Month: August 2015

Individuality in Dress Cover

Individuality in dress and a few fashion sewing guidelines….

This is such an interesting topic: individuality of dress.  Does it matter what the dress looks like if it suits ones personality?  Can there be a balance of individuality and still being seen as fashion forward?  Below is an excerpt from the book Harmony in Dress, which takes on this topic, along with a few guidelines for sewing construction.  A great resource for those who love to create 1920’s fashion.  Enjoy! “Instantly the question came. “Do you consider individuality in dress more important that becomingness?” Then there was a little pause as though this great designer did not know just what to say, but in a moment came the reply, “A dress cannot possibly express individuality until it is first becoming.  A dress must be becoming in the three requisite – color, line, and fabric; then it can be so carefully designed and constructed as to express individuality; but last of all it can be so truly lovely and can emphasize becomingness and individuality to such an extent that it will be distinctive – to my mind, the …

New Takes Cover

New Takes on a Few Old Favorites….

I am all about trying new things.  And sometimes trying new things simply means taking something old and altering it into a new shape.  I particularly love doing this with my wardrobe as it not only saves money, but it is such a fun challenge to see what new outfits I can create…both through sewing as well as using already purchased pieces. With that thought in mind, I thought I would share a few “new takes” on a variety of standards. 1. Adding layers to a simple capelet is an easy way to amp up the style and elegance to a rather easy to create accessory.  For a basic tutorial, click here. 2. Keeping in the same theme of layers, try adding them to a skirt, such as these from the 1910’s. You can also add pleats, as seen in the right hand example.  Keep the layers in a lightweight fabric to avoid adding too much bulk. 3.  Here is a unique take on a vanity case.  It looks like a flask, yet instead of liquor …

The State Fair Cover

The Wonderful State Fair

“Our state fair is a great state fair, Don’t miss it, don’t even be late. It’s dollars to donuts That our state fair Is the best state fair in our state.” ~”Our State Fair “by Rodgers and Hammerstein That time of year for us northerners has come…The Fair.  An exciting event that is both the epitome of summer as well as it’s end.  I have always loved the Fair.   And even though I may not go very often, the memories I have of funnel cakes, curly fries, corn dogs (yes, most of my memories surround food), as well as the games and the picturesque ride on the ferris wheel, will always stay with me. In honor of this wonderful tradition, I have found some fun Fair nostalgia to share! How interesting that the decorations on the wreath are cattle heads… 🙂 The cars, the fashion, the ferris wheel… much fun!  I wonder how long those ladies’ hats will stay on their heads? This Milk Stand seems a much better choice than the deep fried Oreo …

1940's Hat Tutorial Cover

1940’s Hat Tutorial

Well, this just happens to be the easiest hat to make ever!   If you can sew in a circle, you can make this hat.  The inspiration for this little accessory came from the movie Best Foot Forward (1943) staring Lucille Ball. I loved the sheer elegance of this hat along with the delicate way it perches on the head. Want to make one of your own? All you need is a cut-out template of desired shape (mine was a 10″ x 11″ oval cut out of heavy paper) and 5 yards of tulle. Simply cut out as many ovals as you wish.  The more ovals, the more full the hat.  I folded the tulle several times to save time on cutting. Pin a smaller oval in the center and then stitch through all the layers.  You will see that my circle is slightly shifted to the back of the head so it would be fuller by my face. I then made two rows of stitches, one right on top of the other, to ensure a …

Introduction to Darts: Part Two

Now that we have learned the basic way to make a dart, here are two more advanced, yet very common types of darts: the body dart and the tuck dart. The body dart is most often used for one piece dresses, as well as fitted jackets. Instead of have a triangle shape like the basic dart, the body dart has a diamond shape.  I find that I use this dart the most with historical sewing. The tuck dart, or inverted tuck, is a basic dart turned upside down.  This creates more fullness at the top and is most often seen in vintage sewing (1930’s-1950’s) right below the bust line. Here are the steps to create these two darts, starting with the body dart. Here again are several examples of darts on historical clothing… There are so many types of darts to learn, but these will definitely get you on the right path to a better fit! Happy Weekend! ~Aimee Next month: Introduction to Tucks

Goats to Soaps Interview

Goat’s Milk Beauty Products…and an Interview with “From Goats to Soaps”

I was so delighted to be contact several weeks ago by the equally sweet and talented Grey Dove, of the blog From Goats to Soaps.  A wonderful blog that chronicles the adventures of two friends, Grey Dove and Isabelle (along with Isabelle’s family), as they raise some of the cutest goats, alpacas, and llamas I have ever seen, along with creating very high quality bath and beauty products sold at Les Belles Bouclettes. Located in the idyllic landscape of eastern Ontario, Ferme Bonne Mine (“looks good/ healthy”), is the passion of Isabelle, her husband Jacques, and her four children, Dominque, Denis, Fanny, and Sophie, who moved from France in 2006.   In addition to goat milk beauty products, Isabelle and Grey Dove also offer a wide array of rovings and yarn. The Farm  Isabelle and her family Waiting for some dinner…. Milking in action Dyeing wool When Grey Dove (her preferred creative name) offered to send me a collection of their handmade products, I was very excited, as I am a firm believer in using natural …

1940's Navy Suit Cover

A 1940’s Navy Suit

I adore 1940’s fashion, especially the suits.  While I don’t think I could personally ever get used to such full shoulder pads, I nonetheless appreciate the clean, simple lines which were such a trademark of the decade.  The particular version I created is a conglomeration of two separate looks…a typical straight seamed skirt with a blazer jacket that gathers at the waist.  I took inspiration from a variety of sources, and since I couldn’t decided on one particular look, I created a style of my own. My Inspiration What also makes this outfit unique and feminine, is the ruffled blouse underneath.  Simple in construction, this blouse gives a little extra flair from the detailed neckline to the tapered sleeves. I hope you enjoy my version of a 1940’s fashion staple! If you have a 1940’s suit you’ve made, please feel free to share!  I would love to see it!  You can share the link in the comments below, or post a picture to my Facebook Page. ~Aimee