1970s

70’s Wrap dress

By on August 15, 2016
Its a bit Mistress of the Dark glam
Its a bit Mistress of the Dark glam

SO this was my first time sewing an actual vintage pattern. I totally get what all the fuss is about! The details on this pattern were just awesome! This was my contribution to my Maxi Dress Sew-Along and also my first time sewing linen. Lots of firsts, right?

And my first backless dress.
And my first backless dress.

I usually don’t go for the 70’s look, but I think that may be a mistake! This dress is super flatttering, and VERY comfortable. While this one is a bit of a fabric hog, it’s totally worth it. It took me a second to wrap my brain around sewing a backless dress, I kept looking for the rest of the bodice pieces. Buckle down and follow the instructions, though, and it’s a breeze. For full details, check out my blog, Sewn by Ashley

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Lemon Shelf Bust Dress

By on August 3, 2016
I wish I'd noticed that giant string!
I wish I’d noticed that giant string!

I love shelf bust dresses, but they’ve been an irritation for me. Every pattern I’ve found cuts across the bust, not under, and the RTW dresses are way out of my budget. Enter lekala 4519. This pattern actually sits underneath bust, gives you more fullness and umph. Perfect, right?!?

Bust boost!
Bust boost!

I’d never worked with a Lekala pattern before, and I have to say, it was a very interesting experience. You enter your measurements, and their software creates a custom pattern for you, to your measurements. Or so it says. I didn’t find it to be quite so easy, as you can see by the short skirt length! Full review and pattern problems can be found on my blog, Sewn by Ashley

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4th of July dress

By on July 5, 2016
Not my best quality photos

I’ve really been wanting to make something with this anchor fabric from Joann’s for well over a year, July 4th just seemed like a good excuse, right? To make it more festive, I decided to line the bodice with red sateen. Originally, I was also going to make a bow for the center of the bodice and a red petticoat, but time constraints put a stop to that!

I heart big skirts
I heart big skirts

The pattern is another one from Gertie’s latest book, which is kind of a mix and match type thing. This one is the surplice bodice and 3/4 circle skirt. FULL DISCLOSURE: while this pattern is lovely, it isn’t magic, I’m wearing a corset here. For more info, check out my blog, Sewn by Ashley

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A Lemon Dress (Gertie mashup)-Sewn by Ashley

By on April 29, 2016
Also, my girl, Lily Rose.
Also, my girl, Lily Rose.

I’m having a serious love affair with Gertie’s latest line of fabrics. I swear, this lemon fabric screamed “BUY ME!” I heard it. To make things even Gertie-er, the pattern is from her newest book.

One bodice, so much structuring.
One bodice, so much structuring.

The bodice is her sweetheart strapless bodice, and the skirt is the three-quarter circle skirt. In honesty, the combination was ripped straight from her recent makes. Did I mention I knocked this out in two days? I’m a slower sewist, so for me, that’s huge! For more info, check out my blog, Sewn by Ashley

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Audrey Hepburn Skirt (self drafted)

By on April 6, 2016
I love a little peek of petticoat.
I love a little peek of petticoat.

I’ve been patting myself on the back since I finished this skirt. I’ve always been terrified of sewing anything without a pattern, and I’d convinced myself it would come out just awful. Boy was I happy when it didn’t!!!! I had originally intended to do the this double pleated skirt, but the pattern on this fabric wasn’t having it. I wasn’t about to behead Audrey!!

Whew!
Whew!

I did get to use the wrap top from the above mentioned pattern, which I just LOVE with this skirt. I think the plain-but-flirty top really lets the fun skirt print shine, ya know? More details on the blog! Sewn By Ashley

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A Cherry Colette Lily

By on August 18, 2015
The dreaded "hair in lipstick"
The dreaded “hair in lipstick”

I have loved cherry printed things since I was a child, I can remember begging for cherry bedding! So when I found this cherry print scarf a few years ago, I couldn’t stop myself from buying it. Although I have honestly never worn a silk scarf and they constantly slip off my egg-shaped head.

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I was stoked to find the Lily dress from Colette patterns on sale, I love the vintage-casual feel of it! I debated what to make this with and what to use to accent, when I remembered the scarf! Satin is not the recommended material…but I’m stubborn. I think it turned out pretty okay, what do you think? More details on my blog

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Sewn by Ashley-Butterick 5882

By on July 30, 2015
Always awkward posing.
Always awkward posing.

Thanks for checking out my first We Sew Retro post!!! For my first post, I opted for Gertie’s Butterick 5882. I put a lot of work into this one, altering the bust and adding pockets! I used a sateen from Gertie’s collection for this, and a plain black quilting cotton for the cups. I absolutely adore the vintage rose print of the Gertie fabric.

Eleanor is better at posing than I am.
Eleanor is better at posing than I am.

Next time, I’ll lower the bust a bit more for a true shelf bust look. For a more detailed review, see my blog

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