And the winner is....

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ashley0107 !

Please send me your address via email at empressg1973 gmail com and the notepad is yours!

Follower giveaway is tomorrow!

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Mother's Day!

Leaving aside the whole "picture says a thousand words" cliche...

Quelle Surprise!
1. Yes, my hair is that bright!
2. Yes, that's the Wearing History "Tea at Two" in action!
3. Yes, those are my gloves hiding under the Easter wrapping paper.
4. Yes, that's my mom sitting next to me and no, she didn't "get in trouble in the third grade", lol.

First the gifts:

Two books on pattern making that came highly recommended by sewing bloggers I trust. Made my day. I went home and read the big one cover to cover. I'm mindblown. And to the naysayers in high school who say "I'll never use this crap (crap = algebra and geometry) once I get out of school!", shut yo' mouf. Because this book is chock full of algebra. I'm in HEAVEN. I love solving weird equations algebraicly. I'm a nerd/geek/dork/whatevs.

On to the outfit:

ROCK ON Wearing History, ROCK ON. I swear, this had to be one of the MOST comfortable things I've ever worn in my entire life, even including my "birthday suit". I kid you not. It just was *perfect*. It turned a couple of heads at Mass, but I think it was my hair more than anything. I mean, really, have teenagers not seen someone with pink hair before? There's plenty of old ladies with blue hair, so is pink THAT far fetched?

Once upon a time, my mom tried to color her hair red for Mother's Day after being blonde for a long time (thanks, Mother Nature!) and her hair went pink. Of course, instead of taking pictures, she had my dad run to the store and buy her a blonde hair color. And she thinks my hair is "weird". She started it. ;-P

Follower Giveaway!

Happy Cat has notepad to share!
I would love to give one of my new notepads to a follower, but I need to have at least a few more to make it possible.

Here's the rules:

1. Follow this blog.

2. Pick a project and tell me which one you like best in the comments section of this post.

3. Make sure you put your email in your comment so I can contact you.

Winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday May, 18th, Midnight GMT to make sure that everyone gets a chance to get in on the goodies. I will gladly ship internationally, too!
How cool is this?
Good luck!

The Glove is OFF!

Or on as the case may be. The Tea at Two pattern from Wearing History needed gloves and a hat to make it complete. I'm still working on the hat aspect, but for now, I've got gloves. Or at least a left glove.

The pattern called for stretch fabric which I totally didn't realize until I'd already cut out this faux suede cloth I picked up on clearance. After realizing my mistake, I attempted to make the gloves out of knit. And then dye them to match. We won't talk about that!

The third and final attempt was a success after cutting the fabric on the bias to get a little bit of stretch so the gloves fit like, well, a glove and not a mitten. The knit version was... roomy. Interestingly enough, the pattern size says S-M-L, but there's no difference in the width/length of the fingers! Only in the cuff width. Which is weird to say the very least.

Here's the story, of some pretty glovies...
I made Alice (the one in the center) and used the decorative stitching on my Bernina to create the hem. The gloves themselves do have sort of a vintage feel. Especially Jan and Alice.
Reference Picture

Size: Ain't Nuthin' But A Number

I've come to the realization lately that I really - REALLY - like to sew clothing patterns from the 1930s for me to wear. I have my best success with them, really. I was wondering why when I came across the "measurement chart" on NewVintageLady's blog. According to that chart, I'm almost spot on a size 42 with a 42-36-44 personal measurement. Contrast that with McCall's/Butterick/Vogue's size chart, which has a highest measurement of 42-34-44. See the comparison chart I've created:
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You can easily see the "vanity" sizing of the modern era. 6/8 is the new 12. Personally, I prefer the bust size as pattern size as it makes it simple to find the correct size pattern. Notice that the waist of the vintage patterns allows 2" more than a modern pattern and the hips allow an extra 1"+ in the more mature lady's size. The younger lady would get an extra 1"+ in the waist and 1/2" in the hip. In other words, if you've got curves, a vintage pattern is your best friend because there's a lot less monkeying around that needs to be done to get it to fit.

This is why I don't sweat garment and pattern sizing any more.