I only found this blog recently- how I have managed to miss it before is a bit of a mystery. I’m Swedish, so if my English looks odd, then you will have to excuse me, as it is not my native language. I have a love for fashion history since I was very small and have been sewing since I was 20. I re-enact the 18th century and for the last ten years, most of my sewing projects have revolved around that era. I do have a particular love for the fashions of the forties and fifties, though and I have collected some Vintage Vogue patterns that I now am trying to actually make. My first try was this pattern, Vogue 2903, ca 1957:
I was not unpleased with it. I had to do some alterations and I need to tweak those, if I’m going to use this pattern again. I have a large bust, but a very narrow ribcage and back, so a pattern that fits in front, hangs like a sack in the back. I also often need to take in a pattern above the bust too.
My next try was for a 1940’s party, and I choose to make Vogue 2858, from 1944:
I love this pattern! It was very easy to make, if you don’tmind hand-sewing- which I don’t. I added a seam at the center back as I needed to take in the back quite a bit. I should probably had made it a size smaller, because it turned out way to roomy at the sides. I could actually pull the dress over my head without opening the zippers!
The surroundings look a bit drab, but that’s because the whole party took place in a shelter from the forties.
I’m currently making a 50’s pen skirt in grey wool, which I hope to be able to show soon. I have a blog here, Isis’ Wardrobe, where I talk about my sewing projects and topics related to them.