1940s | 1950s | 1980s | Pants / Trousers

The Fourth of July Shorts

By on August 19, 2015

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I didn’t actually wear these on the Fourth of July. I did, however, cut them out that day. Also, high waisted shorts instantly feel vintage and a little forties/fifties-style patriotic to me! The pattern is actually from the eighties (thanks to my wonderful mom who saved all her old sewing patterns!), but I’m going to forgive it that mild transgression. ‘Cos these shorts are so darn cute, if I do say so myself.

The deets

Pattern: Simplicity 5499, copyright 1982

Fabric: 7/8 yd denim, maybe 1/2 yd of random lining fabric my little sister let me use

Size: 12 (26-1/2″ waist, which explains a lot about that waist)


The pattern sewed up a dream, with wonderful guidance through the alterations (though I perhaps need some work on figuring out how I need to alter trousers for my body). Altogether, keeping in mind these are my first pair of trousers, I’m pretty happy. ┬áThe short of it (pun unintended but duly appreciated!) is that I really love these shorts! More details and pictures on my blog here!

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1950s | 1960s

Not-a-Gum-Drop Skirt

By on August 24, 2014

Despite my fears about gathered skirts turning out shaped exactly like gum drops, I finally took on the most basic of basic skirts this summer. A friend got me this gorgeous fabric that just screamed to be made into a late 50s, early 60s border print skirt, and when fabric screams, I try to listen.

It turned out much better than my highest hopes! I now have a strangely practical bright purple skirt that really just feels lovely. It’s so beautifully simple, just a couple of self-drafted (if you can call it that) rectangles to the appropriate dimensions. There’s more info and pictures on my blog here, if you’re curious.

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back in black skirt

By on September 12, 2013

Over the summer, I made a black skirt from a 1970s pattern that at least at one time was my mother’s. So far it’s been a great basic for a college girl who likes to pretend she goes to school in an earlier time.

It’s very simple, just a four-gore A-line skirt. It’s so simple that I actually made the entire thing without the instructions, on account of the fact that the instruction sheet took a walk around the house. The only thing is that I messed up somehow and the skirt part wound up larger than the waistband so there’s two little pleats at the top that are my I’m-fixing-my-oops issue. I got rid of the patch pockets of the original skirt pattern and then considered adding in-seam pockets. I decided against because I was lazy and didn’t want to go through the trouble of trying to figure them out.

I have more info and pictures on my blog here!

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Mad Men Challenge: the little (mad) bird

By on April 23, 2013

This is my first time actually sewing a vintage pattern and my first time posting! I started this skirt in the summer before college started up, but I got sidetracked by my 1000-miles-away-from-home school. But I finally finished it, and lookee here, it fits Julia’s Mad Men Challenge!

I used a 1957 Simplicity pattern in some super-fine, vintage brown corduroy, and I’m really happy with how it came out. More info on my blog here.

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