I deviated a bit from my usual fabric choices in this outfit in that I used rayon and linen blends. But that's still authentic as rayon, which is made from wood pulp, was invented over a hundred years ago and was commonly used for clothing earlier in the 20th century. The inspiration for this dress came from a picture in an old pattern drafting book converted to PDF by Glass of Fashion on Etsy. Lots of inspiration in her shop if you love vintage fashions. The darling shoes are from Facets Boutique
Thursday, December 30, 2021
Ruched 50's Wiggle Dress
SOLD Pink wiggle dress made from soft silk shantung from French Fashions with matching pillbox hat. The brooch was created from a little metal jewelry finding from the craft store. I clipped the end loops off and sewed a rhinestone and little pearls onto it with beading filament. The three strand bracelet presented a challenge as to how to do the ends. I ended up creating three small loops with wire--one side having a tiny hook built into it--that I was able to attach the strings of pearls to. You've seen the handbag before. It was based on a pattern from Classicdolldesigns.blogspot.com.
Sunday, December 19, 2021
Glamourous Lilac Gown and Stole
SOLD I think I saved the best for last. Diana Prince is pure glamour in a lilac silk dupioni and silk charmeuse dress with matching faux fur trimmed stole. The dress hugs her curves and is embellished with sew-on rhinestone buttons. I'll post the inspiration photo at the end. I think I got pretty close to it.
Vintage Fur Trimmed Suit
Romantic Party Dress
Sexy 50's Sundress
Vintage Holiday Cocktail Dress
I have a lot to catch up on so I'll just post some quick pics. This is my version of a vintage pattern that looks very festive in red silk jacquard with a red silk overskirt.
Thursday, December 9, 2021
SOLD I really love this coat which I recreated from a vintage pattern from the 50's. It's made from a gray silk jacquard with a pebble texture, and it was my first time attempting a covered button. The shift dress is Liberty of London Tana lawn. The bag and belt were fashioned from red lambskin. And, of course, I had to make a hat with flowers on it, although I do think I exercised some restraint this time with the flowers.
Monday, December 6, 2021
Imaginary Garden is the name of this beautiful print designed by Tea With Xanthe on Spoonflower. Spoonflower now offers a cotton lawn and I loved this design so much I bought it in several different colors when fat quarters were on sale. The coat is made from coral silk faille. Both the dress and coat are reproductions of 50's vintage fashion. And, of course, I had to put an entire flower garden on the hat which is trimmed in periwinkle silk dupioni to match the lambskin bag. I just can't seem to settle for a simple pillbox hat.
Friday, November 19, 2021
More 50's Inspiration
Tyler is a lovely lady from the 50's in a cotton lawn shelf bust dress and green raw silk day coat. Of course, she has to have her matching hat and bag, and a simple strand of pearls.
"The Color of Love"
That's the name of the pattern that I used for this confection. I've had this sheer fabric with yellow roses on it for a couple of years and was lucky to find some old yellow silk charmeuse in my stash that matched. I had no idea what I was going to do with them until I ran across this pattern by Marsha Olsen of Perfect Patterns. She describes it as a reproduction of a 1946 Vogue pattern and it was perfect for this fabric. I would only use silk for this because it allowed me to pin and steam the pannier into nice folds and the charmeuse allows the bow to drape nicely.
Friday, November 5, 2021
50's Date Outfit
In my mind, this is the kind of outfit a lady of the fifties might wear for a lunch date or a shopping trip with her friends.
The dress and jacket are made from cotton lawn. For the bodice, I used a pattern by DB Doll Patterns. I shortened it to waist length and added a full skirt. The jacket is human pattern that I shrunk down and enlarged the bust dart to get a better fit. The hat is my own concoction as is the little faux leather clutch. The hat has a white floral wire inside the edge trim to shape it to her head. Little white gloves and a simple strand of pearls complete the look.
Thursday, November 4, 2021
40's Inspired Linen Suit
Switching decades, Tyler is wearing a blue handkerchief linen fitted suit. This one strained my brain trying to think of way to do the cuffs with minimal hand sewing and the least amount of bulk possible which is something you always have to thing about when sewing in this scale. The little tabs in the front were the most challenging and I really only got a perfect point on one of them. I've since reworked the pattern. In spite of the fact that I measured and measured and measured, the jacket still turned out somewhat shortwaisted and not as long as the original design. Adding wearing ease to these little patterns is still something I'm figuring out. Then I had to recut the skirt and lining after I had already sewed the eight darts in it because I forgot to add the seam allowances. (Forehead smack). But it's cute and I'm happy with the fit overall.