vintage new pj’s

baby doll pj'sMy middle daughter ha been pestering me to make new pj's for her.  She hates nightgowns and flannel pj bottoms end up too hot.  so we came up with this.  This is made from a vintage simplicity pattern 7841 from 1968.  I found the pattern thrift shopping for $ 0.50.  You can find it on line at etsy.  We did not like the hat look eeeww so we did not make that but the rest was fine.

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Belt Fall Harvest Dress

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So as I said I wanted a belt for the dress I was modifying for my daughter to wear to the fall harvest formal.  I decided on a cumber-bun belt that was in a pattern I have from the 1950's Simplicity 2089.

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Louisa curtain outfit

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Louisa is the one that has the scarf pulled off of her head by captain von Trapp.

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Brigetta curtain outfit

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OK so busy costuming for the play have not had time to post or take photos.  SO most things I will have to post after the play.  I have since modified this dress from what you see in this photo above.

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2 little ducks went out to play

2 little ducks hem detail 
It has been a while since I showed some embroidery.  I pulled this out of the box  a few weeks ago and started to embroider it.

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Added lace to gingham dress

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hem crochet laceFor got to take a picture of the lace before I added it to the dress but I found this old picture that has two of the laces in it the antique ones.
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Little gingham dress done but not done

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I finished sewing the gingham dress on Sunday but I as most know can not leave something plain Jane or the way a pattern tells me to do.  I have to add something to make it a little more special or a little more me.

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Added ribbon woven ribbon as belt

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OK sometimes I just can not leave a project alone this one was bothering me because after I had finished sewing it, it still looked so plain even with the bright orange crinoline and an orange lining.  So I posted on face book that I thought it needed more just was not sure what.  When a cousin gave a suggestion of a wide belt 2 or 3 inches and a bow in the back.  This is not exactly what she suggested but  sort of is.

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Retro 50’s dress on daughter

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dress needs to be ironed but oh wellHere is what the dress looks like on my daughter.  Of course it would look better with heels and hair fixed but this was just so people could see how it fit her and what the crinoline looked like being screaming orange.  Wish I had not taken the first photo while she stood on the grass made her look much shorter with this length of dress.  Thus the second photo on the side walk so you can see where it actually hits on her legs.  Yes I should have ironed it before photo but I was in a hurry this the lack of hair shoes makeup, and ironing and all the like.  So does it need some embellishments and if so what type of them do you think it needs.  Other than a Letterman sweater, buster browns and bobby socks and a screaming high pony tail.

New Retro dress from vintage pattern

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I have three daughters which most people who follow this blog know. My oldest just left junior high and is now in high school.  I was thinking a few weeks back I am going to have a lot of girls in high-school going to formals at the same time real soon.  The thought of buying  3 brand new formals at  the same time is sort of  nightmarish to me both in price and time and modesty concerns.  So I decided I would make some and find some new thrift shopping ie still have tags on them.  I have made a few dresses as of late so I can get better at adding zippers and doing linings plus my children can wear these dresses now.  In the summer I hope to make a few fancy simple classic dresses in larger sizes and set them aside for my daughters to pick from for their formals.  They have all agreed to this, so it should be fun.  They get to help pick patterns and the fabric  from my stash and then we make it.  Then when the dance happens which ever dress they fit into at that time they can wear.  Sounds fun to us maybe not to others sort of the unknown on which dress you will get to wear to which dance but at least it will be modest and one their mom made which makes them happy.
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