You know Gertie, right? She is a fabulous vintage-loving, tattooed, rockin’ seamstress that has her own pattern line, has written a few books, AND now will have her own fabric line.
Yup. THAT Gertie.
To celebrate this, she is hosting a contest that my vintage-loving self could not resist.
This time, I sewed something up for my oldest. She is now 15 and looking every bit of it, too. This girl luckily loves vintage wear, especially if it is Mama-made. She has watched more old movies than I ever have and actually recommended I see a few. Who knew that American in Paris was so fabulous??!
I chose to sew up the B6094 pattern which was right up The Bee’s alley. I did have to grade the waist for her from a size 6 to and 8, but otherwise, the fit is perfect.
The back is my favorite part. I used a brown checked poly/rayon suiting for the outer part (AKA the wrinkliest fabric EVER), and a red flat cotton bed sheet for the lining (it is fully lined). I used two heart buttons for the back and made a reverse appliqued heart on the front. I also made some bias tape and inserted that into the front seam.
In some of these photos she is wearing a crinoline, but some without. She actually prefers it without, but you know me… I love a little extra pouf.
There is an invisible zip in the back. I am marveling at the fact that every seam actually lined up!
This is her favorite photo. It reminds her of another spicy red head. Can you guess who?
I love the fact that she doesn’t even hesitate when asking to wear this to school. The Bee marches to the beat of her own vintage drummer for sure.
I promised after making a Doctor Who inspired dress for Falafel that I would make one for her. This fits that bill perfectly. Do you see it? The red in the back looks like a bow tie!
I think she looks prettier than Matt Smith, though.
The only thing I would try to remedy next time is the pointy boob darts. I seem to always make them this way. I suppose it works for that old fashioned look where boobs were dangerous. If you weren’t careful you could take out an eye.
I love this pattern. I was thinking of all the great fabric combinations that would work. Maybe I’ll even make one for me.
The contest ends on the 31st of this month, so if you want to join in the fun, get sewing!!