1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Le-Roy 5063 Shirtdress

By on July 25, 2012

A while ago I bought some great printed cotton from Abakhan Fabrics in Manchester, where you can pick up some great off cuts by the kilo.

It’s been sitting around in a pile of fabric since February, while I worked out what to do with it. Then I found this pattern in my hoard:

I’ve always liked shirt dresses, and I thought the combination of this design and the great print would make a cute summer dress.

I gave the fabric a quick wash (don’t want any shrinking!) and did a few adjustments to the size, as my bust is larger than the pattern measurement. I also decided to add a few details of my own in the form of a black contrasting collar, and a little black cuff on the sleeve.

Here’s the finished article:

The dress was pretty straight forward to put together, and the adjustments I made worked well, resulting in a pretty good fit.

Here are some details:

Close up of the cuffs


I lined the skirt with a light cotton, and hand stitched it around the button placket

And that’s that!

See you soon!

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1950s | Blouses | Vintage Sewing

A Sunny Simplicity 3266

By on July 12, 2012
Simplicity 3266
I made no. 3 (top right)

I wanted to make something a bit sunny to take my mind off the appalling weather we’ve been experiencing here in Britain, so I decided on this simple blouse.

It was really reasy to make – the size was spot on, and there is none of that annoying gaping you sometimes get with buttons over the bust area.

And it was quick to make – finished it in a couple of afternoons!

Here are some details:

I continued the summery theme with some sparkly buttons

Close up of fab sparkly button


And the collar – a little bit tricky to attach because of the body and collar being cut as one piece, but I got there in the end!

That’s pretty much it, but you can pop over to my blog if you want to read a bit more about this project.

See you soon!

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1950s | Skirts

McCall’s 9722 – the Jubilee Version!

By on June 12, 2012
Jubilee skirt

You may have heard that we’ve been celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee here in Britain, and while everyone has been going crazy with the Union Jacks and bunting, I decided to be a bit different with my London version of McCall’s 9722.

McCall's 9722
McCall's 9722, circa 1954

And here’s my version, made out of some fabric I found in a fabric shop in Amsterdam, of all places! I think it’s meant for interiors or upholstery, as it’s a touch heavier than average skirt fabric, but it worked perfectly as a skirt.

London Skirt
My London Skirt

London skirt

The skirt was really easy to make, because it’s just one piece with clever pleats and darts at the waist – I practically finished it in one night!

Pattern Detail
Skirt pattern, bottom right

Here are some close up’s – the ingenious pleating at the waist:

Jubilee skirt
Close up of the clever pleats


The zip at the center back; I put it in by hand:

Jubilee skirt


And finally, a close up of the fabric:

London fabric
Detail of the London Fabric

Check out how we celebrated on the big day over at http://nicoleneedles.blogspot.co.uk/


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