Vintage Sewing

Lutterloh dress

By on July 31, 2014

Hi all!

I just want to share my latest finished sewing project with you. I made a dress from a Lutterloh pattern book. It’s from 1941.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I saw this dress for the first time, I was sure I wanted it to make it some day. And that just happened!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made a few changes. First I made a full button down closure instead of stopping halfway. And I just added one pocket instead of 3. That didn’t happen on purpose. I just missed the pockets at hip level. But I don’t really regret it. Because I don’t really feel like accentuating my hips anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are more pictures on my blog!

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A 40s Trio

By on June 19, 2014

Hi all, I want to share my latest sewing project with you. I wanted to make a completely me made outfit and here’s the result.

I have blogged about this blouse before, but it’s form a 40s pattern and has lots op pin tucks and lace insertions. I think the details really makes this blouse more interesting.

The plaided skirt I drafted myself some years ago, but I had some difficulties with the zipper and as a result the skirt disappeared in the UFO pile. It took some years to take it up again and finish it. But now I’m really glad that it’s finished. I really wanted a classic plaid skirt for a very long time and now I finally have one!

I crocheted the purse. Since the pattern description was pretty vague it was quite a challenge. I added very heay interfacing so the purse contains its shape.

There is more on my blog!

 

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Sew for Victory Dress

By on April 17, 2014

Yay! I finished my Sew For Victory dress! The pattern I used is Hollywood 1335. My aim was to make a perfect spring/summer dress. I think the fabric just breathes those seasons with the bright colors and floral print. 

 

 

What I love about this pattern are the ruffles and the pleated skirt. Actually the pleats hold little pockets, which is such a smart design feature!

Sewing this dress went pretty ok. I had a few difficulties during the process. The sleeve cap had too much ease. I tried different methods to get the sleeves in smoothly, but with no good results. So I gathered the sleeve cap to create a little puffed sleeve. 

I also had some problems with the buttonholes. Well one buttonhole, to be more precise. I had to redo this particular button hole 4 times before I got the result I wanted. How frustrating.


And I couldn’t use my serger because it has some difficulties. Instead I choose to use seam binding. This seam binding was a gift from a friend! Look how beautiful the inside looks! This is really the best way of finishing edges! I really want to use seam binding more often in future projects. We don’t have this in the Netherlands as far is I know, so I really need to find a good online shops with reasonable (shipping) prices. Any suggestions are very welcome 🙂

The best thing about this dress is my boyfriends opinion. Normally he doesn’t really like my floral dresses. But this one he does like. He said he thinks the dress and colors really suits me. How cute!

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American Weekly 3892

By on March 19, 2014

For a long time I wanted to sew a peplum blouse. I think this style is really flattering, accentuating the waist and the gathered peplum gives you a curvier look. It’s really feminime. 

 The pattern really inspired me with the fabric choice. As you can see, the illustration shows a striped fabric. And I had a striped fabric for years in my stash. I think it’s a match made in heaven. Ok, maybe I’m exaggurating a little, but still.

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It was really hard to cut everything out of the fabric. Not only because of the stripes, but I hadn’t enough fabric for this pattern. But with som trial and error and a little bit of cheating I made it work. 

I had to make the hem width of the skirt a couple of inches smaller otherwise I wouldn’t make it. The skirt doesn’t have a waistband, but a facing. originally the centre front and back parts of the skirt needed to be cut along the fold. I couldn’t do this, and had to add a seam. 

i really stepped out of my comfortzone, using a bold striped fabric. Normally I’m more into floral prints. I’m not sure if it’s totally my cup of tea. What do you think?

As always you can fin more on my blog

 

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Vogue 6136

By on March 1, 2014
Hi there,
I wanted to share another sewing project I finished recently. It’s Vogue 6136 a blouse with lots of pintucks and lace.  For some time I wanted to sew a white/cream colored blouse, but never came to it. But when I found this pattern on Etsy I knew this would be perfect. I really like the extra details and it has a bit of a victorian flair.
Vogue 6136 Blouse and skirt made by Anthea
I was doubting about adding the bow, maybe it would be too much.
But I did it anyway and I’m happy with the result!
The back of the blous does also have pin tucks and lace insertion:
As always, there is more on my blog 🙂
Enjoy your weekend!

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I knit retro! Bestway 1491

By on February 9, 2014

I know this blog is all about sewing. But I wanted to share my latest finished knitting projects with you anyway. I used a 40s pattern Bestway 1491.

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Last june I started knitting this cardi and I finished it today. It was a long journey, because I used 2 and 2.5 mm knitting needles and because I made a few mistakes.  First I discovered my back piece was too small so I had to reknit this one.  And later on I discovered my sleeve heads were way too big and couldn’t fit into the armholes. So I had to reknit the sleeve heads as well.

In the end I’m quite happy with the cardigan. It fits very well into my wardrobe so I have plenty of options to create different outfits with this cardigan.

Yes, I’m happy with the result!

There is more on my blog.

 

Do you knit retro as well?

 

 

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Lutterloh Dress

By on October 22, 2013

Ok, I’m a bit excited! After all those weeks of pattern drafting,  making muslins, sewing, loosing my sewing mojo after a break, I finished my Lutterloh dress!! And I’m so happy with the result! I just needed to dress up although I don’t leave the house today except for walking with Bear. But sometimes it’s just fun to dress up with no particular reason 🙂 And this dress just deserves it!

 Lutterloh 1941 Dress made by Anthea

 When I got my Lutterloh 1941 book, this was one of my favourite dresses. The silhouette is very flattering with the double V-shaped yoke, puffed sleeves and wide skirt. Here’s the illustration from the book:

Lutterloh 1941 Dress made by Anthea

I used my sloper pattern to draft the pattern of this dress.  I used the miniature pattern from the book as a guide while drafting the pattern. The book has little to no sewing instructions, so every step you have to plan by yourself.

Lutterloh 1941 Dress made by Anthea

As you can see the dress has lots of details, like the lace and the bow.  I tried to recreate this dress as closely as possible. And that wasn’t easy. Especially when it comes to the sleeves. In the picture you see the cuff isn’t straight, but it runs into a point. Also the cuff is incorporated in the sleeve, as you can see here:

Lutterloh 1941 Dress made by Anthea

It took many muslins and alterations to get recreate the sleeve pattern. And in the end I wished I went for a straight cuff, because the effect is so little compared to all the effort I put into it. But I shouldn’t complain.

Lutterloh 1941 Dress made by Anthea

The illustration shows lace sewn to the buttonhole placket. At first I didn’t see it on the illustration, and when I discovered it I didn’t like it very much. For me everything has to have a certain symmetry. And I was too far progressed with the dress to add lace to the other side of the placket. Instead I choose to add lace to the lower part of the yoke. 

Lutterloh 1941 Dress made by Anthea

 At a certain moment I was a bit unsure about the black buttons and bow. Did it do justice to the dress? But when I tried it on, I knew it was right. 

Lutterloh 1941 Dress made by Anthea

 Oh, and to show you how happy I am with the dress I added this picture:

Lutterloh 1941 Dress made by Anthea

 

 

 

 

 

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