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Wedding Dress in Progress vol.1

Hi!

As I announced a while ago, I’m making the wedding dress of a good friend of mine, who is getting married in July. So far I’ve been very busy with making the patterns and the prototype of the dress, which is part of the reason why I’ve been such a bad blogger lately and have posted so little.

But anyway, here’s a little of what I’ve been doing so far:

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Making the patterns was fairly straightforward, and I didn’t really run into any problems there. I started with a basic dress block drawn with the measurements of my friend, and drafted the patterns for all of the parts of the dress from there. I will do a more detailed post on the inner workings and construction of the dress later.

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The prototype or toile I made was very detailed, since I wanted to test some of the features, like the curved french seams on the overlay part of the dress, and the undercorset that will keep the whole thing from falling off once it’s on.

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Here’s what the prototype looked like before the first fitting. I made it from some bedclothes and a see-through curtain I had, which had been left over from some halloween costume. In the first picture there’s even a petticoat I’m making for myself (there will be a post, in case anyone’s interested) under the dress, so that the silhouette would be the same as in the finished dress, which will definitely have a petticoat.

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The changes I made after the fitting were as follows: taking in the dress a few centimeters at most seams, so that it would be sufficiently tight and not fall off or feel uncomfortably loose; I also curved in the front seams above the bust a bit, so that there would be as little a chance of a wardrobe malfunction as possible; I shortened the back a bit, as seen in the last picture; and finally, trimmed the neckline and armholes rather liberally.

Now the next step will be transferring these changes to the patterns, and then starting the actual dress. So exciting!

The dress for the party in Finland I’ve already finished, since I made it at school as part of my studies (I’ll do a post of that dress as soon as I get some decent photos).

 

In other news, I bought a sewing machine from the 1960s, and I’m in love! It is in near perfect condition, weighs about a ton, and is just about the prettiest machine I’ve ever encountered. It even has a handy compartment for bobbins and presser feet and such.

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PS. Spring has finally arrived in Helsinki, and all this sunlight and birdsong is almost overwhelming!

– Sadie

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The Haul from Paris and an Announcement

I’m a little late with this (came back many weeks ago), but I’ve been superbusy with the suit and stuff, so forgive me :D

Anyway, I managed to not buy a single article of clothing from Paris! I did, however, buy 12 m of fabric:

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Starting from the left: An incredibly smooth pink cotton fabric, a slightly stiff blue silk, a wonderful scalloped border print fabric (cotton), and lastly a rather heavy black fabric (probably cotton/rayon combo) which I bought because it reminded me of a gorgeous formal skirt of my grandma’s that I used to admire as a kid.

And some more vintage sewing magazines:

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And also these awesome opera glasses/theatre binoculars:

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The announcement is that in autumn/fall I’ll begin studies to become an actual dressmaker/seamstress/whatever you want to call it!!! I’m super excited, but also a little nervous, since it is quite a big change after getting used to university life. But sometimes change is for the best, and I think that this is one of those good changes. And I never really was much of an essay writer :D

– Sadie

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Vintage Treasures!

Hi!

I bought two vintage sewing magazines from Mrs Depew’s etsy shop, and have fallen completely in love with them. So I thought I’d do some nerding here as well, especially since sooner or later Boyfriend will get tired of my constant excited babble.

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The one on the left is from January 1933, and the one on the right from March 1931. The only bad thing is that these little wonders are in french, so reading them is rather difficult/impossible for me, even with the help of google translate.

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The original patterns are long gone, unfortunately, but these mags will be great sources of inspiration nevertheless.

Some of the designs are really amazing, with the most exquisite and imaginative seamlines. That’s one thing that’s usually missing from modern clothes and patterns; imagination. (in my opinion anyway)

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I mean look at that black suit with the asymmetrical front in the centre of the page! It’s just wonderful.

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The skirts here are also amazing — I especially like the one on the far right.

There are also ads in the mags, including the one below, which I find a tiny bit confusing:

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The 1933 magazine also contains a fascinating piece of history, an article concerning women’s suffrage:

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From what I bothered to type into google translate, and from what I understood of the mangled sentences it came up with, I believe this piece is in favour of giving women the vote, which is nice.

I’ve gotten so many ideas from looking through both magazines already, can’t wait to make something :)

– Sadie

 

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Vintage Inspired Jacket

This is another old project, made last autumn. I never bothered to fit it properly as I was a little lazy at the time, which kind of bugs me, and the lining is a little too tight.

But it’s still a cute coat, and it turned out pretty much how I wanted.

As is usual with the clothes I make, this is a merge of multiple patterns and some of my own improvisation. The top part of the jacket is from some 90’s burda magazine (except for the collar, which I sort of improvised), and the “skirt” is basically a circle with rounded edges (man, that sounds paradoxical), giving it a nice flounce at the back.

The fabric is, once again, one of my grandma’s leftovers, probably wool. It’s kind of grey-green, with a tiny pattern.

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