Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Simplicity 2591

View B Simplicity 2591
I've included the line drawing so that the side panel with side pocket application is visible. That sounds so professional (got it off the pattern back). I'm referring to the curved piece that hooks the front onto the back. The busy print on this fabric doesn't show off this design detail. If I make this one again I will make it in a solid, or at least a less busy print. I enjoyed making this and the unusual construction kept me entertained until the very end. I did not make this dress this fall (although it only recently has seen closet rotation). I have been lately referring to this dress as the suitcase dress.
I must be in a Fall frame of mind - I brought home a vintage dress in these same colors. Not on purpose. In fact did not even realize it until Jenny pointed it out. In fact she said, "Don't you already have a dress just like that?" To which I say, "Nope, this one has sleeves, and rhinestones."
Just for fun I found cute versions of this dress here, here, and here.

don't give up on me I'm still working on the pocket pdf.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tulip pocket wrap-dress

 Working out the construction bugs. Another Swirl knock-off.

 Little different pocket detail.

In action. Modeled by my sister-in-law Jenny. 
I've already started another. :)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Vintage Suitcases

D: "You have twenty-seven suitcases, I counted."
Me: "They aren't just suitcases,(duh) they're vintage suitcases."(the duh is silent)
D:" It's not a problem, I'm just sayin' that's a lot of suitcases."
Me:" I need that many in case I ever leave you, I need something to pack my stuff in."
D: "You can only take whatever fits in your suitcases."
Me: ..........
I'm mentally counting suitcases (including the ones I'm pretty sure he didn't count).
Must. get. more. suitcases. ;)

all in good fun. this photo makes it look like I'm outta here (I'm so not). I actually found this from last fall. I never blogged this dress. It's a simplicity pattern that I'll post in the next couple days.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Swirl Girl

 copy of a trademark swirl tag- original here

 In the forties the Neat 'N Tidy pinafore apron made by L. Nachman & Son Company became the "Ty-Wrap By Swirl" dress we know as Swirl. Most of the info I could find was in this article.

In all my thrifting/estate sale adventures I've yet to find an authentic Swirl dress. (sigh) 
I have followed and even occasionally bid on an ebay auction. These dresses are collectible. The ending price always reflected this fact.

Swirl dresses are wrap-around dresses that tie and fasten with a button. The sleeves and bodice are most often in one piece (unusual to see set in sleeves).
The more I thought about these dresses the more I wanted one. So... 
This is what I came up with. The fabric is a thrifted sheet, I didn't want to cut into my vintage fabric on the first one in case it was a bust.
Pretty happy with this one, although I am going to change a couple of things before I make another.

Pattern: Self-drafted
Fabric: Thrifted sheet $2.00
Trim: Salvaged from a vintage dress in poor condition
Buttons: Mother-of-pearl from a tin I won at auction 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

vintage sheet apron

 vintage sheet + embroidered tablecloth + section of crochet trim from a curtain + stripey blue bias tape

and...three vintage mismatched buttons
pattern: self-drafted

Monday, September 12, 2011

Simplicity 2586

 Pattern: Simplicity 2586 c.1958
Fabric: vintage gingham from the stash
I was a bit lazy and changed the skirt,  I didn't want to match plaid on each of the six gores.
 Pattern description of the sleeves; short kimono sleeves cut in one with yoke. The pattern went together very smoothly. Don't you just love vintage patterns? Almost every time they work up with no issues.

The triangular opening at the neck edge with cutie fabric bow.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Grandma's Flower Garden

Lately I 'm all about skirts that look like aprons;

Grandma's flower garden blocks, and...

playing with iPhone apps. I've found the ones I like just via recommendations.
Do you have a favorite?

Monday, July 25, 2011

In Progress

At least there is some progress. ;)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Mini-Me Apron

Mommy apron - Mary Jane Farms pattern
Mini Me apron - Self drafted
Pockets -  Salvaged from vintage linens
Pie -  In the oven

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Coffee Date

Three of my favorite things.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Simplicity 3774

To get the right silhouette for the Dummy Did It Dress I morphed Simplicity 3774 bodice and out-of-print McCall's 4783 skirt.

The dress is completely interlined (yea for built in slips).

Click on pic if you want a closer view of the great pleat details on the bodice top.

Finished off with a vintage fabric belt.
fabric is Harajuku Peony Alexander Henry

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Dummy Did It Dress

So, I'm at the pool and the cutest little blond headed child sat beside me. He appeared to be about 2 years old and was a complete stranger. He looked up at me and with the cutest wide open smile said, " I missed you."
How could I resist. So I said, " I missed you too."

 And I do, I miss you. So without further ado, I give you my Dummy Did It Dress.
Inspired by Once Upon A Pie, and the brilliant wardrobe people behind Pushing Daisies.
note to self: take the hem up about two inches.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Plaid skirt re-fashion

plaid skirt found with a 22" waist
I'm working really hard on the re-fashion pile. I buy things that do not fit me (mostly vintage- since I rarely find vintage in my size). Which wouldn't be a problem; if it wasn't for the fact that I seriously hate to alter/mend. I've had garments sit for days and days waiting on a simple fix like buttons. I'm a seamstress that doesn't like to mend. In a last ditch effort; to attempt digging myself out from under this pile, I plan on two re-fashions for every one new project.
Yep, you heard it here first- 2 to 1.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Look for Less

This is my Dolce & Gabbana inspired jacket. I found the vintage sweater while thrifting. 

The roses are made using a wool knit remnant. I just stitched a bias tube and applied the rose using an embroidery stitch. If you are the visual type there is a great tutorial here from Hot Patterns.

I took the roses all the way around the jacket back.

If you noticed the plaid skirt peeking out, it is a vintage re-fashion and I'll post it later.