1940s | Vintage Sewing

Another Dance to go to

By on March 20, 2013

Hi guys  I have been wanting to share this one with you for a while …. a 1940s  party dress for my daughter to swing in

an original 1940s pattern made up in a  green polyester crepe

made up exactly as pattern stated, just shortened the pattern pieces for petite frame…..after pinking the seams I realised that the fabric frayed too much so I had to bind all the seams of with ‘Hug Snug’  Rayon seam binding …I love this stuff and can only get it online from the states.

I also finished the waistband and shoulders with some lining to cover all the raw edges at these points.

then I used a concealed side zip after realising that a metal one sewn in with the vintage method interfered with the pockets and covered buttons and loops for the back opening.

a crochet snood and little velvet flowers in her hair and she is all ready for the dance

this dress could be embellished on the yolk and waistband and can be dressed up or down

would look fab with big jewellery but you can’t dance in that I’ve been told 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s about Navy and 1940’s this month…

By on December 9, 2012

I’m sorry if this post is all over the place …it looks ok when i type it but looks all out of sink when i preview it 🙁 but as i’ve spent over an hour on it , here goes …This month I have not had to change the thread on my machine at all …Navy Blue seems to have been my muse

It started with another pair of the 1940’s trouser pattern I cut from an original pair a while age (old post)

This is the forth pair and they are of to Dusseldorf to a lady I have never met who gave me a beautiful piece of wool/cashmere mix with a very fine pin stipe and three measurements ;0 I think I matched the stripes up quite well 🙂 She originally gave me the wrong trouser length so I had to add some more fabric in to the leg’s, luckly turn-ups are  very 1940’s.

                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next project was a navy spotty scarf turned into a snood for another request, the onlyvintage  scarf I had was  1980’s long one so it had to cut and seamed to create a square before i could begin , she saw a picture today and loves it …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After that I was on a roll so I created a six panel skirt pattern Lindy hop was my insperation, so I went through my stash and came up with a piece of Navy slub Linen i’m not sure how old it is but is sure does smell vintage 🙂 , a used metal zip and some vintage lace seam trim   It took me all afternoon but it’s finished all but a vintage button ….are you the same ? it doesn’t matter how many buttons you have you never have the right one for the job 🙂

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The skirt is for my daughter (again) but I think it needs more flare and softer fabric next time.  What do you think ? :))

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‘Rocking’ up a 1940s shirt pattern

By on August 21, 2012

Hi, How you all doing ?

I have just completed a shirt for my husband, I’ve got to say he is NOT into vintage in any way

and has had to learn that I will always dress the way I do 🙂

But as he is coming with me to Twinwood at the weekend I said I would make him a 1940s shirt !!

he was ok with it as long as it was in Zebra print !! …lol , yes I know , random but he is still hankering after his 80’s zebra print spandex leggings…

Anyway let’s get that picture out of our minds and I’ll show you how it turned out.

this was the pattern I used Advance 3968

The fabric is pure cotton , the print I got of Etsy from the States and the black was a pure cotton shirting i got here in England,

I had three goes at that until I found one that didn’t run in the wash!!

All went well until I went to put the collar on and it was 1/2″ short , the previous owner had made it smaller and I didn’t check …( silly)

it came up a little short oneside …It would have been too much hassle to take off, so I put a button loop by the collar and pretended it was meant to be 1/2″ bigger on that side :).

I also used ‘run and fell’ seams through out instead of the interesting version the instructions gave. I.E.  fold a 1/4″ over to the right side on one piece and a 1/4″ over to the wrong side for the second piece , layon top of each other butting seam allowances and baste then top stitch!! too long winded for me

I put the front iorn on interfacing on in the way I saw in a post on here (right side together, trim, turn and press to wrong side …perfect neat finish , thanks )

I also put little vents in at the side hips and finished with mitered corners and a pocket with hubbie’s name on …

 

The pocket had to go he didn’t like it !! but I found some great buttons agin on etsy but this time fro Malaysia and he loves those so on the went last night and the shirt is ready for the weekend…shame it’s going to rain 🙂

I am pleased with the result, and best of all he likes it 🙂

Things I would do differently next time  … I got a bit carried away I didn’t notice the obvious pattern repeat ..doh!

