Vintage Pattern Review – Caftan & Shorts

Here’s another vintage look I created for Pittsburgh Fashion Week.  It’s also ‘Take II’ of vintage Simplicity 7441.  This time I lengthened the pattern to make an ankle length caftan with deep side slits up to the waist and placed the facings on the outside instead of the inside for a cheery splash of color.  The fabric is a lightweight linen-look ivory fabric with a colorful retro stripe cotton for the shorts and facings.

I LOVE how this set turned out and I think that my lovely model Melissa totally rocked it with hot pink sandals and bright bangles!

 

 

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Cheeky Lacy Panties!

Recently I stumbled upon another awesome sewing tutorial, this time for a SWEET pair of cheeky lace panties by Deby of So Sew Easy.  I have to admit I was a bit hesitant to dive into making underwear, but they were SO cute I just had to give it a try!

The pattern is easy to print out and alter if necessary to accommodate your (ahem) curves.  I purchased the Café du Lait wide stretch lace from Sew Sassy Fabrics. It’s a steal at only $3.25 a yard and they have lots of colors and widths.

The instructions are very clear and the panties were a cinch to sew up.  For the crotch lining I sacrificed a less loved T-shirt from my sewing stash.

I think these turned out great and I’m looking forward to sewing up a few more pairs!

Thanks Deby!

Making My Daughter’s Jeans Into a New Bag!

Recently I stumbled upon Novita (aka Very Purple Person) on Burda’s website, where she shared an awesome FREE bag pattern and tutorial!  This little bag is SO cute and versatile.  It can be used as a purse or tote and it’s REVERSIBLE!

In my excitement to crank out something new, I dove right in!  I printed out the pattern and added about four inches to the length because I like big bags.  The lazy side of me didn’t want to fuss with pockets, so I used a pair of my daughter’s jeans that were ripped beyond repair.  I don’t know why I never threw them away, but I guess that’s the crafter/hoarder side of me coming out. LOL. For the reverse side I used a cut of metallic African Kente print from my stash.

This little bag sewed up like a dream, and I plan on making another soon!  If you’d like to make one, here’s the link to her blog: Very Purple Person.

Thanks Novita!

Pattern Review – McCall’s 6079

Yea! Spring is here!  Ok, well the weather is still questionable, but I am glad to work on my “stash buster” projects while I wait for the sun.  McCall’s 6079 is for a loose fitting pullover tunic top in either a square or triangular shape with stitched arm openings, peek-a-boo shoulders, and optional belt.

Admittedly, this pattern did not thrill me at first, but I have discovered that tunic tops can be VERY flattering and look great with slacks or skirts.  They can also be sewn up quickly in a array of colors and prints.

I had in mind a jewel tone satin with a V neck and adding some beaded trim, but of course I am ever impatient, so I used a mustard colored rayon with an African mudprint design.  (Sorry, but you can’t see the shoulder openings in the pics.)  The cowrie shell belt seemed to compliment the fabric PERFECTLY!  I hope you agree!

Thanks for looking!

 

Vintage Pattern Review – Wrap and Go Apron Dress

Were it not for my (ahem) “Problem Areas”, I would make this dress in EVERY conceivable print!  I LOVE this pattern!  It’s Butterick 4231 circa 1970’s.  It’s SO simple to sew and is perfect for days that you’re short on time but still need to look awesome!

The dress only has two main pattern pieces, with no zips, darts, buttons, etc.  Just tie it at the back of the neck, wrap it around your waist and tie at the front!  The pattern shows a short and long version, but it would be easy to shorten it a bit more to make a wrap top and maybe pair it with a fitted tee.

I used a funky African wax print for my first try, but I cut it just a tad too small so I will be making another soon for Summer.  Can’t wait!

Thanks for looking!

 

Pattern Review – Butterick 5982

I actually made this dress for Pittsburgh Fashion Week last year but never got around to posting pics.  However, here it is!  The fabric is a medium weight atomic print woven cotton gifted to me about two years ago.

I really struggled about what to make with it but finally I decided on a mod 1960’s style dress.  I love the look of petticoats so I added a strip of orange trim around the hem to fool the eye.  I also added the V in the back, but otherwise followed the pattern exactly.

I really love the way it turned out and even found a little clear plastic purse to match at Goodwill! Judy Jetson would be proud! LOL

Pattern Review – Retro Butterick 5152 Dressing Gown

Greetings!  Have you missed me?  I’ve missed you, too!  I’ve been SO busy over the last six months (moving to a new home, a new sewing studio and finally cleaning out my stash), that I have not had much time to post, but I am back in the sew of things now and very excited!

I’ve had Butterick 5152 in my vintage-inspired pattern box for quite a while and had intentions on making a dressing gown that was pretty enough to lounge around the house in when I was disinterested in wearing clothes.  (Like, every Sunday afternoon!)  But the red charmeuse in my stash was vying for my attention, so I changed my mind and went for an over-the-top gown with feathers and lace.

The pattern was not too tricky, save the yoke.  It was awful!  I LOATHE hand-sewing!  The feather trim was also a nightmare as the feathers were already attached to a strip of ribbon, but apparently they were glued to the ribbon, so the glue ended up ruining three needles and made the stitches skip. Ugh!  : >(

Otherwise, I ADORE this gown! While it is no good for lounging, it’s perfect for a romantic evening at home with a flute of bubbly!

Vintage Pattern Review – Boho Tunic

Like most of you, I refuse to limit my fashion loves to a particular era.  There are bits and pieces of each era that tickle my fancy, and the 70’s are no exception.  Peasant blouses, dashiki tops, tunics, and prairie skirts are all on my faves list, so when I came across this pattern I just couldn’t resist!

It’s Simplicity 7441, unisex tunics circa 1976.  I made two versions, both in my favorite ethnic dashiki print, one with a mandarin collar and the other with a slit neck.  My lo-va-lee Mum was gracious enough to bling the white one for me with some glitter paint.  (She would bling YOU if you sat still long enough! LOL!)

You may have noticed that many fashion designers have incorporated pieces inspired by the 70s in their Spring and Summer collections.  I really don’t think styles ever go “in” and “out” of fashion, it just seems like whatever the top designers feel like showcasing is what the rest of the fashion world seems to follow ; >)

As for me, I follow the beat of my own drum.  Yes, I draw TONS of inspiration from the latest runway looks, but in the end it’s what looks good on you and what makes you feel good, right? Right!