Edelweiss Patterns

Hi, Ladies!

Hope your spring has been filled with lovely sewing projects!  I am excited to share photos of two vintage dresses I sewed, both made from out-of-print vintage designs.  I’ll share the 1950s dress first, which I just recently had photographed at the beach.

This one was made from an original 1956 Vogue design that I purchased at a hefty price a few years back, and it has some very unique details for a 1950s dress.  There are diagonal tucks/darts in the upper bodice, and the pattern actually calls for a ribbon bow to stream down the front of the dress.   It also features a square neckline and working buttons down the front, although the main opening comes by way of a side zipper.

Believe it or not, I was actually wearing my largest crinoline petticoat underneath, but the strong winds at the beach (and the fact that this was a heavier twill fabric) made the skirt kind of “flop” instead of standing out.  Oh well! ;)

There are LOTS more pictures and a full pattern review of the design I used on this blog post.   Old Vogue patterns are really the best!

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Then there’s this dainty spring frock that I sewed using a Hollywood Pattern – my favorite vintage pattern brand hands down!

I wore this dress for Easter, and while the lighting doesn’t show quite how pink this voile fabric really is, at least you can tell in the photo below.

This pattern was a breeze to use, but I really love the flattering cut shown on the cover!  A peasant style bodice, gathered skirt, and fitted, curved waistband panel make it so feminine.  The fabric is a cotton voile, lined with blush pink China silk lining.  It closes with a side zipper and is rather fitted, but I’ll definitely be using this pattern again.  You can see MANY more pictures and my pattern review on my blog post about it.

Happy sewing!

Katrina @ Edelweiss Patterns

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Hello, Ladies!

It seems so long since I’ve posted here!  I temporarily switched gears from vintage attire to historical costuming when I had to sew half a dozen costumes to wear to the Jane Austen Festival last fall.  (I have tons of Elizabeth Bennet pictures on the blog!)  But once I returned from my costuming trip to England I was able to jump back onto the vintage bandwagon, so to speak, and this is the first dress I sewed after I came back.

I LOVE Hollywood Patterns, and this one from my collection just begged to be made into a burgundy dress.  I used a crepe or faille material, and decorated the bodice with chocolate brown ribbon bows.  The pattern was super easy to work with, though it *is* a big fitted even for my liking.

The pattern is quite versatile with either straight or puffed sleeves, and a floor length or below the knee skirt.  I LOVE the flattering fit, and you just can’t go wrong with a sweetheart neckline and a wide cummerbund inset.

There are many more pictures and a full pattern review on my blog, for those who wish to read more.

Hope you all are having a wonderful winter, and happy sewing!

Katrina @ Edelweiss Patterns

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Hello, Ladies!

I love making dresses for all times of the year, but there’s nothing quite as marvelous as sewing a dress for summer.  Summer seems to have been made for sundresses and picnics, and when you can sew your own dresses the possibilities are really endless as to what styles of summer frocks you can wear!

I was looking down, not blinking in this photo. :)

This number was made from a vintage Butterick design which is quite rare – at the moment I can’t find even one copy of it for sale online!  The style is so cute with the circular skirt and bodice tucks, Peter Pan collar and curved empire waist seam.

Eyelet seemed the logical fabric to use, so I chose ivory as it can be accessorized with so many summery colors.  The dress closes with a side zipper, and there are functioning buttons from the neck down to the empire waist seam.

To see lots more pictures, you can visit my blog post about this frock. :)

Happy sewing!

Katrina ~ Edelweiss Patterns

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Hello, Ladies!

My sewing adventures have recently taken me to Washington, D.C. where I studied (amongst other things) the First Ladies’ gown collection and other gorgeous costume exhibits.  But my favorite part of the whole trip, was dressing up like Jackie!  There is nothing I love better than sewing a reproduction of a famous outfit, so as soon as I found out I would be visiting our nation’s capitol I immediately knew I had to recreate a First Lady’s outfit.

Since most famous gowns were much too large to transport in a regular suitcase, I decided on a 1960s suit which was worn by Mrs. Kennedy on a number of occasions, most famously on the day of her husband’s assasination.  It is the most famous outfit ever worn by a President’s wife, and there’s quite a lot of information online about its origins.

Well, as you’ve probably guessed, I was able to get pictures taken at the actual White House itself!  Squeal!!  I was absolutely elated to visit it right at the last minute!  You can read the whole story on my blog, along with lots more pictures.  The hat was so easy to whip up, and it didn’t even take a pattern to create.

Auf wiedersehen!

Katrina @ Edelweiss Patterns

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