Vintage Sewing

Vintage 50s Butterick 7308

By on April 12, 2012

A “Quick and Easy” 1950s summer frock which turned out to be truly quick and easy!
It only took me 2 days to cut out and sew this up–just in time for church on Easter morning.

Description: “You’ll live in this dress from breakfast to bedtime… love its becoming ways. Easy cropped sleeves cut in one with the bodice, a square cut necklinle with a contrast shutter collar, an expansively gored skirt” (from the pattern envelope)
Did it look like the illustration? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, but I did change things around a bit.
What did I like/dislike? Great pattern–easy to fit and to sew. Nice vintage look without using yards and yards of fabric!
Fabrics used: Slightly sheer cotton lawn from my stash; fine white cotton for collar; white cotton muslin for the underlining
Pattern alterations: I underlined the fashion fabric, since the print was somewhat sheer and ravelled badly!
I also changed the zipper from the side to the back, and put in an invisible zipper. This was a great change, even though it was necessary because I found the fabric had faded along some of the fold lines.
I didn’t make a belt.
Would I sew this again? Yes, I am planning on sewing it again without the collar. Maybe I’ll even change the neckline a little bit.
Conclusion: A great pattern!

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1950s | Coats

Retro Butterick Coat 4928

By on January 14, 2012

Hello to all!

I’ve read SEW RETRO for several years now.  This blog has encouraged me (finally!) to start sewing vintage and vintage-style clothing.  I think vintage outfits are so much more stylish than the fashions of today, and I especially love vintage dresses. 

I also enjoy decorating my home (in a rather eclectic traditional and vintage-y style).  I’m also an (ahem–older) student at Dallas Theological Seminary, returning to school after raising  our boys.

I am please to share a recent, and much needed, creation—a red wool swing coat.

This pattern is now OOP, but has been hanging around in my sewing room for several years, begging to be sewn. 

Sizing: It comes in extra-small, small, medium and large.  This pattern seems to run large (I made an extra-small).

Did it look like the illustration? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Pretty much, except for the lining instructions, which I just couldn’t fathom!

Alterations?  None              Fabric Used: Light weight red wool

Would I sew it again? Recommend it? I won’t sew it again for a while (it’s fairly distinctive) and would recommend it.  Just watch out and make sure the lining is cut long enough (again–probably my fault!).  See my blog for more details! (Here and here)

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