Life Update

 

lyric

It has been a while I know, ladies.  SkirtingIt! has me sewing at a whirlwind pace.  I have not been idle.  Much time is being spent getting the word out and putting my product “out there”.  Publishing photographs of my garments on social media, blah, blah, blah.

I was of the opinion that when I could afford to get my dot com up and running (I do own the URL; however, hosting is another matter) that I would discontinue using FB as a medium to advertise.  Well, recently an advertising director told me I need Facebook in addition to my webpage.  Rolling my eyes for I truly am spending entirely too much time on social media.  Initially I only joined Facebook to keep up with my family in other states.  To date I have two customers.  Okaaaay, I did meet one on social media.

Anyway, I thought I would bring you all up to snuff with what is going on in the Lady Lair and what I have been sewing in the name of SkirtingIt!.

White Rita
Rita Blouse

This top is one of the two patterns offered by the new indie pattern company Charm Patterns by Gertie.  It is a peasant style top with a fitted waistline.  And, here’s the cool thing . . . it comes with several cup sizes.  Yessss!!!   All patterns should have a variety of cup sizes, that needs to be standard.   I’m jus’ sayin’!!!  Right now there is a sew-a-long going on with this pattern.  I have clocked three of these babies over only a few days and in between other projects.  That’s how easy peasey it is to make.  Check it out on Facebook and Gertie’s blog.

Trumpet Skirt

I can not believe what a hit this outfit was last weekend.  It was also easy peasey to make.  Well, then again, the skirt was ill-fitted but, giggles, no one knows because it’s under the peplum.  I swear peplums are my new best girlfriend for they cover a multitude, did I say a multitude of sins.  The reason the skirt was so hit is because I semi-drafted a pattern.  Ladies, I don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to that sort of thing.  I use patterns.  Doggoneit, why reinvent the wheel if there is a pattern.   I needed this outfit when I needed it though and a nice cyber gal/friend helped me with how to do it.  The wait is humungous though.  The thing is I have this “stuff” below my waist but above my hip.  Have you ever heard of that baby pouch or whatever it is called?  Well, mine is humungous, ginormous.  I need lipo, sumptin’!!!  Anywho, this skirt is kinds slim at the top for lack of a better explanation.  So, anyway, the waist is too big but its hidden, snickles.  I have since purchased a trumpet skirt pattern and that won’t be the case next time.

Black Challis Rita

Okay, this Rita Blouse was featured in an earlier post but I believe it bears repeating.  This is my first Rita Blouse with a fabric I have had for months awaiting Charm Patterns launch.  It is made with rayon challis and is seriously comfy.  I see maaaaany a Rita blouse coming from the Lady Lair.

Absolutely I feel in love with this Ankara print.  So far everyone that has seen it has also.  My first customer ordered a Maxelle midi skirt in this print also.  I think it goes well with my black and white hair.  Definitely many more of these coming up perhaps with a larger sash like MimiG.

That ought to hold you for a while.  I just didn’t want you to forget about lil ole me.  At this point I am thinking along the lines of separating my personal blog from the professional website when I get http://www.skirtingit.com hosted and up.  That will mean more time publishing than sewing so time management really needs to be implemented.  I have not abandoned my love of vintage style for daily wear but I have a conundrum in that I also need to wear what I offer.  Either way I shall be stylish, yes?

Cheers,

lyric-siggie-purple-cute

 

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Sew Chic Starter Skirt

Sew excited here (pun intended) to be writing about my very first Sew Chic pattern project – the Starter Skirt.

Touching sew chic pattern
First time touching a Sew Chic pattern!

You see, I have been amassing Sew Chic patterns for probably over a year now with the Tia dress as my first purchase.  Recently, I found out the owner/designer, Laura Nash has made herself available on FB via a creative sewing group dedicated to Sew Chic pattern projects.  Truly, it is thrilling for me and good business sense on her part to be available this way.  Her warm, friendly personality inclined me to purchase (and continue to purchase) Sew Chic patterns.  As a matter of fact, the Petticoat shall be next to join my collection.

