1940s | Coats | Vintage Sewing

1941 Coat

By on February 11, 2014

Hi everyone! I haven’t posted on here in a couple of months, but for good reason. I’ve been busy working on a WWII-era coat. I’m talking knee-length, heavy weight, filly-lined and warm coat. I am thrilled with how it turned out…from the lovely shoulder dart detailing, to the added on welt pockets. It was constructed from a vintage nylon felt fabric, faux fur, and lined with a salmon satin heavy lining.

I am not going to lie, this is my first coat project and I did experience some difficulty (mainly space-wise) in putting it together. It took me over a month to complete, due to hand attaching the lining and whatnot, but it was totally worth it. I will definitely use this pattern again in the (probably quite distant) future!


Please feel free to head over to my blog, to read more about this adventure and see more pictures! Thanks for reading!

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1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Happy New Year!

By on January 2, 2014

Hi everyone, thought I would share with you, my New Year’s dress. This was my first time working with charmeuse and a more complex sewing pattern involving shirring. I’ve been sewing for five years now, but have put off challenging myself for some time. I decided to break the routine, so to speak, with this dress.

I’ve been looking for something to put in my wardrobe with more detailing and I believe this is it! I love late 30’s fashion because of the details so I was happy I could pull this off. I did run into bumps along the way…and was frustrated with the fabric during the entirety of the completion of this project. But, I am so happy with it now and it was worth every difficulty!

I’m very excited about this dress and how it turned out. It has definitely opened more possibilities, since it involved tackling two things I was concerned about. Here’s to the New Year…and overcoming challenges!

Feel free to head over to my blog, for more pictures and details on this fabulous dress!

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1930s | 1940s | Dresses

Two late 1930’s dresses

By on December 16, 2013

It’s been about two months since I last posted anything on here…but they have been some of the busiest months I have ever experienced! I’ve been trying to set aside time for myself to sew something here and there, even if it’s just small steps to completing a project. These small time increments have fortunately proved to be a success, since I managed to complete two dresses.


The first dress is a vintage cotton, in a sort of oxblood red. It features shoulder darts, an empire waistline, and black cord-ribbon accenting (with black buttons as well). The second dress is made from an organic bamboo rayon jersey. I used a contrasting cream collar and buttons from some vintage broadcloth my grandmother gave me. It was my first time working with jersey and although not as bad as I had anticipated, I did still run into a couple of problems (mainly the stretch-stitch taking forever).

Anyway, feel free to pop on over to my blog, more details and pictures on these dresses here.

Anyone have some tips for how they work with jersey fabrics? I do not own a twin needle or walking foot sadly, but they are on my list to purchase at some point.

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1930s | 1940s

Happy Halloween…my costume

By on October 31, 2013

I thought I would share my Halloween costume on here, which took roughly 9 hours to put together. I get super into this holiday every year, as it’s my favourite…

I wanted to create a late 1930’s Snow White, making up something that a girl back then would have put together! I used Simplicity 3152, dark navy velvet for the bodice, cream linen for the skirt and sleeves, and a pale yellow chiffon overlay on the skirt. I also threw in some detailing here and there. I am in love with how it turned out!

I’m entering a costume contest with this tonight…so here’s hoping I win!

For more information or to see more pretty pictures, please head over to http://thespindleandspoon.blogspot.com/2013/10/costume-finished.html

Thanks for reading and Happy Halloween!!

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Butterick 2466, a jumper for autumn

By on September 30, 2013

I wanted to complete something quick and simple for the sudden onset of autumn we received here, in the Pacific Northwest. This pattern was fast to sew and is very easy to wear! The material is a vintage cotton blend and is densely woven to create a warm yet soft texture. I will definitely wear this a lot during this season! I just love the gathered skirt and usable pockets…

Feel free to stop by here, for more pictures and details on the project!




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Vogue 8740

By on July 21, 2013

I had planned on making this lovely dress for springtime….but naturally life got in the way and I just completed it a couple of weeks ago instead. I used a wonderful vintage, seafoam green swiss-dot 100% cotton fabric (that’s a lot for one sentence!). It was very simple to work with and now I’ve got a lovely summer dress for those hot (ha!) Seattle days.  Plus: shoulder darts! I always get excited when I get to work with them…as they make setting in sleeves a dream. They also look very period accurate!

More details on this post can be read here
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Butterick 6835

By on July 2, 2013

I recently had my 5-year wedding anniversary with my husband. We stayed at a lovely bed and breakfast to celebrate properly! For the occasion, I made this dress. Knowing full-well it would be hot that day, I aimed to create something airy with lightweight fabric. Honestly, it was perhaps the most difficult to work with since it was so sheer and had 4-way stretch which was always  trying to escape from my sewing machine. But, it was well worth the effort, as this 1950’s dress turned out lovely and fit like a dream.  I also holed myself up in my sewing corner and whipped this baby out in six hours…determination pays off.

The rest of my post on our little adventure, can be read here. Thanks for reading!

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