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Two Christmas Dresses (with proper pictures)

6 Jan

A Sewing Machine and an Umbrella is proud to present… much better photos that should have been in that last post.

This was my first attempt at Victory rolls, and I have to say they are much more difficult than I had hoped.  I am not really a ‘hair’ person.  I usually spend my time putting together an outfit and then stick my hair on top of my head and swipe on some mascara.  I really love this hair style though, and I hope to one day be competent at it.  I spent a bunch of time looking at internet tutorials, the best of which, in my opinion is by Fleur over at Diary of a Vintage Girl.  Does anyone do this on a regular basis? Any tips?

vintage inspired look

vintage inspired cotton dress


Fleece lined Pockets!

Fleece lined Pockets!


I used some brown and white fleece to make the pocket bags and do the binding on the inside.  I think warm fuzzy pockets are a very important feature in a dress that is going to be worn in December in Vancouver.  Not that is gets that cold here, more so depressing.  I think that is the best way to describe winter in Vancouver two degrees with a chance of depressing.  Fuzzy pockets help.

vintage chtistmas dress

IMG_4922Stupid tag sticking out the back! That particular tag is the most persistent little bugger.

IMG_4931The fabric close up.  The colour is truer in the other pictures, it came out a little more red here for reason that only the camera gods can understand.

So that’s Christmas dresses.  Now onto spring!


Gratuitous Etsy Lurking Easter Fabric Post

8 Apr

Hello Internets.  First of all, happy (insert holiday here) to those of you who may observe/ celebrate/ tolerate said holiday.  Not being prone to religion myself I still try to celebrate anything celebratable that may come my way.  especially if it includes chocolate or motzo.  I did make an Easter dress this year.  (Not so much a dress to wear on Easter, but a dress covered in Easter).   However,  I have thus far been to lazy to actually photograph the durn thing despite wearing it all day Friday during which people in the Ferry stared at me and my mother suggested that I might want to start a business making clothes for kindergarten teachers.  It is coming though, I promise.  That being said here are my awesome Etsy let’s-make-a-stunt-dress fabric picks.

These bunnies look a little sad.  Maybe they would like to be a shirt dress?

Rabbit chandelier anyone?

I love toile, and I love really bad monster movies.  Clearly those giant rabbits are plotting how to best ambush and devour the inhabitants of that house.


 Jelly beans! Need I say more?


 I am in loooove with these buttons.

And there you have it.  Ridiculous dress coming soon.

Water Lillies

1 Dec

I finally finished this dress!  I say finally not because I was strapped for time, or it was that labour intensive (which it was a little), but because I went to the fabric store three times before I remembered to buy black serger thread, which is, of course, what I went there for in the first place.  All three times.  Seriously am I getting senile?  I hear older people talking about  how they went upstairs to get something and then forgot what they went up to get and I’m like ‘oh don’t worry I do that all the time’.

I made this one out of an a sarong someone gave me a long time ago.  I like the idea that the fabric has been to warm and sunny places.  I think that’s the reason I like vintage so much, I love to imagine all the places that a garment has been and all the things it has seen.  This one is a little big in the bust for me so I am releasing it Etsy in the hopes that some more well endowed gal will take it home and love it.  This will be the first dress I post on Etsy, and if someone buys it the first dress I sell as a graduated fashion designer.  Exciting!

Also check out this post and many more over at http://www.sewcountrychick.com/

The Night Has a Thousand Eyes

26 Nov

Apologies to anyone who now has that song stuck in their head, but it is a necessary evil as I have finished the crazy halloween eye fabric dress.

I wanted to make a very demure LBD with this because of the fact that it’s, y’know, crazy halloween eye fabric.  I also plan to wear it with pearls.

There is a kind of weird glare coming from stage right, a ghost perhaps?.   But there she is.  And I am totally done making this pattern, I am moving on.  Ok I have one more dress cut out (purple with huge yellow flowers) but then I am definitely going to draft something else. I did have a better picture of the belt but WordPress is being tricksy tonight (I blame the ghost), so I give up.  The belt was super fun to make although I might re-do the bow so I can get a large eye centered on each side so my bow can stare down with malice anyone I find annoying.  Watch out world, I’ve got me a blog ghost and a lurking bow.  If only I had some sort of foe to defeat.  Must spend more time as a character in juvenile fiction.  ‘Tassie Vicars and the Bow of Malice’?  I could be a kickass pre-teen outcast who has to do battle with some evil spirits she encounters while cleaning her grandmother’s potting shed.  I could wear different dresses that have magical powers like the one with eyes could see into the future and the one with roosters could scare off basilisks.  On second thought perhaps I’d better stick to my day job.

Upcoming Projects/ Opportunities for Disaster

12 Sep

Plans for Immediate Future:

1) finish blog post

2) get drink of water

3) stare longingly into cupboard hoping for fat free Oreos to materialize

4) admit defeat on Oreo front

Plans for A Little Later Today

1) Ridiculous motorcycle fabric sixties dress!

I should have put something in the picture for reference, but the wheels on the motorcycles are about the size of a toonie.  And no, I shall not translate that, if you don’t know what a toonie is take this as an opportunity to learn something about Canada today and google it.  And yes, those are hot pink and orange Harley Davidsons.   I am making a sixties style shift dress, which if it turns out to be ONAD (Offically Not A Disaster) I wil be very excited to wear.  The fabric is quite fragile though (thrift store purchase) and in order to have the motorcycles riding flat on the ground and not perpetually popping a wheelie I had to do the whole thing on the bias, and am  now having to go back and interface the whole top with all the darts alrady sewn.  Noise of discontent.

I am also working on finally doing something with this lobster fabric I made last year.  I am planning a little skirt with a navy blue waistband and anchor buttons.  If it works out I will do  up a few more to sell.

I don’t know what it is I like so much about lobsters.  It’s probaly some weird combinations of my nautical background and my deep adoration for Elsa Sci, Salvador Dali, or any combination of the two.

Outfit of the Day

12 Sep

I made this dress years ago, in fact I think it was the first thing I ever made that was Offically Not A Disaster.  I am positivly shocked that it still fits me, but I do love me some stripes.  Thanks to the nice soup purveyor who complimented me on it, you made my day! I should mention that the flower is a hair clip (not part of the dress) and the straps belong to my undergarment (again not the dress).  Apologies for what apears to be a millenia of grime on my mirror.  I just couldn’t be bothered to go upstairs, clean the mirror, and take another picture.  ( I have thusfar had a very taxing day of sitting around/ eating soup.)