Teacups and 40s

by SewingYourStyle on September 2, 2013 · 15 comments

in 1940s,Dresses

I always enjoy collecting fabrics with quirky prints. Sometimes it’s flamingos, sometimes it’s terriers… So no wonder I bought 3mt of a fabric with thick lines made of piles of teacups the minute I saw it!

But the urge to sew a 1940s inspired dress out of a fabric filled with unwashed dishes?… That was quite new even for me :)

1940s dress and teacups

I had in mind a pattern with  some gather on the shoulders but quite tight a the waist.

Actually I was aiming for a look like this:

Unfortunately I did not have such pattern. So I improvised a little using a rather dull blouse pattern from BurdaStyle :

into this:

Apparently I got rid of the collar first; then gave a V shape to it. Then I lengthened the skirt.

And finally… of course I had to pose with a cup! :)

What do you think? Does it look like a real retro dress even with the pile of dirty cups? ;)

join me on my blog for more photos on this project: http://www.kendindik.com/2013/08/biriken-bulasiklar.html

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Have you ever wanted to wear the wonderfully crafted designer clothes that you’ve seen on TV or in a magazine and lamented for the fact that the possibility of buying that item with your current salary is as high as going on a moon in your lifetime? Have you ever heard the sales person saying “Unfortunately our cuts are much slimmer…” and just smiled back and left the store with full grace while recalling scenes from “Alien vs. Predator” movie within 3 seconds? Well, I have! :) So one day I woke up and said to my self “what will I lose” and decided to learn how to sew! I went to the market and bought a sewing magazine; ran to the fabric store and bought the cheapest fabric I liked and started sewing. I learnt new stuff each day from the internet and I keep learning. Since then, I keep sewing great clothes for my taste :)) If you have the same passion, follow my blog! http://sewingyourstyle.tumblr.com

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Sophie September 2, 2013 at 2:11 pm

This is a clever idea, and really well done :) .The fabric is quite funny, I like it :)


SewingYourStyle September 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Thanks Sophie :D I’m thinking about wearing it to a serious business meeting. Maybe it’ll work its magic ;)


Jessica W September 2, 2013 at 2:41 pm

This is a fantastic fabric (like you I have a complete soft spot for quirky prints – I have some atomic print fabric winging its way to me at the moment, hopefully for some curtains!) I also love how you used the blouse sewing pattern for the dress top.


SewingYourStyle September 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Thanks Jessica! I’ll keep an eye on your blog to see the atomic printed fabrics and what you’ll do with them ;)


Ju-Ju Swagger September 2, 2013 at 3:45 pm

This is wonderful! I LOVE the teacups!


SewingYourStyle September 3, 2013 at 1:01 pm

thanks! I love them as well! :D


craftylittlebugger September 2, 2013 at 4:13 pm

I love this fabric. It’s pretty cool how it looks like your average stripe from afar, but then reveals all the teacups. I wish I had it in my stash!


SewingYourStyle September 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm

But I must say that you also have a plenty of amazing fabrics in your stash — as far as I can see from your blog ;)


Honora September 3, 2013 at 1:25 am

Super! The fabric is so fun!


SewingYourStyle September 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm

It was indeed :) )


Michelle Handyside September 3, 2013 at 2:38 am

A girl after my own heart, I cannot resist a quirky print (latest is Mexican wrestlers – cannot wait for that to arrive). Love love love your dress, you are, indeed, a very stylish lady!


SewingYourStyle September 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Mexican wrestlers?!! I can’t wait to see that as well :) send me your blog address and I’ll keep an eye on the wrestlers to come :D
thanks a lot for the flattering comments :D


Carolyn September 3, 2013 at 7:38 am

ACK, I NEED that fabric it’s so awesome! Are you able to give any info about it?


SewingYourStyle September 3, 2013 at 12:56 pm

well… first of all I found it in Turkey :) I can give you the fabric shop’s address if you’re close by ;)
second, it was a printed satin
third, (i’m sorry to say this but….) it cost me only 3 USD!


Konstanze September 8, 2013 at 10:07 am

This dress is made of awesome. I love it!


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