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I love this cute knit dress designed by Christine Haynes. The Marianne has a 60’s vibe and can be made up easily in a variety of knits and styles.
The one I’m wearing is a practice muslin that I made to check the fit and style. I decided to play around with an old lace top that was gifted to me. I cut the front yoke from the back of the lace top and the back yoke from the front of the top so that I could use the existing button closure. I also used the lace cuffs with the buttons on the end of the 3/4 sleeve.
She agreed, but wanted the dress made a little slimmer and shorter. Later I would make a second Marianne that I entered in the Super Online Sewing Match hosted by Sew Mama Sew. You can see and read all about that dress here.
The wild jersey print was a mystery blend that I purchased on the sale table at Beverly’s Fabric. It’s hard to find inexpensive knit for muslins in my tiny part of the world, so when there happens to be something worth getting, I usually stock up. :)
I am busy working with Natalia on her new sewing social site Sewist.com, so my actual sewing time has been cut in half these days. But that’s perfectly all right with me. I’m very excited to be a part of Sewist and all that it has to offer. I hope you will stop by and take a look around!
Our mission is to create a sewing site that promises to be a useful tool for all those who enjoy sewing and creating with fabric.
What about my post title? It is in honor of this song written in the sixties:
The song was inspired by Marianne Jensen (later Marianne Ihlen), whom Cohen met on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960. Cohen said she was the most beautiful woman he had ever met. She had recently been left by her husband, the Norwegian writer Axel Jensen, leaving her and her six-month-old son alone on the island. The two hit it off, and Cohen ultimately took her from Hydra back to her home in Oslo, Norway. He later invited her and her son to live with him in Montreal, an offer which she accepted. The two lived together throughout the 1960s, commuting between New York, Montreal, and Hydra. (Wikipedia)
Hello and Happy October!
Before the weather turns cold, I wanted to make one last light-weight cotton blouse. I chose Lekala 4452 for it’s vintage style and simplicity. There are only 5 pattern pieces, and no zipper, buttons, or facings. Easy as pie!
From my stash, I used a piece of light-weight vintage fabric left over from a dress I made a few years ago. I like to try all patterns out in muslin or in an inexpensive fabric the first time I make them. Then I can fine-tune the fit and resolve any issues before I make it in quality fabric.
My favorite way to receive Lekala Patterns is to order the copy shop size and have them printed on large paper. The line drawings turn out so nicely and the paper is quite sturdy. It only cost me around $4.00 or $5.oo to have a print made. A copy shop that has a large format printer used for architect drafts is a good choice.
I cut out the patterns along the outside lines of the seam allowance. Then I fold my fabric right sides together so that I can trace any darts or marks onto the wrong side. I lay the pattern out and hold it in place with weights.
I use tracing paper and a tracing wheel to mark the darts on the upper layer, remove the pattern and trace through the markings on the fabric so that the layer underneath is also marked.
This blouse has a Peter Pan style collar that is all one piece and meets just off-center front. There is no facing, so one side of the collar is sewn right-sides together to the neckline and the inside edge is turned under and topstitched very close to the seam line. When you sew the collar right sides together, end your stitching at the seam line, so that you can turn the front edges neatly under before you topstitch.
You’ll notice that the bust dart is designed to be pressed upwards. This is not how I usually sew bust darts, but it works just fine.
I actually cut four sleeves instead of two so that I could underline them. Each section is sewn together, then two sleeves are pinned right-sides together, then sewn along the sleeve edge. I then turn and press the sleeves, baste them together along the top edge, and make a gathering stitch for adjusting ease. Next, I pin and sew the sleeves into the blouse.
I first sew all the seams at a 2.5 stitch length, then serge them. I chose to use a safety pin to attach the bow. That way I can take it off when I wash it. You may want to make your bow a little longer if you want it to look more like the one on the model.
I’m super delighted with how it turned out and how quick and easy it was to make. Just be patient when you attach the collar. Make sure you clip into curves. Sew a guide stitch along the inside edge so that you can press it precisely to the measurement.
I hope you try Lekala 4452 and post your final looks to our Lekala FaceBook Page and to Lekala.co.
Congratulations to all of the kind commenters during my celebratory month of September! There’s been a whirlwind of activities this past month with the marriage of my step-daughter. Friends and family came from all over the the U.S and as far away as Australia to attend the quaint beach wedding at Bodega Bay. I had plans to make my own dress, but ended up borrowing a dress from a friend. There just wasn’t time! :)
Before the wedding, I altered and hemmed four bridesmaid dresses, three of which were for my youngest daughter and my two granddaughters. Chiffon does not scare me any more! I discovered my own best way to hem chiffon and made a tutorial to share with anyone who may be curious about my method. If you happen to watch it, I’d love to know what you think!
Now for the winners of the Give-Away celebrating all of the wonderful followers of my humble sewing blog. If your name is listed below, you have until October 11 to email me your address and I will send you a token of appreciation. Please put Give-Away in the Subject Line so that your email doesn’t get overlooked.
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I have way over 500 followers either through email, Bloglovin, or other ways that you might follow, so it’s time to start the party! I’ll be giving away at least 10 cute little handmade business card holders to folks that comment between now and the end of September.
Please tell me “how you follow this blog” and you will be eligible. Also, if you would like to email me a post link of a party dress that you have made. I’ll start a list, so that we can all blog hop to your party dress post and see what each other has to share!
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I wore this vintage inspired party dress to my daughter’s bridal shower. It’s made from silk chiffon and poly charmeuse. It turned out rather splendidly, if I do say SEW myself! I made a muslin to check the bodice, then made slight alterations to Butterick pattern 6049. Then I did a “slow sew” because I was working with slippery fabric and wanted it to turn out nicely. I used my regular sewing machine and the serger in tandem to neatly finish and hem all seams. I let it hang overnight so that the bottom of the dress would relax into it’s final shape, which was quite a sight to see! Then I trimmed and hemmed it by measuring the charmeuse from the floor up, then tackled the chiffon.