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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage Vogue Wedding Dress on: November 14, 2009 01:59:37 AM
IKWYM re the buttonholes, I had a play with scrap making them the way described (bound self fabric iirc), but my friend preferred the machine buttonholes.
I figured the instructions probably were for the self fabric kind since it's a vintage pattern, and maybe most people in the 50's didn't have a onestep buttonhole function on their home sewing machines, so that style made more sense when the pattern was written. (I'm totally guessing!)
I used a round end buttonhole, and it worked well.
I do like the look of the self fabric buttonholes though.
But I'd say if you are struggling with them, that ime ordinary buttonholes work just as well.

Your fabric sounds divine, I hope you'll post the finished dress to Craftster.

Love Jeanette
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage Vogue Wedding Dress on: November 13, 2009 03:58:49 AM
You don't have to answer if you don't want to, but I was wondering about how much it cost approx for the materials for a dress like this?  And how many hours it took approx?  You don't have to answer that if you don't want to.

This dress actually cost very little. I think about 200 (GBP) for the materials.You could def do it for less depending on the fabric. I used silk dupion and bridal lace which are not cheap.
Time wise, hmmm I'm not sure, I didn't keep track, it really was a labour of love. I spent a lot of time on the toile, it was really important to get the fit right. I think maybe if I added up all the time I spent on it, and imagined I'd worked solid 6 hour days, it took about a week.

Thanks for all the lovely comments.And thanks to Caroline for linking back to my blog and the photos of the wedding. Personal circumstances have meant I've not been on Craftster in a while.

Love Jeanette
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: XL &XXL men's shirts to medium lady's dresses on: June 21, 2009 11:06:36 AM
Just great!

Love Jeanette
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage Vogue Wedding Dress on: June 15, 2009 11:49:29 PM
This dress is stunning!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it!  I want one.  I want to ask about the bodice.  It looks like the major material used was a champagne silk shantung.  Is the bodice part the same material with lace over it?  Also, how did you make the buttons?  And, did you use a belt inside?  Is there a separate crinoline?  

I love this, and I am not such a great seamstress.  I'm going to try and use your recommendations regarding increasing the bust.  And I'll likely do a muslin first since I want one like this in silk.  It's so beautiful!  She's a very lucky girl to have a great friend in you!


The whole dress is silk dupion, the mid section is silk dupion with a lace overlay.
I covered the buttons myself using the silk and lace together.
I didn't use a belt inside. the pattern did call for one, but it really didn't need it.
Yes, the petticoat is seperate.
The whole bodice is fully lined, again with silk dupion.
Hope that answers all your questions.  Smiley

I've added a couple of modelled pics to my blog,www.lazyseamstress.blogspot.com,  they are from her last try on yesterday before taking the dress home with her...safe away from my four kids!

love Jeanette
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage Vogue Wedding Dress on: June 14, 2009 11:58:36 PM
Also, how was that pattern to sew?  Did you have to do any serious alterations?  I love the big full skirt vintage dresses since I have an hourglass figure with a LARGE rear end, and it helps to only have to adjust waist up lol!  Did the pattern look easy to alter for a large bust and smaller waist?

I've been keeping my eye on this pattern for a possible anniversary dress pattern. Cheesy

Lovely pattern to sew up, I really enjoyed it. I barely had to make any adjustments really. I added a couple of cm's to the mid section to accomodate a long body, and I did end up altering the shoulders very slightly, oh and adding 1.5cm to the centre back bodice to make sure the brides underwear didn't show...the back is very low.
I didn't bother with bound buttonholes as suggested in the pattern, but went for machine sewn. I figured when the pattern was written originally in 1954 no one sewing at home had one step buttonhole functions on their machines, so bound would be their best option, mine was machine sewn.

ETA, it's really easy to make a full bust adjustment too, I used the pattern pieces as a starting point to make a nightgown for myself, and had to add a couple of cms to the top bodice length plus slash and spread the pattern to add in more gathers to accomodate a larger bust. Saying that though, it works well up to approx an E cup, I'm a H cup, and I made the nightgown larger for breastfeeding.

Thank you so much for all the sweet comments, I really do appreciate them. the dress is now hung up in it's dress cover waiting to be picked up today.
I'll post modelled pics after the wedding with the brides permission.

Love Jeanette
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Vogue Wedding Dress on: June 14, 2009 05:48:44 AM
I was asked by my best friend to make her wedding dress, and this morning I finished it. I'm so so happy with it (well y'know mostly! ), and just had to shout about it here.
It's the most nerve wracking thing I've ever made for someone, and I'm really nervous about her fiance's reaction, plus the other guests. Her sister is a very acomplished seamstress and trained fashion designer, but lives too far away to have been asked to make the dress, so i'm really nervous of her opinion.
Anyway here it is.

The pattern used was Vintage Vogue 2960

Love Jeanette

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Boring old cupboard into "shabby chic" style baby cupboard on: May 03, 2009 05:12:40 AM
Thanks for the sweet replies.
As for maintaining the distressed finish...urmmm, well I think my four other kids might help out with increasing the distressed finish!! LOL
I haven't done anything to it since I rubbed it down with the wire brush after painting. My dh thought it needed a little more distressing,but knowing how my brood can be I'm not worried about that.

Love Jeanette
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Boring old cupboard into "shabby chic" style baby cupboard on: May 02, 2009 11:13:48 AM
I've had this little cupboard for a few years, and for the last few of those it was stored in my dingy cellar. It was dark wood and a little boring. http://www.flickr.com/photos/56484492@N00/3433747611/

But a bit of TLC, a couple of coats of paint, a rub down with a wire brush and some pretty accessories, (draw liners and little hand sewn heart), it's now the perfect place to store everything ready for my next baby due in July.

I'm really pleased with it.

Love Jeanette
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Maternity Skirts (link to tute) on: April 28, 2009 11:26:27 AM
Thank you. Smiley
I made another today, slightly modified this time to be fuller in the skirt. I'll post a pic, but I'm thinking maybe I'm just not young and trendy enough for this forum, is there an old fat preggo lady clothing forum?  Cheesy

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Maternity Skirts (link to tute) on: April 26, 2009 09:09:44 AM
It's been a wee while since I posted any of my projects here on Craftster, but maternity leave is now underway and I'm celebrating by posting my latest make, and a link to a tute too.
I've made a few of these cotton maternity skirts, using my own pattern, some from scratch and some from charity shop skirts.
This one is my latest.

I used Robert Kaufmann, Kitchy Kitchen cotton, and stretch ribbing for the bump band/yoke. More details and link to tute on my blog. www.lazyseamstress.blogspot.com

Thanks for looking, Love Jeanette

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