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Butterick 6354 #RetroTikiCollab Project

By on August 11, 2016

Wow, didn’t Abi from the Crafty Pinup do an amazing job on her Bustier to Skirt Pattern Hack Gertie’s 6354 Butterick pattern as part of the #RetroTikiCollab project.

I was also lucky enough to be apart of the #RetroTikiCollab project along with d Abi from The Crafty PinupChristina fromGussets and Godets  and Bianca from Vintage on Tap.

Retro Tiki Collab Project
I’m thrilled to be apart of this project with such talented seamstresses.

For my take on this pattern was to rock the original, by making the pattern as directed.

This was the first time I worked with boning so I was a little nervous but think it all turned out well.

Akram's Ideas : Retro Tiki Collab
I’m really surprised how good this came out.

For this project I used a cotton navy blue fabric with a golden tropical flower print on it. Not necessarily  very tiki, but I had just enough fabric and I need more blue in my wardrobe.

The entire pattern only took a day and a half to put together, so I was quite pleased with the simplicity of this project.

Akram's Ideas : Retro Tiki Collab
The shorts and bustier is great for hot days

I wasn’t sure how much wear I would get out of this pattern, but since I’ve made it I’ve worn it a couple of times. This outfit is great for hot days, especially ones we’ve had recently that have hit a 100+.

I’m really glad to be apart of this #RetroTikiCollab project and had a lot of fun making this project. Also, as part of this project I decided to host a fabric giveaway.

Akram's Ideas: Fabric Give Away
Deadline to enter is 11:59pm Thursday August 11, 2016

The deadline for the giveaway is tonight (Thursday August 11, 2016 at 11:59pm CST) , so there’s still time to enter.

To enter this giveaway and to read more about my process for making this dress check out my blog Akram’s Ideas (http://akramsideas.com/retro-tiki-collab-butterick-6354)

 

 

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1950s | Burlesque / Pinup | Rompers / Playsuits

Paradise Playsuit

By on January 1, 2016

After the success of my last 1950s-style romper a few weeks ago, I couldn’t wait to make another – they’re the perfect summer outfit, so cute yet comfortable! Though I also based this one off the romper variation in Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, I decided that this time I would make the shorts circle shorts instead. And how sweet is the result!

Paradise Playsuit

I also included in-seam pockets in the french seams, the first time I’d tried this, and it turned out fantastically. I’m never making anything without pockets again!

Paradise Playsuit

You can read more about the alterations and construction details, and see more photos here on my blog 🙂

Until next time,

Miss Maddy xx

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50s-Style Playsuit

By on December 5, 2015

I feel like there are few garments which capture the pin-up girl aesthetic so well as a good old-fashioned playsuit. I’d been wanting one forever but the selections in shops disappointed and patterns I saw failed to inspire. Until, that is, I saw the romper variation in Gertie Sews Vintage Casual. It was the playsuit of my dreams, and I am so pleased to finally be able to bring those dreams in to reality!

Polkadot Playsuit

I was so delighted with how it turned out 🙂 Though there were some trials and tribulations in sewing it, the result was well worth the effort. You can read more about it, see more photos and construction details on my blog.

Polkadot Playsuit

 

Until next time,

Miss Maddy xx

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1950s | Rompers / Playsuits | Vintage Sewing

Flirty Flamingo Playsuit

By on April 27, 2015
This month I decided to join in for #SpringForCotton hosted by the lovely Rochelle over at Lucky Lucille.
 http://luckylucille.com/2015/03/spring-for-cotton/
Then I stumbled onto The Monthly Stitch and saw that the challenge for the month of April was “Put a BIRD on it!”  I hadn’t written for The Monthly Stitch at that point, so I thought I’d give a challenge a go!

