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I finished the dress on Saturday, but didn't take pictures that night because I was running late, so you don't get to see me all dolled up. Some of my school friends were surprised at how I looked, and one didn't even recognize me, so I guess I clean up well! lol ;) I took these pictures today. Standard front and back pics.

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Here are some pictures of the insides of the purple print dress, which is now complete. These are details of the inside so you can see how I put it together and finished it. First, darts and pleats were put in the bodice pieces. Then the fashion fabric and lining of the bodice pieces were treated as one and sewn together.

Here's the front with all the seams bound with double fold bias tape.

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My solution for attaching a skirt lining when the bodice is flat-lined, inspired by historical techniques. (Anyone know a different way?) I sewed the skirt lining to a tape and then sewed the tape in at the waist by hand. This also covers up the seam allowances of the bodice. I could have tacked the skirt lining down around the zipper, but I was pretty tired and lazy by that point, and the fashion fabric was opaque enough that it's not noticeable.

So, those are the insides.
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So, I had my hair in a pincurl set last night. Slept on it with varying amounts of discomfort, depending on which way my head was turned. (Bobby pins kept poking into my right ear!) The results weren't exactly what I was looking for, but have definitely afforded some amusement for me. I have pictures of it immediately after removing the bobby pins, after brushing out the first time, and after more brushing out. And I couldn't help but notices a certain kind of resemblance with the three results...

What I think are amusing pictures :) )

I've realized that my hair texture just isn't fine enough to get really good Veronica Lake hair. My hair just gets too poofy with the curls in it. However, I am more than happy to settle for parting it very far to the side and calling it Rita Hayworth hair. Rita also having fabulously iconic hair. Although, with shorter hair, I really think I could pull off the Shirley Temple thing... ;p
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The inspiration picture. (Who doesn't want this hair?) And my first attempt. I slept in pincurls. They were pretty large and all the ones on the left went counterclockwise and all the ones on the right went clockwise. It's not too bad. I think next time I need to make smaller pincurls so that I have more rows and so that the peek-a-boo starts higher up. Also, I need to do the switching back and forth thing for the rows (clockwise and counterclockwise) to get more of a wave.


Not sure if this is particularly interesting to anyone, but I like keeping track of what I've tried. Once I really perfect it, I'll share the setting pattern. Pincurls can be tricky!
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After thinking about my upcoming sewing plans, I realized that they qualify for the Sew Cinematic Challenge. They are my dress for the Old Hollywood grad and my ladies' mantle for the Vintage Pattern Lending Library 1912 Project.

First up is the dress for grad. I have some synthetic something, sort of like georgette, which has a small purple floral in the stash that I couldn't figure out what to make from it. This seemed like a good project to put it to use. Because the theme is Old Hollywood, I decided I wanted Veronica Lake hair and of course I need the dress to go with it. The movie I'm inspired by is The Glass Key, because she wears this dress:
Mine will be sleeveless, with a gathered mid-section, and a half-circle skirt, all lined. That's the plan for now. I'm off to do some fabric shopping and need to pick up some notions for it. More later.*
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