Monday, May 12, 2014

You Don't Have To Sew Everything

On Saturday, I - finally - finished adding the waistband to the Burda 7400 pants. They now fit much more securely. While I was finishing up, I thought about what top to wear with and decided to sew a version of...





... out of print Vogue 8390 only without the shoulder gathers. This is a fabulous pattern. I've sewn it several times with this...





... printed, burn out knit version being my absolute favourite. It was sewn at least four - if not more - years ago and is still in my wardrobe. When I sew something I really like, I tend to wear it for a long time. ONLY...





... before I started sewing, I decided to go shopping for a cardigan and some other accessories to go with the outfits I have in mind for my holiday and found this blue wrap top that is almost identical to what I had in mind. On sale. For about $5.00 more than it would have cost me to sew it. FABULOUS. I've been told many times you don't have to sew everything and I agree but it's so rare for me to find something that fits and works well. It's slightly too long but that's easily fixed.





Here it is with the pant fabric. I also bought a fuchsia tank top that was cut high in the armhole so it doesn't show the bra or the bulge and two black rayon t-shirts for $14.00 each which is definitely less than I can sew them for ONLY...





... they had a tiny pocket, over the bust which was already not flattering but then it was placed too far to the left and looked like it was hanging off. When I told the cashier I intended to remove them, she said really, can you do that and get rid of all those hairy bits too? We are SO LUCKY we sew. Being able to do a few alterations and adjustments makes it possible to actually get RTW to look somewhat decent - when you do find something that works. I'm happy with my weekend finds.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - four new tops

6 comments:

  1. very true, although I do applaud people who set the bar high and try and make everything! If nothing else, that's a terrific experiment and one that's bound to be quite the learning curve...

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    1. LOL - for me it's not so much about wanting to make everything as wanting everything to fit well. If I can sew something better than what I can buy, I'll sew it BUT... there's only so much time/energy.

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  2. I was given a bag of plus size clothing yesterday and now its washed ill work my through it doing any alterations and refashions.Your right we are so lucky to sew:)

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    1. YEAH for you. What a great gift. Have fun refashioning.

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  3. Sometimes, as I sift through racks and racks of thrifted garments to glean beautiful buttons from them, I end up keeping the chosen garments intact. I could not buy the fabric and sew up the shirt/skirt/dress/coat for as little money as I paid for it! I have not shopped retail for so long that I feel lost when I step through the doors of a mall store.

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    1. I've been avoiding second hand stores lately because I always find so much fabulous potential that I can't seem to resist. They're a wonderful resource. I rarely shop retail. I don't find shopping all that exciting unless I'm snoop shopping for ideas.

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