Thursday, 30 October 2014

A Dress A Day



With two vintage fairs booked this weekend the sensible option would be to take things easy this week.


But where's the fun in that?


I've gone dressmaking mad instead.

Chiffon dress from Baklash's bargain basement in Notingham

This lime green chiffon number was originally a maxi but altered on a whim last Friday night (and worn to trade at Judy's in Leamington Spa on Saturday)


The blue floral sheet dress was sewn on Sunday ready for its maiden outing on Monday.

The groovy 1960s nylon fabric came from Ray, a kind blog reader. Her husband found metres of it in his mother's loft. Adapted from Style 4636, a 1971 maxi dress pattern from my dear friend Janne.

The brown & orange psychedelic number was finished on Monday and worn charity shopping on Tuesday. 

Made using the 1969 McCall's pattern Emily sent me.
This lace curtain was bought for 25p on Tuesday's charity shop outing and sewn up during the afternoon, ready to wear on Wednesday.

Its that McCall's pattern again only this time with elasticated sleeves. 
 Today's frock started life as a 1960s bed sheet (courtesy of Emma Kate) but by tea time last night it was another dress.

What's the plan for tonight? The pub! The sewing machine needs a break and so do I.

See you soon.

PS Come and see us at Bath or Moseley if you can, we have some mind-blowing vintage!


75 comments:

  1. The pink floral dress is AMAZING! I might try and pop along to Bath x

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  2. Love the dresses you've made - especially the lace curtain one, absolutely beautiful.

    I'm hoping to be able to come along on Saturday to the Guildhall in Bath to say 'hi'. (In case you were wondering who I am, I'm Elizabeth who used to blog as 'Making Good Use' and you'll recognise me when I turn up as I'm the one with the dodgy hip, terrible limp and a walking stick!!)

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  3. You're just showing off now.




    (and why not?!)

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  4. You are such a wiz kid " with fabrics and patterns ! Everthing you do and put on looks amazing !
    have a great nightbat the pub !
    xxx

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  5. wow!
    vix - you really have a flow! love the lace dress most. it´s sooooo cool! and you look so beautiful in all the pictures - like out of a groovy sixties glamour mag!!!
    wonderful!
    xxxxxx

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  6. In the fecking zone, love! All gorgeous but I'm very taken with the white lace number. Beautiful.
    See you Saturday when I will be after something proper Kinky.
    Loves ya.
    xxxxxx

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  7. You're a manic sewing magician! I LOVE the lace one. You really do look great in all of them.

    Sending loads of good selling vibes your way for you this weekend.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  8. Love them all, I wish I could find this pattern in my size! :)

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  9. You sew like the wind. I love the white lace one. It's Haute couture!

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  10. Oh my, you've been busy! The dresses all look great. I love the oversized sleeves. The green dress is awesome, it looks like it's glowing in that picture. Just in time for Halloween, the glowing green ghost dress! Enjoy your evening off, you've earned it!

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  11. Your blog always makes me smile even on the cloudiest darkest day. Love your dresses. Lv Barbara x

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  12. Wow! You look completely angelic in the lace one! I spotted the fabric I sent you straight away, but I must admit, the brown one is my favourite.
    Enjoy some downtime at the pub. xxx

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  13. You are on FIRE! In fact, this collection is starting to look like it could be your very own retro fashion line - eat your heart out, Victoria Beckham, there's another Vicky in town!
    The sheet from Emma Kate is a superb print, the wild autumnal nylon is a joy, and if I didn't know you better, I'd say the lace curtain frock would make a groovy wedding dress... Anything you want to tell us? No, thought not!
    Yes, give that poor sewing machine a rest, and get down the pub, you're putting us all to shame. Well, me anyway.
    Hope you do some major selling at the weekend, give Em a squeeze from me. Love yoooooou! xxxxxx

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  14. just like a production line, one after another, beauties all of them, love the bell sleeves

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  15. That's amazing Vix, I especially like that lace one, the best use of 25p I have ever seen. That beauty of a green dress, it has that other wordly glow, it's the business. And them fabulous legs are made for a mini.

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  16. There's not going to be a sheet left in the UK! Good job, my dear

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  17. I wish i was as clever as you Vix you are a wonder with the sewing machine.I love all the dress but my favorite is the white lace dress, have a great weekend Vix.xxx

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  18. Yes Miss Vix, showing off is the word! Okay, two words.

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  19. Wow, the pink and orange is another beauty of a dress, I am such a lover of grand sleeves. The blue daisy trim is so pretty too, I've only ever seen white or rainbow. And the lace dress too, is spectacular! I love your alterations xxx

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  20. Oh my! You have your own little Walsall fashion house going on there! I love them all, especially the radioactive green dress, and that brown nylon is fab.

