Friday, January 13, 2017

Dress #2 -- Simplicity 7283 (1985)

I ADORE this shirt!! It is sooooo 80s! The back hem is longer than the front hem and I distinctly remember wearing that style in 5th grade (1985/86!). The fabric gives it a "Miami Vice" feel and I purposely upped the "80s"ness of it by belting it, rolling the sleeves, and popping the collar! I love it!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Dress #1 -- Hollywood 1400 (1938)

First dress of the new year!!

I've made this dress before in the past, but always the shorter version. This time -- I decided on the long version:

LOL goofy pose. I tried to take a good photo, but this dress just isn't as flouncy as the pattern illustration suggests (LOL I should know 30s patterns are super-stylized!). It just doesn't "sit" right and I admit I've lost so much weight that 1930s size 18 is now too big!

I made no changes to the pattern. It just doesn't translate well as the long version so I'm going to shorten it so it's wearable.

My inspiration was the Wizard Of Oz Beauty Parlour, lol.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Things Women Over 40 Should Never, Ever Wear....

Mary Jane Shoes

Yoga Pants.
I don't know. When you work out as hard as I do, you're darn right I will wear my yoga pants!

Graphic Tee

Leopard Print/Faux Fur combo

Skinny Jeans.
Pair them with a graphic tee and mary jane shoes for the faux pas trifecta.

Bold Prints

Anything Low-Cut/Too Sexy.
ZERO complaints about this dress!
Apparently, women over 40 look "desperate" if they dress sexy. Weird, I was MEGA DESPERATE when I was an idiot 25 year old. Now, I rock it so well, 25 year old men bypass their desperate 23 year old counterparts and hit on me!


Hair Bows.
Admittedly this was a Halloween costume, but I'm not above putting bows in my hair.

Cutesy Vintage Dresses


Pippi Longstocking Braids

Chunky Jewelry

Peter Pan Collars

Sweater Clip.
I saw this on one of those lames lists. Apparently, it ages you.

If you haven't figured it out by now, this list is a joke. I'm 41!! Wear whatever the fuck you want!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Dress #26 -- Simplicity 6098 (1973)

Last dress of 2016. It's a dud!!

I already know the fabric choice is wrong, but I have to use what I have for right now. This fabric looks better on the bolt, though LOL. Also, the dress is TOO BIG. Looks like a shapeless sack (I have to pulled back). I no longer wear size 14 patterns and I'm kinda at a crossroads here with all the weight I lost this year.

Yea, this one's MEH. Gave me something to do, I guess.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Dress #25 -- Gertie's Shirtwaist Dress (2012)

From her very first book:

I cut out a size 8 and it's actually a tad too big for me! It's ok, though. That's why I have a bunch a belts, lol. This dress was also the first time I ever did shirring and I was in awe when I ironed it and it bunched up. /no life lol. The dress itself is amazingly comfortable and perfect for any occasion. It was easy to make and I'm probably going to make more in '17.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Dress #24 -- Simplicity 8256 (1970s repro)

A semi-dud! I think my fabric choice was probably bad, but I'm using from my stash right now and nothing says 70s like brown and orange LOL. Not a difficult pattern, but the hem is RIGHT THERE which I didn't like (not for taller girls!) and the sleeves are "Herman Munster Sleeves" which I HATE more than anything and why I usually make short sleeved versions!!

Meh. Oh well. They can't all be winners!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Dress #23 -- Butterick 6413 (2016)

A Gertie success. I made this in a day! I made no changes other than I didn't line the skirt. I prefer slips to extra bulk in the hip/butt area, lol. But looking at these photos, I think my hips and butt are disappearing from all the working out I'm doing.

I made this dress a bit snug on purpose. Nothing looks worse than a loose, frumpy wiggle dress. Especially with that sexy little peekaboo hole. I have narrow shoulders and I was afraid the sleeves would not sit properly, but I was amazed they sit right where they should. No fighting them. I have D cups and I find the bodice holds them in ok without a bra. I would wear this one on a date. Love it.