Sew Chic Pattern Collection
Lyric’s Sew Chic Pattern Collection

Psst, we hear Laura is working on a new design to debut early fall, I think.  Try as we might she is not letting the cat out of the bag much on this story.

With all the buzz at our lovely FB group I was itching to do some stitching of a  Sew Chic pattern.   So, I decided on the Starter Skirt and shopped my stash to make a wearable muslin.  Ahh, this will do nicely and I have enough yardage. Kinda sorta.

bedsheet fabric
Still in the works. Bedsheets and table cloths sure make nice circle skirts.

My no-name serger was used for the first time.  Yay!  Boy had I forgotten the joys of electronic sewing.  Many of you know we used to live off grid last year before relocating here.

The panels of this baby went together lickety split with the serger.  The skirt went together like a dream.  I really must give her a name and soon.  Sally Serger is goofy.  Any suggestions?

The Starter Skirt pattern is a level 2 (I think); great for beginners.  The 12-gore view tickled my fancy this time along with the wide waistband from the other view.  I like the wide waistbands to have something for my cinch belt to cling to.  I should be embarrassed to share that I sometimes do not add hooks, eyes, or buttons because they would be concealed by the belt anyway.  I know, do better Lyric.

It seems with each if my projects there is a glitch.  This one was no different.  There was not quite enough bedsheet for this skirt.  I believe this one was for a double sized bed.  As it turned out there was only a corner of the pattern piece that was not covered.  A 20″ narrow triangular shape piece of sheeting to fill the area did the trick.  Since this is a full skirt the area is concealed where I sewed that patch of a corner.  Way to go for a $2.00 skirt especially considering I just laid $35-$40 for a Moda by Sandy Gervais cotton to make my next Starter Skirt.  Note: I combined two project posts – my Starter Skirt toile (the green and white skirt) and the second one the pretty Moda fabric skirt.

Wrap-up:

The Starter Skirt is easey peasey to make.  I thoroughly enjoyed working with this Sew Chic pattern and look forward to additional projects by that indie designer.  I even learned a new technique with sewing the waistband part.

Let me give you a heads up.  In June, Laura Nash is hosting a Fantasia Sew-A-Long.  It begins June 6 and is going to be heapa buncha informative.  So get your hiney on over to Facebook and check us out.

Cheers,

Lyric

Simplicity 1200 . . . Again!

Green-Circle-Skirt

The circle skirt may become my new fave.  Talk about comfy.  Simplicity 1200, 3/4 circle skirt is proving to be a winner for sure.

Tell you the truth I was a little concerned about wearing this lime green in all its voluminous cottonness.  This little ditty debuted at our Regional Convention a couple of weeks ago where she showed up and showed out!  😃

green-circle-skirt-rear

It has been concluded that three quarter circle skirts are becoming on these hips moreso than the full circle ones.  Plus they take less fabric to sew.  That is always a plus in my book!  Oh how I long for the 1 yard skirt days again; coming soon, LOL.

Oh, I have got to give kudos to the elastic cinch belt.   It looks like a rainbow of these babies will be making their way into my wardrobe.  I like how they stay in place and impart a feeling of support (ya think it’s time for a corset perhaps-I keep putting the wearing of them off?).

Now on to re-purpose/re-finish the pink gingham shirtwaist that has been hanging in my She Shack (sewing room) for upwards of six months.

Cheers,

lyric-siggie-purple-cute

 

 

 

 

1950s Wrap and Crinoline

1950s Wrap Dress: Lyrical Reveal

 

1950s Wrap and Crinoline

Tie and Facing

 

My ties were done sew wrong.  Again, I simply misread/didn’t see the instructions.  After I found them they were quite easy to understand.

Other Tie

 

 

An aside:  The big four pattern companies have ruined what could have been a great sewist I tell ya.

