Friday, February 18, 2011

Inspiration Time Again

I finally did some sewing tonight, though I didn't get much done. I am working on a Vogue retro reprint half apron. I am pretty sure I gathered about a mile of fabric tonight. Sadly, I think I can gather a mile of fabric quicker than I can run an actual mile. Plus, the only thing I would run for is a humongous fabric sale. Well, I would probably run and/or trip others for vintage Tupperware. I'm only kidding, but don't test me if 70's canisters are involved.

I finally did my laundry tonight so hopefully I can show ya'll my wonderful thrift store clothing acquisitions soon. I washed my new fabric the other night instead of washing my clothes, but I finally washed what I bought today. Also, I should have all the patterns I intend to use to sew my new fabric pulled out the closet soon. Some of them are vintage that I am going to have to resize so I might actually make muslins, though I will probably just use old bed sheets picked up from the thrift store.

Now. let's get to the inspiration part of this post.

First up is this lovely skirt. The price tag? $1050.00! I loved it from the moment I saw it. I intended to make a similar skirt using the striped fabric that I ordered. I also found a vintage pattern in my stash that would make a reasonably similar skirt. However, when my fabric showed up it was a bit thinner than I anticipated so the only way I can make it is if I line (interline?) it.

Nest is another skirt that I also ordered fabric to attempt to recreate. I intend on using a Burda pattern to make a similar skirt. The Burda pattern is just a plain high waisted pencil skirt, since what I really liked about this Kate Spade skirt was the color.By the way, when I last looked at this skirt the price was just over one hundred bucks.

Next is a super cute retro looking pair of shorts from ModCloth. I don't own a pattern that would be suitable but I think I think that there is a Kwik Sew pattern that would work. However, I have never spent more than $4 on a pattern so I'm not sure I can bring myself to shell out the $15 or so dollars a Kwik Sew would cost.These shorts retail for $65 though, so I might be able to convince myself that $15 is a deal.

Here is the Kwik Sew pattern.

Well, that is all for tonight. I am going to sit in my floor and dump out all my patterns and dig through them like a kid digging through a sandbox. Adios amigos!


  1. I've done a grand total of two KS patterns, but both were well-drafted and went together very easy (a coat and the new bustier). I also bought that shorts pattern, because I love the pleated version!

  2. Look at the retro reprints from Butterick, Vogue and Simplicity. Some of the pants patterns can be adapted for this style with very little effort.

  3. Dfr- If I decide to get the Kwik Sew we'll have to sew along together, lol.I like the pleated pair too.

    Sewducky- Thanks for the suggestion! I will definitely have to check out their websites.