1950s

· A Christmas Pixie! ·

By on December 23, 2016

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Merry Christmas to all of you! I’m sharing some photos today of my sister wearing a “vintage Hallmark Christmas card”- inspired dress that my mom made for her a couple years ago, and thought you all might appreciate the festive vintage look! 🙂 Swing on by my blog- Mode de Lis– for more photos!

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Gretel made all the faux fur accessories- detachable collar and cuffs, muff, and pixie hat! I’m hoping that if I ask very nicely she might let me wear it on Christmas…. 😉

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1950s | Skirts

Making Peace

By on November 22, 2016

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Do you ever have one of those projects that just fights you at every turn until finally you have to resign your own opinions on the matter and let the project call the shots? This skirt started out as a rather cute 1950s style dress, but it apparently wasn’t meant to be….

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More details on the skirt as well as some shots of this darling original wool sweater (and a few ramblings, for good measure!) on my blog. 🙂

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And please share! What was a project that didn’t go according to your original hopes? Did you end up liking it more after all, or are you still a bit resentful? 😉

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1950s | Accessories | Lingerie

· Vintage Petticoat Comparison ·

By on October 28, 2016

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Anyone who wears 1950s styles will know that a good petticoat will take your dress from “meh” to “fabulous” in an instant! But the world of petticoats can also be overwhelming and, let’s face it, expensive. I’ve tried several different styles in the 7+ years I’ve been wearing vintage and I’m excited to finally put all my thoughts in one place! I have a few economical ideas, a few reviews of popular reproduction brands, and mainly- loads of photos! Hop on over to my blog, Mode de Lis, for the full run-down!

Happy petticoating! I’d also love to hear of any experiences you’ve had with petticoats- do you have any favorites?

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1950s | Dresses

Vintage Butterick 8038- Flamingo Version!

By on October 18, 2016

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I was such a huge fan of my first version of vintage Butterick 8038 that I knew another version was the perfect excuse to buy this fabric!

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I know I must really love this pattern if it meant that the fabric successfully avoided a, ahem, maturing period in the stash… 😉 I made the dress just as called for on the pattern and it quickly became my ultimate favorite summer dress! The fabric came from Hobby Lobby (they’ve had such great prints this year!).

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Stop by my blog for some more details and photos- Mode de Lis

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1950s | Vintage Sewing

Summer Whites – Butterick 5920

By on August 17, 2016

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I was gifted with some vintage fabric this spring, so a fun project this summer was to engineer a way to squeeze a 1950s dress out of the minimal yardage! (and why are vintage fabrics soooo narrow??) I pulled out my trusty Butterick reprint 5920 and after playing a bit of pattern Tetris, I succeeded!

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The finished product is perfect for sunny days- light in color so it doesn’t soak up extra heat, and covered on the neck and shoulders so I don’t have to worry about sunburn!

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Stop by my blog Mode de Lis for more details and photos!

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1950s | Dresses | Introduction | Vintage Sewing

Vintage Butterick 8038 (and also a mini-introduction!)

By on August 7, 2016

OK, so I’m always waaaay behind trends, and We Sew Retro is case in point!  How did I not know about this blog before last week?  I’ll never know…. but I’m so glad I finally did!

I’m Lily and I’ve been blogging over at Mode de Lis for almost 3 years now and I’m so excited to get in touch with some more vintage seamstresses! 🙂  Last week I shared one of my recent projects: a dress made from hand-printed Indian cotton using vintage Butterick 8083….

More details (including my love for indulging in obsessive pattern matching) over at my blog, Mode de Lis!

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