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Butterick 5032 – the third one !

By on June 24, 2011
This is dress number 3 from this pattern.   This time in black satin.

I love this dress !!!

Seen here in all its glory at the afterparty for the red carpet night opening of Hairspray the musical.

But it was not all plain sailing this time, did have a drama with a crapola invisible zip busting on me.   Thankfully while I was creating the garment, rather than when I was out and about wearing it !

Such a winner pattern !

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Any handy tips on hemming out there?

By on November 22, 2010

I don’t have any of those funky gadgets that help when you’re trying to do it solo.

Its a frustrating process of trying on the frock, working out where it needs to come up, taking it off, hanging it up and trimming, trying it on again.   Its excruciating I tell you.

This pic was taking on 2nd attempt where I thought it wasnt too bad so overlocked it.   Yeah.  No. 

Visit me here and share your wisdom, or leave a note here at sew retro.

and, not to pressure you or anything.   But I have today and Thursday to do this, as the party is on friday.

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Vogue 1172 – the toile

By on November 3, 2010

I cut out the toile in size 10.  According to the pattern envelope I should be a size 14 with my measurements.

No immediate fitting dramas with this one.  I should get more 1957 reissues – they built them for my shape!

For more information and a couple of extra photos you can visit me here at sewredhot.

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To refresh your memory, this is the pattern picture. 

Vogue Vintage reissue V1172

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Vogue 2960 – all finished

By on October 7, 2010

And presented to you prior to the wash – so please ignore the blue chalk marks that litter the garment.

 Thanks to everyone in this wonderful community for your assistance in the fitting.

I am wearing a crinoline under the skirt to give it a bit of volume.  Its not very ‘foofy’, I may boost it up or make a new one.  Do you think it could be more voluminous ?

Next thing on the list is a cute fluffy pink angora bolero from Bea’s knit along, teams with it perfectly methinks?

Not much more to be said, but you’re welcome to visit me here.

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Vogue 2960 progress

By on September 18, 2010

Front skirt seam needs to come in about an inch.

Waist stay and buttons still to go, not to mention hemming.

But coming along nicely.

And a lesson learned when you mark the pleats on this dress, do it on the right side of the fabric.   I marked on the wrong side and sewed them in place and when it came to sew it together, I realised I had the pleats going in the wrong direction.  It wouldnt matter on a fabric that has no ‘right side’.  Spewing.

How’s that set of vintage 50s beads.  Do they work or what ?!

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Vogue 2960 – 2nd toile with the skirt attached.

By on September 13, 2010

Thanks to all those fantastic people that left messages and drawings.  I knew you’d be able to help me!

I shortened the waist by half an inch and put a dart in the back piece like so (I traced my pattern piece onto thick interfacing – its so easy to make alterations to!)

and then I sewed it up and put the skirt on this time.   Ran out of bedspread material so hacked into some poly cotton from my stash.

I love the lay of the skirt.  The pleats are too perfect for words!

So unless anyone has any further comments – I think its time to get cutting on my fashion fabric!

Thanks again, you were awesome.

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