The Wannabe Craftster

The Highs and Lows of a Fashionista and Craftster Wannabe

My Current Vintage Obsession


My personal style could never be described as “Jackie O”.  My hair tends to look windblown at best, and my dressy clothes are, these days, gathering dust in my closet.   Park days, piano lessons, gymnastics lessons, and speech therapy sessions don’t usually demand pumps and a slip.  More likely, you’ll see me in jeans or yoga pants with some oversized shirt.  Glamorous!   My mother is tall with narrow shoulders and a slim face and wears the styles I never could–full skirts, fussy tops, vests.   She could never understand  why her 5’1″ daughter with the big, full face and broad shoulders couldn’t float through the room in a circle skirt like June Cleaver.   Yet, she couldn’t bring herself to tolerate the clothes I wanted to wear–empire waist dresses, wrap sweaters, and straight skirts.  There was a compromise here and there, but she could be a bit of a bully about it all.  The one thing she couldn’t stand was the one thing she could do nothing about–my hair.  She would have loved it had I adopted a Grace Kelly do, but it just wasn’t in the cards.  Classic good looks were NOT mine, and my style, though stifled for many years directly by my well-meaning mother and even after by my desire to please her as an adult, was actually more boho.  You could read in her eyes the one thing she was thinking but wouldn’t say–TACKY!

So, at this stage of the game, why am I obsessed with 60s suits?   (I’m a 70s girl!) Is it the desperate need to  break out of my rut?  Could the yoga pants and oversized t-shirts of my husband’s finally have caused some sort of meltdown?  Am I secretly planning to shock the yoga pants off everyone else?  Am I just missing my mom and wanting to please her?

One extremely appealing characteristic of these suits is how streamlined they are.   Not many bells and whistles here.  The extravagance would be in the choice of fabric and in lining.  No embroidery, no ruffles, no crochet and NO SHOULDER PADS!  I used to rip them out of my clothes, even in the 80s.  Those of us with broad shoulders don’t need them!  Never did!

Something else has me hypnotized, though.  When one lays off the distracting embellishments, one gives oneself the opportunity to LAY ON THE JEWELRY!!!!  Back up, people!  I’ll need some room for the next post!

October 31, 2008 Posted by | inspiration, jewelry, patterns, vintage | , , , , | 3 Comments

Ooh La la!!!!

My sister had this pattern back in the day.  I thought it was the sexiest thing I’d ever seen and wanted it for myself.  You can find this at http://www.lanetzliving.net/

October 10, 2008 Posted by | inspiration, patterns, sew, sister, vintage | , , , , , | 2 Comments

SCORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 27, 2008 Posted by | Designer clothes, patterns, sew, thrifting, vintage | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Give Up

It just beat me down.  I’d never done pleats before and struggled with THAT.  I really needed to mark symbols and tried it but they disappeared!  (Maybe too much time between sewing sessions?)  I’d never put in a zipper before and attempted it and thought I did a B to C grade job until I tried to apply interfacing and realized I’d put the zipper in way TOO high and it wouldn’t accommodate the facings.

Sometimes, things just have to be shelved.  I have learned that just because a pattern is labeled EASY doesn’t mean that it’s for beginners.  And that’s what I am—a beginner.  And really, when you’re homeschooling, housecleaning, etc, etc, being a beginner may last a little longer than what you’d like.  Okay.  Lesson learned.

SO…………I am working on a new blanket for my mom.  (Pictures later.)  AND……I’ve decided to try something simpler and smaller.

Top right will be made up (WILL be made up) in pale green $1 a yard Walmart fabric.  Certainly, I shouldn’t be too disappointed no matter what the outcome.  WISH ME LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 16, 2008 Posted by | patterns, sew | , , , , | 3 Comments

If

If it ever got cool enough in Texas, I’d make something like the latest wrap/jacket that Erica Bunker has made. Her blog is one of my absolute favorites and was, if I remember correctly, the first one I ever bookmarked. Photography is great, and she has impeccable taste. Not perfectly matched with mine, of course. She’s tall like a model and I’m….not. I could never pull off some of the styles she favors and looks so good in. If you haven’t already, check it out.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b16/eribunk/Projects/101_1746.jpg

July 25, 2008 Posted by | Austin, inspiration, patterns | , , , | Leave a comment

