This is my first make from Gertie’s New Book For Better Sewing, which I bought as soon as it was out but had yet to make anything from. I used a red cotton with a woven check pattern. For anyone considering making this but worried about fabric quantities, I got this out of 2.1m of [...]


Another Sew For Victory project here! For mine I made something I always seem to be in dire need of: trousers. I used the ever popular Simplicity 3688 repro pattern, which I’ve made once before, but with a twist. I used the bodice of a dress pattern to draft a bib pattern to make them [...]


Today I have images from Votre Mode magazine, dated 10th may 1956 over on my blog. Enjoy!   Votre Mode, 10th May 1956

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Pages from my latest purchase, two books of drafting from the Haslam System, dating from the late 40s. One contains draftings for lingerie, blouses and skirts, and some maternity wear:   The second book is for Spring and Summer designs; lots of dresses with some coats and suits. Lots more including some drafting diagrams for [...]


This is the coat I have made for my daughter in time for the colder weather. It is made from Butterick 9955, a late 50s/ early 60s pattern, and a thick wool blend tartan fabric. I gave her free choice for the lining, and this is what she went with, a cotton print with flowers [...]


Two pieces I recently finished up. The blouse is from a late ’50s “The People” mail order pattern. I love this style of yoke and had been after a pattern like this for some time: this one has the bonus of coming with a basic 3/4 sleeve button-down blouse too. The fabric is hacked from [...]


As promised, lots of pages from another edition of Modes et Travaux, this time filled with summer dresses and beach wear over on my blog. Modes et Travaux, June 1953


I just posted pages from the August 1952 edition of French magazine Modes et Travaux over on my blog, with another issue to follow in a few days. Come and take a look!   Modes et Travaux, August 1952


Yesterday I finished up this quick and easy pinafore for the little one. The pattern comes from a 1954 issue of Pins and Needles magazine, and I used a polycotton woven check fabric. The pattern uses a contrast fabric for the upper skirt and bib sections, but I chose to cut these on the bias [...]


I finally got round to making up my first 1950s shirt dress! I used a Butterick kimono sleeved blouse pattern for the bodice and drafted a 3/4 circle skirt pattern, cut in 4 gores, for the bottom. The fabric is a lovely grey cotton chambray that was only £1 a metre. For closure, I used [...]