Gretchen Hirsch aka Gertie has done it again. Butterick just released two more of her retro inspired designs. This totally rockin’ rockabilly dress has me excited. I love the “shelf bust” detail on the bodice and the fact that she didn’t use tons of gathers to make the skirt full. I’ve observed that it is mostly very slender, long-waisted figures that can look really good in lots and lots of waist gathers. Short-waisted me just ends up looking 30 lbs heavier than I am – not the look I want to deliberately go for. You rock Gertie!
I just love the line art on this envelope. That fancy hat with the netting veil on view “A” really tickles me. I’m sure if I showed up in such a hat at the grocers in my very casual California Central Coast town eyebrows would raise sky high. The dress has a luscious asymmetrical cross-bodice closure with scallops. There is a slight draping at the left hip where the closure meets it. Double darts at the shoulders for shaping and a clean sophisticated line. The 3/4 sleeve version “A” shown with what looks like sparkly buttons along with the frou-frou hat and gloves looks dinner-at-a-posh-city-restaurant worthy.
Look what I just bought from Vintage Martini this morning, just right for Valentine’s Day. They are having a sale for just today by the way – 20% off everything on the website. I feel so domestic just looking at this Über sweet pattern. Can’t wait for it to get here! I’ve got the fabric in my stash already for the heart-shaped version.
Here’s a lovely 1950’s flared dress with a built-up princess-seamed skirt that meets the empire waist. The sleeveless bodice with a button tab neckline almost falls off the shoulders. A cropped kimono sleeve jacket continues the tab theme on the bottom button closure and the tab cuffs. I am digging those huge pockets. I can just imagine myself in this dress, walking with a light-hearted, quick gait down a Parisian Boulevard with an armful of daffodils in May.
So did Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow this morning? No! So the end to winter’s bitter cold will come soon, according to Pennsylvania’s famous groundhog. But remember, over the years, this weather prognosticating woodchuck has only had a 39% accuracy rate. So I wouldn’t store those winter coats just yet.
Well mama’s got a brand new bag. I’ve been keeping on track with my aim to do at least two sewing projects per month. Granted, January’s projects were mostly mending and repairs like ripped seams, lost buttons, hemming store-bought trousers, hemming sheer draperies, you know, all those annoying small jobs you put off in a pile that you’ll get to “sometime”. I also made a “market tote” to carry my art supplies to the Life Drawing sessions my local artist’s group sets up twice a month. Yep, that’s right, drawing nekkid people.
I used a simple hand drawn pattern by a local lady who teaches sewing at my local independent fabric shop. I really like the Dia de los Muertos theme of the cotton fabric (an Alexander Henry print called Estrella de los Muertos). I used very heavy duty iron-on interfacing because I wanted the tote to stand up on its own. This isn’t a tote that is meant to fold up small for shopping. If I were going to make it for stashing in the car for grocery shopping, I would probably use soft knit interfacing or maybe none at all. It’s really hard to see but I did put in a couple of interior pockets.
Rockabilly luscious. Dig those notched details around the neck. How precise you would have to be to get the notches in the jacket and the dress to align perfectly? This one recently sold on betsyvintage.com for $55 (insert low whistle here).