HSF Challenge 22: Gentlemen

Wow it looks like I don’t have hands in this picture….

So my Halloween costume ended up doubling as a HSF Challenge, specifically Challenge #22: Gentlemen. The aim of the challenge was to either create a garment for a man or a menswear inspired piece for a woman. Well I made overalls so I guess that counts!  I went as a Woman’s Land Army: Crop Corps member. The overall’s are made with denim from my stash, it has some stretch so I’m assuming the fabric has lycra in it (not historically accurate but using up the stash, yay!) The buttons, zipper and bias tape are also from stash. The only thing I had to purchase was the pattern. I used Wearing History’s Overall pattern (I see jeans and other pants in my future) during Lauren’s Kickstarter campaign. I chose not to line the bodice and instead I used bias tape to face it. The tops of the pockets are also faced. The buttons were from something my grandmother gave me to chop up but I can remember what. The hem is hand stitched and so it the zipper. I added a zipper instead of the button placket because 1 I didn’t feel like making all those buttonholes, 2 I didn’t have more of the same buttons in the stash and 3 I wasn’t quite sure how to attach the placket so I try that another time when I don’t have a deadline. With the overalls I made a WLA armband. I used red and navy yarn for the design and some scrap navy fabric for the main piece. These overalls are super comfy once you get used to the lower crotch length. Mummum gave me the shirt to wear with it and then I just wore my brown boots to complete the look. I feel like I should have my hair in a bandanna or a snood but oh well.

 
The Scoop:
Fabric: Stretch Denim from the Stash
Pattern: Wearing History Overall and Trouser Pattern

Year: 1940′s
Notions: Bias tape in two colors for top and pockets, two button and a zipper.
Hours to Complete: Sewn over 4 days including a mock up
First worn?: Halloween
Make again?: Yes! plus pants and shorts and a short overall playsuit too!
Total cost: $12 for the pattern but everything else came from the stash.
I’ll Leave you with a picture of me wearing my new overalls with my red wool Ike Jacket but pop on over to http://perdudansletemps.blogspot.com/ to see more

Camera Addict

After a few months of working on big historical costuming projects, I needed a break for a quick vintage project I could whip up for some instant gratification sewing.

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So a dirndl skirt in the cutest camera novelty print fabric was just the ticket! Usually, I stay away from novelty prints but I just had to have this one being that my husband is a photographer.

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It didn’t hurt that the print included three of my favorite colors-mint, orange and chartreuse! I’m not sure I would have picked to pair these colors together myself but somehow they work. More photos and construction details over on my blog.

Have you tried any new prints or color combinations lately?

Advice on backless dresses

Hello,

I was hoping to get some advice on a project I’ve been working on. I’m making a dress to wear to a Christmas party at the end of the year, and will be drafting the pattern myself. I wanted a simple design to show off a beautiful silk brocade fabric I bought on a trip a few years ago, and when I flicked through my old pattern catalogues for some inspiration I was immediately drawn to this design (Style A, the short version):

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I love the demure neckline at the front and the dramatic V-back. Of course, though, with a backless design comes the bra dilemma: I’d like a bit of support, but a normal bra isn’t going to work!

I was wondering if anyone has any advice or recommendations about backless dresses.

  • has anyone made a similar dress (or owns a vintage one) and has tips about how they are constructed on the inside?
  • I know that backless evening/wedding gowns usually have a built in foundation with bra cups/boning etc. Would such a foundation be appropriate for a simple dress style like this, or will it be too much/too bulky?
  • If a foundation is recommended, how would you attach it on the inside, given the dress has a high neck at the front?
  • what materials would you recommend to make the foundation from in a light dress like this?

The easy option of course is to just find a backless bra, but since the fabric is really special I don’t mind putting in the extra effort to make a foundation if that would be the best option.

Thank you in advance for your help!

amyrose

plaid overblouse, simplicity 3636

I got a plaid skirt years ago in a charity shop.  The colours and fabric were / are gorgeous but everything I ever thought to make from it fell by the way side and I was at a loss, until I figured on an overblouse.  They are brilliant – this is the first one I have ever made and I am a convert, I always like a slight tailored look, but it also has to be as comfortable as a sweater and this is.  I should have been a bit more generous when I graded up, but other than that this pattern will be used again!  I tried the collar and didnt like it as its a lie flat collar, the next one I make I am thinking of a roll top collar.  The long sleeve T was also an upcycle/refashion.fb page

Marfy Patterns

Has anyone here ever sewn a Marfy pattern?  I found them via Butterick and am in LOVE.  I am, however, a bit intimidated by them.  There are apparently no instructions, and they don’t have seam or hem allowances.  They are pre-cut and single-sized.  I really want to try, but don’t want to waste money on fabric or the pattern and end up failing like I did with the German coat of doom.

Here is a picture of the pattern I want to get: F3472, Marfy Coat

I really want to make a winter coat this winter, one that I can wear with a petticoat and 50s dress.  This is the best pattern I have found so far.  But it scares me!  The only reviews of Marfy patterns I can find are of blouses, which would be a lot easier than a coat.

Thoughts?  Suggestions?  Help, please!  I’m in love with this coat and just can’t stand it!