Marking Fabric

For beginning sewers like me, marking requires a bit of thought and lots of advice.    Actually, I could really use an expert in my dining room with me guiding me.  NOT going to happen, BUT after reading and rereading every section in every sewing book that I own and trying and failing a FEW times to mark and recognize my own marks UNsuccessfully, I was quite pleased this morning to find THIS post at Another Creation.    And with a twist!!!  I’ll be trying this after I visit the Crayola aisle.

http://anothercreation.blogspot.com/

June 27, 2008 Posted by | patterns, sew | , , | 2 Comments

Little Mister’s Shorts

In all his glory………………………

He was really proud.  These are a little big on him, but I suspect he’ll have some growing time over the summer and they’ll fit perfectly by fall, which is as good as summer here in Austin.

I used this pattern…..

It was SUPER-easy.  Only 2 pieces if I recall correctly.  Yes, I know this is a pajama pattern, but I wasn’t happy with the other patterns for little boys that I found.   And let me say here and now, there are almost NO patterns for boys out there.

Pattern was bought at Lanetz.   Lady who runs THAT place is wonderfully nice, which is a huge plus in my book.

http://www.lanetzliving.net/

June 24, 2008 Posted by | Austin, Finished Products, patterns, sew, vintage | , , , | 2 Comments

Sale at Hancocks

Butterick patterns. AGAIN!

I’m thinking this will probably get made once 10 more pounds are gone. Blouseyness, you know.

I’m thinking that View B would be perfect for 6 or 7 little tops to discourage my reaching for DH’s oversized t-shirts. You read correctly. “Let herself go” doesn’t begin to describe the downward spiral that began after Child #2 was born and I stopped working. I can tell DH doesn’t like me wearing his shirts and probably thinks I don’t have to look SO dowdy. At least, that’s what I was telling myself as I was charging my new stash to his credit card. Am I bad?

I’m most inclined to do something like View D, SINCE my clothes are mostly prints.

June 21, 2008 Posted by | patterns, Sale at Hancocks, sew | , , , , , | 3 Comments

“Progress” on McCalls 5654

I toyed with the idea of naming this post “Sunday-Go-To-Meetin’-Pleatin'”, but even I found that to be too hokey.  The fabric is a little meet-me-in-the-churchyard, but I wanted an inexpensive easy print to work on, and at the time I was happier with it than I was after I cut it out.  Hey, at least it isn’t floral, which is what most dresses in my closet were before the big purge.  Anyway, here it is in all its glory plus some seriously shoddy pleating and basting.  I know.  I know.  Feast your eyes.

Help!  I\'m pleating!

Oh, and I’m making Figure B.

Wish me luck.  I’m onto pockets now.

June 10, 2008 Posted by | patterns, sew | , , , | 3 Comments

Sale at Hancocks

This is something I could see myself wearing through a good bit of weight loss. (BTW, that Weight Watchers Core program is working, and DH finds it pretty easy to adjust to. We feel a lot better, too.)

This is probably my favorite of the bunch for this score. In my case, sympathy for the general public should steer me away from the sleeveless options. BUT, we’ve already got record temperatures here in Austin, and 3/4 sleeves is just too hot for me. I am comforted by the fact that I won’t join those with VERY questionable tastes who expose less than perfect midriffs, at the very least. Sorry, but it had to be said. I hope that wasn’t mean.

Another sleeveless top pattern. There is something about this that reminds me of a bathing suit, but I’m hoping to hide some ugliness under the generous fabric. My prayer is that nobody asks me if I’m pregnant. If someone does, I’m planning on rewarding them with heaving sobs. Again, I hate to show my big ole arms, but hopefully, that bit of ugliness won’t be lasting much longer.

Sleeveless, but you could definitely make a case for WARDROBE STAPLE with this one.

I’m not even sure why I bought this last one. It’s cute enough. Maybe, I thought defining the waistline (props to Clinton and Stacy) would help me appear slimmer. I’m not sure. When patterns are 99 cents, you just go for it.

So, right now, I’m working on a dress with inverted pleats. Once I get that done, for better or worse, the challenge will be pockets on the same dress and then……a zipper. I’ve never put one in…..ANYTHING! Wish me luck.

June 7, 2008 Posted by | Austin, patterns, sew, Uncategorized | , , | 7 Comments