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1  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!
2  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!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Little black boucle jacket :) from a vintage pattern on: September 13, 2006 04:02:47 PM
This is a jacket I made over the weekend and finished this week. This is quite possibly the project I am most proud of, thus far - it fits me really well, and I think it looks really professional. The buttonholes are bound and unlike my last attempt, these came out nice and straight. There are 4 front buttons, its just hard to see in the photo

I lined it with some champagne polysatin I had lying around

Here's the pattern

I plan to make a detachable collar out of the faux leopard in the background, and a matching skirt
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Hotpatterns Denim Diva Wrap Jacket - in barkcloth. on: August 16, 2006 06:32:05 PM
This was so much more elaborate than what I normally make and took me a long time. I'm still not convinced I put the back neck facing in correctly. I did at as my august project (theme: fill a gap in your fall wardrobe) for the Sewretro sewalong I'm doing

Details of construction on my blog, sewinginthecity.blogspot.com
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Crazy polka dotted tie-neck dress on: August 08, 2006 04:27:43 PM
Anyone else read dressaday? she has this thing for scarf-neck dress patterns, and after making this tie-neck one, I can see why. It just feels so debonair..

Its hard to see the tie because of all the dots, but look closely! Its made from a vintage pattern.

Check my sewing blog sewinginthecity.blogspot.com for more of my projects!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Heat wave? cool stripes! on: August 04, 2006 09:19:20 AM
As some other posters have mentioned, its been in the upper 90s for several days now in NY, and all that asphalt makes it feel much, much worse. I've been protected from it by my subzero office (something's wrong when I have to wear a sweater in a heat wave) but today I had a day off and wanted to make something heat-wave appropriate. Plus, I've really been inspired by all of the halter sundresses I've seen here.

The dress is seersucker in pretty water colors. Nice and cool. I made it sans pattern in about 1.5 hours this am. I cut a midriff band to fit my waist and tapered the ends. Then I just cut two long rectangles and gathered them at the bottom - those are bodice. Just gathered the rest of the material into a full skirt, and voila! Fits me better than a lot of things I've made from patterns Smiley

And the back:

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Lilac eyelet 50s dress - now with vintage pattern pics! on: July 29, 2006 07:17:53 AM

If you'll notice, the pattern runs vertical on the bodice but horizontal on the skirt except for a front panel. Does anyone know what that's called? I've seen several vintage dresses and thought I'd try it on this dress, although it turned out extremely subtle.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Aqua dress from vintage pattern on: July 23, 2006 01:44:47 PM
This is a dress I made from a vintage pattern. It was my first time making a notched collar.
Me, sweaty but triumphant

The full-length shot. This dress has small pleats instead of darts at the front of the skirt and bodice. The pleats on the skirt are actually quite flattering - I'm just standing funny in this photo, which is why I look really poochy.

The belt isn't part of the dress, its just one I found at a thrift store recently.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Prissy purple Doris Day dress! on: June 25, 2006 09:50:13 AM
This is the prissy purple Doris Day dress. It really needs little white gloves and pumps.


I drafted the collar myself, but other than  that its from a vintage pattern. If you want the whole saga of the dress, its on my blog www.sewinginthecity.blogspot.com
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone know where you can buy self-belt kits? on: June 20, 2006 08:13:10 AM
Does anyone know where (if anywhere) you can buy kits to make self-belts - you know, the ones where both the belt and the buckle are covered with the same fabric as the dress? I haven't seen them at my local fabric store, but its pretty small (not one of the larger chains). An online source, or one in Manhattan/Brookyln would be great. I"ve been making dresses from vintage patterns and really, really want to make some of these as the perfect finishing touch!
Thanks in advance!
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