1950s | Jackets | Skirts

McCall’s 8813 Suit

By on June 19, 2013
Vintage Suit made from McCall's 8813 and Simplicity 3581

I’ve always wanted a vintage suit but they are hard to find and expensive, so I decided to make one. I had some green wool fabric that I bought second hand which was the perfect weight for a suit.

Vintage McCall's 8813 Suit Pattern

I used McCall’s 8813 for the jacket. I bought the pattern without its envelope so I’m not sure which year it’s from. I didn’t like the shape of the skirt from the McCall’s pattern, so I used another vintage pattern, Simplicity 3581, for the skirt.

Suit made from vintage McCall's 8813 and Simplicity 3581

I used some traditional tailoring techniques on the jacket including hair canvas, bound buttonholes and back and armhole stays. I made the covered buttons using an old kit that I bought at a thrift store. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

There are more pictures and a couple of posts about the construction of the jacket here.

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Lemon Tart

By on February 6, 2012

Hi everyone. This is my first post on the new (We) Sew Retro.

McCalls 5458

I’m don’t generally wear shorts but recently I was going on a trip to a city which is notoriously windy. Since I normally wear dresses and skirts, which are liable to fly up in the wind, I decided to make a pair of shorts to take with me. I used McCalls 5458 from 1960. I made a wearable muslin first (which you can read about here).

Vintage McCalls 5458 shorts

For my final pair I used some lemon printed drill cotton. I made a couple of changes to the pattern. Instead of doing a zip, I put buttons down the side. I left off the bows at the sides because I thought they would be too fussy with the fabric I was using.
I’m really pleased with the way they turned out even though I made the waistband a tiny bit too big.

More pictures and info on my blog.

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