With their pattern instructions all in order and even numbered.  Oh, and we won’t even talk about the lightweight tissue paper pieces all marked and notched telling sewist wanna-bes exactly where pieces are supposed to meet.  The nerve of them.

pdf patternIn printing my pdf I used photocopy paper . . . thick as all get out (which I kinda thought was good, kinda sorta); though a tad cumbersome.  When I printed the first set of instructions I didn’t think about it being coloured and I did not want to deplete her ink, then the printer jammed a bit.  So, I wound up printing elsewhere.  Additionally, I found separate skirt instructions on Loran’s site that I didn’t realize existed and needed to print.  Duh!

Some of the instructions I printed were double-sided, others were not.  Some were coloured, others were black and white.  Now, while that is probably not a big deal, remember, you’re reading Lyric’s blog.  The lady born feet first who does many things “bass ackwards” as my mamma used to say.  When it comes to the sew-a-long I will reprint the instructions, one-sided, thank you very much.

Moving on from bodice construction to the skirt . . . if you think the bodice was a comedy of errors, wait till you hear what happened while putting together  the skirt.  Now mind you, I stand by the fact that this project is easey peasey, LOL.

3.5 inches too long

There is 3.5″ of fabric beyond the edge of the bodice!  On both sides!  Shoot, I am simply going to fold the whole shebang back and keep it moving!  I did measure the  waist area of the skirt pattern piece.  It dawned on me that I did NOT fold the darts in and measure the paper pattern bodice pieces before cutting them out or I would have seen the discrepancy.  I did measure the waist area of the skirt section and it was perfect for my waist.

Too Big Facing
3.5″ folded back

opposide too long facing

FYI, I was sent the size 36/38 pattern.  The cutting lines between the two sizes is negligible, IMHO.  So, I’m still scratching my head at the waist/facing discrepancy.  The only thing I am coming up with is that the bodice is/was not as long as the skirt’s waist.   For I did measure the skirt but did not measure the bodice.  Again, I’m cracking up at all my faux pas (er ah, did I spell that correctly?)

two pattern sizes

For the sew-a-long I’ll trace the bodice onto tissue paper, elongate the ends, and deepen the armscyce.

Armscyce
Armscyce too tight!

Polka-dot-dress

 

Try as I might I can’t seem to get away from wanting a red and white polka dot dress like the original.  Not so much because I don’t have imagination but by golly ’cause they are two of my favourite color combinations!

Maybe between now and the sew-a-long something else will catch my eye, but for now my name is written all over a correctly done version.

Thank you all for hanging in there with me during this dress construction.  Now, what I need from you in an honest critique.  It won’t hurt my feelings.  I’d rather now than when I get my fashion fabric of choice!  Plus, I’m trying to grow as a sewist.

Wrap Dress Back View

1950s Wrap Rev

Project Wrap-Up:

In General:  The pattern has only three pieces –  a dream to make up quickly.  I would venture to say this dress may be made in one afternoon.  The biggest thing I would possibly change is making the instructions into one file (which will probably be done for the SAL).  The pro tips Loran added were on point.  I am grateful for them.

For Me:  The bodice will have to be lengthened to match the skirt and wrap around my waist properly.  The armscyce will be deepened as I do not want to tie the shoulder ties differently thereby making the girls covered less; i.e., adjusting the ties may lower the armscyce but that effects how much my bust is covered (or not).  Also, I am thinking of lengthening the skirt.  For this project I only did a 1″ hem, the instructions called for 1.5″ and I believe I would like that better, but I do not want to lose length in the process.

See you all at the sew-a-long!  Oh, and don’t forget to write your comments and constructive criticisms below.  Thanks again for visiting and hanging in there with me.

Cheers,

lyric-siggie-purple-cute

50s Wrap Sun Dress

Polka-dot-dressThanks to my cyber bud, Maria, this way cool dress is going to be Lyrically styled.

