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Yes..of course I sew my own clothes!




A good friend, and fellow seamstress recently asked me, "Do you ever sew your own clothes?" We see each other at church every week and she had seen the banners, quilts and other projects I had done, but didn't realize I wore home sewn clothes all the time. I never thought to mention it--Ha! So here they are, Trudy! Enjoy!

I really needed some new clothes for this summer, so in early spring I bought a bunch of clearance cloth to make things I could wear in the heat. ( I hate the heat!!) The blouse pattern had six different variations. This is one of them. The capris are made of white cotton twill.

A trumpet style skirt that I made using only one yard of fabric! I made a muslin mock up first because I literally drew the pieces myself. It's supposed to be the most flattering for a pear-shaped (meaning me). :o) I love it!! I did the muslin mock up first so I could make alterations and not waste any of this beautiful fabric. It made a great pattern!


This blouse pattern had a yoke that I really liked and using the crinkle cloth (on clearance-- yea!) was a challenge, but worth it. I made the capris out of soft stretch denim.

I love fall and this crinkled gauze-like cloth with jungle print made the perfect fall skirt. I made it last year. The brown crinkle blouse that I made recently, goes very well with it.

I made this skirt (not the blouse) after teaching our church girls (10 of them) to sew skirts. I like the idea of buying really beautiful cloth to make a simple but elegant skirt. This cloth is rayon and drapes very nicely.

Rebekah and I stocked up on summer patterns for a $1.00 each in February, and it sure paid off this summer. I love this new style of blouse! It has a little split V at the top that you can't see very well in the picture.

I made this skirt almost three years ago for a trip to Hawaii--wore it to a Luau! It is my very, very favorite skirt. It is made of batik cotton of verigated green with a pretty embroidered pattern all over it. The skirt works fine for square dancing too, since I don't like wearing all the petticoats--way to hot!

The blouse I made a year ago with eyelet trim for square dancing--my new favorite hobby. It's handy because I can thread any color ribbon I like through the collar and then add bows to match whatever skirt I happen to be wearing that night.

This was my first 'stylish' blouse with the baby doll style. Rebekah encouraged me to break out of my standard t-shirt and blue jeans and try some new things about a year ago, so we decided to make matching pink and brown polka dot blouses. That fabric was decidely NOT clearance--but cute! Thanks Rebekah! I also made a second pair of capris in a soft stretch denim.

I really wanted a denim skirt to wear around the house with t-shirts, so I made this A-line out of the rest of the soft denim I got last spring. The blouse is purchased. (The pink flip flops were supposed to go with the polka dot blouse.)

I've made other things, vests, skirts, and a beautiful renaissance dress, but I don't have the time to post them right now--I'm about to start another sewing class!



Comin' Home's ....
Top Ten Picks for Easy Summer Clothes

Shorts and Capris

McCalls 5117
 http://www.ecrater.com/product.php?pid=7615536


DressesRebekah's Favorite Dress
Simplicity 4224
http://www.simplicity.com/p-3399-misses-miss-petite-dress.aspx

Mom's Favorite Dress

Simplicity 5189 6 dresses made easy
http://www.simplicity.com/p-2213-missmiss-petite-dresses.aspx


Long  and Short Flared Skirt - cottons and cotton mixes
Butterick 9 Sew Fast and Easy 5431
 link http://butterick.mccall.com/b5431-products-3181.php?page_id=367&search_control=display&list=search


Tiered Skirts
Simplicity It's So Easy 4131
http://www.ecrater.com/product.php?pid=6414075

Eyelet  Kimono Top and Jacket

Simplicity Easy-to-Sew 3760 On my wish list to sew..
http://www.simplicity.com/p-3245-misses-sportswear.aspx


Stylish Knit Tops or for stretchy gauze material
Simplicity 6 made easy 3790
http://www.simplicity.com/p-2015-misses-knit-tops.aspx


Cute Baby Doll Tops
Simplicity 6 made easy 2931
http://www.simplicity.com/Search.aspx?SearchTerm=2931&x=0&y=0

Long Slightly Flared Skirt for Crepe and Georgette fabric

Simplicity 6 made easy 7655  Long Flared Skirt, elastic waist.
http://www.simplicity.com/p-2589-misses-pants.aspx


Ok..and Two Not so Easy Patterns..but we loved them!!
Baby Doll Blouse...almost a dress with jacket and shorts

2939 Simplicity
http://www.simplicity.com/p-1844-missmiss-petite-sportswear.aspx
Kimono TunicSimplicity 4528
http://www.simplicity.com/p-3470-missesmiss-petite-tunic.aspx




  






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2 comments:

Trudy Callan said...

All of the clothes you've made are really cute. Thanks so much for posting them. I love seeing what others have made.

mizzyN said...

i was googling for homesewn clothes when i came upon yours. nice blog.

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