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    I second the cargo shorts and button front shirt.

    To add, I fell in love with Oliver +s because of the hint of retro styling to the designs, because the styles are timeless and classic. If you do produce a men’s button-down shirt, one that is less “modern” styled and more traditional in design would be wonderful. Especially if it has a great pointed collar

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    Once I get the fountain repainted and assembled today, I’m hoping to head upstairs to the studio and work on a pair of white cigarette pants (for me), a white pair of highwaisted shorts (for me), and if I finish both of those items up, I plan to start tracing a pair of 1950’s patterns that are mother-daughter in design. The fair is a 2 weeks away, and I really need to round up the past year’s work to show, and get some baking done for the fresh foods competition.

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    @justsewit, how frightening! And probably a little frustrating. I’m quite certain that the repair shop locked the lug nuts on very tightly for you, considering. It’s so frustrating to have car troubles when traveling by yourself with small children. Not to mention having to pay for vehicle work to be done. So glad you were able to repair the issue before your tire took a trip of it’s own :/

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    My husband returned to work yesterday following vacation time off, with a freshly altered and repaired uniform shirt.

    We had plans of a small trip during his time off, but 2 days before his vacation started, he was attacked by a pitbull while checking on a report of a domestic assault. He’s going to sport a lovely scar on his upper left arm, but the damage was much less than it could have been. We would likely have been able to continue with our travel plans, but it was decided that a rabies vaccination would be necessary, which meant 4 trips to the ER in 11 days for the vaccine series. He returns to the ER today for the final vaccine dose.

    On the upside, workman’s comp is covering the entirety of the medical bills and antibiotics, and he’s been promised a few extra days off to make up for the vacation time lost while seeking treatment. I’m also grateful for our family’s twisted sense of humor, because as frightening as the whole event was, having someone leave a recording of who let the dogs out on his voice mail and the werewolf jokes have helped ease the stress of the whole issue considerably.

    Hopefully, that was our only bit of unwanted excitement this summer!

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    I love when women wear spaghetti straps! If anyone is concerned with visible bra straps for us less perky creatures, I’m a great fan of the clear bra strap. As for racer back tops, I personally can’t stand them. I feel like they belong with active wear and in a workout setting alone. That said, I don’t like the fit of racerback anything on myself, but that perhaps has to do with my figure/build.

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    I spent the past 5 weeks altering prom dresses, and have had the first 2 wedding gowns of the season come in this week, so my poor serger and sewing machine have really been put to task!

    When not dealing with lace, sequins or beads, I’ve been selfish sewing like crazy. Since the first of May, I’ve made myself 3 blouses (spring2016 Vogue 1507, vintage 1950s Simplicity 4647, Vintage Simplicity 3021), 1 pair of denim capris (Gertie’s Butterick 5895), a chambray dress (earlysummer2016 Simplicity 8051), and I replace the zipper in a vintage 1950’s East does West Singapore dress I was gifted last weekend. And because I am enjoying myself so much, I have cut out and prepped a few more projects, using the excuse that it is MeMadeMay2016, of course!

    Pictures of completed projects are on Flicker and instagram. Happy sewing, ladies (and gentlemen lurkers)!

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    I’m afraid we’re bustier than Nicole’s girls were, although I have been looking at what patterns @motherof5 used as her girls were developing for inspiration. I’m going to measure her after school today and see how much of an increase we need. This girl is one of the 3 shortest in her grade of over 130 kids, with a teensy waist, narrow shoulders, and not much for hips, mostly just booty in the back, and then the bust issue. I’m trying to keep her from looking like she’s wearing a tent

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    I’m feeling a little guilty. I made zero Easter outfits this year. I’m still battling this horrible wet cough and the prescription meds leave me tired and honestly, I don’t fee quite up to safely running a sewing machine. I cannot wait for spring to finally trump winter. 70*F one day 32*F the next and back up to 58*F the next day is wreaking havoc on my respiratory system 🙁

    I am getting some more pattern tracing done for when I do feel better. I’m also toying with FBA the O+s patterns for my rapidly getting bustier girl. She;s still too small for juniors and too busty for Gymboree. I’m thinking of doing a FBA on the Fairy Tale and the Library dress (maybe as a top?). Both, I feel, are good candidates. Maybe the Croquet dress. Either bust increases with added/increased darts, or via gathers of the underbust/overbust to allow fullness. Lord have mercy on me, because she’s just so darn teensy tiny everywhere but her chest. :S I wish I had more local sewing buddies to help me figure out fitting her. We’re now at the point that commercial clothes are a lost cause for fit, and it’s looking like making her a full wardrobe is going to become necessary.

