Fabric: Organic cotton. Print is Robot Factory by Caleb Gray, Circuit Board in Rust. I purchased from https://www.etsy.com/shop/CottonBlossomFarm
Notions: 2 white buttons, and an invisible zippper
Pantone Challenge colors: Koi and Samba
Pattern: I created the pattern using the software Pattern Master Boutique, but it is based on this vintage pattern, McCall’s 6324 (I used the original pocket pattern.)
Year: 1960’s (1963?, I will have to go back and check.)
Time to complete: From the time the pattern was corrected, approx 5 1/2 hours over two days.
First worn: Just for photos so far.
Wear again? There a couple of minor things I would like to fix, but yes, definitely! I would love to wear it the next time I set up at a craft show!
Total Cost: I originally bought 4 yards of the fabric (almost a year ago!) for $32 (I still have approx 1.5 yards left), and $2 for the buttons. I already had the zipper. Total: approx $34
Circuit Print Fabric
1960s Pattern and Clearance Buttons
Getting ready to cut.
I usually cut my facings away from my main pattern pieces. If I ever make the pattern again, I tape them back on.
I used the original pattern’s pockets. Why are there 2 of them…?
Ready to Serge.
My pattern software makes darts really angular. I pinned and stitched them more of a curve. (Banana dart?)
I usually watch Netflix while sewing. 🙂
Facings are usually saved for last, but you have to do them first on this one.
I know this is a busy print, but there is actually a patch pocket in this photo.
I finished off the armholes with bias tape.
Check out these pockets!
In the words of the great Bart Simspon, “Hay caramba!” I finally found the circuit printed fabric. After checking all THIRTEEN (yes, I counted) boxes of my fabric stash, it was in the bottom of the very last one. Figures, right? Well I took the circuit fabric along with the denim fabric outside into the daylight to see how the colors looked. So the red denim I mentioned earlier…..definitely PINK! So why did I think it was red? Well I must admit the light was out in my lamp, I have since replaced it, but I should have known better than to be judging color in dim lighting. The denim might actually be close to the Vivacious. See photo:
So, I decided I still want to use the circuit fabric, but will NOT be making a jacket. It may have been biting off more than I can chew for my first challenge ever anyway. The jacket I had in mind was very modern, so my first rummage through, I only looked at my modern patterns for the dress I wanted to make. This was also in part because I didn’t think I would feel like trying to size up the itty bitty vintage patterns. I decided to sift through all of my dress patterns, (including the vintage ones) before I fully committed to the dress from my previous post. I found a lovely one from the 1960s that I think will look great. 1962 to be exact. McCall’s 6324. I have decided that this one is absolutely the one I want to do for the challenge. I already found some white buttons while I was at Jo-Ann the other day, and I think they will be perfect.
I’m thinking that I might just recreate this pattern using my pattern software, instead of trying to size up this vintage pattern to a plus size for myself. We’ll see. Circuit fabric is being pre-washed right now!
OK! I think I have decided what to do for the Pantone Fall color challenge. I still haven’t found that circuit fabric, but I know it’s around here somewhere. From the stock photo, the orange isn’t quite “koi”, but it will have to do. I’m hoping to do this with no money out of my pocket -just using stuff from my stash. Although I’m sure I will have to buy a couple of zippers to match. I’ve decided to go with a dress and a jacket – I hope there’s enough time for both!
Here is the dress, it’s McCall’s M6503, and I’m thinking View D.
I was delightfully surprised to see that I had a red denim in my stash that I think is really close to the samba. I’m not sure yet how it matches up to the circuit fabric yet though so I may be re-thinking it later. We’ll see. The jacket pattern I want to use is Simplicity 2056. It’s a “Suede Says”, which I have never used before. If I do go with this denim, I want to do View B. Have any of you out there ever made anything from either of these patterns? If so, what did you think?
It seems to me, that having a deadline, even if it is only one you create for yourself, can keep you from sleeping too late or falling asleep next to a box of cocoa puffs watching Netflix on your laptop. Or maybe that’s just me. I’m trying to get back into this whole blogging thing, and thought there would be no better way to start than looking to other sewing blogs for inspiration. I stumbled across The Sew Weekly Reunion Challenge. TSW, as they call themselves, was a group of four women who decided to sew together each and every week on the same theme, and shared their projects with each other. Hundreds of other folks joined in, and it sounds like it was one huge, glorious sewing party that I had no idea was going on. Well, it looks like I am getting another chance! I was a little late to the game, since the challenge was to be announced on August 1, but the deadline is not until September 1. I think I can make it!
So what is the challenge? The look must incorporate color from Pantone’s 2013 Fall Collection:
I think it might be time to finally use that circuit board/robot fabric…..but where did I put it….?