Vintage Sewing

Vintage Barkcloth Peony

By on June 16, 2013

Hey guys I recently came across some beautiful vintage barkcloth from a local antique store, pictured below.

I only had 2 metres of the grey fabric on the right and managed to squeeze out a Colette Peony from it!

Here it is made up –

And the back


I know it’s not a vintage pattern but thought you guys might like to see the pretty fabric made into a dress. I haven’t decided what to make with the green and coral fabric yet, but there’s 3 metres of it so I have a lot more options!

Thanks for looking 🙂

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Vintage Sewing

Brown Suiting Very Easy Vogue 8615

By on August 17, 2012

This is another pattern that I’m pretty sure is classified as a modern pattern, but it’s heavily vintage inspired, in my opinion, with the massive circle skirt and boat neck, it reminds me of a dress from the 50s.

I didn’t alter the pattern at all other than cut it off the fold so it didn’t have the centre seam in the bodice, it’s fully lined and is a pleasure to wear with the heavy, swishy skirt, although it’s a bit tight in the upper arm area.  I implemented a few new techniques I’d  never tried before when sewing this, including adding bodice and skirt lining, slip stitching, adding pockets and an invisible zipper.  It was a great learning experience.

It looks great with gold vintage accessories and a crinoline.








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Dresses | Modern Patterns

Mean Mrs Mustard

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Hi all

I have only recently joined the online sewing community so I’m excitedly joining all sorts of sites, including this one.

This isn’t an actual vintage pattern, it’s Simplicity 2444 but it’s fairly retro styled.

Here is the finished product without the crinoline


And here it is with the crinoline

My house is very dark and it was hard to get a clear shot of the fabric.  Anyway thanks for looking, more here on my blog –

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