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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cotton Eyelet Beach Cover-Up on: June 05, 2017 03:10:53 AM
Made using McCall's MP205. The eyelet is from The Tin Thimble (www.thetinthimble.etsy.com) and was originally a camel color. One box of Tangerine Rit dye achieved the perfect summery orange! More info and pictures at http://www.palindromedrygoods.com/2017/06/eyelet-mp205-cover-up.html

Thanks for reading!

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Denim Romper with Cotton Floral Trim - McCall's 7577 on: May 09, 2017 06:13:43 PM
I love a good closure-free project now and then! McCall's 7577 romper made out of awesome drapey, chambray-ish, denim and cotton trim. More details and pictures here:


3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage McCall's 7145 in Vintage Dotted Swiss on: April 05, 2017 03:33:08 AM
Your modifications to the vintage pattern are perfect! It is a gorgeous blouse.

Thank you!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage McCall's 7145 in Vintage Dotted Swiss on: April 05, 2017 03:32:30 AM
I am flipping over the cleverness of you. I love the vintage pattern and your alterations make it so modern.

Thank you!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage McCall's 7145 in Vintage Dotted Swiss on: April 05, 2017 03:31:53 AM
Really well done!  And it looks great on you.  Smiley

Thank you so much!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage McCall's 7145 in Vintage Dotted Swiss on: April 05, 2017 03:30:59 AM
Your modifications to the vintage pattern are perfect! It is a gorgeous blouse.

Thank you! Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage McCall's 7145 in Vintage Dotted Swiss on: April 05, 2017 03:30:18 AM
what a great use of a cute pattern.

What I'm wondering is what kind of bra did they wear under it?  It's from the '60s, and not a no-bra look.  I'm guessing there was some kind of horrible backless bra that wrapped around your waist and had boning up the front.  Maybe it even included a girdle and waist cincher.  All white, with dozens of hooks and eyes...

I'm so glad we don't have to confine ourselves in that kind of torture devices any more!

Thank you so much!

I wore a backless bra with the top to take these photos, and though it's boned, it's not white, and it only has 5 hooks and eyes. Smiley I paid an arm and leg for it (to wear with my wedding dress, originally) and thankfully it's no more uncomfortable than a regular bra. I'm trying to get my money's worth for it, haha. But I can absolutely picture the type of vintage undergarment you're describing and I'm sure they would have squeezed themselves into it to wear with this pattern!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Vintage McCall's 7145 in Vintage Dotted Swiss on: April 01, 2017 09:18:11 AM

Vintage McCalls 7145 shortened to be a blouse. Fully lined with a pure white cotton/linen blend. Alterations I made to the pattern: I took it up in the shoulders about 3/4". I also made loops out of my tie and added them in when I attached the lining, which is not how the pattern said to do it. I made a gathered peplum instead of the skirt. This piece measured about 8″ 45″. More on my blog: http://www.palindromedrygoods.com/2017/03/vintage-dotted-swiss-mccalls-7145.html#more

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My wedding dress and veil!!!!! on: July 14, 2016 05:08:22 AM
Your dress is absolutely gorgeous and you looked beautiful on your big day. What an amazing project. Congratulations to you and your husband!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Handmade Wedding Dress (Thanks mom!) on: July 14, 2016 05:06:13 AM
Though I helped, my mother is the artist, seamstress and visionary behind my beautiful dress. Since she doesn't blog, I'll happily brag about her and her talents. Photos by Ryan Greenleaf Photography: http://ryangreenleaf.com/blog/

1950's Simplicity pattern was used for the foundation bodice because of the sweetheart neckline. The 1950's McCall's pattern was used as the bottom of my dress, by extending the length between the waist and knee so that the 'trumpet' occured at the bottom. We also removed width from the 'trumpet' in the front so that the skirt would fall straight down in the front.

Silk satin, pearl buttons, rayon bemberg, grosgrain ribbon (for my belt), and the most exquisite, handmade, french, 100% cotton lace from Britex Fabrics in San Francisco. The lace was quite pricy (worth every. single. penny.), so I could only afford 1 1/8 yards, but I knew my mom and I could figure something out to utilize every little bit. I also decided that I didn't want the dress to be shiny, so I purchased five yards of silk mesh from The Tin Thimble and we added this as a final layer over the top of the silk satin for the skirt.

After we had drafted all the pattern pieces, we started by making a 'muslin' out of pattern-ease. Then we made adjustments around the bust, waist, hips and the length. My mother marked these adjustments on the mock up and then copied them onto the real pattern pieces. Next, my mom made the entire dress out of cotton and then after we knew it fit, she cut all the pieces out of the 'real' fabrics including the rayon (used as a lining), the satin (used for the bodice, skirt and to self-line the bodice), and the silk mesh (used as an overlay for the skirt). We ended up using the muslin as an interlining that went between the rayon lining and the silk exterior.

The bodice overlay ended up being a rectangle of the lace that started at the front side seam, wrapped around my torso and ended at the back side seam, where the pearl buttons are.  I really liked the way dresses with bones felt when I tried them on at the bridal boutique so we added five flexible bones in the foundation of the bodice: one in the center, one over each boob and one on each side-front of the bodice.

Lastly, we had to figure out the bustle. We ended up pulling the longest part of the train to the inside of my dress and using a hook (sewn to the lining) and eye (sewn to the hem of the train). We then pulled up the additional length with four loops (two on each side) and connected the loops with satin ribbon on the outside of the dress.

The medallion on my belt was hand beaded by my sister, Jill. She started with a single 'star' from my lace and filled it in with beads in varying shades of white and taupe to match my shoes and dress. 

It is more beautiful than I had even imagined and I simply cannot express how grateful I am to my mom for all her work.

More about the dress and process on my blog: http://www.palindromedrygoods.com/2016/06/my-handmade-wedding-dress.html#.V4d8VFe3gld

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