See, what happened was, Maria asked if anyone knew where she could find a pattern to make this dress.  True to their nature a heapa buncha sewists chimed in with answers to her dilemma.  Ay yi yi, lo and behold there is a pattern for this dress over at Etsy for . . . $78.00 or some such non-sense.  Too much for my pocketbook.  Lyric went away sad.

But wait, there’s more!

Enter Ms. She-Ro Sewist, Loran of Loran’s World said she could draft a pattern of this dress easily.  Guess what??

Loran's Dress

She did!  Oh, but, wait, there’s more . . .

Not only did she draft the pattern and sew it up . . . she drafted several and is allowing some of us gals to test the pattern before our official “Maria Wrap Dress Sew-A-Long”!  At least that’s what I am calling our upcoming SAL.

I am making a toile, size 38 (bust) and I am ecstatic!  You see, I have never been selected to test a pattern; YAY!!!!

Loran emailed me the pattern for copying.  One thing about patterns printed at home (or wherever) – the copy paper is surely sturdy.  Not to mention you have the file and may print additional copies as fitting changes are needed.  Or, if the original copy somehow gets ruined.

paper pdfThis pattern has three, count ’em, three pattern pieces:  front, back, and skirt.  They say part of being a professional is making a thing look easy.  My hat goes off to Ms. Loran for taking her personal time and talent to draft this pattern and then share it.  Thank you, Loran, for helping me add this pretty dress to my growing vintage styled wardrobe.

In testing this baby one of my jobs is to report anything amiss.  Up to this point I have:

  • Put the paper pattern together, separated/cut the pieces apart
  • Pinned pattern to muslin fabric
  • Marked the darts

To my thinking nothing else needs to be added.  You can see for yourself how professionally she laid out the pattern pieces above.   Loran even addressed the issue of grainline within the post about this dress.

Oh, did I tell you she included instructions on how she put the dress together.  She also offered pro tips and fitting advice to help us make our dresses look professional along with warnings and things to look out for.

Lyric’s Typical Blunders

They say “watch what you put out in the universe”; i.e., what you speak out of your mouth.  Still, I can not help but keep it real and fess up. Perhaps it’ll make my sewing better.  Anywho, it seems with most projects that I sew there is at least one big mistake.  This muslin is no exception . . . sigh.  Well, what happened was . . . okay, how can I ‘splain this?

The bodice of this dress is cut “one” with fabric A and “one” with fabric B.  No problem, right?  Easey peasey, makes sense.  Okay, I am using this fabric . . .

Yellow Grey Paisley

Sew, I got it right and cut one of the fabric on the left and one on the right.  Where I messed up was I did not lay the pattern pieces in the correct direction.  Oh, but wait, there’s more . . . I purchased three yards, 45″ wide fabric for each side of the dress.  NO!  I should have purchased 3.5 yards or maybe 3.75.  Not having enough fabric the tip of the strap is off the fabric. No matter how I finagled and shifted I just could not get the pattern piece to fit.  What was I to do to fix this blunder?

bodice blunder 3
Fabric too short

The Solution

I matched up and added an extra piece of scrap fabric to complete the tie.

bodice blunder 2
Pieced strap area

No doubt you sewists could think of what I should have done.  There is no Internet in my She Shack where I sew; therefore, I had to keep it moving at the time.  After all, I’m on a deadline for completing this muslin.

Now, back to the original blunder . . . the mis-cut bodice piece(s).  To the scraps I went to see (knowing the answer) if there was a piece large enough to cut another bodice piece the correct way; i.e., the opposite direction of the other bodice section.

