1960s | 1980s | Dresses

Gift of the Wind Dress

By on April 23, 2012

My extra credit project from the recent Simplicity blog hop, from pattern 2444, a modern pattern based off one from 1964. All the lovely versions floating around in the blogosphere tempted me, so I set aside my usual shyness with full skirts. The fabric is an 80s windfall from my mom’s stash, and I just love it. Can you believe she has this in yellow, too?! Might have to confiscate that. Gift of the Wind is a local public art kinetic sculpture, also from the 80s, and its blustery movement truly ties in to the fabric to me.

I fully lined the dress in batiste (also stolen from mom), added stay tape to the pockets for support, and hand-picked the zip. I made my usual adjustments to the back bodice, but am still working on fitting the front. There is some gaping, but not enough to dissuade me from donning the dress. I might be coming around to full skirts… in small doses 🙂 (I love them on others!)

More photos over here

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1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Lampoon Dress

By on April 19, 2012

I was recently asked to participate in a Simplicity Blog Hop, and chose 1913 as my first dress to stitch up and blog about. After a few false starts, from being unable to find my desired fabric to receiving the list of other participants and trying to predict their tastes (nobody wants to show up to the prom with the same dress!), I finally settled on this chambray. I recently confiscated it from my mom’s stash, along with the red bias tape, the turquoise metal zip (hand-picked), and the Yale blue lace hem tape (also hand-stitched). The only non-vintage item in this dress is the thread and hook (I’m going to re-work the thread bar, as it’s too large). I like to call the Project Runway line “choose your own adventure” patterns, because they include lots of variations & details you can throw at ’em. In the end, I simply went with the collar and added piping.

You can read more about my adventures in fitting this dress over on my blog. Lampoon, it was. Let’s just say that I think I’ve finally learned how to properly fit my curvy back. And to get armholes up where I prefer them to be. The first version was almost rude.

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1960s | Skirts

Get the Lead Out pencil skirt

By on January 24, 2012

I stitched up this pencil skirt in December, and wasn’t certain if it would qualify for WeSewRetro. It’s a contemporary pattern (Burda 8155), modified here and there. But definitely has a 60s feel, especially after pegging a bit.

This was a stash-busting extravaganza. The woolen has been in my stash since college or high school, when I picked it up at an Elks’ Club (ha!) rummage sale. The acetate (sigh) lining is obviously an older purchase… I wouldn’t dare lay my hands on that now. Well, the color might tempt me. I happened to find just the right hem tape in my stash for a perfect match, and used a vintage metal zip for the back, hand-picked. The back vent was made in a modified version of Sunni’s tutorial, and everything was stitched up with silk thread.

Oh, and the blouse is a vintage find from my husband’s grandparents’ house, and the shoes were my wedding shoes. They are a Deco-inspired modern shoe by Miss L Fire. Maybe I should post my dress… a Decades of Style 30s evening gown?

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