Friday, 22 August 2014

Green roses on white: a cool breeze of summer

Here's an other dress I made during this summer. These photos instantly remind me of the hot summer days. From now on it looks like we're going to get chilly autumn weather.

I saw the fabric a while ago at one of my regural web shops and knew instantly I had to make something with it. I decided to use this 1954 home sewing pattern that I had used several times before, and that was tested and approved to be a good pattern. The style, in my opinion, goes perfectly with this fabric.

50s reproduction dress in white cotton with green roses by Cherise

50s reproduction dress in white cotton with green roses by Cherise

50s reproduction dress in white cotton with green roses by Cherise

I used tiny green shank buttons for the front closure and the zipper is placed on the side seam. I really like the super wide, draped skirt. It's so airy and flow-y, although a tiny bit inconvenient for windy summer days and bicycling :D

50s reproduction dress in white cotton with green roses by Cherise

50s reproduction dress in white cotton with green roses by Cherise

50s reproduction dress in white cotton with green roses by Cherise

You can also purchase this dress for yourself on my Etsy -shop!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Last days of summer

Hi all! It's been a long time since I last posted anything. A lot has happened since then too. The last few weeks have been super hot, so I have just enjoyed the weather, mostly by swimming, to the point where the constant heat just makes you sick, haha. Now the weather is starting to cool down and I actually had to wear tights and a light jacket to go out. I love the autumn as well, but soon I know I will be missing the summer. It it so short here in Finland compared to the cold and long winter.

I have also sewn a couple of dresses for my own wardrobe. Here is one of them.

50s reproduction dress in green by Cherise


I used a medium weight poly-rayon colleen fabric that I bought from fabric.com. I think the fabric is very suitable for this style. The pattern is a 1950's STIL pattern I copied from a friend. I had to grade down the pattern and add a lot of ease to the waist. It was very, very curvy. 

50s reproduction dress in green by Cherise

50s reproduction dress in green by Cherise


To finish the dress I had matching fabric covered buttons and belt buckle made at a local craft shop.

50s reproduction dress in green by Cherise

50s reproduction dress in green by Cherise


50s reproduction dress in green by Cherise

Also some of you might be interested to know that this is my hair dyed with body art quality henna. About 5 cm or 2 inches from the root is my natural hair + henna, nothing more. Body art quality henna has a very high lawsonia inermis content, so the stain is much deeper and darker than with henna meant for hair. I bought mine from Hennacat on Ebay.

How was your summer?

Monday, 23 June 2014

Suvi-Vintage 28.-29.6.2104

Ensi viikonloppuna 28.-29.6. järjestetään jo perinteeksi muodostunut vintagetapahtuma Tampereen tallipihalla. Jälleen kerran tallipihan valtaa joukko vintage- ja repromyyjiä, joiden lisäksi yleisöä viihdyttää joukko esityksiä, kuten miesvoimistelijat, musiikki- ja lauluesitykset, fintagen muotinäytös sekä tanssiesitykset ja -opetus!

Meikäläinen on myös paikalla launataina, joten tulkaahan moikkaamaan! :)

Tapahtuman tarkemmat tiedot löytyvät täältä.


Thursday, 5 June 2014

Inspiration early 1940's

I'm sure you all know the feeling when you see something pretty and it keeps hunting you day after day, month after month, until you finally have to get it? Sure you do :)
I have been eyeing this picture of a 40's vintage dress on Pinterest forever and since there's no way I could ever buy the actual dress, I thought I would just have to make a version of it for myself.

Early 1940s ensemble by John-Frederics, Inc., New York, 1928 - 1964
Credit: Philadelphia Museum of Art
 The other day I was rummaging through my local fabric store and came across this gorgeously rusty orange rayon jersey. I instantly thought of this dress and bought the fabric.

I drafter the pattern for the dress myself using the basic jersey block. I simplified the style a bit by only making one "scarf" around the neck and by shortening the sleeves. I had a pair of old shoulder pads I had taken from one of my vintage dresses, so I used those to give a little oompf to the shoulder line.

40s inspired rayon jersey dress by cherise
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40s inspired rayon jersey dress by cherise

40s inspired rayon jersey dress by cherise

40s inspired rayon jersey dress by cherise




Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Frankie100 lindy hop weekend

Hi all! Sorry about not being very active with my blog recently. I haven't been paying so much attention to my outfits lately, or I've been wearing the same outfits over and over again, so I haven't really found much to talk about.

I've been taking lessons on lindy hop since last autumn as some of you may already know and last weekend I had the opportunity to participate in a lindy hop weekend celebrating the great Frankie Manning. There were parties and lessons where we learned some of Frankies favourite moves and choreographies. I had so much fun! I danced my heart out (and legs off). 

I didn't bring my own camera so I'm showing you pictures and videos that others took. If you see a photo of you or a photo you took and don't want it up in my blog, please let me know!
 
I also don't have any specific photos of my outfits, but you've seen them here in my blog earlier.


Shakin' it!
Doing the "spank the baby"




And here's a little clip of the lindy chorus. I'm the one with the bright red top :)

video

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