The Solution

See if the store has more fabric.  The lighter one I took the entire bolt. The darker one I really do not recall if there is more.  IF I remember I will check tomorrow.  There wasn’t.  Therefore, I decided to use the wrong side of my fave of the two fabrics to make the bodice work.

bodice blunder
Left side is the wrong side of fabric

Oh, here’s another funny for ya . . . I assumed the dress had piping.  It doesn’t!  Lo and behold as I was reading the instructions, it calls for bias binding, ay yi yi.  What a hoot.  The deal is . . . JoAnn Fabrics is literally a day trip away, one is 35 miles down the road and the other about 45 miles ONE WAY!  Hopefully I may find the yellow bias tape at Wally World.  Fast forward, they have the wide tape and Loran advised against that.  Ay yi yi.  Searched my stash and there is some dirty old 1/4″ yellow bias tape.  I’m trying to decide how best to wash it – perhaps in one of those stocking net things that you wash hosiery in? I’m too lazy to line the bodice or I would simply use the new piping.

Bottom Line

I have found no serious flaws in the drafting of this pattern up to this point.  The instructions, advice, and pointers are sufficient to bring this project to fruition.  Thankfully, this is a muslin and therefore the “real” dress will be gorgeous.  🙂

My next post will be sewing the bodice.  Stay tuned.

Cheers,

lyric-siggie-purple-cute

 

Full Circle Skirt

Circle Skirt

After asking advice on what to wear to a retirement party next year (casual) Beccie, of Sew Retro Rose suggested I wear, among other things, a circle skirt.  I have seen them on other “curvy” gals and they look fine but I have always mentally shied away from ME wearing one.  I reasoned no 46″ hipped grannie should be sporting a circle skirt in public.

Stretch Belt 2
Lyrically styled stretch belt

Well, I have been advised to stop the madness and go for it by some of my international sewing buds.  Sew, yesterday I decided to make a full circle skirt for an important meeting this afternoon.  To my stash I went.  Pink, black, and white is one of my new “things”.  When I saw this cotton, at Wal-Mart nonetheless, I had to have it.

Stretch Belt 3

Circle Skirt Rear

All the gals seems to wear a stretch belt with their circle skirts so I’ve been pricing them for some months.  While $10.00 ain’t bad I made this one for way less.  🙂  Smiling at myself.  Now I need to find 3″ elastic in pink and red to complete my stretch belt wardrobe.

All I need now is crinoline in black, red, and white.  The Malco Modes one I have is way too poofy for everyday wear, IMHO.  Thus, I would like to get a MM one that is not quite as full as the one I currently own.

Sew, what do you think?  Should the full circle skirt remain in my wardrobe?

Cheers,

lyric-siggie-purple-cute

 

 

 

Malco Modes 501 Petticoat

Malco Modes Petticoat

This Malco Modes crinoline was a sweet thrift store find.  Can you believe I paid like $5.00 for it?  Sadly, I have been too chicken to attempt to wear it myself.  Something I am going to redress soon.

There is a number on it that I must check.  I would like to see if it is a current style and possibly find out the original asking price.

Finally, I found out a little more information about this amazing crinoline:

Malco Modes has announced that they will no longer manufacture or stock this petticoat.
For those who want a Krystalline petticoat, the SAM’S 660K is an Organdy peticoat with the LAST TIER in the Krystalline material.

So that’s what makes this petticoat feel so amazing . . . “krystalline”.  Looks like I’ll need to chase down an organdy petticoat if that’s what is truly similar to my Malco Modes no. 501.  I’d like one a skosh less puffy for daily style needs.

For those interested in this style petticoat . . . here’s paying it forward:

http://www.resashay.com/product/SU-1110

http://carriebs.com/petticoats-mm-page-1.html

Here’s looking forward to donning my first crinoline in the upcoming new year.

