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1  Re: 2009 Secret Santa Wish List Swap Discussion & Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jagough on: December 19, 2009 08:56:54 AM
I received a package from my Secret Santa two nights ago, but this is the first time I've been home to finally upload the photos I took...

The magnets nearly migrated to the  refrigerator before I remembered to photograph them! They're cute little marbles with Christmas themed images. The smaller goodies were all wrapping up inside the cute Christmas tin when I received them.
I'm particularly excited about the tiny kitty cross-stitch kit; I haven't cross-stitched since I was a kid, but I remember loving it, and it will be the perfect thing to kill time in airports and planes when I travel to Florida next week! Also, he looks just like my kitty-cat who lives with my mom! Sa-weet!

This sweet bracelet is definitely coming along with me on my trip, and will likely be making an appearance at Christmas Eve dinner along with my red 50s vintage dress.

Thank you, Secret Santa Lindyv321!!!
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2  1950s style wiggle dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jagough on: May 28, 2009 06:40:12 PM
Back in January my boyfriend got me a 1956 Singer 99k, and I thought it'd be cool to make a 1950s style dress on my new machine, so I picked up this Vintage Vogue pattern while it was on sale:

And promptly put it in a pattern box to be forgotten for a few months.

Then college graduation came sneaking up around the corner and I decided to dig it up again, because I needed a pretty dress for the occasion, and I'm dirt poor, so I can't afford to buy a really nice dress.
I set myself a $50 materials limit and started a mock-up. I decided to change the skirt to a fitted wiggle skirt, because I think they're classier.

Here's the result:

In my living room... Hopefully I can coerce my boyfriend into taking some photos for me so I can get a better full body shot than the one above.

In the end, I spent $51 (I had to go back to the store to buy more seam binding) and three days (including a day for sewing the mock-up and drafting the skirt). The dress is silk dupioni with little pearl buttons. I took this dress with me on a couple outings to friends' houses and finished sewing on the buttons while waiting in line for Star Trek.

I think it's pretty hilarious now how damned pleased with myself I looked.

And a couple in progress (though unfortunately, I didn't take many):

The bodice front, with tucks sewn, and none of the tailor's tacks removed.

The other half of the bodice front: all pressed and clean and pretty.

I'm now quite a fan of 1950s dress, but still not a fan of the full skirt. I'm tempted to make more... perhaps something a bit more neutral. But this was the perfect dress for standing out at a Theatre Arts Department ceremony. I finished and thought to myself, "I made a lime green dress. Huh."
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