Days in photos

Been a while, but I’ve started doing the Photo A Day challenge again.

Here’s the end of January and the first part of February, documented moments in time to match the daily challenge prompts….

29 January – window
Since none of the cats would co-operate for the classic ‘cat on a windowsill’ image, instead we peer through two windows in a shape sorter toy, to see a Buzzy Bee stacker toy peeping back. :-)
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30 January – best invention ever
The toaster! Or maybe toast. Hmmm… which of the two is best??
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31 January – polka dot
A good excuse to break out a dress I haven’t worn in ages – my purple polka-dot dress. And my Converse sneakers with ladybugs and polka-dots on them. And some clover dotted around in our garden, for good measure.
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1 February – you
Admittedly, I took this on 2 February. Please forgive my lapse!! ;-) Shadow in late afternoon on the way back to the car from our Island Bay beach visit.
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2 February – favourite
My favourite little person, on his first ever trip to the beach. Since some of his favourite things are sandpits and water, we figured he’d be rather fond of the idea of a beach as well.
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3 February – something orange
There’s lots of orange to photograph around our house. Here’s a couple of vintage Crown Lynn cups sitting on our kitchen bench. (Couldn’t quite get the bright orange stovetop espresso that was sitting behind them in the composition… You’ll just have to imagine it’s there.)
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4 February – childhood
My Little Ponys!!! I used to love these little creatures. As you may be able to tell, since these three are showing signs of being well-loved. My mother unearthed them a while back, and I picked ‘em up and took ‘em home with me at Christmas time. Posey (yellow one), Princess Primrose (pink), and Ribbon (blue). Now to find the rest….
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Channeling Dita

It was a public holiday here in New Zealand today – Waitangi Day. And I had a pre-arranged half-day of sewing time, all to myself. Exciting!! *bounce*

Guess what I was planning to do with it? Finish off a top I’ve been making, cut out some trousers, and trace a couple of patterns.

Guess what I actually did with it? Finish off a top I’ve been making, and get all inspired by the Fashion Icon challenge at Project Sewn this week and make a skirt to go with said top.

Yep, that’s right – even with my sewing queue being crazy-long right now, I ignored it all and made a Dita von Teese inspired outfit today instead.

Channeling Dita outfit | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Now, I don’t know about the rest of you, but I rather admire Ms von Teese. She’s not a classic beauty, but she knows what works for her, and she appreciates good style and good quality. (Plus, she’s got a throwback to vintage styles thing going on, and I do happen to be rather fond of that.) Wish I could wear red lippy as well as she does…. *sigh*

(Admittedly, it currently clashes with my hair, which may be part of why it doesn’t work so well on me…. Hmmm…)

Channeling Dita outfit | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

When I think of Dita, I think of things like woven fabrics, black, leopard, collars, wiggle skirts, and 1950′s pin-up style. (Plus that red lippy, of course.)

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The top is the Alma top from Sewaholic patterns. It’s the first time I’ve used a Sewaholic pattern – I have another one planned for this month, so I’ll hold off having a strong opinion on them until I’ve tried a second pattern. (I will say one thing though – the tissue paper they use is extremely flimsy and horrible to work with when tracing. Do not like.) (I do like the way the pattern envelopes are making a rainbow of colour though – very cute!)

Sewaholic Alma top

Sewaholic Alma top

My Alma is made of quilting cotton, with the contrast collar in a black cotton drill. (Which, as it turns out, shows up all sorts of fluff when photographed.)

Sewaholic Alma top | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Originally, I made the Alma with sleeves, like so:

Sewaholic Alma top | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

But unexpectedly, the sleeves were waaaay too tight on me under the arms. (Yeah – follow the line of my arm below and you may be able to spot the complete lack of any decent amount of ease at the underarm area there.) Not a problem I ever really have when sewing, so it came as quite a surprise!

Sewaholic Alma top | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

So, those puppies had to come off. (If you look at the photos of the sleeveless Alma, you’ll see there’s no gaping around the arm sythe – good for sleeveless, not so good with sleeves in.)

