get my patterns back in the original packaging- I never thought to do it this way. I used to sew a lot but I've fallen off that track. One thing good about learning how to sew is you never lose the know-how. It's a good skill and one I'm glad I learned...and yes I do remember the home-ec classes!

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  31. Shelia,
    I say, "You, go girl!!!"
    Go to your luncheon in high style, indeed!!!
    You look amazing and the color is perfect for you!!!
    Love, love, love you hair style and accessories, too!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  32. Oh you pretty talented girl! I could just hug you! ♥

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  33. I'm just soooo impressed! 3 hours!!??? You look fabulous!

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  34. I think your dress is so cute! Love it and you! It looks comfy, cool and oh so summery!

    hugs,
    Linda

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  35. You are sooo creative! Yes, I remember Home Ec. and I USED to sew too. However, I'd be so afraid of trying anything now.

    I love the blue print; it almost looks 3-D in the photo. Thanks for sharing your blues.

    Happy Blue Monday, Shelia.

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  36. You look beautiful, dear sister of mine.♥ I really like the fabric pattern and colors. Quite becoming.

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  37. I think your cute little dress looks awesome on your tiny little self! Great job! :)

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  38. You have made yourself a beautiful dress. I would have been draw to the flowered fabric myself, its so pretty. I use to make my own blouses.

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  39. Wow Sheila...the dress is beautiful and looks so great on you!...What a great job you did...and yes, i so remember the Home Ec glass in Jr. High...one semester sewing and the other semester cooking....I made many, many of my clothes too...even my maternity dresses...as back then, the maternity dresses were not very pretty!...But when I went back to work when my son started school...i just did not have time for sewing anymore...I need to get a new machine and start again....the fabric is beautiful that you chose..no wonder you fell in love with it!!

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  40. I think you look gorgeous. The French refer to mature women as "A woman of a certain age" and that is what I call myself.

    My husband's aunt made a dress to go to President Reagan's Inaugural Ball. She made it first in muslin to experiment with the fit/adjustment and then into a beautiful dress. It looked haute couture. It was wonderful, but we teased her about being Cinderella with her muslin dress.

    I came over from Susan's/BNOTP.

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  41. Adorable! I keep saying I am going to sew something besides curtains, etc., again. In fact I have a caftan cut out that I need to sew up. I too made a fake fur coat -- leopard! -- back in the 70s. I will have to see if I can find the photo?

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  42. I am in awe of anyone who can sew! I am embarrassingly helpless behind a sewing machine! Nice job!
    -Shelley

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  43. You look as cute as a button. Or maybe I should say 'as pretty as a daisy'. :) Deb

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  44. Hi Sheila,

    You look very chic, my dear friend!! Love all the different pastel-y blues and the pops of white in the floral! And those pretty camel sandals are the perfect complement! I've always wanted to learn how to sew, but didn't do very well in my home economics class, back in junior high!! You have inspired me! Enjoy it!

    Poppy

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  45. Oh you are so cute and so talented too, Shelia! I love the color and the print of the dress. Thanks for stopping by and wishing my mama a Happy birthday!...Christine

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  46. Shelia I don't think it looks granny at all! And you look quite stunning in it to boot! Great idea for the patterns, I need to steal that one!

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  47. Well, you're VERY clever and talented -- and fast! And it looks wonderful on you, too!

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  48. You look adorable... I hope you had a grand time at the luncheon... I love the necklace addition, by the way. :-)

    Huggies,
    Spencer

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  49. Sheila, you are a delight. Such talent. 3 hours and a new dress to wear. Amazing! You are one beautiful Grandma. xo Linda

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  50. I love that sweet little dress you made, love the necklace with it...It does remind me too of my home ec class in highschool when you had the pattern out, so cute...I also love sewing, more for the home though, I am not to good for clothes, you sure are though and I think it is wonderful..Phyllis

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  51. What a lovely dress and you look lovely in it! I used to sew all of my clothes but like you, I just don't wanna anymore. Every now and then I get the urge to make something so I started to make aprons linens from Goodwill! I'm taking a break now but will be back at it soon. Feel free to check out my blog for my Repurposed Linens!

    Have a blessed week!
    Debby

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  52. I love it. Love that fabric. I've been sewing since Home Ec, too.

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  53. Very nice, the dress and the model :)

    Diana

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  54. You look adorable! What an excellent seamstress!

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  55. So cute! I need that pattern. I also learned to sew in Home Ec a long, long time ago.

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    1. Thanks for popping in to see me.
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  56. You look beautiful Sheila!
    I love the colors.
    I am like you, I can sew but I don't want anything too difficult anymore.
    Hugs friend,
    Cindy

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  57. Love your new dress - especially on you! Thanks for sharing how you store your patterns. I want to sew for myself again but not looking forward to the fitting part. I don't know if my old favorites will still fit!
    ~Adrienne~

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  58. Te ves hermosa y con esa sonrisa de siempre mejor, eres una gran costurera, te cuento que lleve un curso de costura pero solo llegue a hacer un vestido para niña y nunca más, no era lo mío, pero me hubiera gustado aprender, es importante darse sus gustos.

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  59. Good for you for sewing your own dress, Shelia! It turned out great. For all the home décor sewing I do, I very {very} rarely do clothing, especially for myself. I suppose I have nightmares that all the stitches will start to unravel as I am at some important event wearing the clothing I've sewn. : )

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  60. Your post made me smile with your funny comments. You and the dress are beautiful, I like the blue flower fabric.

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  61. You are amazing, talented & gorgeous, Shelia.
    TTFN ~
    Marydon

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  62. Hey Shelia, it's been forever and a day since I tried to sew! My problem is I cannot hem! LOL! You look great and ready to party...no, enjoy the luncheon! :)

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  63. I bet you were the prettiest at the luncheon Sheila. My mom sewed all my clothes growing up plus my sister was just as good a seamtress...me, not so much:) I can appreciate all that goes into it though.

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  64. You look so pretty! Love, love your new dress! :)

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  65. I love this! You did a great job and the fabric is perfect. You look great!

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  66. Beautiful blog and heart! So glad to have found you! I love the project. It looks absolutely beautiful. Blessings!

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  67. It's so cute and fresh looking! I keep thinking I need to do some sewing - but I think I'm allergic to needles and thread! Not sure...

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  68. Yer making me wanna sew sumpthin! That is darling! It looks comfy to. :)

    ~Liz

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  69. Good for you, Shelia. You look great in your new dress. I've not sewn in many, many years. For that matter, I've not worn a dress in many years. Ha!

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  70. I think your dress and you look great. I have been wanting to get out the ol sewing machine and make me something lately..this inspires me. I too want something easy, easy..
    Love, Mona

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  71. You are such a sweetie and really do look amazing! I love your dress and the fabric is so pretty! Great tip about storing used pattern pieces, I've ALWAYS had the hardest time trying to get them back in the original package!
    Always a treat having you share at Amaze Me Monday, hope you'll hop back over...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  72. Your new dress is beautiful and very stylish! You are beautiful, dear lady. Love and hugs, Cindy

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  73. I was adoring the beautiful bunny vase from your Mom, and low and behold, I have the same one in black instead of the pink. Small world. I keep it up high in my sewing room because I love it so much....and I have MANY grandkids here all of the time.

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  74. You look very pretty in your new dress. Great job.

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I'm so pleased you would come to see me and so please leave me a comment and I'll do my very best to respond back to you. Be a sweetie...Shelia :)