Blue Steel

by Cynthia on July 4, 2012 · 2 comments

in 1970s,Mens

I made another version of McCall’s 6383 for my husband. This is a groovy pattern from the 70′s I’ve made once before. I used a dark chambray for the the body and a colorful plaid for the under-collar, collar stand, and the inside of the pocket flap. The only pattern changes I made were to make this short sleeved, I toned down the large collar and I took 4 inches off of the length. I really love this pattern! I’ve made him a shirt from a modern pattern (McCall’s 6044 if you’re interested) and I find this vintage pattern to have a better fit, better directions and is better drafted than the modern one. More photos and details can be found in my blog Dapper Duds. 



I’ve been wanting to make a nautical Ceylon by Colette Patterns for a while now. My inspirations were the little sailor play suits worn during WWII. I finished this in honor of Portland’s Fleet Week. I only made some minor changes to the pattern (raising the armscye, lowering the sleeve cap, and widening the sleeves). Colette really makes some of the loveliest patterns around. More photos and details can be found in my blog, Dapper Duds 


I just finished a second version of Simplicity 2444. I think the combination of the bright fabric and 1960′s shape, gives it a mid-1960′s feel. It’s Megan meets Betty Draper. I fully lined this dress and completed every stitch by machine (Yeah! no hand sewing). I love this versatile pattern

 More photos and info can be found in my blog Dapper Duds.


Bow Print Dress

by Cynthia on March 14, 2012 · 15 comments

in Modern Patterns

So this isn’t a vintage pattern (I hope I don’t offend with my post), but made with Simplicity 2444. I think it has a definite vintage vibe and would be good for anyone who might not have access to vintage patterns to still get the *look* they want. The bodice features very striking angled darts, and the skirt is full and pleated.

I was trying to emulate the adorable Miss Zooey Deschanel, who has a look I think most of us must like. Modern, with a retro twist.

This dress was simple to make and I didn’t need to make any adjustments for fit. The inside is finished with french seams and the hem was catch-stitched by hand. If you’d like to see more photos and details hop on over to my blog Dapper Duds