Wednesday, July 1, 2015

10th Anniversary Dress - Vintage Vogue 1172

This past weekend, my husband and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary! It reminded me that I never blogged about the dress I made for our 10th anniversary a couple years ago. We had a special mass in French and marriage blessing, and it was the first time in about 5 years at the time that we were able to visit family in France, where we got married. It was a special year! It was also while I was still finding my way around using patterns to make dresses, and I wanted to make a special dress for the occasion.

I settled on Vogue 1172. I was in love with the massive skirt, complete with godets!
As for color, I was just a little obsessed with the idea of a pale, barely there pink, in dupioni silk!! I searched and found a great deal. I ordered the fabric, NINE yards of it, and was a little nervous when I received a standard sized large envelope. I thought, there must have been some mistake, this can't possibly be nine yards of fabric...and then I opened it.

And I unfolded it, and it kept unfolding and unfolding, like magic! I was amazed at how compact the fabric was. It had a gorgeous sheen, and it was so incredibly light, and yet strong. Clearly this was my first time working with 100% real silk.

It went together fairly easily, this might have been my first Vogue pattern? I was a little intimidated, but it was not as difficult as I expected!

It was also one of my first hand picked zippers.

I completed the dress itself....

 ...but I wanted to add a little bit of tone on tone pink in the form of a big sash!

This was also one of my first waist stays, I was very proud of it! Here it is in action, making that zip super easy to close.

I was very proud of my fluffy pink cloud of a dress on the day of our celebration!

Big Pink Bow, YES!

The following year, I pulled out my dress again for a gala we planned to attend. I still had a bit of the fabric left, and the only part I wasn't completely satisfied with on the dress was the neckline and sleeve, I just didn't think it was the most flattering on me. So I decided to make a little cropped jacket to go with it. I used McCalls 5006, and was really pleased with the outcome!

I lined the jacket with the same darker pink I used for the sash, and covered the button with it as well.

I really loved the combo of the dress and jacket!


The hat I got for Easter one year, doesn't it go well with the dress? I love it...

Since it had been a while since my first pics (which were with my phone!) I thought I'd snap a few without the jacket as well. You'll note I tied the sash in front this time, it's nice having some versatility. :-)

I did have a pair of petticoats on this time! One of them is new, I'll be blogging about it's a sneak peak. :-)

I still get excited when I see this dress, I adore the color, the fabric, and the giant swishy skirt. It was certainly a success, and really helped me along with gaining confidence in my sewing skills, especially using a (Vogue!) pattern.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Pinspiration Monday - Patriotic Vintage

The 4th of July will be upon us soon! I love old images and postcards and just generally fun patriotic stuff, so I'm sharing some of it here!


Friday, June 26, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Bright White and Yellow Butterick 6175

One of the first projects I planned after giving up sewing for myself at Lent was this dress! It just took me a little while to get to it. :-) I had this yellow sweater, and when I saw the fabric at the store I knew they'd go great together, it was just screaming to be made into a dress.

I thought for a while about which pattern to use and settled on Retro Butterick 6175, an out of print pattern that I had seen and fallen in love with. Luckily I was able to find a copy close to my size on Etsy.

It was pretty simple to put together, the most involved part was the gathered sleeves. I'm very pleased with how they turned out!

This makes my 4th Vintage Pledge item, only one more to go!

I think there are some tab things that are supposed to go over where the sleeves meet the bodice? I'm not 100% sure, but I omitted them as I couldn't really tell from the instructions and didn't think they were necessary.

One of my favorite parts of this dress is the back, I love how the sleeves meet the bodice and the shape they create at the back.

This was my first time doing a center zipper that didn't go all the way to the top.

I did my usual skirt gathering preference, leaving most of the fullness in the sides and back and leaving the front flat.

I fully lined the dress since it was largely white, and included a waist stay. There's a pocket as well, of course.

I almost forgot to snap a pic with the sweater that inspired it all, lol, but it works just as well as I'd hoped!
I've really got to work on a happier concentration face!

That's a bit better!
You might notice I'm still getting the hang of using my new camera, which I'm able to use remotely from my phone! (How cool is that?) So while this means I don't have to bug my husband to take a million pics of my projects, I still need his help with the gadgety stuff when I'm confused!

A little higher, I think...
Thanks for the help, dear! :-D