ChronicallyUncool

I’m a taller-than-average person, so I’m often frustrated by the fact that Petite and Half-size patterns are available but the vertically gifted have no customized options in vintage patterns. Or so I thought! I stumbled across a few patterns for skirts in Proportioned Sizes:Short: 5’3″ and underMedium: 5’4″ to 5’6″Tall: 5’7″ and over Of course, [...]

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Yesterday I received the custom petticoat I won in the Sew Retro giveaway. It’s exactly what I wanted. Thank you Sew Retro and Eleen Fashions! I have big plans for this petticoat. You can see my sketch for the coordinating dress here: http://chronicallyuncool.blogspot.com/2011/01/my-new-fluffer-from-eleen-fashions.html I also wrote a big post on my blog about my collection [...]

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I made this charming little coat and hat for my son, Henry. The pattern is McCall’s 6255 from 1962. It was a stunt outfit for pictures, so I skipped all the interesting tailoring instructions included in the pattern. It still took me two years to finish it! (Photo by Jennifer Morrison Photography) Details on my [...]

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Actually, the Vintage Patterns Wiki only needs your photos of your finished vintage garment projects. You could win an Amazon gift card! Entries close on October 1. Five finalists will be chosen and the Wiki community will vote on their favorite photos between October 4-10. Winners will be announced on October 11, 2010. You can [...]

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Remember this free pattern from the V&A Museum’s Golden Age of Couture exhibition? I made it to wear to see the exhibit (now traveling the world) in Nashville. I love the way this dress turned out and I had a great time in Nashville with Gertie and my fellow vintage clothing enthusiasts. This project is [...]

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Update: Found it! Thanks Nathalie!!! ——————————————————————- I’m looking for a scan of the pattern envelope for Simplicity 5018, this lovely wrapped top. I believe it is from 1963, based on the pattern number…and the hair. I found the pattern pieces and the instruction sheet in a junk shop, but the envelope is missing. Please let [...]

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I’ve finally recovered from the Vogue 8956 ordeal. Now I’m trying to sew from the stash and make items for which I already have the right accessories (mostly that means shoes). I’d like your suggestions. My first question is: Raincoat or dress? Is it weird to sew a raincoat at the beginning of summer? I [...]

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I’ve received some great things from my fellow vintage sewing bloggers in the last couple of years and it’s time to pay it forward with my first ever giveaway. I have four patterns to give away, and all of them are variations on the Butterick Walkaway Dress. Entries close at noon on Friday. To enter, [...]

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This is Vogue 8956, from 1956. It is my new go-to dress for dancing at wedding receptions! It’s comfy and very twirly! Making it was a little tedious, but totally worth it. (All those released pleats! Ack!) This dress included many firsts for me: Underlining, horsehair braid hem, contour belt, and more. I should have [...]

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I finished McCall’s 5898 in time to wear it for Easter! I have had the fabric (yellow linen/rayon blend with embroidered flowers in orange, brown and green, from JoAnn Fabrics) in my stash for more than a year. It felt great to finally get it done! Here it is, with the kind of wrinkles you [...]

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