Thursday, March 20, 2014

Vintage notions + 1st day of Spring + MsKRS = Happiness (Pic heavy)

Well howdy everybody!....I just finished a top I've been working on for the last few days a little while ago and I'm super juiced about it....Its a vintage pattern from Simplicity; in fact its pattern # 1692....I originally wanted to make View A because the sleeves are to die for but when my fabric cut wasn't enough to accommodate I changed it up....I just switched out the long sleeves for the short ones that View B called for....
The fabric is one of the cuts I "won" from a sewing group I'm in on FB....I really love all the fabric I was sent and appreciate it even more....I don't know what kind of fabric it is; somewhat delicate but strong at the same time...I pressed and ironed it like nobody's business with the iron on 4 w/ steam and it did just fine....I was kinda scared I would burn it but it obviously could stand the heat.....Being a slinky fabric I figured it would be the usual hard to work with but it was the complete opposite with that too...the fabric was just awesome and super easy to work with....it held all pressings the 1st time around and didn't slip around at all....I thought about serging the edges but I figured I'd better leave well enough alone so the machine and hand sewing I opted for....(my serger is very, very temperamental)
Now on to the description of my first Spring piece.....Again this top is Simplicity's 85th Anniversary Vintage 1940's pattern # 1692....Its Franken-patterned from pieces of the same pattern; nowadays I just use the patterns pieces as guides because I really just do what I want with them....and the directions are just there for reference in my sewing world....for instance, the pattern called for an invisible zipper but I used a vintage fashion zipper that I wanted to show off; a  J. & P. Coats 12 inch vintage fashion zipper, "Cruise Blue"-colored to be exact....it was 60 cents "back then" and I got it at one of my local thrift stores for 45 cents....Ahhh I love nostalgia and this shirt boasts it all...I even used a vintage button and hand sewed it on with a vintage hand needle.....Yeah, this is a COOL shirt....Sewing and fashion is really all up to you and I take full advantage of that fact concerning the art....I have a ton of photos for this shirt because I treated it like a project and took photos every time I decided to work on it....
I started a new sewing journal too (have I already shared this?)....more like a sewing notebook because my sewing thoughts, measurements, and other sewing related ramblings are already crammed in there....Well pictures now because y'all know I can get my ramble on LOL...oh and enjoy the vintage-y goodness....
Talk to you good people soon!
**MsKRS**


1st day of project....


 see the COOL ZIPPER AND PATTERN....yesssssss

 marked down to 45 cents....thrifting and vintage go hand in hand....

got these super sharp (after all this time) hand needles from a vintage sewing box that was gifted to me....Awesome overload with this project....seriously....

the finished project....pretty as ever huh or nah?...
 

sh*tty, too close-up shot of the beyond cool button I sewed on....but nonetheless cool though...can you see the swirls on the button?...

crazy installation of my zipper...I could have perfected it but its just fine like it is....I've always liked a little craziness anyway....

Side view just because I can.....

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