Cheers,

lyric-siggie-purple-cute

 

 
Sobriety from electronic sewing machines since 2012

Miss Dixie O’Dare Sun Dress Sew-A-Long Part 2

Sun Dress Bodice

Finally, getting to the fun stuff of the Miss Dixie O’Dare Sun Dress Sew-A-Long.  Today I was able to mark the pattern pieces and start sewing seams!   Since I don’t have a pinnable dressform I had to be my own form, LOL.  The above photo shows my bodice before stitching the side seams.  The sizing for the pattern is as follows:  “34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44 and 46 which means the finished garment measurements for the bust will be 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45 and 47”.  My girls are 40″ around the largest part (not the under the arms measurement; i.e., high bust) so you would think I should cut out the size 40.  Nooo, I did tissue fitting (thank you Gertie) and honeys child I cut out the largest size and look above at how that bodice is snuggling the twins.  By rights I suppose I should have cut the 40 and done a FBA??  Really, I didn’t have the wherewithall for all of that today and for this project.   The pattern calls for buttons and has overlap/facing for them.  I, on the other hand, will be installing a zipper, humph.  So, I will probably be cutting away some fabric at the back.

I ran out of daylight and probably not at a bad time.  I have read and re-read how to attach the trim to the bodice.  Just now I went over to Dixie’s site to see what she had to say about it.  Here is a comment I just posted:

“For some reason I am SOS (stuck on stupid) with attaching the trim to the bodice. I have read it here now, I read it a gazillion times earlier today when sewing so here’s what I am going to do . . I will sew the puppy right side of trim to wrong side of bodice, enclose anything hanging out that I don’t like with bias binding and keep it moving.”

My scallops are not as pronounced as I would have liked.  That probably means I should rip and re-do my piping, right!!!  We’ll see about that.  Time is winding down for this project and Miss Dixie says she MIGHT do a give-a-way for those who finish this on time.  I love piping, I do, I do, I do.  Okay, that means rip and redo.  Daaaag, stay outta my conscience yaw’ll.

Stay tuned for Part 3 the next sewing session.  I have to work tomorrow and Friday  so they are probably a wash.  There’s always Saturday after service!!!

Cheers,

lyric-siggie-purple-cute

 

 
Sobriety from electronic sewing machines since 2012

Silk Portrait Blouse and Red Skirt Reveal

Silk Portrait BlouseIn the interest of time I am going to combine sharing this blouse and the skirt I mentioned in an earlier post.  These photos were taken with my Samsung 3 by the hubby and I am not a happy camper as to how they turned out.  The fabric used in this blouse is gorgeous and it does not show here and I apologize.  I think my 2016 blogging aspirations will include a better product camera for me.  But, back to the garments at hand.

Silk Portrait Blouse 2

This is the third Portrait blouse project that I have worked on. Try as I might I have not found information on the history of this blouse. I just assumed it is from the 1950s.  ETA:  I just found a blog post about the history of the portrait blouse.  It stands to reason that Gertie, the originator of the repro. had information about it.  Truly, it is from the 1950s, YAY!

Portrait Blouse Fabric Interlining
Fashion Fabric and Lining Fabric

Project Details:

  • Silk Fashion Fabric – eBay, Less than $5
  • Lining – cotton from stash
  • Thrifted zipper – free
  • Gutermann thread – from stash
  • Bias binding – from stash

All-and-all, I would say this pretty silk blouse cost less than $8.00.

Now, you gals know I promised the good, the bad, and the ugly so here goes.  This skirt is chock full of errors and mistakes that any self-respecting sewist would either rip and re-do or ditch it.

Vogue 7607 messed up hem

For starters check out that hem.  The bottom of this skirt should have been continuous.  This fabric is a jersey knit which was soft to the touch and probably should have been a dream to work with.  I believe my Tabitha needs adjusting as the stitch length never changes.  No matter how far to the left or right I turn the dial . . . NADA.

Vogue 7607 Rear

I thought we took a shot of how the front and back of this skirt do not line up correctly.  See the asymmetrical shape of piece number one and two (from top to bottom)?  The skirt goes from small to large and on the back it should have corresponded from large to small.  Here is a photo of the envelope and you’ll see what I mean; look at View C.

Vogue 7607
Piping added between sections!

