Smoking Jacket

About a year ago my husband convinced me that I should make him a Smoking Jacket. We looked at a lot of vintage patterns, and finally decided that the best choice would be Simplicity 1758 View 3

Simplicity 1758

He purchased quilted fabric in golds and black. I worked on it much of the summer because I did a ton of hand finishing on it, and finally finished it a few weeks ago. It turned out quite lovely.

I am hoping to get my husband to agree to a photo shoot this weekend ;) Wish me luck!

Cropped Hawthorn Blouse

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An age and a half ago, I spontaneously bought some gorgeous vintage poly-cotton online without giving much thought to the fact that it was a very limited 1 yard long. Luckily, when One Week, One Pattern came along back in September, it inspired me to finally put my fabric to good use! Using this Coletterie tutorial, I just about managed to squeeze a cropped Hawthorn out of it.

Cropped Hawthorn Blouse

Sometimes it really pays off to be patient and hoard fabric for the ‘right’ make. In this case I think my fabric and pattern combination is a match made in heaven. I even found the perfect vintage buttons for it in my stash. Overall, I’m smitten with the 1950s vibe of this cropped blouse.

Cropped Hawthorn Blouse

Cropped Hawthorn Blouse

As always, more information and pictures available on my blog – A Stitching Odyssey.

Fashion history fix

Just a little remark to any readers who live in the Netherlands or are visiting here in the coming months: The Gemeentemuseum in The Hague is hosting the exhition “Romantic Fashions”, about 19th century fashion, until the end of March.

overzicht I don’t really sew historical costumes myself, but that doesn’t mean I would like to miss an opportunity to drool over every single little detail…

20I’ve blogged about my visit here and I’ve made a Pinterest board with all my pictures.

32Seeing all these really makes me want to try my hand at some serious costuming…

A polka dot, a plaid, a classic!

Hi there again!

I’ve recently sewn two skirts that are, in my mind, hinting to the classic vintage styles we all love here. One is a half circle in zesty red plaid and the other – full circle in gorgeous polka dot pattern. The last one I actually hemmed with a bias tape by hand! With the skirt being 5 meters in circumference, it took me about 3 to 4 hours I guess. I like to live dangerously ;).

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Making the plaid skirt made me realise how important it is to think your garments through before you start making them. So, imagine I made a skirt out of the same fabric bit chose to makie it short and pleated. Nineties much? Pop-punk naughty teens in heavy shoes and ripped tights, drinking beer in a local park and swearing while you pass them by? That was my reality about 15 years ago! Well, all of it but the pleated skirt. A thought of wearing a skirt would’ve made me laugh my head off back then. I wouldn’t have been able to even imagine myself wearing a short skirt. I can now and that’s why I immediately decided against it and made this one hit me at mid-calf ;).

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With the polka dot skirt I was hesitant about the length and in the end am not all that pleased about it. It was great before hemming (as seen in the photos above) but afterwards it is just that particular tad shorter that I’m not very fond of, landing at the slightly bigger part of my muscular calf (which is totally awesome but requires careful styling not to look too thick). Also the added bulk from the bias tape made the hem hang differently from what you can see in the photos above, it actually looks like this now. Not that I care much, I still like it a lot, it just goes to prove that you have to do a lot of detailed planning beforehand if you want your piece to be just the way you like it! A lesson learned.

I made both of these using this handy circle skirt app. It’s very useful for making all the calculations and there’s no way you can make a mistake which was reasurring to me because I’m a complete math idiot.

You can read more about making these skirts and see more photos on my blog.

Trying out for the Mack Sennett Bathing Beauties….

1926I love all the images of bathing beauties from the 1920′s – so I thought I might have a go at sewing one with a pattern from 1926.

I haven’t had much experience in sewing with knit or stretch fabric, but I thought I could manage with this piece of really heavy ink-navy t-shirt cotton – it really didn’t have much stretch at all thankfully (just rolled a lot at the edges until they were over-locked).  The contrast fabric was a lighter knit fabric with a faux-animal skin print.

The skirt is really twirly – it makes a full circle when laid out:

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Not sure how it will go when fully wet, the fabric already makes the bathing suit quite heavy…but then, I daresay most of the Sennet Beauties didn’t really go for a swim either. Even the bloomers are pretty substantial!

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One Short Day in the Emerald City….

Well Hello Everyone! I am incredibly sorry that it has been so long since my last post but alas, between working a second job and trying to fit in family time my life has been literally too hectic for crafting!! This idea all started when I had a sudden desire to make my own costume this year for Halloween. I absolutely love Halloween and everything about it! This time of year the leaves are beautiful, Jack-O-Lanterns fill the steps of houses, people get to dress up in fun costumes and just have a great time. To be honest, I have never really had much interest in making my own costume before because I (shamefully) have always bought a pre-packaged one or just threw on a pair of wings and a tiara and called it good! 

This year I decided to take my costume fate into my own hands and see what I could come up with. I knew that I wanted it to have a fun 50′s retro-vibe to it and came up with the idea of being a “Wicked Housewife” after finding this wonderful wicked witch silhouetted fabric at Jo-Ann’s (It was even on sale! I’m telling you it was totally fate!) I found this fabulous Simplicity pattern with a princess seamed bodice, full circle skirt and cute retro bow detail at the waist and decided to take the plunge :) 

I chose view B with the Added bow :)

I chose view B with the Added bow :)

With this dress I did a lot of firsts! It was my first time making a princess seamed bodice, using horsehair braid, and doing a full lining! I am so incredibly pleased with the way it turned out! For more construction details and photos check out my blog at Frillz, Mistakes and Fun!

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