The debut of my latest vintage sewing adventure!
The Decades of Style Kitchenette Pajamas!!!
I made them out of 100 % rayon, which is gloriously cozy but a bit irritating to work with. I ended up having to figure out how to do french seams on everything….which just takes practice. I am now really good at french seams…which is great because I appreciate the look and cleanness of them now. I did bias tape on all the other more detailed edges to keep it simple and polished looking.
I love the details of the pockets and the shapes of the seams. It’s a very easy pattern to figure out after re-reading the instructions many times and realizing that no…I was not missing a page. The instructions start you off finishing off all the details like pockets and the ties first, and then going into the garment construction…I thought I had missed a step…but once I got started it all came together.
These are super comfortable, and I can’t wait to make more, some capri length ones, and some really nice jersey ones, and probably even flannel ones! The sizing is very easy and accurate, and the only alteration I ended up doing was moving the tie that gets fed thru the crossover back piece a little further towards the side seam so I could get it cinched in enough for me. I think next time I will move the slit instead of the tie…the back will just sit a bit nicer. And they are way easier to get in and out of then I had originally assumed.
I love that I feel glamorous…lounging with a glass of vino…in my grown up onise…I mean kitchenette Pajamas!!
Eva Dress 1939 Evening Frock
I’m super excited to show off my very first dress! It was this fantastic pattern from Eva Dress. Its for me to wear at my brother’s wedding in April. And I’m super excited that it turned out! I always read lovely posts on here and I’m happy that I can finally contribute something!
The pattern was fairly easy to understand but I’m sure glad I made a muslin first. There was some techniques I wasn’t familiar with but thanks to youtube I got it all under control.
I made it from this great polyester satin that was pretty easy to work with. I modified the sleeves and turned them into scalloped tulip sleeves which made the dress way easier to move around in. And luckily because the shape of the sleeves were originally going to be scalloped it made the translation to tulip sleeves really easy! This dress has lots of lovely gathering in the top half and I got really good at it.
I love this dress! Its comfortable so it’s going to be easy to dance up a storm, and I feel super glamorous in it. The sizing was accurate and its a very flattering shape. I was worried I’d have to figure out alterations to make it fit me, but I didn’t have to do anything. When I made the muslin I decided I wanted to make the top a tad longer so that the waist ended up in the right spot. I ended up adding an inch to the bottom of the front top piece which made getting the gathers right way easier. There is an invisible side zipper which didn’t turn out perfectly but hey, it was my very first zipper. All in all I’m pretty pleased with the result…what do you think?
I also decided that I wanted to make myself a cute matching purse, so I made up this little drawstring one and I used a black satin to contrast it and tie in some accessories. Now I have a place for my camera and lipstick and compact!
I can’t wait until the weather gets better here in Vancouver (BC) and I can make this dress for summer in a nice printed cotton or rayon.
Thanks for reading about my vintage sewing adventure! I hope you enjoyed my shiny little post, I had so much fun making it and look forward to more!
I’m Heather and I’ve been reading this lovely page for a while…and well I’m just getting into some of my first vintage sewing adventures which I will post soon!
Currently I have a picture in my head of a pattern I saw a few months ago that I want to make, and sadly cannot find it anywhere. I do have a pic of it. So I’m hoping that someone will recognize so that I can start my search with a make, brand or pattern number. I would sincerely appreciate it!
If anyone out there knows this pattern I would love to hear back from you.
PS. Keep up the wonderful sewing and sharing of all things crafty and vintage.