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  21. Loving the sheer green. Why don't we see this more often these days? All the colour in your creations is mindblowing! I too was taken by the White lace one, but I think it's the edging on the sleeves. You look like an angel! Why don't you fly over and we can meet in person? Ha!
    Have a lovely rest with feet up before your maelstrom of shoppers descends! xo JJ

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  22. Way to go Vix! And just think of the layering possibilities when it gets colder...I love that cape pattern you have on your board too. Very groovy, all.

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  23. I'm absolutely flabbergasted!!
    Scrolling down your post made me so happy!!!
    My goodness, what lovely hands and what treasures these dresses have become!!!
    It's such a joy to stop by your blog!!!

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  24. Wow,love the white lace dress.
    I used to have those pink/orange sheets!

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  25. Brilliant dresses. They look SO nice, especially that white lacy one- someone could get married in that!! You could sell these also.
    Why does it feel like I haven't read your blog for ages? Have you not been posting much or have I not been up to date with reading?!x

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  26. You so have your sewing mojo on at the moment, and each one is spectacular. And you won't bump into anyone wearing the same outfit anywhere soon, oh yeah! I love the photo of you in the white one, so gorgeous!

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  27. Gosh you have been busy.. Loving the green dress, I'm a huge green fan.

    X x

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  28. Ach sometimes you are so clever and talented you make me sick. It's only because I'm jealous of course!

    Have fun down the pub. x x

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  29. I love the fact that you've made (or altered) these frocks for a pittance. Just goes to show you can look a million dollars on a shoestring.... the green chiffon is exquisite, you look very pretty indeed.
    Did you have a good time down the pub? xxxxx

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  30. Holy dressing making like a diva! Dddddang!!!! I'm in love with each and everyone but the lace number and pink and orange flower one make my heart race. They are exceptionally gorgeous! You really amaze me Vix, and I hope you sell some of these beauties, I bet gals would snatch them right up. I know you better hide these when I come to town.
    LOVE YOU!!!!!!
    XOXOXOX

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  31. Awesome dresses Vix,

    You are very much in the zone! I love them all but had to smile at the lace one have been looking on line on how to make angel wings (don't ask) and there you are resplendent in your beautiful white dress c
    With sleeves like Angel wings!

    Hope you had fun at the Booker you've earned the rest.

    P x

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  32. Vix!! You are a sewing goddess. They are are so darned darling, and I yearn for a white lace dress like yours. And the elasticized sleeves are super cute. xox

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  33. The pink floral and the lacy wedding fantasy are exquisite! I do agree, this dress line needs a name and a size range and a display rack all its own.

    Now, then, as winter approaches do please get as inspired about blankets as you've been about sheets and invent some tiered capelet/mini confection to be worn with leggings and boots. Please include an optional hood because winters here are brutal and one wouldn't want to louse up the effect with a babushka.

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  34. Oh Vix! I'm used to thinking what great finds when I visit you, but now it's all about what great sewing projects! you really are an inspiration for so many! I love, love, love your lace curtain dress! I also just want to mention that your improvisation with your cape closure is awesome! Yes...I see the sewing beast has been unleashed! :)

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  35. You've gone all mini on us and we're loving it. That lace dress is so very white winged dove and the last one reminds me of one of my very first sewing projects circa 1968 right down to the shocking pink tights. You are insanely fabulous.

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  36. If you have whipped up so many dresses in a week, you must sell them on after a good wear or two? You are so talented!

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  37. Color me impressed! You really whipped up some splendid pieces.

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  38. I love the picture of you standing on your bed! What a great room you have. And all those dresses you've made ... each one is so good. Nice that you got the brown and orange fabric given to you.

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  39. You've been on a bender! I love them all, but my top favourite and number one best is the Angel frock. Hot damn, you look amazing for your 25p investment. I spent a couple of years of my childhood pestering my mum to make me a skirt out of net curtains. She never did, now I come to think of it. I like Beth Waltz's idea of a Vix winter collection made out of old blankets!! Come on, if anyone can do it and make it look good, it's you! Xxxxxx

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  40. You have been a busy bee! How gorgeous are your creations, from the altered maxi dress to the sheet creations. That style suits you. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Xx

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  41. Clever Vix! Love that lace one, beautiful.
    I can make basic stuff, but would love to do a wardrobe full. :)
    x

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  42. Beauty and talent! Your dresses are all stuning Vix! I especially like the green one.

    I love Judy's fairs, I've been to one or two in Cardiff, they're always well attended.

    Happy Halloween! ♥ xx

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  43. Brilliant and beautiful! I would love a white lace dress like yours - are you putting one on your website (beg, beg)? xox

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  44. The lime green altered maxi top looks great. That colour is so nice too. Continue with the brilliant dressmaking! Happy weekend.xx

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  45. Wow, so many new dresses in such a short time! All looking great, my favourites are the green one and the lacy one, just stunning!

