Through the Alley

These past few weeks, I had two lead styling gigs where I had to wear white. I don’t have very much white in my closet, so I had to go out and buy something for one of the gigs.

In between the two events, I decided to clean out one of my closets where my UFO’s (Unfinished Object) are stashed. I stumbled across this white dress that I started here. Yes that’s right, it’s been sitting unfinished since Spring 2011. The dress is fully lined and the only finishing needed was the hem. I then remembered that because the dress was lined it fit snug and wouldn’t go over my hips. I was desperately needing a white dress so I thought why not? I tried it on and it fit fine. I suppose I must have lost weight since then, which is never a bad thing (;

Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to him the dress until after the last event.

I wore the dress yesterday, but I feel like it’s one of those dresses I’m going to wear once or twice a year. I just don’t like white on me.

For more pictures & how I styled this dress, you can check that on my blog here.

-Allie

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I’ve been very eager to write this post! This costume took about a month of planning and a week of sewing. However, the dress itself took 2 1/2 days to complete.

As mentioned in my previous post on my blog, I also made another dress for my friend during the time frame as mine. It got a bit hectic and stressful, there were a couples nights around 1 in the morning when I questioned myself “Am I actually going to finish everything on time?” Well, I made it!!! I will be posting about the dresses separately. But you will get a bit of a preview of what the other dress looks like!

The pattern I used was Simplicity’s 3828 from 1960 and the pop tart fabric is by Benartex 100% cotton. I also used vintage lace from my stash.

This is the outcome.

For more pictures and info on the rest of my costume, you can check that here.

-Allie

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Finally, I have been able to sit down in my studio and get something accomplished! Lately, it’s been all school, work, and no fun.

This was a fairly simple garment to make. I thought it was to perfect project to get inspired to work on more challenging items.

Something interesting that happened, was me choosing what fabric I wanted to use. I normally choose the pattern first.

The fabric I went with was this great mid-late 1960′s knit with a funky print. I’m really obsessed with the colors in it. I’m pretty sure I found this fabric at a thrift store around 2010 for a dollar or so.

As of now, I’m still at school and I don’t have access to a better picture of the pattern I chose. I actually don’t even remember the number. However, I do know that it’s simplicity and I want to say that the pattern is from 1966. I will update you as soon as I can. 

Like I mentioned before this was a fairly simple garment to create. I went with view 5 (red dress above). Something that I could easily wear during cold or warm weather. It’s actually something I always try to keep in mind when I make something.
I suppose the most challenging part of making the dress was gathering the knit material. It took me two attempts because the thread kept on breaking. The other challenging bit was making sure that the stripes matched. I think I did an alright job (;
Here’s the dress paired with a 1980′s stretchy belt because it fit me a bit big. Excuse the messy hair, it was extremely windy!
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For more pictures and to see how I “styled” my dress check it out on my blog, Through the Alley
-Allie

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Hi all!

I just wanted to share a dress that I made over a year ago! I’ve been wearing it a lot lately since I have to wear all black to work. My only regret is not making the matching bolero and cummerbund. One day!

I used Simplicity 2955 from 1955 and used a linen mix for the fabric. I love the feel of the fabric, but it does wrinkle a lot!

Here’s the dress!

For more pictures from my Mad Men inspired shoot, check out my blog!

Until next time!

-Allie

 

 

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