1950s | 1960s

Butterick 5603

By on June 11, 2015

Hello,

to make it quick as I’m actually heading out the door now, I wanted to show you my last project.

I finished this dress yesterday and I’m still not sure if I like it or not.

So, all in all: it’s lined in light blue, has a side seam zipper, two of these loop-snap-button-things on the inside to keep the bra straps in place, I lowered the neckline from the original pattern and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you do a full bust adjustement if your cup size is larger than a C and plan on making this dress. I wish I had done this, but oh well. With a minimizer bra it’s ok.

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I know, I really need to vacuum my floor 😀

DSCF4394I like the neckline in the back! *Ö*

DSCF4392Without a petticoat it’s still a nice dress, but I think I’m gonna sew one, just to be safe. I don’t even own a petticoat yet! *gasp*

DSCF4398 And a close up shot I really like.

Man, I really should’ve found a better background, but I don’t have anyone to snap a few photos of me 🙁

The bows can be detatched and are actually just knotted around the straps.

 

I hope you like it! 🙂

Here in Germany we’re reaching the high 90’s this weekend, so I guess it’s a perfect time to wear this dress outside!

Milkshakes for everyone!

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1940s | 1950s | Vintage Sewing

Flowers and Stripes

By on April 5, 2015

Hello Lovelies!

I was finally able to finish this dress. Quite a while ago I started sewing the top part but then stopped due to lack of motivation. Now that my finals are around the corner and I’m so very tired of learning, I decided to whip up a skirt pattern and finish the dress.

Barefoot this time as it was sunny and warm outside. I would wear this dress with simple white heels or wedge sandals, also in white.

The back isn’t all too interesting, but I wanted to show you anyways. The dog is called Egon and yes he sits funnily but that’s due to an injury he had a while back (I think he was more interested in the neighbours than the camera ;D )

Close Up of the unfinished dress but the photo shows the patterns and the piping quite nicely. Also, aren’t my Lumpy Space Princess brooches too cute? 😀

Another close up from the night I finished the dress. Buttons, piping, pattern and my amazing new nail polish!

Aaaaaand another picture because “me likesta!”:

Details:

The pattern was made entirely by me. There is pink piping around the collar and button closure as well as the sleeves and on the pockets. The waist is quite loose fitting but is gathered by a rubber band. I still need to make a belt but as long as I can get away without, I won’t ;D All in all it took me about 2 days to finish this dress minus the pattern construction.

There’s not much to talk about actually. Everything went smoothly and I didn’t have any problems while sewing. Huge bonus point when making your own patterns 😀

I hope you like it! I wanted an easy, slightly casual (yes this is casual for me xD ) everyday dress. Nothing too poofy or fancy. And I love the print! Hopefully the fabric store has some left. I really need to make a skirt out of this fabric. It doesn’t even wrinkle! *Ö*

Hugs and kisses from Germany,

Reika

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1950s

Flowery Skirt

By on July 17, 2014

Hello!

 

It’s been a while 😀

Lately I haven’t been able to sew a lot except for a prom dress that wasn’t for me unfortunately. But today I finally managed to make some time for a quick dirndl skirt.

Nothing much to explain, really. It has a simple button and zip closure on the side, it’s made out of two rectangles and the hem measures 158” in length.

Hope you like it 🙂

(Sorry for the messy room and the low quality of the pics. I live under the roof and the temperatures were already somewhere in the 90°F’s so I didn’t want to open the curtains and windows to let the heat/sun in 🙁 )

 

 

So far so good.

I fell in love with the print when I saw it in the fabric store. Sadly there were only about 3yards left so I couldn’t make much out of it.

– Reika

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Vintage Sewing

Floral Dress

By on May 27, 2014

Hello you lovely people!

I recently re-discovered one of my long forgotten dresses in my wardrobe.

I’m pretty sure I’ve sewn this last year in summer but never got around to wear it :/

The dress is made with a cotton blend and fully lined, pattern was made by me and you can button on the straps in the back. The zip is one sided and in the back.

I really hope you like it 🙂

Have a lovely rest of the week!

I’m on holiday for the rest of the week so I hope I will be able to squeeze in some serious sewing work 😀

 

Love,

Reika

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Vintage Sewing

Dancing Skirt

By on April 22, 2014

Hello everyone!

Since I don’t have to work on easter holiday (retail, derp…) I finally had some time to reduce this gigantic pile of fabric under my bed.

So I made a skirt! 😀

It is inspired by Tara Starlet and is made out of linen. And that is the one and only reason I didn’t iron the skirt. It would’ve been all wrinkly once I’d put it on anyway…meh :/

It is lined and I used french seams and bias tape. The button closure isn’t  provided in the original pattern, so I added it on my own. The pattern is from McCall, but I can’t remember the number. I will edit the post once I find out. It is definitely a modern pattern.

I don’t have anyone to take a picture of me, so I had to build my own tripod out of my ironing board and a few books, so excuse the angle and the quality, please!

And some details:

That’s it 🙂 I hope you like it!

– Reika

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Gerties Butterick 5895 and Butterick 4685

By on March 31, 2014

Hello!

Long time, no see 🙂

In the past few weeks I’ve been incredibly busy with school but I managed to take a break from learning and squeezed this cute capripants in my schedule. The pattern I used is Gertie’s Butterick 5895 which doesn’t seem to be very popular. That I don’t really understand because the pattern is amazing! It leaves so many options to adjust the trousers to your liking.

For example, I made heart shaped pockets for the back and sewed a one-sided zip (I hope that’s what you call it in English :/ ) in the back. The waistband is a tad bit wider than the pattern suggests but that is okay (only about 1/2”) and in the end I wish I had made beltloops…well, next time!

I will make one more adjustments at the hems. I plan on tightening them around the knee area and sew slits on each side, so they’re more summery.

The top is Butterick 4685 which I shortened to waist-lenght.

Fabrics:

Pants: denim-stretch

Shirt: Cottonblend (used for blouses)

(whoops forgot to take out some basting stitches ;P )

Hope you like them 🙂

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Vintage Sewing

USO Girl

By on January 13, 2014

Hello,

first of all I’d like to apologize if my English seems weird. I’m not fluently speaking English yet, but I will try to give my best 🙂

Last year I saw the movie “Captain America” and immediately fell in love with the USO Girls in the beginning and especially their outfits.

Sometimes I try to cosplay again (sort of stopped a while ago) and thought this would be a nice and easy costume to get back into the vibe.

The patterns are all selfmade, so I can’t really share any recommendations but I’m sure there are some tutorials out there, as this is quite a popular costume among Marvel cosplayer 🙂

 

The fabric is a cotton satin and the petticoat is made of chiffon.

Sewing the sequin fabric was quite annoying but I’m glad I somehow managed to get the collar right 😀

I hope you like the costume 🙂

Reika

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