It's time to highlight an inventive fashion oddity from the past. No, the three-armhole, wrap-arounder, Simplicity #7572 "Jiffy" dress pattern was not meant for ladies with three arms...just for the modern woman on the go. In the blink of an eye, this dress is on and ready to be worn as is for and easy, breezy look, or accessorized in a myriad of ways for countless…Continue
Added by Kelly B. on July 28, 2014 at 8:40pm — No Comments
Going out of your own personal comfort zone can be hard without a strong incentive to precipitate making that first move ahead. I'm not usually alright with small amounts of clothing on myself out in public, so making a vintage bra top was a bit out of my comfort zone but it sounded incredibly fun and different at the same time. Stephanie at "The Girl with the Star Spangled Heart" blog hosted a…Continue
Added by Kelly B. on July 24, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Many times I have special vision when sighting a rather disappointing pattern envelope cover. Somehow I can see past the wrong fabric or trims or styling that was chosen. Maybe I can see the creative potential of patterns because I love being artistic and thinking outside the box...who knows.
Nevertheless, this leather and chiffon dress was definitely one of those surprising, creative, out-of-the-box projects which turned out to be wonderful staple I turn to wear…Continue
Added by Kelly B. on June 28, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments
Brad Paisley certainly has something there with his 2011 hit song about "Camouflage". The lyrics are ingenious and literally right on - "...You can blend in in the country. You can stand out in the fashion world. Be invisible to a white tail (deer), irresistible to a redneck girl." There is even a verse about a mom that knew how to sew, and did a favor for her daughter's prom night. Listen to the song and read its lyrics at the same…Continue
Added by Kelly B. on May 31, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments
With Vintage Vogue #2787 dress having an S-shaped front, that letter can here stand for words such as 'stunning style', but I can also unfortunately use the words 'skeptical', or even 'stifling'. Once, however, I accessorized my dress, wore it out to a few events,…Continue
Added by Kelly B. on May 12, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments
I have found that, for myself, once a weakness or fear is conquered in regards to a certain sewing skill, that it then becomes something very enjoyable to do. Such good feelings happen because I end up with more confidence towards something which had been a boundary. I don't want any walls to hold me back from what is possible.
This plaid 40's skirt falls into that rank of "confidence building projects". I wanted this to be a very casual, comfortable, unassuming wartime…Continue
Added by Kelly B. on April 29, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Gracie Allen, wife of George Burns and comedic star of the Burns and Allen Show on radio and TV, is my top style icon for the 50's. In every TV episode, Gracie always had such a interesting, beautiful, and classy outfits which fit her perfectly and displayed the very best of the 50's styling. Of course, in my opinion she always wore great fashion styles, no matter what the era. I would love to see all her fashions in color! It was therefore only a matter of time before I…Continue
Added by Kelly B. on April 28, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments
I have owned the New Look #6045 pattern since it came out three years ago, and I hav e always adored it, waiting for the right circumstances and fabric to come along. This past year's Fall season provided me with the time and opportunity to finally whip up my fun and versatile version of the pattern.
We chose a modern outdoor sculpture in front of…Continue
Added by Kelly B. on April 2, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments
Who doesn't love a party, especially when it involves making and wearing a fabulous frock?! Our son's birthday celebration afforded me a very good reason to whip up a fun, fresh, and unique 1961 pattern labeled as a "party dress". I used an old original pattern which provided me good practice at re-sizing (as it was for juniors) and an opportunity to work with new techniques by using different material. The finished product is wonderfully feminine and my unique personal…Continue
Added by Kelly B. on March 31, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments
The year is 1968 - our eyes were aimed towards the sky with an impending trip to the moon, and everything that was formerly deemed out of the question was suddenly a reality. I have already briefly addressed the history of 1968 that had its impact on fashion styles in a previous post, my tapestry corduroy dress.
I have made a dress that combines two…Continue
Added by Kelly B. on March 31, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments
I am a woman of my word. The very fact I am posting this sewing creation proves my point. Back in our summer of last year, I had a blog post (link here) where I expounded on my version of view D from a cute 1940's pattern reprint, Simplicity #1692. In…Continue
Added by Kelly B. on March 29, 2014 at 4:39pm — No Comments
The new boyish silhouette that became fashionable for women and in the 20's demanded a whole new styling of undergarments. The desired shape of the day featured a flat chest, narrow hips, broad shoulders, and an obliteration of highlighting feminine curves. Advancements in home comforts, such as heating, as well as an active lifestyle, heralded lighter underclothes with an enticing beauty and a practical down-to-earth purpose.
I have made a piece of historical lingerie…Continue
Added by Kelly B. on February 20, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Here is one project that couldn't help the way it turned out! It was one of those special garments that kind of makes itself...and in this case, that is a VERY good thing. I merely knew what era I wanted (the 20's), knew what color (mustard yellow) and fabric (linen blend) I wanted to be working on, then, with plenty of fashion research, did whatever seemed right. I can't lay claim to any one specific pattern or garment as an inspiration. The finished tunic is simply my…Continue
Added by Kelly B. on February 6, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments
One of the milestones to fashion history came when the much loved knitwear came into being. I tried to channel the innovative qualities of both knitwear and the 20's style in this project. A resale store purchase of a RTW dress, with a 'big box' store lab el, was transformed into a new vintage style dress reflecting the height 1920's…Continue
Added by Kelly B. on February 1, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments
What is red without green for the Christmas holiday? It sounds like a really good duo all broken up. I made sure the two colors of the holidays were brought together by my current sewing.
My previous post, my 1946 dress, documented a red wool dress for wearing to my holiday functions, but actually I made a deep green knit dress a few weeks beforehand. This green knit…Continue
Added by Kelly B. on January 23, 2014 at 6:20pm — No Comments
This Christmas, I celebrated the season in style - handmade vintage style to be exact. My finished dress in one of my #1 best made project, taking into account the high quality fabrics, thread, and details which are involved.
My best 1940's hat, complete with feathers, rhinestones, and netting, was worn to suit posing in my new fancy dress.…Continue
Added by Kelly B. on January 16, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments
Not that long ago at a resale store, I happened across a small stash of 100% silk, oversized, and slightly outdated "Victoria's Secret" lingerie. At the cheap prices they were sold at per piece I bought all of what I found, with the specific intention of refashioning, or at least reusing, the high quality silk and lace.
One item in particular has been refashioned first. I transformed a black silk camisole into a pair of 1920's style tap pants. Even before I checked out I…Continue
Added by Kelly B. on January 16, 2014 at 1:30am — No Comments
I went to movie inspiration for this year's Halloween in our household. Except for missing the tin man, we were the four major characters from the movie The Wizard of Oz, and, in my opinion, did a smashing good attempt at re-creating those costumes. Toto might look a bit different, and our lion is too cute to be scary, but altogether, we made smiles from whoever saw us.…Continue
Added by Kelly B. on January 4, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Even though it is a bit too late (holiday speaking) to be posting something from Thanksgiving, it's never a bad thing to give thanks. Appreciating one's blessings is good for any time and season!
Personal illness and time constraints have delayed my revealing of these in-house projects. So now I am finally getting around to posting two items that help our home become more ready for the fall/winter season : a dachshund themed…Continue
Added by Kelly B. on January 1, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments
I would like to post a cozy winter vintage dress that I made for myself this past cold weather season. What was originally a 1968 funnel neck sheath dress turned into a week and a half's worth of frustration. I'm glad this dress finally ended up as a great fitting, good looking success. Its profile has a classic A-line shape with a...well, "not-sure-what-to call-it-neckline" that is rather complimentary. Persistence definitely paid off with this project! I still can't believe…Continue