The other key change I made to the Alma was the fastening. The pattern calls for a side zipper, but I kinda have a habit of getting stuck in garments with side zips. (Seriously. I’ve had some horror moments in changing rooms in the past where I’ve been stuck half-in, half-out of a dress or similar, completely unable to get it past my shoulders while taking it off, and in fear of bursting seams.) These days, I just avoid anything with a side zip that has to go over my shoulders. I changed it to a centre-back zip instead, a very easy change to make. Instead of cutting the back on the fold, I cut it with a 1.5cm seam allowance (5/8″ for you Americans). Used a 60cm long invisible zip and inserted it from the bottom, making sure there was about 3.5cm left between the neckline and the base of the zipper, to allow enough room to fold over the seam allowance.

Channeling Dita outfit | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Deviating from the pattern a bit, I did a bias facing rather than a neck facing (it just seemed a bit odd to have a collar and a neck facing….). Believe it or not, it was the first time I’ve done a bias facing. Heck knows how I’ve made it this far without doing one! So easy that I used it again on the armholes. The hem is bound with a vintage cotton tape. (Bias and tape in green and brown – shades of the jungle coz, you know, that’s where leopards hang out.)

Sewaholic Alma top details | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

The skirt is the “pink” Hummingbird skirt from Cake patterns. I’ve made this one before so it was nice and easy to put together (even without the instructions, as my copy of the pattern is away from home at the moment). I made it in the same cotton drill that the Alma’s collar is made from. And I completely forgot to take a photo, but the pockets are lined with the leopard print fabric I used in the top. Bringing the whole ensemble together, indeed.

Hummingbird skirt and top from Cake Patterns

Hummingbird skirt and top from Cake Patterns

I’ve changed size a bit since my last Hummingbird skirt, plus my last one sat lower than I’d like it to, so I cut one size smaller this time. (A bit of a mistake, as I haven’t lot weight around the hips – oops! Should have kept that piece the same size!) I ended up taking it in about one more size at the waist so it would sit on my actual waist (the pattern is drafted to sit about 1″ below the natural waist), and letting it out nearly a size around the hips.

Channeling Dita outfit | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Oh, and this time? I put the tail flounce on the right way round. ;-)

Cake Hummingbird skirt | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Even though this is the longer of the two Hummingbird skirt variations, it ends up rather short on me when I sit down. Whenever I get around to making up the straight “orange” variation, I’ll have to length it by a good 10cm or it may not be all that ‘decent’ on me!

Channeling Dita outfit | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

I’m pretty happy with this outfit. It’s not my usual style at all, but I think it has a definite ‘Dita’ flavour about it. And while I doubt I’ll wear the pieces together, I can see them getting a lot of wear individually. (In fact, I’m planning on wearing the top to work tomorrow with jeans. It’s a good, longer length for that.)

Channeling Dita outfit | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Right, better go and work on those trousers I was meant to be making today! ;-)

Skully Ensis

Skully Ensis tee | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

My lil’ sis’ moved up here at the start of the year, and has been staying with us while looking for a flat. Naturally, I’ve taken the opportunity to further her sewing-related education. ;-) She’d never seen indie pattern companies before, and nor had she sewn any knit fabric before, so we kicked off her new love affair with indie designs by making up Papercut Pattern’s Ensis tee.

Papercut Ensis tee

Papercut Ensis tee

And you know, since I was mentoring her through her first tshirt, I figured I may as well make myself another Ensis as well. (That first one I made? Yeah, it’s had a lot of love. More are clearly needed in my wardrobe.)

Skully Ensis tee | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Not a huge amount to say about this one. I used the XS size, just like I did last time. The view with curved hem at the base. And I shortened the sleeves, to make ‘em summer-length. (Again, just like last time.) Yeah, the first one was so good, no changes were needed at all!

Skully Ensis tee | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

I did branch out a bit in my fabric choice though. The main fabric is the pink/green/white one – it’s lots of little skulls with love-heart eyes! Seriously, how cute is that?!? Had to find something that went with it though (surprisingly hard in my stash, where most things are patterned), and conveniently the lovely Jo was giving away some light grey tshirting at a Wellington Sewing Bloggers Network get-together in December. Since I knew I needed some plain colours for some more Ensis tees, I nabbed it, and used some of it here. (Thanks, Jo!)

