Vintage Sewing

Strawberry Fields for…….. everyone but me.

By on May 29, 2013

This is going to be a short post on here as I made a much more detailed one on my blog about sewing my first official dress! I used this popular retro butterick pattern B5478 , paired it with a lovely polished cotton that I picked up at a second hand store for a bargain (it has these adorable little strawberry plants against navy blue)

The process of sewing this dress went off without a hitch until the very end. I even used tailor’s tacks to make sure my darts would all be even! I was incredibly excited when this was the final result.

It turned out lovely…light weight …fun…swishy and almost perfect! Why almost? Because I got all the way to the end put the zip in …got ready to put it on and realized that I made a huge mistake. I got it to zip up just fine…until it hit the bottom part of my full bust. I had no idea that I would need to do a Full Bust Adjustment …how did I not realize this when I am fairly certain I have read it before? No clue…it just slipped my mind. My bust is 8 inches larger than my upper bust so I am going to re-do this dress using an FBA and see how it goes. Check out more details on my new blog πŸ™‚ as always thank you for reading and being such wonderfully talented individuals!



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Skirts | Vintage Sewing

Vintage-ing a Modern pattern…sort of?

By on May 16, 2013

Well I took a few trips to some 2nd hand stores in my area and came up with some fantastic finds this weekend! several vintage and 1 modern pattern that were all 1.00 a piece! they are all complete…one of them is a little wrinkly but they have all instructions and everything included. the top left one has got to be my favorite!

The top left one is my favorite!

I also found a nice little stash of vintage and modern fabrics while shopping…a lightweight burgundy wool (I believe..not 100% sure on that) a semi-sheer cotton with flowers, a black/blue checked rayon/polyester blend, and some fabulous vintage curtains with diagonal strips and flowers on them. Super excited…there is enough of the curtain fabric, and the polyester to make dresses out of each but the others were only about a yard and a half each…but hey for a total of 6 dollars on fabric I think I got a steal.

The package of stockings was only .10 so I couldn't pass them up...they are the wrong color but the picture on the package is great to look at πŸ™‚

Which leads me to the project I just completed! a fun wiggle skirt out of the burgundy fabric that I am rather proud of. I used this modern pattern and lengthened the hem to just below knee length, brought the sides in rather than keeping it completely straight and repositioned the waistband so it sat higher on my waist.

Like most of my sewing projects as a beginner it had a few issues…for instance when sewing the darts on the front I sewed one set to the right side and the other to the wrong side. It was rather upsetting I had to very carefully use the seam ripper there! Lol But at the end it turned out alright…I need to fix the back a bit the top of the zipper gapes before you get to the hook and eye. I think all i need to do is reposition it? not 100% sure on Β that one any advice on would be appreciated. I also sewed my first button hole and added a white vintage button to the back of the waistband…the button hole isn’t perfect either but hey…I tried. πŸ™‚

as mentioned...not perfect πŸ™‚ but still proud. Side Note: my bottom is not that wrinkly..the shirt is just bunched underneath Lol.
I also thrifted the lace shirt for .50 πŸ™‚ the picture doesn’t show it but its actually a light gold color.

All in all I would say my thrifting trip and sewing as for the week of 5/20/13 was pretty successful πŸ™‚

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