Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Simplicity 8510: The 'Bed of Roses' Lingerie Set

This pattern is a game changer in so many ways-- I can make my own vintage lingerie! YIPPPEEEE!!!  Enter Simplicity 8510, a reissued 1930s lingerie pattern for a bra and french knickers. I just adore the pattern illustration, so decided to give this pattern a go and I am very pleased with how my first me-made vintage lingerie set turned out!

The 1930s bras don't have any underwires--but they are still super comfy.  The pattern itself was very easy to put together. I opted for view B which has the v-shaped shape on the front and the back of the knickers.  I made this from a synthetic dress fabric that is similar to the weight of satin but without the shine.  The bra and facings came together very well except for one thing--the ruching in the centre front! That baby will not go under a sewing foot--that was so difficult to gather through two layers of this fabric! I ended up having to do it by hand with a very sturdy needle (this is where the thimbles actually do come in handy!!!)

This pattern included my other least favourite sewing task--making small straps by turning fabric inside out! That's always a measure of my sheer determination! haha.  But boy, oh boy, I do get a very satisfied feeling when I finally get them turned all the way out!

I'm really so excited at the prospect of making more lingerie from vintage patterns--the possibilities are endless (for example, I really want to make some tartan lingerie)!  And aren't these photos amazing? I worked with Tigz Rice to capture these shots and we found the most amazing flower wall--with the flowers matching almost exactly to the colour of the fabric!  I feel like a proper pinup :) 

What about you? Have you ever tackled sewing lingerie?

Photography: Tigz Rice
MUAH: @misshoneybare


Thursday, September 13, 2018

McCall 3723: The 'Pink Roses' Dress

I so love my newest 1940 McCall make--using adorable fabric from Gertie's collection.

The light blue and pink go together so well--too of my favourite colours.

I used McCall 3723--a shirtwaister with a twist:

The pattern features a button-up bodice but with two bodice front side panels that have shirring:

The fabric features small print pink roses and I had the perfect vintage pink buttons in my stash to match:

The pattern features a tie bow at the waist --well, I made the bow but it's not quite long enough to make a good looking bow (in my opinion) and the fabric is a lightweight cotton--so instead I borrowed a belt from an existing 1960s vintage dress I have that works PERFECTLY!!

I then took the bow belt that I made and used it as a matching headscarf!  I just love wearing headscarves like this and it's an easy hairdo :)

The dress pattern also features waist darts leading to a lapped seam at the waist and an inverted pleat in the centre front:

The back, both bodice and skirt, feature straight lines.  Here I'm wearing my 'What Katie Did' coffee seamed stockings:

And such cute pink and white Bait Footwear shoes!

Overall, it's a bit of a spring vibe but I just adore the look! I can't wait to get my hands on some more of Gertie's fabric!!

Photos: Darja Bilyk

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The 'Last Days of Summer' Dress

I know that technically the last day of summer isn't until later in September but for some reason end of August starts to feel like a transition into Autumn.  I'm sharing my latest make which is a summer dress but with some autumnal hues.

This fabric is one of those hard cottons that is sort of stiff--but washes quite nicely and was a gift from some colleagues.  

The dress pattern itself is a hack of one of my favourite dresses.  I basically self-drafted the bodice copying one of my existing dresses:

For the skirt, I adapted the skirt pattern from Tilly's Lilou dress pattern from her first book 'Love at First Stitch':

I do quite like the v-neck bodice and pleated skirt effect.  The dress is sleeveless --so works perfectly with layering:

The dress closes with a side zip --which I just find way easier than back zippers for functionality!

Very pleased with how it came out and I'm already planning more dresses since it's such a quick make.

How cool is this location? Hard to believe it's within Edinburgh--Dr. Neil's Garden.  It has almost a beachy feel to it!

Excited to do more autumnal sewing--time to dig out my tweeds and wools again! yipppeee!  What about you--planning new seasonal outfits?

Photos: Darja Bilyk
MUAH: Vanity Thrills

Thursday, August 2, 2018

McCall 3718: The 'Glamour Girl Slip'

Welcome to my love of 1940 McCall patterns, where even the slips are glamorous!

This was my first time ever making a vintage slip and what a gem McCall 3718 is as a pattern.  The slip itself is almost like a dress (in fact, it could be a dress!)  I made it out of cream coloured silk fabric.

The pattern itself features a scooped neckline with slight gathering under the bust, thin shoulder straps, a paneled, slightly flaring skirt and a side zipper.

I did a hand picked zipper insertion --which looks best (and was easiest) with the silk fabric.

