Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 1365 1970s Halter Top Repro (a.k.a. Simplicity 6357)

By on August 23, 2014

 

 

 

 

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This is a two piece dress (halter and skirt) which I made this summer using Simplicity 1365, a modern repro of Simplicity 6357.

I made the skirt a simple Dirndl using what was left of the yardage and a one inch waistband. The waistband closes with a skirt hook and snaps only, and I must say it is more comfortable without a zipper.

This is a really nice pattern to work with and the finished product looks very clean and tidy inside as well as out. More photos of the dress as well as a pic of my latest and possibly best ever sewing bargain are at my blog, Farmhouse Garden.

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Retro Nightie for Meeeeeeeeeeeeee!

By on August 16, 2014

Selfish sewing is the best kind of sewing.

I purchased a pile of vintage knit fabric at auction a couple months back. Some was, of course, quite hideous, while some was kitschy retro cute. I do recognize that this is in the eye of the beholder, though.

For a quick, easy project, I grabbed a medium weight spongy retro knit and stitched up this nightgown using Simplicity 7096.

Well, I mostly just used the yoke pieces, as I cut the yardage to a length I thought would be comfortable (somewhere between views 2 and 3), and cut equal front and back panels from the width. The fabric was pretty wide, so I got both the front and back from one length. Then I used the pattern as a template for the underarm.

This was stitched entirely by machine using the “burrito method” I learned from Janet Pray’s Sew Better, Sew Faster Craftsy Class. There’s not too much to say about construction. For a sweet touch, I included some leftover ric rac trim across the yoke and pressed and stitched it down in a bow motif. I added one of the vintage buttons from my stash, and the gown was done. Now all I need are some fuzzy slippers and hair curlers!

I also recently figured out an easy method for assembling some of the PDF patterns I have been working with lately. To try my tip or just to say “hi,” feel free to stop by my blog Farmhouse Garden.

Ta ta for now!

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Mommy ‘n Me ‘n Me (too!)

By on January 16, 2014

I made the little one and I some Mommy and Me Christmas dresses. The truth is, I started making mine first, and when my little bunny saw it, she wanted one too. Of course, I spent hours embellishing her dress, and then I was hand hemming mine on Christmas Eve eve! All’s well that ends well. I’m sure I could blather on for a while here, but since it’s already mid January, lets just do photos and captions, shall we?

Modern
Traditional
Christmas-a-Go-Go
Mommy ‘n Me in the Holler
Sewing Together- Melt my Heart!

 

The Little Diva requested several Fittings

 

Braiding metallic rick rack

 

Braided Rick Rack stitched down with clear nylon thread, plus sequins & beads on the holly
Trick for reinforcing center back zipper with selvage

 

My dress and pattern in the planning stages

 

Oh, I forgot! It was Mommy ‘n Me ‘n Me (too!)
Now if her Barbie just had a little Barbie….

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Lace Bleached Denim Jacket a.k.a Simplicity 2898

By on October 29, 2013

When I first found this pattern in a pile I purchased for my Etsy shop, I knew it was destined to be a “hold-back.” You’ve gotta keep some of the things you love for yourself, right? I wanted to use it to make a modern denim jacket with retro details, so altered the pattern to a cropped length, I lengthened the sleeves, and I added bands at the hems of the jacket and sleeves.

For my fabric, I tried out a method I saw while browsing bleach techniques online. I used a medium weight denim and a lace curtain fabric, both thrifted, and simply placed the lace on top of the denim (in the driveway) and misted over them with bleach.

Full details and several more photos can be found on my blog. How is your fall sewing coming along? (Sorry I forgot to include the link to my blog in the post earlier! It is linked up now…I think!)

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The Return of Fun-Shus

By on May 15, 2013

 A little over a year ago, I posted here about some fabric and patterns I found thrifting. A few days ago, upon receipt of the final part I needed to get my lovely 221-1 Centennial Featherweight actually sewing, I decided to put that fabric to some good use. (Why can’t I un-bold this? Aw, that’s ok! It looks important this way!)

This is the pic I posted here in January of 2012, when I found three yards of this fab vintage Fun-Shus athletic themed cotton.

I chose to mate it with this pattern, thrifted within the last few months.

And, I made it up on this pretty, thrifted long distance, which hums like a bee. I acquired it last month, and I spent several hours bringing it back to life, as it was all but seized and missing a few parts.

And I came up with this…

Don’t fear the shoulder pad, my dears. And can I just say it? I love a wing-y collar. I do!
Innards. Collar and button placket interfaced with an old cotton bed sheet.
Edges serged. A fair amount of hand-stitching. Me-made shoulder pads using Casey’s tutorial.

I have a few more pics over at my blog, and the usual rambling that only sounds drunken. Stop by any time.

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Blazer to Peplum Jacket Refashion

By on March 19, 2013

A few weeks ago, my sister and her betrothed tied the knot in a lovely, brief ceremony on an iceberg on the beach, in March, in N.J. at 5 p.m. Okay, there wasn’t really an iceberg, but holy flying unicorn, it was cooooolllllddd. I was raised in Maine, and I still froze my fanny off. Well, my powers of deduction are strong, and I knew it was going to be cold, so I decided 3 days or so before departing for the wedding that I needed a pretty, retro style jacket to keep me toasty on the beach. That didn’t happen- I would have needed to make trench coat out of a sub-zero sleeping bag to stay toasty in that gale. But I did try. It involved a $3.50 oversized lambswool blazer from Goodwill and a gallon of blind faith. Or was that whiskey?

Here is the before.

With a snip snip here and a pleat pleat there, here is what it became…

I really enjoyed re-making this jacket, which is actually a product of trial and error, careful cutting and stitching, and several hours of road trip hand sewing (the lining). I have worn it since the wedding with jeans, and I really like how that looks too. On my blog I have the whole, long winded run down with pics, a photo from the beach of us with the (real live) unicorn my sister rode to the reception, and the link to our pic and her story in the N.Y. Times Vows section.

Wheeew! Now I am off to pack for our upcoming trip to sunny FL. Bring on some sunshine!

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Rusty Corded Shell

By on November 6, 2012

I finished this shell blouse a couple of weeks ago, and while it was pretty straightforward in construction, I decided to add some embellishment to the front by making a corded design. It was a major pain to turn the cord, as my fabric was really too heavy for this, but I persevered/ stubbornly continued on and ended up with this.

After turning the cord, I put the shell blouse on my dress form and played with the design by twisting the cord and pinning it. When I decided on the design I wanted, I pinned it all in place, checked it with a tape measure for general symmetry, and hand basted it to the blouse straight through the cord with silk thread. I then went carefully around the cord slip stitching the loops in place and tacking at the overlaps with matching thread.

I used Butterick 3286 in a size 32″ bust. I don’t know what is up with this pattern, but it fits me pretty well and I am a 37″ bust. I guess it’s because it’s supposed to be an “overblouse,” but even the darts are in the right place.

Although it is far from perfect, I really like it, and I plan to try again with a lighter weight fabric. If you are interested in trying this technique, check out the Coletterie tutorial here.

Happy Sewing! Abigail @ Farmhouse Garden

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