1960s | Jackets | Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 7032 progress.

By on September 11, 2012

I first decided to make this pattern in February 2011, can you believe that?! A year and a half ago? Talk about procrastination! The good news is that I am cruising along now and am getting close to finishing it.

I want to share with you some photos of where I am currently up to. Please be kind, this is the first jacket I have ever made. I know some of the seams are a bit dodgy, and the scallops are not perfect. But I am learning quite a lot from making this two piece suit, so for that I am grateful. I think a pink two-piece suit is a necessity for any vintage wardrobe.   🙂

Here are some photos of where I am up to with the jacket…

 ~ The back of the jacket has not yet been pressed ~

 ~ The Liberty Betsy fabric I intend to line the jacket with ~

 ~ Elbow dart ~

The skirt has been cut out and is ready to be sewn up. I am going to make it with an invisible zip because I like the look of these even though the pattern asks for a side zip.

So, my question to you all is what is your preferred garment underlining method? I would love to get some tips/recommendations before I decide on how to underline the jacket and skirt. Any advice would be very much appreciated!

I blog at Buckingham Road.

Sam xox

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1950s | Aprons | Vintage Sewing

Butterick 6743 Apron.

By on September 9, 2012
“You’re the talk of the bridge club in these snappy aprons.”

I finally have my sewing groove back! To kick things off here is an apron made from Butterick 6743. According to the Vintage Pattern Wiki, this pattern was sold in 1953. I bought my copy from Etsy last year in factory fold condition. It is hard to imagine how the pattern had not been used until for over 50 years as it’s just too darn cute!

The pattern asks for one yard of fabric and five yards of bias binding. There are four pattern pieces: front section (cut 1), side section (cut 2), waist band (cut 1) and tie ends (cut 2). I selected a medium weight cotton fabric in a retro print that I thought would be perfect as a half apron. To set it off I paired it with a musky pink bias binding. I sewed up View C (original pattern photo at end of post) in only a couple of hours.




“Saucer patterns with novel loop holes.”

The curved edges were finished with bias binding making finishing these seam a breeze. I sewed the waist band to the apron panels using a French seam, and double folded all the tie edges to give a nice neat look and to make the bands slightly sturdier. Here are a few shot of the underside of the apron.




Now I worry it is too cute to use! Can one wear an apron as a fashion accessory?

And finally, here is the original pattern in all its glory…

Please feel free to follow all my sewing activities as my blog Buckingham Road.
Sam xox

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1960s | Dresses | Pattern Drafting

My 60’s Style Sorbetto Dress.

By on August 12, 2012

I drafted the perfect gardening dress today using Colette Pattern’s Sorbetto as my starting block. I deleted the centre front pleat and lengthened the top by about 14 inches, taking into account my hip measurements and adding width to the pattern accordingly. I also lowered the front neckline about an inch. I made a wearable muslin first using a brightly coloured floral fabric. I discovered the wearable muslin had a few mistakes. I had not removed enough of the pleat section so my darts did not reach the right position on my bust. Also, I added three pin tucks to the centre front neck line which did not look that great. The first dress will be kept for sleepwear in the summer months, because it is cute, but a little shabby and not something I would be confident to wear out in public.
For the second pattern draft I removed more from the front pleat, added half an inch to either side hips, shortened the length to sit above my knees and decided not sew the pin tucks. I sewed this draft up in the blue mock Liberty and it turned out so much nicer!

I think this dress has a 60’s feel to it, as I have seen many patterns for dresses in this shape with similar dart placements. I think a straight hemline and a higher neckline would be all that is needed to make a dress identical to this McCall’s 9029 pattern below:

Sam xox

I blog at Buckingham Road

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Vintage Sewing

Serger Series

By on March 5, 2012

I have seen a few contributors on WeSewRetro recently write about learning to sew, and have been asking a few questions on this blog. I know this isn’t retro, but I thought the Serger Series I am running on my blog right now might be of use to some of you who are learning to sew? I will cover things like tips on getting the correct tension, tools of the trade, special features of some machines, and how to change your colour without messing up your tension!


I hope this inspires you to dust off that old serger lurking at the back of your sewing cupboard, or perhaps inspire you to buy one for yourself? Sam xox

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