Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Post-Sock Hop Project!

So the sock hop was awesome! Full of simple, good, clean fun! This was my outfit:


Sorry it's a little blurry and insta-grammy... it was taken after the dance, when I was tired and sweaty and my feet hurt. My hair throughout the evening looked more retro, too... something like this:


And speaking of feet, I found the cutest, most adorablest vintage-ey shoes at Payless! (I love Payless :o)


Mmm... it was a fun night :)

And stay tuned, because I've already jumped on another project, a springy, breezy, wonderful thing involving turquoise linen and tortoishell buttons:


Cheers!
Hanneli




Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sewing Project: 1940's "Swing" Dress

     A few weeks ago a friend told me about a local "sock hop" dance. (It's this Saturday!!!) I've never been to one before, but hey, there's dressing up and dancing involved! Score! So of course I needed to make a new dress, because well obviously!


     I got this pattern from Sense and Sensibility Patterns a year or two ago. I made two dresses from it and neither turned out right. They were too big in some places and too small in others. I put the pattern away for a while, hoping that absence would make the heart grow fonder.
     ...Until I heard about the sock hop! I decided to give it another go. This time, instead of getting caught up in making the dress to fit a predetermined size, I measured myself (what a concept!) and found that I was actually two different "sizes" in two different places. So I traced out and made a custom master pattern for my own personal use (How exclusive!), and with my fingers crossed, began to sew. 


     I found this adorable vintage-ey cotton print at JoAnn's. It's more of a turquoise than the picture gives it credit for. The whole time I sewed the dress I had mental fingers crossed (not literal fingers, because they were busy holding onto the fabric for dear life), especially while I was sewing the invisible zipper. (I only recently realized that I have an actual zipper foot that I didn't use. >_< Well, I must be pretty good! :o)


     So despite a few small issues along the way, the dress was a success! And I am so thankful! I can't wait to get all dolled up on Saturday! It'll be so fun! :)

Cheers!
Hanneli

   

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Face-lift!

     So you may have noticed that this page got a little face-lift! Namely, a name change (and some snazzy new fonts!). The reason is for this is my recent focus toward expanding my sewing (and crafting) hobby into a more productive resource. My hope is to someday sew for a living! How fun would that be?
     So look me up on Facebook (www.facebook.com/HannahsPinsAndNeedles) to keep up with my latest projects! I hope to see you there! And in the meantime, feel free to look around my page. Everything's still here; like I said, it just got a little face-lift :)

Cheers!
Hanneli