Monday, 26 September 2011

40s Reproduction Overalls Pants

This is my first overalls pants with crossed back, wide legged, buttoning on the left side. I combined patterns from the 40s and 30s.... in fact I just changed back to the 40's pattern...custom wish.
1930s pattern

1940s pattern

Friday, 23 September 2011

30s Inspired Dress

Today is the first autumn day.
For us in the northern hemisphere it is time to put away short sleeves, summer dresses and sandals.
It is time to draw from the depths of our closet long sleeves, stockings, trenchcoats for rainy days and colorful Wellies
It is also time for wardrobe renewal..... yeah....this is the right word. I have so many ideas and hope some of them will come to realization.

This dress was inspired by 1930s dress patterns. They often had creases on the upper part of the dress.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Peyton Place Dress

I made a dress for Karla, reproduction of Allison MacKenzie's (she was portrayed by Diane Varsi) dress from Peyton Place movie (1957)
I remember that my aunt had a set of books "Peyton Place" and "Return to Peyton Place" I have not read them because I was too young then, and afterwards I forgot about it. When Karla sent me a photo from a movie scene where the actress Diane Varsi wearing a dress she wanted she said that this is the one and only photo that was able to find.
Since I and my dear we looking at all the vintage films to which we come, I told him to try to get "Peyton place" 

I did not expect such a topic. I was expecting something easy, carelessly. I remained thrilled with the movie.

Wish Karla would send me photos of herself in that dress. On the doll, like this, it does not look 
Dress has a hidden zipper fastening on the left side. Buttons fastening on the back is decorative.

Decorative buttons on the back
 2 front and 2 rear box pleats

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Gorgeous wears my "Strawberry cheesecake dress"

Strawberry cheesecake dress finally found a happy owner!!!

Red Dress With Diagonal Buttoning

Inspiration for this dress was this vintage pattern with 6 gore skirt but a key part of the dress is a unusual diagonal buttoning.
Actually it's not so rare. Scrolling through sites with vintage patterns I have noticed more patterns with diagonal closure. Must say it tickles me to do more of this.

Yes, I know there is no buttons on that dress. The fact is, this dress is so small sized it can't be buttoned on  that dummy.

To highlight the beauty of the lower part dress should be worn with petticoat. 

Color is absolutely fantastic.


Pockets are placed in the side skirt seam.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Dissatisfaction with the dressmakers dummy

I have to complain about my new sewing dummy I bought a few months ago. I'm not really satisfied with it
I expected that it will solve all the problems of trying out clothing that is larger or smaller than my size, clothes that I do for others. But it's not.

This is the dummy. It is size SMALL and that means:

Bust 84 - 104cm (33" - 41")
Waist 65 - 85cm (25.5" - 33.5")
Hips 92 - 112cm (36" - 44")
Back Length 36-40cm (14"-16") 

Yes, I can try the clothes on it, but this dummy doesn't have breasts or butts think that's why it all seems so ... clumsy, ugly, messy and I know for sure that I don't do bigger sizes worst then smaller.

In the instructions it says that if it's needed ... certain parts of the dummy can be padded, but I am really not in the mood to do that.This dress on the photo is size 44-46..just at the upper dummy size limit.

I know that this dress looks great on the girl for which it was sewn because she is a real doll, but I would like to have photos of all clothes I made and I would like this photos to be good looking.
The best thing is when I receive photos from the customers but this is unfortunately very rare.

I'll probably make those padded breasts and butts eventually.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Plain Pattern Project Challenge

I recently ran an interesting project and after a few days thinking whether to join or not....the question is if I'll have time to finish the project on time (December 31.2011.) although I think it does not matter anyway. It's more important to participate. 
The project is called "The Plain Pattern Project" by Shelleyj aka New Vintage Lady

These are the rules:

So...I took myself a few days to decide which pattern will be the base for my project. It should be something simple.
I came to this. On this pattern it is possible to add almost anything whatever comes to my mind...sleeves,collar,buttons,pockets....the sky is the limit :)

Summer is at an end and I will need some warmer dresses anyway. I could sew them of corduroy or some wool blend. Yeah..I think I'll make it!!

Friday, 2 September 2011

In a boat with a dotted dress

As I mentioned in one of the previous posts, here are some motion photos with black dotted dress
The dress is very comfortable, one of my favorites.


Thursday, 1 September 2011


By cleaning my computer, I came across the forgotten photos of two talented girls who are sisters as well, for whom I sewed dresses for their concert performances.... Zita & Nadia.

Both dresses,one black another black/red, are made of taffeta, floor length, princes cut, drop waist, sleeveless with boat neck.
I think it would be a shame not to show photos.