Ok, so last time I included my Me-Made June outfit in a post was on the 6th (aside from some of the sewing-room pics on the last post). Yikes! I have been getting them up over on Flickr, though.
Anyway, before I dig into that, a cute and teensy bit of mending I did over the weekend.
This is a “vintage” (my guess is 70s, it was kicking around in my dress-up clothes from the early 80s and I presume it wasn’t new then. Also it kinda screams 70s.) peasant-top that somehow I’ve never been able to pass on, although I doubt I’ve really worn it since I was fourteen or so. Maybe sixteen. Anyway, at some point in the last fifteen years the elastic has gone to that great sewing studio in the sky, or at least its springiness had, so the shirt has been kicking around in the mending for quite a while.
Me being about as good at mending as at cleaning. I’d say I was turning over a new leaf this week, but really, I can tell the energy won’t last. 😉
Anyway, it was a matter of moments to open up the elastic casings and pull out the old elastics, and only a few more minutes to thread in new elastics, hunt down Tyo to snug them to the right size (Syo’s expression when I asked if she wanted to try it on was, shall we say, unimpressed?), and sew them closed. Then I soaked in a bowl with some Oxy-Clean for a couple of hours in the hopes of brightening up the colour a bit, which I think was successful although it’s hard to tell in the photos.
Some drying later and, voila:
I noticed a couple of interesting things about the construction of this RTW piece. First, observe, regular RTW tag, Made in Canada, even.
Next, observe side seam. Completely unfinished. And remarkably unfrayed after more than 30 years of wear, too. Anyway, this isn’t the first time I’ve seen unfinished seams in old RTW garments, but I feel like it’s an interesting thing to point out…
Me-Made June Review:
I’m thinking I’ll do these three at at time until I’ve caught up. I’ve really enjoyed some of the longer reviews other people do (like with a whole week of outfits) but I don’t think I can stand hunting down that many links, sorry.
June 7. I’m a ninja!
… or that’s how I felt in this outfit. Probably less stealthy, though.
Kimono Lady Grey
skinny cargoes again.
June 8. Also the day this photo was taken. A comfy, practical, and thoroughly unremarkable outfit, although I do love getting to wear this coat.
Raglan knit top
June 9. The kids and I played hookie to take my brother and his girlfriend to the Tyrrell Museum of Natural History. Not the best picture ever, but somehow the only one of the hundred-some taken that day of me. 😛 Poopily, the “button cufflinks” I made for this jacket have popped off and/or broken. In any case, disappeared. Poopy.
Cropped Jean Jacket
Whew! Ok, that MMJ’s me out. Will catch up one of these days…
3 responses to “A Me-Made Week in Review”
Like that coat in the MMJ8 photo… Don’t blame you for liking wearing it!
Here almost everything if not everything we buy is from another country I don’t know if you could actually buy a garment here that was actually made in the USA, sad this is truly sad…..
Yes, the top is 70’s. I wore an exact replica as a child. I scanned your post and spied the pic. Talk about coming across something you thought you’d never see again. LOL
Aww, so cute! I think my mom finally got rid of all her/my 60s and 70s clothes when it became obvious I was never going to have a girl. I kinda wish I would have convinced her to keep some of it. I DO have some of the 60s-70s patterns my grandma sewed with….I need to pull them out and look at them again. There’s several peasant tops in the group.
I’ve been similarly surprised by garment finishing in older clothes. Some of them just weren’t finished at all. But then, people didn’t wash everything that touched their body for 5 minutes back in the day either. It was common to clean anything short of underwear once a season or so. I guess our obsession with cleanliness has changed a lot of that.