Constructing Cigarette Pants, & a Flat-Lining Tutorial

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Hi all!  I’m documenting the process of drafting and constructing my 1950s cigarette pants, and this time I’m flat-lining them (an underlining technique that also functions as a seam finish).   Lots of photos, as well as full instructions if you want to try it yourself, are here at my blog:

Constructing Cigarette Pants: Flat-Lining

along with the first two posts in the series, Drafting Cigarette Pants and Drafting Cigarette Pants, Part 2.

Happy sewing!

Last dress of Summer

 

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Well, maybe “first dress of Fall” would have been a more suiting title but it doesn’t make as nice a reference to a song, right? Right.

Just wanted to share this quick dress (only took me a day from start to finish) made from the fabulous free pattern available at Sew Mag. It was my third attempt. First two were pretty much ok, but this one came together especially nicely. I like the way my zipper insertion seems to be gradually improving and I’m learning to take more care about details like gathering the skirt evenly and making the seams in clean lines. It’s my sixth dress ever and I believe I’m still under ten self-made garments. Getting better and loving the process!

Feel free to take a look at my blog for more photos of the dress if you like it.

A Spooky 50′s style dress

Hey everyone! I just wanted to share my latest creation from a self-drafted pattern.

Given that Halloween is creeping upon us, I wanted to make something that had a little bit of a spooky charm to it.

I made this 50′s style dress with a gathered circle skirt, lace trim on the hem and pockets in the side seam!  I decided to use a facing instead of fully lining the bodice.  The fabric is a black cotton stretch sateen, because it is so comfortable!  I also made a belt to match the trim with a glitter lucite buckle.

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Modeled by my darling friend, MIssy Cae

This is my favorite design so far! I will definitely be making more with other colors and prints!

xoxo Rocksie

 

1940s “film noir” style outfit

Hey everyone!

After a long summer break from internet update, I am back with a feww projects to share.

Here is the first one I woul like to show you : An outfit I named my “detective outfit”, a nice lady on my blog called it a “film noir” style outfit, and I really like it :) .

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This is composed by a silk shirt and a black long skirt.

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Here is the skirt pattern, Mc Call 7488. I am very sorry I can’t find the shirt pattern anymore…

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Thanks for reading, don’t hesitate to come and visit my blog for more pictures :)

Little dress blue

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A year ago I sewed my first dress ever. It was a retro style, simple, free pattern from Sew Mag and I just gave it a go. I liked it enough to make another garment based on it and here it is!

But before it came to be, I made a whole lotta mess that I never would have expected! I laid out the fabric, the pattern pieces, pinned them down, cut, sewed and everything was going smoothly and lovely until I first put the finished bodice on. Because, well, it was big. Like, a few sizes too big. I sighed while the cause of the problem unveiled in my mind: I’d forgotten this pattern had already had the seam allowances added to it and I added my own. And so, long hours of ripping the seams and fitting and sewing again (and trying not to swear) proceeded. The final product of said long hours is fully lined, fits really nicely and the only real problem is the separating zipper that I partially fived by adding a button and loop at the back. I’m currently too lazy to insert a new zipper, especially after taking so much time to sew such seemingly simple dress.

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I’m really happy with the result. It’s a beautiful, simple dress and I’ve already worn it three days straight, and am currently sitting in it as I type. Gonna squeeze every last drop of summer out of it while the late summer still lasts here in Poland. If you like it, take a jump to my blog for more photos.

I’m now scheming another dress from this pattern, with bodice altered to sport a smaller neckline peter pan collar. Stay tuned!