1940s | 1970s | Pants / Trousers

Simplicity 3688 Trousers

By on July 6, 2012

After listening to the blog world flip out over this trouser pattern, I finally jumped on the bandwagon & made some for myself. You guys – they are TOTALLY deserving of all the fuss! Such a great, simple trouser pattern, with a nearly perfect fit out of the envelope. Consider me in love 🙂

Simplicity 3688; McCall's 4488
Mine are made with a very lightweight denim chambray – probably a bit *too* lightweight, as all the wrinkles show (and then some that don’t even exist in real life, ahaha) & they sort of look like pajamas. But they are classy pajamas… right? It’s 100* here right now, cut me a break 🙂

Simplicity 3688; McCall's 4488
The only alteration I made was to extend the back crotch about 1/2″ to make some extra room for my butt, and taper in the waistline to fit my waist. I don’t understand why the smallest size offered is a 10, by the way. Where is the 4-8?

Simplicity 3688; McCall's 4488
I also made the crop top – it’s McCall’s 4488 from 1975. It’s a little scandalous for every day wear, but totally works with the super high waist of these trousers 🙂

Thanks for looking! As always, there is more info/pictures on my blog, LLADYBIRD.

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1980s | Pants / Trousers

Simplicity 5110 – Khaki Shorts

By on April 12, 2012

I’ve actually made these before (Here’s the We Sew Retro link!), but I wanted them in a nice neutral khaki fabric. No changes to the pattern other than what I previously did for the red ones. This sewed up pretty quick! And I love my new shorts, so yay 😀

Khaki Shorts & Green Striped Renfrew
Psst – I also made the stripey shirt, it’s a Renfrew!

Khaki Shorts & Green Striped Renfrew
The pockets have polka dots 🙂

Khaki Shorts
I know, I need to push the hooks over closer to the edge so the waistband doesn’t flip open like that.

More info & pictures on my blog, LLADYBIRD 🙂

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1960s | Dresses

Floral Minidress – McCall’s 2185

By on April 5, 2012

Here’s another dress to add to my closet – a cute little minidress, in a pretty watercolor floral 🙂

Floral Minidress

I used McCall’s 2185 from 1969, in the shorter length, and pulled another 1/2″ or so off the waist seams for a more fitted look. The hips, on the other hand, had to be let out to the smallest 1/4″ seam (and they are still a little tight – definitely not A-line! Ugh!). I originally planned on making the matching fabric belt buuut I got frustrated & ripped a hole in my fabric… fake leather turquoise belt will do 🙂 Hehe!

Floral Minidress
The fabric was given to me by a friend’s grandmother, so it may very well be vintage too! It is very sheer, so it is underlined with white batiste.

Floral Minidress

Floral Minidress

I’m not 100% thrilled with it buuut it is a nice little dress that will be cool in the summer so I can’t complain!

More pictures & info at my blog, LLADYBIRD.

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1950s | Dresses

1950s Shirtwaist Dress

By on April 2, 2012

shirtdress

The fabric for this dress is pretty hit-or-miss – both my mom & boyfriend HATE it, but I think it’s kinda cute! What do you think? 🙂

The pattern is Simplicity 2458, a sweet little shirtwaist dress with sleeve & skirt options. I went with view 2, although I significantly shortened the sleeves & the skirt (the original hem came down to my ankles. Ew!). The only fitting adjustment I made was to add about 1/2″ to the side seams below the bust dart – everything else fit beautifully straight out of the envelope!

Shirtwaist Dress

Shirtwaist Dress
I need to change the buttons out because I think the white ones cheapen the look. Buttons are so expensive, though!

Shirtwaist Dress - with petticoat
Here is the dress with a petticoat. How very Betty Draper of me 🙂

Shirtwaist Dress - no belt

As always, lots more pictures & info at my blog, LLADYBIRD.

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1950s | Shirts

Embroidered Silk Top

By on March 22, 2012

Silk Shell Top

I made this top out of a long silk skirt I picked up at the thrift store for $2. The pattern is Simplicity 4400 from 1958, and the embroidery is from the fantastic Flickr group Hoop Love Vintage Transfers.

The top was a little billowy for my tastes, so I added vertical waist darts to give some shape 🙂

Silk Shell Top

Silk Shell Top
It looks good tucked in, too!

Silk Shell Top - embroidery
The embroidery is very simple – split stitch on the rose, back stitch on the leaves/stems.

As always, more pictures/info on my blog, LLADYBIRD.

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Vintage Sewing

Daisy Sundress

By on March 20, 2012

Happy first day of spring, y’all!

Here’s my contribution – a daisy print sundress, made using Simplicity 8345 (can we consider 1996 “retro” yet? ACK I remember wearing this stuff the first time ’round… and I’m young!)

Daisy Sundress

It’s a very simple dress – princess seams, scalloped neckline, flared skirt. Right up my alley!

Daisy Sundress

Daisy Sundress
I just love that the scallops go all the way around the back 😀

The best part? This is a bedsheet! Cheeyeaaah!

Daisy Sundress

More info/pictures at my blog, LLADYBIRD.

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1970s | Dresses

Cheetah Mock Wrap Dress

By on March 13, 2012

When I was putting together my Spring/Summer plan involving this dress, I mistakenly referred to it as the Leopard Wrap Dress. Except it’s cheetah print, and the dress is a mock wrap! MY BAD.

Cheetah Wrap Dress
Whatever, I like it anyway 🙂

I used Simplicity 6268, which I believe is from the 70s (don’t have the envelope in front of me and I can’t find a copy online, so if anyone knows the exact date, please let me know!). The fabric is some class of poly – very drapey and does not wrinkle at all! It was given to me by my best friend’s grandmother after she cleaned out her sewing room – for all I know, it may be vintage as well 🙂

Cheetah Wrap Dress
I did not make any adjustments – the bust had enough ease so it fit fine. I did change the way the ties go on – instead of sewing 2 at the sides to tie in the back, I sewed them together to make one long tie and did not attach it to the dress. I think tying it in the front makes it look more like a wrap dress, plus, I can wear it with other belts if I feel so inclined 🙂

Cheetah Wrap Dress
Proof it’s not a wrap dress – there’s a zipper!

Cheetah Wrap Dress
I am really happy with how this dress turned out – really comfortable and fun to wear, and the pattern was super fast to make up! I think it’ll be a great transitional piece for upcoming seasons 🙂

As always, more info & pictures at my blog, lladybird.

Thanks for looking!

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