Previously Unblogged Part Three

17 Oct

This previously unblogged is a very special one for me (see the other two here). It’s my FIRST vintage sewing project. I made this dress waaaaaay back in January of 2010.

I used Hollywood Pattern 855. I always love to see which star is featured on the cover and in this case it’s Betty Grable.

This was a real learning curve for me. Having not previously worked with vintage unprinted patterns it came as quite a shock to me when seam lines and pattern markings weren’t there. To add to my headache, the pattern is two sizes too small! It was definitely a “make it work” moment for me.

Put a bird on it

I think it turned out pretty great! The fit is near perfect for me; funnily enough, only the sleeves are tight. The fabric couldn’t be better, if you take a closer look at the fabric you can see that it features multicolored swallows. Being my favorite birds, I had to snap up all this fabric when I found it despite the fact that it was a polyester.

As soon as I finished sewing it I donned it to go out swing dancing with the sweetie. Ah good times.

Thanks for joining me on this walk down memory lane!

Eileen

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10 Responses to “Previously Unblogged Part Three”

  1. gail October 17, 2012 at 5:39 PM #

    I love putting a bird on it 😉

    This dress is soooo pretty – I can see why it’s one of your faves!

    • eileensbasement October 21, 2012 at 10:08 AM #

      Thanks darling. I think of everything I’ve made this dress garners the most compliments. I guess lots of people like a bird on it!

  2. Danielle October 17, 2012 at 8:41 PM #

    That dress is gorgeous! Aaaand I laughed so hard when I saw the caption “put a bird on it!” I love Portlandia!

    • eileensbasement October 21, 2012 at 10:09 AM #

      Thanks! Yes, that skit cracks me up and now I think of it every time I see a bird on anything!

  3. Alli October 18, 2012 at 6:34 AM #

    Love the pattern on the dress……just gorgeous. And the dress itself…….swoon! 🙂

    • eileensbasement October 21, 2012 at 10:09 AM #

      Thank you so much! The dress that started it all for me!

  4. Lorraine Lahav October 20, 2012 at 5:05 AM #

    I think you`re amazing, the time you cut this patterns out, despite the difficulties you pressed on regardless and look at the reward! looks great, you`re amazing.

    • eileensbasement October 21, 2012 at 10:10 AM #

      Thank you! I’m glad it turned out because I love the fabric so much that I would have been really sad if it ended up not fitting.

  5. Juliana @ Urban Simplicity April 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM #

    Wonderful dress! I love that color combination–I just wish I could wear brown better! It looks lovely on you. A well-fitting dress is just the bees knees, right?

    • eileensbasement April 10, 2014 at 9:10 PM #

      You aren’t kidding! This pattern needed some tweaking because the waist was tiny, but I love the final result.

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