1930s | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

1930’s birdie skirt

By on December 31, 2012

I decided upon a 1930’s style skirt (inspired of Sew Vera Venus post of many P’s). I started using the pencil skirt pattern I used last time from Gertie’s new book for better sewing but modified it slightly.

So I changed the front pattern peice so it was cut not on the fold & added seam allowance.

You can see my original alterations adding ease to the hips etc. I did cut a few millimeters more as I wanted room to dance.

The red line is how high the godets were originally going to be, but I decided to change them once I pin fitted the fabric.

I used to be afraid of putting in godets now I’ve found out how easy they are I’m not anymore. Only issue I have is hemming and getting the godet the right ‘level’.

So I just hung up the skirt and trimmed the excess of the godets.

Pretty pleased how it turned out. Although only thing is the fabric shows every little wrinkle.

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1930s | 1940s

Schaperelli inspired hat – a preview

By on December 28, 2012

So this hat pattern was suggested to me when asking for a retro hat that I could sew without buckram or wire involved. I was a little sceptical as to how it made a ‘hat’ so I did a mock up. (I’m making the real thing for a sew along but this is a little preview). I used a scrap of unknown material, might be denim, might be cotton.

The instructions were simple enough. I did add a little to the 10~” hight to give me more to play with…

I realise now its supposed to be shorter to make a base. Which you then add things to and trim. I’ll probably make the real one in felt or a silk with a lining.

Looks like little cat ears from the front. lol!

I added a ‘bow’ pin. In real life I’d probably pin with a decorative hat pin or a broach.

What do you think?

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Pants / Trousers

Some ‘Swing’ Shorts

By on December 18, 2012

I know its a bit early in the year for shorts. Seems odd to be sewing them while its -6 outside but I shall explain.

I bought Eliza M’s Swing, Hop Pants pattern and as I had limited material I couldn’t make two ‘full length’ pairs and needed to do a test run through. So brainwave….I’ll just make shorts.


Made facing from some spare material I had left over from another project. I also used up my only zip the right length so will have to buy another one before I can start on trousers proper. I found the project came together very quickly. Even hand sewing and pressing properly at each stage it only took me a weekend and one day.

The most time was spent on deciding on what length to make the shorts. Ended up looking a bit famous five-ish with the longer length. For more pics and detail go to my blog.

Sorry about the rubbish photo’s hope to get decent pics when the weather warms up. lol!

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1970s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

1970’s Psychedelic Dress

By on December 12, 2012

So thanks to all those who made suggestions on my previous post. About what to do with the vintage fabric.

I decided to go for simplicity lisette pattern 2059. now in the past with lisette patterns I’ve found them to be on the narrow side. So was a bit wary and made sure to add extra round the hips. It was a very simple pattern. I was going to ‘complicate it and add sleeves but decided not to in the end and just bias bound the neck and armholes.

It was a very quick pattern to sew with essential just two pattern pieces.  The neckline both back and front I had to improvise some adjustments. The gathers became pleats for example.

I also changed from the lose ‘tie belt’ to one that just tied at the front, as otherwise I looked like a sack of potatoes. And added a little tag.

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1960s | 1970s | Vintage Sewing

Vintage Fabric Advice – what to make?

By on November 27, 2012

 

I have been given the fabric above. Believe its 60s or 70s (thanks Mrs Bee for that identification).

Now it looks like I have about 2 metres and a bit but it seems quite narrow (I’ll measure it properly tonight).

I’d like to make something from the era it came from to wear. Can anyone suggest what I could do. A skirt or a short shift dress sprung to mind. But would something like a blouse or a waistcoat work? Its not lightweight and I have no idea of the fabric content. But it drapes ok. I wonder if its a blend?

Any advice or suggestions appreciated.

Late addition: Measured it its 35inches wide but I have about 3 metres of it. So maybe enough for a dress?

 

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1950s

The Pencil Skirt – from Gerties book

By on October 30, 2012

So I bought Gerties book for better sewing and have been reading it cover to cover. I decided to start at the begining and go for the first pattern. The pencil skirt.

Yes, I am finally going to start the tartan pencil skirt. There were various colours to choose from but I went for blue. My hat is blue, my coat is blue…so why not my skirt. I chose the (60″ wide) tartan and then some poly silk haboutai for the interlining.

I cut the skirt out to find I had enough fabric to make 2 skirts if I wanted. lol! Well -I thought- handy if I make a mistake.
I cut generously so I could adjust the fit while wearing it to allow more ease. I added about 1cm to each seam…and it was quite comfy to sit down in. Started sewing it up. If I was using a machine it would have been very quick but as I hand sew everything it took longer. Especially as I wanted to do it properly so used the hong kong seam finish from the book. Cut bias strips from the silky blue fabric to encase the fraying material. As I decided instead of lining the skirt I would wear a slip. I of course hand sewed the zip. Was supposed to be ‘invisible’ but as always it doesn’t stay in place and gapes and shows the teeth of the zip however close I sew.

I used a hook and eye I took of an old jacket instead of a button as I suspected trying to do a buttonhole in the tartan material would be a nightmare with fraying.

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1940s | Hats

Make do & Mend Hat

By on October 20, 2012

So this is a project i’ve been thinking about doing for a while but with onset of cold weather thought it was about time I took the plunge and made myself a hat…well upcycle.

Started with a cheap bog standard hat I got in a sale for £3.

And using the instructions from a make do and mend newsreel fromt he 40’s and a little bit of guessing I cut off the brim and re sewed it to give a ‘nifty’ sporty look hat.

I even added ribbon.

and feathers as decorations.

All I need now is a way of making sure it is secure a hair comb or hat pin and I’m done.

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