Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Dress #4 -- Hollywood 1164 (1944)

I made this blouse today because we had a snow day. This is the third (or fourth?) time I've made this one and I have decided I'm going to make a few more because they go perfectly with my Bettie Page pencil skirt (that I'm wearing in the picture). And I can pretty much make them in any fun, novelty fabric I want :)

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Dress #3 -- McCall 8059 (ca. 1935)

I've made this skirt before and it's such a wonderful fit I decided to make it again. I also had the perfect amount of the gray checked fabric to make it so this is what I did yesterday.

Yea, my checks don't line up. I had limited fabric and, truthfully, I don't care. I also made it longer than my last one (soooo 1933!) But that FIT in the waist and hips! And the way it HANGS!! I'm still in awe of the magic of a real 1930s pattern.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Dress #2 -- Butterick 6266 (1940s repro)

Finished in one day. No issues. I chose the PERFECT fabric -- floral rayon! It hangs and flows just perfectly!! Also, the fit is next to perfect. I might have to go down a size soon :)

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Dress #1 -- Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend (1953)

This gown has been my favorite since forever so I decided to make it. I just made this for fun -- it's not an exact replica or anything, lol. I used the pattern for the Rita Hayworth "Gilda" dress in the book Sew Iconic to make this.

I tried to make opera gloves, but I just couldn't do it. It's ok, though. Tattoos are this girl's best friend anyway ;)

The slit is in the front. It just kinda landed that way. I didn't follow any instructions in Sew Iconic -- I just went along doing my own thing. I kinda like the front slit, since I think my legs are my best body part.

I just pinned the butt bow on. It might need to come up higher. There's also puckering. I've never sewn with duchess satin before. But as I said -- this was just a fun thing. I will never, ever wear this out!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Dress of the Century 1990-1999

Ah! The final chapter! Did 2000-now even HAVE a style? I don't know -- clothing I have from 2003 still seems wearable today. Anyway, here's the 90s!

1990 Gotta love those polygamy farm, couch cushion dresses!

1991

1992. Yes, I had stirrup pants in high school!

1993. I graduated high school in 1993 and I like to think I never wore stuff like this. I didn't. I wore "skinny" stretch jeans in weird colors and Metallica t-shirts.

1994. Never dressed like this.

1995

1996

1997. Yes, I did dress like this in the later 90s. The wider the pant legs, the cooler you were! lol

1998

1999

I admit, I went into my "vintage coma" in late 1998 (although it began slowly in early 1997) and I have no idea about 1999. 1999 was the year I tuned out.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Dress #7 -- McCall's 7184 (1958 repro)

It was super quick and easy to make. I HAD to make it in Dalmatian fabric because it's got that "big little girl" thing going on. This pattern came out a year too late for me to have a matching pup (RIP Lola 1999-2015). The only complaint I have about this pattern is that it was too short. At 5'7", it came to my knee unhemmed. So as not to lose any inches, I bias-banded the hem. If you're taller like I am, and want that classic 1950s length, add inches to the bottom!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Dress #6 -- Butterick 5435 (1954 repro)

Just a quick apron I made for my grandmother. She requested it be made of scraps and "nothing fancy", but that's not going to happen with me, lol.

Very quick and easy. The hardest part was turning the band/straps right side out. I TRIED to sew the flowers on, but it looked like ass so I ended up gluing them on.