9 August 2013

What's On My Sewing Table...


Seventies stunner or shapeless sack? To be honest, it's touch and go right now.

I felt like I'd struck gold when I found this pattern at Simply Fabrics, my local in Brixton. It's a rare occasion that I find vintage (aka "old") sewing patterns in London shops in the first place - if you know where I should be looking BTW, pray tell. I usually get mine online (my sponsors Vintage Pattern Marketplace, So Vintage Patterns, Patterns from the Past and The Polished Button have some extreme vintage pattern goodness going on).

You'll probably know by now that I lurrrrve 1970s chic, adore a good wraparound, and the ladies modelling this pattern look particularly stylish. Swoon. But now that I've cut out the fabric and started piecing it together, I'm not so sure. Will the dartless bodice send me to sartorial heaven or frumpsville? I'll keep you posted...

What's on your sewing table, please?

PS. Have you SEEN Emily's Mathilde blouse dress hacks? Seriously thinking about ripping off that red dress for my Autumn wardrobe...

[Soundtrack: 'Fitzpleasure' by Alt-J]

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  1. Seventies stunner, surely! I have faith that this is going to be cute as can be...

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  2. I think you will be fine with the belt. Even without the darts the belt will give the bodice some shape. I am looking forward to your finished dress! I am working on the Colette Truffle dress and will hopefully finish it tonight!

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  3. What's on my sewing plate? A jumper just like yours! It's not from a vintage sewing pattern, rather, it's from a Japanese sewing book. I questioned the shapelessness of the silhouette and wondered if it could be flattering. I found that if I layered it over a bodycon dress and paired with with a statement necklace, the outfit was pulled together and not frumpy.

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  4. I really like that pattern. The belt will definitely help give it shape. I'm currently making a fitted slipcover for an armchair. I'm hoping to finish it this weekend. I have 2 almost completed dresses and a lap quilt after that.

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  5. Oh I think that's going to be lovely, the belt will surely give it shape. I love the button placement. Looking forward to seeing it finished :)

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  6. Ditto from me on the efficacy of the belt, but if you still find that there is just too much fabric in the front, then put in some darts - fish-eye perhaps? And that should take care of the issue, pronto.

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    1. Never heard it called a "fish eye" dart before - you learn something new every day!

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  7. A very summery top is on my table. I'm using some fabric I won over at the Quirky Peach, and I'm taking my TNT dress bodice, adding a peplum/subtle flounce and using up a zipper from my stash.

    Either way, you'll have to show us how the dress comes out!

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  8. I'm feeling confident that this is going to be a winner. That red dress is to die for!

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  9. Very cute! I actually picked up a pattern very similar to this at a thrift store. I can't wait to see how yours turns out. I'm sure it's going to be adorable!

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  10. RE: Red Mathilde dress is such a stunner! You are allowed to rip it off :-) Meanwhile, there is a pile of fabric on my sewing table and I can't decide what to sew and where to start! Need a drink...

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  11. Tilly, you certainly have the body type to make this look good (if anyone can). It immediately gets filed in the "not in this lifetime" category for me!

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  12. I can't wait to see how it turns out. I think I might have a similar pattern.

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  13. I love that pattern, and I'm a sucker for anything that wraps right now. I hope it turns out great -- I agree the belt should (hopefully!) give it a great shape. Maybe you could add a couple darts if you need to once you try it on...

    Good luck!

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  14. There's nothing frumpy at all about this! It's lovely, and I do like the wrap-around detail. It first glance, it made me think of Colette Patterns Hazel dress. Good luck with it! On my sewing table is Megan Nielsen's Darling Ranges dress (in polka dots!).

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  15. How funny! My boyfriends mother was clearing out her loft and found a bag of old 70s patterns - there's one very similar to this! I got the whole bag full of patterns!!
    And you should try antiques markets and auctions for vintage patterns - sometimes there's a job lot!

    XX

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  16. This is gorgeous Tilly and so versatile for our climate in the UK. Love your fabric and can't wait to see the finished dress, will be lovely I am sure as all your makes are. Love your blog Tilly, thank you
    Lots of love
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  17. Hey Tilly! I have been scrolling through your blog and am loving it! Usually I just follow beauty blogs! I start a Fashion Degree in September and literally can not wait to just get started and into it!

    Charlotte Rose xx

    http://thecharlottierose.blogspot.co.uk/

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  18. I love 70's fashion and have so many patterns like this in my stash too. I wore them a lot back in the day, but now feel a little goofy in this style since now I'm in my 40's. but they will always hold a soft spot for me!

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  19. I can see this with a white shirt underneath.
    I would always ask in charity shops if they have any sewing patterns as sometimes they aren't put out o show.
    I struck lucky with a Simplicity 9767from 1971. It was only £1 all the pieces were there, barely used. The only problem was it was in Swedish. Luckily, a friend helped me to translate. Think he was secretly hoping for a pair of short shorts and a tunic out of it.

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  20. oh I LOVE 70's patterns! This looks so cute on the pattern cover ~ I hope it really comes out looking just as cute and I'm sure it will.

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  21. I think the dress will look really cute, especially on a petit frame.