Well, my skirt is all wonky and doesn’t line up properly.  Confession time (again).  This skirt was a disaster from beginning to end.  I attempted drafting the pattern up to fit me.  As you see, this is a multi-sized 12 – 16 (purchased this baby eons ago when I was a lil thang).  Now, I am a size 22 or more (46″ hips).  I added 5″ to the waist, upper hip area in accordance with all the measuring that I did.  Armed with Joi Mahon’s pattern fitting book, which I obviously did not follow close enough, (rushing to get the skirt done – a definite no-no); I attempted to make the pattern larger way no. 1 at first (adding at the edges of the pattern.  Didn’t like that so tried way no. 2 (splitting down the middle and spreading).  No wait, reorder the two ways, I did no. 2 first then no. 1.  I really should have taken a picture of the disfigured pattern pieces.  I am so not proportionate in my middle; lumps, bumps everywhere.  I resemble the Michelin Tire man – a buncha stacked tires.

Add insult to injury the fabric looks so very similar on both sides.  I laid out the pattern pieces incorrectly which contributed to the incorrect outcome and pieces not lining up due to some being on the right side and others being on the wrong side and me not noticing!  Ay yi yi.

As if all that weren’t enough all the additions I did to get the thing to fit around my waist and butt, it would up TOO BIG!!!!  By the end of the day the waist area was too big.  Thankfully my butt kept it from falling off.

Cheers,

lyric-siggie-purple-cute

 

A Dress Thing

vintage1950sprinteddaydress

After the fun of making my Little Black Dress the thought of making more vintage style girly dresses is appealing.  Well, actually the making of dresses is the focal point of my wardrobe recreation.  Last year I got side-tracked with learning to quilt and making quilted totes and purses it seems.  They were quite fun to make.  This spring I would like to focus on wardrobe building dresses.  Especially vintage-style day dresses.

To start the season off right I just ordered Folkwear 249.

For the life of me I do not know why there are not more reviews of this frock on Pattern Review.  I could only find two.  Needless to say I can’t wait to add mine to the collective.  Folkwear’s real life photos of this dress do it no justice; neither do the line drawings which speaks to why I had not purchased this pattern some 20 years ago when I first became aware of it.

Folkwear 249 Line Drawing
Here’s hoping mine turns out better looking on me than the two above, giggles.  Ya gotta love Pinterest.  Check out this cute cotton 50s cocktail dress.  When I think of “cocktails” I think if a semi-dressy evening gathering.  But how about simply looking good just because you can.  With that said I would wear this dress even while relaxing at home or on errands during the day.  It’s about looking good for me anytime of the day.  This dress does not look overly complicated to duplicate as I have no pattern for it at this time.  I am liking the fabric.

50s cotton cocktail dressNow THIS looks scrumptuously simple and it is made of lavender cotton.  Image it with a hand crocheted shrug.  🙂

vintage1950sprinteddaydressLavender Cotton Day Dress

Upon closer inspection look what I found out about this frock – cute purple piping.  I fell in love with piping [and bias trim] when I started vintage-style sewing.  This frock is simply too cute and I will be on the lookout for a similar style pattern.

Are you a connoisseur of vintage fashions particularly the 30s – 50s?  Go get your eye and brain candy at Vintage Dancer.  Do you think we’ll ever return to a lady wearing gloves?

Though I am not crazy about my upper arms being exposed there is something about this sleeveless shirt dress that catches the eye.  From looking at these photos apparently I need to get my hands on a couple pearl necklaces:  white and ivory to go with a variety of outfits.

short-sleeve-shirtwaistIt would be nice to top off some of my vintage dresses with shoes to complement the look.  If only we paid these prices!

1930s_shoes

Just had to put up some eye candy for all of us. These kicks are from Remix.

ARBOR_Green_pair_2

ARBOR_red_pair_2
Remix Vintage Style Shoes

COMO_Red_Ria_500

Since I’m hard pressed to choose one why don’t we just make it the goal to get one pair of each.  Size 9 please, thank you.

Cheers,

lyric-siggie-purple-cute