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  46. Awesome dresses Vix! I need to get my hands on that McCall's pattern - it's fab x

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  47. Great dresses! You always look so amazing.

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  48. That little lace number is absolutely divine! I can't even get it together to get a New York blog post up this week and you've made a bunch of dresses. Lord woman, I get tired just reading your posts ;)

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  49. LOVELOVELOVE these dresses on you!!!!! Each and every one. I have a two week break from traveling coming up and I'm totally going to follow your lead and find time to fire up my sewing machine! Love you so much. XXOO

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  50. Crikey you have been on a mission. Love the green chiffon number and the lace 'Angel' dress the most. x

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  51. You are AMAZING! Such inspired whirlwind of dresses! Love them all, but the lacy one has something extra special going. Have a blast at your fair, lots of happy customers to you! xxxxx

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  52. All of the dresses you made this are beautiful! I love the style, prints and colours and that lace dress is stunning! Your dressmaking prowess is awesome!

    http://www.full-brief-panties.blogspot.com/

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  53. You have been sewing like mad! I love the lacy tablecloth number, that is so clever - it looks authentic and vintage. I want a tablecloth dress!

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  54. you've really gone mad on dress making! busy bee! my favourites are the white lacy dress and the green chiffon one. this might be a new start of a new chapter of your business ...???

    good luck on selling this weekend!

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  55. Hi Vix,
    Your dresses are great!
    I love the patterns and design.
    Wow! You make them so quickly. I especially like the green one.
    It looks very fairy and a kind of luminous green.
    Perfect for Halloween!
    xx

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  56. All those dresses are to die for, OMG THE LACE CURTAIN ONE! I've loved the way you dress ever since I started following your blog but it feels like your outfits are getting more and more amazing so please keep up the sewing craze :)

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  57. Oh goodness ... I'm exhausted just reading about it ... fabulous job ... really love the curtain one :0)
    xx

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  58. i'm admiring your sewing mojo!!, love those angel-sleeves and I'm particularly fond of your lace curtain dress!! and loving also those floral printed little dresses!!
    gorgeous!!
    besos

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  59. What amazing dresses you've made. I love the orange and brown one...and the lace one...and the pink one...and all of them! That first photo is a stunner: I really love the bright tights and dress with the gorgeous autumnal backdrop.

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  60. oh Vix! every time i see your self sewn items i start to hope more and more that one day ill be as cool as you when i grow up! I absolutely love all these dresses. especially lace one. you could flog it on the high street a make more then enough money to make another 200 the same! xo

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  61. Wow! You're a sewing ninja! Your blog always make me want to go 1960s. Love you stuff!

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  62. WOW!!! lost for words! These dresses are AMAZING!!!! and you look flippin class in them all xxxx

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  63. I absolutely adore the lace one, it's amazing. Xx

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  64. What fab dresses! Especially the white one made from the lace curtain!

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  65. Breathtaking! Your sewing adventures have created a review that has me smiling on a Sunday in Denver! The McCall's pattern was made for you and the lace curtains are incredible when transformed into a dress and worn by you.

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  66. I love all of these dresses! How fun it must be to have a new dress every day!

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  67. Sometimes Vix, you are just too fabulous for words! Love them all! xx

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  68. I hope your weekend was super successful! your frocks are all fantastic, 5 vintage dresses in 5 days?? should be a film, or a documentary!! I'd watch it! I'm smitten with the dresses though, I will forever love a gorgeous print, voluminous sleeves and you being totally gorgeous in them x x x

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  69. Darn it, I missed the Bath fair, I would have gone but I was in Swansea. Hope to catch you there next time!

    As for all of this sewing, HOW on earth did you fashion that lace curtain into such a fab dress?! It must be witchcraft! P x

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  70. Aha ha! It's those killer sleeves, isn't it, that's got your sewing mojo at high voltage! I don't blame you, they're magnificent! I love each version, and I love the lime green as a mini! Sublime! Sometimes they just need to be shortened, and I think this was a perfect choice for shortening, hasn't ruined the line at all!
    Feck taking it easy when there is all this splendor to make and prance in, darling! You're making me gag to get at my sewing machine RIGHT NOW, dammit...but I'm at work...hold that thought!
    Love Helga XXX

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  71. Loving the dresses do I see a new line of Vix dresses maybe for sale? you are one talented lady. I adore the photo of you in the blue dress and the record player it could have been taken in the 70's. I reckon you should use that somewhere on your blog its fabulous. dee xx

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  72. Yah for sewing! This frock is just my style too - I just get so over faffing about with fitting. Give me a lovely simply shift any day - the sleeves up the awesome factor!

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