Burlesque / Pinup | Lingerie

Old World Charm & Burlesque Glamour

By on October 7, 2015

On a shopping expedition a couple of months ago, I was lucky enough to land myself a gorgeous remnant of burgundy stretch velvet. But what is one to make with such a small amount of such a ridiculously luxuriant fabric? Why, make ridiculously luxurious lingerie of course!

In planning this set, there were two main inspirations I wanted to bring together: the elegant, classic pin-up look of the longline bra and garter belt, and the lush and often outrageous fabrics and lace seen in burlesque-style lingerie and costumes. So here it is, in velvet and lace, a three piece set: longline bra, garter belt and panties! You can read more about the patterns, alterations and construction details on my blog 🙂

Burlesque Lingerie Set Longline bra in red velvet and lace Garter belt in red velvet and lace

 

Until next time,

Miss Maddy x

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Vintage Sewing

Be gentle….I’m a newbie!

By on January 7, 2014

Very excited to post and share my very first attempt at a classic vintage holiday dress!

I have not yet been sewing a full year and have not yet had any lessons, but have had so much fun playing around with vintage and vintage-inspired patterns, and experimenting with different fabrics and designs.

This dress is a mash-up of Simplicity 3045, (a lovely vintage dress pattern with a softly pleated skirt and scalloped neck edge), and my favourite Sewaholic Cambie dress bodice.

I decided to use the Cambie dress bodice pattern rather than the one for Simplicity 3045 as it gives a very snug and flattering fit on my torso with minimal adjustments. (I have at least 10 dresses using the Cambie pattern for this very reason. It’s a sure-fire winner for me!)

Using a bargain bin red velvet remnant (NEVER again- what a mess to sew with! So slippery. Any hints?) and a sweet vintage-inspired holiday fabric from Etsy, this dress turned out quite well I think. I added a pretty vintage brooch and thick black “Santa” belt to complete my festive ensemble.

(As I was sewing it, I also listened to Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” album a million times, so it’s very likely that added some extra holiday flair!)
Hope you like it!

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Hats | Vintage Sewing

ooobop! Lucky Hat

By on October 28, 2012

ooobop lucky hat

Self-drafted hat, using cotton velvet from stash, fully lined with poly lining and decorated with a ‘yoyo’  of self fabric with a central statement button. The ‘Lucky’ button was found in a biscuit tin by my daughter, at a vintage fair we attended last year.

lucky button

I’m so glad it found a special home!

ooobop lucky hat

And I’m so glad I have now got a hat that actually fits my big head… and keeps my ears toastie!

I’m hoping this hat will work for both modern and vintage ensembles. Though I might just have to make a few more in different colours!

It really only took a couple of hours, including the hand stitching and decoration.

More details over at ooobop!

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