My First Post: Butterick 4838, 1960s Cut Out Cover Up Shift

imageI’m so happy to be contributing here for the first time!

Today I completed Butterick 4838, a reversible summer shift or cover-up with only two pattern pieces. It’s still winter here, but after prolonged illness and also a huge house move I just felt like sewing something – anything – to get back into sewing. I’d always wanted to make this well-known 1960s pattern, because it looks cute, easy to wear, and would be a great summer dress (I suffer terribly with the heat).  I’ve also recently grown out of much of my wardrobe, ahem, so can justify the make because I NEED new clothes.image Really. Especially because my daughter has started stealing all my old ones because she has grown INTO them.

I didn’t bother doing a test run, as it’s such a simple pattern (please keep tsking and chuckles to a minimum). Contrary to the envelope illustration, where the waist seems somewhat raised and as if the cut-out ends at the back waist, it turns out that the cut-out is quite wide AND low, and not only that, is also quite open and revealing due to the generous cut of the mod, shift-like shape. I think if I were standing in a queue and there was someone right behind me and they bothered to look down, they’d probably be able to see right down to my undies! Whoops. I think I’ll only be wearing this over my swimmers to go down the road to the pool. You could say the clue was in the pattern description, which used the word ‘cover-up’.

Still, I’m happy with it – and I used up some original 1960s psychedelic fabric I thrifted years ago:image  a sheer synthetic, light as air, with a faint crepey texture to it. I have the perfect buttons for the dress – huge lime green plastic ones – but haven’t added them yet as I still havent unpacked my haberdashery stash (I can’t even find the box!). I won’t be making them functional buttons, because it’s loose enough to just be pulled over my head.

I will make this again and make it truly reversible (not just lined like this one) and will adjust the cut-out to be more wearable. I really recommend this fun mod pattern!

Swing high, swing low….and hello!

Swing high, swing low….and hello!Hello! It’s my first post here. I’m Ewa :) I hope I’ll be allowed to become a part of this wonderful community, which I have followed for such a long time!

Some time ago I thrifted over 8 yards of soft navy corduroy. I’ve never really been a fan of this fabric; it reminds me of the children’s clothes of the early 1990s, but there was something about this navy beauty that caught my eye and I decided to give it a try.

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I used a vintage pattern- Butterick 6288. I was so frustrated as 2 of the pattern pieces (the sleeves!) were missing, but I liked the pattern too much to just leave it. So I had to quickly educate myself and draft them on my own.

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I decided to make the coat mid-calf lenght, with 7/8 sleeves that can be turned back to 3/4. To make the coat even more fitted in the shoulder area, I moved most of the sleeves’ ease to the sides instead of the top of the cap.

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The coat fastens with 7 covered snaps (the button is purely ornamental). The collar and the facings were interfaced with canvas, pad-stitched to give them shape. I blind hemmed the coat, sewed the lining (setting the sleeves by hand) and blind hemmed it as well; it is slip-stitched to the coat along the collar and facings, with small ‘catch points’ along the side seams as well. The back lining is connected to the coat only by french tacks, to let the main fabric drape freely.

1415The not-so-glamourous but oh-so-practical covered sweat pads.

For more photos and more details about the coat I invite you to have a look at my blog, rvdzik.blogspot.com. :-) Thank you!

Jennifer Lauren Handmade Gable Top

I recently had the opportunity to review the Gable Top from Jennifer Lauren Handmade.

Akram's Ideas: Jennifer Lauren Handmade Gable Top

I love this shirt!

If you are looking for a pattern to kick off your autumn sewing, this may be it!

I love everything about this shirt, from it’s ease to put together to the overall look.

The classic slash neckline, the sleeve variations , it’s just perfect.

Akram's Ideas: Jennifer Lauren Handmade Gable Top

I also love my fabric choice

I’ve also been wanting to add a striped knit shirt to my wardrobe for a long time. This seemed like a good pattern for doing just that. Plus, I’m so happy that I managed to line up all the stripes, even the sleeves match up.

Autumn maybe still a week or two out, but I’m already planning like a dozen more of these shirts.

Akram's Ideas: Jennifer Lauren Handmade Gable Top

I’m so happy with this shirt!

The Gable Top is great example of a modern pattern with a lot of classic 1950’s flare.

To read more about my process for making this shirt check out my blog Akram’s Ideas (http://akramsideas.com/gable-top-jennifer-lauren-handmade/)

Birhday Bombshell

A little late to the party here, but this ensemble was my take on the I-Dream-Of-Tiki sew-along earlier this year – a 50s Shaheen-inspired dress and bolero, made for my 21st birthday!

Also check out my amazing birthday cake, courtesy of my talented grandmother!

The dress was made using patterns from Gertie’s books, altered to suit the design I had in mind. The bolero I made using a free pattern found online. I sewed the whole thing on my vintage singer 201P, using vintage techniques such as bias-bound edges and a waist-stay.

It came out even better than I’d hoped, the perfect outfit for a wonderful night! You can read more about the design process and construction, and see more photos here on my blog :)

Until next time,

Miss Maddy xx

Summer Whites – Butterick 5920

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I was gifted with some vintage fabric this spring, so a fun project this summer was to engineer a way to squeeze a 1950s dress out of the minimal yardage! (and why are vintage fabrics soooo narrow??) I pulled out my trusty Butterick reprint 5920 and after playing a bit of pattern Tetris, I succeeded!

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The finished product is perfect for sunny days- light in color so it doesn’t soak up extra heat, and covered on the neck and shoulders so I don’t have to worry about sunburn!

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Stop by my blog Mode de Lis for more details and photos!

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70’s Wrap dress

Its a bit Mistress of the Dark glam

Its a bit Mistress of the Dark glam

SO this was my first time sewing an actual vintage pattern. I totally get what all the fuss is about! The details on this pattern were just awesome! This was my contribution to my Maxi Dress Sew-Along and also my first time sewing linen. Lots of firsts, right?

And my first backless dress.

And my first backless dress.

I usually don’t go for the 70’s look, but I think that may be a mistake! This dress is super flatttering, and VERY comfortable. While this one is a bit of a fabric hog, it’s totally worth it. It took me a second to wrap my brain around sewing a backless dress, I kept looking for the rest of the bodice pieces. Buckle down and follow the instructions, though, and it’s a breeze. For full details, check out my blog, Sewn by Ashley

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