You can tell I just heard about work before I took these pictures because I look depressed in all of them ;) Also, none of them are in focus for some reason, which really cuts down on editing time, lol. I saved posting this for when I was working, because I usually end up with a lot of down time on my computer. Not so this time around! So here is the 3 week old post. I have so much sewing to catch up on! I leave for Spain at the beginning of October and already have a job for September, so I better get moving if I want things finished!
I quite like how this dressed turned out! I've seen many like this online, but none of the patterns I had were exactly right. So I did it myself. I hate drafting patterns and am therefore not that good at it, but it didn't turn out too bad! There are a few things I would change for next time (some weird poofiness at the bust - start the gathers further towards the center maybe), but overall, happy kitten! And I just love love love this print! Totally wasted as a pillow cover from whoever I got it from on ebay!
It is pretty basic construction-wise, I just wanted a light summer dress. Using boning, lining the midriff, and adding a waist stay would definitely take it up a notch, for sure. The bust area is the only part of this one that has a lining. I used part of my muslin stage to line it, which wasn't a great idea. Another change that could have happened if I was working with more fabric is making bias strips to bind the top edges. Would have looked great, made the construction a little easier, and the top of the lining wouldn't sort of peek out at the top. But this fabric was bought on E-bay and was only 2 yards, so I made do. Self-lining it would have been a nice choice as well. But what did I do instead? The whole dress was made, so I just used red fabric paint to paint along the top edge!! Brilliant, if I do say so myself ;)
I bought this fabric quite a while ago, but with the release of Infinity War, I knew I had to get a dress done! I'm decently happy with it? The top fits a little large, easy to fix though, but definitely wearable as is. I think I picked the perfect looking pattern for it, I'm very happy with how that part turned out. What a finnicky pattern though! My first make from the Boundless Style book even though I've had it for ages. They have this odd way of finishing the neckline, with just the front part of the bodice being lined, but the lining cut slightly smaller than the outside fabric and staystitching outside the seamline so that it turned part of the outer bodice to the inside. I didn't read through the instructions before I did it, thinking it was just a normal princess seam, so I had to tear the whole thing out, so maybe it won't be so finnicky now that I know what to look for a be careful about stitching.
Other than that, I'm happy! I like the gold seaming, I like the ruffle along the bottom. Yup. I'll get some super nerdy wear out of this one :)
Oh, and I bought the belt just for this outfit, lol. I ordered it with my aunt's prime account to get it in time except I accidentally sent it to her house instead of my own! Doh! Had to grab it before the movie. It was worth it.
After a wore a dress the other day that I wear fairly often, I've realised that I've never blogged it. I've never taken pictures of it. In fact, there are a bunch, going back years, that I've never taken pictures of! Maybe wearing more vintage more often has made me go through my me-made dresses a bit more quickly and often, so I've noticed some that I know I haven't taken pictures of. But it really is a shame not to share! I'll have to make it a point of going through the backlog and taking pictures. I'll throw up a few teasers here though :)
Here is a quick picture of the one that made me realise it. I recently went to a talk by Dr. Colleen Darnell (vintage_egyptologist) on vintage fashion (Just hearing her talk on Egypt would be amazing) and I stressed out so much about what to wear! I mean, King and Queen of vintage right there. So I pulled out this one (black, multi dots), which I also wore the week before, and reminded me that I never put it up here. And many others besides! I do love this one those, easy to make it look authentic, even though I dress it 40's and it is a 50's pattern. It really made me brainstorm about some other dresses that I want to make that are wearable to events that I don't want to be casual for. Though casual for me is still usually overdressed. I've got a few 30's dresses in mind though. Solid colours, with some detail work on them. Like the 'dress like your grandmother' dress but for other seasons and other decades :)
Anyway, I'm putting this up to hold myself accountable :) I put a lot more pictures up on instagram if you want to check that out :) @nmresendes
And I just took actual pictures of a new dress today, so I'll get those up as well!
Take care kittens!
