Vogue 9002, trousers to top

v9004My long list of wanna-makes has had this pattern in it for a long long time.  I also wanted to make something for my sister, and when I showed her the pattern she was skeptical.  We are rather similar in temprement, and very close, but have completely opposite colouring (she’s blond) and shapes (she has long legs and opposite curves to mine), so a lot of what I will wear, she wouldn’t and vice versa.  Skepticism aside, as I went looking for the ‘fabric’ and found these in my box of ‘silks’ (I have a shoebox of swankier pieces put aside).  It was a pair of trousers which was from the reduced rail.  The fabric is a viscose poly shantung (easy to launder), and the colour is predominately turquoise which is shot with green and a slight royal blue/purple.  All in all, its gorgeous and her favourite colour.

v9004-before

I was going to just about make the cut, except I had to cut the a small panel extra on the right panel.  I gambled if I got the angle to mimic the centre front and was exact on grain, it may not be too noticable and I think it works fine.  I was delighted to get the sleeves cut in full, and the only squeeze were the facings but it was not by much.  I used the pleat of the original trouser (and hem) as my grain guide, and then used the wooden lat laid along the grain to work from. ( I did not full press the trouser crease lines out fully when I prepared fabric for the cut, and after the cut, I sprayed the fabric with a mix of 50:50 vinegar water and pressed to remove the crease line.)

v9004-the-cut

There is a ‘thing’ I do though if the corners are a bit tight in the cut (ie, missing) and I still want to be accurate, and that is to selotape some fabric over the corner and cut and when the item is sewn, this is taken off, I did this in the underarms of the left front.

v9004-cut-out

Its a lovely top to make up.  Getting a colour zipper to match didn’t happen but the green invisible one works well.  For some reason I don’t like invisible zips.  I cannot tell you logicially why.  They feel a bit flimsy and I don’t like the way the weigh into the seams of the garment, so I don’t use them that much.  Again, I was glad I did in this instance as it gave the top a finished look.

v9004-zip

 

So I posted it off on Monday and she got it on Tuesday.  My big fear is that it would not fit, as I don’t actually have her measurements, but know that she takes one size up from me in tops (and one size down in jeans).  Turns out, it fits!

vogue-9002-sis

culottes to blouse – one euro buy

I am developing a habit of justifying buying from the one euro rail on the basis that they are all moments away from landfill…… and am equally surprised at the amount of ‘good’ stuff that ends up there.  The downside is, I have to sew a bit faster so I am not hoarding. I did a photo of me wearing the original, but can’t seem to find it, which is probably just as well as they looked rather awful – more big knickers than culottes!

I got these silk culottes last month.  The silk is a lovely shade of lilac, and they were a home-made pair of culottes from probably 1982.  The maker went to great trouble to sew tiny machine stitches (I have given up on sewing tiny stitches for silk – I truly don’t see the point, as ultimately they are a pain to undo).  I took it apart with some difficulty, rescued zip and reused lining, cleaned and starched the fabric and set to making a blouse.

I had decided on a boat-neck tucked blouse and made up a pattern and made up a toile, and then made up the blouse.  I have not done a lot of this style of tuck/drapes and am happy enough with the way this came out, but would like to try some more to experiment a bit more with these styles.

The cut was straightforward (centre seams on straight grain – I could have tried putting the front off grain but thought to play it safe for first time).  I sewed seams, and tucked the front and back, then attached the lining to neck and arm openings, before sewing shoulder seams and then hemming.  As with all good plans, I decided to change mid-course, and changed the direction of the tucks by the time I used the silk so as the centre seams would be more hidden, so I don’t think they sit as well as they should, but I had gotten rather tired of fixing them so I just finished them off!

I had a bit of a do to attend last weekend, and I thought the top would look so amazing with a pair of black dress trousers. Ha-how wrong was I – either I have gotten bigger or the trousers smaller, and in truth its the former, so I decided 2 things:- one, never eat sweets again (…wild gamble…) , and two, to make a pair of new trews.

I bought some stretch denim on sale 8euro a metre, and ran up a pair of cigarette pants from last years pattern.  I was surprised what a quick sew it was, they were done in an hour or two, and I even did pockets!  And bonus, they work with the summer halter make from a few weeks ago!

 

 

Simplicity 8203 – trousers to tennis dress

simplicity 8203 trousers to tennis dress


The athena poster dress was auctioned earlier this year and got 15k!  It well exceeded the guide price and the back story is a good read.  Its a home-made dress and is from a simplicity pattern (is supposed to be from Simplicity 8203).  I like square necklines,  and decided to give it a go.  The pattern allows for 3 dress lengths and also has a pattern of kick pants/tap pants/hot pants for underneath.  Its a good option obviously for wearing dress at the shortest length (unless you are having an athena moment of course),  

I was able to cut the short length from a pair of linen trousers and would have been able to get the mid length also.  I lined the dress in white cotton and used bias binding to finish the arm holes and some binding for the neckline – it may have been a nicer effect to have just bound both in white, and having a white detailed neck and arm etc instead of turning them over all the way.   Its a straight-forward pattern, and quickly made up, I intended to put trim on it (part for decoration and then it became compulsory when I did a mis-cut) , but I would have preferred if I could have found the generic daisy trim that seemed to  trim every item of clothing I had as a child but not available in local haberdashery.

simplicity 8203 upcycle and remake trousers to dress


I decided to not finish the trim as overall, I am still undecided on the overall finish so I have pinned it (badly)n for the photo, and will figure a better ‘look’ for it later.  I think it needs some detailing, but unsure yet.   I made the kick-pants, they are very much of their time as they fit right on the waist – but they could also be adapted to sit lower.   The big achievement for me, was to get a dress cut from a pair of trousers.   Cute pattern – and thinking of making some other versions………………………

The Boat Neck Top – Trousers to Top

boat neck blouse upcycle trousers to top
I bought a skirt in a charity shop as I figured the print was fun and the lining had a good deal of fabric, but the skirt also fitted me and was incredibly comfortable (thanks to useful pockets), so it escaped the chop.  

I did need a blouse or  top to go with it as tee shirts and camis just looked a bit odd and as it had a vintage 50s style to it,  I thought a linen boat neck would work well.  I was a bit lazy and instead of drafting a proper bodice block, I adapted a wiggle dress pattern and then realised the back centre seam does its own thing……. so there were some modifications, actually there were a lot, and I ended up drafting a new bodice block in the end but kept the 4 waist darts (and side bust dart).  The hem finishes at the waist.

The top has a side zipper.  I am really happy with the top as the linen has that soft worn look and the black is now a dusky ink………………..  trousers are a good upcycle option as the cut lends itself to underarm width, and the straight grain is easy to figure – now to work on getting a dress out of them!


boat neck top upcycle linen trousers to top