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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 1965 + closure on: July 12, 2006 09:16:03 PM
I made another dress out of another vintage pattern, this time Mccalls 8020 (1965):

I altered the sleeve length, and made it in some purpley, busy, cord and bright green buttons:

I really like all the nice design touches that older patterns have, like lots of pleats and darts that line up (hard to see, but they are there, honest):


I can't remember exactly, but this dress had 14ish darts and 4 little pleats in it. I love doing buttonsholes, so that was fun for me, but it got a little tedious sewing all the buttons on! There is also a Snap at the waistline to stop gapping.

This is the back, at the waist:

There is an optional underlining for the skirt, but I wear it with a slip instead. It is suprisingly racy for a mid 60's dress, when you sit down the split at the front rides up to about mid-thigh! Admittedly, my fabric choice probably doesn't help.

In my sewing area hang around some of my first (failed/ugly) projects, silently mocking me. I had a few hours to kill, so I made them wearable.

The first started off as a circle skirt halter dress which I drafted myself. I made two of the same pattern, one in a red gingham, and the other in black and while polka-dots. The red it totally wearable, but the dotty one was the first, and I learnt lots from it, but it did not work. I chopped off the top part and attatched it to a stretchy waistband, distributing most of the fullness to the back to try and cut down on walk-though. I also discovered, from reading the dressaday blog, that I really like pockets. So they went on as well.


I also made a slim-line dress in red material with yellow spots from Simp 4599, but I didn't like the way it looked, so now it is a top!

When I initially made it, it was the first thing that I made with dart in it.

Now all I need to do is re-cut and sew the long, a-line, bias cut brocade skirt that I chose as my first sewing project Cheesy.
2  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Simplicity 6879 on: July 12, 2006 08:40:54 PM
I was doing a sewing course about 9 months ago, and I wanted to learn how to do buttonholes, collars, facings, etc, and the nicest pattern I could find was Simp. 6879. It was also on sale for Au$7.50, added bonus.

I got some really yummy Broderie Anglais and did the version with short sleeves and tie. It came together really easily, the most time consuming part being finishing the edges off. As it was my first collar I needed my teacher's help when putting that together, but if you have ever applied a collar, even with a different method, I don't think you would have any trouble.

I like princess seams and how flattering they are, and also the way the collar lays.




In the last one, you can kinda see how sheer the fabric is when in the sun, and also the Broderie Anglais. While I made the tie to go with it, I don't really like how it looks and hangs, and I have lost it somewhere so I don't have pics of it.

I was in Big W (a much less crafty version of Walmart, the haberdashery section of my local is about 4m long)a little while ago and spied some white eyelet. It is pretty low quality; 100% synthetic and constantly fraying, but I really liked it. The fabric sat around for a while, and while I was scanning in some old mags I fell in love with the pink dress on the right:

So, I altered the front,facing, and collar to give it a bit of a similiar shape.

Front, with alterations visible:

Better pic:


Lion buttons:

I love this pattern and its versatility;

A shrug I made by altering the collar, facings, and sleeves:

and also part of a cowboy costume that I never got to wear because I was sick:

I can see myself making this shirt a few more times, a great wadrobe builder.

3  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / New Look 6429-FO on: July 12, 2006 08:15:39 PM
After reading rave reviews on it I bought New Look 6429 , and some greeny stretch knit with black patterns over it.

Before I had a chance to get started on it though, I was given some black knit with gorgeous drape, and made a mock up of it in the short sleeved, no tie belt version;

The back isn't as full as it appears in the pic, I was just standing funny  Roll Eyes

It is the design features on this that I love, and they come together really easily. There are gathers up the side which flatter everyone:

As well as really simple, cute sleeves:

I like it in a plain fabric, becasue it shows the reallly nice construction.

In the patterned fabric I did long sleeves, cuffs and collar.

The colours (including my skin) have been washed out by the flash)

I was worried about the fabric being too loud for all the details, but I think now it looks fine.

I made these two dresses in as many days; there are not lots of complex instructions and pieces to go together, and it was probably one of the easiest dresses I have done.

As well as the gathering, the back goes down to a point and most of the fullness of the skirt is there.

I would really recommend this pattern, and even if it is your first time using knits it will give you great results.
4  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Simplicity 5006- Corset, petticoat on: April 29, 2006 08:00:16 PM
I made the crinoline petticoat with elasticised waist and corset from Simplicity 5006 a little while ago.

The petticoat was made with white bridal tulle and some white fabric that I got as an offcut from my stash. I had so much trouble sewing the tulle (the machine would jam and thread snap) that I had to sew each seam with tissue paper underneath it, then self enclose the seams again. It got so tedious that it has taken me a few months to work up the courage to apply the lace to the bottom, though this time there didn't seem to be a problem.

I ended up lopping off about 6 inches from the bottom to bring it a bit above my knee, because originally it was far too long. Reading the pattern I was under the impression that there was only enough lace to put on the top layer, but I think I must have bought more than recommended as I was able to do both.

I am going to make another one, mostly because I want a little more fullness under heavy skirts. Next time I will use the zipper yoke rather then elasticised one because I feel that it can look a little bulky.

