Vintage Sewing

Sneaking in Under the Wire for Sew For Victory

April 4, 2013

Well that was an ordeal!  I won’t go into all of the details here but the Coles Notes version is that this entire dress was sewn on my 1915 Singer treadle machine.  Yep.  Treadle.  It was definitely a learning experience!  If you’re interested in reading about my little island of chaos, you can read about it here.

The outside of the dress turned out well, but the inside resembles a dog’s breakfast.  I’m probably exaggerating a little bit but it definitely doesn’t have the neat and tidy seams that I usually obsess over!  All in all it’s definitely wearable and I’m really happy with the pattern!  I’ll definitely be making it again.

Here’s a close up of the fabric and of the ric rac detailing.  The fabric and notions were all from my stash, so I have no idea what the fabric content is, but it’s lovely and soft and has enough stretch to it to allow me to forego the side zip.

It’s been amazing seeing all of your creations and to have the chance to get to know a few of my lovely “Sewalongers.”  You ladies amaze me!

Happy sewing!

xox Elle







    1. Thanks so much Deb! I think patience coupled with the occasional glass of wine was what helped preserve my sanity! I’m actually looking forward to using the old girl again…there’s a stack of patterns that can’t wait for the newer machines to be fixed 😉

  1. Good going . I am on a treadle kick right now. As a matter of fact I had been using a vibrating shuttle treadle for some time. They are not hard to use once you get the knack . There are some sites that show you how to get the bobbin in the shuttle right . I bought a new ( yes, I mean modern ) Janome treadle machine to put in another old treadle base to use as well. I always remind myself of the beautiful dresses that where made on these machines especially the lovely Victorian dresses. Your dress looks lovely on you. Your persistence payed off.

  2. This dress is nice. The wide yoke and gathered upper bodice are great details. I also like that the solid color fabric has an interesting texture.

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