I picked up this beautiful fabric as my souvenir from MOOD while I was visiting L.A. I was really concerned I was going the fudge up the whole thing once I got to the button holes, but everything went way better than I had expected! I think if I make this dress again I would [...]
Sometimes you power through and sew a dress in a few short hours. That happened today. I’ve had this pattern, simplicity 1427 (1955), for a while now. The illustration is super cute, and it’s got some really neat details like the contrasting lapel pieces that are detachable. Fair warning though, I haven’t yet made any of the [...]
Here’s some proper pictures of The Holloway Dress (Simplicity 3575, 1960). Although I’m no where near the babe of this dresses namesake is; I’ll try my best to live up to the va-va-voom attitude of many people’s favorite Mad Men character. If only I had her assets right? The dress is a bit wrinkly. I wore [...]
So the top of this dress is based on the Colette pattern’s Macaron dress. For the skirt I followed the instructions in Gertie’s book for a gathered skirt. While not a vintage pattern, I feel it has a vintage look of sorts to it! If you’re interested in reading more, please check out my blog!
This pattern was actually much easier to work with than I’d expected. I’ve never used a mail order vintage pattern before. There was much more hand sewing than I expected versus modern patterns, but I’m pretty sure that’s par for the course. I didn’t adjust the sizing at all. In hindsight I could have probably [...]
I modified the, you guessed it, laurel for this dress. I used a brocade fabric I brought on sale ages ago for like a dollar a yard. The beading is an appliqué I picked up on ebay, and the headband is just jersey and feathers. I’m going to see the movie tonight, and plan on [...]
I picked up a great little vintage sewing book a few years ago when I had just started started sewing. This week was actually the first time I flipped through it. It’s from 1947 and is full of really awesome vintage sewing tips. Not to mention these great color diagrams based on hair and eye [...]