1950s

Birhday Bombshell

By on August 22, 2016

A little late to the party here, but this ensemble was my take on the I-Dream-Of-Tiki sew-along earlier this year – a 50s Shaheen-inspired dress and bolero, made for my 21st birthday!

Also check out my amazing birthday cake, courtesy of my talented grandmother!

The dress was made using patterns from Gertie’s books, altered to suit the design I had in mind. The bolero I made using a free pattern found online. I sewed the whole thing on my vintage singer 201P, using vintage techniques such as bias-bound edges and a waist-stay.

It came out even better than I’d hoped, the perfect outfit for a wonderful night! You can read more about the design process and construction, and see more photos here on my blog πŸ™‚

Until next time,

Miss Maddy xx

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1950s | Pants / Trousers | Vintage Sewing

Pin-Up Stripe Cigarette Pants

By on March 29, 2016

I recently made my first foray in to pants-making – although I was super apprehensive before getting started, it turned out to be so much more straightforward than I expected! I used the cigarette pant pattern fromΒ Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, and I’m so pleased with how they turned out πŸ™‚

I sewed them up in a gorgeous vintage wool suiting fabric that was bought by my great-grandmother, and given to me last year by my grandmother – a very special fabric indeed! It was amazing to work with, especially on my vintage Singer 201P machine – it was vintage sewing heaven πŸ˜€

I can’t wait to sew these up again! There fantastic for placement, and so much nicer than any RTW trousers I own. To read more about these and see more photos, head over to my blog! πŸ™‚

Until next time,

Miss Maddy xx

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1950s | 1960s

Retro Pencil Skirt

By on March 1, 2016

Another project in my quest for a me-made placement wardrobe – the pencil skirt fromΒ Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing! I sewed it up in a gorgeous chocolate-coloured wool that belonged to my great-aunt.

Chocolate Pencil Skirt

This pattern came together so quickly and easily; I absolutely love how it turned out! The style is very flattering, too – I’m so pleased to have such a chic and elegant skirt to wear to placement πŸ™‚ I also added a few extra vintage touches: bias bound seams and a lace trim on the hem – I think it’s little touches like this which make all the difference!

Read all about it and see more photos here on my blog!

Until next time,

Miss Maddy xx

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1940s | Dresses

1940s-Style Shirt Dress

By on February 9, 2016

Recently, while sewing for a placement, I took a step away from my usual 50s-style makes, in search of something a little more practical as well as elegant. The solution? A 1940s-inspired shirt dress!

 
I used Simplicity 1880 for the pattern, and made it up in red cotton lawn. The only alteration I made was to add a pocket on the right hand side – because every dress needs pockets! I also added decorative stitching and self-covered buttons; I think it’s details like this that make all the difference πŸ™‚

  
Speaking of details, I think this dress also looks great with a pair of retro back-seam stockings πŸ˜‰

You can read all about this dress here on my blog!

Until next time,

Miss Maddy xx

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1950s | Rompers / Playsuits | Vintage Sewing

1950s-Style Co-ord

By on January 30, 2016

I’ve been having a lot of fun with my summer sewing here in Australia – frequent beach trips have necessitated (or so I tell myself!) lots of playsuits and rompers to flounce around in. My last frivolous make of the summer? A 1950’s inspired co-ord, made from theΒ BHL Anna dress hacked for the top, and self-drafted shorts.

Beach Baby Co-ord

The fabric is very special – a vintage cotton lawn that had been my great-grandmother’s, before my grandmother passed it on to me. The edges are finished with self-made bias binding, and I added a hand-worked button loop to close the back of the top – gotta love little vintage details like that πŸ™‚

Beach Baby Co-ord

Beach Baby Co-ord

I love this little set, and it’s so versatile for mixing and matching! You can read more about it here on my blog πŸ™‚

Until next time,

Miss Maddy xx

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1950s | Burlesque / Pinup | Rompers / Playsuits

Paradise Playsuit

By on January 1, 2016

After the success of my last 1950s-style romper a few weeks ago, I couldn’t wait to make another – they’re the perfect summer outfit, so cute yet comfortable! Though I also based this one off the romper variation inΒ Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, I decided that this time I would make the shorts circle shorts instead. And how sweet is the result!

Paradise Playsuit

I also included in-seam pockets in the french seams, the first time I’d tried this, and it turned out fantastically. I’m never making anything without pockets again!

Paradise Playsuit

You can read more about the alterations and construction details, and see more photos here on my blogΒ πŸ™‚

Until next time,

Miss Maddy xx

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1950s | Burlesque / Pinup | Rompers / Playsuits

50s-Style Playsuit

By on December 5, 2015

I feel like there are few garments which capture the pin-up girl aesthetic so well as a good old-fashioned playsuit. I’d been wanting one forever but the selections in shops disappointed and patterns I saw failed to inspire. Until, that is, I saw the romper variation inΒ Gertie Sews Vintage Casual. It was the playsuit of my dreams, and I am so pleased to finally be able to bring those dreams in to reality!

Polkadot Playsuit

I was so delighted with how it turned out πŸ™‚ Though there were some trials and tribulations in sewing it, the result was well worth the effort. You can read more about it, see more photos and construction details on my blog.

Polkadot Playsuit

 

Until next time,

Miss Maddy xx

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