{ Sewing } Big Ol’ Black Dress

The Little Black Dress (LBD) has been considered a wardrobe staple for every woman since the days of Coco Chanel – chances are, if you wear dresses, you’ve got a LBD hanging in a wardrobe right this moment. Especially a black 50s dress.

I, however, don’t really do little. Go big or go home, right?

black 50s dress

In comes the Big Ol’ Black Dress (BOBD is much more amusing than LBD).

I wear black dresses a lot. And since I’m running out of variety in my BOBD wardrobe, I thought I’d knock this Big Ol’ lady out with just some plain cotton (possibly a pique) that I got from my friends over at Rolls And Rems on Holloway Road.

black 50s dress

It’s a really lovely quality cotton, but the issue I have with anything 100% cotton is that it just absolutely has to crease at every bloody opportunity it can. Infuriating but so lovely to work with.

The pattern used is my self-drafted No Cock Nor Tails pattern, but with an added full bust adjustment because the original didn’t really accommodate my larger-than-I-think-it-is bust.

However my first ever FBA didn’t go so well, and I ended up with some weird bagging right on the bust apex. AKA baggy nipples. No one wants baggy nipples. Plus, some extra fabric in the arm scythe. The former isn’t that noticeable, but you can definitely see where it doesn’t fit right in the arm holes in this picture;

black 50s dress

So this dress has inseam pockets in the box pleated dirndl skirt, a lined bodice, and a centre back zip. I screwed up with the insertion so there’s a gap in the top, as you can see in the photo below. I’d say I’ll put in a hook and eye, but since becoming single, there’s no way I can undo that sort of fiddly thing myself.

But you know what? It looks pretty good, it feels pretty good, and it’s a great BOBD.

black 50s dress

Now. I’m going to stop talking about the dress and take a moment out to TALK ABOUT MY HANDBAG.

vendula london george

This is The George pub bag from Vendula London and it’s quite frankly the greatest handbag ever.

One, it’s a fucking pub. Two, you can take the handle off and use the long strap to wear it as a cross body bag. Two handbags in one, yes please! Three – THE LITTLE SIGN OPENS UP.

vendula london george

If you’re in London, pop into our shop to see this beauteous thing in the flesh, because it is just so amazing.

black 50s dress

melody maeHair Flowers; Lady Luck’s Boutique
Earrings; Bow and Crossbones
Brooch; Luxulite
Shoes; Miss L Fire
Bag; Vendula London

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{ Sewing } When Life Gives You Lemons…

A while back when I was checking my local fabric shop I came across this cotton. It’s black and off-white striped and near enough to a canvas but without the crazy stiffness. I loved it. I loved it more when I realised there was a few meters on the remnant table! So what did I need? A striped circle skirt!

It was sat in my stash for possibly about a year without much thought. I’d wanted to create a cute/spooky sort of vibe with it for a while, but it didn’t happen. Until I had the flu and finally just sat the hell down and got on with it!

melody mae striped circle skirt

Now, you might ask why I thought it was necessary to mention I was ill when I was making this skirt. My dears, in my flu-high, I managed to cut the thing arse about face! I ended up with a centre back seam that was… well… a little fucked up. I dashed back to Rolls and Rems to source more fabric, but I was unsuccessful. In the end, I decided to take my scissors to my pattern pieces in a desperate attempt to salvage the project.

And damn, if that doesn’t look like a purposely-decided design feature, I don’t know what does!

melody mae striped circle skirt

So I should possibly explain. Since my skirt has side seam pockets and a centre back zip, I had a half-circle for the front and two quarter-circles for the back. 3/4ths of this skirt was perfect and matchy-matchy. Then that last quarter panel was pretty much an exact copy of the other, instead of a mirror. Boo.

So with a little bit of brainstorming and some help from Rosie, I decided to split by back panels into eighths and take off an eighth either side of the front panel and mix it all up so that the panels’ mixed directions look a little less like a mistake! My visual help looked like this, if you were somewhat confused.

melody mae striped circle skirt

Whew. That was wordy. Anyway. It worked out pretty nicely, I’d say! Even if I did mess up for a second time and accidentally switched around two panels (Points go to anyone who can spot my mistake ;D).

Literally the only other thing I dislike about this skirt is I made the holes to the pockets just a tad too small. That’s it!

melody mae striped circle skirt
melody maeNecklace&Brooch: Vintage
Top: Primark
Belt: Collectif
Bangles: Splendette
Bag: Sun Jellies
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens

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{ Style } Of Hangovers and Vintage Fairs

It’s Saturday afternoon. I’ve just eaten a massive Korean-style burrito and I’m hungover. Surely, nursing a hangover doesn’t usually suggest going out and walking around at The Classic Car Boot Sale, does it?

classic car boot sale

So that’s what we did.

Sore in the head and later than planned, we headed off for The Classic Car Boot Sale, which comes around twice a year bringing us classic cars and all sorts of vintage curiosities being sold out the back of them.

Unfortunately, I have little to say about this CCBS – other than the aforementioned burrito, I didn’t buy a thing! Sadly a lot of items were overpriced or in extremely bad condition (I’m looking at you, woman who was selling a lucite bag with the disease!! SHAME.) – or in fact, both, in regards to one 40’s dress going for £170 with massive rips throughout it!

classic car boot sale

classic car boot sale

But we still got some great photos – and we got to see Mr Wilson’s Second Liners – of which you need to watch THIS VIDEO OF. RIGHT NOW. Because it really helped these hungover idiots!

classic car boot sale

I wore one of my favourite outfits ever – This EShakti dress is possibly the best staple I own! The length is just absolutely perfect and the scalloped neckline is beautiful. But mostly I love just how easy it is to wear!

classic car boot sale

classic car boot sale

melody maeBrooch: Luxulite
Cardigan: Collectif
Dress: EShakti
Bangles: Vintage and Splendette
Bag: Vintage (from a previous CCBS)
Shoes: Miss L Fire

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{ Sewing } Last of the Summer Gingham

Alternative title; MORE BLOODY GINGHAM. MORE BUTTERICK B5880.

Hi guys! How are we all doing? I accidentally missed a week there because I was too busy getting drunk dressed up as The Little Mermaid…  Hopefully you guys have had a week quite as awesome as that?

melody mae butterick b5880

Yes, that is what you think it is!

I made another B5880 in gingham. I’m approaching this post with general nonchalance because really? There’s nothing I can tell you about this dress that you haven’t already heard from the ONETWOTHREEFOUR versions of this dress I’ve made (there’s also one I haven’t blogged about AND another one in the making – it’s B5880 mania here!)

melody mae butterick b5880

melody mae butterick b5880

The main difference between this dress and the Check-Ah Check-Ow is the ric rac trim on the neckline and the pockets – and I have out-done myself pocket-wise, since these behemoths can actually hold an A4 magazine.

Other than that, this dress is practically identical. Still has the boatneck-styled neckline, the back zip and pleated dirndl. And frankly? It works for me. The blue gingham dress is still in heavy rotation now, so why not exactly the same thing in another colour?

melody mae butterick b5880

melody mae butterick b5880

The construction for this dress has become like second nature to me now, since I’ve made so many versions! I may or may not have sewn the ric rac skew-iff because I was still drunk when I finished it… I have cleverly hidden that from view in these photos though, of course, because no one should have to see bad ric rac placement!

melody mae butterick b5880

melody maeBrooch: Luxulite
Bangles: Vintage and Splendette
Shoes: Miss L Fire
Bag: Vintage

 

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