This blouse did first come to life this summer, when I was browsing the excellent pattern shop Midvale Cottage for vintage patterns, and I came across Simplicity 1782. It was love at first sight!

All the pretty details on this pattern makes it truly one of a kind.  It is my first venture into the 1940´s, but it will for sure not be the last! I loved stitching this together! For a while I was a bit scared that I had cut it out too small, but it worked it-selves out by sewing further out in the seam allowance than stated in the pattern. From the description in the shop, it says mid-forties, but if anyone have more detailed information, please let me know!

40´s blouse and velvet pencil skirt

I made view no. 3, and I had fun embellish it with Czech beads on the front. I love details like this, it makes handmade garments even more unique!

Bead embellishment

Sorry for the blurry pic, but it was the best I could do in the gloomy autumnal weather…

I have teamed this top with a velvet pencil skirt I recently made (BurdaStyle 02-2011-107), but would love your suggestions for other outfit options as well!

40´s blouse and velvet pencil skirt
You can read a more detailed pattern review on my blog, delfinelise. I´ve enjoyed this venture into the 1940´s, and would love to make some more garments from this era! Until next time, happy sewing!


The Linné Skirt

by Sølvi on March 13, 2011 · 5 comments

in Vintage Sewing

Hello! Today I´m posting a skirt I made this week, it´s based on the swedish vintage pattern Vi-mönster 3324. Great pattern, very easy to make!

The linné skirt
It´s got pleats and a big and nice waistband. I love it, and I´m looking forward to be wearing this with sandals instead of wellies! :-) . It´s called the Linné skirt because it is inspired by the swedish botanist, and father of modern taxonomy, Carl von Linné aka carl Linnaeus.
The linné skirt/ MMMar`11: Day 12

Blogged here


Hello people, long time no see! Is this because I´ve stopped sewing all together? No, no. I am just a lazy photographer;-).

Well, here are one of my recent creations, it´s a pencil skirt cut in one whole piece (plus waistband, hence the title). This is a peculiar, and quite interesting way of drafting skirts, I must say!
VI Mönster
The skirt gets its shape through darts and pleats, and a back vent. I have been using this skirt a lot this winter, as it is both warm, comfy, and quite stylish, if you ask me!
VI Mönster
The pattern is Swedish, Vi Mönster 3324, and is probably from the late 50´s or early 60´s. I´m actually not sure. But the pattern comes with both a full skirt and a pencil skirt, a jacket and a hat! Cuteness.


Hello everyone!

Black wrap-around dress
I am currently working on a wrap-around dress from the 70s (don´t you just love the colors and the accessorizing of the original design drawing?). I have finished everything, but I find that the neckline is a tad too revealing for me to wear without a top underneath. I would love to wear this as an evening dress without feeling like I constantly have to pull and adjust the top to make it stay put. Do you know what I mean?
Black wrap-around dress
I am hoping that some of you talented ladies can help me with this? I have tried to add a button in the side seam, and a loop on the opposite side, but this adds too much tension on the side seam. I have also tried to place the button on the princess seam, but that doesn’t help at all.

I hope that my pictures and text gives you a proper understanding of my problem, if not please let me know, and I will try to explain it better! :-)

So, my faith is in you wonderful seamstresses, do you have any suggestions on what to do?