made with hugs and kisses

Ok, ok, so I don’t think I could really pull off being a pin up girl

…but I do have a dress COVERED in them, which just HAS to be the next best thing!

pin up girl vintage dress at made with hugs and kisses

I created this 50′s inspired dress as part of the Sew Dolly Clackett Sewlong that has gotten the sewing community in a frenzy – everyone seems to be involved, which is fantastic!

Now I have been known to dabble with bedding as a source of material, and I couldn’t let this duvet set go. The back was a simple polka dot and the front was layered with these pin up beauties:

pin up dress fabric

I used the bodice from New Look pattern 6776, view D, and added a simple gathered rectangle skirt. This wasn’t on the list of Rosin approved patterns, but I think it should be. Anyway, I felt myself drawn to this one and at the end of the day, the fabric is the one in charge and I find that it tells me what to do.

My pin-up girls chose this pattern and I had to oblige!

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I think that the line drawing highlights the potential of this pattern much more than the pattern cover.

I would have loved to add a circle skirt but this would have had a negative impact on the pattern of the fabric, and I wanted to pattern match the ladies so they were continuous.  The rectangle skirt still works well with my big net underskirt – and that is what matters.

I really like the contrasting tie (also from bedding and a perfect colour match – I was very lucky with this creation!) but I can’t decide whether to tie it at the front or the back?!

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Here is me trying to do the statement pin-up leg flick, but failing horribly and almost falling over!

For more about this dress, including lots of pictures click HERE

Happy Vintage Sewing

Hannah from Made With Hugs and Kisses

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Let’s start by saying that I hope everyone has had a very merry Christmas and that Santa brought some lovely sewing goodies to my fellow crafty bloggers.

The time off from work has allowed me to get some long overdue sewing started and I didn’t want to waist another moment without sharing it ….

tartan dress at christmas

For this dress I used a vintage pattern from, I think, 1972. Simplicity 5347.

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I have had it in my pattern stash for a while but never got around to testing it until now. I didn’t even realise until I opened up the instructions to take a look that it is all written in a foreign language, so I had to go off the pictures alone and hope for the best. It was simple enough, although I chose to leave out the facings and just bind the edges of the bodice instead (lazy).

Shall I let you in on a little secret, I actually took these photographs yesterday, just before I took DOWN my Christmas decorations!

Ooops!

This is the first thing I have sewn in almost… 2 months I believe. Life and work have just been so crazy that I haven’t had chance to get near my sewing machine, so the minute school broke up for the Christmas holidays I started on this dress with the intention of wearing it on Christmas day. The only problem was I had just a couple of days until Christmas with a lot of family to visit, presents to buy and lots of cakes to make so, I didn’t actually get chance to finish this until Boxing Day!

Never mind, I think it is still a wearable dress even outside of the Christmas period. What do you think?

tartan dress christmas tree

In this picture you can just about see that the red stripes around the waist turn into straps that tie in a bow at the back. Just enough of a block colour to break up the tartan. I showed my mum this dress mid-construction. It was on my mannequin and the first thing she said was, ‘oh my that is a lot of tartan!’

I was worried it was going to be a bit in your face, too much tartan perhaps… but now that it is complete and I can try it on I am pleased with how it has turned out. Yes it is a tad on the loud side, but in this dreary, dismal weather a bit of colour is very welcome!

And how funny that I chose to call my post ‘never too much tartan’ when the majority of posts that have come before this one on We Sew Retro have all featured tartan. It just proves more than ever that you can NEVER have too much tartan!

I enjoyed sewing with this particular tartan so much that if you check out my blog you will see that I have featured it before.

Infact the combination of tartan and block red is identical to that of…..

christmas apron by made with hugs and kisses

My Traditional Christmas Apron!

I bought the fabric with the apron in mind but purchased waaaay too much of it. The only option was, of course, to make a dress. Don’t worry, I wont wear the dress and the apron at the same time… now that would look like I had an obsession with tartan!

I had a lot of fun working with these fabrics for my apron, which I think shows in the pictures. I wanted fabric that shouted CHRISTMAS, but at the same time had a classy, vintage feel to it. Tartan ticks all of those boxes I think. You can get the FREE PDF pattern for my apron via my blog.

Well that is all for me for now, in fact, looking at the date it is likely to be all from me until the new year!

