1970s | Accessories

A very retro leather saddle bag

By on March 12, 2014

VintageSaddleBagHi All!

I wasn’t at all certain this post would be welcome here because this baby is not a garment but an accessory! Anywho here goes, hope you all still find it interesting and inspiring!

This gorgeous retro-inspired bicycle saddle bag was not actually made by me… but by my ridiculously clever husband! I just had to share it with vintage lovers and since this is where I share my vintage makes I thought it would be the place.

I’m so very proud and awed by my vintage bike mad, non-sewing, non-leatherworking hubby who conceived of the idea, created the design from scratch (including drafting the pattern), sourced the leather and hardware, dyed and finished the leather himself, and then sewed it completely by hand. The man’s talents are limitless.

The part I like about it the best? That I could easily see it tweaked to make an amazing 70’s style shoulder bag with long strap… I may have already put an order in! If you’d like to see more feel free to pop over to my blog to check out the deets.

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1950s | Vintage Sewing

1950’s “Miss Kitty” shorts

By on February 4, 2014
Sew Jillian's Miss Kitty Shorts

Sew Jillian's MIss Kitty Shorts

Firstly an explanation of the name! I sewed these shorts up with my 1950 Singer Featherweight 221k sewing machine, the first garment project I have used it for. My Featherweight purrs like a kitten so I named her Miss Kitty… and so the Miss Kitty Shorts were born.

Fashion Cut Patterns 9720It was lovely to have sewn up these shorts from 1950’s era Fashion Cut Pattern 9720 on a machine of the same vintage. I had hoped to solely use the Featherweight, but must admit to not staying completely faithful to that goal when it came to seam finishing (serger/overlocker) and button hole construction (I had to use my modern Janome when the attachment for the Featherweight deigned not to cooperate!).

Though I have been sewing for many years, these are my first pants/shorts! I was so chuffed with how they turned out as I was terrified of trying to figure out fit. But right out of the packet they were almost perfect. The only modifications to fit were to take in two inches (total) at the waist side seams grading to nothing at the hip, and to shorten the crotch length with a hasty, quick and dirty tailoring method! You can see more details of this at my blog if you are interested.

Sew Jillian's Miss Kitty Shorts

These shorts are made from a lovely medium to heavy weight cotton sateen (with a bit of lycra making them very comfy) and I used a cream cotton voile for the pocket lining and tab facings as using the fashion fabric would have been too bulky. I made a few departures from the construction instructions which were very sparse! They certainly didn’t believe in hand-holding instructions at Fashion Cut 🙂 I reviewed the pattern here if you’d like further details

All in all I am so very proud of these shorts and am now tempted to delve further into pants/trousers tailoring… I’d love a pair of sailor style pants!

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1970s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Vintage “Two Fruits” Dress

By on December 14, 2013
SewJillian's Oranges and Lemons

Hi fellow sewers!

SewJillian's Oranges and Lemons

I present to you my version of vintage Simplicity 6926, V. 1 (dated 1977).

I made this dress last summer (southern hemisphere) and it’s just come out of hibernation for another round of summer breezes, seaside cocktails and vibrant sunsets. I’m so glad to be finally sharing it with you all.

I adore this dress. It was one of those projects that turned out exactly as I’d envisaged in my head, and let me assure you, that doesn’t often pan out for me!

SewJillian's Oranges and Lemons Dress

Such a great a-line/flared skirt on a well-fitting bodice – with very few fit issues I ended up with one of the best fitting dresses I’ve ever made.

If you’d like more details please visit my blog!

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1970s | Skirts

Up, up and away…

By on October 22, 2013

… in my beautiful, my beautiful ballooooooon!

Simplicity 7395, short skirt
Vintage Simplicity 7395 wrap skirt

Hi! Long time lurker, finally contributing.

This is my version of vintage Simplicity 7395 (short skirt) dated 1976, gifted to me (along with numerous other 70s gems) by a very dear friend.

Simplicity 7395, dated 1976
Simplicity 7395, dated 1976

I adore how this turned out and who doesn’t love the idea of a hot air balloon print skirt??

This was a super simple and quick make – there are no closures like zips or buttons to deal with being an easy-to-wear back wrap skirt.

I did not need to make any alterations to this one, it fit right out of the envelope, which NEVER happens.

Wrap back and skirt ties
Wrap back and skirt ties

I used a modern Japanese cotton poplin in a 1950’s vintage print – who doesn’t like to mix decades??

If you’d like to pop over to my blog you can get more details there. I have a few more projects to share, can’t wait to join such a gifted and generous community of sewers!

X Jillian

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