Wednesday, February 4, 2015

KCW Day 2 & 3: Polka Dot Dress and Hipster Henley

Hello! I was able to get some sewing in these past few days, despite have a sick girl. A dress for M and a shirt for H.
I mentioned this dress in my previous post but hadn't tried it on Miette yet. She felt better today and insisted on wearing it all day even though I had not hemmed it. I may end up doing a zigzag stitch since it ended up bring shorter than I planned. I think the style is just precious on her and she loves it.
The bodice is a mustard double gauze from the Imagine Gnats shop (sold out but on order). The skirt and sleeves are a stretch polka dot I picked up last year at Michael Levine Loft. 
For Henri I sewed up the Hipster Henley from Blank Slate Patterns. This is the second one I've made and I ran into similar problems as my first. The placket and collar are much better this time around but sewing buttonholes on knit fabric is just frustrating! I only had to sew the same buttonhole 3 times...
Next time I'll move the pocket up, it is just too far down for my liking (I placed it where the pattern stated). And I went up to a size 3 but feel that it still too snug around the underarms and upper chest. Next time I'll use a smaller seam allowance for those areas. Other than that, I love it! 
I repurposed a men's shirt so I was able to use the existing hems! And the pocket is Shetland flannel in Redwood. 

The rest of the week is dedicated to sewing a few baby gifts, a scarf and finishing up a few capes and bonnets for the shop. 

Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A Trio of Vintage Dresses

Lately I've been experimenting with some vintage patterns and adding options to achieve slightly different styles. I fell in love with a pattern from the 1950s and so far I've made three different dresses. Once I have the designs finalized I'll be making some to sell in my etsy shop (!

The first is the basic dress. It has darts on the bodice, is sleeveless, has a full gathered skirt, buttons up the back and ties at the back. 

The second version is definitely my favorite. I used all vintage fabric (my friend looked through my stash and chose this combo) and it looks so cute. I used the same bodice and full gathered skirt but I added a Peter Pan collar and ruffled sleeves. 

For the third version I made quite a few changes. The only thing I kept the same was the bodice. I changed the back and omitted all the buttons opting for one button near the top. Instead of the gathered skirt I attached a full circle skirt and added ruffled sleeves. 

Which style is your favorite?


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