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    @dubhels2003- It was actually a winter-ish/springtime in Pennsylvanis nightgown. Flannel with short sleeves, lol. I do really like the pattern, and I’m sad that this is the biggest size in the envelope, although, I’ll probably grade it up for another year or 2. I use Ellie Mae Designs K157. I really like the fit, and it offers a matching American Girl doll sized pattern as well. It’s a nightgown and a top with pants. It has a very vintage feel to it. I’m thinking of making the shirt part with shorts for a summertime, as our summer nights aren’t all that warm most of the time

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    Weinie dog top is shelved until I can make a button run. None of the buttons I have match. And the ones I thought looked pretty great actually kind of clashed badly in natural light. Of course.

    Nightgown is complete and on a sleeping girl. I also whipped out the barely started Seashore dress I was going to work on in January before life interfered. It needs buttons and button holes, but I’ll let the girl pick those out when she’s awake.

    All in all, it was a productive sewing day! The husband is of the opinion that my wool trousers should be shelved until fall because it’s clearly spring, and once I sew them, they’ll be packed up until the fall. He’s right. They will be. I looked at the 15 day forecast, and it is decidedly NOT the weather for wool bottoms. So, maybe I will put them back in the basket, and save them for later.

    Perhaps I should get to the Easter sewing tomorrow? My smallest was looking at the art museum pattern cover and suggested that his Easter vest look more like a cowboy vest. He and I looked online at “western” vests, and it looks like the art museum vest is going to get a western twist. He would also like a gold pocket watch to put in his vest pocket. I told him to save his dollars 😉

    The girl is still sighing dramatically whenever I mention Easter sewing. I give up trying to translate what it means. At this point, if she cannot decide by tomorrow night, she can wear her Christmas dress. This mama is tired of the indecision.

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    Finished up my green vintage patterned blouse, the wienie dogs are down to a fit and mark where the button holes and buttons go. I added some hidden boning to the green blouse, along with a covered eyehook, wax thread loop, clever tacks, and an invisible hem. Oh! and I covered the buttons, and I’m so so so glad I went that route- the blouse looks so polished and I’m so happy with it. The wienie dog top is double knit, so I hand picked the side zip, and that too has left me very pleased.

    I had planned to sew up 2 pairs of wool trousers I have cut for me, however, “somebody” did some fussing, so I’m going to be sewing up a quick nightgown today (already cut out!), then moving on to the trousers. Well, after I finish the wienie dog blouses buttonholes and buttons.

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    I grew up with a John Deere mechanic dad and both sets of my grandparents were farmers. I can totally see Jed’s excitement over a price reduction like that!


    @motherof5

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    @motherof5 oh, I’m laughing. The registration for the Russian Egg demonstration is full, so now I can let the answering machine do the work. So it’s on to dinner and then a late night of sewing!

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    I went upstairs to sew, and the house phone started ringing off the hook. The paper made a misprint of the phone number in a listing featuring hay for sale. I keep having to explain that I do not have any hay and that this is the wrong number, and I can’t not answer the phone because I agreed to take registration for a church event. I did call the paper and the error is being fixed.

    Since I’m getting no sewing done between phone calls, I’m cleaning and reorganizing my studio. It seems like I always have new toys to put away, lol

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    I’m working on 2 blouses for myself right now. One is a modern Simplicity that is very similar to a favorite peplum blouse of mine from Anthropology in a vintage wienie dog knit, the 2nd is a vintage McCall’s summer blouse in a green sateen cotton with tiny white polka dots. Of course, I went to JoAnn’s yesterday and snatched up a hot new Vogue American designer blouse pattern that is begging to be made up in Fabric Tradition’s Gertie Yellow Rose rayon challis, but is has to wait for the fabric (my JoAnn’s doesn’t get many appearal fabrics in stock) to arrive, so I WILL finish the 2 on my sewing desk.

    I’m super excited for warm weather to arrive and stay, and I am determined to have lots of new wardrobe pieces to celebrate the sunshine.

    (I also need to make my daughter’s Easter/Confirmation dress, but clearly, I am dragging my feet on that one. Having a super terribe cold hasn’t been conductive to intense fittings and sewing for a preteen)

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