Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Yet another dress!

I just can't get enough dresses, and I love the 3/4 circle skirt and I love having pockets in them. I've found a pattern I've been looking for a long time, and was very happy to find this New Look 6699. It's a very versatile pattern, with nine bodice options, two waist and two skirt options! Now for those of you liking probability, that's a total of 36 different dress options! Correct me if I'm wrong; I always liked statistics better. Anyhow I constructed a new skirt piece to get the 3/4 circle, and added side pockets. Next time I use this pattern (and there will be a next time), I will cut away some of the front forming the “tuck” to make this a little smaller. There is too much fabric in the front loop now, and I didn’t manage to tuck it properly. I would also like to experiment with pleats or darts instead of just tucks.

The dress was meant to be a more or less everyday dress, to be used with a cardigan, but the gorgeous, shiny cotton sateen makes this more formal. Still love it though, and for once I put lining in. I guess that also adds up with the formal feeling. I'm enjoying my serrated shears, and I think I've befriended linings. 

Sunday, 10 October 2010


The sunshine dress is finally done! The choice of buttonholes was what hindered me to finish this dress, and I am so happy that I didn't just rush to the normal ones in order to get the dress done! I am very pleased with the result, and making the simplified bound buttonhole tutorial helped me a lot! I was actually going to make an every-day-dress with this look, but both the shiny cotton sateen and the shiny buttons make this dress less casual. I love having pockets in my dresses, and this dress is no exception. 

The buttons are from Istanbul, and what I like about them is that they look just like sweets? For everyone who knows Minstrels (my favourite chocolate sweets), these look like a black liquorice version...

Note on bangs: What can I do to keep it straight? It always looks jagged!

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

It's time for my first giveaway!

More than 50 followers just mean one thing, and that is celebrating with a GIVEAWAY! I hope you enjoy reading about my sewing and planning, and can use my page as a resource for bouncing further into the world of vintage and rockabilly style.

Some notes on the prize: The Simplicity 3860 is an adorable shirt dress in bust size 16. It is still uncut, and comes in short/medium/tall size. The Advance 8920 is cut in size 12, and in some places it’s torn because the tracing paper is so fragile. There are also some pieces missing, but these are facings and rectangular pieces, and should easily be constructed from the pattern. The two cover-a-buckle are for making your own belt buckles! Match your shirt dress with a belt! As the label states, it’s The professional way to make a buckle. The 6 buttons are all from my Istanbul find, and are 4 cm in diameter.

Leave a comment below this post if you want to participate in the giveaway! If  you tell me your favourite amongst the outfits I've made, or give me any tips on a style or pattern that I should be aware of, I'll give double chances to win. I will send to any country, just make sure to enter the giveaway before Sunday the 10th of October 12pm GMT.

Update: Having arranged the blog world's (probably) least popular giveaway just makes me laugh! Maybe I'll try again when rounding 100 followers...