Saturday, March 26, 2016

Dress #9 -- Simplicity 7380 (1976)

Easy. I made it in one day. I thought it would be fun to make it in the leftover pink Duchesse Satin I had for my Marilyn Monroe dress and I was right -- it's fun! It's unforgiving in the wrinkle department, lol, but it's fun and shiny. And no matter what, every 70s dress I make ends up looking 30s in some way. The sleeve poofs were an accident, I think. I prefer them, though, so it's all good.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Dress #8 -- Gertie's "Plaid Secretary Dress" (2016)

From her newest book Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book:

I decided my favorite dress was the "Plaid Secretary Dress" and I had JUST the fabric in my stash for it. So I made it this weekend. I made a size 10 -- which this particular pattern in this particular size fits true to size (40 bust and 32 waist). I've heard some of the pieces are off, but I can't speak for those just yet.

This dress was so easy and basic I didn't even use the instructions. I didn't line it, either. It skims me just perfect without all that extra bulk. A slip works good enough. I made my own facing for the collar. I like how Gertie (or whomever designs these patterns) gets the skirt shape JUST RIGHT. The pencil skirt shape in her first book was ON POINT also.

As for the actual book, it is her best. I am not an obnoxious Gertie fangirl in any sense of the word, lol, but she looks great in the book and all the dresses look much better than her first one. She looks happier, healthier, and more confident. I haven't actually read it yet, so I can't comment on if her writing has improved.

This dress ranks as one of my favorites. I look good in it and I feel good in it! 10/10 will make again :)

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Dress #7 -- Very Easy Vogue 8396 (ca. 1973)

I loved the long one so I had to make it. I went to Joann's specifically to buy some type of ugly polyester-type material that was silky-ish and very flowy. I found a polyester/rayon blend with little psychedelic-style flowers on it in the bargain bin. I knew my long 70s dress had found it's fabric.

I've never sewn with this fabric before so it went all wonky and crazy on the machine. It kept sliding all over the place. It just seemed to want to be in a ball on the floor!

Despite everything, the dress turned out ok! It's not really much more than a glorified nightgown. I'm not sure I'd ever wear this one out, considering the fabric is a bit unforgiving. I seem to have lost my Spanx in the move, which kinda sucks. Overall -- it was easy to make and I like it. I just need Spanx!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Dress #6 -- Simplicity 6194 (1965)

An easy dress I whipped up from a 1965 pattern.

Easy to make. I think I made it in a day. The bodice is a tiny bit big, but can easily be taken in. I'm still a n00b when it comes to post-war patterns (1945ish to the "New Sizing" of 1967).

Dress #5 -- Hollywood 1164 (1944)

I'm sooooo backed up blogging and keeping track of my sewing. But I have to say -- I'm having a lot of fun here in Colorado and I absolutely feel that moving here was the best decision I ever made in my life. I love my new friends, I love my job, and my social calendar is actually somewhat full! I also kind of have a special someone I am taking to. Taking it sloooow!

But I actually have been sewing all this time! I have several updates, but I'll start with "Dress #5", which is the same blouse I made in my previous entry, just with different fabric!

Again, EASY to make (made in one day!), flattering, and goes perfectly with my Bettie Page pencil skirt!

Dress #5 -- Simplicity 8485 (1969)