Monday, March 23, 2015

I was Born in the Wrong Era! MyObsession for Vintage Patterns.

I realize now that I was born in the wrong era.  I was suppose to be an adult in the 1950's, 1960's, and 1970's.  I love the fashion from those time periods.  I find myself perusing Etsy, Ebay, and other sites that sell Vintage Patterns more than I do the newer ones.  I am so attracted to a 1970's Jumpsuit pattern, or a 1960's Dress pattern.  

I adore the huge collars, the classic lines, the wide legs.  All these design aesthetics fit me to a tee. I came across the following patterns on Etsy and I am in love and have to have them all:

Simplicity 9370 is absolutely gorgeous.  I can see this in so many color and print combinations.  I love the clean lines, the wide legs and the bust darts coupled with a wide belt, yes, so me.

My how I love Butterick 4769.  Can't you see this in a light airy linen (yes I am a Jumpsuit Junkie).  Very pretty eggshell white or soft pastel green would rock the heck out of this tailored jumpsuit.  I love the chest pocket, collar and side pocket details.

If you are summer time fine (that would not be me), I can see you lovely ladies strutting into a classy outdoor bistro, sipping wine and enjoying the cool summer nights in this lovely ensemble.  Vogue 8336 has all the Glam 1960's you can handle. 

I am sew loving the huge collars and clean lines on Simplicity 9674.  The short option is so cutesy retro, though not for my thunder thighs, but I can see the endless possibilities.

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Cigarette Pant!

I've been eyeing the Cigarette Pant trend for the last couple of years now. 

Cigarette pants are slim-fitted pants that feature a straight opening at the foot rather than a taper or flare. Also known as “stovepipe pants,” “pencil pants” or “slim-fit pants,” these pants first became popular during the 1950s in both men’s and women’s fashions. While men wore them most commonly in black, women wore them in denim or cropped as “Capri” pants. Since the 1950s, cigarette pants have gone in and out of style throughout the decades, largely following various music movements.
Cigarette pants were particularly favored by such stars as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Sandra Dee during the 1950s. As the 50s gave way to the counter-culture of the 1960s, pants with a flare, boot cut, or bell bottom eclipsed the popularity of the straight-legged pant. While flared pants became a staple of 1970s fashion, many of those who were part of the underground punk scene began wearing cigarette pants again. By the 1980s, leggingsspandex, and skinny jeans were all the rage, and especially favored by heavy metal bands.

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I had originally started making this particular pair last year, but used the wrong pattern I feel to get the results I wanted, Simplicity 1699.  I think there are so many other patterns that will give you the look.  I had to tweak this pattern several times to get it to wear I wanted it. 

Here are my Cigarette Pants using Simplicity 1699.  

My version of cigarette pants.  Actually started them last year, my Muslim but finally got the fit I wanted!  I'll be making some floral ones really soon!  Details on the blog, address in profile  #Itsmelaniedarling #seamstress #sewing #sewist #sewcialist

Happy Sewing!