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Pinups for Pitbulls Bow Wow Luau 2018

This past Saturday, June 23rd, I had the pleasure of volunteering with Pinups for Pitbulls at the 2018 Bow Luau Fundraiser at Mother Pugs Saloon in Staten Island, NY. The fundraiser featured several local bands and vendors, as well as silent auctions. There was also a Miss Bow Wow Luau Pinup Contest (I was a contestant) and Best dressed (I WON)! All the money we raised goes back in to the Pinups for Pitbulls Nonprofit organization to help advocate and educate people on pitbull type dogs and other doesn’t that are discriminated against.  I made several new friends on the New York PFPB team and had a great time!

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The New York PFPB Team

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Miss Bow Wow Luau 2018 Pinup Contest

The dress I wore was custom made for me by Violets in May. I highly recommend her if you are looking for a custom made vintage inspired Hawaiian dress. I made the hair piece myself. My Flamingo earrings are from Summer Blue on Etsy.

Outfit of the Day

Outfits of the Day June 17th thru 21st

This week I got to wear some new dresses that I haven’t worn yet. It was very warm most days this week, so I was able to wear some sleeveless dresses.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

I bought this dress during the winter and was saving it for summer. I needed a purple halter swing dress in my life and Sunday was very warm, so I didn’t have to wear a cardigan!

Dress: Amazon

Shoes: Just Fab

1950s halter swing dress

Monday, June 18, 2018

Dress: Dress of the Month Club from Unique Vintage

Fascinator: Made by me!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Even though it is very warm outside, it is freezing in my office so I still have to wear cardigans sometimes.

Top: Wish

Caridgan: Old Navy

Skirt: Unique Vintage

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

I finished sewing another vintage skirt in this wonderful floral fabric, that I purchased from Affordable Fabrics in Uncasville, CT. The skirt Pattern is Simplicity 8446.

Top: Unique Vintage

Skirt: Made by me!

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

Simplicity Vintage Skirt 8446

Friday was rainy and I was feeling lazy so I didn’t wear anything exciting or new.

 

Vintage Sewing

Vintage sewing – 1950s Simplicity Skirt 8446

I have always been a crafty person. I knit, spin yarn, weave, embroider, make wearing and hair accessories and I have dabbled in sewing. 15 years ago I sewed a Princess Gown for my little sister for Halloween, but I haven’t done much garment sewing since then. I decided that I wanted to start sewing my own vintage clothes, because I want more and I don’t want to spend a ton of money on them from different stores all the time. I have found several pattern companies that have re released some of their vintage patterns from the 1940s and 1950s, so I decided to give it a go.  The first pattern that I have sewn is a Simplicity Skirt pattern 8446 from the 1950s. I also found a fabric store close to my house that sells fabric for $2.99 a yard, not just some of the fabric but ALL of their fabric. It’s called Affordable Fabrics and they have stores in Uncasville, CT and Rocky Hill, CT.

I was a little nervous about sewing this pattern but it was actually really easy and it has POCKETS! I only had to cut out 4 pieces of fabric and it had you use ribbon for the waist band. Next time I sew this pattern, I will make a waistband out of the fabric because I want it to match the skirt exactly.

And here is the final product! The dress form I have is bigger then my waist size so it looks a little puffed out on the right side of the waistband, But you can also see my modeling it here. The yellow fabric that I used was a little see through, so I am wearing a white petticoat underneath, which is fine because it gives the skirt that 1950s full skirt look.

I have already started cutting out the fabric for the second skirt and I will share that when I finish it. What are your go to vintage sewing patterns?