I fell in love with the Luck Be A Lady dress on ModCloth but it was out of my budget and a tad too short. I was able to re-create the look myself and make all the adjustments needed to get a perfect fit-and-fair A-line dress with vaguely nautical theme.
To see more info on the pattern alterations I made to get the look please visit my blog: lizsews.com
While spring is already knocking at the door, I had the idea to sew a wintery wool dress. This pattern is included in a booklet with fabric-saving-pattens from 1944. It features a very slim skirt, slightly puffed sleeves and sunray darts around the neck.
I used a pure wool fabric in dark green for the dress and a black wool fabric for the contrasting belt and bow. Unfortunately I was a bit over-ambitious and sized the pattern down too much, now it fits a little tight and has sleeves that are a little on the short side. But I do love it and am very happy with the result.
Here is a the original pattern drawing:
More photos and details I included on my blog parvasedapta.ch
Greetings from Switzerland,
Hello, fellow Seamstresses and Tailors:)
Today I’d like to show you the dress I’ve just completed 😉 I’ve used a modern pattern with a modern design, which could be easily modified for a vintage 1950s look; it’s Butterick B5984. As I’ve suspected, quite a few changes were needed-the most important of which was to modify the princess seams of the front and side bodice panels to accommodate the bullet/cone shape bra. I didn’t have to make the ususal FBA as the pattern had the A-B-C-D cup options, which was a nice change. The pattern was drafted to accommodate a modern, sphere-like, heavy bust shape and I had to change the seam curve below the bust from convex to a clearly pronounced concave one.
I’ve lengthened the skirt, shaved off a little bit of the décolletage and altered the sleeves’ length as well. As for the above-mentioned décolletage, I think it’s the most beautiful element of the design. It’s quite big and geometrical, but it doesn’t expose the breasts atall and therefore does not look cheap, even with so much skin exposed. The extra emphasis on it made with contrasting band is also wonderful, making a portrait-perfect frame for the face.
The main fabric is a heavy, quilting weight cotton and it works wonderful with the circle cut of the skirt. The belt and the contrasting bands are made from some cotton twill. The bodice and sleeves are lined with ivory cotton batiste, having all of the seam allowances enclosed in a snow-white satin bias binding. The skirt has its own separate lining.
To read about the finishing techniques (lots of hand-sewing involved) and to see more photos, I invite you over to my blog, rvdzik.blogspot.com. Thank you for visiting! 🙂
Hi pinups! This dress is the perfect vintage Valentine’s Day dress, which I’ll certainly be rocking well into the Summer. I’ve been keeping an eye on this vintage 1950s Simplicity 1459 pattern for a while as I’m a sucker for a shirt dress, especially a vintage one! So in collaboration with online haberdashery Weaver Dee it felt like the perfect time to try it, paired with a classic floral cotton for a true retro vibe.
Pattern: Simplicity 1459 – Weaver Dee
Fabric: Poly Cotton Fabric – Navy / Pink Rose Garden – £3.00 per m – Weaver Dee
Notions: Medium Weight Iron on Interfacing & 22″ & Concealed Nylon Zip [817 Cerise Pink] – Weaver Dee
Sewing time: I spent two afternoons on this.
Modifications: Added 3 buttons instead of 2, and I used a concealed zip instead of a lapped zipper
Fit: Perfect! I know, I’m surprised too.
Difficulty: Straightforward. I was pleasantly surprised at how simply this came together (ignoring my stupid mistake!). I’d also recommend this for adventurous beginners.
Watch out for: Don’t forget to sew the collar points properly like me!
Make again?: Yes!
For my full review & images, check out my blog The Crafty Pinup.
I hit a sewing bump 2 months ago. I lost all motivation to keep sewing. I stopped even trying to find a project to inspire me and then last week as I was cleaning out my closet I stumbled upon this 1950’s cocktail dress that I bought to fix up over a year ago. My fears of fixing it had sent it to the back of my closet where it had been forgotten.
It was riddled with holes. I started picking it apart piece by piece. This also allowed me to create a pattern out of the dress for future creations!
I created a lace overlay for all of the pieces, basted it on and then re-assembled the whole dress.
Once it was re-assembled I found I had created my dream cocktail dress out of what was once something I had at the bottom of the repair pile.
You can read more about this save over on my blog. In the meantime, I will be busy tackling that repair pile in hopes of finding another gem!
dear me, it´s been a long time since my last post…but that´s about to change.
My vintage and vintage-inspired wardrobe is going to take shape over the course of this year, yeah.
A first is my new blouse, Butterick 6217, designed by Gretchen Hirsch.
I love the cute bow over the chest, especially as I am an A-cup gal, so this pattern was in my stash quite soon after it came out. It took me a while to really get to sew it up, but the result is really nice.
The sizing of the pattern proved to be a problem though. I cut exactly after the measurements stated on the envelop, but the result was a bodice much too big for my frame. Funny as it may seem, the armholes were too narrow, even on the bigger bodice!
So I cut it out again two sizes smaller, lowered the armhole about an inch and lengthened the bodice about two inches.
Now I´m quite happy with the result and there´s the idea of a second version in white already in my head…
Feel free to check my blog for more information.
Cheers and hopefully sooner than the last time.
Blusen: eine neue Liebe