Monday, October 29, 2012

Oops I Did It Again

I bought more fabric than I had planned. I went out specifically to buy this hammered silk wool for a pencil skirt. I had first spied this fabric about a year and a half ago. In a rare instance of frugality, I did not purchase it at the time which is not like me. More likely I already had a pile of fabric ready to be purchased. I waited and waited and the price went up! So I bought this fabric but then I also found a gorgeous wool with lace fused to it. It's the same fabric that Gertie is using for her Butterick sew along but in a much more "me" color.

This is my unplanned fabric:

This is what I went in to buy:
100_1958.JPGI think it's apparent that my favorite color is purple!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

New Pattern Lovelies

I recently acquired this book from Ebay France. Called Eclair Coupe Paris, it is similar to Lutterloh in that many sizes are included in the book that you must resize using the special ruler. The book did not come with these rulers but I can get reproduction ones so I'm not too concerned.  The auction included just one photo of the inside and the seller wasn't sure about the date but I guessed it to be from some time in the 30s and I believe I'm right. I'm so thrilled to have this and I'm thinking about making a coat from the book. I guess my pictures will go up in separate posts. For some reason I can't get the links to work.

I edited this post and added this from my desktop. I don't know why the link isn't working. Maybe I should go back to using Photobucket.


100_1947.JPG by Sickofitcindy
100_1947.JPG, a photo by Sickofitcindy on Flickr.


100_1949.JPG by Sickofitcindy
100_1949.JPG, a photo by Sickofitcindy on Flickr.


100_1948.JPG by Sickofitcindy
100_1948.JPG, a photo by Sickofitcindy on Flickr.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Link to Vintage Patterns

I'm in the process of photographing all of my vintage patterns and hopefully my contemporary ones well so that I will be able to access them from anywhere at any time. I will hopefully be renaming the photos soon. Don't expect much photography-wise, these were all taken VERY quickly. Enjoy!

If you post them some where, please mention my blog.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Peggy Wood Tribute Dress

And we're back! I have been sewing. I just haven't been taking pictures or blogging about it. It's one part hating having my picture taken, one part annoyance over transferring pictures to my computer and one part having a slow computer. I saw this gorgeous Peggy Wood sarong on Etsy Peggy Wood Sarong dress and fell instantly in love. It would never fit even in my thinnest days but that is why draping is such a valuable tool. You know the Big 4 aren't going to make a pattern for this one.  Luckily I have the best draping teacher ever! She helped me work out the twists and turns on this pattern and I'm so happy how it turned out. It's hard to tell with the print but it does look like my inspiration photo. I ended up using my tnt circle pattern that I draped last summer.

Some construction notes:
  • Silk organza underlined bodice
  • Seam lines marked by hand
  • Lined bodice
  • Horse hair braid on full circle skirt hem (makes hemming so much easier).  If I were making a formal dress, I would have underlined the skirt and catch stitched the horse hair to the organza.
  • Lapped back center zipper
I am in love with this dress and will make many more. Next time I may attach the bodice lining by hand as it was kind of tricky to line the bodice close to the top of the cups without stitching over them. I will also understitch the sweetheart neckline better.

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