1980s | Vintage Sewing

Scarlett Hobble Dress 1980

By on December 17, 2013

It’s been ages since I posted anything here, although I have sewing lots…this is a Julianna Sissons design created for Scarlett Canon when she was the darling of the London club scene in the 1980s. The pattern is available to download free from the V&A museum here and comes in a size 12. I think it’s only available until Feb 2014, so get it now while you can! I had to grade the pattern up to a 14. It’s made in a red jersey ponte and lined in tricot. While appearing relatively plain, the dress is backless and has three pleats on the left hand side. A truly iconic 80s dress.

More details at corecouture

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Vintage Sewing

Opera Coat without the Drama

By on October 24, 2012

Vogue 1137 reprint of vintage 1950 dress and coat.
I made only the coat and it’s fabulous – swingy and loose without the being frumpy or shapeless. 3/4 length kimono sleeves make it easy to sew too as there are no sleeves to insert and its loose style means there’s no fitting issues either.
I paired it with a 2012 Vogue pencil skirt for a late 1950, moving into 1960 look.

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1950s | Vintage Sewing

Sundress in the Rain

By on May 8, 2012

Vogue 1043 made in 100% cotton from Ikea but it was such a colourful and happy pattern that I thought it would look great as a summer dress. The pattern has a pleated mock wrap, fitted bodice paired with a half-circle skirt. During construction I lengthened the sleeves to elbow length instead of the tiny cap sleeves in the pattern. This meant cutting and fitting longer underarm gussets too – definitely the hardest thing in making this dress.the pattern of the fabric is large and directional so I had to treat it as if it had a nap and there was no way I was even going to try to match up the pattern, so I have a slightly uneven colour dispersion. By sheer happenstance all the colours are at the front of the dress – the back is positively plain by comparison. But there there exists a certain symmetry on each side: the flower at left shoulder is the same at the left hemline.The bodiceis surprisingly secure and comfortable with no gapping at all. The pattern called for a grosgrain waist stay inside the dress (that’s the vintage touch) but my middle aged tummy likes comfort so I opted for elastic and it works just as well.

There’s a lapped side zip and matching pull through belt and I don’t think it needs a flouncy petticoat, my hips do the job very well instead. More pics and details at http://sewruth.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/ikea-in-rain.html.

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1940s

Vogue 2476 OOP

By on January 22, 2012

I’ve been dipping in and out of wesewretro for ages and I’ve always admired the garments that contributors make and show. Well, I took the plunge and tried it myself. I bought the pattern on Etsy ages ago and never got round to making it so way back in November I made a start and finished it in mid January! An epic journey, though I have to admit to having sewn contemporary pieces inbetween. Anyway, the travelling is now over and I am so happy with the final outcome. What can I say – I love this suit. I love vintage styles. They are so much more feminine and cut to suit an hour glass like mine. The jacket and suit are comfortable, stylish, fit well and no-one has said “That’s old-fashioned” – what they’ve actually said is ” You made it?!” don’t know if it’s a question or an exclamation. I’ve got more pics and the actual journey documented over at http://sewruth.blogspot.com/, if you’re really interested in seeing the whole construction process – otherwise, just enjoy the finished article.

What I can say with absolute certainty is that I will be making more vintage patterns in the future. Thank you WESEWRETRO – I do!

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