Vintage Sewing

Allow me to introduce myself…

March 18, 2011

Hello all,
My name is Anna and I’m an alcoh…. ooooops, wrong forum. I’m a vintage pattern addict and sewist and I’m so excited to get a chance to post to Sew Retro. I’ve been sewing for a few years now, teaching myself as I go along.  I’m a military wife, currently stationed in Norway, where fabric is hard to find, sewing patterns are almost non-existent, and there’s barely enough light to sew by most days. This poses a unique set of challenges to each project, which are always fun to overcome.
My blog, A Few Threads Loose, is a bit of a sewing journal, Scandinavian rant, and vintage purist soap box all rolled into one.

For this project, my husband was out of town for work for a couple of nights. When he is gone, I can’t seem to make myself go to bed (bad Anna!), so I stayed up over-night to make this little beauty.

 I used Simplicity 1144 that I won in an epic ebay bidding war. From the envelope: “Misses’ and Women’s Slip and Panties: A top-stitched inset joins the softly gathered upper front to the bias-cut lower front. The upper back, shaped in a V at the lower edge, is top-stitched to the bias-cut lower back.”

 The pattern is from 1944. It was very easy to sew and the instructions were clear with great illustrations. One thing I changed was instead of using bias tape to finish the top edges, I drafted and cut my own front and back facing pieces.

 I had fun doing the gathers at the bust which I find rather advantageous with a figure that has a boob deficiency.

 I highly recommend this pattern to any of you vintage pattern enthusiasts. I’ve seen it for sale on a few times in the last month or so. It’s definitely worth fighting for, worth winning, and a little bit worth gloating over.
Happy hunting!

  1. I'm not sure I understand an epic bid war over this pattern, which is so basic. I think it was that lacy number that might have done it. But I highly recommend making something like this with a stretch charmeuse and some stretch lace (although you might able to get away with non-stretch). That would be dynamite. Anyhow, I love this slip. You can dress it up or down. Congrats on the win.

  2. I have that pattern, as well and have made it twice. I never thought to make a facing (duh!) and swore A LOT when applying the bias binding. Good idea!

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