Well, it was the day before I wrote this, but today it is 30 degrees colder and raining. I'll hold on to the memories though. And summer means tropical prints! I LOVE tropical prints. I've been hoarding them though, holding out for the perfect projects. I should just sew them all up so I can buy more! I have 3 in the queue, complete with patterns.
I've had this dress finished for a while, but I wanted to make a bolero to go with it, so I held off on pictures. The bolero is a mashup of 3 patterns, 1: the bolero that comes with the pattern - kept for the matching darts (though, I made so many changes to the original pattern that they probably don't match up anyway) 2: A 30's pattern, for the shawl collar (working on the dress of that pattern right now!) 3: The Gertie separates pattern (Butterick 6254), for the kimono sleeves. I don't suggest mashing up 3 patterns like that and trying to line things up, lol. I feel like there was definitely an easier way! Drafting my own for instance. I always say that though, I just hate drafting my own patterns.
The pattern is Advance 2486 - A sundress from 1948. Very basic, but I didn't have a lot of fabric, so it worked perfectly. I got the fabric at an awesome craft resale/thrift store (what a great concept!) back in Texas. I really need to go back when I visit my sister, I hope it's still open!
This was a good pattern to see the differences in body shape over the decades. I've never had to change darts as drastically as I did on this one! I still don't really understand why it seemed so off. Ended up well in the end though. And I have a great fitting basic pattern now! There really isn't anything to say, it's pretty basic. I need more tropical print dresses so I don't wear this one out though! Great cotton dress for summer.
Hair flower is also made by me. A bit of fun I've been having. The main flower is attached to wire so it can be positioned perfectly! Love it
The only problem I have with this outfit is that I'd really have to decide whether to wear the bolero or not because if it's on, you can't see my adorable parrot pin! But if I put it on the jacket and then take the jacket off, you can't see it then either! Ugh. Life is so hard ;)
You can see the original post about this challenge >>Here<<
Original dress was from a picture from the late 40's, based mine off a pattern from a German magazine from 1943. Navy mid-weight rayon crepe
Progress Shots ::
|Muslin Stage||Pocket Embroidery||Welt pocket #1|
It seemed to take ages from conceptualizing to finishing this project! In the end, the sewing portion was quite quick. Once I had the pattern figured out and placed on the fabric I decided that I was too close for comfort and ordered more fabric. Took 3 weeks for it to come! FashionFabricClub - disappointed! And then I was talking to someone with an embroidery machine about the stitching around the pockets for a few weeks. In the end, mostly because of time and stress about someone else doing it (and I only had 3 days left), I did it myself with free-hand embroidery, first time! Then I put in the welt pockets (functional!), putting in welt pockets is so much more stressful than buttonholes! Cutting the middle of a piece of fabric after all the free-hand work, yikes. Whatever. In the end, it all worked out! I'm super pleased with how it turned out and it will be a super wearable dress next fall!
I say part one because at some point in the future I plan on making a jacket to go with these pants. I ran out of time before my recent ski trip and now that it is the 3rd week in March, I'm starting on summer clothes in the belief that hopes and dreams will make it STOP SNOWING. Over it. But if I don't share it now, it'll never happen! I made a belt to tie the outfit together and make it look less like I was wearing PJs.
This was a process, let me tell you. I haven't made pants before (I have 2 in my queue right now though) and the construction totally baffled me. I sort of just winged it on the facings and whatnot. Plus, because they are ski pants the fit and shape was SO bizarre. Possibly I would have been less confused by the whole thing if I hadn't tried to follow some google-translate German instructions. Also! It was my first project out of my many vintage sewing pattern magazines! The pattern pages always intimidated me, but it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought. If anyone is interested in the process, let me know! I took a few pictures of it. I've copied quite a few patterns from them since then.
I made them as trousers instead of overalls out of a heavy weight flannel. The instructions recommended gabardine, and I did buy some, but I liked the look and feel of the flannel and I wasn't actually planning on wearing these while skiing. More an après-ski outfit. I did find that a lot of the outfits I made with it had longer sweaters, so the short double-breasted jacket I was planning on might not work out. Maybe for the best that there is a pause in my plans. I might make something like the other pull-over jacket (left) on the page.
