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…