Happy sewing everyone

H&K Signature

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I have always been open and honest about my obsession with sewing. You only have to take one glance at my life to see it is completely consumed by the hobby. As well as my blog, I have numerous sewing machines stashed away throughout my house  (and in my garage) and the largest bedroom in my house has been turned into a sewing room. Now this interest developed over a period of time. The more I attempted to sew garments, the better I became and the more obsessed I grew. A natural progression some might say.

What has taken me by surprise, however, was how quickly this developed into a secondary interest…. an interest in vintage sewing. I found it really enjoyable to search for, collect and try out vintage patterns, hunt down vintage machines, source vintage fabric and of course take inspiration from vintage fashions. Why we follow current fashions I will never know, because in my opinion people were so much more stylish 50+ years ago!

cloche hat and vintage dress by made with hugs and kisses

Lately I have been really trying to incorporate my love of vintage fashions into my every day wardrobe. I am so proud of myself as I am finding I have developed such an extensive handmade wardrobe that I am able to wear handmade for at least half the week, if not more (depending on how up to date with the washing I am!) And by attending vintage fairs and stores I have begun to pick up a few accessories that finish off the look perfectly. My latest favourite being hats! I never realised until recently, but I think In really suit them :D

cloche hat floral dress by made with hugs and kisses

So, what does all of this rambling have to do with my latest project? Well, this dress is based on a vintage pattern from the 1970′s that I borrowed from a friend. Luckily we are exactly the same size which made everything nice and easy.

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I already loved that it was vintage, but what was even better was that by using this particular material I think it looks even more retro… I can’t quite pinpoint which era it reminds me of… I want to say 20′s perhaps.

Anyway, this then gave me the idea of teaming it with one of my vintage cloche hats to see if it would finish of the look…. and it did!

When we took these pictures I felt like I had stepped right out of an old movie :D

hat with floral vintage dress by made with hugs and kisses

 

I do plan on making this dress again,but next time I might add an extra inch around the waist , and even though that pattern calls for bodice facings to be used, I felt that these proved to be more of a hindrance than a help, so I would instead go for a full bodice lining  instead. Overall though a successful creation and one I am sure I will get plenty of wear out of, especially if I team it with tights for the winter.

floral vintage with hat by made with hugs and kisses

Well, it certainly is nice to be able to share another project, I know it has been a little while since my last one. Turns out work is hard and tiring!

With it being half term this week I am hoping to get a lot of sewing and blogging done, and perhaps some refashions and pattern making too… it is going to be a busy, but very enjoyable week. I have lots in store so please feel free to pop on over to my blog :D

Happy sewing everyone

oXo

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p-p-p-p-p… I’m all a stutter now!

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I wasn’t originally going to post this creation on We Sew Retro… I wasn’t sure if it was retro enough, however after posting it on my blog and recieving so many wonderful comments stating how vintage-esque and pin-up the skirt looks I thought, why not! So here you have it, my pink piping pin-up pencil skirt :D

So this skirt is made using the Lucinda Skirt pattern from indie pattern designer Parnuuna from Be My Goth.

What is great about this particular pattern is that, although Parnnuna’s style is very alternative, hence the title of her blog,  which isn’t my particular style, there are so many opportunities and ways to adapt this particular pattern to make it your own. Simply through a change of fabric this skirt quickly goes from alternative to vintage – almost pin-up some would say!

Using this pattern introduced me to the use of piping. I had dabbled with it before but this was the first time when I made it from scratch myself , and now I am addicted to the stuff. And it is so easy to do, I am looking to get a tutorial together soon :D

There are two key features to this skirt. The first is the corset-style waist band. It is made up of several pieces and can be pieced together either using piping or without. The piping helps to emphasise the effect of the paneling.

The second feature this the adorable pleated pockets. Again I think the use of piping really adds to the cuteness of these pockets. The skirt works equally well both with and without the pockets, They are completely optional.

I chose to make my version in a grey suiting material with contrasting coral pink piping. Rather than line the skirt I used bias tape to seal the seams on the inside of the skirt and it looks really nifty (I forgot to take a photo, sorry)

I think that the Lucinda skirt made in a suiting material makes it perfect for work, don’t you think?!

It is such a versatile pattern that I know I am going to get a LOT of use out of.  I might even try a version without the pockets.

Check out my blog post for more information on this pattern HERE

I would love to get a second opinion on what types of fabric I could use to make this truly vintage looking?

What do you think? Any suggestions are welcomed.

Happy Sewing

oXo

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