I am back with my latest make, a blouse made from the 1930s Smooth Sailing pattern from Wearing History. I had the perfect Spitfire fabric and wanted to make a RAF blouse with a slight touch of ‘uniform’. I altered the giant puffed sleeves into shoulder pleats, and added tabs to the shoulder. I think it looks a bit more ‘masculine’, but very smart
I really can’t recommend this pattern enough, it is a lovely wearable style, and easy to tweak into whatever you like.
This is my second take, and I suspect more in the future. If you’d like to see more pictures and read more about the blouse and fabric, please hop on over to my place! Thanks for looking
Hi everybody! I wanted to share with you the last bra that I made, it’s a 30s inspired bra, a friend asked me if I could sew a pointy bra for her and I was thrilled with that idea. There are many pictures of the step by step in my blog.
Let me preface this by saying that this is my first post to date! I’ve been sewing for a couple of years and this was actually the first dress I ever sewed.
When I got engaged, I jokingly considered “just making my own dress” as a way to ease the financial burden that a wedding can cause. However, the more I thought about it, the more intrigued I was by the idea. When I finally decided, it seemed like the world was against me. But, that really only fueled the fire. I had sewn shirts and skirts so I knew a dress couldn’t be any more difficult…and it really wasn’t. Except for the fact that I bought real silk which meant I couldn’t get even a drop of water on it.
I was mostly inspired by Madeleine Vionnet and her 1930′s bias cut gowns. I loved the soft and feminine look of the gowns and the non-corset bodice. The flouncy bottom of her dresses also drew me to that style. I flirted with the idea of learning to bias sew but quickly laughed that off.
The more and more I sewed my dress the more I wanted lace on it. At the same time, my mom was offering for me to wear her dress from 1980 (not to mention she’s a half foot shorter than me and about 3 dress sizes smaller). So instead I decided to use the lace from her gown and incorporate it in my own.
I also decided to make a detachable train which I am so glad that I did. It felt so nice dancing around without a train dragging me down.
Here are some more photos of the dress. I used the delicate lace to draft sleeves and finished it with a small scalloped edge. The front and back bodice incorporated both the delicate lace and the wider lace. I trimmed the bottom of my dress in the wider lace and the front opening and bottom of my train.
Here is when the train came off:
Also I used vogue v2931 and took in the panels on the train, took off the bow and straps, and took in the top of the sloth as well. I also separated the train to make it detachable.
PennyandMary and DIYbride posted about it if you’re interested.
Thanks and I hope you enjoy!
This is my contribution to the second challenge in the Historical Sew Fortnightly 2014, which was “Innovation”. I’ve written quite a lot about why this dress is a sign of social change in my blog, and also have pictures of my inspiration etc, you can see it here.