This week I will mostly be making retro style dresses !
I have received three utterly stunning patterns from the sewdirect.com vintage ranges and cannot wait to use them up !
The first one is a Vintage Vogue – it’s a 1954 pattern and it’s simplicity in style means I can probably get away with a bold fabric print…
The second is Butterick 1946 and has a long or short sleeve variation. The shape looks incredibly flattering.. Oh, to have lived in that era !
Such pretty bows on the third pattern – Butterick from 1953. All of the options are gorgeous, but tempted to make the A3 version. Wouldn’t this make a lovely wedding dress ?
It’s always so important to do your calculations before buying your fabric. I’ve made costly mistakes in the past, buying fabric because I like it ( well, why wouldn’t you :) ) and then starting the cutting, only to realise that it’s not wide enough or I haven’t bought enough. Aaagh ! :)
The other thing to consider is the size of the actual fabric patterns. What can look perfect online, may end up being huge in reality and be better for upholstery. Also, if you have panels/gathers/pleats – is the pattern design suitable ? Will it get lost or look dis-jointed.
Fabric stores are usually happy to send out a few samples, so I would definitely recommend checking first before making !
Now, what fabric do I use ? Polka dots ? Gingham ? Maybe denim with a trim ? Endless possibilites.. what would you use ?
Watch this space etc etc… these completed vintage dresses will be coming to a computer screen near you soon….
Have a good day.. and look out for my Inspire Me post this Thursday – I am rather excited… I’ve had a nice chat with Anna Lou of London and will be showing off her gorgeous jewellery and accessories :)
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