1950s | Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 2444: the ruby dress

By on February 9, 2014

A Burns’ night supper, some red taffeta in my stash and Simplicity 2444 in my unmade pattern pile; mix the three and what do you get a ruby dress.  I was pretty pleased with the result, but I made a really silly mistake.  I took half and inch from the shoulders rather than shortening the bodice, which meant the waist line rose and made everything a little tight!  Still it encourages me to sit up nice and straight.  More details on my blog (http://magscreativemeanderings.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/the-ruby-dress-simplcity-2444.html – the link doesn’t seem to be working).





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Dior New Look inspired suit

By on January 26, 2014


This is my favourite make so far, a dior inspired suit from Gertie’s Book for Better Sewing.  The jacket was made from a vintage find which cost £5, and its pictured with two six panelled skirts; one in crepe and one in boiled wool, lovely and cosy. I really like the nipped in waist look, so flattering!  More on my blog here.

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Plaid Hawthorn

By on December 1, 2013

As usual I’m rather late to the pattern love party, but here is my Hawthorn.  I wanted a cold weather version, so made this from a brushed cotton (this did mean that all the layers in the collar and facing became rather unwieldly).  I found aspects of the pattern challenging, but I love the result and will make another, perhaps in a thinner fabric.  There are more details on my blog.

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Fall for Cotton Thirties Dress

By on September 30, 2013

Just finished in time, my Fall for Cotton challenge dress.


Hopefully it captures a thirties’ spirit, which a gathered top, straight skirt with inverted pleat and slim sleeves with a pointed cuff, good fun all round but surprisingly wearable!


I was inspired by some deco cotton in my stash and knew I had to have a vintage 30’s pattern to make the most of it.  For more info on the construction visit my blog here.


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Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing Dior New Look skirt

By on September 23, 2013

My first pattern from Gertie’s book and I love it.  A six gored skirt which makes your waist look tiny.  Easy to wear without a petticoat (and probably the first vintage make I feel I can wear for work)  or dressed up and more vintage with a full fluffy petticoat.  Although its a straightforward pattern and shouldn’t cause too much difficulty you can read about my rather disastrous journey  on my blog!




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Vogue 4260 wedding blues

By on September 2, 2013

I’ve been reading and admiring others’ wonderful makes and finally am posting my first post.  This is the dress I made for my son’s wedding.  I found the pattern in the USA (I live in the UK) an original fifties pattern described as a cocktail dress.  I used some very reasonably priced satin-backed crepe (using the satin side as the right side) which is much easier to deal with than just satin.

The shape is created by slashed extended darts (a bit scary at first!)



The skirt is pretty full and needed a petticoat


You can just see the placket in the skirt here and the darted sleeves.  This is my second dress and I am really pleased as the fit is perfect and I got loads of complements at the wedding.  For more details about the pattern and a photo of the dress being worn please visit my blog.  Well that wasn’t too scary, so hopeful this will be the first of many posts!


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