So, since flamingos are, in fact, birds, I decided to stitch up and use this flirty little play-suit to complete both challenges!
As you know from my last post I spent the last two glorious weeks in the Sunshine State enjoying some lovely times with my family. I just managed to get this finished up in the last few days of vacation and had the chance to have it photographed with the lovely palm trees. I miss palm trees so much. But I digress.
This play-suit is a mash-up of McCall’s M6969 and the skirt from Vogue V9000. I did view C of the romper and just used the skirt pattern as a template for the gores.

My fabric for this project is this lovely,vibrant, flamingo print, 100% cotton, shirting and a solid pink quilting cotton. I’d been eyeing the flamingo print for about four months and happened to go in with a 50% off coupon and snagged 5 yards of this for only $25! That’s a huge bargain as far as I’m concerned.

I also settled on self-covered buttons for this project.

For the construction of the first part, the romper, I decided that I wanted to do a solid color top and use the flamingo print on the bottom. I wanted it to look as if it were two pieces without actually being so. I also liked the idea of being able to wear the romper by itself with a belt and have it still look like a two piece set.

I added the white bias binding on all of the hems. I really liked how the contrast of the white played against the brighter colors.

Due to the long trip and baggage regulations, I was only able to bring limited supplies with me to my mom’s. Luckily, she is also a sewist and was willing to share her sewing room with me during my stay.

That also included getting to sew it up on her Husqvarna Viking Designer 1!! This thing sews like a dream. Seriously, it’s worth every very expensive penny. While I hope my mother lives forever, I also hope she leaves this to me in her will… unless she decides one day to upgrade and feels the need to pass this on to me. I wouldn’t complain one bit.

Lovely woman that my mother is, she also played my photographer for this project. Usually I just photograph my makes on Millie, my dress form. Unfortunately, she was still at home in Ohio and my mother doesn’t have one. So that meant, I had to get dolled up and get outside and in front of the camera. We are by no means professionals, but they didn’t turn out to bad for cell phone pics.

So there you have it. This is #vintagepledge make number 3 for me! I’m over half way to my goal of 5 for the year. I guess it’s time to unpack, clean up and figure out what my next project will be!! Find more of my work at www.shessewbettie.blogspot.com!!

Much love!!

blognametag

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1970s | Rompers / Playsuits | Vintage Sewing

Late 1970s Krizia playsuit

By on September 30, 2014

Some of you may have seen my post on McCall’s Krizia patterns, released in the late 1970s to early 1980s. I sewed up the playsuit from one of my favourites, McCall’s 6624, a playsuit and wrap skirt pattern from McCall’s “Carefree” line.

McCall's 6624 by Krizia (1979)
McCall’s 6624 by Krizia (1979)

It’s a short and strappy playsuit, with the bodice and shorts pleated into a midriff band, a combination zipper fly/button front, and shaped side vents on the shorts.

I had a sparkly stretch knit found at Fabricland that seemed suitably disco. The pattern isn’t specifically for stretch knits, but one of the recommended fabrics is synthetic jersey.

My wife photographed me by an awesome local graffiti mural—a collaboration between two Toronto artists:

More photos and construction notes on my blog

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SOS- Assistance Please!

By on May 11, 2014

Hi! Its me again. Okay, long story short, I made a playsuit/jumper/sunsuit. Its cute. See?

 

 

Slight problem though. Without the creative scrunching of fabric, well…

Its a box. A cute box but still.

Im an Apple shape and so if you put a box on a box its… well a box. From head on the playsuit is charming, probably due to the adorable heartshaped thing I’ve got going. But from the side the line from the , er… biggest point of my bust falls straight to the biggest point of my belly in a straight line. I need to emphasize my underbust line which is the smallest point of my body and keeps me from looking well…

Heres an image In Production which highlights the problem:

 

 

Any advice? I’ve played with darts but its not achieving the VaVaVOOM that I know I possess. (After all, I buy the bras lol)

I intend to wear it with a skirt and a bolero a La:

 

 

Thank you!

http://pleasantlymalformed.blogspot.com/2014/05/mccalls-6969.html (The post about the Playsuit)

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