Friday, January 14, 2011

Happy Friday!  I'm so glad it's finally the weekend.  We had our annual audit at work and even though they barely asked me for anything, I felt like I was extra busy this week.  I hardly got a chance to do any sewing, but I did get a good start on McCalls 5587 from the 60's.  I can't find the exact date.  In fact, a Google search turns up this gem.  I like how the model seems to be saying "This?  You actually want me to wear THIS?"

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Sexy. Actually, I'm making this:

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I bought the pattern on eBay as part of a lot of 7 for $5, and the fabric is $5.99 silk from Vogue.  Since the fabric is a little thin and delicate for this structured of a dress, I tried something I'd never done before - underlining.  Underlining is used for stabilizing delicate fabrics, eliminating seam show-through on sheer fabrics, and adding warmth.  I used basic unbleached muslin, the softest one I could find.  You could really use any kind of broadcloth, though.

To start, cut out your pattern pieces.  I like how these old patterns are pre-cut, cutting is my least favorite part.

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Ask your cat for help, if necessary.

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Then cut the same pieces out of your underlining fabric.

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Match them up and pin all around.

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Then stitch all the way around the edges to secure your fabric. You want it to act as though it's one piece. I am honestly not sure if there is a recommended seam allowance for underlining, I just figured as long as it was less than 5/8", I couldn't go wrong.

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The best perk of underlining is that you can write all over it with tailor's chalk. I plan on doing an actual lining, so you will never even see this.

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I'm getting better at darts.

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Looks great from the outside, too.

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The bodice is almost completely done, I just have to hem the sleeves.  I haven't started the skirt yet, but I hope to work on that this weekend.

Another good thing that happened today was I got a huge package of vintage hem tape, bias tape, piping, rickrack, and ribbon for $8.  There's fifty packages.  I will never need to buy seam stuff ever again!  I love the vintage stuff the most, I bought a few packages of Wright's at Joann Fabrics and it's so stiff and cheap.  This is way better. 

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There's always tons of vintage sewing notions on eBay, but the real reason I bid on this particular one was because of these two packages:

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Isn't that the cutest ever? I have to find an extra-special dress to use it on.

Have fun with all your crafting projects this weekend!

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