Thursday, November 27, 2014

Dress #33 -- Butterick 5880 (1951 reproduction) and Simplicity 4751 (1954)

This dress is not one of my favorites. I thought it would be a challenge to make, but it was really easy and quick. The rundown:

I lined the bodice, but decided to not line the skirt and it is just fine. I'm glad I didn't -- the hem on this dress is so narrow I can't take full strides and it squishes my boobs when putting it on! I couldn't imagine adding more bulk to that. A slip is just fine.

I hand sewed the bunches at the side. The pattern has you do it by machine, but I found hand to be easier and looks better.

As I knew it would, the neckline gapes on me. I have narrow shoulders and collarbone area, but large boobs (36D). If it fits the bust, it ain't gonna fit the shoulders and my skills aren't good enough to fix this yet.

DAT HEM! Jesus! It's so narrow! I can't take full strides and I feel like I'm wearing a hobble skirt...lol. Maybe this dress would be better made out of a stretchy material. The skirt is really, really narrow. I know it gives it that "look", but I just don't find it practical -- even for dressing up and going out (I walk with long, fast strides!)

First bag I ever made. It was very easy. The only thing that needs changing is the interfacing. I used apparel interfacing (all I had!), but it really should be nice, stiff craft interfacing! I'm going to buy a whole bunch after this shopping weekend madness! I will be obnoxious with my bag-matching!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Dress of the Century: 1960-1969

I haven't been sewing the past couple weeks. I have fabric, but no pattern that I feel corresponds with what I have, lol. So instead, let's do the next segment in the Dress of the Century series. The sixties!! I made a 60s fashion time line in this post, but I'll use different pictures for this post. So....double the sixties!!!

1960

1961

1962

1963

1964

1965

1966

1967

1968

1969

Dress #4 -- Simplicity 8505 (1970s repro)

I absolutely LOVE this one! Made with the 70s fabric I recently came into.