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.