1920s One Hour Dress

I made this dress for NYE (a couple years ago now) to ring in 2020 in a (19)20’s dress. It’s a bit sad now to think about how 2020 ended up going, but that’s besides the point. I don’t need to make yet another 2020-Bad joke, we get it.

I bought an old silk dupatta on ebay and a matching poly satin lining. The dupatta took quite a bit of love and repair and clever cutting to make it work and I ended up having to create a plain waistband to get to the length I wanted. However, I didn’t give myself enough time to finish this project (and I never will tbh) so I really don’t like how the plain waistband attracts too much attention to the waist. Also none of the edges are finished and I wore so many safety pins to that NYE party, I would have tripped a metal detector.

I included my math and diagrams below, though I don’t know if I would actually recommend you follow any of it. There are some better blogs below for that shit.

Some other blogs (with actual tutorials):

Featuring cats who love to play in my dresses

Stretch-N-Sew 350 Review

I’m going through and posting most of the sewing projects I have made and never blogged about. As I’ve been progressing in my sewing career I realized that sewing pattern reviews and general commentary is actually super useful (who knew) and maybe I ought to contribute. Mostly maybe I just wanna post my pictures as I get better at taking them.

This pattern was actually pretty simple and easy and forgiving. I had a bit of a knits kick this summer after I purchased my refurbished serger and it’s been great. I didn’t do any fitting on this one, though I do need to take in the side just a smidge. Also I did a pretty shit job on the collar, but I was so sick of the scrap fabric I had chosen for the collar that I just didn’t even care at that point.

It was really quite interesting to add darts to a knit garment and it really did add the nice fitted shape I was wanting. There’s a huge range of collars that makes this pattern super versatile and I’m definitely going to remake it a few more times in the future.

**Self promotion** I actually have another copy of this pattern on my Etsy shop ~here~ if you’re interested in the pattern. This shop is a passion project of mine so I can justify purchasing a box of sewing supplies for a couple pieces.

Featuring Calcifer who was done with my bullshit
Someone knocked on the door as I was taking this picture and then I felt bad for taking a selfie lol. Featuring the Helen’s Closet Winslow culottes.
Also a big fan of wearing daisies on daisies. I really gotta earn the right to my Instagram username @dropoutdaisy

Mirror Mirror (2012) Screenshots

I’m obsessed with this dress. The color contrasts, the floral prints, the 18th century vibes *chef’s kiss*
This was only on screen for .2 seconds as a joke outfit, but I dig it. Can’t say no to a ruff.
I was in love with this and then I realized she’s wearing ~secret pants~ and I loved it even more
Shout out to any movie that shows off the under garments. That’s just costume designer appreciation right there.

Simplicity Ad Booklet 1970s

I found quite a few random scraps of 70s sewing material in my grandmother’s sewing stash. It was essentially a time capsule and it appears she only sewed from the late 60s to the early 80s. Many more scans to come, though as seen below, light water damage is a main feature.

I think I would totally wear this today
DRESSES now have little jackets, what a concept
Loving these empire waistlines, may have to figure this out for a wedding I’m going to that may happen this year.
That dress on the right is a lewk and I’m ready for it.
I posted this one on Insta and I stand by how modern that top on the left is. Festival babes love that shit.
And again, I would totally wear this. Those SLEEVES.

Gathered Gingham Skirt

A few months ago I was inspired by this huge gingham skirt on Pinterest, worn by Brigitte Bardot. I just knew I had to have it for the coming summer months and when Annika Victoria’s latest Make Thrift Try challenge was gingham-themed, well my project was already decided for me.

I realized quickly a simple circle skirt was not going to work to keep the lines straight, so I purchased 3 yards of black gingham fabric and cut it down to a rectangle of 3 yards by about 28 inches. I used this blog and this Skillshare video to get an idea of what I was in for. I have never tried to gather 3 yards down to 32 inches and I definitely ran out of thread with two rows of running stitches at the gathered point and then sewing the hem that I re-did twice after I forgot to add the trim.

I thought that the straight lines would help me with knowing exactly where to sew, but I had a fair bit of trouble adding the waistband and the invisible zipper. At the time of the zipper I was rushing a bit too much and it definitely needed more patience to make sure the lines matched.

Last but not least, I found 5 yards of vintage eyelet trim on Etsy. There was a fair bit of discoloration, but I was able to salvage just enough for the 3 freaking yards (!!) of fabric. I think on Bardot’s dress, the trim is actually attached to the petticoat but I didn’t want a skirt that was too poofy that I wouldn’t wear very often. I used this tutorial for attaching the trim, but I think in the future I will hand stitch the hem instead of being lazy so I don’t have this unsightly line running through the edge.

But that’s okay! I love it in the end! The waistband might be a tad wonky and the zipper pull is more visible than I would like, but I made a thing!

Beginner’s Pattern Review: Burda Style 7109

Glamour shot of the “before”

I have recently become obsessed with vintage fashion, lovely lounge wear, and sewing. This pattern felt like the most logical first step to creating my first piece of clothing from an actual pattern. Bear in mind, this blog post is not a guide to using this pattern, but rather a documentation of all the mistakes I made on my journey to becoming a competent sewist.

First of all, don’t use flannel. I legitimately just wanted to test my pattern following skills and wasn’t too focused on making it pretty, so I just grabbed a random couple of yards of this cactus print fabric from my stash. This pattern would really shine with a light cotton and would drape much nicer and similar to the 60’s style as intended. I also omitted the ruffle at the neckline because I really couldn’t be bothered. The next time I use this pattern I will definitely add some delicate lace trim and it will be awesome.

Secondly, learn how to choose your size I guess? I was incredibly confused by the size guide. I picked the size that was closest to my measurements (which was a much larger size number than I am used to but I thought it might be one of those weird sizing things), but I guess it was supposed to be your measurements plus how the garment is supposed to fit, but it ended up being a tent. I sized down quite a bit and it fit fine. Is this a normal step for sewing? We’ll find out.

Recutting and resizing and redoing

Lastly, pattern direction is super important. Think things through before just going for it! The pattern is for non-printed material and I blindly followed the layout instructions instead of taking a minute to realize what I was doing…

Proof I’m not insane, but also that I blindly follow instructions

In the future I will use a better suited material and will use the instructions to add the tie as seen in the longest version on the pattern. I was lazy when I was taking the final shot below and just grabbed a measuring tape, but I ended up making a matching belt/tie out of the scraps and I like the fit better. Eventually I’ll probably make the shorts version too ’cause dang that’s cute. All in all, I give this pattern a solid meh and a definite redo.

The upside down cacti was an artistic choice.

Resources I used:

Original inspiration: The Crafty Pinup’s Review