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
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