See, The Vintage Top Does Exist!

So as I mentioned in an earlier post, I finished making my first ever garment from a vintage pattern!  (Well actually I finished it at the end of last year but it’s taken me until now to work out how to take decent photos without the assistance of a friendly photographer!  I know, shame on me, call myself a blogger and all, how embarrassing!)

This is my "Arms Akimbo Pose"

This is my “Arms Akimbo Pose”

Butterick Pattern 6887

Butterick Pattern 6887 – I made View B

I did cut out a muslin/chair, sewed it up (including very roughly putting a zip in the side), and was actually quite pleased with the result.  I also learnt a bit about putting in a collar, I was glad of the practice so that when I came to sew the real thing, my collar went in much easier than it might have!

The top has kimono / dolman / magyar sleeves.  I think it depends what source you look at to determine which term is correct, but basically the sleeve is just an extension of the bodice, not a separate piece of fabric.  This creates extra fabric in front of and behind the arm, but if your fabric is quite drapey, then it still looks fine (oh, but my fabric isn’t drapey, never mind!).  The fit around the waist was quite snug, but I quite liked it as it emphasised the shape of the bust and since it’s cut on the bias, it stretched quite nicely so I didn’t feel restricted.  No photos of the muslin/chair – too boring.

My "Sunglasses Pose"

My “Sunglasses Pose”

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1920’s Dress

My husband came home from work one day and asked if I wanted to go to a charity ball that  the social club at work was holding.  The theme was the 1920’s and dressing up in costume was encouraged.  I was totally excited as I’ve always loved the 1920’s style of clothing and I’d been dying to make myself a 1920’s dress forever but never got around to it, and had nowhere to wear it even if I did make one!

So I immediately started trawling the web for 1920’s dress patterns.  I didn’t find many patterns, in fact I don’t think I found any patterns, well at least none  I could buy!  I collected a few pictures on a Pinterest board and started mulling it all around in my head.

Vintage McCalls Pattern 5941

I rather liked this pattern but couldn’t get my hands on a copy. Also I’m sure it wouldn’t look that good on me since I’m not a baby giraffe shaped person like these 3 ladies in the drawing!

I kept searching and then found this fabulous dress made by Eld-nora:

1920s Flapper Dress by Eld-nora

Red flapper dress which I used as inspiration for my own dress

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