1960s | Buttons | Dresses

New Look 6000

By on May 5, 2014

Hello everyone, today I have to show you New Look 6000. I know this is a widely loved pattern by vintage enthusiasts because it has a great vintage flair, and I couldn’t agree with them more! I actually was surprised to see that the finished product fit me perfectly, knowing my previous experience with modern patterns. I used a bright purple gabardine. I would highly recommend this pattern to vintage and modern sewers. My only dilemma with the pattern was the collar. It is not supposed to, but it curls into itself. Also, my button pulls on the fabric beneath it. I’m not sure, but that might be a button placement problem.

My gorgeous art nouveau inspired button

 Thanks for looking!

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1950s

Retro Butterick 5603

By on April 28, 2014

Hello everyone! Today I am going to share with you my second ever sewing project. It was a killer, considering the only other thing I had made at the time was an apron. I probably haven’t even made anything quite this difficult since! I am pretty proud of it and glad I persevered and finished it.  I used red and white weaved lightweight linen.

 

Thanks for looking!

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1960s | Pants / Trousers

Simplicity 6127

By on January 25, 2014

Hello there! I literally just finished these pants. It’s my first pair of pants! This is actually my second pair of them, I liked them so much! But truthfully, I got the fabric for two before I made either so I’m glad they worked out so well. I made no major alterations, only took in the inseam 2 cm all the way to the hem. I really like high waisted pants! I always felt guilty wearing my modern pants after always wearing vintage clothes. I feel like my wardrobe is becoming more complete!

 

They’re made out of houndstooth patterned corduroy. The pattern is from 1965. Next time I wear the other pair, I will take a picture of them!

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1950s | Dresses

Butterick 8321

By on January 23, 2014

 

Hi guys! I’m back. I have Butterick 8321 from the late 50’s. It’s wool, has a nice scarf bow I made, and a belt. It was really easy and I’m pretty proud of it. I went on a mad hunt for vintage buttons and even ordered some that were the wrong size, but ended up getting new ones instead. Oh well, I’ll have to do vintage buttons next time!

 

 

 

 

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1950s | Blouses | Jumbo Ric Rac

Simplicity 3777

By on December 17, 2013

Sorry, but I can’t magically write sewing puns as well as you all do. As promised, though, I finished my Simplicity 3777 blouse! I started this a while ago and used my first muslin, put it aside for a long time because I had to make bound buttonholes, and now that I’m running into them everywhere decided to give it a go. My practice buttonhole was perfect, and when I went to do my blouse, it looked so good but I forgot to do the buttonholes. By that time, I had already sewn closed the facing. So my buttonholes aren’t perfect.

This was once again very big, and I thought that when I did the muslin it would be ok, but it turned out still pretty big. It actually fit me much differently than I was used to: the waist was supposed to be too big according to the measurements, but it was perfect and the bust and above the waist were large.

I also did my first covered buttons, and they turned out very nicely.

I made this to go with a mustard colored skirt I made, but that doesn’t fit me right now.

Let me know what you think!

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1950s | Dresses | Introduction

Introduction and Retro Butterick 6307

By on December 15, 2013

Hello, everybody! I am new here and have been really wanting to join earlier but never took photographs of my pieces. This dress is Retro Butterick 6307 that I think is out of print now. I made it a while ago, and it was my first set-in sleeve. I used regular medium weight cotton. Everything was pretty easy, and of course I had to take it in a bit. I would definitely reccomend this to anyone. I have under it a crinoline I also made using  Edelweiss’s crinoline tutorial here: http://www.edelweisspatterns.com/blog/?p=850 (sorry, I have not yet figured out how to make a regular link!). It was really easy despite my mistakes and the crinoline fabric getting jammed in my machine all the time.

I apologize for the bad pictures, I don’t know how to get good ones yet.

 

I am currently working on a peplum shirt from 1951, and will be done with it shortly in order to post it here! Thanks for looking!

 

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