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Melanie
23-03-2009, 04:35 PM
I've had a sewing machine for years now and have dabbled on and off all that time. I'm still at what I consider an amateur level, but I try my hardest. I sew mostly vintage styles, because that is where my heart lies.
I made this from a sixties pattern recently. The sleeves are meant to be that length :)

http://www.craftsforum.co.uk/picture.php?albumid=577&pictureid=4345


And the Edwardian skirt that I finished at the weekend .. the hems really aren't wonky, I'm standing with one hip higher than the other .. oh and I can iron, it's just that the skirt is linen and creases like the very devil!

http://www.craftsforum.co.uk/picture.php?albumid=577&pictureid=4346

Critchley
23-03-2009, 05:31 PM
Like the blue one - ah, those were the days, I remember them well.

DianeKing
23-03-2009, 06:04 PM
i love the blue one too you clever bean! anymore to show us? love vintage clothes!

Seahorse
23-03-2009, 06:24 PM
They are fab, like them both but blue one is great.

greannancrafts
23-03-2009, 06:26 PM
Lovely, they look great.

Though I am rather concerned about the clothes I wore as a teenager being described as "vintage" :
Ah, Biba, those were the days!

Jane

Melanie
23-03-2009, 07:10 PM
Aww thank you everyone! I'm pleased you like my dress.

I have some other photos somewhere of the dress I wear to 1940's events, so I'll dig that out to show you. I also have a dress I made from a fifties pattern that I have yet to take a picture of.

:)

greannancrafts
23-03-2009, 07:12 PM
1940s, now that is vintage:)

Jane

Melanie
23-03-2009, 07:17 PM
Oh indeed yes! I go to forties events regularly and the dresses are so lovely! I made some gloves once and a hat too, but it makes me look like Eliza Doolittle :D

greannancrafts
23-03-2009, 07:23 PM
Oh indeed yes! I go to forties events regularly and the dresses are so lovely! I made some gloves once and a hat too, but it makes me look like Eliza Doolittle :D

Erm, Eliza Doolittle, 1940s:)

Jane

Melanie
23-03-2009, 07:31 PM
I know, heh! It all went horribly wrong and what was a forties pattern skipped back in time at my hands! Everytime I try this pattern, it just goes all Eliza on me :o






(I do know my eras by the way ;) I adore Audrey Hepburn)

Melanie
23-03-2009, 07:41 PM
This is my forties dress :)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/Folly/twww/DSCF5642Smallbw.jpg

autumn rose
23-03-2009, 07:44 PM
I love vintage clothes, Love the 60s and the 40s ... just gorgeous! :D

Melanie
23-03-2009, 07:48 PM
Me too, I love most things before the eighties.

swirlyarts
25-03-2009, 11:19 AM
That 60's dress is just fabulous and I really like the 40's one too. I buy my vintage clothes from the second hand shops but I am slowly learning how to make clothes with my machine - I'll get there eventually!

pepsi
25-03-2009, 11:36 AM
Oh I think you are very talented. I love the 40s dress. Oh the romance of it all eh? I used to have a psychedelic dress like the blue one, with a zip up the front and a large ring hanging on the zip slider. Memories eh? xxx ;)

Madly Creating
25-03-2009, 12:08 PM
Lovely! :D More an an amateur though, surely? ;)

gbell
25-03-2009, 12:28 PM
im sure i had that first blue dress!

love the 40s one!

ElaineJ
25-03-2009, 12:47 PM
That's what I was thinking - in fact I almost went to find my box of old patterns to check!

onlyme
25-03-2009, 12:59 PM
Oooh, I love the 40's fashions! I was only a young kid in the 60's but I can remember my mum making all her own dresses. She always looked good, my mum (I must take after my dad, lol) I remember dressing up in some of her late 40's stilettos - black, round toed, very high & very elegant! I wish I still had them. Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong era?

Melanie
27-03-2009, 09:41 AM
Swirlyarts - thank you! I can't find vintage clothes in charity shops anymore and the vintage clothes shops are too expensive sadly.

Pepsi - thank you too. I love the forties, it's as you say, very romantic, especially if you ignore the bombs that were dropping everywhere! My husband does RN ratings which adds to the romance!

Madly Creating - you're very sweet! I am still learning really, but granted, at least the things I make don't fall off! I've resolved to always have something on the go! Practice makes perfect after all :)

gbell - the sixties dress is from a real sixties pattern .. just reproduced. And thank you!

ElaineJ - as I said above, it's from an original pattern, so anything's possible :)

onlyme - I know exactly what you mean about being born in the wrong era .. fashion today is just a bit, well, blah!

Fluffy Squirrel
27-03-2009, 08:14 PM
Absolutely gorgeous clothing... such a talent!!! :D

Melanie
28-03-2009, 10:48 AM
Thank you so much!

HOOBY
01-04-2009, 11:34 AM
the blue dress is amazing :sm:

Melanie
01-04-2009, 11:45 AM
Thank you! I'm glad you like it! My husband has a gig at the weekend in London (he's in a sixties style garage band) and I'm going to wear it to that!

Melanie
07-04-2009, 12:38 PM
Because I said I would show my forties dresses, here they all are! As I have already stated elsewhere, I'm a 1940's re-enactor and portray a working class English lady .. no fox furs here! That black pillbox hat is my posh hat by the way! When re-enacting, I'm also a Royal Navy sweetheart and am often found on the arm of a sailor!

My first dress attempt.
Yes, it is short, but don't you know there's a war on? Rationing of fabric! Make do and mend! Also I'm five foot ten and a bit and didn't think to cut the skirt longer - oops! You live and learn as they say!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/Folly/melanie1.jpg


My second attempt. This is a really, really bad photo, sorry! I recently pulled this dress apart because apparently you don't live and learn .. I have now lengthened it in classic WWII style! It looks better now. I also made that hat .. my first hat attempt. It's the one that makes me look like Eliza Doolittle!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/Folly/asdSmall.jpg


My third .. still haven't thought to cut the skirt part longer ;) though it is oodles longer than my first two! This is also my favourite. I think I made those gloves too, I can't recall.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/Folly/twww/DSCF5694Smallbw.jpg


My fourth 'forties dress', though I do stress that I did NOT make this, I merely did it up, adding the rick rack and changing all the buttons .. and it's always mistaken for authentic!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/Folly/a%20village%20at%20war/DSCF7918Small.jpg

ElaineJ
07-04-2009, 06:35 PM
Goodlooking dresses!

Melanie
07-04-2009, 07:07 PM
Thank you!

Fluffy Squirrel
08-04-2009, 04:06 PM
Wonderful work... your dresses are lovely :D

compeak
09-04-2009, 03:35 AM
the blue dress is amazing

Melanie
10-04-2009, 09:17 AM
Thank you both!