Skully Ensis tee | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Must admit though, I’m not too sure of this one on me. I usually go for bright and/or highly saturated colours. Pastels? Not so much. But hey, I now have another decent tshirt for weekend wear, so I guess it’ll hang out in my wardrobe. At least until I get around to making some more, at which point this one may migrate into someone else’s wardrobe…. *shrug*

Skully Ensis tee | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

But yes. Ensis tee pattern? You win again!

Skully Ensis tee | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Mellow Yellow La Sylphide

This one’s been hanging around a while, waiting to be posted. I was actually about to post it when my laptop died (argh!!!!). And now, finally, here it is – my half of the twinsies La Sylphide dress photo shoot that Mel and I did together. :-)

Mellow Yellow Papercut La Sylphide | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

We had so much fun taking photos together of our Ensis tees last year, that we’ve decided to make it a regular thing – pick a pattern, sew it up at the same time, then get photos of it together. (And can I just say, taking photos with another sewing blogger is So Much Fun!!!!)

Mellow Yellow Papercut La Sylphide | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

We’d both made up Papercut’s La Sylphide pattern once before, and loved the result, so decided we’d make another one, kinda to sew along with the sewalong that Lauren ran over on the Papercut blog. (Not that either of us are particularly good at going at the same speed as sewalongs. Oops!)

Mellow Yellow Papercut La Sylphide | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

If you’re unfamiliar with the La Sylphide, it a cute little button-up dress, with a full skirt, sleeves, and a necktie. Surprisingly fun to make, with details such as using interfacing to create tidy hems on the sleeves, and attaching the sleeves in the flat (brilliant!).

Papercut La Sylphide dress

Since I’d made it before, I decided to make a couple of adjustments this time around to change the pattern up slightly and not have two identical-but-in-different-fabrics dresses hanging in my wardrobe.

This time around, I did the following:

  • Lengthened the neck ties by 12cm at either end (I found them just a bit too short last time)
  • Lengthened the skirt by 15cm (be warned if you make this – the default length is very short!!)
  • Took a lot of the fullness out of the skirt (for two reasons – I live in a very windy place, and I was using a vintage fabric of a narrow width and there was no way I was gonna get the full skirt out of it)
  • Shortened the sleeves by 15.5cm
  • Cut the back skirt on the fold, rather than with a centre-back seam. (I did this last time as well.)
Folding out volume in the skirt

Folding out volume in the skirt

My verdict on the changes? All a success! Only thing I’d do differently with them next time is how I cut the sleeves and make sure I mirror-image the slope of the last inch of them so the hem is the same width as the sleeves when folded under. I had a heck of a time easing in the hem since it was shorter than the point of the sleeve I was easing it into! Oops – didn’t think that one through when shortening them!

Mellow Yellow Papercut La Sylphide | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Next time I make this there are two other changes I’d make. One is a change I planned to make this time – widen the shoulders by 1cm, as I have quite broad shoulders and the seams sit a bit too far in on me (as they do with pretty much everything). I remembered to widen while cutting out the back bodice, and completely forgot the front bodice adjustment. Duh. Next time, yeah? Other change I’d make is lowering the bust dart points by about an inch, which I’ve discovered is something I pretty much need to do by default for every pattern I make. (Heck knows why?) Oh, and I’ll add in-seam side pockets to the skirt. Because, you know, dresses with pockets are rather fantastic.

Just like last time, I cut a size S, grading out to a size M at the waist. Only it turns out that I’ve lost a bit of weight since then (baby fat vanishing – woo hoo!) and I had to take it in, so next time I’ll cut out a size XS bust, grading out to a size S at the waist.

Mellow Yellow Papercut La Sylphide | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

For the photos, we went exploring and headed up to the top of Miramar Peninsula, to a water tower I’d spotted while flying into Wellington a couple of weeks beforehand. (Good way to find photo locations, no?) I’d never been there before – great views all over the city, and the contrast of a water tower with lots of graffiti – which I’m always a bit fond of for backgrounds to photos. ;-)

Twinsies of Papercut La Sylphide | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Twinsies of Papercut La Sylphide | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Twinsies of Papercut La Sylphide | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Twinsies of Papercut La Sylphide | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

So much fun doing twinsie makes/photos again! And this time my sister Jen joined us, with a skirt she’d made from a self-drafted pattern. (With teapots!!)

So much fun in fact, we’ve got another twinsie creation planned very soon….

