1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 9969

By on April 28, 2012

I offer you another finished frock – a “costume” pattern reproduction of the dress style worn by WWII torch singers.

It was an easy pattern to put together, with only a small adjustment to the waist, and gives a very flattering silhouette.  The fabric is some type of medium weight (vintage – not sure how vintage) cotton, which did not become terribly wrinkled when worn for the whole day – YAY!

The photo doesn’t really do justice to the details in the garment, such as the frills on the right hip, and bias cut front drape.  The skirt is slightly a-line, and the bodice features kimono sleeves and sweetheart neckline.

I am so happy with how it turned out, and will be making another with longer sleeves, just in time for our winter.

As always…more info here x x x

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1930s | Accessories | Hats

Vogue 8686

By on April 10, 2012

A recent sustainability themed industry day at school had me transforming the legs off a pair of leather pants into a 1930s peplum, and trim for a sporty topper…

I used the Vintage Vogue reprint V8686, and Wearing History’s sporty toppers, view 3.  The fabric was given to me by an elderly lady, and the shoes and bag came from an op shop.  The dress was a little challenging – in a good way – with lots of design features.  I read, and followed, the instructions carefully so the dress came together very well.  I am not sure of the fabric’s composition, but it was easy to sew, and didn’t seem to get very creased.

I love these outfits, which are so obviously from another era…not just “retro” styled.  And I do love hats…

I have more pictures at my place – feel free to drop by…I do love your feedback 🙂

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1960s | Vintage Sewing

Vogue 6744…

By on April 6, 2012

I am excited to share another dress with you …

I used a lovely weighty stretch satin, with the nicest leopard print I have seen in a long time.  I think it is an early 60s pattern, but Vintage Pattern Wiki couldn’t help me – I would love to know the year…

The construction went smoothly, however the cape thingy and the facings were a little fiddly.  I don’t usually use facings, I use self fabric bindings instead, because I think facings add unnecessary bulk.

I made this dress for a special occasion – I was very fortunate to be awarded a scholarship towards my study costs for this year…YAY!!!

I can now go on the fashion study tour this year, which is going to Barcelona, Paris, and London in September – to say I can’t wait is a MASSIVE understatement 🙂

My very fave red patent leather shoes and (fake) belt look great with the fabric, just the right splash of colour.

I hope you are all having a lovely Easter…feel free to stop by my blog

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Vintage Sewing

Local exposure…

By on March 30, 2012

A couple of weekends ago, my local paper dedicated its Saturday art/lifestyle/fashion supplement to the resurgence of handmade, art markets, op shop, and vintage.

I was very lucky to be included, showing my vintage dresses.

As a fashion student, and vintage fan, I thought it was great exposure and was very excited to see a whole supplement dedicated to handmade.  I think people are starting to see the benefits of crafting things with love.

I often get stared at when I walk down the street “dressed properly”…do any of you?

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1960s | Dresses | Mail Order Patterns

Mail order 4566…

By on March 22, 2012

I wanted to share my latest dress with you…

This is another easy to put together, beautifully fitting, all round fabulous, mail order dress from the 1960s.  I am in love with these patterns – size 14 1/2 – totally stress free!  I used op shop vintage 36 inch wide fabric – cotton blend I think – and wore it with my vintage pink and maroon hat.  There were no issues with the sewing, and it was completed in a few hours.  I made it especially to wear to Bendigo for the Grace Kelly exhibition.  I wanted to channel Grace’s style, and love getting really dressed up for an outing…like the good old days 🙂  I was going to wear beaded gloves, however it was over 30 degrees C – far too hot for gloves!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend 🙂

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Vintage Sewing

Marian Martin 9289

By on March 13, 2012

This pattern is my latest mail order dress, and I absolutely love it…

I altered the front of the garment, removing the large front pleat, added a side zip, and a small kick pleat at centre back.  My “shirtwaist” is not functional…purely visual.

Even though I love mail order patterns, and they sew up beautifully…a pattern cannot account for occasional human error – I cut two backs, not one on fold so I now have a contrasting back pleat “thingy”.

The main fabric – vintage 36 inch wide white and green (I love green fabric, and its not always that easy to find) print rayon – is so cool, it has little swirls and flowers, but I didn’t have much of it – I bought it from an op-shop.  I had to decide whether to omit the short sleeves, or use a contrasting fabric.  I am quite happy with the end result – it almost looks deliberate and the buttons are much more striking against the white background.  Teamed with red patent leather shoes and belt, and I am ready to go…

I hope you all have a lovely day 🙂

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