Ginny

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 and butterflies. It clashes like crazy, but she loves it. I added a brushed cotton interlining, sewn as one layer with the lining fabric, for extra warmth.

 

I did bound buttonholes, and made the collar in cotton velvet. It also has a detachable hood, which buttons on below the collar, though I have yet to add the buttons. The hem is all hand sewn. First I finished the edge of the tartan layer in bias tape, which I slip stitched down. I then catch-stitched the lining hem onto the outer hem, between the layers.

More details of the construction can be found here and here.

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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 a dress I picked up in the sales that was far too short for my tastes as it was, with plain polycotton for the yokes.

The skirt is a self-drafted circle skirt, cut in four gores, with deep pockets added for practicality. Made of plain black cotton, and fastens at the back with a zip and a fancy button . A perfect wardrobe staple.

Close-up of fabric detail. Fruit!

 

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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

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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

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