UFO's and house dresses

A couple of weeks ago, while I was cleaning my sewing room, I decided it was time to devise a new organisation strategy for my "UFO's" (that's unfinished objects), because having them slung over a clothes-rack was really not conductive to me actually finishing them.

So I pulled out a tub, folded them neatly (after throwing a bunch of no-longer-relevant projects away), stepped back and realised I have a LOT of unfinished projects that I for some reason have just not gotten to. Some of them are literally as simple as sewing a button back on. Like a 5 minute job. Yeah.



I set myself a goal to get through at least one of these a day (two or more for the simple jobs) until they're all done, at which point I can start making new stuff.

And then I hit a wall. I had no motivation, I just could. not. be. bothered.

After reading this post on Lucky Lucille, I decided to do what Rochelle did - just sit down and sew something. So I picked some fabric at random and made myself a little house dress.


I adapted view B of this McCall's pattern - I cut two of the front waist band and extended the length of one of them as well as one side of the back waist band as well to create the cross over tie. 
I cut two front skirt pieces so there would be a decent amount of volume and cross-over (no one likes to accidentally flash their house guests when they sit down).




It took me three days to finish (with the help of my assistant, Brian Wilson).


It's a little bit rough around the edges but it's perfect for sitting around reading books and for when I'm sewing since it's super easy to take off when I need to try something on.


Hooray for fancy lounge-wear!



Now I just need to make a few more of these, my house coat and maybe some 1940's lounge pants and blouses and I'll be all set in the lazy-glam clothing category!

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Has anyone else made/bought any fancy lounging clothes? Don't they just make you feel a million times more amazing than pyjamas all day?!

14 comments:

  1. Why are you so perfect!!!!? Not fair! :D
    Seriously, this dress is UBER pretty *_* You have an amazing talent!

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    1. Keit!! I promise I'm not.. it's all an illuuuusion!
      Thank you though, I'm rather proud of my little dress :)

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  2. Great job on the dress! It's so cute--I'd wear it out! Can't wait to see what you make next!!

    notyouravgashley.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I'm curious as to what I'll make next also ^_^

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  3. It's absolutely lovely!
    No way could I have my cat Peepers as an assistant in the sewing room. She likes to root about in my UFO's. Which, incidentally, is a dirty word.....! X

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    1. Thank you :)
      Ohh my cat Disney just likes to sit on everything I'm trying to use. Thankfully the larger cat doesn't usually try to "help" me out, that could be rather disastrous! Cats are not the best sewing assistants!

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  4. Awesome job! I'm trying to work my way up to dresses. I'm two skirts into my sewing career and I've got a boatload of vintage patterns, so we'll see what happens next. I've bought lounging clothes, but they veer a little more on the side of boudoir lounging clothes, which... aren't exactly the best choice for lounging when you have roommates...

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    1. Thanks! Oh I can't wait to see what you sew next then, it's always so exciting when you master a new garment (Im working up to jackets myself.. scary!)
      Haha I have some of those too.. So pretty.. SO see-through =/

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  5. Great way to get your mind back into sewing. I need more summer lazy lounge wear and house dresses are perfect. I will look through my vintage stash soon. Thanks for the inspiration and UFO storage idea.

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    1. Definitely, I was so glad I stumbled upon that article, it's so obvious but I never would have thought about it myself.
      Glad to have helped! No one could ever have enough pretty lazy clothes :)

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  6. This is beautiful!! I've been contemplating sewing some loungewear this summer, and this might have pushed me over the edge!

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  7. That is such a wonderfully pretty dress! I have a 1980s does 50s frock in a similar palette (minus the hits of soft pink) that I reach for often while entertaining at home during the summer months.

    ♥ Jessica

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  8. Gorgeous dress! I want a few more house dresses for myself, especially ones that close well enough to run errands in... but it's still too cold here to consider wearing short-sleeved cotton indoors.

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  9. I'm amazed that you were just able to sit down and make this! I have been wanting to learn to sew properly for ages, I can do basic things but need some lessons. I have this same pattern sitting in my drawer waiting to be sewn but I think it's a bit too tricky for me at this stage.

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