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self drafted dress film noir

This dress is my second attempt at pattern drafting. I re-drafted my bodice block and made further alterations but still I need to take some volume from the back.

This was apparent when I came to draft the skirt. There was precious little difference between the back hip and waist measurements!

But I went with it after checking the measurements of the bodice.

It all works reasonably well but the side seams sit a little bit too forward for my liking and I’m sure by taking out the excess at the back it will make them sit properly. And will also give the back skirt a better shape at the waist!

self drafted wiggle dress

Hoping to prove myself right with the next version.

The design is based on a general 50s shape but I really like the angular necklines of the 40s. I’m not sure of the fabric content. It could be upholstery material! About 6 meters was given to me so I figured I could use it for this test dress and have plenty left over if I messed up!

As for the crazy  photos, Mr Ooobop was determined to practice with his new camera flash and who am I to argue?! A little wave of the Photoshop wand and abracadabra, all sorts of crazy faux film noir was achieved!

self drafted wiggle dress

More over on the blog

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self-drafted retro check top

This top is the result of a pattern-drafting class I took recently. The fit isn’t great but it’s one step in the right direction.

I gleaned the design from a 1950s pattern envelope but totally drafted all the pieces myself.

self-drafted retro top

It has a zipper up the left side in true vintage style and is fitted at the waist so I can wear it tucked into a high waist pencil skirt.

I created facings for the armholes and neckline. I wasn’t sure how to do it in one piece what with the rolled over bias collar and all. But its no big shakes. I just tacked the sleeve facings to the neck facing with a couple of stitches on the shoulder line. If I did it again, I might consider using a bias finish on the armhole to save on bulk.

self-drafted retro top

The fit still needs working on. It really is a bit big under bust. But it’s certainly wearable and it feels great to wear an original ooobop!

More deets and pics over on the blog.

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1950s Butterick 547

Can’t ¬†quite believe that it’s done! This is the resulting coat from the pattern I bid for on Ebay about 7 months ago!

1950s Butterick 547

The only alterations I made were to take 2 inches from the bust. I actually took half an inch from fronts and back panels all the way down. There was masses of ease and I probably could have lost a bit more but I love how comfy it is and I wouldn’t want to be restricted any more. I also took 4 inches from the hemline!

1950s Butterick 547

The outer pieces came together quite quickly but each of the eight lining panels is serged and hand stitched with tiny stitches inside. That took some doing, I can tell you! The fabric is a ‘quality coating’ from Fabric Dreams and the collar is a short pile faux fur. At some point I’d like to add some fur cuffs too. But that’s another day!

1950s Butterick 547

So happy to have a warm coat! And it’s great for twirling in too!

More info and pics over at ooobop!

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I’ve been promising my daughter a pair of pjs for far too long. Most of the patterns I own are vintage ones but I must say that a vintage pyjama is much the same as a modern one! I can’t find a date on this one. Perhaps 1950s or maybe 1960s. What do you think?

maudella 3162 pyjama pattern

Of course the very simplest of designs can be made all the more special with a lovely fabric. And Cath Kidston’s Mini Stanley print worked wonders! Such a soft brushed satin cotton. I am quite jealous!

I’m trying hard to convince my daughter to have the matching top, too but I don’t think 9 year olds can see past those lovely old vintage illustrations!

mini stanley pjs at the window

mini stanley pjs closeup

I’m very time short at the moment so this little 2 hour project was a perfect kick start to the new year. Hoping to share some more interesting makes soon!

Also blogged at ooobop!

Happy New Year everyone x

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