1. Debi's perseverence with her dress. Made from a vintage pattern, it was ill-fitting and there were many details she did not like about it. I would have considered alterations, then decided too many were needed so would have thought about breaking down the dress and reusing the fabric. Then I would have decided I am too disillusioned with the project and disowned the dress, make an anonymous charity donation or hide it somewhere out of mind to haunt me again one day. Debi sought advice and constructive feedback of sewing friends, worked through several adjustments to result in a wonderful rags-to-riches transformation into a very pretty, wearable dress.
Its also worth noting that Debi was happy to jump straight in with alterations and redrafting. I've been sewing 18 years and only now am I bold enough to draft, grade and do major pattern alterations or actually do anything really creative at all (I used to blame work stealing all my creativity and time or some rubbish like that. Working in theatre costume makes me very lazy as I can wing most alterations as long as they look fine from 10 feet plus away!).
2. She has a great vintage pattern collection and what's more she actually makes them up! I have a moderate sized collection (I think!) of around 300 patterns, I have made up no more than half a dozen in several years, in less than that Debi has a very enviable vintage wardrobe. These are just two of my favourites:
And I just loved drooling over the frocks in this post.
3. She does her hair! In 1940s styes and it it looks great. My hair is so unstylable I just don't try. A couple of years ago I was in a play for charity in a role as a WRVN. The hair girl gave up on my hair because it just wouldn't old any style. The year before (60s) I'd had a wig instead of attempting anything! This post is linked to another great site, Beauty is a thing of the past, that I wish I had known about earlier and is going to be so useful to my work in future.
4. She introduces her blog: "I am in love with vintage fashion. My goal is to create and wear fashions from the 1920s to the 1970s--but I especially love the 1940s."
I could have written that! So many time I have told myself to clear out of my wardrobe anything that is not vintage, vintage look or made by me but have yet to do it. Every time I browse through my patterns I get an urge to rush to my wardrobe, empty it out then fill it with items made from my collection. Maybe that can be next year's resolution?!
Thanks Debi for a truly interesting, inspiring blog, I look forward to following your creative journey.