Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Light Jackets for Those Cooler Days

Disclaimer:  Patterns and pictures that I list or show does not mean I endorse how and what the model wears or displays the garment(s) I mention. My intention is to show the detail of the specific garment I chose to illustrate for the purpose of accommodating and complementing a modest wardrobe.

Posting some interesting jackets and patterns found on etsy by independent pattern makers. This first jacket is ready-made linen and is very simple yet attractive.  I imagine there are patterns one could adapt to make this stylish jacket.  This light jacket would be very versatile in a muted tone and be easily worn with a variety of colors.   

For sale here.

Available here
Available here

Available here

Available here

Also, denim jackets are a great standby when nothing else will do. Several makers are listed and prices vary.  The major pattern companies also carry a variety of denim styles and sometimes a sale comes  with $1.99 (or close to) prices and that helps keep costs down.  Watch for sales on denim fabric.

                              A basic cotton jacket that would help keep the chill off .

There are also Kimono style jackets in the major pattern catalogs.  Those jackets are designed for lightweight fabrics.

View C would be a looser-fit jacket. Leave the pockets off for a more classic look.

These are a few ideas and I am sure there is one that will work best for you, sometimes just a boxy shirt will work such as the light pink on the right and the sleeves can be lengthened even more if wrist length is desired.

So whatever you do, where ever you go, whatever you say, and how you conduct yourself, remember that:

  Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
                                                                                                I Corinthians 10:31

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Spring Outlook--A Bounty of Apron Patterns

 It is good to see women and young girls dress modestly.  The culture has a heavy influence on clothing styles.  Knowing your purpose in life and whom you clothe yourself for makes it easier to chose  certain styles and looks.  If you are dressing to impress, make sure it is for the one who matters most and knows your heart's desire.

Looking at the 80's there was an upsurge in ruffles and coifed hairdos yet when the newness wore off those styles the end result was more casual and with definite masculine influence.  That influence has continued.  

The more casual the dress, the more casual one approaches relationships. Look for encouragement to be a women that pleases God first and foremost.  One item that helps me is putting on a pretty apron.  I like them practical, feminine, and pretty in either print or style.

If you like retro aprons  Tipnut     has quite a variety of free downloads.

There are many patterns available in the major pattern books as well as Etsy.  There are independent designers that offer quite a variety depending on your tastes.  

Here is one cute retro from Etsy, Rachel Knoblich, that is reasonably priced with 15% discount to boot, that only takes one yard.  She offers a variety of patterns.

                                This apron is on sale at Etsy by Studio Handworks

Apron found here.

Apron found here

Apron found here.

Apron found here.

Apron found here

                    May the Word always be your reference and God be your guide in all things.  
                                                      May you have a good sewing year in 2023!

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Winter 2023--a good time to try layering for warmth!

Winter Jumper Ideas

With the variety of weather situations, you might want to be prepared for some stormy weather!  If it is really cold be sure to have a pack containing extra clothing -underlinings and extra outer coverings, pajamas if you are fortunate enough to stop at a motel/hotel. Be sure to have a couple extra good blankets/quilts that will keep you warm if stranded and you run out of gas or electricity.  It helps to be prepared as much as you can for whatever happens.

One of my favorites is wearing jumpers--underneath you can wear a warm turtleneck sweater along with leggings or long underwear with warm knee-highs and over all that a button or zip sweater and/or jacket.

Just a simple look for a jumper dress style that most all figures can wear.  This is actually a ready-to-wear apron found at this sight.  One could use a skirt and just figure out a bib style that would fit and add ties to crisscross in back with buttons and buttonholes. 

This is an old favorite from many years ago and is still available from Paisley Pincushion

This is a very workable pattern for everyday wear from Mildred Pinafore Dress.

This one is out of print but available in certain sizes on ebay.

This is the Smith Pinafore Dress.  Less waste to make.

 I like to wear jumpers!  I find them a very comfortable outfit.  They come in various styles and make for great layering in cooler seasons.

A variation of the Hinterland Dress.

This is the Penney Pinafore Dress.
McCalls has this on sale now for $4.99.

McCalls has a more fitted version.

 This pattern intrigues me because at this point in my life I prefer to have a hint of waist rather than fitted as they are much more comfortable to move around in.  I ordered this in PDF  from The Assembly Line Shop and am looking forward to making it in a heavy cotton.

There are many styles available on Ebay and Etsy.  Check them out if you want some classic styles. Otherwise you can use a shirt dress pattern and make a top without sleeves and collar with larger openings and bind or face them.

While searching for some patterns on Etsy, I found an interesting shirt dress pattern listed.  It is different in that the skirt has semi-fitted  panels which gives more fullness at the hemline and less bulk at the waist.  She has an Etsy store  where this pattern is available.

This one would work if you left off the collar and made a wider neck opening.

Then as an addendum, TAL has a new "shirtwaist" dress pattern that one could make in heavier fabrics for winter wear.

by The Assembly Line 

“The Lord bless you and keep you; 
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;

The Lord [a]lift up His countenance upon you,

And give you peace.” ’