Mellow Yellow Papercut La Sylphide | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Bib bop a lu-la

Nothing quite like a bit of altruistic sewing to kick off a new year, right?

A local mother’s group were doing a donation drive for Little Sprouts – a charity that makes up parcels for new families in need. So my sister (who now lives in my town, woo hoo! Lots of social sewing sessions will be happening, yes indeed!) and I decided to plow through my (rather large) scrap fabric stash and use a bunch of it up making baby bibs.

Baby bibs | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Coz, hey! Bibs are fun! And cute. And you can mix and match all sorts of random-as fabric combinations.

Baby bibs | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

(You can’t quite see, but one of those bright-green-with-purple-polka-dots happens to have a leopard-print strip at the bottom. We may have gotten slightly carried away with some of our mix-and-matching…. Here’s hoping whoever got a couple of them didn’t hate them. Hmmm.)

Baby bibs | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

It’s kinda fun looking at the group of them and spotting bits from different projects. Like the Purple Rain dress, the Melissa dress, my new Cherry Ripe dress, Lovebirds, Christmas aprons, Ladies a Plate dress, and my current project, which you’ll get to find out about when it’s finished. (But I can tell you it’s for Jungle January – can you guess what fabric? Yeah, should be pretty easy to spot!)

Nice and simple and fast to make – two fabrics on the front (for a bit of contrast fun) and some brushed cotton/flannelette/wynciette/whatever on the back to make ‘em soft and absorbent next to baby skin. Velcro closures cut into ovals so there are no scratchy corners. And in a few hours, we whipped up all of these!

Baby bibs | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

And now they’re on their way to new homes, where hopefully they’ll get used and keep cute babies all clean and stuff. Indeed.

Book review: Home Sewn

Back in November, the challenge over at The Monthly Stitch was to make something from a sewing book. Ever since I heard about it, I’ve been interested in Home Sewn – a book put out my the New Zealand Fashion Museum, with a history of the New Zealand fashion industry and a bunch of patterns by New Zealand designers. Seemed like a good time to get to know the book better!

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Although I hunted and hunted when I first found out about it, I couldn’t find any images of the patterns that came with the book. Anywhere. I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit hesitant to buy a (rather expensive) book when I don’t know if I’ll like what’s inside it. So I took the safe route and wandered on down to the public library to borrow it and decide if I wanted to buy it.

To save you all the effort (especially if your library doesn’t have a copy of it), here’s my thoughts on the book.

It has an interesting history of the New Zealand fashion industry, covering where fabric was stocked, the importance of home sewing, and little snippits of information (such as that Hallenstein Bros opened the very first garment manufacturing factory in NZ, down in Dunedin.). However, it’s only about 10 pages worth, and very very light. It left me wanting to know a lot more, with no tips on where to go to get more information..

The 10 patterns that are included in the book are from an interesting selection of designers – from very well established ones like WORLD and Starfish, to more up-and-coming ones like Katie-maree Cole.

There’s a good number of patterns, but sadly the collection itself isn’t all that great. With the exception of the Miss Chalmers skirt from Papercut, which comes in five sizes (yay!), all the other patterns only come in one size. Which is usually a (New Zealand) size 10 (about a 6-8 US size), and they’re the size 10 of the designers themselves, so aren’t consistent from one pattern to the next. Several are very simplistic designs – e.g. two tshirt designs, a dirndell style skirt made of stripes of fabric. The one from WORLD is the most disappointing, being a simple two-piece tshirt. Sure, it looks like a nice cut, but still. From one of our most quirky labels, it’s just a tshirt.

Others are more interesting, while still being simple in their construction. The Chrystalline dress from Cybele is only two pattern pieces, yet has interesting draping and construction. (I’ve seen this one made up, and it looked fabulous.) The Miss Chalmers skirt from Papercut is quick and easy to make, but has a shaped yoke and front gathers to keep it interesting and fun. The Swirler dress from Starfish is an interesting concept and looks like it would be fun to wear

The pattern pieces themselves are kind of odd. They’re all done in whole pieces, rather than cut-on-the-fold (e.g. you cut an entire front of a skirt out at once, rather than folding the fabric in half and cutting on the fold). It’s an unusual way to do it, and I don’t see the reason why they’ve done it that way. It makes it harder if you’re wanting to do any grading, as you have to identify the centre point (easy on everything except the Cybele dress) then trace only half of the piece before grading.

