Hi I am wondering if Peter Pan fabrics had a denim line. I have about a yard of fabric that feels really soft however everything about it looks like denim. I have searched the net but cannot find any denim for them. Can someone help please?
When Simplicity released their latest (I think) retro collection I totally swooned over this 70s dress… but its 10 yards of fabric, which can get expensive. Solution? Use rayon! While this would look stunning in a silk chiffon or charmeuse, rayon has all the drape and none of the sheen, making it a bit more flexible–it can be dressed up like a gown or down like a maxidress!
I really enjoyed sewing this pattern–I made no size alterations (I cut between an 8 and a 10) but I did change a lot of the construction.
Hi all you wonderful crafting & sewing fellows!
It’s crazy, I haven’t posted anything in here for years, but the great big white deserves a mention, methinks 😉
My inspirations for this dress was all over the place. I was looking at Edwardian wedding gowns, 1930’s drapes and flowy sleeves, 1950’s circle skirts and 1970’s hippie layers and lace stuff… You can imagine the confusion and headaches I had over design choices!
In the end I went for a completely self drafted design, with added details from all the periods I was inspired by, and I think it worked pretty well! I used my standard bodice pattern for starters, cut it up to find the “perfect seam lines” (and of course that meant having a seven-piece bodice. Smart), and then made a few muslins to try to perfect it.
The skirt is four layers – four different fabrics – full circle.
For a bunch more pictures, come over here: http://sewewellyn.blogspot.se/2015/12/finally-wedding-dress-pictures.html
And here’s the post with some of my inspiration: http://sewewellyn.blogspot.se/2015/05/wedding-dress-inspiration.html
Raincoat based on Simplicity pattern 8591 (1969) with some alterations (zipper, pockets )
A-line mod mini skirt based on Maudella 5626 pattern , with huge front zipper instead back zipper
The fabric is a kind of thick crinkled vinyl with woolen back , found in yard sales .
more here : http://crazeegirl-wears-vintage-dress.blogspot.fr/2015/12/addicted-to-my-sewing-machine-suit.html
a-line dress , vintage 70’s Simplicity 9710 pattern .
The orange fabric was a 70s double curtain and the striped one , a piece of fabric i already used here : http://wesewretro.com/2013/09/stripes-stripes-stripes-orange-yellow-green-navy-blue/
more on my blog : http://crazeegirl-wears-vintage-dress.blogspot.fr/
I love the 1970s. I was a teenager then, and a pretty happy one, so these styles make me grin. This pattern reminds me of junior high.
I bought this polka dot fabric to match my eyes and hair, besides, polka dots are cheerful, just right for a wide-collared shirt with turn-back cuffs.
This pattern is a size 16; I normally start with 14. I compared the pattern with a RTW shirt that fits and is comfy. This size 16 pattern wouldn’t need added width in the torso, it was right on!
That doesn’t mean zero changes. I shortened 1″ at the waist, did a 3/8″ high back adjustment. Why didn’t I do my usual swayback correction? Uh, dunno. Should have.
Didn’t think about the shoulder seams, which are about one inch off my shoulder. The stand-up gathered sleeves balance everything out.
The buttonholes are too far from the edge. I’m learning to pay attention to that dimension. The pattern calls for 1″ buttons and the buttonhole markings on the blouse front are 1″ from the fold. Is that a rule? Place your buttonholes the same distance from the edge as the diameter of your buttons? I’ll make a note to practice it on my next projects. But today I used three 5/8″ buttons from my stash, and they would look better closer to the blouse edge.
Doesn’t any of it matter, because I LOVE LOVE LOVE this shirt! It makes me happy.
Pattern: Simplicity 6161 circa 1973, eBay
Cloth: Michael Miller Ta Dot, from M&L Fabrics