1970s

Vogue 2925- Fabiani Coat

By on February 7, 2012

I’ve been working on this coat for what seems like FOREVER! I finished up the muslin in 2011, started sewing at the beginning of the year and had it ready in 3 weeks… then my self-covered buttons broke (dumb cheap kit!) so I had to get someone to make them for me which took another week. But it’s finally ready for it’s unveiling!

Coat front

vogue 2925
Here is the pattern I used – it’s a ~Couturier~ pattern, ooh la la. I made view B, just the coat. Actually, I made the pants too, but that’s another blog post.

I made a LOT of fitting changes – mostly because the pattern was a size too big. Want the list? Here you go:
– Remove 1/4″ from top & bottom sleeve side seams
– Reduce sleeve head ease (appx 7/8″ at peak)
– Taper lapel 1/2″
– Shift button position
– Shorten back belt 3/4″ on each end
– Remove 5/8″ from center back seam
– Remove 3/4″ from side back seam
– Raise underarm seam 1″
– Reduce shoulder width 5/8″
– Shorten sleeves 1/2″

As far as the pattern instructions – it actually includes instructions on hand-tailoring, so I didn’t have to deviate much! I did set the sleeves in using Gertie’s method – it’s much easier and cleaner! – and the lining is tacked down with feather stitches instead of the suggested cross stitches. All seams were pressed open and catch-stitched down as well.

lining peek
Oh yeah, there is bright kiwi green lining 🙂

Tag :3
And a hand-embroidered tag!

Some progress/tailoring peeks:
yes

tailored inside of coat

bound button hole & covered button!

I’m very happy with my new coat – now if only it would actually get cold enough here in Tennessee to wear it 🙂

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

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vogue 2925 – denim trousers

By on December 9, 2011

i’ve been looking for a pair of trousers like this for a few months now, with no luck. after winning this pattern in a giveaway, i decided to just up & make my own 🙂

i used vogue 2925, making them up with denim instead of the suggested suiting fabrics. there is minimal top stitching – i didn’t want to make these actual jeans, more like sleek denim trousers. the seams are mock flat-felled and the waistband is faced with cotton. i made very few fitting changes to these – took about 1″ out of the crotch length, 2″ off the leg width, and eliminated the cuffs.

i still have some fitting adjustments to do with my next pair – there are smile wrinkles (ew) and they could benefit from a small full butt adjustment. next time, i would like to make these in denim with a tiny bit of stretch – the denim i used is very stiff and thick, and a little bit of “give” would be nice.

at any rate, i’m very pleased with my pants and i think i will get a lot of wear out of them! what do you think?

denim trousers

denim trousers

denim trousers - flat

you can see more pictures & info at my blog, lladybird.

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nautical-inspired: simplicity 3061

By on June 27, 2011

i’ve been hanging on to this pattern for about a year now, dying to make it up but a little apprehensive (bound buttonholes? eek!):
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i finally got up the nerve (& some lovely navy linen :3) to cut it out & sew it up. the bound buttonholes weren’t so bad – i ended up making 4 of them (two of the buttons are non-functional, but i couldn’t stand the idea of 2 buttons not having bound buttonholes behind them… i mean, wtf)!

the only other pattern changes i made was 1″ seam allowances at the shoulders & bodice side seams. i was originally planning on doing the sleeves, the contrasting removeable collar, and the self-covered belt… but i didn’t buy enough fabric for any of that. whoops! regardless, i like the way it looks & i’m fairly satisfied with the fit.

what do you think?

simplicity 3061
the red belt is just something i had in my closet. i need to find me a nice brown belt!

simplicity 3061

simplicity 3061

… and how i wore it to work today:
outfit

thanks so much for looking! more pictures/detail at my blog, lladybird!

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simplicity 5110: red high-waisted shorts

By on June 10, 2011

another piece of my summer wardrobe done! i have actually made this pattern (simplicity 5110) a couple times before, but was unhappy with the crotch fit. i finally figured out how to remedy that, and i couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome 🙂

other than the crotch adjustments, the only changes i made to the pattern was to double the width of the waistband & swap out the buttons for pants hooks & eyes. i love my new shorts, and i am super excited to have something to wear this sweet 60s embroidered crop top with 🙂

shorts

shorts

shorts front

lots more photos/construction info at my blog, lladybird.

thanks so much for looking! ♥

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white eyelet maxi dress

By on June 6, 2011

just finished this one over the weekend!

eyelet dress - patterns
i used two patterns to make this – the bodice from simplicity 9164 & the skirt from mccall’s 5648.
the bodice & midriff are underlined in unbleached muslin (for modesty… should have underlined the skirt, did not, no care, sorry mom :), the zipper is handpicked. i also shortened the bottom ruffle in half lengthwise because i ran out of fabric. all good now, though!

eyelet dress

eyelet dress - back

eyelet dress - bodice

eyelet dress

more pictures & construction details are at my blog, lladybird.
thanks for looking ♥

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an introduction… and finished project!

By on April 27, 2011

hi everyone! i’ve been lurking this blog for close to a year now but am just now getting around to making my first post! my name is lauren, i am 25 years old and i live in nashville, TN 🙂 i’ve been sewing for many years, although i can’t say i’ve delved much into the vintage pattern construction (although my giant collection of said vintage patterns would suggest otherwise!). i have, however, recently completed a dress using an unprinted pattern (my first!) and i wanted to share it with y’all 🙂

i used simplicity 2412; the fabric is a lovely gingham seersucker. i tried to keep this one as ~authentic as possible – i bound all the seams (with lipstick red vintage seam binding, of course!), used unbleached muslin to interface the bertha, and the zipper is a vintage metal zipper – inserted into the side, vintage-style, and hand-picked. hm now i just sound kind of crazy. anyway, pictures!

dress front

dress side
see the lapped zipper? it went in perfectly… except backwards. whoops! give me an E for effort anyway, guys 🙂

dress back

skirt!
the skirt is gigantic!

oh, i made my belt, too!
beltttt
i used tilly’s bow belt tutorial, except i cut mine on the bias & i used belt backing instead of interfacing. this belt might actually be my favorite part of the dress – i wear it all the time!

i have a lot more pictures, esp of the construction, but i don’t want to load down this post so please visit my blog,lladybird, if you feel so inclined!

thanks so much for looking! i look forward to being part of this community 🙂

xoxo

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