Finished Mint Dress

I finished it over a month ago! Finally got around to taking pictures. Here are all the posts about this dress.

A couple more WIP/detail shots:

It isn’t perfect, but after I finally wore it for the first time last weekend, I loved it! I guess sometimes I just need to stop looking at all the details that aren’t perfect and enjoy the dress as a whole :)

This is the first “complicated” dress I’ve ever drafted, and I’m quite happy with it.  Although next time I don’t think I’ll make a scalloped edge with the 2/3 circle skirt, they just don’t show that well… and that it’s hard to tie the back nicely without help! Also, the skirt is a tiny bit too small, and it makes the zipper look weird. Maybe a hook and eye can fix that.

I also finished the fur shrug today, I’ll post pictures tomorrow.

Scallops and Fabric

Corrected the back bodice pattern (I decided I’m going to leave the front as I drafted, without the under bust dart, the straps keep the fabric from folding!) and started on the math for the 3/4 circle skirt pattern today.

I don’t have enough fabric for a full circle, so I’ll make a 3/4 circle skirt. In order to fit all the pattern pieces on the fabric, I’ll have to sew the straps from 2 pieces (the back piece with the ties and the straps is this ridiculous shape that wastes so much fabric! I hope it’ll be worth it :))

Also made “test-scallops” from newspaper. I think I’m going to make the scallops about 12cm wide (the top one in the picture):

On an unrelated note, I got this large pillowcase at the thrift store a few weeks ago, and I’m not sure what I want to do with it yet (the spool is there for size comparison):

I like the stripes and the color! Maybe a romper (chevron effect)? The colors are very summery and “fun”. Or a dress with a gathered skirt? I’ll have to see if I have enough fabric.

First Vintage Patterns

So after yesterdays “Lucille” Post I looked for the pattern (Butterick) online just incase there was one around, and I found one on etsy in my size, even though I didn’t expect to! I ended up buying another vintage pattern from that shop, a simple sheath dress. I bought them from the shop PatternsFromThePast. It has a LOT of vintage patterns, so I’m guessing it’s one of the more well known ones.

The patterns (I used images from Vintage Patterns Wiki because those are nicer :)) :


The Lucille Dress – Butterick 2907

The sheath dress (give me time and I’ll come up with a more ridiculous creative name) – Butterick 2952

I do want to eventually draft my own sheath dress pattern (shouldn’t be too hard after making the pattern for the bodice of the floral dress, and pencil skirt, I’ll just make those two fit together), since I always feel a little weird about using patterns, because then I can’t say “I made it from start to finish”. Do you know that feeling?

On the other hand I also want to try sewing with vintage patterns. It just seems like a cool thing to do, taking something so old and making a brand new garment from it. Plus the envelopes are so pretty. I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to pretty things, I’ve got it under control but sometimes I just buy stuff because it’s pretty, even if I have no idea what I’m going to do with it… ah well, could be worse, at least I’m not a kleptomaniac.