1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

My Vintage-Inspired Wedding Dress

By on July 16, 2015

Hi guys! I just wanted to share my vintage-inspired wedding dress with you today! I’ve been working on this dress in one way or another for over a year and I’m so excited to finally share it!

I posted about my search for the right pattern here and you We Sew Retro members helped me out so much! A lady traced her pattern and sent it to me so I could make my dress. I could not have done it without the kindness and generosity of the online sewing community and I am so grateful.

(photos by Plum Jam Photography)

The dress is made from silk shantung with a silk organza underlining and China silk lining. I started with the bodice from Advance 8394, graded it up, changed the shape of the neckline, and made the sleeves set-in instead of dolman. I used the circle skirt from Butterick 5748.

Here’s my inspiration dress and the pattern I used:

More info and pictures here on my blog, Mint Green Sewing Machine!

 

-Melissa

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1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Blue Bow Dress (Simplicity 1207)

By on July 8, 2015

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Hi everyone, I wanted to share one of my recent (well, not too recent) makes with all of my fellow vintage sewing lovers. I’m calling this one the blue bow dress and I made it with one of my favorite vintage patterns: Simplicity 1207, from 1955 (see below).

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The most challenging part about making this dress was definitely the piping on the yoke and sewing the area together properly- I think I ripped it out and started over about three times!

IMG_0523The fabric is a light blue chambray-type cotton which is really nice for a lightweight summer dress. I debated about lining it but ultimately opted not to. The bows are black grosgrain ribbon and I finished the edges off with some fray block.

I actually wore this dress for our engagement photos, which we took at Disneyland. Here’s my favorite one:

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If you’d like to see more photos and info, here’s my post on my blog, Mint Green Sewing Machine.

-Melissa

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Can You Help Me Find a Pattern For my Wedding Dress?

By on July 14, 2014

Hello retro sewists! I haven’t posted in awhile, but I’m here today to ask you for some help. I’m getting married next year and I’ve decided to make my own dress. I found a gorgeous vintage dress online that I would like to re-create, but I’m having trouble locating a pattern (I don’t really know how to draft my own, so I want something to go off of). Below is  a picture of the dress I would like to re-create (in my size), from Dear Golden Vintage:

(Source: Dear Golden Vintage)

I think that this pink dress below, also from Dear Golden Vintage, might have been made from the same pattern, which makes me think it may have been sewn from a commercial pattern, rather than being custom-made.

(Source: Dear Golden Vintage)

I looked through many patterns on the Vintage Patterns Wiki and online, but none seemed to be quite right, but then I stumbled upon and image of this pattern, Advance 8394. It seems like the closest approximation so far, despite the skirt being completely different.

(Source: Vintage Patterns Wiki)

The trouble is, there are no copies currently for sale online that I can see, so I was wondering if anyone has a copy of Advance 8394 that I could buy, borrow, or rent. I would pay the shipping both ways if I could just borrow one to trace off. Any size is fine!

Or, alternatively does anyone have the actual pattern for the two dresses that I can’t find? That would be pretty amazing!

If I can’t find the pattern, I’ll go ahead and try my hand at drafting one, but I thought it was worth a shot to see if I could locate a pattern first.I also posted about my search here on my blog, Mint Green Sewing Machine.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me! I’m so glad I can tap into this amazing online community!

Happy Sewing!

-Melissa

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1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Feather-Print Sheet Dress (Butterick 5708)

By on November 20, 2013

Hi fellow retro sewists! Melissa here. This is dress that I made over a year ago and photographed this past summer. I’m finally posting it even though it’s totally inappropriate for Fall/Winter (except maybe for you Aussies and Kiwis!). Here’s my version of Butterick B5708.

I decided to change the pattern a bit and use the circle skirt from Butterick 5748 instead of the original gathered skirt. The fabric I used is from a vintage sheet I found at a thrift store and since it’s white, I lined the dress, including the skirt. The top is meant to be convertible and the pattern envelope shows several ways to wear the ties. To me though, they’ve been difficult to tie and a little uncomfortable and I wish I had modified the top so that they sit higher on my shoulders!

Thanks for checking out my dress! Have any of you made Butterick B5708?

For more pictures and info, here’s my post on my blog, Mint Green Sewing Machine.

-Melissa

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1950s | Vintage Sewing

Sunset Stripes Dress (Vintage Vogue 8789)

By on October 11, 2013

Hi everyone, I’m here to share one of my recent projects, which I’m calling my Sunset Stripes dress. This is the dress I made for the Fall For Cotton Sewalong, hosted by Rochelle of Lucky Lucille and Tasha of By Gum By Golly. I pattern I used was a mish-mash of Vintage Vogue 8789 (bodice) and the Cambie dress by Sewaholic (skirt) and the fabric is a woven striped cotton by Kaffe Fassett. I based it on a gorgeous striped vintage dress from Dear Golden Vintage that I loved but which wasn’t my size (or price range!) I made a number of modifications to the original patterns- for more pictures and info and to see the inspiration dress, check out my post on my blog, Mint Green Sewing Machine!

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1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

1940’s Inspired Gray Chambray Shirtdress

By on September 11, 2013

Hi friends! I wanted to share this project today that I made over a year ago. It’s a shirt dress I made as a project in a sewing class I took at my local community college. I based it on this 1940’s dress pattern in my collection, though I didn’t use the actual pattern:

As you can see, the envelope is in pretty rough shape! I fell in love with the cute diamond-shaped pocket detail.

The fabric is a gray cotton chambray. I also did some topstitching in yellow! For more pictures and info, check out my post here on my blog, Mint Green Sewing Machine.

       Happy Wednesday!

                    -Melissa

 

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1950s | Blouses | Vintage Sewing

Sencha in Cream and Stripes

By on June 25, 2013

Hi, I’m here to share my newest creation- my first Sencha blouse from Colette patterns! I love the gorgeous vintage style of this one and I’ve been wanting to make my own for a while!

I made it in a cream-colored synthetic fabric (I’m not sure exactly what it is) and I finished the top and bottom with self-made bias tape (which I also used for the tie). I made a couple of slight modifications- adding a little bit of width at the hips and adding about 1.5 inches to the length (so as to be more conducive to wearing it with pants). I used some black vintage buttons from my stash for the back closure.

I tried tucking it into my black skirt and I think I really prefer the look of it tucked in. All in all, I’m really happy with the project and it was quite easy to sew up (even with the bias tape!).

Thanks for checking out my project! Check out my post on this project for more info and pictures on my blog, Mint Green Sewing Machine!

-Melissa

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