1950s | Buttons | Lingerie

Vintage Pajama Party!

By on May 6, 2013

As a three-time cancer survivor, my mom has had more than her share of challenges.  This year, I’m especially happy to give her a pair of hand-made pajamas – her favorite garment – for Mothers’ Day.  Since she grew up in the 1950’s, this terrific vintage pattern was the perfect find:

1950's Pajama Pattern - Simplicity 1325

I chose View 3, with shorts, because she lives in the South.  Instead of the two hip pockets though, I did just the single upper pocket from View 1.  Here’s the result:

Pajama top

The fabric is a crisp cotton in yellow (her favorite color) with ribbons and pale pink roses.  I trimmed the sleeves and pocket with lace.  I love the boxy shape of the top.  The bottoms have a cute front pleat, which truly gives them 1950’s flair!

Pleat detail on pajama shorts


Pajama shorts

I accomplished a few sewing ‘firsts’ with this project:  first collar, first set-in sleeves and first project finished with my new machine ( a Husqvarna Emerald 116, which I’m absolutely loving!).  This machine makes near-perfect button holes, automatically:

Woohoo, a buttonhole!

And here is perhaps my favorite detail, the pink vintage buttons:

Pretty buttons

Altogether, a fun and worthy project.  I know my mom will love them!  And I’m looking forward to making a few more pair, for summer and winter.

Has anyone else made vintage pajamas or lingerie?  I’d love to hear your advice.  Thanks for reading!

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1950s | 1960s | Dresses

Vintage Dress for Wedding Guest? Need Your Advice

By on April 5, 2013

This August, I’ll be attending a family wedding ‘down the shore.’  (That’s at the beach, in Jersey-speak).  So, the conditions for dancing will be hot and muggy.  I’d love to sew a dress from my vintage pattern stash, picture below.

Vintage Dress Pattern Stash

Please share your thoughts.  Which dress would work best for a family wedding?  Originally, I planned to do the Spadea dress (lower right) in silvery blue silk shantung with an white organza collar.  But the pattern is unprinted, and really beyond my skill set.  The Advance 2836 two-piece (lower left) is my favorite, but it might not be best for dancing.  That leads me to the Advance 9781 (bottom center).  I’ve not sewn a full skirted dress like this.  How difficult would it be?  Would it need a petticoat?  What fabric would you suggest?  Appreciate any advice or suggestions that this group can share.  Thanks!

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