Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fashion Shift and Simplicity 1609 -- again! (Dress #11)

I've been undergoing a huge change in my personal fashion lately. For many, many years I was all about the 1930s and the earlier 1940s. I do still love this era for fashion and still wear it, but I've been setting my sewing needles toward late 1960s and early 1970s patterns -- an era I NEVER would have thought I would make/wear/become interested in. As a matter of fact, I used to hold a bit of contempt for the 60s and 70s and my assumed idea that it was a time that "ruined" fashion and the 30s and 40s were spat upon. After reading a few books on the topic of 60s fashion, I've come to realize that is not the case. Especially the later 1960s when there was a 20s/30s revival. I first became a tad interested in fashion from this era in 2012 when I had a subscription to ancestry.com and had access to all the Sears catalogs from 1896 to 1993. I even made a post about the 1930s-influenced fashions of the era.

I also blanketed the 60s into eras -- early 60s was still the 50s, mid 60s was mod, late 60s was hippie. While this is somewhat true, 1960s fashion is far more interesting that just that! With that said, I made Simplicity 1609 once again in a pop-art comic fabric:

I cut the center on the fold. It made the bust area kinda looser and wonkier, but it can be hidden with a cardi. I just love this pattern and all the different "themes" you can make with it, but I think I'm going to put it aside for now and make some adorable vintage goodies. Like these:


1971. Green one!


The green dress on 9083 is very 1939 -- the puff sleeves, the collar and cuffs, the nipped in waist and full skirt! 5466 and 6798 have the delightful early-30s-esque flouce sleeves. I really have no idea which one to make first!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Me Made May

Aaaaah, why not? I don't wear my creations often enough at all. I usually only wear them when I go out -- which is kind of the reason I made them. This is the challenging part, though. The things I make are flashy and appropriate for a bar, but not really for working with truck drivers :/ I've pledged to wear two me-made creations a week. That's about 8 outfits, 4 for work. I can find 4 of my "plainer" pieces to wear ;)

Read all about Me Made May here!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Butterick 5846 (2012)

I bought this pattern to fill a "5 for $5" sale quotient. I know it's ugly, but I think I see some potential in that middle one. I can make it come alive and make it less basic ;) That long one on the right, though, is hopeless! Lol.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Dress #10 -- Simplicity 6085 (1965)

I did hit a lull with this one:

While making it, I just did not like the way it was turning out. The pattern was MUCH longer than where I hemmed it. I cut off about 6 inches so it was right above the knee like the drawing. Also, when I was making it, because of the longness, it just kind draped flat and didn't have that classic 1960s bell shape. It wasn't until I shortened it that the bell came alive! That made me happy! Otherwise, it just looked completely un-vintagey; like something you could buy in the mall today.

I cut out the pieces for a blouse, but ended up just doing the skirt. That's how unsatisfied I was with this pattern. Good news, though -- I'm making yet another themed Simplicity 1609! I love that freaking dress!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Advance 7751 -- Friday Flashback

Let's go back to October 2008. I had only just learned to sew in September and I had made a suspender dress with the girl who taught me. She sent me on my way with a 1950s apron pattern, Advance 7751 (ca. 1956), and I was on my own! I remember buying my choice fabric at Wal-Mart and I eagerly brought it home to make my first creation!

Now, it looks pretty simple and I could probably make this without the aid of instructions. But in 2008, I was confused about everything! Lol. I remember staring at the instructions and reading them over and over. I would compare the drawings to the fabric pieces I had in my hand. How did all this fit together? I knew some basic stuff and built off of that. The result:

Freaky, no left arm tattoos!

Well, my first mistake was not cutting on the fold! Something as basic (now) as that was lost on me in 2008. I didn't realize it until I went to sew it together. The fabric was laid out flat and I cut two apron pieces both facing the same way. I actually cut one of everything out, haha. I had no flipping clue what FACING was in 2008. Way beyond my skill level.

Instead of facing, I hemmed the entire thing! Even that scalloped edge! I don't even think I used pins to secure it. I don't think I had any at that point.

The entire waistband I just kind of made up as I went along. It is passable on the outside -- a confusing mess on the inside!

The only thing I did really well was the pocket. I folded over the entire raw edge and sewed it on with topstitching, pretty close to the edge. The shape isn't bad, either, for a beginner.

I practiced and practiced on this pattern! My very next creation in the same month (October 2008) came out like this:

I learned facing! Yeay!

11-2008, I made this for my MIL:

Look at how much better I got in just 3 aprons! I still have the first apron and use it. It's hanging in my kitchen. I also like it because it's a reminder of how much better I've become. The pink one has been thrown away. MIL has hers and refuses to use it. Has anyone else kept their very first creation? What was it like?

Friday, March 21, 2014

Ugly Patterns!

I've always LOVED "ugly" stuff. Like, hideous, awful, terrible stuff. I think it's better to be this than just mediocre. So I've taken it upon myself to collect some UGLY sewing patterns. I have rule when getting these fugly beauties added to my collection: I will not spend more than $2.00 for an ugly pattern. Yea, I like 'em ugly, but I'm not crazy! So far, I got these:


The actual outfit is alright, just that graphic print!

Next two are from 1978

I seriously never knew I needed adult Annie patterns until I saw them. Annie was my absolute fave when I was a kid so OF COURSE I needed these!!! Can't lie, I love the bottom one and don't think it's ugly at all. I will make and wear that one! The top one, though, is just wrong.


It's sack-like horrible-ness struck me down! I had to click ADD TO CART.

I just LOVE that pink version! But I wouldn't have been caught dead in a dress like this in 1987. I was all long black skirts, turquoise Chuck's, and Smiths t-shirts.


I did have an outfit similar to the grey on ein the foreground in 1990. Except it was pukey yellowy green. I remember wearing it to our family vacation to Boston that year so I'm sure my dad has a bunch of pics....

And that is my small collection right now. I paid no more than two bucks for each of these, but I would love to add a horribly 1950s "Sack Dress" pattern to this collection. I know I won't find one of those for $2.00, lol.

Sack Dress

Here are some more ugly patterns from the internet that I sadly do not own...

You have probably already deduced that I don't like dresses that cover the figure. Most of these patterns are shapeless sacks.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Dress #9 -- Gertie's Pencil Skirt

Hey everyone! I'm in a bit of a sewing lull right now -- mostly because of time -- but I'm still squeezing stuff in. I completed Gertie's Pencil Skirt in a matter of hours. The pattern came inside her book Gertie's New Book For Better Sewing and it only took me a few minutes to trace the pieces. There are four pieces total. My husband picked out the material from my stash -- School Uniform Plaid. The material is 100% medium weight polyester to it is a bit stiff and course, there is no stretch to it, and it hangs perfectly straight. PERFECT for a pencil skirt!

Sewing the skirt up was super easy and only took me about 2 hours. The only mistake I made was tracing a size 12 pattern. IT WAS HUGE. I had to come down to an 8. If you have 31" waist, 41" hips, and like your pencil skirts on the tighter side, go for the 8!

You can't tell from this picture, but the skirt does taper down at the hem. There is a slit in the back, also. I was impressed by the drafting of the skirt -- aside from the excessive ease, the hips are perfectly curved, the hem is nicely tapered, and the waistband is awesomely thick (I like thick waistbands!) I'm going to make this skirt again in a trashy leopard print material.

Gertie modeling the pencil skirt from her book:

Wearing the skirt out in the wild!

Made a leopard version, too: