1940s | Dresses

1949 was a Fashionable Year

By on February 18, 2012

Here is my latest vintage reproduction dress – this time the pattern came from The Vintage Pattern Lending Library.

I have been saving my red satin rayon specifically for this pattern, and I think they make a lovely pair.

The sleeves and the yoked skirt are my favorite parts of the dress.  This pattern is fabulous!

More pictures and construction information may be found over on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.

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1940s | Hats | Jackets | Skirts

Swing Suit

By on January 25, 2012

Vogue 2444 is one of my recent projects.  And although I was unsure about the silhouette to begin, I am converted!  I love the swing jacket, and the sleeves.  Pure glamour!  And best of all, I have nothing else like it in my closet.  I feel like I have expanded my wardrobe horizons.   Sometimes stepping out of one’s comfort zone can be a good thing!

While the suit was in its planning stages, I remembered this hat that I made years ago.  It has been seriously neglected and deserved a little time out of the hatbox.

As always, more pictures and construction information may be found over on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.

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1930s

Knits à la 1930

By on January 8, 2012

I have been knitting up a storm lately.  There is a lovely late 1940s suit cut out in my sewing room, but I just have not been motivated to get to it.  Instead, here are a couple of my recent vintage reproduction knits.

The first is “This One for Parties” from A Stitch in Time, Volume 1.  In my opinion, the name alone is reason enough to pull out the knitting needles!  I recently found the perfect skirt to wear with the sweater, so it finally came out of the bureau to play.

And this is my most recent knitting project, from A Stitch in Time, Volume 2.

And now I am going to head back to the couch with my tea and knitting needles!

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1940s | 1950s | Coats | Dresses | Skirts

I Heart Wool

By on December 16, 2011

I pulled out one of my favorite wool pencil skirts to wear this week, made using Simplicity 4047.  This skirt makes me want to sew up a bunch of blouses to match.

The wool is what was leftover from my construction of Butterick 5281.

I love when I can squeeze two projects out of one length of wool!  It makes me think I am getting away with something . . .

And I have finished my new wool coat!  While it is not vintage, per se, it definitely has that feel, so I thought I would share it with you.

As always, more pictures may be found over at Lilacs & Lace.

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1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Anyone missing a necktie?

By on November 29, 2011

Here is my most recent vintage reproduction sewing project.  I have so many patterns in the stash crying out for a little attention, but once I got my paws on this new one, I just couldn’t resist cutting into some fabric.  In my defense, the silk has been in living in a drawer for a few years, so those other patterns will just have to wait their turn!

And if I was not obsessed with finishing off every seam with my rayon seam binding, this dress would have been a super quick and easy project.

More pictures may be found over on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.

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1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

My obsession with vintage reproduction patterns continues

By on November 19, 2011

I love when the opportunity to dress up presents itself!

I attended the opera this past Wednesday evening, so I had to pull out this gown (made for a gala event in 2009).  The pattern is from Eva Dress, originally Vogue 6111 from 1947.

Now that winter weather is here, I am rediscovering all of my long-sleeved dresses.

This dress was made using a pattern purchased from the Vintage Pattern Lending Library.  And I cannot wait to make up another version – the peplum version is calling out to me!

As much as I adore the Vogue and Butterick reproductions, it feels good to support the smaller companies that provide these beauties.

More pictures may be found over at my blog Lilacs & Lace, here and here.

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