1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Little Black Maternity Dress

By on May 26, 2014

I realize the words little and maternity kind of create an oxymoron, but I didn’t know how else to classify this dress. I know I’m not little at 28 weeks and technically neither is my dress, but just work with me here, okay?

I sewed this with some very pattern period appropriate black polyester stuff using McCall’s 9747. It was super easy and fast to make and I seriously could’ve omitted the unbelievably long zipper it said it required, because it turned out huge, even though I definitely do not have a 32 1/2 inch bust like the pattern said. I’m just glad I didn’t try to enlarge the pattern before sewing it up, but since I cut my garment sewing teeth on my mom’s old 1960s patterns as a teenager, I already knew that the 60s and tent dresses are synonymous and quite frequently are so so shapeless on me that they can look a bit like a potato sack on me and the bust size is just a suggestion, in my experience. I did take it in what seemed like a million inches and it actually gave it a slight shape to it, but because I have no waist right now, it’s a little hard to tell, so you’ll have to just trust me on this one.

I do like wearing this dress though and it’s nice to have something slightly fancier to wear on occasion. And can I just say this is the most flattering “sleeveless” sleeve design I’ve ever worn? My upper arms tend to swell while pregnant (yes, this is one of those pregnancy things no one tells you will happen beforehand), and even stay that way a little while nursing, and I tend to be a little self-conscious of them. So, anything that makes them look more shapely and less bloated is a good thing in my book.

You can see and read more about this dress and my other projects here

on my blog Betsy’s Baby.

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1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Apple A Day Vintage Maternity Dress

By on May 23, 2014

A rather bright addition to my maternity wardrobe from a mail order Marion Martin, not meant to be, but totally works for maternity, pattern. Super bright, super fun, and super comfy for a growing belly. I blogged about it a while back, but thought I’d share it here, because I just love it so doggone much.

It was relatively easy to sew up, and I love the way the seams are finished so easily as you sew the pieces together. This is the first Marian Martin pattern I’ve sewn, but if they’re all this easy and finished looking when you’re through, it definitely won’t be the last.

The only thing I do not like about this dress during construction and afterwards for ironing are the ruffles. Don’t get me wrong, I think they look sweet on the finished project, but all the gathering took a while. Then every time I wash it, I have to iron tiny little ruffles forever. *Sigh* I still love this dress and will consider wearing it after the birth, but I do wonder if it will be as flattering without a giant belly beneath it as I’m on the short side anyway.

On a side note, I also sewed up a fairly matching apple dress for my daughter from the same fabric with a vintage 80s pattern. She insists that I only wear my apple dress when she wears hers now….

See and read more about it on my blog.

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1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Baby Bumps and Birdies 60s Maternity Dress

By on May 11, 2014

A really, really, easy maternity dress I sewed up.

Two pieces for the front and back, kimono sleeves, neck facing and bias binding for sleeves, two big pockets, and a simple tie belt for the front. This was my first version of this dress and I had absolutely no problems or confusion in making it. It almost seemed to make itself, it was so fast.
I probably could’ve made it up in an afternoon or a couple hours if it weren’t for little hands to pull me in all directions, but since today’s Mother’s Day here in the U.S., I will choose to celebrate what could be seen as an inconvenience. After all little hugs and kisses are worth more than a new dress for mommy.
Happy Mother’s Day everyone!
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1940s | Children | Dresses | Kids | Vintage Sewing

Girl’s Easter Dress and Another Sew for Victory Project

By on May 2, 2014

I sewed up an Easter dress of my daughter’s choosing from 1940s Simplicity 1573 pattern for girls in size 6. I modified it slightly, but it’s mostly true to the pattern. It’s also another projects for Sew for Victory 2.0, and I’m hoping I’ll have more projects completed before the deadline.

While the fabric pattern is completely modern, the idea is definitely vintage and 1940s.

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