Skirts

A few years ago I got a beautiful skirt as a present that was 40s/50s inspired and had a high waist and was buttoned at the front (it was likely inspired by skirts like thisthisthis and this). I loved this skirt a lot and literally wore it to death and intended to sew a similar skirt ever since. I did not use a pattern for this project as it consists of only three rectangular parts – a waistband with iron on interfacing, a large piece of fabric that is gathered at the sides and the back and a button border. I also used lots of Ric-Rac trim – it was a bit annoying to sew it on but I always wanted to try out this technique and really adore how it looks like. I added another piece of fabric to the hem to show of the rid-rac trim even more (I also like the slightly lower hemline better). As I had been looking for a beige skirt for ages I used a beige cotton that wrinkles a bit but not too much. The buttons are also beige and have a pretty moiré pattern.

As usual you can find a few more details and photographs on my blog, Draped in Cloudlets!

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I have been absent for some time in the sewing community, This year has just proven to be way too busy but :) I am getting back into the swing of things with…. 16 vintage inspired skirts :) I don’t have a picture of every single one of them but I can say the few that I do have I am incredibly proud of. I was contacted by a local shop a few months back to create some vintage inspired skirts for them and to be honest I was so incredibly nervous! I made so many little silly mistakes on my first few that I had to go back and fix I was ready to pull my hair out and give up! I took a deep breath, picked out my stitches and kept on truckin! The end result…16 beautiful skirts that I can be proud of.

I created my gored skirts using Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing pattern and they turned out beautiful!

The fabrics I used were a mixture of vintage and modern :) I created 4 of each style in an A-line, Gored, Drindl, and Pencil and I could not be prouder…I even have a few with lapped zippers! A technique that has often eluded me in the past! For more pictures and details check out my blog at http://frillz24.blogspot.com/

Not the best picture of all of them but it does give you a good general idea of what they all look like!

As always thanks to all of you contributors for being such amazing inspirations!

 

 

 

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After discovering a bit about Ulyana Sergeenko and her designs, I decided I wanted to do my own take on one of her outfits, and this is my first result!

For the top, I used a pattern envelope from the 1950s as inspiration, Simplicity 4538. I didn’t have the actual pattern, but it looked easy enough to sew the two ends together. The other seam is across the back to form the yoke, but it stops so you have room for the arms. It was easy enough and it took me about 10-20 minutes to figure everything out.

As for the skirt, I drafted my own circle skirt from 2 yards of fabric. I put in a pocket on one side and a zipper on the other.

I have more details here on my blog.

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Hello 1980′s!

by Inkdork on April 23, 2014 · 4 comments

in 1980s,Blouses,Skirts

So, on the 3rd, my boyfriend and I are going to an 80′s themed party and while I have a few things that might work in my closet, I wanted to really, really look the part. I had a skirt pattern I thought would be good, and I had big plans for coordinating my skirt and blouse, but I ended up going a completely different direction.

My blouse is from a 1986 Kwik Sew 1262 View A pattern, which I did in the worst fabric I have ever worked with in my life. Gold lame’. You so much as look at it, and it ravels strings of tinsel all over the floor. My sewing room looks like Christmas blew through it after making this blouse. I can die happy if I never have to use this fabric again and wish I would have gone the liquid lame’ fabric instead.  Aside from that, I did like the pattern, but would make it in a moderate knit next time. The sizing was a bit off- supposedly this was supposed to fit up to a 45″ bust, and I measure 42″ and you can see its pretty tight through there. Ignore the icky face I’m making- it’s super bright and sunny today and I was half blinded so not looking up.

The skirt pattern is View A from McCall 5184 from 2006, but without the flounce added to the bottom, and with an extra 2.5″ added to the length. I made this skirt up in another fabric as printed without the flounce and it was a micro-mini. A little too short for my tastes. Cute, but no. I’m 33 years old… lol. I made the skirt out of white satin, fully lining it as the fabric was a bit thin.

I stitched the zipper in first in a yellow thread, then once it was how I wanted it, used white thread and picked out the yellow. I’m really happy with how the zipper turned out, and even though its white and I’ve no idea where I’ll ever wear it again, I quite like the skirt.

I spent about $15 total on fabrics, the skirt pattern I bought years ago at Joann’s, and the blouse pattern I bought in a small lot, and it probably costs me about $2. Either way, I have the perfect outfit for the party, for under $25. I’m still undecided on shoes, but will be crimping my hair for the night and playing with crazy make-up. I make jewelry so will be making earrings and maybe a necklace, probably out of super bright polymer clay.

Anyway, that’s my share for today! I dont have this one up on my blog yet, but you’re welcome to pop by anyway! Deb’s In Stitches!

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