The legs didn't really turn out as billowy as the pictures made it seem. The size was a bit big, so I would have thought it would contribute more volume, but it didn't. Gabardine does have a bit more drape to it, maybe that's it.
[EDIT] Thought I should add a picture so you can actually see what they look like, lol. You can tell how much I had to bring it in at the waist for it to fit there, and the weird saggy derriere. Which would be super useful for skiing. The back goes up quite far and there is an inner elastic belt with a button only attached to the front, so you can move unrestricted if you were skiing. Pretty good design actually.
I had a hell of a time picking out buttons. Because I found some that had a snowflake on them and wanted those for the top button, but it threw off all the sizing for the other buttons. It all worked out in the end though. I win at the internet.
Anyway, I'm going to go ahead and put this post up before I delay it any longer!
Fun times! Who knows if I'll finish in time for the challenge, but I just love the idea all the same. I don't know where my father's pictures are, he probably doesn't either, but I pulled out all the old family photos of my mom's and had a fabulous time going through them. My grandma was so stylish, it was hard to pick out just one outfit. I did end up deciding on this dress though, worn in a series of family portraits from the mid 40's. I'm just in love with all these pictures :)
My grandmother is on the right of all the photos. I just love this dress. I've already started adjusting some patterns, and I've got some blue heavy crepe fabric to use for it. I asked my mom if she wanted to help and work on some of the embroidery on the pockets, it looks like the type of quilting she does, and she said she had a friend who was great at that. So it is all moving along! I may get it done :) Wish my grandma was around to see it. Wish she was around when I started sewing in general, she would have loved it! Only one in my family who loved clothes as much as I do.
The dress has a zippered front bodice, and what looks like welt pockets on the top surrounded by embroidery (with a little handkerchief tucked in). I think I'm going to do the pockets separately so I don't have to stress about messing up the whole thing front of the dress if I screw up the embroidery or welt pockets.
Well, I just made a muslin of the top out of a pattern from one of my german magazines. Made some adjustments and am ready to make another.
And just in case I think I need another project, I think I'm going to go through and organize all the photos and scan them into the computer as well. Along with sewing some things for my vacation to Texas. And other summer clothes in the belief that my hopes and prayers will stop the dang snow.
Closeup and enhanced photos of the pocket embroidery:
Colorised photo from an online thing, I had already guessed it was blue though!
And the pattern I'm working off of, lots of changes though : The purple one, top right from Hausfrau September 1943
Not nearly as fun as my Star Wars dress, but still, another Christmas dress! There are threads of sparkle in the plaid which makes it more festive too :)
I've been working on this one for ages, as usually happens with vintage patterns. I'm glad I started early. After copying, redrafting (it was a few sizes too small), and muslining the bodice, I cut it out. Slowly. It is a stupid plaid after all. After all that, I realised I didn't have enough fabric for the skirt :( I don't know where my mind was at. So, I had to come up with something else. I wanted to bring some of the black that I had planned on the top of the dress to the bottom, but it had to somehow be on a pencil skirt since I didn't have enough fabric for anything else. Pockets! I took a pattern that had pockets I wanted, also vintage therefore needing to be not only redrafted, but put on an entirely different type of skirt. It all works out in the end. Sort of. It seems to me like the balance is off a bit. But whatever. Fun pockets and now I have that first pattern all redrafted and ready to actually be used in it's entirety on a dress at a later date. Spring dress would be fun.
And I actually got a chance to wear it while having boxing day dinner with my aunt. Since breaking the tradition of seeing The Nutcracker over Christmas (Fort Worth was so much easier to get to than Boston. Plus, winter.) I haven't had many chances to wear my Christmas dresses. Really, that white shantung and red velvet long gown deserves to be worn again. I could pull it off SO MUCH better now. Hairstyle and some makeup would make a big difference, lol. God, my hair was horrendous! I spent a large portion of my life with really terrible hair if sewing pictures are anything to go by. Maybe I still do. Still, somebody invite me to a gala, I could do it.
