Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sleepy Hollow Skirt

A few months back I stumbled across Atomic Redhead's post about a headless horseman skirt she mad. being obsessed with Halloween I knew I needed to make one too. What an awesome idea! I found an image of the horseman online, and sketched out the rest by hand and putzing (I suck at drawing horses. After about six hours of cutting out manes and branches, I used Ultrahold Heat N Bond to attach them to the circle skirt. I have never used the stuff before so we will see if it holds up to washing. (This will be a hand wash skirt methinks)




Thank's to AtomicRedhead for the idea and the inspiration! Check out the original made by her HERE!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

How to Dress Like a 1940's Dame

I've been getting a lot of questions lately on 1940's fashion. The 1940's was wartime. This had a huge impact on the way women dressed. Fabric was rationed. Silk was banned in the U.S. Women shortened hems and took out volume in a way to conserve their resources and support the boys overseas. Zippers were not used because the metal needed for making them was more precious in military uses. However women still managed to be stylish. Here are a few guidelines for dressing like a war dame, and why women of the time dressed the way they dressed.

Dresses and skirts-
Dresses in the forties were fitted to the body shape, and often boxy- think shoulder pads and slim waists. The silhouette stayed close to the shape of the body, feminine yet minimal. Skirts were a-line and sometimes pencil and ended mid-calf.


Pants and Blouses- The trouser first became a commonly worn women's item. Women became "Rosies" and took the factory jobs vacated by their men at war. Therefore pants were practical. they became fashionable when Katharine Hepburn began to sport them. Trousers were fitted at the waist and wide legged (a solid straight down wide, not to be confused with bellbottoms). Blouses were simple button up shirts or shirts with a high neckline and 3/4 sleeves.

Headgear-Because women were so limited on materials for their outfits they made up with it by wearing fancy hats. Hats could be made with minimal materials, and were only limited by the imagination. for everyday factory work and dirty jobs women mostly wore snoods, a hair net used to keep hair up and away from the face. Other hats were worn often as well though, and were considered a much bigger part of staple wardrobe than the occasional hat worn today.  


So there you have it: a quick summary of 1940's fashion. Check back soon for another post on how to replicate it!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Bellbottoms Charlie

Another car show tonight, this time the theme was Charlie's Angels. Which means 70's. When I think 70's I think big ethnic prints and floppy hats, but after watching some of the original show I realized it was less disco and more denim. So I spent a week making pants. And a jumpsuit that ended up looking like elaborate green pajamas for the Jolly Green Giant's wife. We didn't use that one. We ended up looking like this:
Not too bad in my opinion. Messed up a few details that would have been better had I had more time, but I think everyone got the idea. Plus our butts looked awesome:
Yay pants that make you look tall and curvy! What do you think of 70's Fashion? Did I get the Angel look right? Let me know!
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Pretty Inspiration Wall!

I recently decided step one in becoming a productive person was to can the clutter. What a better place to start than my sewing room? After seeing some posts I Pinterest I went to my local dollar store and found clothespins. I painted them with acrylics I have in my stash. Then I glittered the bejezus out of them.
After which they looked like this:

Pretty colors ooh. The rest of my apartment is grown up (sorta). The sewing room is going to be crazy artsy. After I polished the pins I hung a ribbon across the wall and pinned up pictures of things I like, colors that are my favorite, and ideas I want to work on. After I was done it looked like this:
(Sorry about the bad lighting, my sewing room has no windows. Sadface.)
I got the ribbon to stay up with these bad boys. They just stick in your wall like a tack.
So how much did this cost? Cheap.
Clothespins- $1 at the dollar tree (Walmart has 2x as many for .95 I found out today)
Ribbon- $1 Walmart
big funky tack things- $1.37 Walmart 
Belt loops for ribbon ends- .97 Walmart
Paint for clothespins- stash
Glitter- $1 Hancock Fabrics
Grand total = under $5
Craft woot!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Marilyn Dress

So my big project as of late has been replicating the Marilyn dress. The famous one, that the legendary screen siren wore for the movie The Seven Year Itch. This is Marilyn's dress, designed by William Travilla:


I draped the dress on my dress form and after a lot of pinning and whining about pleats and re pinning and whining some more and sewing I had this:




The dress was worn by my beautiful roommate for our local Burger King, which does a series of vintage car shows. I'm costume designer for the shows this summer. Opening night was full of vintage cars, and of course Marilyn. Here's a few more pics of the dress in action:

And here's a pic of Marilyn, the Fonz, and his greaser Girlfriend Kitty (me!) posing with one of the car owners, who showed up with a retro police car and a Barney Fife costume!
 

Stay tuned to see what other costumes crop up this summer!

(Photographs copyright Dustin Smith and Burger King)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

I Love Vintage Patterns

The other day a coworker gave me a vintage pattern she got from her mother. Isn't it pretty?



I guessed it was 1940's by the style of the models hair and the cut of the dresses. Google confirmed it:

http://vintagepatterns.wikia.com/wiki/Simplicity_4732

(pattern wikia is a great resource for finding ideas on vintage style)

My favorite part of this pattern has got to be the fact that there is an oven mitt ATTACHED to the dress.


I think I'm going to make this dress and wear it, oven mitt and all, to the grocery store. Now I just have to find the perfect fabric! Just in time to start working on my spring wardrobe. Prepare for flowery things- don't forget to follow my blog!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Mardi Gras Madness!

So This week for Mardi Gras I took part in a benefit for Sojourner house, a charity for the homeless Held at Whiskey's Grill and Bar. The benefit was a hair and body paint competition in which local salons and artists competed for awards. I was chosen to work with Rochele's Salon and Spa and Underground Ink. The theme was the elements. I was earth, and a volcano. Here's me at the even with the other models fro our salon:



And some of the other salons:




This one is me in case your'e wondering:


It took 7 hours to get the 5 models in our group looking like this. The hair is backcombed and hair pieced and pinned. The paint was airbrushed. So much fun for a good cause!