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Dress #32 -- Wearing History 4001 (1940s Sailor Girl Skirt)

Hola. This was a quick project I wanted to whip up before I decide on a bigger one: Funny story about this pattern -- I've had it for YEARS (when it first came out I bought it) and I never realized it was a skirt, too. It only says it right there. DOH! I thought the picture was long, weird Oh, I am so unobservant! Anyway, I finished the skirt in two days, but it did have some issues. Now, I bought this when it FIRST came out so I don't know if this issue has been corrected in newer versions, but the waistband did not match up with the skirt pieces. I cut out size 38 for all pieces! It was about 3-4 inches too short -- it seemed like the overlap in the front wasn't accounted for. Since I don't measure and I trust patterns too much, I found out when I was sewing it on! To fix it I cut the back of the waistband and added the extra 4 inches on material. I didn't want to rip out the entire waistband when a small panel of fabric in the back is j…

Dress #31 -- Vintage Vogue 9000 (1951 Reproduction)

And there's my vanity show for today. As for the pattern, I loved working on it. It was a little bit more involved than what I am used to, but it's good to expand your skills. There isn't a single Ooopsie hidden inside and I took my time making the pointed cuffs and hand sewing the collar (which the old me would have machine sewn and "hidden"!) No changes to the pattern were made and I fit perfectly into a size 14 right out of the package. I'm also rocking my new crinoline. I didn't realize how much of a difference it made. With this project I learned to take my time because it pays off in the end. I am very pleased with this dress.

Fashion Things I Don't Like

I've sewn my fair share of things to know what works on me and what doesn't. These are those fashion details I either look really bad in, or I just don't find them aesthetically pleasing. Let's start... 1920s drop-waist dresses. Not flattering on big boobs and hips, although I do have a few patterns I want to make up. This includes the "One Hour Dress" whenever I can find fabric for it. Extreme gathering, pleating, and draping from 1936. Nothing about this would flatter me. I just feel like there is too much going on and it will always make me think of curtains. '36 was a transitional year for fashion. The long, slim silhouette was finally changing up a bit. By '37 the a-line skirt and puff sleeve look came in. These sleeves. Not even sure what they are called. Kimono? I think they are ugly. Not only that, they make my bust look huge and my arms look fat! I usually think any pattern with these sleeves is ugly so I don't buy them, …

Dress #30 -- Butterick 3138 (ca. 1974)

I didn't get any photos of me wearing this so the dress form will have to do. TOTALLY a cute 70s-does-30s number! Even more so with my version! The picture on the envelope is kinda hippie-ish. Mine just looks like a short 1937 house dress! I followed the directions and pattern exactly -- even the pockets and buttons, which I usually free-hand. The result was perfection! I should follow the pattern more often! Nothing about the pattern was too difficult and it's good for advanced beginner/low intermediate (me) sewers. And let's talk about BUTTERICK not putting copyrights on their patterns well into the 80s. Obviously, we can all see this is a 1970s pattern. The blonde on the envelope has the same haircut as an actress on a 1973 episode of The Brady Bunch I saw the other day so there's a clue. Another is my handy-dandy Sears pages. It seems like that cut and collar is on every other page of the 1974 catalog, so I'm dating this pattern to ca. 1974. H…

Dress of the Century: 1950-1959

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