Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Variations on a Sewing Theme

A versatile pattern is really frugal. You buy it once and you can use it over and over. Here is my second version of the tunic pattern:

In this version, I'm putting some of my vintage lace at the neckline and sleeves. I still have to do a little sewing on this, but should have it done by the weekend.

Now, I don't want a whole sloo of tunics just like this...plain with lace...so my next step will be to see if I can fiddle around with the pattern and come up with something different. I think I'd like to try a sweetheart neckline, and maybe some vertical trim rather than horizontal. We'll see!

Oh, the fabric only cost me $3 a yard. I have a store near me called "Fabric 1, 2 and 3 Dollars." Not sure I'd put work into dollar-a-yard fabric (you get what you pay for) but the $3/yard stuff is just as nice as anything that costs twice the price. I only wish they sold knits. I just bought my first Ottobre magazine, and most of the stuff in there involves knits. (If you never heard of Ottobre Magazine, just google it. If you sew, I promise you it's real eye candy!)

Here is a close-up of the sleeve lace--which is also what I'm using at the neckline.


jude :-) said...

As always, a nice job, Clare! Just wondering, have you ever made a coat??

Mom2fur said...

Ha, ha, ha, Jude! Yes, I've made a coat. It's been hanging in my closet for 2 years now. It needs the hem and the belt done. I couldn't do the hem because when I tried it on, my daughter said it was 'crooked.' You need a friend or a daughter to pin up any hem--let alone a crooked one. Alas, I don't have any local friends who sew...and my daughter's last stab at sewing was rougly 12 years ago.

So I'm laughing because you reminded me I need to get that coat out. I have a mannequin now, and half the reason I bought it was to be able to finish that danged coat

Beck said...

Very pretty!

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Love the fabric.

BittersweetPunkin said...

Very nice...I should learn to sew then maybe I'd have more clothes! IO remember when all 4 of us kids were small my Mother used to make some of our clothes...I still don't know how she managed it!

Shereen said...

That's so neat that you are able to fool around with the one pattern to get different looks out of it. I have heard of that magazine but have never had a chance to take a peek inside. I second the person who gave you the smile award. Both my beloved and I smiled when you called me a noodle in one of your comments. ;0) Thanks for sharing in last weeks SCF.