1950s | 1960s | Dresses

pushing daisies dress

By on November 11, 2011

if you are making things that go on this blog, and you haven’t watched pushing daises, you are doing something wrong. anna friel’s character chuck has the GREATEST wardrobe EVER! its all very very 1950’s and 1960’s vintage, right on down to her underwear! i watched the entire series on netflix a while back and fell head over heels in love with this dress

isn’t that amazing? ugh, i needed it. i needed it bad. i had that photo saved on my computer since i saw the episode… but i haven’t had the right amount of fabric to make it until now. (everything i make is from recycled, salvaged or vintage fabrics and linens so yardage isn’t always what i hope for) last week my momma bought me a set of curtains and they became this beast:

i can hear the heavenly “aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh” every time i look at it

i am NEVER taking this off! it was a pretty tough dress to make. figuring out how to put in the zipper without taking away from the bubble skirts volume was a little tricky, but i figured it out. i also was able to add in pockets! woop! woop!

to make this i used simplicity 3430 for the top and simplicity 7995 for the bottom, and drafted the bubble myself. i had to make mine a little less big and dramatic than the original, because i do not have killer long legs. i have litte short ones and am not nearly as tall. argggggh. however– i think my fabric is cooler! sorta. at least for fall it is!

just LOOK at that texture!

in all, i think this is the best thing i have ever made. i love it! im wearing it to a wedding tonight, so hopefully i will have good photos in it later on! more on my blog like always!
xoxo,
christine

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1960s

another ridiculous dress

By on November 10, 2011

i don’t know why i have this inability to make anything that isn’t silly lately, but here i go again– SAFARI DRESS!!!!

this is my honest attempt at making fall clothes. i don’t know if it’s a win or not, but i like it and at least it doesn’t have unicorns on it! i used simplicity 4982, which i have used a few times before. i really like this pattern and would reccomend it to anyone looking for a quick and easy dress you can crank out a billion at a time of.
the only thing i ever change on it is altering the darts (i always shorten darts about an inch so i don’t end up needing a bullet bra) and shortening the skirt since i am barely over 5 feet tall. oh yeah, and this time i added big ass pockets!
i’ve had what i am hoping is only the flu for about 2 weeks now, and making dresses has been the best distraction from my disgusting self so far! until i get better, expect more!
anywho, more on my blog like always
xoxo,
christine

 

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1960s | 1970s

morning of the skirts

By on November 7, 2011

hey there folks! i woke up this morning and decided with fall already here, it might be time to start whipping up some separates to layer once the cold weather arrives… so i pulled out this pattern that i got this weekend,

and made two skirts! the first is from some almost denim weight fabric i have had about a year. it’s horses, what girl doesn’t like horses? amiright?!


the second skirt (my favorite of the two) is from some fabric a friend of mine gave me earlier this year.

i didn’t really do anything fancy with the second skirt. just a side zip… but the first skirt has some nice top stitching and i added in a center back zipper instead of the side. they both came out great!
i got a lot of new patterns this weekend from my momma…. so expect a few more posts (hopefully) this week!
more on my blog as usual!

xoxo
christine

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1950s | 1960s

poodle dress!

By on November 2, 2011

you know how sometimes a fabric and a pattern are meant to be together? that’s kinda how i felt a few weeks ago when i went to an estate sale and found these two things
simplicity 3961

and 4 yards of teal poodles!

i knew i was supposed to make that dress, so i went home, and i did it-

taaa daaaaaaaa!

i added on square pockets to the front with buttons from my grandmother’s button collection that i recently inherited. i also opted to make the bows detachable because sometimes i feel like as a freckly, petite, 25 year old with a high pitch voice, i don’t exactly need extra bows to make me look any more not my age… just once, i’d like to not be carded…. once…..

now that i think about it, wearing poofy dresses with poodles on them probably doesn’t help either…..

well, as usual there is more on my blog!

xoxo,
christine

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Vintage Sewing

all these dresses and it only took 900 pots of coffee

By on October 25, 2011

well, i have been a busy, busy girl this month! in addition to my normal load of halloween and ren fair costumes, i also get ready to participate in a big makers market in the middle of the month! unfortunately the market got cancelled due to rain (in texas! woop! it was worth it) so i have all these dresses waiting in my closet for the next market in november! all of the dresses are 100% recycled, from the fabric to the zippers, and all (but one) are from vintage patterns!

ok, so before you look, know this-
i whipped these all out PLUS about 10 more pieces AND taught my friend kiki how to silk screen in only 36 hours! HOLLAAAAAAAAA! it was the most incredibly productive day without sleep of all time!

simplicity 9152 


simplicity 4270 

mccalls 7647

advance 9648

simplicity 4270 

mccalls 4003

simplicity 3430

so i’m pretty happy with how these all came out! a few are up in my etsy store, and i already sold the star wars dress and the pretty red tweed dress! i have a few more dresses i need to post, so as sooooon as i’m done with laundry, ill hop on it!

more on my blog as usual!
xoxo,
christine

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