I would use a thinner shirt fabric, difficult to get in Zebra 🙂

I will check my pattern pieces very carefully .

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how big is too big?

By on August 7, 2012

Hi all, I have just spent over an hour and a half creating a post for you, only for half of it to disappear when I tried to post it :((

How big is too big? and is there a limit on photo’s?I had six…

Any way finished a sweet little 1947s Rayon frock …here is a picture 🙂

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1950s

Almost there , but I could do with your opinion….

By on July 21, 2012

Hello again from SUNNY England, yes it was actually sunny today 🙂 …

some of you who catch my page on facebook know that i am making a 1950s dress for Twinwood , this is a vintage

festival in Bedford England the last three days of August…great fun 1940s and 1950s big dress up party…

You may also know that I made a 1940s Dress for my daughter to get her dancing …

well it worked and she will be dancing at Twinwood with her new pals 🙂

Anyway back to the dress.. 

I am using an original 50’s pattern (Weldons 2735) I got on esty from the USA ,

although the pattern contruction was quite basic, so I changed a few things 🙂

all the seams are french seams, and I put in piping and facings instead of just biasing of the edges, I also cut the bolero twice so it looks the same inside and out…I will show you all more about that another time if your intested along with a picture of me wearing it

As the fabric is an original printed 1950s cotton and i have stayed true to the period i wanted original buttons to finish it ….

I have been having very little luck finding some until today when I recieved a package from ebay …these arrived

sweet, but I’m not sure they are right for the dress…

difficult I know , but if you could give it a moment and let me know what you think…PLEASE 🙂

Ohh I also thought you might like to see the sweet little hat I found  to go with it …

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1940s

New from old…

By on June 16, 2012

Hello all, I have just finished a little 1940s dress for my lovely daughter who has just taken up ‘Swing’ dancing and I must say loving it…she’s like a duck to water 🙂

the original dress was found in a charity shop in london , the shop originally wanted £25 for it , but it was in such poor condition I persuaded them to sell it to me for £5 and planned to use it as a pattern.

I put it to one side and then came across two pairs of grey polka dot pillow slips in a sale.

I thought these would fit in great with a ‘make do and mend’ theme.

four pillow slips unpicked and washed on a hot wash was just enough and to keep the original dress alive I used part of it for trim.

I adjusted the dress pattern very slightly by putting a centre back zip in (I used a peach invisible one , not vintage this time)

I used both fabrics  to create a tie back belt instead on the covered buckle one on the original which hung too heavy on the fabric.

(opps, sorry forgot to turn piccie)

I also added an underarm gusset for movement while dancing …this I feel is the weakest point on a fitted dress

and some shirring at the front shoulder as my daughter has a good size bust and without (as in the original) it looked bulky.

I turned the hem up to the regulation war time  19″ from the ground 🙂 and used original fabric cut on the bias to finish it of…

I must say my daughter and I am very pleased with the result , especially as a chap she met a a dance weekend said her dress was beautiful and

looked like it was made for her…well it was !! :))

Maxine all ready for the dance with original 1940s brouges and victory rolls by me…

hope you enjoy my post as much as I enjoy all of yours. Mrs Bee

 

 

 

 

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New ‘vintage’ from old baggy pants…

By on June 8, 2012

Hi all,  I thought I would  show you how a little project I was given by a friend turned out…

1940s button front swing trousers copied from an old pair (not sure how original they were !)

but made up in corderoy, not my favorite fabric, but she was so pleased with them she wants a second pair…:)

I lined every seam inside with cream satin bias tape. this is a little thicker than the lovely rayon tape you guys can get in the States,

( I have just managed to get a couple of reels from Etsy.com ..yey) but it worked well , I think 🙂

We chose vintage buttons for the fastenings…and all in all I was very pleased with them…and i have a pattern

now if any one is interested and is a 30″ waist and 5’5″ tall …

 

 

 

 

 

 

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