1940′s blouse and skirt in silk

Despite the dearth of posts I have not abandoned my 40′s wardrobe bulding project. In fact, I have several things finished, I just haven’t got around taking any pictures of it. Bad me. Anyway, in early August we went for a picknic at Skokloster Castle,  an absolutely wonderful 17th century caste a little bit north of Stockholm, and a few photos were taken: a shirt and skirt in brown silk noil for the spring/summer year 1 wardrobe. There is supposed to be a jacket in the same material but that isn’t finished yet and it would have been too hot to wear it even if it was.


It is very hard to take pictures in our family without at least one animal. Here is Lipton, our Shetland Sheepdog.


With the castle in the background.


The straw hat is from the late 40′s/early 50′s and I found it at Pretty Bones Jefferson.


It is a bit of a frankenpatten. The top is taken from this Vintage Vogue  pattern and I plan to make the jacket to match, the skirt is the bottom  part from a vintage 40′s dress pattern. I’m quite pleased with it and silk noil is lovely to work with and drape well. It is also cool and nice to wear in summer.


Vogue 5671 – my first #vintagepledge of five

Well hello there, it’s been nearly six months since I last posted here! Why do I remember this so precisely? Because back in February is when I shared my Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge with you all. Heartwarmingly, well over 100 people have joined me and their inspiring progress is well-documented on my dedicated #vintagepledge Pinterest board!

Vogue 5671

As for me, I’m somewhat lagging behind on my five pledged makes, but at least I’m finally one down! I chose the rather stunning Vogue 5671 from my stash, but replaced the skirt with a fuller one from a modern pattern. I love the wiggle silhouette, but I definitely don’t feel confident enough in my shape to pull it off. I’m pretty smitten with the result though…despite the accidental 90s vibe attributed by my fabric choice!



Vogue 5671

You can see much more of my Vogue 5671 here and you can read about the pattern and its construction here. If you too need some motivation to sew up some of your vintage patterns, you have until the end of the year to join and complete the Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge. If you’re on Twitter, make sure you stay up to date using #vintagepledge!

Trick-y pleats

rok1With this skirt, I returned to my usual draft-my-own ways. It’s a simple thing: a half circle skirt with pockets and pleats added to the front piece. Those pleats hide a little trick though: they actually form the closure of the skirt.

sluiting1I’ve explained how to make this on my blog.

rok4I really enjoy this skirt. It’s nice and wide and the stiff fabric (like denim but a plain weave instead of a twill weave) really helps show that off.

Help! Chevron Dress

Last Christmas, my sister-in-law got me this lovely green and white chevron fabric.  It’s some sort of cotton blend, with a bit of stretch to it.  I loved it instantly, and set it aside for something special.  Well, it’s been sitting in my stash since then, irritating me because I can’t figure out what to do with it!  So tonight, I finally decided to cut out pieces for my favorite 60s dress.  It’s Simplicity 1609 which I have made twice before and simply adore.

However, I’m not sure if I like the dress without embellishments.  The chevrons are a little overwhelming by themselves.  So!  I need your help!  Which of the versions below do you like best?  The dark fabric is a navy linen I have…if I use a contrasting fabric, though, I will probably go out and buy cotton.  I’ll take alternate color ideas, too.

Here is the dress without alterations.  If the bust darts look wonky, it’s because they are just pinned in place.


Version 1 has epaulets on the shoulders and a stripe down the front center.


Version 2 has navy around the neckline and the hemline.


Version 3 would have a bow like the teal dress below, but in the contrasting fabric.

Ideas?  Thoughts?  I would love input!  Thanks, and happy sewing!

50′s Floral


I attend the 50′s Fair in Sydney last wekeend and I chose to sew up Simplicity 1459. I was in love with this pattern as soon as I saw it and couldn’t wait to swoop it up. I love the button front, the exaggerated collar and full skirt – just all of it really! I had the perfect rose print cotton in my stash wating for such a pattern for over a year. I picked up the fabric on the clearance tables at Spotlight for about $4 a metre, and bought about 4 metres as this kind of vintage dress just eats into your fabric.

Whilst the dress does look a little scary, it wasn’t too challenging to sew up – so don’t be put off! I cut out the dress in a size 12 and it was pretty true to size, and with not a lot of ease as some Simplicity patterns tend to have. I have made up a similar vintage style dress before with short sleeves so I thought I would give the 3/4 sleeve option a go. I was also aware it is Winter, so it was a more practical option too! The only adjustments I made during cutting it out was adding 1.5 inches to the hem because I felt on the pattern envelope image it only ended just after the knees and I was going to be wearing a crinoline underneath it, so I wanted it to be slightly longer. I aldo cut out the sleeves in a size 14 as I find sleeves in lots of patterns too tight for my arms.


I did a small amount fitting during the construction but nothing major to be aware of – just a nip and tuck on the side seams and shoulder. To finish off the dress I put in a invisible zip down the side. I was going to make it more authentic and do a lapped zipper but given its on the side of the dress and with the busy-ness of the fabric, I think the invislble zipper is a better option. The pattern calls for two buttons down the front bodice which really aren’t enough. I ended up sewing on three buttons and tried it on with a sash I had made previously but it still felt like it gaped so I ended up adding another button and foregoing the sash when I wore it. I recommend sewing four buttons down the front when making it.


The only other thing I would mention is the sleeves. If you tend to have to take out your sleeves thanks to bigger arms, I suggest sizing up. I cut out my sleeves in a bigger size and I still had to take them out so much I almost ran out of fabric. Right from the top to the bottom of the sleeve had to be taken out a lot. So be warned!

More piccies of the fair and my dress on my blog: http://www.bobbinandbaste.com/post/50s-fair-1


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