Me Made Monday: A Wearable Muslin

Hello dollies!

It’s been a long, long while since I’ve posted, it seems. Too long! As some of you may know if you follow me on Instagram, I’ve been battling some health issues that are quite pervasive. While I’m not healed yet, I do believe I’m on the mend – I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Unfortunately, when illness or some other unexpected issue strikes, one is forced to rearrange their priorities. For me, that meant no blogging, reduced Instagram interaction, and few outings, all of which has affected me greatly. My natural inclination is optimism and a cheerful disposition, and I’m hoping that returns in full force as my physical health improves. I’m trying to force motivation into myself again, as something like this really has a way of draining you of your “normal” life and attitude.

This is a project that I finished a couple of weeks ago, and I can’t even tell you how much I adore it. The blouse is actually a “wearable muslin” for a vintage blouse pattern, Advance 6261 – I was testing out a few alterations, and lo and behold, they worked perfectly! The size I purchased is a 34, which is my true measurement, but vintage bust measurements are notorious for being quite roomy, so I pulled up the shoulder seams and reduced the sides by about an inch on each side. Perfect!


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{My apologies for the unsightly power lines in these photographs. The idea of gearing up to take photos at a distant location has been rather unappealing since I started feeling ill.}

In an effort to reduce my impact on the environment as well as my wallet, I used a dress I purchased 4 years ago from Urban Outfitters for the fabric. The dress was really atrocious – it was the kind of thing that truly wouldn’t be flattering on anyone, regardless of body type – and even then I only bought it because it was $5 and I knew the fabric could make something wonderful. I actually bought TWO of them, in two colors, and so this is the second redo I did. The dresses were¬†a really lightweight cotton, perfect for the horrid weather we’ve been having in SoCal, so I’ve been wearing my newly re-made garment quite a bit lately. I wish I had a before picture, but this blouse came from the skirt of the dress – the pocket is now at center back, stitched together and trimmed off so it looks like a seam. Some artful finagling ūüėČ I’m pleased with how versatile this piece is, from skirts to pants to shorts, tucked and untucked.IMG_3305IMG_3306

I try not to buy buttons either, as I have quite an extensive collection gifted from various relatives and acquaintances, but the placket on this pattern was too big for my small buttons. I didn’t want the buttons to be swallowed in such a large space, so I purchased these lovely, woven-textured wooden buttons from Joann for something like $2 – not a huge expense, I’d say!

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All in all, I’m incredibly pleased with this quick project that resulted in a very useful, wearable, attractive piece to add to my growing collection of separates. I already have fabric to make more from this pattern! To be continued…

Until next time,
Lauren || The Homemade Pinup

P.S. A quick thank you to everyone for sticking with me during the hiatus. I’m doing my best to get everything back to normal – I’m¬†eager¬†to get it back – so hopefully I’ll be sewing and posting up a storm soon!

Weekly eBay Round-up: Week of 08/02

Can you believe it’s August already? It hardly feels like I’ve been home from college this long, or that I’ve had this blog up for only a couple of months! Strange how time can seem to move both fast and slow all at once.

I’m already looking ahead to winter wear. My eBay searches will reflect that, but I promise to keep some summer style in the picks for those of you who aren’t as eager for colder weather ūüôā as always, these are all pieces that I’ve found on eBay going for a GREAT price, but since I can’t buy everything I’m sharing the love! Please let me know what you’d like to see next week and PLEASE let me know if you end up getting anything!


Vintage Brown Paisley Print Eyelet Trim Ruffle Circle Broom Skirt:¬†$2 + $6.50¬†shipping, 25″ waist, auction ends¬†TODAY¬†6:52pm PST
Such a lovely, summery skirt. This one would be so cool on hot days, and work for many eras!

broom skirt

Vtg 60s Komay of California Cotton Floral/Leaf-Print Blouse/Skirt Set-S/M:¬†$14.99 + $2.75 shipping, 39″ bust-27″ waist, auction ends¬†TODAY¬†7pm PST
I am SO into this set! There are some minor issues, but I agree with the seller that they won’t detract from its fabulousness. Please, please get this and send me a photo of you in it!

Green:Yellow Set

5 PAIRS OF NEW VINTAGE HOSIERY STOCKINGS 3 PAIR SEAMED, SIZE 10 ¬Ĺ LONG:¬†$9.95 + $2.71 shipping, auction ends¬†next Sunday 1:05pm PST
It’s really cool to find a lot of stockings all in the same size. This could be the start to a collection for a lucky lady!

Stocking lot

VINTAGE PLASTIC WICKER & WHITE BEADED PURSE HANDBAG MADE IN HONG KONG: $7.99 + $8.85 shipping, auction ends Monday 5:45pm PST
I love a good wicker purse, and this one is so unique!

Beaded wicker purse

VINTAGE 1950s 60s SCARF LOT OF 35 CHIFFON VINTAGE NYLON HEAD SCARVES: $14.99 + $6 shipping, auction ends Monday 6:26pm PST
I almost didn’t include this listing because I want it so badly, but decided that would be wrong. Considering you can pay over $10 for a single nylon scarf, this is SUCH A DEAL!

Scarf lot

Vintage Large Tortoise Lucite Hair Barrettes Clips 2: $5 BIN + $2.65 shipping
I’m a big, big fan of hair clips for a little pizazz for casual outfits and these are great, simple pieces for every day wear.

Lucite clips

Vtg 1930’s-1940’s Fabulous Wool Mink Nip Waist Jacket Poque’s Kennie Original:¬†$12.99 + $7.05¬†shipping, ~40″ bust, auction ends¬†Thursday 5:53pm PST
While this jacket is definitely later than the seller says, it’s still a lovely piece in great condition. Get it now for a low price before everyone else starts thinking of winter clothing!

Cream jacket

Vintage Brooch – 1950’s Painted Enamel Regal Bird Pin:¬†$7.95 BIN + $3.95 shipping
I know this little bird has some “chipping” – not sure if that’s intentional or from age – but either way I think it adds tremedously to his charm. Look how sassy he is!

Bird brooch

Vintage 1960s Purple Gingham Shirt Blouse Top Short Sleeve Rockabilly Homemade: $1 BIN + $3.50 shipping, bust 38″, listing¬†ends¬†Saturday 11:36pm PST
This shirt is $1. ONE DOLLAR! You can get an adorable shirt for under $5, and vintage to boot. What more can you ask for?!

Gingham shirt

Vintage Cashmere Sweater S Upcycled Mod Go Go Shell Beaded Black Small B-33″: $19 BIN + $3.94¬†shipping, listing ends 8/10 at 6:49am PST
Anyone close to me will tell you that I have a problem. A cashmere sweater problem. So someone PLEASE buy this before I add another to my vast collection! This is one case of vintage re-do done very, very right. I LOVE IT!


That’s it for now, ladies.

Until next time,
xx Lauren | The Homemade Pinup