I'm incredibly picky about my slips and usually only wear half slips. I think this vintage pattern solves my dislike for slips as this serves the purpose of both camisole and slip all in one and of course the fit and flare goes perfectly with my other 1940 McCall patterns.  There are three slip patterns in the 1940 catalogue and I can't wait to make the others.  I'm thinking maybe black for the next slip?

These amazing photos (the first one and the last one) were take by Veronika Marx (V's Anchor Studio)--and I just love how she captures the glamour era--makes me feel like I should be lounging in my slips all the time! :) 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

McCall 5384: 'The Summer Goodness' Dress

Bubble, bubbles and happy, pretty new dresses!  I love summer in the city--especially Edinburgh getting ready for festival season!!  There is a bubble man in the city centre and he makes me very happy! :)

I've used this pattern –– McCall 5384 from 1943 before:

I just adore the very fitted bodice on this pattern leading into a straight skirt. The high neckline is eased by the overlapping shoulder details--which gives a nice gathered effect to the bodice.  I also really, really adore the pockets!

Here's the version I made before in a faux linen raspberry coloured fabric (check out the blog post here):

I made this version in a similar linen-look teal fabric (it's synthetic --so no wrinkling!!):

Overall, really happy with the fit except look at the pictures now, I think I am going to have to finally tackle the full bust adjustment (basically I've been too lazy--as it doesn't bother me that much but I see that I could probably eliminate the wrinkles on the bodice sides if I did that!)

Teal has to be one of my favourite colours (after bright pink!) and I've got several outfits in the works that all feature teal (as I have lots of teal fabric in my stash! hahaha--YAY!)

Ok...more bubbles overload.... I just love these photos!!!

Bubbles aren't the only thing I love about pre-fringe festival Edinburgh--I also love the vintage ice cream trucks.  We've been having an unusually phenomenal summer here--and everyone has been out and about.  It's really nice as usually Edinburgh is fairly rainy during the summer.  So I've definitely been taking advantage of the heat and sunshine to indulge in some summer fun (ice cream, bubbles and just being outdoors in general!)

hahaha. I love this picture...people are always impressed that I can independently raise one eyebrow...makes me look a bit cheeky! lol.

Another funny photo....

How cool that these stairs (just outside the national gallery) perfectly match my dress (and good place to make sure I don't spill my ice cream everywhere while avoiding the crowds!! :)

You all know how much I love being matchy-matchy. I've had these shoes for some time and just adore making dresses to match them. They are a great teal tartan from Ness Clothing (local store) and I am super excited that What Katie Did just released some teal seamed stockings (my dream!!)

ah, Edinburgh...I adore you!  Look at our new ferris wheel (comes out for the fringe in August and in December for the Christmas Market...brrrr...)

Yippeeee....I think I could make this dress in all the bright colours--maybe one for each season (I've got raspberry for spring, teal for summer...maybe pumpkin for autumn and wine for winter?? hmmm...)  What do you think?

Photos: Darja Bilyk
Location: Prince's Street Gardens and the Mound, Edinburgh

Sunday, July 22, 2018

McCall 3580: The 'Gardener's Cottage' Dress

Another pink and flowers inspired me-made outfit for the glorious Edinburgh summer!

This is McCall 3580, a wonderful summer dress with a matching short sleeved jacket.  I just adore the lines on the jacket with the serious shoulders, unevenly spaced buttons (which allow the jacket to be worn buttoned up or with a lapel.  The jacket can be made in long or short sleeves and I opted for the latter.

This fabric that I used may look familiar:

In fact, I've used this exact fabric combination --the lightweight wool-like hot pink fabric and the breezy and lightweight flower cotton fabric --for my last me-made outfit, the pink pinafore and floral blouse:

I just adore this summer dress pattern--it features a v-neck bodice connecting to a waist panel before going into a gathered skirt:

The back features a straight back bodice connected to the two shoulder straps:

This isn't the only double-take with this outfit as I've actually used this 1940 McCall pattern before for my 'Weaving Destination' Dress:

You can see in my previous green dress iteration that I didn't quite get the straight bodice piece low enough--something that I was able to correct on this version! YAY!  The fit is way better on this newer version.

Overall, I am super pleased to have another 1940 sundress in my closet and one that goes so perfectly with all my hot pink accessories (like these awesome Bait Footwear sandals! yippeee).

I'm also really pleased with the jacket too...it's such an unusual style. I will have to try ironing the lapel into it and see what it looks like--thought I like it straight like this too!  It's also great to be able to make several outfits with the same fabric and colour scheme as now I can mix and match!


We took these pictures in the Prince's Street Gardens in Edinburgh (photos by the lovely Darja Bilyk)--I especially love the Gardener's Cottage.  Doesn't this dress just look like it was made for that cute little cottage and a spot of rose gardening?

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