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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Altered Vintage McCall's 7145 on: March 15, 2016 05:26:50 AM
I saw a dress on Instagram for $220 that I fell in love with. Naturally, I cant pay $220 for a single dress, so I set out to create my own. I used vintage McCalls 7145 and made some changes which included straps across the back and ruffles.

It is fully lined with vintage peach polished cotton. I hand sewed the armholes and parts of the back to minimize the number of visual seams.

More on my blog: http://www.palindromedrygoods.com/2016/03/open-backed-altered-version-of-vintage.html#.Vuf8OMe3glk

Thanks for reading!

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Vintage McCall's 4933 in Vintage Fabric on: March 02, 2016 11:52:48 AM
Sweet, simple little 1960's blouse pattern that I made with a vintage fabric (the floral print) and a new fabric (the solid yellow). The pattern had some issues (sigh) so I had to make some changes, but overall, I love the way it turned out and I would love to make another in lace for a bathing suit cover-up, without the collar.

More on my blog: http://www.palindromedrygoods.com/2016/03/handmade-vintage-mccalls-4933-in.html#more

Thank you for reading!

13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: McCall's 7247 in Double Layered Knit on: March 02, 2016 11:47:09 AM
That is really neat and it looks so good on you!

Thank you so much! Smiley
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Colette's Laurel Top in Double Gauze on: March 02, 2016 11:46:39 AM
Nice job! It looks like a nicely cool summer top. Thanks for the pointer to Colette's patterns. I hadn't heard of them.

Thank you! Oh gosh, Colette's patterns are SO lovely & inspiring. I hope you love them as much as I do. Their website is FULL of amazing stuff too, definitely worth a read.
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Built by Wendy 3835 in Voiles on: January 29, 2016 06:12:17 AM
I LOVE this pattern. Darling, 4-piece, raglan sleeve blouse. I made these versions in Voile by Anna Maria Horner. More on my blog! http://www.palindromedrygoods.com/2011/04/handmade-simplicity-3835-in-voile.html#.VqtxKlMrKRs

Thanks for reading!

16  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Why I Recommend Buying a Vintage Sewing Machine and What to Look for if you do on: January 22, 2016 06:34:47 PM
Thank you so much for posting this information!  My newer, "modern" plastic machine that I've had for several years only sews reliably in reverse.  It never sewed  forward even after servicing.  Currently I am trying to revamp my VSMs -- a Viscount (Japanese 15 clone, no manual, recently acquired from a thrift store) and a treadle (family heirloom).   I look forward to being able to sew like a normal stashaholic Smiley


I'm so glad you found this post helpful! Thanks for commenting. I'm sorry to hear that you're having problems. I've taught a lot of students with brand new sewing machines and I finally decided that they're just not worth it.Have you checked the great world wide web for the manual for your Japanese machine? I have discovered so many (mostly free!) downloadable manuals just by trying Google. Best of luck in getting your older machines up and running!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Retro Autumn coat on: January 22, 2016 06:31:23 PM
This is so, so lovely. It looks amazing on you. Beautiful job!
18  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to Sew 5 Different Finishing Seams: A Tutorial on: January 21, 2016 04:34:41 AM
nice of you to share these! 

you can do #2 without topstitching by simply stitching down the fold on the seam allowances. 

and I've always done flat-felled seams on the outside of the garment (starting with the fabric wrong sides together).  Interesting to see it done the opposite way.

Thanks for commenting, steiconi. I love these seams (and really sewing in general) because there are so many different ways to do each thing. I love to see what other people's techniques and tips are, so thanks for sharing! I love a flat-felled seam on the outside as well, especially for yarn-dyed fabrics.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Corduroy Dress with Vintage Abalone Buttons in back on: January 21, 2016 04:30:21 AM
GAH!! this is so elegant!! your blog is lovely too!

Thank you! I give the buttons all the credit for the elegance. Wink Thanks for checking out my bog, I appreciate it!
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Corduroy Dress with Vintage Abalone Buttons in back on: January 21, 2016 04:29:06 AM
It looks gorgeous! I just love those large buttons. I don't know why, but the back looks a bit Regency to me. Anyway, I also visited your blog and you definitely earned a new follower Smiley

Oh gosh, thank you so much, madziacz! Such kind words. I'm glad you enjoy the blog, thanks for following!
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