Vintage Sewing

The Good, the Bad, and the Extremely Unfortunate

January 26, 2009

It’s been far too long since I last shared, and I have no good excuse. I have at least a half dozen things I’ve finished, so I’ll parse them out in a few posts over the next couple of weeks, and 4 more things that just need finishing.

First, the Bad (modeled by my homely, homemade assistant, whose freakish figure makes it look even worse):

This dress (Butterick 6582) fought me the whole time. It’s one of those I look at and only see the flaws. The bodice was too droopy, so I had to shorten the straps, which I then mangled, so I covered the seams with a faux-bow tie thing. This covered the flaws, but the ties are now very thick and the arm holes are tight. The front seam is (very obviously in the photo) wonky–it’s both crooked and puckered. The pleats…it’s a blessing the belt hides where they meet the bodice.

The jacket is actually a bodice from a different pattern, Simplicity 3829, and not all that bad, except for my attempt at homemade covered buttons. They’re not terrible, but the technique needs a little work.

The Good is the belt, Vogue 9648 (the bottom view on the patten envelope). I’m quite pleased with it, and have worn it with other things. The size is way too small but it was a breeze to resize, and it went together fairly easily. The one trick was finding a good weight canvas to use as interfacing. I left off the “tail” of the bow and cut the bow a tad bit bigger to make it look more dressy.

And the Etremely Unfortunate? The petticoat. I’m not even going to show you that one. I made it up as I went, sans pattern, and, well, it does the job, but the less said about it the better.

Next post I’ll share one of my more sucessful projects!

LibrariAnon (Formerly Peregrine)

  1. Ah – funny enough, this pattern is my project for this weekend! The only thing is I’ve chosen a pretty bold pattern… I’m never good at matching patterns and I’ve only just got enough fabric to scrape by, so I’m expecting some troubles too.

    I love your belt – a great idea!

  2. Oh – I just realised I have the simplicity pattern too – great idea changing it into a jacket, I might have to try it!

  3. Don’t be set back by the flaws! They are not even noticeable, and I think the dress with the jacket is achingly adorable.

    Seriously–it looks fab.

  4. It is actually very cute, despite your troubles. I have that Butterick pattern and yours is about the fifth review on it that I’ve read. It seems that everyone has trouble with it, so I don’t think I’ll tackle, which is too bad because the design has potential. One thing, though: make sure you take extra care when ironing your seam. Iron as you go along. There are some wavy puckers (I guess that’s what to say) in that front seam of the skirt. And when you’re hemming it, unless you’re using heavy fabric, hem it by hand. A blind hem works fine and this is especially important on full skirts because of the extreme weight of the fabric. With a heavier fabric, you can get away with just running it up on the machine. With light fabrics,using a blind hem and a hot iron are the way to go. It gets rid of puckers, waves, bunches, etc.

  5. Thanks, everyone!

    I’ll have to try the blind hem, Christina–great tips! I think with a little fiddling and resewing, I can get the puckers out of the front seam–and I do have an aversion to ironing I need to get over 🙂

    Good luck, DeVille–I’d love to see yours made up!

  6. I had issues with Butterick 6582 as well, some of the same ones you had with the puckering on the bodice. My sleeves are OK though.

    The real problem is that the dress does not flatter my shoulders and upper arms — quite the opposite. Sigh.

  7. I think they both look good and your bound buttons are pretty awesome. I look forward to seeing more of your creations.

  8. I love everything about your dress- billowy-soft, the colors, the bow and those buttons are fab. Really nice work, despite the problems you encountered in process. <- I feel your pain on that last part! 🙂

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