Lauriana

I found this lovely image in one of my vintage magazines. You could order this pattern from them. Back in the summer of 1956.

I immediately wanted to make this dress, so I just had to draft my own. I wrote a separate blog post about how to make a skirt like this, in case you are interested.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have any fabric with bold black-and-white stripes so I used a very fine stripe from my stash. It’s less dramatic but it works.

I’m happy with the dress but I think I will really have to wear this one with a fluffy petticoat (I usually don’t, but this dress just doesn’t look right without it).

More story and more pictures on my blog.

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Jeans!

by Lauriana on May 8, 2014 · 4 comments

in 1940s,Pants / Trousers

I’ve always liked the 1940′s style trousers I saw on other blogs… Now, I’ve drafted and sewn a pair for myself. With a sailor front.

High waistline, fairly loose fit at the hip, straight wide legs. I made these in fairly thin and drapey dark blue denim and used golden yellow topstitching thread for the flat felled seams. And because of the wide shape, I could flat fell all the leg seams.

These jeans are really comfortable and I quite like the look with a top tucked in. Now, I just need to make some more blouses…

More pictures and the full story at my blog

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I’ve made a new 1950′s style dress. It’s a shirtdress with a slim skirt which has pleats which form pockets at the tops.

More pictures and the whole story are on my blog

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A new robe

by Lauriana on April 7, 2014 · 2 comments

in 1940s,1950s

This robe was made using a pattern I drafted myself. However, I still think it has a place here because a shape like this, ankle length and flared, is something I see all the time in ladies’ ¬†and sewing magazines from the late 1940′s and 1950′s. And those can have any kind of sleeve, set-in, kimono or raglan, like mine.

My robe has wide, deeply set raglan sleeves which are gathered into long jersey cuffs. The robe itself is made from a fairly thin cotton toweling fabric with matching jersey for the facing, cuffs and belt.

It has pockets, patch pockets which were sewn from the inside so there is no visible topstitching (I made a tutorial for those.

For more pictures and the full story, go to my blog.

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