Vintage Pattern Review: Simplicity 8183

I bought this SUPER cute 1960’s backless dress pattern on Etsy a few months ago.  I already had the PERFECT fabric to make it with, a blue cotton floral with a it of stretch.  It almost has a Hawaiian feel to it, doesn’t it?

This pattern definitely satisfied my sewing fix as it was very fast and easy to sew.  I made no changes to the pattern (save the measurements…a size 10? I wish!), and I used two vintage pearly flat fisheye buttons at the back.

I really like this design because of the peek-a-boo back.  It’s low, but not TOO low, so it’s perfect for concealing my “love handles”.  I think it turned out great!

Happy Sewing!

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Pattern Review – Simplicity 1692

One of my sewing goals for 2016 was to use up my fabric stash AND finally create some lovely things with the boxes of vintage patterns I’ve been hoarding.  By coincidence, an acquaintance gave me this lovely floral rayon fabric that looks EXACTLY like the print used on the front of the Simplicity 1692 pattern envelope!

I was a bit hesitant to work on 1940’s pieces as they are not usually flattering for curvy girls right out of the envelope.  I knew I’d have to make a few changes, but I think all in all it turned out pretty well.

I eliminated one set of back darts, added a bit of ease at the waist to make it a pullover style (no side zipper needed), and altered the cuffs to mimic the neck binding.  I liked the cute little bows so I kept them at the sleeve hem.

I think I will definitely make this again, but next time I’ll alter the pattern to add more ease in the sleeves, change the bodice back to a button closure, and add a bit of length to the hem.

Now I need a flirty white linen skirt to match!

Vintage Pattern Review – 50’s Blouse with a 70’s Vibe

I’ve had vintage Simplicity 2127 in my stash for a while, but I was torn as to what fabric to make with it.  Since my theme for Pittsburgh Fashion Week was hippie/mod/retro, I thought this blouse was perfect for the look I was going for.  It’s actually a 1950’s pattern, but the style has withstood the test of time so it was perfect for my 1970’s themed outfit.

The top is see through lace fabric, off-the-shoulder style with elastic in the top, bottom and sleeves.  The bottoms I created from a pair of Old Navy jeans that I cut off and added three rows of the same fabric gathered in graduated widths to make bell bottoms.

I think this look is SO cute! It’s a little bit funky and perfect for summer!  I should have had my lovely model wear a flower garland in her hair, but didn’t think of it until it was too late.  😦

Thanks for looking!

 

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!

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!

 

Vintage Pattern Review: Assymetric Wrap Skirt

I don’t know about you but I ADORE wrap skirts.  They are so easy to wear and can be created in an endless array of colors and (even normally avoided) prints.  As of late, I have been hooked onto this sweet number 4287 by Butterick, circa 1969.  It has extra long wraparound ties, two side pockets and a funky asymmetric hem!

This pattern is so quick and simple to whip up with only 4 pattern pieces.  I only had to make a couple of minor adjustments to accommodate my non-size 8 body, but no other changes were necessary.  I thought the pocket a cute feature as it doesn’t require a separate pattern piece, you just fold it back and stitch it to the skirt body!

I did one skirt up in a funky cotton tribal print, one in a lovely peacock print (wish I had more of this fabric), one in a retro circle print, and one in a poly satin stripe.  I’m thinking next I might do a lightweight corduroy for Fall or cotton eyelet for summer.

The swimsuit however, being a size 8, is completely out of the question, so…

Vintage Pattern Review – Simplicity 8247 Halter Sundress

Like many of my fellow seamstresses, I regularly vow not to purchase any more fabric or patterns until I have used what’s already in my stash. That NEVER happens!  As such, I came across this cute simplicity sundress pattern from 1969 and could not resist it.  There are two different bodice styles and it can be created in a knee-length or evening length.  It wraps around the back and ties at the front.  Fortunately there are only four pattern pieces, so this was a breeze to whip up.  So breezy, in fact that I made three versions of it!

Fortunately, no changes to the pattern or construction were necessary.  However, if I make it again, and I probably will, I’ll cut the crossover bodice a little higher as it plunges just a bit low.  I would also steer clear of medium weight fabrics and stick with lightweights as the gathers under the bustline add a bit of bulk.

I happily let the ethnic kente print version go as an acquaintance of mine was in search of a non-traditional dress she could wear for her wedding (awesome!), but the other two have dates with me one hot summer night in the near future (smile).