Vintage Fabric

Vintage sofa’s (!) thick fabric bought in yard sales

I print the pattern n°107 Burda Style to make my dress

 

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Retro styled wiggle dress , V back neck, based on Burda Style 7178

This time, i use a 60s double knit fabric. Green and white stripes  make me choose again the  simplest design , model C : sleeveless , without collar .

( same model with diamond pattern )

 

 

 

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Hello friends!

This year I participated in MeMadeMay for the first time. Since 80%-90% of my wardrobe is already me-made I could be said to participate year-round anyway, but now that I have a blog I wanted to do so more officially. However, MMM is supposed to be a challenge and just wearing me-mades everyday would be a cheat for me, so I gave myself the challenge of wearing clothes made with Indie Patterns at least once per week and sewing only with Indie patterns throughout the month. This means that none of the patterns used to make the dresses I’m posting today are vintage, but it turned out that a few were made from vintage fabric! Also, the Indie patterns I gravitate towards tend to have a vintage vibe to them.

All three that I’m posting here were made with Colette’s Macaron pattern, but modified to greater and lesser degrees.

This first one was made with one of my favourite cotton fabric sources – a vintage bedsheet!

The little green buttons are also vintage – oh – and so is the purse!

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This second dress is basically a copy of the one above only with a somewhat less full skirt (fullness ends up depending on the width of the fabric as I’m lazy and just use selvedge to selvedge rectangles).

The print fabric is a piece of vintage cotton I scored at the Textile Museum of Canada’s annual “More than a Yard Sale” fundraiser last year. I’d had the solid cotton sateen for ages already and what a lucky co-incidence that they matched so perfectly! Incidentally, the green buttons are the same ones as on the dress above; I had 6 of them, they worked a treat for both dresses, and that meant no odd numbers left over!

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The third one is the most modified and I even gave it a name: The Mod-Maca-Thorn. It’s inspired by a design I saw on Modcloth + a modification of the Macaron bodice + the skirt pattern pieces from Colette’s Hawthorn pattern.

And it’s another vintage bedsheet!

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If you’re interested, you can see more pictures and more of my Me-Made-May’14 makes on my blog here, here and here

 

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self drafted dress film noir

This dress is my second attempt at pattern drafting. I re-drafted my bodice block and made further alterations but still I need to take some volume from the back.

This was apparent when I came to draft the skirt. There was precious little difference between the back hip and waist measurements!

But I went with it after checking the measurements of the bodice.

It all works reasonably well but the side seams sit a little bit too forward for my liking and I’m sure by taking out the excess at the back it will make them sit properly. And will also give the back skirt a better shape at the waist!

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Hoping to prove myself right with the next version.

The design is based on a general 50s shape but I really like the angular necklines of the 40s. I’m not sure of the fabric content. It could be upholstery material! About 6 meters was given to me so I figured I could use it for this test dress and have plenty left over if I messed up!

As for the crazy  photos, Mr Ooobop was determined to practice with his new camera flash and who am I to argue?! A little wave of the Photoshop wand and abracadabra, all sorts of crazy faux film noir was achieved!

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More over on the blog

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