Vintage Pattern Month-Part 3

So, I’ve finished my July vintage pattern dress and here is the final product 

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I have to say I am really pleased with how this turned out. Ignore the fit on the dummy, it actually fits mr really well and is now all packed for a wee trip to Dublin.

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Vintage Pattern Month- Part 2

I’ve managed to get the bulk of my dress together with only fitting the bodice more neatly and hemming to go so I thought I’d share with you my progress so far:

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My favourite part so far is the bias binding on the arms and neck. I hand stitched it and I’m so glad I did as I think it just makes it look so much neater. 

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Hopefully the next time you see this it’ll be finished!

Finally…A New Dressmaking Project!

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;1960s VINTAGE pattern Simplicity 7045 size 14 bust 34 misses one piece dress Mad Men

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?

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I am considering adding a contrasting collar, in the same fabric as the lining of the sleeves…all time dependent though!

Emergency Crochet!

Last weekend I went to visit a friend in the Scottish Borders. However, before I’d even left work I realised I hadn’t packed any winter woolies…disaster in this snowy weather! Luckily I had packed wool and a crochet hook so I quickly got to work on some mitts and a hat. They may not be the highest quality items that I’ve even made but they did the job and kept me warm and cosy over the weekend. Don’t you just love it when crafting comes to the rescue!

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New Crochet Collars

Finally, I have managed to photograph and list some of the collars I’ve been making recently. They are in a range of colours, designs and yarns so hopefully there is something to suit everyone (who wants a crochet collar). I am more than happy to make custom orders so if you have a style, colour, yarn not listed just get in touch and I will see what I can do.

Don’t forget that until the end of January all items in my etsy shop are 20% off with the discount code JAN2013.

Here’s a sneak preview but visit the shop for the full range.

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Shop Updates

I’ve finally gotten around to updating my shop and have just uploaded some sweet button jewellery. Don’t forget that until Tuesday you can get 15% off EVERYTHING with the code TALKT15. I’ve still to upload the cushions and some more collars from my stall but please keep your eyes peeled and I’ll update you when everything is on there. Apologies for everything coming in drips and drabs, I’m much better at making things than I am at photographing and listing them!

 

Festive Discounting!

So, for Take a Look Tuesday this week I decided to have a wee pre Christmas sale and for one week only, everything in my shop on Etsy will have 15% discount with code TALKT15. Don’t forget that as all of my items have free UK & Ireland postage this means there are some real bargains to be had!
I’ve also got some lovely items left over from the market at the weekend to add tonight.

 

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