Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Vogue Paris Original ~ Some 80's nostalgia

Never let it be said that the 1980's won't ever come back into fashion. It's already started to creep back in with skinny jeans, high waistlines and cropped tops. And what of all the "falling off one shoulder" tops? Who growing up in the 1980's doesn't remember a sweater version of this thrown in with some leg warmers?

Most of us cringe when we think of the 80's with big hair, big shoulder pads, and those huge boxy jackets that made women look like an American Footballer!
But not all fashions were bad (the rock chick look still, well, rocks!) and some fashions from the 80's are even re-appearing on our high streets with a vengeance some 30 years later.

I made this skirt in 1987 (yes you read that right!) 1987!!! And to me, this is one of those few in the "not all bad" category. Somehow it has never dated and somehow it still fits. And yes, I still wear it.

Even this high/low hemline is fashionable again now.

 It's a Vogue Paris Original Pattern confirmed by the label I stitched on one of the back pockets. If memory serves me right, it was an "Individualist" pattern designed by Claude Montana. Although I am not 100% certain so if anyone can clarify this I would be over the moon!
I contacted Vogue to see if they could find the pattern number for me, but although they were kind enough to reply they were unable to help.

So much detail went into this skirt. It has a high low waist as well as hemline, a shaped back yoke, front pockets, back pockets, fly zip, fitted to the hip then a fit and flare lower skirt, the hemline is faced and everything is top-stitched. (Phew, pause for breath!) 
Why did I ever throw this pattern away?!!

I have hunted high and low for a photo of me wearing it in the 80's but to no avail boo hoo. It's quite unbelievable really that I still have the skirt yet I no longer have the pattern. It had a shirt pattern included in the same envelope and the 2 together with white boots(!) was my favourite outfit for months! Although I no longer have the shirt, ironically, I actually do have a photo of it....

You can almost see the Vogue Paris Original Label I also sewed onto the sleeve!

I was so proud of those 2 welt pockets on the front; they were my first attempt and turned out rather well! Mum was proud anyway lol! The shirt got worn over and over again and consequently wore out many many years ago but the skirt has after all these years lived to tell the tale.....

And finally, Just had to add a photo of this lovely wrap I'm wearing. I now have 3 of these in total. There are so many gorgeous ones I could buy them all! Pop over to Pennies From Heaven and see for yourself. Prices are very reasonable too :)

Thanks for stopping by

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :)x

Sunday, 13 July 2014

McCalls 3650 ~ Pink Flamingo!

Well who'd have thought it? After hoarding this pattern since the 1990's I have now made it twice in as many months! It's also the oldest original pattern that I own. I have had a yearning for all my old sewing patterns of late. I so wish I had kept a hold of them.
This oldie is my second version of McCalls 3650. It's OOP but McCalls have a current pattern (kind of similar!) HERE

McCalls 5050 Current 

My Oldie: McCalls 3650

You can see my first version of this (cropped with long sleeves) blogged HERE. But as much as I love long sleeves, especially the long flowing ones of this pattern, unfortunatley I have found them to be rather impractical. Sleeves in your gravy is not a cool look.

So this time around, I decided to go with the shorter sleeve from View C and the longer length top from View B (Short sleeves, long top) The complete opposite from my first one, just to keep it different!

I also used a completely different fabric this time. I made this one in a Poly cotton, available HERE from Minerva Crafts, which is nice, but it doesn't hang quite as nicely. I've washed it 2 or 3 times and it still feels and looks a bit stiff! A seersucker would be perfect for this, or for the evening look, a chiffon with a lacy top underneath

Still, cotton makes for a nice cool summer wear :)
and the shorter sleeves totally giving the summer vibe!

To Read My Sewing Pattern Review CLICK HERE

Thanks for stopping by

Happy Sewing Sewers!
Dawn :)x

Sunday, 6 July 2014

SImplicity 1425 ~ Peplum Parade

Quite simply, I was inspired by another blogger for this top. But it has been so long since I came across the photo and saved it, that I can't remember which blog it was, to pass on the credit :(

I chose this top for my June MAGAM challenge because
A) I have wanted to make it for so long
And B) The theme this month was to make something Feminine and Bright.
This fit the bill perfectly so it gave me a push in the right direction to finally make it.

This is the lovely top that caught my eye.  I remember this was purchased so I set out to replicate it

I chose Simplicity 1425 for the pattern

I made View C

I originally intended to make this in a black and white fabric as per the inspiration photo, but as I picked this for the MAGAM challenge, something a little more vibrant was required to keep in with the theme.

 I came across THIS from Minerva Crafts
This catalogue photo shows the colours much better

I just had to have it. Out went the black and white and in came the black, white and red! It was only later that noticed that it is very similar to View C on the pattern envelope!

I guess I am a bit slow (well, more than a bit) jumping on the peplum band wagon. Peplums were something I often wore back in the 80's.

Wooo check out me sporting a peplum back in the day....!!
I made this outfit too but I have no idea which sewing pattern it came from. One of my biggest regrets is throwing out most of all my old patterns. What do you do? Keep or save...? Since I started sewing again, I've kept every one.

McCalls 6844 was a hugely popular sewing pattern last year and I'd never considered wearing a peplum again until then. (You can see that top Blogged HERE

Anyways back to the item in question. I am totally loving this top. It's even made me don a pair of jeans (again!!) I didn't realise until I came to make it that there are pleats in the peplum giving it that extra fluting

I also didn't realise until I read the instructions through, that the back is fastened with just loops and buttons, and only 3 at that. What?!! I have no idea what Simplicity were thinking with that idea.
Another Reviewer recommended an exposed zipper instead so that's what I did. And what a genius idea it was too! FitDiva from the Sewing Pattern Review Website must take all credit for this. I started the zip a few inches down so just used one button and loop at the very top to fasten at the neck.

Look at me getting all brave using a bright contrast red instead of playing it safe with a white one!

I know that this is going to sound ridiculous but this is the first time I have swayed away from armhole and neckline facings! I was always taught to use facings on armholes and necklines but it does seem to look very "old hat" these days.

 So it was time to try a new method and I am now asking myself why I never did this sooner?! It gives a much more professional finish. Not bad either for my first attempt even if I do say so myself! Haven't quite been brave enough to make my own binding yet, (despite my Mum giving me a handy little tool to do so) but I am converted that's for sure.

And finally, I just had to add this final shot as my lovely Hubby was kind enough to trust me on his bike lol

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Until next time

Happy Sewing :)