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Two Christmas Dresses

by hulagirl on January 6, 2013 · 6 comments

in 1950s

Hi Everyone, Here are two dresses I made for Christmas, which I know is a little excessive but you can’t help what fabric you fall in love with.  Please forgive the dodgy victory rolls, it was a first attempt.

I found this fabric way back in July or some such inappropriate season and thought it was soo cool.  I had been wanting to make a 50′s style shirtwaist in a kitschy print, having see a couple such fabulous items on this very site.  I made the pattern myself, but I did use vintage buttons that I got from a friend who was closing her vintage store.  She sold me this giant jar of gorgeous buttons for a very reasonable price which I carried home on the bus like a baby and proudly presented to my boyfriend who, in a Herculean effort, pretended to be interested.

This dress was my Christmas party dress this year so I actually got quite a bit of use out of it.  The print is of little birds and berries which I love.  This one is self-drafted as well and was inspired by a dress I saw in a vintage store which cost far too much.  As I was looking at the picture I thought ‘aww the buttons didn’t show up’ which turned out to not be surprising since I never sewed them on.  Oops.  There were supposed to be covered buttons in the purple abouve the flappy wing parts.  Oh well, maybe next year.

Also behind my right knee are some Christmas stockings I made out of the leftover fabric from the first dress.

More on my blog, A Sewing Machine and an Umbrella. Cheers

 

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I made this dress for Easter out of a table cloth I bought for $3 at a thrift store.  It’s pretty ridiculous but I had fun making and wearing it.  I have also got a fantastic suggestion to make a dress for every holiday.  Is anyone else in?

Sorry the picture is kind of tilted.  I either need to fix my dress form or start making clothes for women with one leg shorter than the other. As always more on my blog.

 

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Water Lily 50′s

by hulagirl on December 1, 2011 · 3 comments

in 1950s

Here is a dress I just finished, and, I guess a tour of my bathroom.  I made the pattern for this myself from a dress I have from the 50′s.  It turned out pretty darn close to the original.  It was actually a pretty doable process if anyone is contemplating it, but it defintely helps to know what certain pieces should look like so you can get the right shape on the bust etc.  I love this fabric, and the colours are much brighter in real life. I have some better pictures on my blog.  I now also wish I had put on some makeup or worn one of those hipster animal masks. Ah well live and learn.

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I made this dress from some awesome fabric with chickens.  I have no idea why I am drawn to chicken fabric as I am a vegitarian and will be perfectly happy if in my whole life I never go near a farm.  I love the colours though, I think is dress will be great for fall.  I did this pattern with a pleated skirt this time which I like much better.  The belt is from my trusty orange Joe Fresh jacket that it is now too cold to wear.  I love that jacket though, it makes me look like a big orange traffic cone, and I think it got my out of jury duty.

If you want to see more ridiculous prints and hear more insane ramblings, please find me at my blog http://asewingmachineandanumbrella.wordpress.com/

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