Wednesday, February 3, 2016

• 1930s Polka Dot Dress •

It's time for yet another throwback post! :)

I made this dress late last summer, after buying a gorgeous vintage pattern on Etsy. The design seemed perfect for the fabric, and I even had two big buttons that coordinated perfectly! 

As much fun as I had making this dress, it just does not receive enough love from me. So as a result, I've listed it in my Etsy shop! Click here to see the listing.

The pattern I used, 1937 McCall #9225. I have used the skirt pattern for several garments, one of which is raglan sleeve 1930s dress.

The design of the bodice is very interesting; the collar only comes to where the yoke ends, rather than down further like an ordinary collar, and the lapels are nice and big. You've just got to love 1930s fashions! Always something out of the ordinary. ;)

The construction was a bit tricky in places! The placket was sewn onto each edge of the bodice, and then the bodice actually was lapped over the placket and topstitched. It was pretty fun seeing it come together!

I paired this dress with my 1930-40s fedora, made from the Wearing History  Pattern. Although it was blogged first with my raglan sleeve dress (and then the plaid Christmas dress), I actually made it to go with this dress! I am looking forward to making another one, only in wool this time to match a 1930s dress that I'm making next.

The dress is very comfortable due to the design, and the light-colored fabric is just perfect for summer!

Eeek!! My sandals!!!
I found these amazing Remix Vintage sandals on Ebay late last summer, and was thrilled to be able to get them! They ended up costing only $56, which is approximately a 70% discount from the normal price of $188. Good deal? I think so!!
They are very comfortable, and *so* 1930s. Of course, it felt a little funny buying sandals as summer was coming to an end, but I'm so glad I got them. They're very comfortable, and I needed some truly vintage-compatible sandals badly! I am looking forward to wearing them again this spring and summer.

Oh, and this post makes me miss my vintage watch very much! I bought it at an antique shop last summer for about $15 or so - a gorgeous vintage, wind-up watch with an expansion band! It fit, kept time perfectly, but then one day......yep. Something inside snapped and it will no longer wind up. It makes me so sad! I'll have to see if anyone around here fixes watches like that, although I rather doubt it in this day and age of battery-powered everythings!

Oh well, I can still wear it....only I will know that it's not tick-tocking. ;)

Be sure to check out the listing on Etsy! 

In the mean time, have a lovely rest of the week! Thanks for stopping by!
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Saturday, January 30, 2016

• Sale Time! •


It's time for a sale in my Etsy shop! I reached 50 sales last weekend, so to thank you, my lovely customers, there is a sale on through Monday, February 1st. Use coupon code CELEBRATE to take 20% off your purchase.

Also, I just listed some new patterns in the shop!

These patterns and more just hit the shop yesterday. Vintage patterns from the 1970s-90s, plus some more modern styles in a wide range of sizes. And use the coupon to save 20%! :)

Thanks again for all your support of both my blog and my Etsy shop! :) You are all very much appreciated.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

• Mom's Original 1950s Dress •

It's time for a throwback post! ;) 
A you can tell, these pictures were not taken very recently, as evidenced by the immensely green backdrop. But since we haven't had the time, weather, or inclination (hello, head cold #3!) to take pictures this past week, it was time to pull up a draft post and get it posted.

This dress is one of my favorites of my mom's dresses! It was, in fact, her first vintage-style dress she ever made. She used Butterick 5920, modifying the neckline and drafting a collar based on a vintage dress illustration.

As you can see, the collar in the top right picture was the inspiration. I think she did a lovely job emulating it!

(Read the rest of that vintage dress pamphlet here.)

The fabric she used is a 1950s reproduction, and I absolutely love it. Pink....floral....polka dots all over...I'm in love! ;)

Since the shoulders were going to be a little too wide, she added vertical tucks on the top of the shoulder, both front and back, which brought in the width without restricting movement or messing up the armscye.

Those red buttons are the perfect accent!! They look totally different on the back side; I used them on my infamous walkaway dress as well.

And...who could help but love her adorable sandals?!!! They're soooo cute, and perfect for vintage styles. <3

Thanks for stopping by! :)

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

• Blogging Again!! •

Long time no see!! ;) It has been a crazy month so far, to say the least.

First I got sick on Christmas day, and was sick for a full two weeks afterwards, then it decided to come back again about a week later. So I do have an excuse for shamefully neglecting my blog!! :) 

And the other excuse is all the sewing I've been up to! We're working on vacation outfits, three of which I have finished, and am working on the fourth. So to hold you over, here are a few sneak peeks of them!

First off is this comfortable blue 1940s dress, perfect for travelling in the car. And who doesn't love having to make only one buttonhole?! ;)

Next is this polka dot 1950s, commonly known as the "chocolate bonbon dress." This picture was taken before it was quite finished, but you get the general idea. I'm happy to have finally sewed up this fabric! :)

This third one is pretty much my pride and joy. A 1940s sundress and bolero that really meets all my expectations of it! :) I can't wait to pick seashells by the ocean in this!

And lastly is this rayon dress I'm currently working on. In this picture it's actually just pinned to Thelma Lou (no darts in the bodice, unfinished back get the idea.) ;) But I am thrilled with how it's coming out, and how easy the fabric is to work with, unlike any other rayons I've dealt with thus far! 

Hopefully I'll have a "real" post up next week, but I had to update a bit so you didn't entirely forget about this blog! ;) Thanks for bearing with me!

See you next week!
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