1960s | Mad Men Inspired | Vintage Sewing

Mad men, dress in the style of Joan

By on April 15, 2014

For Julia’s third Mad Men challenge, and my first, I tried my first ever knit dress. I was after a look inspired by Joan. Joan wears many gorgeous figure hugging frocks and often some amazing long necklaces to complement her look.

I used Simplicity 1653 which is a mock-wrap style with wool modal knit. It was a steep learning curve sewing knit for the first time. I have more info over on my blog. Thanks for reading and happy sewing.

Continue Reading

1960s

retro 60s shift

By on January 30, 2014

Hi retro sewers,

Inspired by Gerties many versions, I thought I’d give this retro shift a try.

 

It took a while to get hold of the pattern (Simplicity 1609), I think it must be very popular and Addicted to Fabric ordered it in for me.

It made up easily and because the material had some spandex I didn’t need a zip. I even used bias binding rather than facings.

It’s a very practical summer dress. I even made another, in blue and white.

 

More details of both on my blog Barbarajanemade.

Thanks for reading and happy sewing.

Continue Reading

Vintage Sewing

two variations on elisalex

By on September 29, 2013

Hi there  We sew retro readers
I’m making my wedding dress and have made 2 possibilities, both based on the Elisalex (By Hand London) bodice.

The first is guipure lace, lined with silk (both from Tessuti) with a pencil skirt. I think it needs a wider (and not so tight) belt.

The second is a silk taffeta, orange shot with pink, screen printed by Babbarra Designs Maningrida (from Nomad Art, Darwin). I’m thinking a sash self-belt, not so wide and tied at the back.


I can’t decide which to wear, maybe both? one for the ceremony, one for the dancing? thanks for reading. (More photos on my blog barbarajanemade.wordpress.com.)

Continue Reading