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A Passion For Polka Dots

By on July 7, 2013

I have developed a passion for polka dots and it is all down to this dress:

Do you ever have times where things just come together perfectly when sewing? When you haven’t done anything differently, but things just seem to… well…work!

Well I appear to be having one of those times in life where exactly this happens. All of my sewing projects lately have been turning out great and have proven extremely enjoyable! I am on a bit of a roll, which is a welcome change šŸ˜€

This wasn’t the case a couple of months back though. Back in March, for my birthday, I was treated to aĀ bunch of amazing patterns,Ā and yes I will hold up my hands and admit I haven’t got around to using even half of these yet šŸ™

Anyway, one of these was the Butterick Patterns by Gertie 5882 vintage style dress.

It is a very beautiful dress, and I was so excited to give it a try. The only problem was, it didn’t quite work out. I wish I had a photograph to show you but I think it would have been classed as indecent exposure. I don’t know how it happened but the bodice just wasn’t happening for me. I completely blame myself and will be giving the pattern another chance in the future, but as for my first attempt, well it was more kind both to myself and the dress to just call it a day!

However, have you seen how many panels make up that skirt section of the dress?!? It is stunning and I was desperate not to let it go to waste. I had no idea what I would do with it exactly, but kept it to one side for a rainy day when inspiration would hopefully hit.

Well, as it turns out inspiration came in the form of aĀ sewing swap all the way from AustraliaĀ when I wasĀ sent this amazing pattern, New Look 6143:

and straight away the polka dot dress on the front cover illustrations screamed out at me!

So this is what IĀ re-created!

I used the bodice from the New look pattern, and the skirtĀ from Gertie 5882 . Team this with my big net underskirt, and what do you get?

I will tell you what you get… you get the perfect vintage dress that is going to kick start an obsession with polka dots!!!!

Check out my self covered, matching buttons too, I am rather proud šŸ˜€

Turns out, it is also the perfect dress to attend a vintage fair in too… I even had a woman ask Ā to take a photo of me because she liked it so much šŸ˜€

What a Ā compliment.

Please do feel free to check out the Made With Hugs and Kisses blog for more pictures and lots more creations šŸ˜€

I anticipate many polka dot related creations in the near future, and luckily, from theĀ sewing meet up in BirminghamĀ a few weekends ago, I will not be stuck for fabric to fuel this new obsession, as within the ginormous stash I came home with, two of these were dotty.

I am now on the look out for more vintage or vintage themed patterns that I can team with these fabrics, after all, if you are going to sew with polka dots, you have to sew vintage!

Happy sewing everyone

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Vintage Ruffles and Woodland Walks

By on June 26, 2013

This week I will be spending my Saturday with one of my sewing friends searching craft stalls and attending an amazing vintage fair in Liverpool. It is apparently going to be bigger and better than ever with a vintage hair and beauty parlour, live vintage music and more stalls than ever before selling clothing accessories and ,my favourite, patterns and fabrics!

So if anyone lives Liverpool way you should come along to St Georges Hall and see what treasures you can find, and keep your eyes peeled for me and say hello! I will be wearing a big poofy 50’s red polka dot dress which I will post about once I have taken pictures šŸ˜€

Anyway, knowing that I will be attending another vintage fair got me thinking about the last one I went to and the wonderful things I came home with, in particular some beautiful vintage fabric.

It was the softest thing I had ever felt with a beautiful texture and a subtle dotty theme. I was in love and it was such a bargain. Now I don’t know what era it is from exactly, the stall I bought it from had all different sewing notions, many dating waaaay back and some slightly more recent. Patterns are much easier to date, thanks to the wonders of the internet, but I have never tried dating fabric, Ā in fact is there even any way of doing this?

Needless to say I was eager to put this fabric to use and here is what I created with it:

Check out my original blog post for more pictures šŸ˜€

And keep your fingers crossed for me, I am hoping I get some good luck this weekend and find myself some more vintage treasures

Happy Sewing

Hannah from Made With hugs and Kisses

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My Most Favourite Vintage Dress xXx

By on March 18, 2013

Hi there, my name is Hannah Smith and this is my first post on We Sew Retro!

I am very excited.Ā 

I will start by sharing a little about myself. I taught myself to sew about 4 years ago and haven’t looked back since. It has become rather an obsession, as I am sure many of you can relate to. My love of sewing has inspired me to branch out into many more crafts, such as jewellery making, crochet, baking, the list could go on and on. My passion for all things creative has led me to set up my own little blog Made with Hugs and Kisses and I am astounded by the amazing and supportive people I have met through it.

Anyway, lately I have developed an interest in all things vintage. I never really realised it at first but almost all of my creations haveĀ elementsĀ of vintage fashion, most typically the 50’s. I have discovered some great local vintage fairs over the last few months and my collection of vintage patterns and fabric has rapidly grown.

With this in mind I have been thinking of sharing some of my vintage sewing adventures here for some time but I was waiting until I had the perfect first post.

Well this dress is my mostĀ favouriteĀ creation and it is completely vintage inspired!

I used a vintage Vogue pattern 5028 which I have dated back to 1960.

It is the adorable ruched sleeves that made me fall in love with this pattern, they are so flattering and easy to sew.

As you can tell, I haven’t used the original skirt part of the pattern, instead I added a gathered rectangle skirt I drafted myself.

The dress fastens with a side zipper

As for the fabric, would you believe this was sourced from curtains that myĀ NanĀ gave to me!

Like I mentioned, this is my most favourite vintage dress that I have created. It fits so well, is really comfortable and the style really suits the fabric. I can see me using this pattern a lot more in the future. Perhaps with some different skirt styles.

I would love to hear your thoughts.

Do you have a favouriteĀ vintageĀ creation?

Speak soon

And thank you We Sew Retro!


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