The Casino Dress! …that turned into a skirt!

Hello everyone!

I’m sorry it’s such a long time since my last post, I guess I will become better at this blogging-thing one day 🙂

Anyway. Do you remember the dress I told you about in my first post? The one from 2008 that I took apart to make separates?

Well, I felt it would be too bad not to show my very first homesewn piece of clothing on my sewing blog, so I went and sewed/basted it together!

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The pattern is from Retro Butterick, but I don’t know the number (I borrowed it), and the fabric is “Tumblin’ Dice” by Alexander Henry

I wish I still had the picture of the inspiration dress, because my dress really is a good copy of it. The biggest difference is that the background color is black instead of green, wich I think makes the inspiration dress more summery.

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I actually reconsidered to keep it as a dress, but as you can see it doesn’t fit very well, and it’s really not my style anymore.

So I took it apart one more time, and made a skirt!

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Much better I think!

This way I think the busy print is more wearable, because I can pair it with simple knit-tops and black tights for a fun look, perfect for fall. But I can also pair it with the belonging top every time I want to channel my inner Dolly Clackett! (If she would approve? I don’t know her personally, I’m just a big fan of her style) 🙂

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Casino Dress/Skirt – Handmade by me, Jo Cardigan Big Cherries – Collectif, Knit-top – H&M, the Perfect Petticoat Black – Emmy Design, Black tights – H&M, Wanda Shoes – Skopunkten, Cat-eye glasses – Daisy Dapper/Specsavers

Have you ever refashioned something you’ve made by hand?

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Hei, hei!

Hello everyone, and welcome to my blog!

For many years now, I have read and appreciated quite a few blogs, mainly about vintage and sewing. It’s so inspiring to look at all the beautiful pieces of clothing (vintage or handmade), and it really makes me want to create something nice and beautiful too!

So I wanted to start a blog of my own, to get more sewing done, and to show the world what I make for myself, my family and friends (and hopefully inspire someone along the way!).

From my point of view (observing from “the outside”, that is), the online sewing community is such a friendly and supporting place, and I hope to be a part of it, to join the cool sew-alongs, and of course make new friends!

So, who is this girl in the so-called “Crystal Car”? Well, let me introduce myself!

My name is Julie Mari, I’m a 20 years old Norwegian girl, and I love to sew beautiful things! I’m also interested in vintage styling, vintage cars (which started my interest of vintage style in the first place), and reading everything from books to blogs!

And here is a picture of me:

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Cardigan 100 % Merinowool – Christmas gift from my Boyfriend, Aviation Blouse – Giveaway from Jitterbuggin, Pencil Skirt – Made by me (my 3rd piece of clothing), Shoes – H&M, Car – 1965 Ford Taunus 17m Super, Picture from my Boyfriend’s Instagram: maglil1

I started sewing “for real” in 2008 during Christmas, and the first piece of clothing I made was a sundress from a 50’s (Retro Butterick?) pattern. It was inspired by a picture I saw in a book about 50’s fashion. Unfortunately I ripped the bodice and skirt apart from each other a few years ago to make them into separates (not finished yet), and I don’t have any pictures of it as a dress.

Anyway, I have a lot of other pieces to show you! 🙂

Oh, maybe you wonder about my blog title?

Well, it is inspired by my love for vintage cars, and if you take a look at the picture above, maybe you have guessed it already, but you can actually see the “Crystal Car”! (The paint job is custom made for me, white with silver flakes in it!) The dashboard you see in my blog header, belongs to my first car, a 1948 Pontiac Torpedo Silverstreak (just in case you were wondering).

And as a bonus, I think the blog title sounds like a fun title for a vintage novel. 🙂

Okay! I hope you had a great time visiting my blog, and hopefully it’s interesting enough for you to come back!

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