Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Dress #4 -- Butterick 5373 (ca. 1933)

Let's just pause to look at how amazing this pattern is. I'm had it for YEARS. I'm pretty sure I bought it when I was an overweight 170 lbs only because I HAD to have it no matter what. I knew it didn't fit and I can't resize very well. But I had to have it.

Well, I can now fit into size 16 patterns -- a size I NEVER thought I'd ever fit into. I had some pinstripe suiting fabric laying around and I just knew this would be the perfect pattern to use it with. LOOK AT IT! This dress is my masterpiece.

Miraculously, I made it in one weekend. The only change I made was I added 4 inches to the hem. Who ever used it last did a hack job and made it knee-length. I was flabbergasted at how well it turned out (It's not perfect, but it's MINE!) and also that IT FIT. RIGHT OUT OF THE PACKAGE!

I've already nicked named it my "Space Woman" dress. IT also brings to mind:

LOL! Which a Thriller-inspired version might be in order. I also have another Space Woman pattern I now need to make up. It's a 14, but I'm a 16 now so I might be able to work it! Yeay!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Dress #3 -- Butterick 6211 (1953 repro)

I made this dress out of very cheap, nasty fabric from my stash thinking I wouldn't like it very much....but I love it LOL. I love this pattern and I think it would be great in a nicer fabric. I like they way mine LOOKS (looks quite 80s!), but that black fabric is just so gross. It's stiff and cheap. I've had it in my stash for YEARS because it is so nasty. I have no idea why I bought so much of it (6 yards!). Oh well. This pattern is labeled as "Average", but I though it was easy. Didn't take take long, either.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Dress #2 -- Simplicity 7283 (1985)

I ADORE this shirt!! It is sooooo 80s! The back hem is longer than the front hem and I distinctly remember wearing that style in 5th grade (1985/86!). The fabric gives it a "Miami Vice" feel and I purposely upped the "80s"ness of it by belting it, rolling the sleeves, and popping the collar! I love it!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Dress #1 -- Hollywood 1400 (1938)

First dress of the new year!!

I've made this dress before in the past, but always the shorter version. This time -- I decided on the long version:

LOL goofy pose. I tried to take a good photo, but this dress just isn't as flouncy as the pattern illustration suggests (LOL I should know 30s patterns are super-stylized!). It just doesn't "sit" right and I admit I've lost so much weight that 1930s size 18 is now too big!

I made no changes to the pattern. It just doesn't translate well as the long version so I'm going to shorten it so it's wearable.

My inspiration was the Wizard Of Oz Beauty Parlour, lol.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Things Women Over 40 Should Never, Ever Wear....

Mary Jane Shoes

Yoga Pants.
I don't know. When you work out as hard as I do, you're darn right I will wear my yoga pants!

Graphic Tee

Leopard Print/Faux Fur combo

Skinny Jeans.
Pair them with a graphic tee and mary jane shoes for the faux pas trifecta.

Bold Prints

Anything Low-Cut/Too Sexy.
ZERO complaints about this dress!
Apparently, women over 40 look "desperate" if they dress sexy. Weird, I was MEGA DESPERATE when I was an idiot 25 year old. Now, I rock it so well, 25 year old men bypass their desperate 23 year old counterparts and hit on me!


Hair Bows.
Admittedly this was a Halloween costume, but I'm not above putting bows in my hair.

Cutesy Vintage Dresses


Pippi Longstocking Braids

Chunky Jewelry

Peter Pan Collars

Sweater Clip.
I saw this on one of those lames lists. Apparently, it ages you.

If you haven't figured it out by now, this list is a joke. I'm 41!! Wear whatever the fuck you want!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Dress #26 -- Simplicity 6098 (1973)

Last dress of 2016. It's a dud!!

I already know the fabric choice is wrong, but I have to use what I have for right now. This fabric looks better on the bolt, though LOL. Also, the dress is TOO BIG. Looks like a shapeless sack (I have to pulled back). I no longer wear size 14 patterns and I'm kinda at a crossroads here with all the weight I lost this year.

Yea, this one's MEH. Gave me something to do, I guess.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Dress #25 -- Gertie's Shirtwaist Dress (2012)

From her very first book:

I cut out a size 8 and it's actually a tad too big for me! It's ok, though. That's why I have a bunch a belts, lol. This dress was also the first time I ever did shirring and I was in awe when I ironed it and it bunched up. /no life lol. The dress itself is amazingly comfortable and perfect for any occasion. It was easy to make and I'm probably going to make more in '17.