Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Vintage Pledge 2015 Wrap-up

In Januari I made myself a Vintage Pledge. During this past year, the Pledge had changed a little because it turned out it wasn't really manageable yet. I hadn't sewn a real vintage pattern, so I didn't know what I got myself into. The original Pledge stated that I had to make at least 3 pieces of clothing out of real Vintage Patterns. I ended up changing that in real Vintage or Vintage Inspired patterns.

The Tartan Circle Skirt and the Tartan Capelet
With 2 weeks left, I sticked to my Vintage Pledge and made 5 pieces: In october there was the Chinese Blouse, in November the out-of-season Orla and in December there were 3: The Tartan Circle Skirt, the Tartan Capelet and the White Christmas Blouse.

The Chinese Blouse
The Witte Kerst-blouse
The Circle Skirt is a classic. You don't need a pattern to make one and cannot go more 50's than this. So I made this one from scratch. The matching Capelet is nothing more than another circle skirt, but smaller. They used to be really 'hot' back in the day. Just watch my Pinspiration-board. The Chinese Blouse and White Christmas-Blouse were both based on 50's fashion. The same goes for the out-of-order Orla: a vintage vibe and fabulous collar! One 'to die for'!

The Orla Blouse

I will definitely participate in next year's Pledge, but then I'll be better prepared: This past year I've collected at least 32 Vintage patterns. I already selected one of them and chose the fabric and notions. Now all I need to do is get the pattern out, adjust it and voilĂ . (sounds simple, but alas). 2016 will be a Vintage year!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

DIY Christmas wreath #sewcotton #christmas #wreath #diy

Mery Christmas everyone! Enjoy your day with friends and family!

PS: the wreath is homemade and I'm proud of it :-)

Saturday, December 19, 2015

A White Christmas Blouse

A few days ago, I made you guys a promise. I announced that I would show the white blouse I was wearing underneath my Christmas Outfit. It wasn't really visible, but now it is!

Last October I told you that I would definitely make Gertie's Bow-Tied Blouse again, but without the bow. So that's what I did last week! The buttons were already in my stash and the fabric was on sale. The only downside is that it is a little translucent, depending on what I'm wearing underneath. Luckily, there is a way around it :-)

Ziezo, nu hebben jullie mijn volledige Kerst-outfit gezien! Wat vonden jullie ervan?

PS: er werd ten huize Allynara ook druk in de weer geweest met zelfgemaakte Kerstdecoratie. Kom op 25 december zeker een kijkje nemen!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Christmas Capelet

Yes, the cat wanted some attention too :-)

Last week I was on a sewing spree. There's just no other word for it. I made 2 skirts, 1 blouse and 1 capelet in 1 week! Never before was there such a sewing operation going on at Allynara's! The first skirt - the Tartan Circle Skirt - was blogged the same day I finished it. Now it's time for the second one: the Capelet.

This capelet came to mind after a brainstorm session on one of the Facebook-groups I follow. After sewing the circle skirt I was left with 1,5m of this Tartan fabric. But what to make with it? One of the members suggested making a cape out of it, another suggested a bolero. The cape-idea really stuck with me. The next day, the cape was finished!

Pinterest was my go-to inspiration. Rhonda Buss and Project Run and Play - this and this Pin - were my biggest inspirations - aside from the vintage ones like this, this, this, this and this. The capelet itself is a simple circle skirt, 48cm long and the hole in the middle is about 11cm if I'm not mistaken. After cutting I slashed one side to make the front. Because I didn't want too look foolish and avoid overkill, I decided to make the capelet reversible. After all: a Tartan skirt and Capelet would be a bit too much, don't you think? The red side will be worn with the skirt, the Tartan side can be worn with something else.

With the sleeves turned up, it dances on the line with over-the-top and cute.

After fitting, I decided it wasn't as elegant as I wanted to. That's when Rhonda Buss' pin came to mind: the thing I liked about her cape is the fact that it's wrapped around the wiast. So you get the full sleeves with your nice figure. I went back to the sewing machine and sewed 2 more buttons. The buttons - the ones from the sides and the ones in front - are fabric-covered with some leftover fabric. This makes them blend in and pop out.

If I ever made another capelet - you never know - I wouldn't go for a full circled one, but more 3/4th or something This because this one has a little too much 'bounce' at the shoulders. Aside from that, I'm very happy with this one!

The downside of turning autofocus off and forgetting about it. But It gives you an idea of the self covered buttons.
Soooo, you guys still haven't seen the blouse (worn in the pics above, but not visible) and other skirt. Keep an eye on the blog!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Tartan Circle Skirt

December. It's the final month of the year. Already!! Can you believe that 2015 is almost over? 12 months, 52 weeks and 365 days are practicly done. About time to finish some stuff and get that New Year's Resolution finished. A circle skirt doesn't need a pattern and you can't go any more Vintage 50's than that!

Leopold thought he should get his 10 minutes of fame

Originally I didn't think I would be able to squeeze this out of 1,5m of fabric, so I doubled it. Of course I did get the skirt out of 1,5m, but only barely. I wanted the skirt to have a nice vintage feel to it, so I decided that it had to be 60cm long. With the seams added, I truly did squeeze this one out. I had about 0,3cm left on the sides! But now I'm left with another 1,5m of this fabric. What to do with it? Would a matching cape be too much?

As a real Gentleman, he doesn't look underneath a lady's twirling skirts.

There isn't much to say about this pattern, since it's a circle skirt. There are tons of tutorials around the Internet if you want to make one of your own. If you are able to make one without a seam, it is even the simplest thing you can make for yourself. You only need to hem it and add a border and elastic. So deliciously easy I made my version within the hour from scratch! The only thing I still need to do is hemming this baby. But first it has to hang a bit so the fabric can settle itself. Then I'll hem it. This way, you won't end up with a wonky hem after a few wears/washes.