Handmade Jane

A few months ago I was given this beautiful vintage dress by my mother-in-law.  She bought it several years ago, but having only ever wore it once, decided she’d like to pass it onto me! I’d  love to be able to give her a little more information on what period the dress hails from, and date [...]


Good afternoon.  Just wanted to stop by and show off my new blouse made from a pair of vintage curtains.  I bought the curtains from Portobello Road Market in London, along with the vintage buttons which are a perfect match.  The pattern is a modern one (Megan Nielsen’s Banksia blouse) but definitely has a vintage [...]


I’m so pleased to have finished my 1950′s dress for Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men Challenge. The pattern is vintage McCall’s 3779 from 1956 – a fitted wiggle shirt dress with kimono sleeves. Here’s the original inspiration picture of Joan that I got the idea from. I took quite a lot off the length and made [...]


This is the second time I’ve made up this pattern – Advance 7701 from the 1950′s.  It was the first vintage pattern I bought, and the first one I sewed, so it was great to come back to it. I used a wool mix fabric which has a fair bit of stretch – this came [...]


  This is my version of McCall 6245, a button back blouse from the early 1950′s.  It’s called the Roobeedoo Top because fellow blogger Roobeedoo very generously let me borrow the pattern when I couldn’t get hold of it.  I used a modern Liberty print fabric with a mid-century geometric pattern. It was very straight [...]


Good afternoon!  I’m Jane and I blog at Handmade Jane.  I just wanted to share with you my very first jacket . I made the jacket using a pattern and instructions from the Built by Wendy Coats and Jackets book, but added my own collar to give it an early sixties look.  The grey wool [...]