Monday, April 30, 2012

What I'm working on...

I've currently got quite a few projects on the go so I thought I'd do a quick round-up - partly by way of explaining my recent bloggy absence.

The Ballroom Belles Dress


Although I've used several of my vintage repro fabrics in record bags, this is my first actual dress project with one (it's on my sewing list as June's project, so I'm actually ahead of schedule for once!). I'm using Hollywood 1552, the same late 30s / early 40s pattern as I used way back in 2010 for my first vintage sewing project, the Big Apple Dress. I've been looking forward to reusing this pattern for various reasons - firstly because despite my huge hash of a sewing effort, the apple dress remains one of my favourite and most flattering dresses. I was also keen to revisit the pattern with the benefit of the sewing knowledge I've accrued since that first effort; I started by redrafting the pattern pieces taking into account the various adjustments (mainly for sizing and fit, but also length) that I made in that version.

The Little Rock Dress


This dress has been quite a learning experience for me, and it's finally nearing completion after over a year in the planning and a couple of weeks of construction. I'm just giving a sneak peek glimpse as I'm looking forward to sharing the finished garment as soon as I finish assembling the appropriate bling. I'm already playing with ideas for my next Gentlemen Prefer Blondes inspired creation - possibly based on the pink "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" dress.

1940s Sailor dress


April's project on my sewing list will also be based on Hollywood 1552, with a modified bodice and sailor collar I drafted last year. I had originally planned to make it in very fine handkerchief linen to get a good drape, but I couldn't find any. Then it occurred to me that I rayon would give me the perfect texture and drape that I had in mind. But rayon is also surprisingly hard to come by - I ended up buying white and dyeing it (er, twice, due to an unfortunate early 90s style tie-dye effect on my first attempt).

Tuppence Ha'penny @ the London Fashion & Textile Museum shop


A most exciting business venture is my partnership with the Fashion & Textile Museum shop. They're currently running a wonderful exhibition on postwar women textile designers, and approached me about stocking the shop as my recycled record products tie in well with the theme. This is me at the exhibition's opening night, when Zandra Rhodes complimented me on my hair.

Wartime Propaganda Prints


This is basically a total indulgence, a personal research project. I've been interested in WW2 patriotic textiles for some time, so when I came across this book it immediately went on my wishlist. Eventually I went ahead and bought it and I've been relishing every single word and picture in it - it's totally fascinating. Look out for related posts in the not too distant future. I'm even hoping to try my hand at producing my own "propaganda print" inspired by the fabrics and scarf designs of the era.

11 comments:

  1. I'm so looking forward to seeing the Little Rock dress, I hope it is revealed soon.
    Best of luck with your collaboration with the Fashion and Textile Museum shop!
    R xx

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  2. Neat projects, I'm looking forward to seeing the ballroom belles dress in particular. Which fabric are you using?

    That book looks very interesting. I can imagine you'd be able to create some great propaganda prints inspired by it!

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    1. The fabric is one of the reproduction prints I made and is available through spoonflower

      xx Charlotte

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  3. You have some yummy prints on spoonflower. Can't wait to see the finished dress.

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  4. Amazing, I wish I could do that.... Congrats on the partnership!

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  5. I love your mad sewing skills! I hope to one day be as adventurous as you regarding sewing. That book looks so great! I must find myself a copy!

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    1. I got the book on amazon for about £20 and it was so worth it!

      xx Charlotte

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  6. Wow, congratulations on the Fashion & Textile Museum tie in! That's great! All the dresses look gorgeous, but I'm particularly looking forward to seeing your sailor dress as I have a hankering for one myself.

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  7. I can't wait to see them, especially the sailor dress- I'm a sucker for sailor style fashions!

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  8. Wow they sound amazing, I can't wait to see them! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. You HAVE been a busy bee!!! Cannot wait to see the dresses (which i shall drool over quite literally when I see you)and much kudos for the F&T museum collaboration :)

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