STYLE 2283 – When is a jumpsuit not a jumpsuit?

When it’s a 2 piece! but I love it anyway.

Hello everyone, this is my first post on the site after lurking for a long time, so I hope I do everything right. I started sewing 2 months ago and have been playing with self drafted patterns and online tutorials, I finally built up the courage to try my first pattern (style 2283) and thought I would share it here.

At first I thought this pattern was a jumpsuit, its actually a two piece culottes set which is even better. I can use the pattern over and over because I love culottes and want to make some with a more wartime feel.

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I was a little nervous about following a pattern and trying a lot of new techniques so I behaved myself and followed the pattern almost to the letter. For comfort I decided not to interface the waistband or the weird polo neck area thing? Instead I finished the neck and armholes with red bias tape which I think works really well.

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The pattern was printed in 68 so I felt safe pairing it with these awesome 70’s platforms I thrifted. I also thrifted all the materials for this project, Overall i’m really happy with how it turned out and can’t wait to make some more. more pictures and information are on my blog if you are interested.

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The vintage little black dress

It was the love at first sight with this pattern.

I had to wait for two years to find the version and the fabric that I want.

It’s finally the sleeveless version in a wonderful black cotton fabric from Agnès B.

The pattern is, as usual, very well written. I’ve only modified positions of the buttons because I don’t want the belt, and there’s no buttonhole at the waist. Then be carefull if you don’t want the belt, you will need one more buttons! ;)

More photos and informations (in French) here: http://swingandsew.blogspot.fr/2015/08/le-cas-de-la-robe-dete.html

 

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Dressed to Impress: 50s-Inspired Formal Dress

Things I love in a sewing project:

  1. Remnants
  2. Getting the pattern placement you wanted
  3. Getting the pattern placement you wanted when you only have 1.5 metres of fabric
  4. Getting a dress with a full circle skirt out of 1.5 metres of fabric
  5. Getting your ballgown for less than $40

But my favourite thing? All of these combined in the same project! My self-drafted 50s-prom-dress-inspired strapless ball gown, with full lining and a boned bodice. I wore it to a ball recently, and felt like a princess all night. I was so happy with how it turned out! :)

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For more photos and construction details, check out my blog!

Until next time,

Miss Maddy x

Upcycled Vintage 50s Border Print Dress

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I had been saving this sheet for a project for a while (well, a couple of years!) and since I got a lovely new sewing machine last month, decided to turn it into the 50s inspired border print frock that poor old sheet had been dreaming about all that time!!  I drafted a simple pattern with the help of some vintage “And so to Sew” booklets produced by the National Dressmaking Service in Glasgow in the 50s – no guessing that the skirt was simply the width of the border print fabric cut to length.  I also got to use some pretty vintage buttons which my Dad found for me (yes, he is a fully trained Buttoneer!)  More on my blog.

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A 1954 Mail Order Sewing Pattern

This is a 1954 Mail Order pattern for The Baltimore Sun. Can I just say I get really excited when I use a vintage pattern and it turns out so wearable!

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The dress went together amazingly easy. And it was a near perfect fit! I took it in slightly at the waist and the shoulder neckline area had to be taken in about 1/2″ on each side. Other than that- it was a dream to make.

Mail Order Sewing Pattern 1954

What I really enjoy doing is taking a vintage pattern and making it relevant enough to wear today. I really feel like I succeeded with this 1954 Mail Order dress pattern. I find something so special about handling something that was owned by someone long ago. This pattern came from The Baltimore Sun which looks to be a Newspaper. It still has the address of the lovely lady that ordered it and the postmark is pristine. Apr 29, 1954.  Tell me that is not the coolest thing ever!

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You can read all about this dress and get a brief history lesson over on my blog if you would like!

The Fourth of July Shorts

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I didn’t actually wear these on the Fourth of July. I did, however, cut them out that day. Also, high waisted shorts instantly feel vintage and a little forties/fifties-style patriotic to me! The pattern is actually from the eighties (thanks to my wonderful mom who saved all her old sewing patterns!), but I’m going to forgive it that mild transgression. ‘Cos these shorts are so darn cute, if I do say so myself.

The deets

Pattern: Simplicity 5499, copyright 1982

Fabric: 7/8 yd denim, maybe 1/2 yd of random lining fabric my little sister let me use

Size: 12 (26-1/2″ waist, which explains a lot about that waist)

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The pattern sewed up a dream, with wonderful guidance through the alterations (though I perhaps need some work on figuring out how I need to alter trousers for my body). Altogether, keeping in mind these are my first pair of trousers, I’m pretty happy.  The short of it (pun unintended but duly appreciated!) is that I really love these shorts! More details and pictures on my blog here!

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