30 September 2016

Pin up "polka dot" dress

Third project  from the book: Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time by Tanya Whelan is dress combined  from basic bodice pattern and  straight skirt pattern.
There is  a back vent  and back zipper.
The dress is made from cotton (with some stretch) fabric, with tiny hearts pattern. From the distance the pattern seems  like polka dots and  the dress looks so 50's. I really love that look.
Fabric: cotton with stretch
  Shoes: H&M
Earrings: from my Etsy shop- Lady Lina

31 August 2016

Floral cowl neck dress

My second project from the book: Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time by Tanya Whelan is this floral summerly viscose dress with cowl neck bodice. 
Beautiful draped cowl neck is very flattering and elegant, and in combination with  gathered dirndl skirt makes very  nice sundress.
For fabric that has a lot of drape the book suggests to cut the cowl bodice on the bias. In my case and for my fabric that was not a good choice. One side of the bodice is pulling too much up (or down) so the dress is a little bit asymmetric. Next time I will avoid that. Yet, I like the  pattern and probably will make one more dress  next summer.
Pattern: The cowl neck bodice pattern is paired with dirndl skirt pattern from the book: Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time by Tanya Whelan.
Fabric: floral viscose

26 July 2016

Kaleidoscope print summer dress

Well, I am doing that again; I'm sewing and not blogging. But, today is the day..
Lovely simple summer dress, easy pattern and lightweight  fabric.
Pattern: Burda 7/2015 mod.115
Fabric: viscose
Me made bracelet:
My ballerina shoes addiction:

31 May 2016

Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time: Gray suit dress

Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time: The Ultimate Dressmaking Guide by Tanya Whelan
What to say: Amazing book!
Since I saw this book last year, I knew I have to buy it. And I bought it in January this year. Since then the book is on my night table. Every evening I am planning my new dresses. Do you think it is weird?

I simply adore the idea of the book; with several easy and basic patterns you can make over 200 dresses.
I have been sewing for many years now. I have hundreds of Burda magazines and patterns. But, this book is so practical, so simple and so handy. It allows you to be creative, to use the maximum potential of the fabric you are working with. There are patterns for 6 skirts and 8 bodices, plus an additional 4 sleeve styles and 4 necklines. From this you can create up to 219 dresses. Isn't that fantastic?

For my first attempt I chose suit wool fabric from my stash.
I used the basic bodice pattern, the straight skirt and long sleeves. This is a basic long sleeve sheath dress with a back zipper and back vent.
I made very lovely office appropriate suit dress. Now, I just need the office. :)
I'm not sure I'm going to wear this dress, but this sewing project was great for testing pattern and fittings. More dresses coming soon!!!
Dress: Book-Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time by Tanya Whelan
Shoes: Deichmann
Necklace: from my Etsy shop - Lady Lina

21 April 2016

Travel: Varaždin Municipal Museum

The Varaždin Municipal Museum was opened in the Old Town in 1925th. Today permanent Museum Exhibition preserves important historical documents, valuable collection of guilds, weapons, stone monuments, glass, ceramics and clocks.
The collections bring testimony of cultural, economic, and political life in Varaždin and its surroundings. 
Ten rooms in the castle decorated in different styles of previous periods revives the spirit and the lifestyle of previous centuries.
(Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Empire, Biedermeier, Historicism, Art deco)
For me, the most interesting part of permanent exhibition is a new unit Culture of clothing (opened in April 2014). This unit tends to present the culture of clothing among the citizens and nobility in Varaždin in the period from 18th till the mid 20th century.
The Corset-was an important part of clothing in the period of Baroque and Rococo.
The essential accessory of the nobility and upper class was fan.

The new trend introduced a simplicity in clothing and liberation of the female body from cruelty of the corsets. Garments ware made of light, sometimes transparent materials(muslin,silk,cotton) in light colors. The high waist line, up to the breasts is accentuated with a ribbon.
Brisé fan (silk, ivory, early 19th century)

In Biedermeier the waist line resumed a more natural lower position and was again constructed by corsets. Shoulder silhouette was accentuated with wide sleeves and décolletage returned to fashion. Most commonly used fabric were with floral, striped and plaid pattern(taffeta, atlas, damask, muslin).
Special attention was given to hairstyles and the hats were in various shapes, trying to adapt to the complicated hairstyles.
Parasols were essential accessories.
Purses and wallets were commonly made of silk and luxuriously embroidered. Most popular was floral motif with birds, namely roses as the symbol the Biedermeier style.
Illyrian bag-1840.(velvet, gold thread, beads and sequin embroidery).
The style of accentuated thin waist and broad skirts (mid 19th century) -Crinoline
The last twenty years of the 19th century were characterized by round emphasized back female silhouette called Cul de Paris and Tournure
Dress- Croatia, 1850 (silk taffeta, satin and rips,cotton twill)
Fan- China,19th century (varnished wood, mother of pearls, gouache on paper).
Ladies fashion magazine- La Mode Illustrée, Paris,1885.

Fashion at the turn of the 19th century followed the style of Historicism. The simplicity and practicality of Secession did not find its place in female fashion. The dresses,especially evening gowns, maintained lavish decoration with plenty of ruffles, lace and embroidery.
But, at the beginning of the 20th century women started to take sports which required practical dresses. Day time gowns become more simple designed, with higher waist, comfortable and functional, decorated merely with lace. Corsets were discarded.
Floral and herbal ornaments were dominant fashion motifs of Secession style, especially on lace.The luxurious fan and lace detail were made in special technique of lace making with tappers called Lepoglava or Brussels lace.
Fan-Vienna, end of 19th beginning of 20th century.
In the museum collection there is an interesting group of of objects related to beginnings of swimming and water activities at public beaches between two world wars.
Women and children  bathing suits, swimming requisite and sunglasses- early 20th century.

Thanks to the discovery of photography in 19th century, many fashion and life trends were documented and preserved.
The photos are really valuable documents of time and I'm so obsessed with documenting every single thing I have seen and every moment I have experienced. So, pardon me. :)