Last evening, after I finally cut out my Quickie Dress (I'm already 3 days behind schedule not so quickie, ehh?), while catching up on the 4th season of Mad Men and cursing Betty Drapers' hellish attitude, I had fun taking stock of some of the vintage things I have acquired as of late, well some of the things I've had for awhile but I had squirreled them away so it was a reintroduction....and I thought I might share them....after this update.
Quickie Dress, Quickie Dress why did I name you this? It's like I cursed you, it has taken me way to long to cut this thing out, there are 4 pattern pieces for goodness sakes! I think I need to settle on an actual name....the fabric reminds me of puddles, Mr. SewlyaHarpist says ponds but I think I am just going to call it the "Fall Silk Dress"
|100% Vintage Silk from Germany (ca. 1980s)|
|Press & Refresh|
If this fabric was anything but silk or was silk and did not have diagonal lines to attempt to match I think it would have taken me a lot less time...I love working with silk but I hate it. I guess I should say I love the results but laying it out and cutting it out is a chore I don't relish, it just doesn't want to stay in place. I was getting pissed last night since I was trying to match the diagonal lines and stay on grain and it kept sliding around, fortunately I had a little over three yards to work with. I am really liking this fabric more and more, Mr. SAH advised against buying it, on Etsy, but I went ahead because I thought it was so interesting visually and I liked that it came from Germany!
I'll have more updates after the Holiday on the progress of this dress. So these are my little odds & ends....
I bought these at an Antique Mall in downtown Ventura, I saw the boxes from across the room and I made a mad dash over to them. The Zig Zagger & Blind Stitch attachments were $10.00 I bought them both got them home and was somewhat disappointed, you get what you pay for and maybe I shouldn't have bought them so impulsively and it's sort of my fault! So The Blind Stitch Hemmer is for a Singer 301 NOT a Featherweight, sad times since I was super excited about that and the Zig Zagger needs a clamp thing replaced or tightened because it keeps slipping and won't work properly. All is not totally lost I suppose, I can always try and resell the blind hemmer (I saw them going on eBay for between $50.00-$75.00!) and I work with engineers and fabricators and I am sure I can get that Zig Zagger up and running with some modifications.
|Vintage Dritz Hem Marker|
I found this hem marker in another vintage store in downtown Ventura and I bought it because I like vintage sewing ephemera and thought it was cool but it has just been collecting dust in shoved in a corner for a few months now. I don't need it but I don't want to get rid of it either, it still has its original vial of chalk dust! How cool is that?
|George Halley for Saks Fifth Ave. (ca. 1960s)|
I have been thinking on this dress, I bought it on eBay awhile back because I think it is awesome but it is just a little too big. It should cling and fit snuggly so it looks sleek instead it looks like I'm wearing a sack. I want to take it in at the side seams but I am scared of messing it up. It is from the 1960s and is from George Halley's designer collection for Saks Fifth Avenue, it is in great condition and I want to wear it but I won't until it fits. I think I just need to suck it up and attempt it or I'll never wear it and what a waste of a cool vintage dress.
So that's all I got just some ramblings for today.