Burlesque / Pinup

Hi everyone! A few weeks ago I made this white gypsy top… I had been wanting one for agessssssss and have always loved them! I made the cropped version as it is perfect for summer and can be paired with high waist skirts, short or jeans etc. I found the pattern at a op-shop (thrift [...]

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Glitz, glamour and silly headpieces, that’s what! My home town Stockholm, Sweden, is blessed with a great burlesque club, Fräulein Frauke Presents, housed in one of the city’s classic dance palaces with quite the bad reputation back in the 40′s, 50′s and 60′s. Their annual New Year’s masquerade is the perfect  opportunity to break your [...]

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I’ve recently picked up some bra making skills (as documented on my blog) and am so excited that I can now experiment with different vintage bra shapes. I also discovered a great site for retro lovers, called Foundations Revealed, which has various articles on how to draft and make retro bra styles (although the majority [...]

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I recently completed the Va-Voom Vintage bullet bra sew-along! This was my first sew along and I loved it.  A bra was a great thing to start off with and Brittany’s pattern and instructions were great. I was really inspired by her collection of vintage bullet bras as well. I added some faggoting stitch, a [...]

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Okay, Ladies! Let’s talk brassieres! The more vintage sewing I do, the more I hate my bras. The grapefruit shaped T shirt bra just looks all wrong. So, here’s the $64,000 question. What sort of shape do you prefer under your vintage style clothes? Do you go all out for the torpedo shaped bullet bra [...]

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If it’s early May, there are two things those around me can count on: 1. I’ve tormented them for the last month with a countdown to my birthday (39 this year) and… 2. The Vancouver International Burlesque Festival (8 this year) is going on. I love Vancouver’s burlesque scene.  There are some AMAZING, creative, sassy [...]

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Although I am a big lover of silk hemp and other natural fabrics, I sometimes do some odd and quirky sewing with materials that aren’t the usual. This tends to lean towards wearable art, I have used plastic bags, bottle tops and packaging straps. This time I used punctured bicycle tubes it was interesting to [...]

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Vintage pencil skirt using Burda 8155. I  have made a few of these skirts, but this is my fav because of the cute little sailor buttons i added to the front dart seam. It is made in a light cotton, perfect for summer and what a breeze to make! Check out my blog for more [...]

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I used a vintage simplicity pattern for this dress, i pretty easy to make shirt dress with only 2 pieces! It has the best in seam pockets and a nice full skirt, i am getting alot of wear out of this one! It also has a cute 50′s full collar, and cute turned up sleeve [...]

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I really enjoy making small cocktail hats and other heavily decorated things to wear on my head. It’s the perfect pleasure project, in many ways; I can whip them up quite fast, usually these things come together for specific parties, they generally don’t require a lot of material, there’s very little fitting, lining and other [...]

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