I have a bit of a backlog of dresses to share here, so this one is from July back when it was sunny and warm…
This coral eyelet dress is Simplicity 4475, my go-to full-skirted dress. It’s so simple to make with the raglan sleeves–no setting in sleeves!
I made a few differences this time, the biggest one being I changed the front bodice darts to gathers into the waistline. I love it–and the scalloped edges of the eyelet meant no hemming so it was a super quick make! More details on my blog here.
The first post of 2017 is actually a past make. I had made this dress in October 2015 and it was my first “big” project: first time with silk, first time with evening clothes, first time with two fabrics treated as one, finally-first time with overcasting by hand all the seam allowances.
The pattern is Vogue 5456 from 1961 and the main fabric is a silk dupioni in a shade of jade green.
It is fully backed with a medium-weight cotton canvas in dark green, to give the dress more body, to reduce the crazy-wrinkling properties of dupioni (seriously, it crinkles from even looking at it) and to have something to hand sew to without marking the outside fabric. Dupioni is a wonderful silk to start sewing with-it’s stable, doesn’t shift and takes the corrections gracefully.
Too see the finishing details and read more, I invite you to my blog, rvdzik.blogspot.com. Thank you for visiting! 🙂
So excited to have finished up 2016 with a bang! The last project I worked on was Simplicity 8252.
Lots of fiddling with chiffon, lots of fiddling with crepe, and a ridiculous amount of hand sewing. I actually jumped on this pattern when Simplicity released it and I’m glad I did- because even though it was a bunch of work, in the end it all came together.
Shortly after snapping these pictures, I actually added some hidden snaps along part of the center front (total of 3) to “close up” the front just a little bit more. The original pattern had the front fully closed, but to be honest, I knew that the buttoned up look wasn’t going to work for me or be very practical for how I like to wear my clothing.
I definitely would want to make this for myself again in the summer. Probably a cotton underdress and a light eyelet redingote, which would be awesome for a day adventure.
This is the dress I made for my significant birthday party in December. Inspired by a Dior dress I saw in a magazine which I could never hope to create but which kickstarted the need for a puffball skirt. It’s a full circle plus 16 extra inches around the waist for four box pleats, two at the front and two at the back. The hem is all gathered up into a mini a-line underskirt, both of which are attached to the bodice at the waist seam.
The bodice is from a vintage Weldons pattern, undated but I’m assuming late 40s, early 50s. Just by nature of the really basic instructions and the hair do on the illustrated cover!
I used a black and red, two-tone dupion silk which was a dream to work with. And I sewed cockerel feathers to the yoke, just because!
More details and photos over at ooobop!
This will be my debut on this page. I have been sewing vintage-inspired clothes for some time and recently started using authentic patterns from my favorurite era, 1950s-1960s. My newest project is a two-piece dress, based on Simplicity 4906 pattern.
What I like most about this pattern is how it fits on the shoulders. Made from non-elastic fabric it does not constrain movement. And the wide collar has enough room for a woolen scarf in a matching colour.
The original pattern
I altered the top a bit, as the original had short or 3/4 length sleeves and I wanted long, plus I eliminated a side zipper – who needs a zipper in a loose-fitting boxy-shaped top? Also, I decided not to use the original skirt pattern as my fabric was too thick for a skirt with a long back pleat. I went for a Burda skirt pattern from 2/2013 issue, but to my disappointment, the pattern did not work with my fabric either – elastic band are not friends with thick fabrics… Anyways, I ended up making a simple skirt with darts and a waistband. But the overall result is I think satisfactory. I also used the original belt pattern, which was meant for the dress, but can work with the top as well.
Top with black pants
The greatest thing about two-piece dresses is that you can wear them as separates.
Some time ago I made the Simplicity 1609 repro pattern for a gift and I liked it enough to give it a try as a nice, breezy summer dress (yay for sewing warm weather garments in mid-December…). I had some vintage, but still fresh and luminous white cotton sateen in a period-perfect abstract/square print.
I made only minor adjustments, including a suble lengthening of the dress and interfacing its hem to make the A-line shape more pronounced.
To keep things simple, I didn’t line it, as it’s supposed to be a way out of my constant summer dilemma, “how not to expose too much skin but be able to stay cool in a sizzling city”. I think this pattern was made for cheerful, light dresses; it’s so simple and unfussy.
I hope you like this little project of mine. To read more, visit my blog, rvdzik.blospot.com. Have a wonderful day! 🙂