1950s | Burlesque / Pinup | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

A Spooky 50’s style dress

By on September 23, 2014

Hey everyone! I just wanted to share my latest creation from a self-drafted pattern.

Given that Halloween is creeping upon us, I wanted to make something that had a little bit of a spooky charm to it.

I made this 50’s style dress with a gathered circle skirt, lace trim on the hem and pockets in the side seam!  I decided to use a facing instead of fully lining the bodice.  The fabric is a black cotton stretch sateen, because it is so comfortable!  I also made a belt to match the trim with a glitter lucite buckle.

Modeled by my darling friend, MIssy Cae

This is my favorite design so far! I will definitely be making more with other colors and prints!

xoxo Rocksie


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First self-drafted dress! A success!

By on September 11, 2014

I recently decided to stray from printed patterns and try my hand at drafting my own.  This is a pretty basic bodice style, but I’m pretty proud of how it turned out!  I used a stretch sateen to give the dress a little give and be super comfortable while dancing the night away! It has a full circle skirt with pleats of a leopard print sateen. The pockets and bodice are also lined with the leopard as well. Sorry I forgot to get better pictures before it got dark, but here are a few a took quickly before we left for a show.  (Modeled by the lovely friend who I made it for)

Black and leopard 50's dress

Black and leopard 50's dress

Black and leopard 50's dress

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1950s | Skirts | Swimwear / Sunwear | Vintage Sewing

An addiction….

By on August 14, 2014

I’ve become addicted to making Bra top and skirt sets (I am meaning to venture into adding shorts and beach jackets to the mix soon).  I love how quickly I can make them and having the versatility of separates!  I just wanted to share my latest creation with you all.

The top is based on Simplicity 1426 Version B.  I made a couple changes- like adding ties in the back and making the straps criss-cross in the front.  The skirt is just a basic circle skirt.  I made it with a leopard peach-skin rayon fabric I had, and I used twill for the lining and waistband to give it a little more body and stability.  I probably won’t be doing that again- sewing with silky fabrics irritates me to no end! I used a double fold bias tape as the hem on the skirt because I get lazy at times.  In the end, this turned out to be my favorite outfit so far!




How about you?  Do any of you have a type of clothing you can’t get enough of making?



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An introduction, and advice needed! :)

By on February 25, 2014

Hello fellow vintage sewing enthusiasts! I have been a long time stalker of this page, and I love to see the beautiful creations you all make! I have been sewing using vintage sewing patterns for about 8 years and still have a tendency to get impatient and sloppy (whoops). I also tend to get obsessed when Ihave a project in mind. That being said, I have a couple questions I’ve been thinking way too hard about and would really like to hear some opinions!

I like to make separates for more versatility, and I am preparing to make a nice full fluffy skirt with a halter top for a night out. My dilemma is, do I make a gathered skirt! or a skirt with small box pleats? Will small box pleats give the same type of fluffiness as gathers? I HATE gathering, but I’ll do it if I have to …..

The other thing I am wondering is if I can make a tiered skirt from a softer fabric and get some of the desired volume rather than an itchy petticoat/crinoline. I’ll be dancing and probably pretty sweaty, so I’d like to avoid a stiff crinoline. And I hate making them haha. Anybody have any advice on one vs the other? It might seem like a silly post, but I have a baby, so not much time for sewing anymore. I need to have everything fully planned before I execute!

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