Tuesday, July 17, 2012


 This is my second pattern from the Vintage Pattern Lending Library that I am attempting to sew.  At first, I was baffled by the picture on the front cover for the skirt.  I believe it was the angle that the skirt was shown that threw me slightly off.  To me, the scalloped edge seem to be on the side of the skirt. 

I cut out all the patterns, and read the sewing instructions.  At first I was not sure where the scalloped side should be on the skirt.  The picture looked like it is on the side but actually, it is on the right front side of the skirt.  With little instructions provided, I tried to piece the pattern together but could not figure it out.  The other thing that threw me off was that the back skirt is way smaller than the front skirt?  I should have known as I noticed the same thing when I sew my 1st pattern, that of the Princess slip #0336.  The front and back varies quite a bit. I reckon that is how the clothes were designed way back in that time period.  Does any test seamstress out there share my observation? 

After a few days of pondering, I decided to check online to see if anyone has completed this pattern.  Yes, there were but no one seem to have any difficulty?  Am I the only one that cannot figure it out?  I must admit I am a self-taught seamtress, so it is not easy for me to just look at the pattern and know what to do.  I research and test as I go along.

So without much information online, I decided to tackle it myself.  I studied it and then it became clear.  The back skirt is just one piece while the front skirt has 3 pieces.  One with the scallop side which should be placed on the right hand side of the skirt.  The skirt front which is the middle section of the skirt and then the other left side of the skirt (which is the same as the right piece minus the scallop).  Now it make sense to me :-)  Took me awhile though but I know how the skirt should be assembled.

I sew the bias tape on the scallop first.  It is a bit challenging especially the corners and the turns but I did it.  It is not perfect but it will have to do.  After that, I joined the scalloped piece to the front skirt on one side and joined the remaining piece (without scallop) to the other side of the front skirt.  Remember to keep an opening on the scallop side from the top - this would be where the zipper or button will be inserted.  Picture below will give you an idea of how the front skirt is assembled for those, like me find it a bit confusing at first.

Once the front skirt is assembled with all the 3 pieces, sewing the skirt together is not all that hard.  In fact, it is very simple.

So my skirt is almost complete -  I let it hang so the fabric will flow naturally before I hem it up to finish the project.

 I think the skirt is very sophisticated.  I match it with a Victorian blouse (not part of the patterns available from VPLL) and the outfit is ready for an evening stroll in the park. 

Saturday, June 30, 2012


Texas summer!  We need to protect ourselves from all those harmful UVs and these whimsical reversible hats would do the job.  

Back home in Malaysia, where it is hot all the time, we do not wear hats, instead we carry an umbrella.  Over here in the States, no one carries an umbrella unless it is raining, even then... it's much to be desired.  Talk about culture differences.  Both ways are to protect oneself from the scorching sun, yet we have different ways of doing it.  How strange? 

Perhaps hats are more of a fashionable accessory while an umbrella is cumbersome? Or perhaps you can match a hat to your outfit while an umbrella, well.. not easy.   Think about it.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Titanic Sewing Project #2 - Ladies Blouse # 0335

Pattern taped and cut.  Now I need to dig into my fabric stash and see what fits this well.  I asked myself, if I was in Downtown Abbey, what color would this blouse be in? Probably white.  It is boring but it is what it is.  It will be today's project - a nice quiet Sunday with jazz music softly playing in the background, I am in the mood!  YAY.

Sunday, March 4, 2012


If a picture paints a thousand words ...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


A few days ago, I received my 1st challenge pattern for the 1912 Titanic Sewing Project.  This project initiated by the Vintage Lending Library to mark the upcoming 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic has more than 300 volunteers help test sew clothing from that era. Fashions are selected from France's once famous La Mode Illustree magazine. As test sew volunteer, we are supposed to document our work and comment on the sewing "expedition" we embark on.

I am very excited about this challenge and today, I have started to piece my pattern together. Stay tuned and join me for more updates on my "cruise" back in time to the Titanic ...

Check out the Vintage Lending Library website for more information on this remarkable project.  www.vpll.org