1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

The essential black dress

By on May 30, 2017

Detail from the pattern envelope, McCall’s 3326. Doesn’t that neckline make you swoon?

I cut this dress out, all organised and good to go, last year, when I was binge planning and cutting…..little did I know I would be getting it finished in time to farewell my dear, and very talented nana. She was nearing 90, and had be one of those women who sewed from a very young age, and kept sewing, then knitting and many other handcrafts for most of her life. Nana Joy had been very supportive when I took up sewing my own clothes as an adult, and was naturally, ready for critical feedback whenever she saw me in a new make. She is dearly missed and I think she would have approved of this little number.

But, I digress, sewing rolemodels aside, on with the dress! I wanted to remake the McCall’s dress with a circle skirt, after making some slacks, I had just enough of this black cotton/linen blend to cut out this dress, using the skirt from McCall’s 3468, above. Very straight forward, the patterns are the same size, feature a side zipper closure, and I have used them both, so, easy!

I really am smitten with the results!

And, I need another!

On my blog, you can read how I made my bound buttonholes, added faux horsehair braid to the hem, for that perfect swirl, (see above). And of course, more photos.

Blog post here.

Are you on instagram? Lets hook up here.

Angela xo

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1950s | Dresses | Pattern Drafting | Vintage Sewing

Butterick 6299 just in time for Autumn

By on March 18, 2017

It’s getting cooler here in Aotearoa New Zealand, while all you sewers in the north are getting set for summer, I’m glad things are cooling off now!

I have just finished this dress, it’s made with some lovely fabric my nana gave me, and I used a stunning Butterick pattern which was new to me this year, along with a couple of other lovely vintage patterns.

These ones!

The pattern is a size and a bit too small for me, so I graded it up, and voila! New dress! In my blog post about the making of this dress…

…I share how I graded it up, it’s pretty easy, you just need a basic pattern (or pattern block) that fits well.

The crossover bodice was a bit fiddly, and adding the bias trim gave me more bulk to deal with, but in the end, I am happy with it.

From the back…

And the bias trim….

The bias binding colour was perfect, but just enough to do the neckline and sleeve cuffs. So happy!

Happy Spring or Autumn Retro Sewists!

The blog link about this dress is here, and now I’m off to make another jumpsuit!

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1940s | 1950s | 1970s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

A pattern mash up, 50 plus 70s equals 40s

By on November 20, 2016

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Perhaps the pièce de résistance that a woman might have in the 50s, that rather special pattern in the stash of work and household clothes. Advance 6190 was a delight to work with! And I am so pleased with the results.

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I was very short on fabric for this project, but the fabric, a wool blend crepe, given to me by a friend, was perfect, so perfect, I had to use it, so I teamed the 50s bodice up with a simple skirt from a 70s pattern, and voila!

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I now have a very 40s looking dress, win!

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I have more photos and making details over on my blog.

I hope your sewing projects are going well as we approach the end of the year.

Happy sewing, Angela x

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1950s | Hats | Jackets | Skirts

My Vintage Suit ~ The Vintage Suit Sew Along

By on September 2, 2016

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Suit jacket pattern, Simplicity S-128 and skirt pattern, Advance 8443

Did you join us in the Vintage Suit Sew Along? It’s been keeping some of us vintage sewists busy for the last few months.

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Inspiration for my dream suit

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More inspiration

I opted for a lovely houndstooth fabric that was passed to me by a friend de-stashing, and for this I re-vamped one of my best hats, adding some fabric to co-ordinate with the suit.

My vintage suit sew along

I took my time with the toile, and getting the best fit….

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And I’m really happy with how it turned out, the shaping of the jacket is very true to the pattern illustration, with a nice wide hip skimming hem.

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Some detail, bound buttonholes, cuffs and side seam pocket.

My vintage suit sew along gloves, cuffs

I have many more photos on my blog, and you can have a look at the making posts there too! Also, there are a couple of other makers working on their suits, soon to be shared, so take a look at the other makes while you’re there x

#vintagesuitsewalong #vintagepledge

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1940s | 1960s | Jumpsuits / Pantdresses | Vintage Sewing

Another jumpsuit, 40s meets 60s

By on July 27, 2016

Forties gown plus 60s palazzo pants.

Vogue 273 Couturier design detail

Another jumpsuit….This time I used the bodice from Vogue 273, which I completed earlier this year, and the pant pieces from Vogue 6435, which has been the basis of all my jumpsuits so far.

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As I am now hooked on jumpsuits, I have been looking at creating more variations on the bodice, so after I sewed up Vogue 273, I knew it would work well together.

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Jumpsuit one, styled for a Speakeasy Party.

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Jumpsuit two, in wool crepe with a matching cape.

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Jumpsuit three…for practical life with work and kids.

Here is the result! You can read more about it on my blog, and I am of course contemplating a new version for summer.

Vogue jump suit mash up great wide legs

Yes! It’s winter here, and it feels like it has been raining for weeks….

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This jumpsuit works so well, I can dress it up with a hat, gloves and a necklace, I can put on a black belt and cardy for a bit more of a casual look.

Vogue jump suit mash up back

Anyone else into jumpsuits too?

Happy sewing xo

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1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

My dream 40s Noir dress – complete!

By on June 25, 2016

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This was one of those projects that scared me a bit, and was on the go for ages….But it’s a much loved dress now!

Vogue 273 pattern and fabric

This dress is the first vintage couturier pattern I have completed, it is so lovely and elegant, it is also my first vintage sewing project using a 40s pattern. So, despite sewing for a few years now, lots of firsts!

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I enjoyed wearing this with some of my favourite vintage accessories, a fascinator with a net, earrings, kid gloves that were my nana’s.

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And some lovely 40s shoes!

Vogue 273 and vintage 30s:40s heels shoes

Overall, this pattern was fairly straight forward to make, I talk about some of the challenges over on my blog post about this project, including concerns about the fabric choice (curtain fabric, which just felt so right for this…..) and having to baste and check those lovely draped folds at the front.

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While there were some challenges, this dress exceeded my expectations! I enjoy wearing it soo much. And I can’t wait to make another one..or two.

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I have photos coming up soon of another one of my vintage vogue jump suits. After making this dress, I decided that the bodice from this pattern would team up perfectly with the pants from my go-to 60s jumpsuit pattern…

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On the go…

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1930s | 1940s | 1950s | 1960s | Vintage Sewing

Announcing the Vintage Suit Sew Along

By on April 8, 2016

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Hello We Sew Retro Sewists,

I have an exciting announcement, it seems to be the season for Sew Alongs! A friend of mine, Amy Jansen Leen from Chica Chica Boom Chic and I have been planning a Vintage Suit Sew Along, and I have all the details on my blog if you would like to join….

We are going to share our progress, tips, inspiration and at the end of the Sew Along we’ll share all your and our makes!

So, who’s in?

Visit my blog, Mermaid’s Purse, for all the details, including how to participate and the time frame.

#vintagesuitsewalong

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