Home Sewn seems to be targeted at people who are learning to sew – there’s lots of gentle encouragement to learn, simple cuts and constructions with the patterns, and a big section at the back with great how-to’s from Katie (from Papercut) on things like measuring, pre-washing fabric, making and sewing bias binding, inserting an invisible zipper, and sewing a blind hem. Yet with the exception of the Papercut pattern (which has great instructions), there are very few diagrams in the instructions for creating each garment, and the instructions themselves can be kinda sparse. Some designers (such as Starfish and Vaugh Gleeson) have included one or two sketch diagrams, but the majority have none at all. It’s kind-of half-way towards being a good beginners resource, but then misses the mark with most of the instructions, which is a huge shame.

Overall, it’s a good concept, but I found it a bit disappointing. I would have liked to have more history to read, and multi-sized garments. (Ideally a couple more interesting garments as well, but I realise everyone has different taste so this pattern collection may be perfect for others!)

Since I’ve never managed to find images of the patterns anywhere, here they are for anyone whos interested, to give you a taste and help you decide whether this book is for you or not:

From 27 Names – a cute, basic dress. A-line style, with bust darts and a zip up the back.
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From Company of Strangers – an ‘abstract top’.
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Kinda hard to see the details of this one, so here’s the line drawing for you as well:
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The pattern I found most interesting was the one from Cybele – the Chrystalline dress. It’s a two-piece, assymetric dress (the one featured on the books cover.) Not my normal style, but I’m rather curious about it so may have to try making it at some point just to see how it works!
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From Lela Jacobs – leisure pants. Rather strange, this one – a pair of trousers with a wide, dropped crotch.
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The most versatile pattern in the book is from Papercut – the Miss Chalmers skirt. (I made it – I like it. :-) )
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From Starfish (which has sadly since gone under) is the Swirler. This is a rather interesting one – it’s made of knit fabric and can be worn in about 5 different ways, which they describe in the book.
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Here’s three more of the ‘how to wear’ options:
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From Katie Maree Cole – the Sugar tee. A simple tee with cut-on sleeves, and a bib front. (I made this one as well, expect a blog post on it sometime in the future.)
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From TK Store – a lounge suit. Made in knit fabric, this looks super-comfy to wear, although I’m never fully convinced of the practicality of garments that make you fully undress just to go to the bathroom…..
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From Vaughan Geeson – the Cuba skirt. An A-line striped skirt that gathers at the waist.
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And from WORLD – a two-piece shaped tshirt. There’s quite a lot of shaping in this one – it looks like it would be a really good fit. Even though it is a basic tshirt (and from one of New Zealand’s most creative labels, I must admit to being rather disappointed they provided something so simple), I’m going to try making this at some point and see how it does fit, as it goes in a lot at the waist before flaring out again over the hips.
WORLD - Home Sewn book

Cherry Ripe dress

Woo hoo! My new laptop has arrived!!! And you know what that means? I can start catching up on my backlog of blog plans. Plus, I can start to catch up on my backlog of reading of other people’s blogs. Yay!!! :-) (Sorry real life, I’ll be busy doing online stuff for the next few days. See you in a bit.)

Cherry Ripe dress | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

To start with, here’s one I’ve been wanting to share for a while. It’s been surprisingly long since I made something using a vintage pattern (back in September, in fact), and even though I’ve been loving working with indie patterns, I’ve also been missing the vintage action. December seemed like the perfect time to break that drought – there was a picnic-in-pretty-dresses with the Wellington Sewing Bloggers Network, it was ‘Celebration’ challenge month on The Monthly Stitch, and I wanted a new dress to wear for Christmas. Cue cherry print fabric, and a pattern I’ve been wanting to make for a while – Academy 3377 from sometime in the 1950s.

Academy 3377

Such a cute pattern – I’ve been wanting to make this one for ages! Check out those sleeves – they’re cape sleeves, which attach with buttons, so you can wear the dress sleeveless or with sleeves. So cute! (Has anyone ever seen this sort of detail anywhere else? I haven’t, would be curious to know if it’s on any other patterns anywhere….?)

