1950s | 1960s | 1970s | Blouses | Jackets | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

Vintage Denim (Simplicity 8458 and McCalls 2592)

By on November 15, 2017

 

I’m wearing two new vintage sewing projects in these photos: my peplum top made from the late 1960s/early 1970s pattern McCalls 2592, and a 1950s skirt from reproduction pattern Simplicity 8458.  For more details about the process of sewing each pattern, please visit my sewing blog.  Please click here for more information and photos about the skirt, and click here for more information and photos about the blouse/jacket.

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1970s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Seventies Stripes (Simplicity 5497)

By on September 11, 2017

 

 

 

I made up this 1970s era dress because I’m fond of the contrasting white collar and cuffs.  Overall I’m very pleased with how it turned out: it fits well, is comfortable to wear, and was inexpensive to make, since I bought the fabric for less than a dollar a yard at Michael Levine’s Loft in the fabric district in Los Angeles, and the buttons on the cuffs were bought at the thrift store.  My only changes were to leave off the waist-ties so it will be easier to wear with cardigans and jackets when the weather finally cools off, and to lengthen and widen the skirt to be more comfortable to wear and walk in.

For more photos and details, please visit the sewing blog that I share with my husband: Mr and Mrs Rat

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1970s | 1980s | Blouses | Skirts

Gingham! (Simplicity 5900)

By on August 31, 2017

 

I’ve been sewing with so much gingham this summer!  This particular checked cotton, which I bought on sale in the LA fashion district for 99 cents a yard a few years ago is especially light and perfect for the hot days of late summer and early fall.  The 1980s-era pattern I used to sew this blouse was a surprise: the sleeves are very puffed!  And the fit is quite good without any adjustments—you know how wonderful that feels for a seamstress!  I’m wearing it with one of my 1970s-era Simplicity 7880 skirts, made of $2 a yard black poly-cotton broadcloth.  For more information about the pattern and the construction (and more photos), please visit the blog that I share with my husband: Mr and Mrs Rat.

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1970s | Blouses | Skirts

Late Summer Muslin (Simplicity 7880 and Simplicity 8356)

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This blouse and skirt are both made form 1970s-era patterns, and have become favorites in my summer wardrobe.  I made them from unbleached muslin bought on sale at JoAnns fabric stores.  They wash well, are light and breezy on hot days, and only get softer with wear.  For more information about the patterns and construction, please come visit the blog that I share with my husband: Mr and Mrs Rat.

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1970s | Blouses | Dresses | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

Summer of Gingham (McCalls 6339)

By on August 7, 2017

 

I just finished my second gingham project of the summer, McCalls 6339 from 1978.  I’m pleased with how it turned out.  It is comfortable and has some interesting details, like flat-felled princess seams, self-bias binding on the bottom edge of the blouse, and a darted, then gathered full skirt.  For more details and photos, please visit the sewing blog that I share with my husband: Mr and Mrs Rat

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1970s | Skirts

My Favorite Skirts (Simplicity 7880)

By on June 5, 2017

1970s era Simplicity 7880 is my favorite pattern, and with good reason.  Here are some photos of some of my favorite versions of this versatile skirt pattern, which I wear on an almost-daily basis:

 

 

A few construction notes: Simplicity 7880 uses almost three yards of fabric cut on the cross-wise grain, which means it only has one seam at the center back, and would be well suited to border prints, even though I have never sewn it with one before.  It uses a seven inch zipper and a skirt hook and eye to close, although occasionally I will switch the skirt hook and eye for a large button.  It is easy to adjust the length of the skirt or to make the waist band wider, since both are rectangles.  To make sure my waistbands never roll, I always sew waistband interfacing into the waist.  Waistband interfacing is stiff and flexible like a lightweight belt, and comes in many different widths.  I always buy big lengths of it at Michael Levine fabrics in the fabric district in Los Angeles whenever I go to visit my parents there.

For more photos and other vintage (and new) pattern reviews, please visit the blog I share with my husband:  mrandmrsrat.weebly.com

 

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1980s | Blouses | Shirts

Two Versions of Butterick 4625

By on May 25, 2017

 

 

 

I’m learning the benefits of sewing tried-and-true patterns, and Butterick 4625, dating from the 1980s is quickly becoming one of my favorites.  I love the fit of the blouse, the shape of the sleeves, and the collar options.  The top version is made of brown cotton I found at the thrift store; I added little sleeve-heads out of scraps of the same fabric to help the puffed sleeves keep their shape.  The second blouse is made of striped stretch cotton-blend shirting, also found at the thrift store.  I moved the buttons up slightly on the front band, and didn’t add any collar, but otherwise constructed it much the same as the first.  In both photos, I’m wearing my home-made blouses with home-made skirts, made from 1970s era Simplicity 7880.  For more details on sewing construction, and more photos of both blouses, please visit mrandmrsrat.weebly.com.

 

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