polka dot

I have developed a passion for polka dots and it is all down to this dress:

Do you ever have times where things just come together perfectly when sewing? When you haven’t done anything differently, but things just seem to… well…work!

Well I appear to be having one of those times in life where exactly this happens. All of my sewing projects lately have been turning out great and have proven extremely enjoyable! I am on a bit of a roll, which is a welcome change :D

This wasn’t the case a couple of months back though. Back in March, for my birthday, I was treated to a bunch of amazing patterns, and yes I will hold up my hands and admit I haven’t got around to using even half of these yet :(

Anyway, one of these was the Butterick Patterns by Gertie 5882 vintage style dress.

It is a very beautiful dress, and I was so excited to give it a try. The only problem was, it didn’t quite work out. I wish I had a photograph to show you but I think it would have been classed as indecent exposure. I don’t know how it happened but the bodice just wasn’t happening for me. I completely blame myself and will be giving the pattern another chance in the future, but as for my first attempt, well it was more kind both to myself and the dress to just call it a day!

However, have you seen how many panels make up that skirt section of the dress?!? It is stunning and I was desperate not to let it go to waste. I had no idea what I would do with it exactly, but kept it to one side for a rainy day when inspiration would hopefully hit.

Well, as it turns out inspiration came in the form of a sewing swap all the way from Australia when I was sent this amazing pattern, New Look 6143:

and straight away the polka dot dress on the front cover illustrations screamed out at me!

So this is what I re-created!

I used the bodice from the New look pattern, and the skirt from Gertie 5882 . Team this with my big net underskirt, and what do you get?

I will tell you what you get… you get the perfect vintage dress that is going to kick start an obsession with polka dots!!!!

Check out my self covered, matching buttons too, I am rather proud :D

Turns out, it is also the perfect dress to attend a vintage fair in too… I even had a woman ask  to take a photo of me because she liked it so much :D

What a  compliment.

Please do feel free to check out the Made With Hugs and Kisses blog for more pictures and lots more creations :D

I anticipate many polka dot related creations in the near future, and luckily, from the sewing meet up in Birmingham a few weekends ago, I will not be stuck for fabric to fuel this new obsession, as within the ginormous stash I came home with, two of these were dotty.

I am now on the look out for more vintage or vintage themed patterns that I can team with these fabrics, after all, if you are going to sew with polka dots, you have to sew vintage!

Happy sewing everyone

signature made with hugs and kisses

 

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Hello everyone))),

I am showing off my polka-dot 50′s dress this time. If you do 50′s style you have to have at least one polka-dot dress, so here’s mine.

polka-dot new look 50s dress

My polka-dot dress

 

It’s pretty simple, based on the basic pattern I have drafted using an old Soviet sewing book. Here it is on the right. I use a scanned version, but I’d love to have trhe hard copy))). I loooooove this book ’cause it helps me look and feel georgeous)))

The dress I am showing is not any specific vintage model or pattern. There are models I would love to repeat, but this time I just came up with the design in the spirit of those times and used vintage pattern-drafting techniques.

 

The dress is cut on the waist and under the brests, above the upper cut the fabric is gathered a bit to create more volume on the top and outline an hour-glass silouhette.

One more thing that works in that direction is a cape sleeve that is one detail with the bodice (sorry, do not know the right tirm in English)))) This type of sleeve makes your arms look slimmer because it’s not too tight, but not too big.

And the skirt is a half-cirle gathered on the waist 2:1 ratio.

The flower just clips on the dress – I was too lazy to make something and the dress really asked for some kind of an acent. I have found that 50′s cut is the most complinetary for my body, so i am finally loving my clothing))).

It is reeeeally hot now in Ukraine – over 40 degrees Celcium and most people when the can wear something that looks good enough for the beach. But since I stared wearing new look dresses to work I have noticed ladies in other offices have started wearing dresses more (including ones with full skirts)))). I wonder if it is just the coincidense?

Have fun sewing)))),
Yulia

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I’d worn the same Christmas dress for the last few years and decided that I just needed something new this year! I didn’t have any fabric that really screamed Christmas in my stash but I did have some red with black velvet polka dot fabric that was quite festive.

I opted for a circle skirt for a 50s look. I used a self drafted pattern. Then I decided that it needed just a bit more and I whipped up a bolero from the leftovers. I used Wearing History’s Chic Ahoy pattern for the bolero. Even though the pattern is 30s, it’s a super cute pattern and I had plenty of fabric from those awkward circle skirt leftover pieces to make it up with. The only change I made was to make it 2″ shorter for more of a cropped look.

I really like the fact that this outfit wasn’t overtly Christmas-y so I can wear it all year round! I love it so much that I can’t believe I waited so long to make up a red polka dot circle skirt! More photos over on my blog. Merry Christmas!

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wing collared blouse at the postbox

This blouse was such an easy make. And it is such a comfortable and flattering style.
I’m not sure what era it is. Im thinking 1950s but I always struggle to find a date on vintage patterns. Does anyone know?

b556 Butterick blouse pattern
The pattern description reads: “Wing collared blouses for casual and dress-up occasions” and I think that just about sums it up. I do like all purpose clothing!

wing collar blouse profile

I was a bit hesitant about adding the shoulder pads but I’m jolly glad I did. They do indeed add proper structure to the shoulders and in any case it is more authentic.

wing collar blouse

The little heart buttons are care of Cath Kidston. and the hem is bound in red binding (of course!) I feel a few more of these coming on! More pictures and details over at ooobop!

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