May 16, 2009

The Slip for Alexis' Dress

I had to grade the slip up from a size 6 to a semi size 8 for the slip.  I added and 1 inch to the sides and two in length to fit the dress.  It is sized perfectly.  I am waiting on some fold over elastic to come in the mail to finish the slip.  I have all of the crinoline parts graded and cut out, just waiting on the foldover elastic for that too.  I'm making both the slip and the crinoline, you know how finicky ten year old girls can be.  This way she has the option to wear either or both underneath.  I added ruffles to the slip just for extra cuteness.

May 14, 2009

Blogger Buddy Award

I'm reciprocating the award I got from Sew ducky!. I'm also sending this out to Dolly from The Dolly Blogge. Both have been great and I look forward to getting to know both of them better.

May 13, 2009

Alexis' Dress

I'm taking a break from my Vogue Dress for now.  Yesterday I worked on a dress for my daughter, Alexis.  I'm very happy with the way it turned out.  I used a McCall's pattern from 1959, #5264, for a simple dress.  My daughter is VERY petite for her age, she will be 10 in July, this pattern is a size 7, I did not grade this pattern in any way and it fit perfectly with a little extra room to move.  I swear I DO feed my children very well and they are kept clean and healthy, shortness just runs in the family.  I used the cherry fabric I ended up with a few weeks back.  She has a cherry printed headband that she is wearing in her hair that you can't see very well in the photo.  Of course being herself, she added her own touches to the ensemble with the tights.  I will be making a crinoline for her out of white organza and possibly satin(?), I'll have to see what I have in my stash for the yoke and slip portion.  I should begin work on the crinoline tonight or tomorrow.  She and her brother were clowning around so I decided to use the time for a photo op for my personal collection.  We are also introducing Alley, the Australian Cattle Dog and perpetual puppy. 

May 11, 2009

Confessions of a Pattern Hoarder

After much soul searching while trying to come up with my next confession I discovered that I'm really in love with the 1950's circle skirt dresses.  I'm short and round but I still like to imagine myself in any of these dresses.  I think the look is versatile enough to be worn for any occasion depending on the fabric the dress is made out of.  While looking through my stash I realized that most of my stash is the aforementioned patterns.  Alot of them needing to be graded.....up, way up.

May 10, 2009

Fab Finds at Estate Auction, Part 2

To finish up my finds from this week.  I saved the best for last, a nice collection of Vogue Special Design patterns.  I'm in love with every one of these.

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