I'm going to try and post more this year. I get out of the habit, that's for sure! I have a bunch of dresses I haven't posted or taken pictures of. Plus, I'm scanning all my vintage pattern magazines, so maybe I'll share some of those designs :)
Really, one of the best things about Christmas are all the festive outfits! After that it is just boring old winter clothes. It's been unseasonably cold this year, so I haven't gotten to wear all the outfits I planned, but whatever. I managed to make two Christmas dresses this year and I wore both of them once! More than I do most years. The gloriousness of fleece lined stockings! They are as warm as most of the trousers I own and make wearing dresses doable in this weather.
The first is a silly thing. I would say incredibly niche and therefore mostly unwearable, but as Star Wars movies come out basically every Christmas season, it isn't any less wearable than any other Christmas dress. I just couldn't leave the store without this fabric once I saw it. I made this pattern for two reasons: Most importantly, I wanted porg collar pins, second was I wanted it sleeveless for ease of wearing a sweater over it because it is Christmas and cold out. Peter Pan collars aren't generally my thing, but I kind of like it! Porgs photoshopped to be Christmassy by me and printed on shrink plastic. Fun times :) I'm enjoying playing with shrinky dinks!
Simplicity 1419 (OOP)
Super super simple pattern. Since it was a one time use dress, I wasn't really willing to spend a lot of time on it, but it fit almost perfectly out of the envelope. No adjustments needed, size 12 on top grading out to 14 towards the waist. I changed the zipper because back zippers are the WORST. I've never had one not look horrible and wavy, and they never work with my weirdly shaped back (sewing has given me issues, lol). Plus, I didn't want to break up the pattern. Moved the zipper to the side seam, the button at the top of the neck slit makes the neck plenty big to go over your head. That was pretty much the only change I made.
Here are the graphics for the porg pins if you want to make some yourself for next year ;) Colour toned down because it gets darker when you shrink the plastic. Printed about 2 inches big. I made bigger ones as pins for my sister and bil
PORGS! Am I right??
Sorry for the cell phone pictures. Just took a few while I was heading out to see the movie. As it was just a one time wearable dress, I didn't bother taking better ones. My next dress might be a bit better though!
Woo! I didn't want to wait to post this one because I love it so much. I'll just make everything Disney related and then I'll definitely get around to taking pictures!
The Rita Blouse from Gertie's new Charmed Patterns
This fabric. I just love it. A gorgeous Beauty and the Beast stained glass quilting cotton from Joann's of all places! I had a plan to make a matching top, black and using some of the B&B fabric, so maybe expect that in the future. But I made this a skirt because the fabric had so many colours in it, I could just wear anything! So when I caved and jumped on the bandwagon with Gertie's new shirt pattern, Rita, I knew I had to make it for this and that the only colour it could realistically be is yellow! Obv. I could have easily drafted the pattern myself, but really...buying things is just so much easier. I ran to Joann's the day it arrived and found the most perfectly coloured fabric for it. Exactly what I was envisioning in my Disney-obsessed mind. I've already gone back to Joann's to buy more of that fabric in a different colour for the same pattern. Which is for a different skirt, but could also turn Disney-bounding very easily as well. Mermaid style. I could just churn these out every day, they are so simple! One in every colour!
The skirt gave me a bit more trouble. I was so unsure how to lay out the pieces and the pattern that it took ages to decide. Between the directional print and the width of the fabric, laying out a circle skirt was problematic. I found a pattern in my stash that worked perfectly. Ends up being a circle, but with more sections, no seam in the front, and more areas that have the pattern up and down. On grain on the center front, back, and sides. I'll definitely use it again for any directional print circle skirts. It's a dress pattern, so I just threw on a waistband. I don't know why I made it so wide, but whatever, it feels a bit weird, but doesn't look that bad. Fits my rose belt that I wore only because it has a rose on it. And when I bought it, it was because it reminded me of Beauty and the Beast. I'm a nerd, nothing new there! I ordered some roses to make matching earrings and miscellaneous jewelry to match, lol. I have a large black Hell Bunny petticoat underneath in some of these pictures, just for reference. I had fun twirling. I love petticoats.