1930s | Lingerie

1930s Dressing Gown

By on June 2, 2015

This was definitely a step away from my usual cotton day dresses and wool skirts!  My latest sewing project was a full-length dressing gown using the 1930s Butterfly Blouse pattern from Decades of Style.  This pattern has been around for quite some time and has several reviews online.  Everyone who’s made it was thrilled with the fit, and I have to agree.  It is a great pattern to work with and a very flattering style.  The fabric is lightweight with an excellent drape.  It has a black flocked background and sheer, see-through flowers.  A gorgeous lingerie effect and oh-so-dramatic!

More photos and details are over at my blog, Willow Homestead.

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1950s | Jackets | Skirts

Retro Restyle: Felix and Val’s Jacket

By on April 9, 2014
Hoffman Construction Co
Felix and Val's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I picked up this old wool club jacket at an estate sale a few months ago.  The back embroidery was fabulous even though the coat was moth-eaten and very worn.

McCalls 4161

I used McCalls 4161 coat pattern from the 1940s as a starting point to sew up a jacket that actually fit me.  I cut as much as I could from the original navy wool and added a brown plaid to compliment (and of course I needed a matching skirt).

Finally some Spring sunshine in Wisconsin!
pockets mimick the shoulder lapels
elbow patches were my hubby's idea

I love sewing with wool and plaids are definitely my favorite!  Working with this heavy club jacket was a bit tricky though.  The navy wool is so thick and dense, it was tough to bend and roll the seams.  My finishing work on the inside isn’t as pretty as I’d like it to be because I couldn’t roll the salvage edges under.  It was just too bulky.  I also gave up on hand-stitching the cuffs and bottom waistband.  Again, too bulky.  So instead I did some extra top-stitching to really nail the wool flat where several layers met.  More photos and sewing details are on my blog.  And just in case you’re wondering, the construction behind me is a new ram barn.   The old barn had holes in the roof and cracks in the walls.   Seemed an appropriate place to take pics given Felix and Val’s profession.

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1920s | 1930s | Dresses

Prohibition New Year’s Eve

By on January 8, 2014

As most of you already know, one of the greatest satisfactions of sewing your own clothes is having a fabulous occasion for which to wear them!  Such an occasion was this past New Year’s Eve, when Wild Kat hosted a glittering Prohibition Party.  We even convinced our men to dress the part!

 

Wild Kat opted for a flapper-styled sack dress made from an original 1920s Standard New Idea pattern.  She used a cream satin trimmed with embossed black velvet.  For more photos and details, please see the Hometown Victory Girls blog.

 

 

 

 

I  stepped away from my typical, full-skirted dress and created a classic 1930s-style.  Using Vogue 1371 and a slubbed satin in peacock blue, I was quite happy with the results.  More photos and dress details can be found at the Willow Homestead blog.

 

 

Wishing you all a wonderful New Year!

 

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1950s | Jumpers / Pinafores | Skirts

Retro Restyle: Wool Stadium Blanket

By on January 2, 2014

After many cold, winter days of just dreaming about this project…

I finally awoke to success!

I paired McCalls 3730 and a wool stadium blanket to sew up a fabulously warm and comfy jumper.  The pattern worked up easily with no major alterations.  I was smart enough to leave enough ease through the waistline so that I can actually breath and bend and eat.  And I even have enough blanket left over to make a matching bolero.  More pics on my blog.  Stay warm, Everyone!

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1950s | Dresses

Bonneville Salt Flat Dress

By on September 10, 2013

Last month my husband and I took a second honeymoon out to the Bonneville International Speedway in Utah.  Drove the ’50 Chevy there and back from Wisconsin with no problems, 4200 miles in all.  He pegged it at 75mph while I sewed the buttons on this cotton dress.  McCalls 8019 was the perfect pattern for this easy-to-wear, day dress.  More details here at my blog.

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