I have always loved giving vintage garments new life with a modern look and I have been re-doing a lot of vintage dresses over the holiday. Here’s the first one, now available in my etsy shop
So I have been involved with the great company Burdastyle since 2007, working for them & with them and am so proud of how huge the site has become. Check it out, if you haven’t already. Nora Abousteit, (one of the co-founders of Burdastyle, a woman of all trades, author, founder….), just c0-launched her newest creation, Kollabora . Propelling the DIY movement to a whole other level along with those who have also fostered it (Etsy, Threadbanger, etc.), wooooooo
“Kollabora is a social platform for DIYers, consisting of a craft supply marketplace and multiple maker communities linking to projects, supplies, and how-tos. Kollabora soft-launched sewing, knitting, and jewelry making communities with fashion-forward projects, and plan to expand into many more DIY communities, including home decor.”
They graciously send me a beautifully packaged and wrapped “Sewing Kit”, which came complete with a paper pattern in a variety of sizes, some fabric yardage, and a booklet of instructions.
They sent me some beautiful black and white dot cotton/silk blend fabric from Mood Fabrics. There wasn’t enough fabric to do the front and back in the dotted print, so I brought out some red raw silk and made the back and bias tape with it, respectively. I also used some black woven silk for the little bitty pocket and decided to do a lined pocket verses the suggested simple layer hemmed pocket.
The pattern was super easy to use and the instructions were super easy to follow. I went with the Large size because I am 5’10″ and it fits pretty well! There was also an option to do a dress or tunic version, which I will try next time. I think this is a great pattern for a nightgown! I will make hundreds.
WHAT I LIKED:
**The inclusion of french seams, versus a regular seam. French seams are very strong and I am happy that users can learn how to do them because they are rather easy. They are not only for more advanced garments either!
** Photos in the sewing guide, which are great for those who are visual learners
**nice thick pattern paper, great for re-use (tissue really falls apart after a while)
**It’s a fast project! If you’re an advanced seamstress, you can really whip this out fast and who doesn’t love that! If you are a beginner, you should have no trouble finishing this in a day.
** The wonderful thoughtful packaging
**How easy it was to upload photos to this site!
So, my top is a little 101 Dalmations or “What’s black and white and red all over?”, but I love b&w and red! Silk city, baby!
I moved into a new place June 2nd and have been obsessively sewing for home, as opposed to my usual fashion/accessories endeavors. I just can’t stop!
A few months ago I made a duvet cover for my comforter out of lovely robin’s egg blue cotton and cream for the underside. For a closure, I made simple ties. Today I just finished some semi-matching flange pillowcases for accent.
I think I might start selling housewares in my Etsy shop.
Next project: cafe curtains to let some light in from my huge windows, while maintaining some privacy. :o)
and a video to put you all in the mood for a fun summer…
I started making these pouches a few months ago for myself and have decided to start offering to the good people of Etsy. Fun and bold patterns on Michael Miller oil cloth for just $10. A nice big size too.
It’s beautiful outside these days! There is a cool breeze and yet it’s sunny and the flowers and plants are springing up from the depths of the earth!
I started sifting through designs I had in my studio, either unfinished or just started and came across something I did not remember making. I have made so much stuff since 2004 that I literally was like, who the hell made this? Slowly, memories came back to me and I ironed it out, added some rickrack and a belt and voila! I love it! Now it needs a new home:
One of a kind red and white check sleeveless dress with high collar, front bow tie, raglan sleeves, and rickrack around the bottom hem and armholes. A separate one a kind belt is included with three layers of vintage deadstock elastic in black, red, and pink respectively. Black hook and eye closures at back (or can be in front)
click here for more details.