1950s | Vintage Sewing

Modern/vintage glam for the office

By on April 30, 2014


I love the look of circle skirts with big poofy petticoats…but that’s not really practical for the office (I really wish it was)!! So I decided to create a modern-vintage skirt, adding lace to the bottom edge to fake the peekaboo glam of a petticoat.

This circle skirt took just one evening to put together!

I didn’t have an invisible zip so I decided to create a satin ribbon pull to make it a bit more cute.

So there it is, a bit of modern vintage glam for the office.
For more details on the construction and what tutorials I used, check out my blog post.

Love, Eliza Brown x

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Who says you can’t look glam in the kitchen?

By on March 24, 2014
Hi there everyone,
My friend at work is leaving for pastures new this week. I’m really sad she is leaving, she quite often keeps me sane! Because she is also a really creative person I wanted to make her a leaving present rather than buy something.
When I was about 5 years old my Nana bought me a cute little broderie anglaise apron. Nana wasa thrifty gal too and I’m certain she bought it at a jumble sale! I loved that little apron and wore it when we baked (well Nana baked, I just rolled a bit of pastry around until it turned black) and sometime just because I wanted to.
So inspiration hit! I will make my friend an apron so she can look vintage glam while pottering around the house.
I didn’t have a pattern so after a couple of hours soaking up vintage inspiration on Pinterest, I drafted my own.
And here are the results…
I think I will make more of these little aprons. They make great little vintage inspired gifts. You can see more pictures and info on my blog.
Hope you are having a great Monday folks.
Love, Eliza Brown x

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1950s | Vintage Sewing

Somewhere beyond the sea…

By on March 12, 2014

Hi there!

This is my very first post on this site as well as the very first dress I have put out there on the world wide web!

It’s very exciting!!

I love vintage and vintage inspired clothing, accessories…well everything really. I wanted to create a perfectly fitting vintage inspired dress pattern that I could use time and time again, changing the necklines and skirts for different looks.

So, I took this vintage pattern as a base…

I have searched the internet for more details on Reveille patterns but I can’t find anything. Does anyone out there know anything about them?

I spent many hours tweeking the bodice for the perfect fit (seem my blog for more details). But it was all worth it.

Here it is, the finished product…

Since my fabric features lighthouses and boats, I thought it would be a great idea to head down to the beach for photos.

Unfortunately, it was freezing cold and blowing a hooligan, hence the crazy hair and pained expression.

And a sneak peek at the inside of the dress. I love bias binding seams and hems. It makes it so tidy!

I’ve shortened the length of the dress for a slightly more modern silhouette so that I can wear it for work if I want to. I might make another one in a proper 1950s mid-calf length for the weekends 🙂

Thanks for reading, I hope to see you all again really soon!

Love, Eliza Brown x

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