1970s | Coats | Vintage Sewing

Very Bright Vogue 9134

By on January 21, 2013


This is Vogue 9134.
It took me about a year to make, with several stops and starts.
The fabric, a Dior double wool, is extremely bright and impossible to photograph.
I used Sherry’s very informative tutorial on RTW coat making for the most part, and had some help from a Courrège chef d’atelier I met at a local fabric store.
I have talked and talked about this coat all year long and the thread, in reverse order, is all here.

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1950s | Dresses

The Craftsy Class Dress

By on August 15, 2012

So this is my Craftsy Class dress. I so cheated on the process that I won’t be able to post it on their website! I used part of Butterick 9214 to make it, so I feel justified posting it here.

This dress was very long in the making, I started it in March, and if you are interested, the whole thread is right here. It includes a rant on sewing instructions, a translation mistake for those sewing in French and a very large faced hem.

 

 

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1920s | 1930s | 1940s

The Austringer

By on April 9, 2012

 

 

Hello you all! Long time no see.

Meet my friend Jean-Louis the Austringer (meaning he hunts with eagles). He is modeling a year old blue Chilean eagle (who doesn’t hunt) and the vest I made for him.

Though the vest was made with Burda’s Jason pattern, which is not really a retro pattern, Jean-Louis and I were heavily inspired by early 20th century explorers and adventurers and from Nigel Cabourn’s famous Peak Lapel vests except we went for a shawl collar. It’s made with thrifted John G Hardy tweed and handcrafted hunt buttons. The buttonholes were corded with gimp for a neat and durable finish.

 

If you would like to see the full thread, hop on over my home where I obsessed about this vest for almost 4 months.

 

 

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1980s | Dresses

Butterick 4643

By on December 27, 2011

 

 

Slashing and spreading a couple of days before Christmas was scary, but I made it and though a little big at the shoulders, it turned out to be exactly what I wanted. A big sweater dress I can put over anything. For Christmas, I paired it with a bright t-shirt, hot pink thighs and green shoes and I thought I looked very modern and on trend! You can accuse me of being a fashion victim!

The Holidays are not over yet, so let me wish you lots of little stitches in the year to come.

 

 

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1800s | Coats | Mens

Ahoy! – Simplicity 7082

By on October 23, 2011

Ahoy indeed. I guess making an 18th century frock coat qualifies as an Uber We Sew Retro project.

As this coat is not for Halloween but for a real swashbuckling spectacle, I had to to a great deal of scheming to make it solid which I have talked about at length on my blog if you are interested in this sort of thing.

Note to the Editors : I love the new digs, keep up the good work! Thank you so much for taking over.

 

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Vintage Sewing

The Jim Jones Revue Stunt Dress

By on September 15, 2011

I made a Stunt Dress to go see The Jim Jones Revue in concert… I am ready to rock!
This dress feels so good! The cotton is heavenly, I really like the fit, the dress has pockets (Erin would be proud of me! She loves pockets and stunt dresses!) and though the fabric is loud and not age appropriate, I might even wear it in real life because I don’t care what people think. I might even make another one next summer.
This is the shot where you see what I was saying about the fit. Just the right amount of ease, can be worn from morning to night. I love it.
I also posted a little tutorial on how to bag this sort of dress. If you are interested, come and visit.

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