(Today's featured pattern after intro)Pistachio Green Dress above. Her style is all together 40s. It's amazing. Casey's blog is such eye candy to look at! She must be a skilled graphic designer as well because she puts together such a great look. I can't help but check it daily!
1930s Linen high waisted trousers above. Says Casey, "Suffice to say, I’m a creative sort. I do a little of everything in my endless search for expression through the work of my hands. I sew, code web pages, knit, draw, decorate, thrift, design graphics, make collages, write. I love fashion (contemporary and past), fast cars, and design, sushi, photography, scuba diving, and music from classical chamber music to 1970s hard rock to contemporary indie bands. My interests are many, my time is in short supply, but I love to share them with my friends through this blog. "
One of her most gorgeous creations was made for a Navy Ball she and her husband attended. She affectionately refers to him as “Sailor Husband” on her blog. In fact her wedding was featured on Martha Stewart's blog! See the slideshow here. Seriously, lovely and unique!
Post Valentine's day dress above. I love that all of Casey's creations look well constructed! She says she has been sewing since she was very small and hasn't looked back since.
You really should check out her vintage finds as well!
I love to see her weekly inspiration boards.
I love all the detailing! You can definitely tell she puts a lot of time and effort into what she sews.
Thank you Casey for sharing your lovely pattern with Grosgrain readers! It truly represents you as a sewer. I'm sure it will be a hit!
This is where I let Casey take the reigns......
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~1920s Inspired Chemise Top
An oldie, but goodie (I originally posted this 2009), I think! Especially since summer is right around the corner and lightweight tops become a must in many of our wardrobes. This top was inspired by a lovely antique in my collection. It’s a project that is easily done in a day (or less!); the techniques used include drafting a simple pattern, creating pin tucks, lace application, and a rolled hem. For my initial version of this reproduction, I used a simple polyester "bridal" lining I picked up at my fabric store, as the weight and opacity closely matched the original this was based on. China silk or a lightweight linen would be lovely options for material as well. For embellishment, the original sported a wide lace piece at the front, and narrower lace along the sides and back. In the spirit of this "mix and match" idea, you can certainly use lace motifs, pieces scrounged from lace yardage as a centerpiece and then supplement it with tape lace. For my version, I used a vintage tape lace that had a wave to it.
This tutorial is meant as a base for your project; variations and customizing is encouraged! (I have included a collage of images from my personal collection of 20s ephemera for ideas after the tutorial.) Try it in a soft print, skip the pin tucks, or maybe even try some lace insertion!
1-2 yds. lightweight material; polyester or rayon lining weight, lightweight silk, lightweight linen (please see introduction above)
Lace yardage and/or lace motifs (lace yardage should be a little more than the bust measure)
Ribbon to match fabric
Pattern drafting paper (I use banner paper from the office supply store)
Pencil, marker, ruler, scissors, tape measure
Thread, pins, fabric scissors, hand sewing needles
Drafting the pattern:
1. You will need to take the following measurements on yourself using a tape measure (or piece of string, if you don’t have a tape measure):
Bust (fullest measure over the breasts) + 1":
Over bust (measure above the breasts; generally this is only a 1"-2" difference) + 3/4":
Over bust to waist (from approximately where the top of the chemise would be, to the waist) + 6"-8":
Hip (fullest measure about 8"-9" below the waist) + 1":
Constructing the top
1. Cut out the pattern pieces in your fabric. Do not mark the front pin tucks. Set aside the back piece for now.
Thank you Casey for sharing your totally retro chic cami. I had a great time going through your archives and seeing all your past work!.
Stay tuned tomorrow for Liz of Say Yes! to Hoboken.
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