    I live in Leeds in Yorkshire and there are loads of vintage shops and charity shops which sell vintage patterns at a low price. Maybe Londoners snap them all up so that there's not much left, but up North no one seems to want them

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  22. I like the pattern and think it will be lovely on you! It's funny - I opened your page from the notification email, saw the pile of cut-out pieces and was confused for a split second. A couple of days ago I cut a skirt and a dress (vintage patterns both purchased on Etsy, which works well as I am in NA) out of what I think is the exact same or very similar fabric. I had just taken photos of similar piles this morning to yours, with the intention of posting them online. Strange!

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  23. I've just started cutting out a fluttery hot pink lace shirt from a pattern I sketched up last night (and may or may not work in any way). After that, I'm planning on an underbust corset from rainbow fishes patterned cotton to wear with it! I got bored of reasonable person clothing...

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  24. I think that dress will work well, 70s fashion very definitely had its own shape! I love that decade's style.

    On my sewing table is a Wendy dress for a party my daughter is going to, and 3 skirts for the school carnival float. I am procrastinating away which is stupid really as I don't have to wear any them, none of the skirts will be seen from closer than about 10feet and I really want to use my new machine to make something for me!

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  25. Loving the 70's vibe of this pattern Tilly! It will look awesome on you :)
    I have a collection of UFO's (nearly finished red pencil skirt, hem of cerise Ginger A-line, cut out pattern for Colette Laurel..... ) so much sewing to be done and not enough time.....

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  26. I often pick up vintage patterns at car-boot sales (in sw london - wimbledon & Battersea are good!)and charity shops for really cheap (my local RSPCA charity shop has a basket full for 50p each!). They're also great places to find vintage trims, buttons etc. I think you can definitely pull the dress off without dipping into frumpsville :0)

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  27. I think this is going to turn out really cute, looking forward to the final reveal!

    Re Vintage patterns, I was in London for 6 months from Oct through March for academic research and somehow found out about the monthly Hammersmith Vintage Fair. I went a couple of times, and while the offerings don't seem to change drastically month-month, I did pick up several vintage patterns dating to 40s-60s/70s. They weren't dirt cheap, but I don't think I paid more than 5 pounds for any single one (I actually got a Hardy Amies 50s dress pattern for 5 pounds, I was so pleased with myself!). Many of them were by companies I'd never heard of before, and several were French (ooh la la!). Here's a link to the calendar, if you're interested: http://www.pa-antiques.co.uk/faircalendar.html

    And on my sewing table: a bombshell swimsuit!

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    1. Ooh great tip - I must go there!

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  28. Hi Tilly, I have found with 70s pattern illustration that they tend to stylise to the extent you are never quite sure what you are going to get. Fingers crossed!

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  29. Hi Tilly, thanks for the link through to my blog, it's all credit to your stunning pattern!!

    I think the dress will look really cute, I sometimes find that depending on how it is accessorised can be make or break in the frump stakes, but personally I really like the shape and style.

    On my sewing table is my first ever colette sorbetto!

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  30. teamed with a cute flower or head scarf and your away! it will be gorgeous!
    Look forward to the photo of the finished product. I'm currently making a summer maxi dress out of a charity shop duvet with fab flowers - all just proving that anything can look amazing with the right amount of tweaking!

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  31. It was fantastic meeting you today at the Folksy Summer School in Sheffield, you have really inspired me to have another go with my own blog. Thank you, Abi J

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  32. Hi Tilly, Could we have a tour of your sewing room please. If you have already done one could you send me a link to it please. I would really love to see it and get some inspiration for mine. Thanks hun :)
    Louise

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    1. Urgh it's a total mess at the moment! My sewing room is also my sitting room and office so it's a bit crazy. Once I tidy up, I'll give you a proper tour - thanks for the suggestion!

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  33. This was the first dress I ever made! I remember working on it as I watched Virginia Wade win Wimbledon, just after I finished my 'A' Levels - 1977. My version was floral - a zingy green background with a tiny white flower - and the band was white with green top stitching. I loved it! Thanks for the memory!

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  34. I would try that pattern out as it comes, but if it looks sack'y (and I was sewing these patterns in high school and college and remember they often were), then is it illegal to add some fitting darts in? Por que no?

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    1. Yeah I've been considering adding some little darts or tucks... but it might still be okay with a belt, we'll see...

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  35. I've got a Burda 7179 pattern and some lovely material that I daren't start. I've never folowed a pattern before. I'm scared!

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  36. Is that a removable obi-belt? At first glance I thought it was a built-in midriff waistband, with actual gathers above and below - if not, that might also be a cute workaround. Kind of like what one of the students did to a high street sack dress on Sewing Bee?

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  37. I always thought Style Patterns for dresses were so nice..........I've still got some!

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  38. It is adorable. Very Rhoda/Mary Tyler Moore. I have a pink and tan zebra head fabric for a skirt on the table now. Trying to decide how I want to do the waist band.

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  39. Hi Tilly, did u finish this project?

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  40. Fantastic!! I have this exact pattern and it is on my sewing list as a "jumper" for this coming winter - I can't wait to see your version & learn through everyone's comments & your creation - I love the sewing community!

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