Thursday, March 12, 2015

Vintage Pattern Pledge- Retro Aprons!

So about a month ago I joined the vintage pattern pledge, and promised that I would sew at least four vintage patterns this year. four patterns seems like a no sweat kind of thing for me, since I am used to producing a lot of costumes in a short span of time.
Vintage patterns however are another beast. The directions are often vague or nonexistent, and the pieces themselves are sometimes unmarked. The first pattern I chose however is a pretty easy one- a 1950s half apron. According to the vintage pattern wikia this pattern is dated 1953. This one does have printed pieces which was nice.


I made four aprons, two of each of the half style. I didn't make the full apron because it reminds me of Mr. Peanut. Not a fan.
The pattern turned out super cute and came together in a couple of hours. I probably could have made them faster if I had not added all of the trim and pockets, etc. but that is really what makes a vintage apron if you ask me.
I used a vintage sheet (1970's judging by the textile colors and style) for the first apron. It was leftover from a dress I made ages ago. The second square one was some over the top fruit fabric I got at Hancock's (I work there. I buy a lot. It's a lifestyle).
It's hard to see the super cute rick rack.

My lovely roomie Genie modeling the vintage sheet apron. Ignore the kitchen mess...

The second set was the tulip shaped pieced ones. I made one out of a fabric that would have been a typical calico from the time period (1950's) and one on a funky 1970's style print left over from a costume.

As you can see in my pic, the waist part of the apron was a bit short. The apron has a flat waist piece that the hanging part of the apron is attached to. I cut out all the apron pieces before making one because I'm brilliant like that. If I were to make this apron again I would make this center piece 2-3" wider to accommodate for my not-1950's-sized waist. 

Other than the wideness issue, this pattern was super cute and very quick to put together. Plus it took under a yard of fabric, which made it an awesome scrap buster. And who doesn't love covering everything in rick rack?
Also a special thanks to my friend Drew who lent his professional photography skills to our impromptu kitchen shoot!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Vintage Pattern Pledge!

Last year I stumbled upon A Stitching Odyssey's Vintage Pattern Pledge and immediately wanted to take part. That didn't happen. Being a blogger is a challenge for me. I get so caught up in my projects that I do't stoop to take a picture or post what I'm doing. I love other bloggers though because they  inspire me to keep crafting. Therefore it's my new year's resolution to at least post a few times a month. And what a better way to get started than with the vintage pattern pledge!


Here's the pledge:
I will sew at least five of my vintage patterns this year. This is the pledge that was first suggested by A Stitching Odyssey, and I am making it my simple goal. Of course that doesn't count the vintage inspired stuff in my stash I refer to as "New Retro" (the big pattern company stuff, that kind of looks vintagey), or the costumes that I will make.

If you want to take the pledge too here is the original post. Get your  blog button and get into your stash!

Vintage Pattern Pledge with a Stitching Odyssey!

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)