Sunday, November 14, 2010

More skirts that were once dresses...

Note: I bought NO new fabric.  These were all dresses I don't wear anymore.

This one didn't turn out great:

This one turned out okay:

I like how this one turned out:

I love how this one turned out:

And finally the Dick and Jane dress is now a Dick and Jane skirt:

I hope you like!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Dress redux (redo?)...

So one of my current goals is to turn all these dresses that I no longer wear into skirts that I probably will.  This is has been a favorite goal for me so far and I am excited to do it.  I bought two packages of elastic today (with 40% off coupons of course) and I guess the thicker the elastic is the less you get so maybe I'll try the next size down.  Hopefully, I'll get more than two out of the next package of elastic.

(Crooked stance, not hem)

Okay so technically these two weren't dresses but shirts that were too big.  (I guess so if I made them into skirts right!)  Anyway, I do have many dresses to skirt up but I ran out of elastic.  It's like a whole new skirtdrobe!  More to come!

Saturday, September 4, 2010


I was inspired by this blog to do some sewing.

I bought this really cute shirt in Japan.  I think it was part of a set.  Unfortunately, upon additional attempts to wear it I found that it was made for someone with little to no boobage.  (I thought I had little!)

Today I turned it into one of those Japanese overshirts that I love so much.

Next, I bought this shirt from  Unfortunately, it came with a tiny hole due to some machine error I'm sure.  Well, since it was an overseas purchase bought on clearance, it wasn't worth the cost to send it back.  I pulled up the fabric to add an additional pleat.  (The shirt came with about three pleats in the side.)  You'd never know!

Anyway, I'm glad I got that done this morning.  It makes me wish I wasn't so broke so I could sew something!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Vintage Sale Part 2!

Comment if you're interested! (All items 40s or 50s unless otherwise noted.)

1.  1930s

2. Repro

3. Swirl dress


5. 70s (Sorry for the short slip.)

Close up:

Close up:






To help me better serve you please tell me the number of the piece you're interested in.  See this blog for my measurement range (though some stuff is a little smaller) as well as other pertinent info.

Please buy my stuff!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Vintage Sale!

For reasons I don't want to get into here, I've decided to sell a whole bunch of my vintage which is authentic as in not made by me.  :)

Everything is in fantastic condition as I take very good care of my stuff.  If you see anything you like, please comment your interest and we can work out a deal!

(Note: I am a 38 bust and 32 waist and most of this falls in that category with a range of 30 - 32 waist and 38 to 42 bust.  I did measure everything so if you want specifics please let me know!)




4. SOLD!











I have a lot more which haven't been photographed.  Approximate age of these garments is 40s to 50s.  I don't own anything 60s.

Please let me know if you have any questions about anything!

Saturday, July 24, 2010


Goodness gracious when did I start working on this thing?  I think maybe before the movie came out. 

Yesterday, I found this ridiculously large pot at Goodwill.  The skirt has been finished for some time but the ric rac was in different color blues.  It's been hanging in my laundry room for ages.  It made me sad to walk by the mismatched thing.  Well, I snatched up that pot immediately and dyed it as soon as the pot was clean.  It turned out beautifully!  A lovely rich blue!

So here she is with a good chunk of the rest of the costume:

There are a few things I need to complete the costume: a scarf, a small crinoline, gloves and the coat (which I do plan on making).  I am aware that atop the shirt is supposed to be a vest but I haven't been able to find one and I don't feel like making one.  As far as the skirt, I used a basic skirt pattern and sewed the ric rac on in individual strips.  It took forever!

Here is the original costume:

How sad was I when I finally saw the film and this costume was in it for a mere minute.  :(

What do you think?  Despite its imperfections I am quite proud of the skirt.

Next up:

No joke, this red dress was my favorite costume in the film!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Um yeah I made this...

And I never posted it.  Lame.

From this pattern:

What's worse is I never got a chance to wear it because it warmed up really quickly.  :/

Anyway, very flattering don't you think?  I love Project Runway patterns.

Monday, March 15, 2010


I lose followers sometimes.  It makes me kind of sad.  They just leave and never say why.  Do you not like my creations?  Do you not like me?  I wonder what it is.  I also wonder if I really want to know why they leave or would it just hurt my feelings?  I am also aware that this is the internet and I shouldn't take everything so seriously. 

You know what else I wish?  That idiots would stop spamming my blog with porn links.  Can you block users on here?

That's what's going through my head right now.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

I wasn't gonna...

I just went to Joann's to buy a zipper and photo corners.  Then I saw this fabric:


Isn't it fucking amazing?!?!?!?  Really.  I love this fabric!
So I made this today:
From this pattern:
It's the green one minus the quilting.  I like this dress but the neckline is weird.  It's supposed to look like that so I may just need to secure it with some blind stitches. 

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Bernie's firsts...

Isn't the fabric pretty!  I actually bought it for a Project Runway dress and I always buy too much fabric for Project Runway patterns.  Math eludes me.

Okay so I saw this knit and fell in love.  I had to have it for my 80s dress.  I love these ridiculous sleeves.  They make me look busty!

Bernie's done for tonite.  My back hurts from crawling on the floor cutting out patterns.

Wait'll ya see what I'm cookin' up for next time.  ;)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Take that, ridiculous fashion trend!

I just cut a pair of shorts out of a really cute skirt.  Take that, ridiculous fashion trend!

(Stupid skorts.)

Welcome my newest family member!

Say hello to Bernie, my brand new Bernina Bernette 46.  I had planned on getting the 56 but while I was down there I saw her and fell in love.  It's not a ridiculously fancy machine but then again I'm not a ridiculously fancy seamstress.

It's a Bernina which I'm already familiar with and there's no computer inside.  It's all moving parts. 

So far I've tried out the button hole foot and started and 80s knit dress and she's been wonderful.  I love my new machine!

(Note: This is the very first machine that's my own.  Everything I've ever used has been a hand-me-down.  I feel like such a grown up seamstress!)