A Spooky 50′s style dress

Hey everyone! I just wanted to share my latest creation from a self-drafted pattern.

Given that Halloween is creeping upon us, I wanted to make something that had a little bit of a spooky charm to it.

I made this 50′s style dress with a gathered circle skirt, lace trim on the hem and pockets in the side seam!  I decided to use a facing instead of fully lining the bodice.  The fabric is a black cotton stretch sateen, because it is so comfortable!  I also made a belt to match the trim with a glitter lucite buckle.

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Modeled by my darling friend, MIssy Cae

This is my favorite design so far! I will definitely be making more with other colors and prints!

xoxo Rocksie

 

1940s “film noir” style outfit

Hey everyone!

After a long summer break from internet update, I am back with a feww projects to share.

Here is the first one I woul like to show you : An outfit I named my “detective outfit”, a nice lady on my blog called it a “film noir” style outfit, and I really like it :) .

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This is composed by a silk shirt and a black long skirt.

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Here is the skirt pattern, Mc Call 7488. I am very sorry I can’t find the shirt pattern anymore…

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Thanks for reading, don’t hesitate to come and visit my blog for more pictures :)

Little dress blue

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A year ago I sewed my first dress ever. It was a retro style, simple, free pattern from Sew Mag and I just gave it a go. I liked it enough to make another garment based on it and here it is!

But before it came to be, I made a whole lotta mess that I never would have expected! I laid out the fabric, the pattern pieces, pinned them down, cut, sewed and everything was going smoothly and lovely until I first put the finished bodice on. Because, well, it was big. Like, a few sizes too big. I sighed while the cause of the problem unveiled in my mind: I’d forgotten this pattern had already had the seam allowances added to it and I added my own. And so, long hours of ripping the seams and fitting and sewing again (and trying not to swear) proceeded. The final product of said long hours is fully lined, fits really nicely and the only real problem is the separating zipper that I partially fived by adding a button and loop at the back. I’m currently too lazy to insert a new zipper, especially after taking so much time to sew such seemingly simple dress.

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I’m really happy with the result. It’s a beautiful, simple dress and I’ve already worn it three days straight, and am currently sitting in it as I type. Gonna squeeze every last drop of summer out of it while the late summer still lasts here in Poland. If you like it, take a jump to my blog for more photos.

I’m now scheming another dress from this pattern, with bodice altered to sport a smaller neckline peter pan collar. Stay tuned!

Now as autumn approaches…

…I thought I should make myself a dress to be prepared for dropping temperatures.

The fabric is a slightly stretchy light-yellow polyester-weave. As a pattern I picked this dress from the march 1940 issue of “Beyers Mode für Alle”, on the pattern sheet was also the pattern piece for long sleeves.

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I skipped the pockets because I couldn’t see the use of two very narrow pockets getting bulky right between my legs, there are few easier ways to ruin a dress.

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I removed a total 14cm underbust-circumference to make the dress fitting as it is now, before the whole bodice part fit very loosely. Another 6cm circumference was removed at bust-height and the upper sleeves. This and a higher hem was all it took to make a 194- pattern look as modern as this :-)

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yes, a ding at the zipper, I see this. But because it will be worn when it is colder I hope enough underskirts will fix it. If not I can still change this.

The length is a little short for 1940, I know. But the dress is so high-necked and well behaved, I thought it needed this length to look less severe, of course the pattern was a good deal longer.

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I hope you like it, more pictures and details on my blog,

love

ette

Tree Gown in Action

Back in the Spring I shared my reproduction of Charles James’ Tree Gown made for the 2014 Toronto Garrison Ball. The ball was at the end of March, but I’ve only just now got photos of the gown – and one I also made for a friend! – in action up on my blog. Just a little bit of a delay there ;oP

I thought I’d share for those who may be interested in seeing what the dress looks like on an actual person rather than my dressform, and get a sense of how it moves – though I do wish I’d gotten a bit of video of its swish.

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Hop on over to my blog to see (lots) more photos, from lots more angles, and my friend’s dress too!

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