Cherry Ripe dress | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Since the dress was kinda for Christmas, I went with cherry fabric. Being down in good ol’ New Zealand, cherry season is right on Christmas time for us, so I always associate cherries with Christmas as they tend to be a Christmas-day treat. :-) And, you know, they’re also red and green, Christmas colours and all that.

Cherry Ripe dress | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

The fabric is a basic cotton from Spotlight, that I impulse bought one day when I’d been standing in a queue to buy 1m of interfacing for nearly half an hour. I felt I had to justify the time spent there a bit more than just by spending $6 in interfacing, so when this leapt out at me from the clearance table for $8 per metre (woo hoo!) it kinda accidently slipped into my stash. Conveniently, just enough of it to make this dress. Clearly it was meant to be, right?!?

Cherry Ripe dress | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Being a typical 1950s pattern, and a typical Academy pattern, the instructions were somewhat sparse. I still have no idea what direction I was meant to fold the front and back skirt pleats in – I just picked a direction and went with it. *shrug*

I didn’t make many changes to this. I graded out at the waist (since I’m a bigger size in the waist than I am in the bust). And I added interfacing down the front button plackets for a bit of reinforcement. I also added an in-seam pocket on one side – skirts with pockets are the best, yes indeed. Oh, and I still haven’t gotten around to finishing the belt – I’m considering leaving it as a tie belt, what do you reckon? Or should I make it a typical belt instead?

Cherry Ripe dress | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Now, I kinda-but-not-really apologise – this is going to be a picture heavy post, due to the sleeve variations. You see, I can wear this sleeveless, or with the sleeves buttoned on. And since the sleeves are identical back and front, and button on, I decided to make them reversible – with the contract chocolate brown fabric on one side, and the cherry print on the other. So, you know, I have to put up pics of all the variations, right? (Especially since I’d like to know – which way does it look best? I can’t decide if the sleeves stick out too far or not – what do you think?)

Cherry Ripe dress | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

For the fun of it, I used contrast fabric for the inside collar and the belt. I also used the same fabric to make bias binding and used that to make piping for contrast trim along the shoulders and the sleeve edges, so when I wear it sleeveless or with the cherry print side out on the sleeves, there’s a bit more contrast brown to go with the collar and belt. Since the dress is covered with cherries, I went with the theme and used a chocolate brown poly-cotton (from a duvet cover actually, and left over from one of my maternity dresses). Coz it’s fun to make dresses that remind you of chocolate bars. ;-)

Cherry Ripe dress | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

The buttons down the front are vintage self-covered buttons, which I covered in the cherry print fabric. I went with plain red buttons (purchased from Made Marion) for the sleeves though, as a) I didn’t have enough vintage buttons in the right size, and b) I wanted them to lie flat for when I wear this with cardigans or jackets).

I used vintage green cotton tape for the hem. The pop of green on the inside makes me happy, yes indeed. (Hem tape – so much fun!)

Cherry Ripe dress | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Despite all my efforts, I didn’t get this made in time for the sewing bloggers picnic. Or for Christmas. I was so tempted to rush through it, but I decided to take my time, get the covered buttons right, make the piping, etc, and I’m so glad I did – it’s those little details that I’ve discovered make me appreciate my me-made garments more. So this dress’ first outing was in early January, to the wedding of a lovely lady I’ve been friends with since we were 13. She got married in First Church in Dunedin – a pretty Gothic style church where our high school used to have yearly events. It was a beautiful day – there was a piper piping us all into the church (can you spot him in the photo below?), and the ceremony and reception afterwards were lovely – happy and relaxed and perfectly suited to the bride and groom. I love weddings like that. :-)

First Church, Dunedin, New Zealand

They also had a gorgeous vintage car, so I got a photo taken with it. Coz, you know, 1950s dress and a vintage car – it would have been wrong not to use the opportunity, right?!

Cherry Ripe dress | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

The rest of the photos are taken out at my parents place, just outside of Dunedin. (Thanks to my father, who played photographer for me in between brilliant sunshine and bursts of rain. Strange weather that weekend, it was.)

Overall, I’m pretty happy with this dress. It’s a cute print, and I enjoyed wearing it. (And will wear it again soon!)

I’d make the pattern again too. Although next time, I’ll lower the waist by about an inch, as it’s a bit high on me. Aside from that though, it fits pretty well, so overall I’d say this one is a win and a good start to 2014. :-)