Thursday, August 22, 2013

Tinny #3

I've had that David Bowie/Freddy Mercury song 'Under Pressure' playing over and over in my head.  The cut off for submissions to the 'Flip This Pattern' Linky party for the Tinny dress is 11pm tonight.
All week long I've been wanting to make another Tinny dress.

Summer is such a busy time around here with guests coming and going (and leaving behind piles of laundry) my sewing time is limited. As good luck would have it, I found 3 hours of uninterrupted time today to get the dress traced, redrafted, cut out, assembled, photographed and blogged.

Pressure pushing down on me
Pressing down on you no man ask for
Under pressure

Since the skirt is a big hit with Miss C, I didn't want to 'flip' that part of the dress this time around. So I concentrated on the bodice and sleeves.

Chippin' around - kick my brains around the floor
These are the days it never rains but it pours

To add to the pressure, it was pouring rain here today with thunder and lightning. The power kept flickering on and off.  I was so worried there would be a power surge and wreck my sewing machine or maybe the power would go out for hours (as is usually does) and then my sewing time would be gone!!

Recalling some of the dresses from the 50's I redrafted the bodice for the Tinny to look like this:

Onto the sleeves.
Thinking of some 50's style sleeves I 'flipped' the length of the pattern to just short of bracelet length and added a cuff that looks like this:

When it came to the collar, I didn't use piping.
I always use piping.
And my pre-made piping stash was calling too.
Nope I said to myself " I want to keep this collar vintage 50's looking."

Watching some good friends
Screaming 'Let me out'

For the final 'flip' of the pattern, I went with a big vintage style sash at the back. My daughter loves dresses with sashes and it won't interrupt the twirl factor of the skirt.

Love, love, love, love

The fabric is Modcentury by Moda pattern #30512. The dress is size 5.

I wanted to make another Tinny dress ... #4 ... today but there just wasn't enough time.

This is our last dance
This is ourselves
Under pressure

Got it made!  
Tomorrow Miss C can try it on, twirl, and perhaps I can get better photos. Meanwhile, this will have to do.

Edited 2 days later to add more photos:

Notes to self:
The skirt opening can stretch when cut on the double fold....handle with care.
Add grain line to collar before cutting.


  1. Love this one Deb - you have got the 50s vibe perfectly :-)

  2. Oh, It's so lovely Deb!
    I was vintage inspired as well for my flip :-)
    (and I love the big bow!)

  3. Oh, oh, oh! Gorgeous!
    Now that song is my head.

  4. That fabric is great! And the collar is just perfect without the piping in this style. I was "under pressure" this week too and i'm glad we both got the dresses finished :)

  5. Oh, make me laugh!! Very unique cuff choice on this one. I am THRILLED you've found a winning pattern for your picky daughter and granddaughter...I say keep flipping that Tinny - deadline or not....

  6. You are awesome Tinny maker... or I would say factory :)
    How can you get them all done nicely as many version as this!

  7. As I was reading your post, my kids had another Freddie Mercury/Queen song playing in the background..."We Are the Champions".lol Another great dress, Deb! I love the fabric you used for this one...suits the flipped dress perfectly!

  8. I love the style of this dress... a dress I would be happy to wear even as an adult, but that would look equally good on a young girl. Lovely job!

  9. Uh, thanks for putting that song in my head......

    Great flip!!!!

  10. This is so classic 50's looking! I love it! Glad you got it done even if there was a lot of pressure:)

  11. Oh, my, that definitely has the true twirl factor! I love it, love what you did with it.

  12. The fabric is to die for! Love it. Great flip.

  13. Great job Deb! The dress is so cute, and she looks very happy with it.

  14. This is so lovely! So stylish. I can't believe you made it in three hours! I know exactly what you mean about summer sewing, time is short and precious! I just managed to squeeze in a 'flipped Tinny' but it took me a lot longer than 3 hours!

  15. Oh my gosh! It's perfect! The cuffs! The twirl! The fabric! So glad you added the modeled photo!