Thursday, January 9, 2014

Sewing Side Work

Hello all.
I'd like to thank you all for all the support over these past days.
It's been much appreciated. 
Still no luck on the job front and I'm trying to stay positive, but stress is stress.

In the mean time, I'm cobbling together some of my odd jobs and seeing how far I can go.
One of which is my gig of doing alterations/mending of vintage for Playclothes.
If you have never been to Playclothes, you should. It's one of the best vintage clothing stores in California. 

Some of the times they get are in need of mending before they can be sold. I get to have lots of garments from many eras pass through my fingers and then added to their racks of amazing stuff.

One garment was this 30s silk velvet gown. It was just beautiful. It needed some seam reinforcement and a bit of mending.

It's wearable now.

I also got to work on an amazing sink beaded gown from the 30s. It was worn in a fashion show that Playclothes hosted, but needed some reinforcement.

I don't have any full length shots of it because the gown really didn't need to be hung. It's nearing graveyard and it's so heavy from the beading that I kept it wrapped in a lot of tissue so the beading would not get tangled.

As with so many 30s garments of the time, sweat kills. The underarms began to shatter and they needed to be reinforced. I had to buy some silk and silk thread and make basically some shields for the dress to go over the old 'shields' already in the dress. The sink I bought for the underarm actually matched the dress, but the lower skirt. Seems either the dress was dyed  or just became really discolored. I'm thinking the latter.

I made a quick pattern for the underarm.

Then after an hour of hand sewing…..

Here it is finished.

On an added note, check out this zipper. It's heavy duty. The dress is 2 layers of silk and lots of beads. It's floor length and lovely. 

I sadly don't have any pictures of it being worn, but maybe later.

But as for all the cool garments I get to work on, I'll make sure to share some of the coolest ones. It's going to be fun.

Alright lovely people, I'll talk to you later!


Cottage Dreaming and Flea Market Wishes said...

you have such great talents! :)

SJ Kurtz said...

OOOH, I know Playclothes! Lucky girl! Some of Edie Adams' stuff was shown there last month!

Lyric said...

This is one of those times that I hope a new business will be forged out of seeming despair for you. I've heard of it before and scoffed; now I hope something of the sort occurs for you. As stated you are talented on many fronts from what I can tell over the months I've been following your blog.

Wishing you the best.


Shelley J said...

Yes SJ, the last dress in this post is one of them. :)

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