Sunday, March 24, 2013

FO: Tattoo Print Sundress

I've been moving more towards vintage, and further away from rockabilly-inspired (i.e. modern pinup looks) and that's left me with a lot of skull and tattoo novelty prints in my sewing stash! Not to mention I'm scared of cutting into fabric that I know I can't get anymore.

The Dykes on Bikes Tattoo and Bike Show (last month during Mardi Gras) was a great place to whip up something using novelty fabric - and Gertie's Sweetheart Sundress pattern seemed a good fit.

The fabric is a quilting one from Alexander Henry, and three meters was more than enough to make the bodice and a gathered skirt.

I love the Gertie patterns, but i've yet to make one that didnt need some form of modification and this dress wasn't any different. I found when I did the bust gathers there was too much fabric to gather properly, and the gathering didnt extend low enough to flatter a full bust.

My other major mod was adding cute little pockets with black flaps on the outside. I love pockets on a dress!

My Mods:
Reduced the fabric at the centre bust, extended the gathering downwards for 2 inches.
Inseam pockets with decorative black flaps.
Matching black bow at the bust.
Completely lined the bodice.

Overall Happiness Rating

The bodice pattern is going to get used again i'm sure, as I want to try and make a tiki-dress. I think next time i'll play with the bust detailing to make it wing out a bit more, like a true Alfred Shaeen number.

Handbag, Lux De Ville
Shoes, Miss L Fire Cherry Bomb
Necklace, self made
Bracelets, various

FO: McCall 6717, 1940s draped front blouse

Another month, and another finished outfit!

I'm continuing to focus on vintage for daywear - and this little blouse will be perfect for work.

Presenting McCall 6717, a draped shoulder blouse with a buttoned up back.

The original pattern was for a 36 inch bust, and when I measured out the pattern against Gertie's Tie Neck Blouse, the similarities were striking. I ended up modding the Gertie Blouse with the draping elements from the original (if that makes sense). I'm really happy with it!

The vintage-look fabric is viscose georgette from Fabric Remnant Warehouse, and has a lovely drape. I used two layers of fabric when I made the self-covered buttons.

My Mods:
Using Gertie's pattern as a starting point to get the fit right.
Enlarging the neckline slightly.
Using a bias strip to finish the neckline.

Overall Happiness Factor

I will definitely make this top again, but I think the fabric is slightly too soft to take full advantage of the shoulder drape. Perhaps a soft cotton would be a better choice next time.

Shoes, Monaco by Miss L Fire
Skirt, Self Made
Brooch, vintage 1940s from Etsy
Earrings, vintage siam silver from Etsy
Hair Flower, Viva Las Vegas

Monday, March 11, 2013

Paris-Inspired Knitted Swing Coat, from Stitchcraft November 1953

Oh my, that hat!

Today's free vintage knitting pattern comes from Stitchcraft, November 1953, and is such a great example of the swing coats from that time. I really love the extra detailing in green - it makes the pattern just a little bit more special than others in my collection.

To fit a 34-37 inch bust, and knit using double-knittting (DK) on 3.25mm and 3.75mm needles.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Miss L Fire Spring Summer 2013 Collection

I admit to waiting with baited breath for the new range to come up, and as always there are some standouts for the vintage-lover.  I know they are pretty pricey (especially to get in Australia) but i've managed to get most of mine off Amazon UK for under $120 (they retail normally at about $150 plus post). The quality is always exceptional so I don't begrudge paying the money...

My highlights would be:

Really cute 1940's styling, and cherry blossoms on the vamp. This would make a great shoe for the office!

Did someone say Thirties? I love the art deco snake skin detail and practical heel on these! (On the Must Buy list)

So, so cute. The styling is right, the colours are a bit loud but would be good for a more edgy modern-vintage look. Good heel hight too.

What can I say? A really nice take on the popular tooled mexican wedges, I love the green and red too.

Have you seen them yet? What was your favourite?

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Happy Mardi Gras!!

Here's some gratuitous photos of myself and the Dykes on Bikes at the Sydney GLBTQI Mardi Gras Parade!

The last few times I've worn a dress or something a little less revealing - but this year I was channelling 'Femme SuperHero', so to hell with it.

It also meant that I didn't have to make too much of my outfit - I'd made the spats previously back in 2009, and the corset, sequined knickers, garrison hat and gloves were already in my wardrobe.

I'll show you a close up of the epaulets/cape combo another time.
The weather finally came up good about an hour before the parade started, and we had approx 150 bikes this year.

Well, now that gay christmas is over, I can get back to my regularly scheduled programming - including a giveaway really soon...
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