Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Vintage fabric and choosing a pattern

I recently purchased this lovely vintage striped seersucker on ebay and it arrived in yesterdays post.
Its a great weight, not sheer at all and not too puckery. I have a thing for stripes and I loved the colours in this fabric, it felt really light and fresh.

I know I want to sew it up in a pattern with buttons as a feature. I was inspired by this pictured Tracy Reese for Anthropologie dress.

I have narrowed it down to 3 patterns, Megan Nielsen's Darling Ranges Dress or Kelly Skirt or a vintage 60's pattern i recently picked up on Etsy (pic below).

What do you guys think? I would also love any suggestions for button, I intially thought I would use a simple white button but maybe I should play up one of the colours in the stripes? Maybe yellow??

Thursday, 17 January 2013

New in The Shop

I have a couple of new patterns that have just been added to the shop. Both are from The Makers Journal we have The Little Truck Stop Top a mini version of the best selling big girls Truck Stop. An easy to sew pattern that any little girl is sure to love!

We are also now stocking The Tunic a beautiful basic short sleeved top that can be worn multiple ways

both styles are available in the shop now.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Recreate Hilly Holbrook's Dress

Hi Ladies,

Have you seen The Help? If your a vintage/retro lover you most likely have. I had read the book several times and loved it and I also loved the movie.  Sharen Davis the films costume designer did an awesome job of the costumes. There were 50 custom made costumes used, the rest being sourced from vintage stores and costume rental shops.
Sharen has designed for several other fims set in this period ( early to mid 1960's for those who arent familiar with the book/film) Dreamgirls and Ray. 

Early in the movie, Bryce Dallas Howards character ,Hilly Holbrook, comes out in a full skirted floral number and I instantly thought " Thats the Colette Patterns Chantilly Dress!".

Sharen has added pink bows at the neckline and waist

 (Colette Patterns Chantilly Dress, buy Here)

The only difference I could see was the back bodice which also feature the same gathering as the front. The Chantilly is a fitted back bodice.
This style of print is easy to pick up in a light to medium cotton ( best weight for the Chantilly) in either a new or vintage fabric. Keep your eye out on Etsy, I found these fabrics which would work well:

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Part of the reason I started sewing was because of my love of vintage fashion and wanting to recreate the looks for myself I always get excited when I see a style like this come up. I wonder if Sharen used the Colette Pattern when she made the Hilly Holbrook dress?

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Style Crush ~ Midi Skirts

The humble Midi Skirt, never really out of style. They are feminine and show a bit of leg without revealing too much.
I like my midi skirts full with a hem that falls just below the knee, preferably with pockets please.The style can be made up in a wide range of fabrics, from the sheerest chiffon, chambray/cottons or even wool for the colder months. The only requirement is that fabric has some drape.
They can be dressed up or down, worn with a simple t-shirt or tank and sandals for brunch or the school run or styled up with a strapless or embellished top or blouse for evening.

I have several beautiful Midi skirt pattern styles in the shop, there's the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen, The Ginger from Colette Patterns, and last but not least the Lickety Split from The Makers Journal.

I'm currently cutting out a chambray version of the Kelly Skirt, I'm hoping it will become a staple piece in my wardrobe. In the meantime here's a few inspiration pic's

                                                          (A few ASOS versions)

                                    ( from Chicismo, Kelly pattern could re-create this perfectly!)

                                                          ( chiffon,pleats - perfection!)

What do you think of the Midi length skirt? How do you like to wear this style?