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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Chocolate cocktail dress, from a vintage pattern on: December 30, 2006 04:42:55 AM
Thanks for all the compliments! This is the pattern I used
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Chocolate cocktail dress, from a vintage pattern on: December 29, 2006 05:20:24 PM
A lot of my coworkers know I sew, so there was a lot of "are you making your dress?" in advance, but I think I acquitted myself well. Plus, its a really comfortable dress, which allowed me to actually EAT.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Chocolate cocktail dress, from a vintage pattern on: December 29, 2006 04:01:01 PM


This is a cocktail dress I made from a vintage pattern to wear to my office christmas party. Its a sheer fabric over duchess satin, and it was my first time doing an overlay like that. I'm quite pleased with it!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Moth Holes in Wool Dress on: October 21, 2006 05:14:29 AM
Mothballs or cedar. Make sure you store all your woolens clean. Put them in a container that seals up pretty well - I use a footlocker, but those large plastic containers with snap on lids also work - with cedar balls.

In a pinch, I'll just toss my sweaters in zip lock baggies, but I've read that's not good because it can trap heat (?). Anyway, I figure its better than the moths.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fuzzy cuddly fall jacket: simplicity 4047 jacket in vintage mohair on: September 22, 2006 03:40:43 PM
It is fuzzy, I assure you! - its this great mohair boucle - it just doesn't show up so well Sad
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fuzzy cuddly fall jacket: simplicity 4047 jacket in vintage mohair on: September 22, 2006 03:34:21 PM
This is simplicity 4047 in a vintage mohair I got off ebay. I am totally in love with and have been wearing it all week. Its a great fall jacket, and because its so loose its no problem wearing a (suit) jacket underneath, which is good, because I do love a retro jacket with jeans



There's no closure, but it hangs nicely so you don't even need one. The cuffs have bias facing so you get the plaid on the diagonal when you turn them back, and there's a really neat cape-y drape to the back. I love capes, but they don't work well when you like to carry your purse over your shoulder. There's a few more views on my blog.

I still have ~1.5 yards of this fabric left (its 60" wide). I can't decide between making a skirt, possible with a bias trim at the bottom, or making a suit jacket style jacket (I have a retro pattern I could do in a yard and a half)! Help me decide!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Little black boucle jacket :) from a vintage pattern on: September 22, 2006 06:16:44 AM
Thanks for everyone's complements Smiley Look for a matching skirt and the new collar in another two weeks or so - I'm out of town this weekend, so no sewing.
to tell you the truth i dont think you should put the faux fur on it it looks to good t reck with fur. maybe this is just me and i'm the inly one with this opinion (as i dont like the lok of fur all that much) but i think it would look so much better with out the fur. but if you want one with fur maybe make another one
The beauty of the collar is that it will be totaly removable! Also, by nature of the fabric, I think I can hide the snapse pretty well so the jacket can be worn equally well with and without.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Attaching a collar shouldn't take 6 hours on: September 16, 2006 04:30:00 AM
First, you assemble the collar by sewing the collar top and collar bottom together, right sides together. Turn this out and press; you may wish to topstitch.

The collare and facing get attached at the same time. With your shirt body RIGHT-SIDE out, place the collar around the exterior neck, and then the facing over that, with the WRONG side of the facing out. Sew it all on together in one motion. THen, flip the facing down (you may wish to tack in place), and up pops the collar.

My personal waterloo is button holes, so kudos on tackling something with so many buttons - they scare me!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fruity... on: September 16, 2006 04:25:01 AM
I love that pineapple bustle!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Little black boucle jacket :) from a vintage pattern on: September 16, 2006 04:22:09 AM
i love it. i have magazines from the 50's and they've inspired me so much. I've always been afraid to use vintage patterns though because of sizing.

The sizing is wacky that is for sure! I typically wear anywhere from a 2 to a 6 in off the rack clothes and the Vintage Vogue pattern I made (well...started anyway  Embarrassed ) this summer was a 14! Just stick with your actual measurements and you should be OK.

The sizing IS strange. Also, as with modern patterns, the ease can be way excessive, even when items are described as slim-fitting. I'm starting to just measure pattern pieces - at least for skirts - so i can adjust before I sew.
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