1960s

Searching for a pattern

By on April 17, 2014

I’m currently making plans for my ordination (assuming I pass my final ordination interview later this month), and have been looking at robes/cassocks/albs to decide which one I want.  However, they are ridiculously expensive!  Since I’m unwilling to pay $400+ for a robe made from “linen-look” fabric, I thought I would look into making my own robe.  That was when I found this lovely vintage pattern, McCalls 2079.

I think it’s from the ’60s, and it’s exactly what I’m looking for!  Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find a physical copy of it anywhere!  Has anyone seen this, or does anyone happen to have it in their stash?  Or has anyone seen a similar pattern anywhere?  I will take any size.  Thank you so much for your help!

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1950s | Dresses | Pattern Drafting

Suggestions Needed! My first original dress design

By on December 7, 2013

We’re iced in here in Texas, so yesterday I spent the day designing a dress.  I’ve made plenty of 50s era dresses from patterns before, as well as several skirts and a few blouses.  I’ve also designed my own skirt pattern using How to Make Sewing Patterns by Donald H. McCunn.  In my opinion, the book is a little complicated.  I think I prefer altering existing patterns to creating my own from scratch.

Using the peplum blouse pattern from Simplicity 1590, I made a princess seam bodice with buttons in the back.  You can read more about the altering process on my blog.  Let me add that I have never done anything like that before!

Here is the dress so far.  The skirt is basted onto the bodice, and the “belt” is actually my husband’s tie.  There are mostly-invisible pockets on either side of these skirt.  My torso is about 4 inches longer than the dress form’s, so the proportions are not quite right.  I also realize the skirt is not sewed on straight.  But something seems to be missing.  I am not sure where to go from here.  Any suggestions?

Thanks for reading!

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1920s

Mrs. Depew Patterns

By on October 11, 2013

This year for Halloween, I’m hoping to make a 1920s flapper-style dress, preferably something I can wear again.  I’ve been looking around for inexpensive pattern options, and stumbled across Mrs. Depew’s patterns on Etsy.  After doing a search for pattern reviews, I only found reviews for her lingerie, bras, and bathing suits.  Has anyone made one of her dresses?  Was it complicated to do so without a printed pattern?  I would love to read a review if someone has posted one!

Here are the two dresses I am considering:

Option 1:

Option 2 (not exactly flapper, but so pretty!)

Thank you for your help!

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1940s | Blouses | Shirts | Vintage Sewing

1940s Peplum blouse

By on August 5, 2013

Hello!  I have been following this blog for a while, but haven’t had the nerve to post until now!  I typically sew 1950s dresses and circle skirts, but when I saw Simplicity 1590, I knew I had to give the ’40s a try.  After nearly an hour of searching JoAnn’s sales racks, I found a lovely peach and white flowered fabric that draped beautifully, and some pretty pearl buttons.

The pattern was fairly easy, and I was able to finish it in two nights.  My fabric turned out to be a little see-through, so I’ll have to wear a camisole under it.  It’s also a little loose, which I attribute to both the fit of ’40s blouses, and probably my choice in sizes to make!

The back picture really doesn’t do the shirt justice.  The fabric drapes beautifully, but wrinkles terribly.

Overall, I’m fairly happy with the outcome of my blouse.  It fits a lot looser than the blouses I typically wear, but I can get used to that.  I’m not sure what I’ll wear with it…pants or a pencil skirt?  I guess it’s time to start looking for a new pattern!

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