Monday, April 26, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Both patterns from Vintage4me2 on Ebay. They are the seller's pics and I hope she doesn't mind me using them because she obviously puts a lot of time into creating these illustrations. I'm always amazed at how much time she puts into this because many of the black and white patterns she will color in like the one above.
I think the pattern illustration conned me into buying the Simplicity. I love tweed. I can't resist, really.Love the little puff sleeves on this blouse and the shaped waist and front buttons.
Friday, April 16, 2010
I bought another pair of shoes. I suppose I should feel embaressed and I kinda do but it's not often that I see oxfords in my size so I bought another pair. They're brown leather, embossed to look like alligator.
Picture from seller's website. Purchased from Marian's Vintage Vanities. She was really friendly and helpful. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Quite excited for these shoes from Venus and Mars etsy store. They were listed as 1940s oxfords but I feel like they could even be from the late 30s. Either way, cute! I hope hope hope they fit. Buying vintage shoes is such a crap shoot with me. The most comfortable pumps I own are 9 inches long by 3 inches wide....somehow though, it just doesn't translate when I buy vintage shoes.
Speaking of shoes....
These dance shoes from Aris Allen are absolutely my kind of shoe. I adore them! From the cut-outs to the tie to the round toe...yum! I would even pay $65 for them no problem, but they are dance shoes with a suede sole. Somehow, I don't think they are meant for street walking. And that makes me a sad panda.
Endless.com has some Re-Mix Vintage shoes discounted as does Amazon.com. Since Re-Mix is *barely* affordable I haven't decided which shoe or color I am going to get. I know that I am partial to navy, red, and green so anything I make in the future will probably have those colors or shades of those colors. I'm thinking white, green, or red.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
So here's the gaters under the bust. They're not very even but actually do look better in person. I don't know why I have such a hard time with gathers.
I haven't decided what to do at the neck. The pattern calls for a worked eye and button with a bow tacked on. I don't like big things at my neck like that (according to some past life expert dude who was on the radio, it means I was strangled or hung or some such in a past life...whatever) so I was thinking that instead of a bias facing, I may face the neck with fabric and extend either end out for a little tie and then forgo the button; or just leave a button at the neck.
Dress was easy to construct, though I did change it a bit. The directions say to fold under the seam allowance for the skirt pieces and top stitch to bodice. I've never had much luck with that for some reason so I was lazy and just stitched the pieces together and then top stitched. It definitely has a slightly different look to it than it would otherwise. The only thing that bothers me is that the point of the skirt in the front isn't as sharp as it would be if I had follwed the directions. The bodice is just a tidge too short. It doesn't look bad (I don't think so, at least) but I may have been able to leave as it was. Also, for some reason, I was supposed to leave the left side open around the tie and then face the opening and put a snap there. I'm really not sure why so I stitched the whole thing shut and it's fine.
So that's it! More pics when it's finally finished.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
1. Skirt is about 28.5" long from natural waistline to raw edge - I only need it to be 22 inches long when hemmed, and I don't think all two inches is necessary so I shortened each skirt piece 4" and "cut" about an inch off the bottom (10 inches saved)
2. Pleated the bodice to shorten it by 2 inches (4 inches saved)
So, that only saves me 14 inches, not the 18 I'd need.
BUT I laid it out and it works (dare I say perfectly)! Pieces are cut and marked and my fingers are crossed. My luck, I will have laid it out improperly and something will be backwards. I would be super super super pissed. I'm being optimistic, though, and saying everything was done correctly.
Hopefully, forward progres on Saturday or Sunday. I'm all aquiver.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Old pic from January of last year, just before deployment.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Also watching this: