So sorry for the lack of posts lately. :(. As you know life can take crazy course. Although things have been hectic, I have been crafting a little. Mostly pattern inspired crafting, but I wanted to share them with you!
It seems that the dresses I have worked on have had a very Twiggy/60's/Mod feel. I even recently cut all my hair off in a short pixie style - Mia Farrow would be so proud!
Away we go!
the first dress I worked on was from a pattern I found in: Famous Frocks - a book I picked up a while ago and never had a chance to utilize! It's a really awesome book with easy to follow directions. I recommend it highly!
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I really loved the final results! I made the dress out of a lime green broadcloth: that's another great thing about the book- each project gives a list of different patterns that would be suitable for the style of the dress. I feel so much like Twiggy in this gown:
The second dress I worked on was a black and white checkerboard dress made from t-shirts. I got the how-to from Rookie Mag
. If you haven't checked out this website you NEED to. It's absolutely wonderful!
The how-to which you can find here
gave super easy to understand directions and the dress literally took me only an hour! Plus, who doesn't like a dress made of wicked cheap and outrageously comfortable cotton t-shirts. Antother thing I love, is that you could use virtually any combinations on colors. I went for the more traditional - this time! I would love to try making a neon one next!
Once you have the mod dress down, you should also check out Rookie's tutorial for Mod eye make up. It is the final detail that really pulls the 60's look all together! Get the look here
Last summer my mother went to a flea market and purchased a basket full of vintage patterns from the 60's, 70's and 80's for me. Since then I really haven't had the time and the money to try out the patterns. Also, since I am a self-taught sewer - picking up tips and techniques from people, and websites - I was slightly hesitant to attempt a pattern as I had never done it before. A few weeks ago I finally pulled out some cash, purchased some fabric and started trying out the patterns I have.
I call this entry "Adventures in Pattern Land." Come with me! and expect more in the future!
This is the first pattern I attempted. It's from 1969. The shape is relatively simple and it left a lot of room for editing and hiding mistakes. I also really love that the pattern only cost 75 cents!
I shortened it somewhat to make it a long tunic rathen then a short dress and I added a folded detail to the sleeves because the general shape of the dress was a little to t-shirt looking and I wanted it slightly more dressy. I love that the pattern was so easy to edit and modernize!