Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Handmade Vogue 5256 With Added Keyhole in Vintage Greeff Fabric

I was going to wait to blog about this dress, I really was. I had a grand plan that involved letting you all get very anxious for my next post. I made this dress over the weekend after being oddly inspired by a very simple little pattern, vintage Vogue 5256. My sister Lisa had given me some to die for vintage upholstery fabric (personally, I think it's way too lightweight for upholstery, but anyway) and I had been waiting for the perfect project to use it and well, I found it. Lately I've been inspired by all the keyhole backs in dresses and tops and this Vogue pattern turned out to be the perfect, easily altered pattern in which to insert a cute little open oval in the back. 

The garment is completely finished with a self-lined bodice, french seams and bias tape. 

Here's a close-up of the fabric.  It is "Cinerarias from the "Spring & Summer" flower collection by Greeff". Circa sometime the late 50's, early 60's is my guess. 

As always, thank you for reading and supporting this little blog of mine! Comments and questions are greatly appreciated and increase my sense of accomplishment by 100. 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Hanging by a thread

Hello again!

Well, it's official. I am a legitimate college senior. I received a snazzy email confirming it, which confirmed that my severe case of senioritis is legitimate as well. The clouds parted (both literally and figuratively), the sun came out, my bathing suit made an appearance, and I lost all interest in school. Two weeks until I am out for summer and the anticipation is killing me. My yearning for the summer inspired me to make this summery little dress for The Tin Thimble's 2012 Handmade Summer Wardrobe Fashion Show. As always, there are more in the making, so check back in a week or two and I'll have more posted! For those of you enduring a serious case of classroom, work or routine boredom, hang in there with me! We'll make it! As always, comments are appreciated, thanks for reading!

I used a very simple New Look pattern, #6096 to be exact.

A vintage blueish/purple border print.

I used hot pink bias tape as an edging and for the neck ties break up all the blurple.