1930s | 1950s | 1970s | Dresses | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

Vintage Inspired Sewing

By on September 19, 2014

I’ve been trying to break out of my comfort zone this year while still keeping to a vintage style, and I have two new pieces to share with you guys!
IMG_3410The first is a maxi skirt. I very loosely based it off of a 1970s Simplicity apron pattern, and I was terribly afraid it would end up looking like a skirt from the 1800s. But I think it looks quite nice with the gray top (inspired from a 1950s Simplicity pattern). I actually look forward to pairing it with a button down top for a more old-fashioned look.

IMG_3385The second is a look I’ve been working on and off (mostly off) over the past year and a half. I really wanted to make a 1930s ballgown, but couldn’t make peace with the price tags I saw on etsy so I designed and drafted my own. I wanted to give it more of a mermaid tail, but I’m terrible at measuring myself before cutting. (And anyway, I don’t think you’d be able to notice because of the wind.)IMG_3391

I have my notes and a tutorial up for the maxi skirt. I just have my notes up for the maxi dress, but if there’s interest, let me know and I’ll post a tutorial for it as well! Hope you enjoy! 😀

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1950s | Pattern Drafting | Shirts | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

Vintage Ensemble

By on April 29, 2014

After discovering a bit about Ulyana Sergeenko and her designs, I decided I wanted to do my own take on one of her outfits, and this is my first result!

For the top, I used a pattern envelope from the 1950s as inspiration, Simplicity 4538. I didn’t have the actual pattern, but it looked easy enough to sew the two ends together. The other seam is across the back to form the yoke, but it stops so you have room for the arms. It was easy enough and it took me about 10-20 minutes to figure everything out.

As for the skirt, I drafted my own circle skirt from 2 yards of fabric. I put in a pocket on one side and a zipper on the other.

I have more details here on my blog.

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1960s | Capes | Vintage Sewing

1960s Cape

By on March 10, 2014

I made a cape and so far it’s perfect and I love it!

I used Vogue 6032 from 1963 and I used a charcoal wool with purple satin lining. It’s fairly warm, except for the no-sleeves bit so it’s perfect for the spring now that it’s starting to warm up.

I had a bit of trouble converting all the hand stitching in the pattern instructions to my new serger (as I’m fairly inexperienced with both hand-stitching and serging), but I think it came out really well.

It took a bit of practice to get used to walking with my arms out front instead of to the sides, but really it’s like going out with a fashionable blanket on so how can you go wrong??

More construction details and pictures on my blog.

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1960s | Dresses | Modern Patterns

1960s Wiggle Dress – Inspired by The Hour

By on September 30, 2013


I’m obsessed with The Hour, an incredible show set int the 1960s, and this is the first dress (hopefully of many!) that I’ll be recreating from the show.

The inspiration:

This is a heavyweight cotton fabric with a fun lace print. I used Bluegingerdoll’s Billie Jean pattern for the dress.

It was originally an off-the-shoulder dress which I modified so I could wear a regular bra with it. I also added a larger vent so I could walk easier and faster.

This was such a quick sew and it turned out so well! You can read more and see more pictures on my blog.

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1940s | Swimwear / Sunwear

Ginger Swimsuit

By on August 13, 2013

I feel like I’ve been working on this swimsuit all summer and I’m so glad I’m finally done. (And a little sad I don’t have more time to wear it this season!)

I wanted a retro bikini and I found that in Ohhh Lulu’s Ginger Bodysuit. I didn’t change anything to the pattern, and while there are a few modifications I was too lazy to make, it turned out incredible and I love it.

I attempted to match the stripes and for the most part they’re great. There are a few bits where it just couldn’t happen and I needed to recut to make them match, but that wasn’t going to happen.

And of course, I couldn’t resist once I had my retro bikini, and I just had to do the victory rolls in my hair. I felt so glamorous. I’m pretty sure this is the only proper way to wear this swimsuit out in public.

Victory rolls + red lipstick + homemade swimsuit = instant elegance (at least in your head!)

Blogged here.

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1930s | 1940s | Lingerie

40s style French Knickers and a Top

By on June 26, 2013

As part of the Show Off Your Skivvies Challenge, I made a pair of French knickers and a matching pajama top. I got both patterns from Vera Venus, but I mixed genres somewhat. The knickers are based on 1940s patterns and the top is from the 1930s.

I love the patterns but I cut them a bit too small and had to improvise with the lace to make inserts and also make it a bit stretchier. The top is still a bit too tight, but the knickers are perfect!

Also, I had no idea that knickers were once considered a form of undies – I thought they were mostly lounge clothes!

If you’re interested, you can read more on my blog.

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