Vintage Sewing

1950’s blouse and capri pants – Butterick 5895

By on August 20, 2014
I'm so happy with how these fit :-) I read on various posts that this pattern has a lot of ease.  I made them as to my measurements on the pattern envelope but did take the side seams in quite a bit.  I've used stretch denim so this may be different with unstretchy fabric.  I chose to use an invisible zip on the back seam so everything is nice and smooth.
Butterick B5895 capri pants. I’m so happy with how these fit 🙂
I read on various posts that this pattern has a lot of ease. I made them as to my measurements on the pattern envelope but did take the side seams in quite a bit. I’ve used stretch denim so this may be different with unstretchy fabric. I chose to use an invisible zip on the back seam so everything is nice and smooth.
This is my 'umbrella's' blouse.  I used my Enid Gilchrist book again to draft this pattern. A simple blouse to make and even easier with the grown on kimono sleeves.
This is my ‘umbrella’s’ blouse. I used my Enid Gilchrist book again to draft this pattern.
A simple blouse to make and even easier with the grown on kimono sleeves.
This is the pattern for my blouse.  I love this book as there are lots of variations and the patterns are simple to draw out and make. Enid Gilchrist - Women and Teenagers.
This is the pattern for my blouse. I love this book as there are lots of variations and the patterns are simple to draw out and make.
Enid Gilchrist – Women and Teenagers.
These are made using Butterick B5895. I used black and white gingham to line the pockets to avoid bulk and because they look nice!
These are made using Butterick B5895.
I used black and white gingham to line the pockets to avoid bulk and because they look nice!

 

As the capri pants have turn ups I chose to hide the seam edges with some strips of micro gingham in my stash.  I think this gives a little extra detail and keeps it all looking tidy.
As the capri pants have turn ups I chose to hide the seam edges with some strips of micro gingham in my stash. I think this gives a little extra detail and keeps it all looking tidy.

 

 

 

 

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1950s | Pattern Drafting | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

Poppies summer skirt

By on August 5, 2014
Hi, this is me wearing a skirt I made from an old drafting book. I drafted the heart shape waistband myself.
The pockets on my skirt are thanks to Bex at Subversive Femme. I read her blog and in January 2014 she posted this pattern from a dress she had made. I thought they looked so cool I had to use them myself. I love them!
The braid/ric rac that I used I made myself. I found a tutorial on pinterst on how to do it. It’s basically taking bias strips and playing with the tension on your machine and using the blind hem stitch. I had this fabric in my stash and the colour match is so good to my skirt fabric. Very happy!
I added plastic boning into the waistband. I didn’t have enough poppy fabric so used some spare gingham. Plastic boning is really easy to use – I just zig zagged along the edges. I also used interfacing on the waistband too.
This is the pattern I used from an Enid Gilchrist drafting book. I’ve used this pattern 3 times now for 3 very different skirts.

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1930s | Blouses | Vintage Sewing

Great British Sewing Bee 1930’s blouse

By on July 30, 2014
Hi, this is me wearing a 1930's style blouse. If anybody watched the last 'Great British Sewing Bee' programme you may recognise this? I don't have the book but found the pattern (for free) online :-/ Anyyywayyyy, with no instructions I had to fumble my way through. I'm happy with my result. What do you think?
A close up of the front collar. On my first attempt there was a gap between the collar but because of the shirring underneath it sort of puckered and didn’t look good. So, I undid it 🙁 and redid it. But I’m happy I did as it looks much neater.
I used bias strips and hand stitched them onto the wrong side to finish the sleeve edges. I made rouleux strips to used to fasten the buttons.
This is a picture of the back opening with collar and button and loop.
I made my own bias strips to hem the blouse and inserted an invisable zip to the placket.

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1950s | Dresses | Pattern Drafting | Vintage Sewing

Coffee pots dress – 1950’s

By on June 19, 2014

Hi, this is a dress with rather fab coffee pots and tea cups on!  I drafted the pattern using an Enid Gilchrist book.  I lurve these books and have made a few things using them.

I decided to add a gathered skirt to the bodice because I had a large piece of fabric and only have one seam on the left side where the invisible zip is.  I managed to match the pattern on this seam too so it is almost invisible too.  For an extra detail I added blue ric rac to the waist seam and along the edges of the sleeves and neck edge.  The sleeves are ‘grown on’ sleeves with a little gusset under the arm.  This pattern appealed to me for that so that I wouldn’t cut up any of the pots and cups on the fabric.

In this photo I’m wearing a cotton cardigan I made last year from a Rowan pattern.  The pattern had a peplum but I chose to start from the waist edge instead so that I could wear it with full skirts and you can still see my waist.

 

 

 

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Vintage Sewing

Red and grey tarten skirt

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Hi, this is an A line skirt I drafted from an old Enid Gilchrist book.  I used a tarten fabric bought in France and took my time to match the seams carefully.  Lots of hand basting….

I drafted the pocket myself and made the piping too.  A friend gave me a large tub of vintage buttons (very happy me!) and I used some on this skirt for the pockets and the back waistband fastening.  I also fully lined this skirt.  Just because I like to!  And because then I don’t have the problem of my skirt sticking to my tights – eugh!

I completed my first bound buttonholes on this skirt too and am very happy with the results. This skirt is now packed away as it’s summer here in France but I’ll be happy to unpack it come Autumn!

 

 

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Dresses | Jumpsuits / Pantdresses | Pattern Drafting

‘Frankenstein’ Tarten pinafore dress

By on April 5, 2014

Hi Everyone!

I’m back with a pinafore dress I’ve made using various patterns and ideas.  I’m quite pleased with it and hope you like it too?

Apologies for the back photo first – I’m having problems getting photos into the right place on here?

Anyway… I used 5 different pattern pieces from 5 different patterns to make this dress.  The back bodice is from a 1960’s pinafore/jumper dress I loaded onto here recently.  The front bodice top piece is from a purple 1960’s dress I posted too.  The midriff section is from a 1950’s dress that I drafted the pattern from.  The front skirt is from a pencil skirt I drafted and the back skirt is a half circle pattern I just chalked onto the fabric and cut out.

I wanted to play with the check pattern on the fabric and see how it turned out.

 

I added self made black piping to bring attention to the waist and midriff part.  There is an invisible zip on the side and I fully lined this dress.

Some of you may recognise me and this fabric from a circle skirt I posted recently.  In the shop I asked for 2 metres hoping there was enough on the roll.  As it happened there was about 2 and a half metres on the roll and the shop gave me the extra half metre for free as it was the end.  Happy days!  That is how I managed to get a dress and a skirt out of the same length 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1950s | Pattern Drafting | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

1950’s tarten circle skirt and grey bolero

By on February 13, 2014

Hi, I’m here again with a 1/2 circle skirt I drafted myself and a bolero that I knitted from a vintage pattern.

As circle skirts are notorious for being difficult to hem I decided to add a feature of self made black bias around the bottom edge.  I really like the way this picks out the black in the tarten fabric.

The pattern was easy enough to draft.  I used an old drafting book from the 1950’s and chalked directly onto the fabric.  I used an invisible zip on the side seam and love how the squares of the fabric are distorted.

This is a better picture of my bolero.  I needed to do some crochet around all the edges and this was my first proper attempt at crochet.  I quite enjoyed doing it even though as a knitter I found it feeling odd holding the yarn in my other hand.  Aren’t the pointy cuffs cool?!

This is the pattern I used.  I found it on Etsy from a seller called Vanessalovesvintage.

So, another new outfit!  I hope you like it too?

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