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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!


the only way out is in

28 Jun

Herb gardens from Matchcarden.  I love the little bit of surrelism and that I wouldn’t have to mow the little lawns.  Perhaps I will live my whole life in apartments and just get a couple of these puppies.  My father is always extolling the virtues of suburbia, but the mower never starts properly and our back hedge is always full of all sorts of nasty buzzy items.  Plus I am allergic to nature.  Mo’ yard, mo’ problems if you ask me.

As with everything I see that I love I am trying to figure out how to translate this idea into clothing.  I would love to make something with little window box pockets.  A welt pocket in a bright color or with a wood pattern painted in it with flowers coming out of the top.  How to make the flowers look un-tacky remains to be seen.  Perhaps embroidery.  I could get away with a couple of beads if the rest of it wasn’t too flashy.