This was my first time sewing from a vintage pattern, and I'm pretty happy with the results!
The pattern itself was fine....but huge. I got the pattern in my size (lucky me), but made a muslin and still had to take many inches off the sides. Also, sewing scallops was hard for me.
I was having a hard time deciding on what fabric to make the collar, so I decided to make it detachable and just make a few different ones! I was hoping it'd help me to perfect my scallop, but I fear that making more made me rush, which resulted in....bad scallops.
I don't think I'll make this pattern again, but I might make some more contrasting collars.
Hi all! I'm happy to share this because it's one of my more experimental ideas, but I love the way it turned out. This is a dress I found at the thrift store and decided to alter to my liking. Here's the before (although I had already removed the collar.....got excited!)
I removed the collor, cut the sleeves, cut the hem, and submerged this baby in a blue dye bath.
After it was done, I reattached the (still white) collar. Et voila!
Just goes to show that a little DIY can go a long way.
I made these costumes for an opening exhibit at the SciFi Museum out here in Seattle. I purchased XL mens sweaters from Goodwill, and cut them down/re-sewed to size. For the insignias, I simply cut out cereal boxes in the right shape, glued on tin foil, and drew on them with Sharpie. It was simple but it worked and everyone loved our costumes!
The sweaters before:
Oh and we even met some Klingons! There costumes were amazzzzing:
I made McCalls M6201 very quickly, so let's just call this a muslin After all this is made with fabric I found from Goodwill. Overall I would recommend this pattern, but next time I'll either give myself a little more ease or use a more forgiving (less stif) fabric.
Hi friends, It's been a while since I've been on Craftster. Hard to believe I've been a part of the community off and on since 2005. O.o
This is one of those examples of an altered dress that just needed the tinest bit of tweaking to make it wearable for summer. I found this vintage 1960s dress with originally had big, puffy sleeves. I oh so carefully seam ripped them off and refinished the sleeves with bias tape. And I think it looks so much more casual for summer!
Bias tape is love!
Overall, I'm very happy with this, though I might reattach the sleeves come winter.
What do you think - is it awful to alter a vintage 1960s dress?