Monday, January 2, 2017

style examples from 2016

The hazard of posting pictures of clothes I have made is that all of these are sold.  However,  I can reproduce these styles again, although usually the fabric will have to be different.  I also put the prices on them so you have an idea of my price range. 

This style is my capris and tie-front blouse.  It has snaps in the front covered by buttons, working tie, elastic waist capri with contrasting cuff.  This also comes with a triangle headscarf (not shown) to complete the look.  It reminds me of outfits I had as a child in the 60's!  This style with the 3 pieces sells for $45.

An example of a baby dress made from a vintage tea towel.  It has a cap sleeve and the bodice closes with snaps in the back.  Matching panties are included so you can't see the little baby's bottom!  Each tea towel tends to be OOAK, but each seems to turn out pretty!  This style sells for $30 for the 2 pieces.

A pretty yoke style dress with an apron made from a vintage placemat.  Dresses such as these can be made with long or short sleeves, shorter or calf-length and band collar, peter pan collar or no collar at all!  All of my dresses come with a matching panty.  For shorter or more modern looking dresses, I make a modern panty style but for more old fashioned or longer styles, I often make "drawers" instead! The dress alone sells for $45 and dress and apron $55.

A dress with a slightly-higher-than-waist dress made from a placemat.  These can have short or long sleeves and any variation of collar you desire.  The price on these varies depending upon how much the vintage piece cost!

Another example of a yoke style dress.  In this case, it was a placemat.  This shows the shorter style with long sleeves and a peter pan collar.  Typically sells for $45 unless the vintage piece was pricey!

A little sleeveless A-line dress made from a tablecloth!  It is fully lined and has a contrasting gingham bound neckline with a tiny, tiny vintage rick rack inserted.  (I use 100% cotton for trims and bias unless otherwise noted.) It snaps up the back and also has a matching panty, of course.  This style sells for $30

Let's not ignore the bigger girls!  This is made from 100% cotton corduroy.  I smocked the front and back with a simple design. For underwear, I use the classic original pattern with pleated legs and elastic waist.  I made this particularly short to mimic a dress in Sasha Puppen, but it can be made "knee" length or calf length.  I also make studio shoes as seen here.  This dress style would be $65 with smocking, $55 without.  The shoes are $25

Another example of a yoke dress with a tea towel apron.  Seems like this was crying out for a wee ruffle on the shoulder, so I complied!  100% cotton gingham for the dress, of course!

I was trying out a different sleeve style and like it a lot.  It is fuller at the upper arm and tapers so that it isn't gathered at all in the cuff.  Although this was brand new cotton plaid fabric, I often find exactly what I am looking for in used men's shirts. They have the best tiny plaids, quite often! again, $55

A new style for me with a simple pleat down the front of an A-line dress.  I set in contrasting sleeves and collars to make it appear to be a jumper and blouse!  I used tiny piping around the cuffs for interest as well as little buttons holding the pleat at the top.  This style would be $45.

Playing around with hankies led me to this style I call my "mad men" dress since it reminds me of the 60's.  (probably the bow gives me that impression!) Hankies aren't enough fabric on their own, so they need some "help!"  Snaps up the back and matching panty.  This style sells for $45.

This dress is another attempt to enlist hankies into Sasha dresses! This is rare because I actually had 6 matching vintage hankies, can you believe it?  That is the equivalent to finding a unicorn (almost! lol!) The dress is lined both at the bodice, but also the skirt part as hankies tend to be sheer. Price varies on these dresses depending on the cost of the hankies, starting at $50 and up.

Every now and then my girls pitch a fit and then the dress has to stay here on a permanent basis. Such is the story with the strawberry dress.  It began life as a runner for a dresser and was a cotton organdy and sheer, so I lined it with red China silk.  The ravel-ly organdy and the ravel-ly silk were having a contest to see if they could turn into a pile of threads before I could get it sewn!


  1. Lovely to see some different styles of your fabulous dresses in one place. Gives a good idea of what can be available.

  2. Such beautiful clothes, and shoes. Yum <3

  3. Great to see that you are putting yourself out there on the blogosphere and delight us with your gorgeous clothes and shoes! You are very creative and I love to see how you use all those vintage fabrics. Brilliant, Marti! Karin xxx

  4. Super - found you and have bookmarked you!

  5. Lovely to see some of the clothes you have made and your shoes :)