Monday, November 13, 2017

Simplicity 1587 (1940s Dress!)

 It has been a brutal week of coughing, fevers, and insomnia, but I finally slept last night (thank you Nyquil! Burn in Hades disgusting cough syrup!). I thought I would celebrate by finally taking some pictures of my Simplicity 1587 dress.

This is the kind of sewing I wanted to do so badly when I started with this sewing thing. Twentysomething, "baby seamstress" me would be so happy to see this dress!

 I completely adore this floral fabric! It is a "Gertie" print from JoAnns. The color tones are so beautiful I think.

 In wartime 1940s everyone was trying to cut back on the fabrics they used for garments and so I hear they compensated by making their hair fancier and more intricate. As for my attempt at that, well, I did my best! Victory rolls did really help to make the look a bit more authentic, in my non-expert opinion.

Sewing this dress took me a few weeks, a bunch of adjustments, and some improvising (I didn't quite buy enough fabric so I had a "make it work" moment with piecing together the sleeves). I fell in love with this pattern years ago when I first spotted it and I am so glad I got the chance to sew it up now!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Audrey Hepburn "Sabrina" Dress

 I grew up on old Hollywood classics. Doris Day, Julie Andrews, and  Alfred Hitchcock were very familiar names to me! I especially adored Audrey Hepburn, so when the Gertie pattern B6353 came out I immediately fell in love! It is a copy of a dress from the movie "Sabrina" that I always loved.

 When the corresponding Gertie fabric went on sale a year ago I snatched it up! I finally sewed it up this month and I am going to be Audrey Hepburn for Halloween! My childhood dreams have come true!

 This dress is the nicest thing I have ever sewn! The lining is the best one I have ever sewn too!

 I really wanted to step up my photography by taking outside pictures! I totally got heckled by the river though!

 There is a beautiful old mansion in my area, "The Moore Mansion", that I new I wanted to get a picture at, but I wasn't sure how to do it. So I drove up to it when the owner happened to be outside, I asked if I could take a picture just outside the gate and they told me I could take a picture anywhere on the property! It was a dream come true!

I am so happy they let me take a picture here! I have admired this house for ages! It really is lovely. And I thought it was very "Sabrina" to wear this dress outside of a mansion!

What I know about the Moore Mansion was that it was supposed to be a vacation home for a wealthy, ailing woman. It was built around 1920 but the lady died before it was finished! In the 1930s it was a "speakeasy" and even Franklin Delano Roosevelt had been here! It was abandoned for many years and was a restaurant when I was a child. It caught on fire and sustained a lot of damage when I was in high school. Thankfully new owners fixed it up and now lots of people get married here! Sewing bloggers also can sometimes take pictures of their vintage dresses here as well! ;)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Capsule Wardrobe FINALLY completed!!!

 Hey everyone! I'm here to say I really did finish my crazy capsule wardrobe project! I decided to go ahead and document all the different combinations I could find. Supposedly there are 96 different outfits that can be made, but I only could think of 80. Let me know what I did wrong, although 80 combinations are still a lot for me! 

The following is a photo dump of all my different outfits. I acknowledge that some are better that others and my construction is not perfect. However, I learned so much and I am so excited to start wearing all these outfits every day (I was saving them for this blog post because I didn't want any of them to possibly be ruined!).

My "Winter Berry" Capsule Wardrobe:

If you made it to the end, thank you! I am so excited about all the different combinations of clothes I will get to wear everyday!
Also, I must thank the Wardrobe Architect series and the "Sew to Flatter" class on Craftsy!