I love working with vintage patterns, however, there are those occasions when you love a design but half of the pattern pieces are missing. I had planned to make a very sweet 1960s top, complete with collar and sleeve cuffs. However, after selecting some sweet remnants from my stash I realised that there were a few pattern pieces missing. I really wanted a new top to wear to go and see The Stone Roses at the weekend so I bashed on anyway, with no collar or cuff pieces I decided on a plain neckline and sleeve design. I also realised I didn’t have a zip so had to refashion the neck fastening a bit. Finally, for a bit of a sweet detail I added a white ribbon bow…and here it is. One afternoon and a bit of faffing about later I had a wearable top! It may not be my neatest, most competent work but I am happy that I was brave enough to stray away from the pattern and try something out myself.
Here’s a quick peek at the finished dress I mentioned here A New Dressmaking Project! My friends and I are all ready for the wedding of the year….
In the whirlwind that was moving house and redecorating my crafty projects were put to the side for a significant amount of time! Now that we’re moved and settled (bar a few finishing touches) I’ve been able to indulge my brand new craft space. I’ve never had a whole area I can call my own to work in before, it’s always been a corner of the living room, which isn’t ideal if there is anybody else around. The first this I decided to do was get back into a bit of dressmaking.
This was partly a necessity as I’ve a wedding coming up and was so disappointed with what was on offer in the shops…too short, too many frills, no sleeves, wrong colours, cost a small fortune, the list goes on. All I wanted for the wedding was a simple dress in a vibrant summery colour, it had to be a decent length (I want to feel like I can sit down without flashing the world), it also had to have sleeves (I didn’t want to have to bring an extra cover up, or worse…show my arms!).
So my only option was to raid my vintage pattern selection and my fabric stash. I picked a turquoise blue lawn and this pattern;
I loved the sleeves in option 1 so decided on that with a remnant of psychedelic fabric I picked up years ago! Buying the pattern, fabrics and notions so long ago was beginning to make this dress feel like a freebie!
I can be quite impatient when I’m dressmaking, cutting a bit too roughly, not pinning and tacking properly but this time I decided to do everything by the book and I’m so happy I did….I love the finished product, what do you think?
I am considering adding a contrasting collar, in the same fabric as the lining of the sleeves…all time dependent though!
So here we have my week 3 picks, man I love this website!
First up is this great little milk jug. It has just the right balance of purpose and design aesthetics for me.
How about this stunning paper art? I love it! It has real echoes of Jim Lambie.
I love the style of these photographs. The filter makes everything look dreamlike and fantastical.
Finally, this charming wee shoe advert.