Fullness (sorry about the bluriness)

and on a coathanger

The corset is made of lavender homespun cotton, and is boned with cable ties. It has no lining, but it wouldn't be difficult to adapt the pattern to including one. The part I liked most is that it came with a modesty panel, though because of the size I didn't bother using it.

It wasn't difficult to make, and the instructions were clear. I didn't like the way that they applied the trim, so I just folded over and sewed, but I think I can see why they did it their way and will probably do it like that next time.

I like the shape and length of it.



Here is where my main beef comes up. I measurements were what one size called for, but I went down one because I wanted a bit of pull. However, the finished product is still a little big for me; I can stick my hand, leg, and bathroom sink up the gap at my tummy, and although my chest isn't large anyway, all the corset does is flatten it. They are generous with the sizing, and I think going down at least 1, but perhaps 2 will give a good fit.

oh, and please excuse the pj pants (it is only almost 1 PM here) and the decapitation. I am having a bad face week  Smiley.

I am also pretty sure that if you either a) used a lining or b) used commercial boning and inserted it the way they told you, it would get rid of the puckering. I just used my seam allowance as channels.

If you have tried it, or try it, please share your results; I am interested in hearing about other people's experiences.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Vintage style clothing (warning-Mr. Creosote of images) on: April 29, 2006 04:17:33 AM
...or perhaps not, but it sure felt like a lot of pictures when they were being taken. I never fully appreciated how difficult it is.

Anyway, I love vintage patterns, and if I see one I have to buy it, I always justify it by telling myself I will never see it again  Roll Eyes. The four below are ones that I have made up recently.

The first is my fav of all of them, and is early 60's. It is made of this pretty blue material which is woven of lots of different colour blues, and given how it crackles I am assuming it is 100% synthetic. I bought it already cut at a market, and I think it might be early 80's. It frayed like mad, and if you pulled two ends of a small peice it was liable to come apart. One of the button holes is coming off it at the moment Cry. I'll get around to fixing it someday. It is much shorter than the pattern because I ran out of material, but I figure knees aren't such taboo objects nowadays. I'm wearing a petticoat with it.


It doesn't sag around the waist that much, or at least it wouldn't if I stood up straight. I wear a belt with it mostly because I wasn't happy with the waist seam.

This and item #3 were both lucky finds at St Vinnies, both half price and costing about 20 cents each. It didn't come with an envelope, but I am guessing mid to late 60's. The material is a light brown cord, and I feel a bit like a sofa in it.


This pattern was published in 1980, and its a pencil skirt with pleating at the front, so you can walk in it. The pleats were nasty to do in my material which was this pinstriped suiting stuff that didn't like to be ironed.

and just to prove that there are pleats there:
hehe, my belly is so round Cheesy

This last one isn't actually made from a vintage pattern, but it looks vintagish, so its here anyway. It was made from a simplicity wardrobe top that I added a skirt to, and a flounce to make up length.


Once again I messed up the waist seam, so the belt goes with it. Petticoat to give it some volume, and to hide the uneven hem Wink.

These are the patterns I used for them, lol, check out the waist on the early 60's one!


The End

Except to say that I hope you like them, and as a side note it is my first project post in this forum, and I hope I can measure up to all your beautiful creations.
6  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / FO-variegated fit to be tied + flower on: April 25, 2006 02:42:29 AM
Howdy Craftsters

I just got my HH book after ages of waiting (it finally came to my local Borders, after delays in transit  Roll Eyes) and I needed a fairly fast project to work up so I could give it as a gift today. An evening later and some gorgeous 50% wool 50% acrylic variegated yarn, and this sucker was born.

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/49590scan0003.jpg Front
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/49590scan0004.jpg and Back

I searched frantically around my local shopping centre to find a ribbon for it, but the best I could find was this thin silver cord at a newsagent which I doubled up, and used the remainder as the centre for the blue mohair flower.

I really loved the effect that the variegated yarn had, and the cruddy scan in (my brother lost the camera charger) doesn't really show the colours so well; it is more a tan and cornflower blue.

She loved it too, which made me feel good...
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Speed Tufting Kit- Ronco on: December 28, 2005 03:14:23 AM
Hi Craftsters, this forum was the only one I could think of that fitted what I was asking, but if I have misplaced it feel free to point it out.  Undecided

I was at an op-shop today and found a speed tufting tool by Ronco still in its box (and for AU$4), but after bringing it home ready to use I can't seem to understand what they are saying in the instructions. I set it all up, and using the wool that comes included attempt to push it though to create the loop. Pushing through is fine, and but I can't seem to extend the looper to its full length while it is on the other side of the fabric. When I pull the looper back and pull the needle out I bring the loop back with me. All I am left with is a great big hole in the Hessian. I am following the instructions and diagrams included, but I must be doing something completely wrong.

At first I thought it may have been my tension, but even after trying to increase it using embroidery frames and the like it doesn't leave the loop behind, though the tension  is still a little loose.

I don't suppose any one who had one of these things in the 1970's, or who has had experience with them, or tufters,  could perhaps tell me where I am going wrong? Any help is appreciated.

Thanks, Zeeblebee

p.s. My first post, yay! I am a long time lurker Cheesy

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