Handmade Jane

  This is a raincoat I made using a vintage Simplicity pattern (5928) from 1973. The pattern isn’t specifically for a raincoat – it’s for a tailored coat – but I liked the shape so much I adapted it for my purposes. The coat has some lovely features such as princess seams and in-seam pockets, [...]

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This is the second garment I’ve made using Butterick B5895 – one of the vintage styled Patterns by Gertie range. I’d previously made a pair of stretch denim Capris from the pattern and planned on making a gingham tie front blouse to match. Then I saw Bea’s beautiful combo on WeSewRetro and my mind was made up! [...]

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This is yet another version of Simplicity 4238 – a sleeveless blouse pattern from the 1950′s. I made it after seeing this recent picture of Betty Draper and deciding I wanted one exactly the same! As well as an almost identical vintage pattern, I also had the perfect fabric in my stash – a metre [...]

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I made my first version of this 1950′s sleeveless top almost exactly two years ago and even though it’s far from perfect I love it to death – it’s one of my most worn handmade items. So when I was wondering what to do with a remnant  of navy stretch polka dot fabric, I knew exactly how [...]

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This is my finished Sew for Victory dress which I’m SSOO pleased with! The pattern I used was Du Barry 5384 from 1942, which was an absolute pleasure to sew. For fabric I used a charcoal grey lawn-like polka dot and underlined the whole dress with white silk cotton. The only changes I made were [...]

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This is my version of vintage Butterick 9206 – a tie or bow-necked blouse pattern from the 1950′s. I used a very drapey fabric with a tiny gingham print and it was pretty easy to sew after I’d graded it down a size. It’s turned out a little less obviously vintage looking than I was hoping [...]

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This is the Ruby dress, made from a fitted wiggle dress pattern from Eliza M’s Vintage Style Patterns. As the name suggests, the patterns all take their influences from vintage designs and, like vintage patterns, you choose them according to your size rather than having one multi-sized pattern. I used a polka dot stretch cotton, which [...]

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This neat little skirt is made using Simplicity 3983 from 1952 and is a quick, easy make, having only one seam up the back! I made mine in red polka dot corduroy and shortened it by a massive eight inches to give it a more modern look. The polka dots are quite subtle though and [...]

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I finally got round to making a blouse from this darling Style Print pattern which I picked up over a year ago. The difficult part of the project wasn’t sewing it up, it was deciding which option to go for.  In the end, I went for View B: a buttoned front, short sleeves and lovely [...]

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This dress isn’t made from a vintage pattern or vintage fabric, but it is very much inspired by two vintage dresses which I thought might interest some of you.  The two dresses were both worn by Marilyn Monroe and are just gorgeous! A cherry print one from The Misfits….  …and a tight, halter neck dress [...]

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