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Hey y'all. I'm interrupting my normally scheduled content (who am I kidding) to bring you an announcement "claiming" my blog on bloglovin: Follow my blog with Bloglovin!

(I suspect this is a clever marketing ploy to get people to use bloglovin instead of whatever else they would use after Google Reader officially dies.)

But! It tells me currently have 11 followers, so I'm well on my way to being internet famous, which is what this whole "sewing" thing is really about, right?

If you don't want to follow me now (although, you should) you can always find my new bloglovin button at the side of the page. There you can also find my twitter, tumblr, and pinterest pages as well, if you're into instagram-ed pictures of beverages and way, way too many salad recipes :)

miss allie

the 50s Day Dress, part 2

So in my last post, I mentioned that I had tried out several patterns hoping to perfect one for my tried-and-true 50's day dress. The first was my altered-beyond-recognition Butterick shift. The second, for your perusal today (and I apologize for the lackluster photos), is Simplicity 2444.

This is a big favorite with sewing bloggers, and I've seen many adorable versions. My favorite is Cynthia of Dapper Duds Sweet Bow Dress. It fits her perfectly and the simple shape lets the Marc Jacobs (eep!) fabric really shine. I love this dress, its a little bit twee in a good way--she did say she was inspired by Zooey Dechanel when designing her version, after all.


For my version, I whipped up a little summery peplum top in an almost-seersucker cotton shirting fabric. I just used the bodice of the dress and attached a double ruffle where the skirt would be on the dress itself. I don't anticipate having any issues with the skirt when I finally stitch up a full dress, and I was trying to use up some stash material and fill the "cute tops" hole in my wardrobe. The original idea was to make piping for around the neck and at the waist, but I need to practice a little bit more. I ended up seam-ripping the neck piping out, and instead, bound the arms with self-fabric bias tape on the outside for that little bit of interest.

The bodice is slightly big on me overall-- I think I will make it at least one size smaller. I cut an 8, and the pattern goes down to a 4. Peplum waists work better if the waist actually, you know, fits your waist instead of floating away from it. I was worried about the double bust darts, since they are such a great design feature, but I sometimes have to do SBAs and I didn't really want to fiddle with two darts (I know it shouldn't be harder than one, but... still). It turns out they are fine!

sad droopy untied ties that sadly looked better than the horrendously tied bow
The front and back necklines gape. Unfortunately, I'm not sure what caused this--it is entirely possible that it is from seam-ripping off the facing to get the piping out, stretching the fabric. The back I have to redo--I realized my zipper was too short and tried to improvise by adding a cute bow back tie at the neck, but unfortunately, the heavy bow combined with the keyhole just droops and looks miserable. Once I get a longer zipper, the droopy bow problem will be resolved, and I'll be able to tell if its just the heavy bow or if the back neckline needs some darts.

In conclusion, this top needs some work to be wearable, but I have high hopes for this dress once I find the right size, so a full make of 2444 in a smaller size is on my short list of makes for this spring. I haven't been doing a ton of sewing recently, but I have been doing a lot of scheming and daydreaming :)

miss allie

the 50s Day Dress, part 1

Hello again!

I've had these photos for ages, but to be honest, my sewing has not been my top priority recently--I've been busy watching Pretty Little Liars with lots of schoolwork since the semester is almost over!

In my quest to have some tried and true patterns I can turn to again and again, I've been experimenting with a few patterns for a 50's style day dress. You know the one: jewel neckline, fitted bodice (pointy bra optional), sleeveless or short or three quarter length sleeves, and a gorgeous swishy skirt. My accidentally-Amish dress fit the mold perfectly on the pattern envelope, despite it being a train wreck sewn up in a heavyweight material:


Although I may return to this pattern at some point--I would really like to know if it looks better in a lighter fabric with some body--I've also been testing some alternatives.

The first is my chopped-and-screwed shift dress pattern, made into a bodice only, with a simple dirndl skirt attatched, and manifests in my beautiful skeleton toile from Alexander Henry. Remember when I said I bought it, and I was going to make a Halloween dress? I did, and I never blogged about it until now. Oops! I wore it for Halloween, and then again for a Mardi Gras celebration (and some other times, of course).


I'm fairly happy with this pattern, and very happy with this dress. I took my time on it and did a lot (for me) of hand finishing: the arm hems (whatever, arm hems is a technical term), the waistline interior finish, and a beautiful handpicked zipper. I centered a hilarious picture of skeletons carousing on the front:


and did my best at pattern matching on the back:

handpicked zipper obscured by pattern
Things I love: The fabric. My lining: The skirt is unlined, the bodice is lined and has a neck facing in self-fabric. Also, I made the lining too short (forgot to add inches to the bottom that I added to the dress fabric) and I remedied this by adding a strip of dress fabric there, so you get a little bit of fashion fabric at the neck and waistline: it's cute. My handpicked zipper! Waist fit is perfect.

Things I wish were better: The fit through the shoulders. The sleeves attach a little weirdly, because of all the pattern mucking-about-with I did. Obviously my pattern matching at the back seam could be better, but its still better than 95% of ready to wear, sadly. My horrible "I'm so freezing and not wearing shoes" poses. Punctuality of blogging.

The second option is the ever-popular Simplicity 2444, the Project Runway dress made up with much success by sewing/vintage bloggers everywhere. Wait until you see it! Its cute.


ps: is anyone else watching Pretty Little Liars? I don't think of myself as a tv watcher since I really only have a few shows I watch consistently, but I do enjoy teen shows--I liked all four seasons of the OC, and watched Gossip Girl for years before it got too redundant. Pretty Little Liars totally fits my criteria: beautiful people, dramatic but not too dramatic, not overly "problem novel-y."


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