Embroidery

Hello all!

I just wanted to share my most recent creation. I wasn’t sure about posting it on here, but I had a change of heart after the positive feedback from my blog and Facebook.

This honestly has to be my least favorite dress I’ve ever made. I fee like it makes me look wider than I am. I believe it’s because I choose plaid and it’s gathered at the waist.

The dress was simple to make and didn’t take me all that long. I used vintage embroidered plaid fabric from my stash. The only issue I had was the bodice fitting me big, but that was easily fixed by taking it through the darts.

I feel like this dress looks great on my mannequin and the hanger, but not me. I also feel like a pilgrim with the oversized collar LOL

Well, I guess all dresses can’t be winners!

-Allie

throughthealley.com

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Hello lovely fellow sewers,

Some of you may or may not remember me but I am the year 12 student who was making the vintage Vogue lavender hemp and organic cotton day dress, with felt pillbox hat and embroidered vintage gloves for my Textiles and Design major work? Any ways, a few months ago I finally finished and handed it in for marking, which was the best feeling ever! (see photo below)

I finished with plenty of time to spare and unlike most of the girls in my class, I wasn’t working late into the night and into the next day in a rush :) I was happy with my finished product despite the many problems and frustrations that came with it- I struggled with the bound buttonholes which were a new skill that I had to learn to master pretty quickly but with a lot of help from my dedicated teachers, I managed to finish them OK. Lining the dress was also a hurdle but after many lunchtimes and afternoons spent at school in front of a sewing machine, I was able to line it with white cotton voile beautifully. The hat was surprisingly easy but (despite the pattern not requiring a stiffener) I was forced to add stiff Vilene interfacing into the side of the hat to allow it to stand up. On the side, I included a vintage lace flower which belonged to an elderly neighbour of mine who recently died, so I felt it was a lovely way to reincarnate her memory in a hat that she would have loved. Both my grandmother’s who were my main inspiration absolutely loved the dress and both said that it looked exactly the same as the many dresses they wore, so I think my job was completed successfully!

I also gained a lot of praise from many people when I told them what most of the outfit was made of (hemp/organic cotton material for the dress and eco- felt for the hat) Many were surprised how versatile the fabric was and hopefully this gave many the idea of using eco friendly fabrics in their  future projects too :)

Also, for those who helped me out with a brand name which was required for my folio, I settled on ‘Mary-Joan Vintage’, as these are the names of my grandmothers and I thought it paid decent homage to my main inspirations :) Thanks for all your help lovely sewers xx

My best friend (on the right) and I (left) about to hand in our major works

 

Another photo shoot image

Another photo shoot image

The finished product- we did a photo shoot and my good friend Rosanna modelled for me in front of my Dad's 1962 Valiant S series

the finished hat :)

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This lovely number was inspired by a vintage dress I spied on Pinterest. I used Simplicity 1873 for the pattern and did the floral row in cross stitch.

Here’s the inspiration dress, from a fashion blogger in LA who found it at a vintage shop.

Source

I’ll be doing a tutorial next week on how I did the embroidery on the dress if you’d like to stop by!

More on my blog right now about this dress:

  • More fun pictures! I took these while on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg.
  • Modifications I made from the inspiration dress.

See more

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Just finished this top and skirt, from the above patterns, and added some embroidery from some vintage designs my Nana passed to me. If you’d like to find out more, or advise me on the finish (not sure if the red embroidery on the black skirt lifts it enough…if at all!) please visit my blog here.

Red Top & Black Skirt
Red Top & Black Skirt
Red Top & Black Skirt
Red Top & Black Skirt

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