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Finished Project: Last Chica Verde Dress! Late 50's Inspired

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I won this fabric from J and O fabrics retro contest! Well, I bought it with the gift card I won. I had my eye on it for some time. Cute, no? All those glamour girls! The color is lime green for the background.

The pattern I used is like this one:
I am too lazy to take a picture of the actual pattern, but you get the idea. It's a scoop neck with scallops. The sleeves are also scalloped. I am having scalloped potatoes for dinner RIGHT now. Is that weird...who knows...but it IS yummy irony.

Dress Details:
Material: Cotton, about 7 yards
Closure: Side zip
Fit: fitted bodice and full skirt with scallop neck and sleeve, kimono sleeve
Sewing Time: about 20 hours of work including pattern drafts, and tests





I was contemplating doing a quick video on my you tube channel with tips for doing these scallops. I wore this for Thanksgiving and my mum was going LOCA for mi vestido nuevo. She thought it was so hard to sew. Well, it maybe was a pain in the ass, but I actually enjoyed it! haha! 

Plus size sewing tip: sleeves

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I found the bias on my sleeve patterns and cut them on the bias. The extra stretch is awesome for plus sized biceps! It can also add a cool design feature if used with prints!

Quick bodice facings!

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I am making this dress today. It has a square neckline and is sleeveless, so it needs facings. 
You can Create your own facings from the pattern piece. Here are some photos on how I do this using this bodice. Easy! Cut out the arm and neck exactly as in the pattern. How far down to make the facings... My rule if thumb is stop above the bust line. This one is about 3 inches below the neckline. Draw an arc to the mid shoulder  line. This one could go a little lower because you can see after it's stitched and turned it will be narrow right at the corner.  Then draw another arc down to about 3 inches below the arm seam. You can play with the arc shape.  Here is the cut out front bodice one piece facing that will finish both the neck and the arm holes.  Here is the back facing. The arc shape is up to you. This saves making an entire lining.  Happy Sewing!

Sewing in Nature!

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I just could not bear the thought of being indoors! I took a day for myself and setup outside in the beautiful fall Virginia weather.  This dress is cotton with orange elephant buttons and rick rack over tan. This goes nicely with an orange ombré silk indian scarf I just bought. Did you ever sew a whole dress to match a scarf? Insane.

Entire lot of handmade and store bought rockabilly, vintage, and punk hair accessory lot!

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Some handmade! Entire lot is $40 plus shipping!

Love handmade rockabilly items by me? Selling jewelry!

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A long time ago I had this crazy idea to make and sell jewelry. I made up a bunch of items that never sold. Everything here is handmade by me. It has to go as a package though. The whole lot of 8 necklaces, 4 earrings, and 2 sweater clips sells for $40 plus shipping. Email me mlcloset@yahoo.com
The little round ones are classic horror movies.

Plus size Vintage girls! More for sale.

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Brand new Rago open bottom girdle with tags size 8x 46 inch waist $20 And for hard core vintage girls, I only ever found one Real vintage open bottom girdle in plus size. It's from the 60s and its a 44 waist. It was never worn. It has turned yellow from age. I am asking $10.  It's made very well. Of course, you pay shipping. You can get a quote through your carrier my zip code is 20152 USA.