mrsbeevintage

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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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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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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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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