Tutorial: De-Poofing a Petticoat

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What? Me, writing a post about wanting a petticoat to be less poofy? Since school has started, and I have to sit on tiny chairs all day, having a big, poofy skirt has been impractical, so I’ve been liking a more subtle look more and more. However, I don’t really have a petticoat that gives a subtle 50s shape, and I was scared to cut one of mine and have it fail miserably! When I saw Modcloth was having a sale on their short purple petticoat, I bought it, and then proceeded to pretty successfully tone down the poof to a more suitable for everyday amount.

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The Floral Silk Dress

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School has been so busy I’ve barely been sewing! I have about 100 ideas I want to get started on as soon as things calm down a bit. I did, however, manage to find some time to photograph a couple of creations I made just before school began! One of these is my floral silk dress. It’s got a 50’s style darted bodice (because what else do I make anymore honestly) and a full circle skirt. I’m wearing a small petticoat in these pictures, but it’s just very twirly and voluminous on it’s own!

The 1950’s Picnic Dress

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My newest 1950’s dress! I call it my picnic dress because the pattern sort of reminds me a vintage picnic blanket. I love the soft colours and the v-neck, and I’m so happy with how it turned out. Photos are by Chris Mackay. Unfortunately I didn’t take many progress photos of this, but it took around 7 hours to make, and we ventured out on a 93 degree day to photograph it. More pictures are below!

The Lavender Dress (Butterick B5748)

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The last year or two, all the sewing pattern companies have been releasing more and more of these revamped retro patterns, and after seeing them every time I went to the fabric store, I finally succumbed. This pattern is just so gorgeous, with it’s scoop back and boat neck! It did feel very weird not using a pattern that I made, but overall I’m happy with the dress result. I wouldn’t exactly call this a review of this pattern, because I edited the pieces to fit my needs, but if you’ve been looking at buying I will say I would recommend it – it was a well-designed pattern and is really cute overall.

The Halloween Dress 2015, Photos

DSC01214Oh gosh, my poor neglected blog! I’m hoping to start posting here again with some semi-regularity. So, to start that off, I have some pictures of my Halloween dress from 2015 that I apparently just never posted! My lovely boyfriend helped me take them and I think they’re gorgeous (his flickr is here!). 50’s dresses have always been one of my favorite styles of dress, because overall they just really flatter my shape (and who doesn’t love a twirly skirt?). I’m hoping to make some more in the future.

The 50s Sailor Dress, Photos

sailor collage   I took photos of my Sailor Dress this weekend! I loved how most of these turned out, and I did some editing to give some of them a vintage-y feel, but I definitely think the old fashioned Pepsi bottles and the dress itself helped. Excuse being able to see my petticoat in some of these – I only have a black one that works for this dress as of now, and it’s a teeny bit long. I have a white one, but the black one has more floof, and I think the dress really needed it. You can read about how this dress was made here, and view more photos below.