1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

A Plaid Peony

By on November 3, 2012

I recently finished Colette’s Peony and I love the vintage vibe this dress has.

I always love it when I put on a dress and my husband says. “Where you going to wear that?”  I say, “Work, why? Is it not work attire?” He says, “Well yeah, you just looked like you stepped out of the 50’s though.”  Mission accomplished!

I added a peter pan collar to this which probably adds to the 50’ish vibe.  I used Gertie’s Book for Better Sewing to draft my own.  Gertie’s book is just awesome!  Get it if you haven’t already!  Check out all the dress details and more pictures on my blog.

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Kitties and Corduroy

By on September 9, 2012

I finished up Colette’s Macaron and I used the cutest vintage print I wanted to share with you.  I found this kitty woven cotton on Etsy at PumpkinTruck’s shop.


For the bodice and skirt I used a lightweight blue corduroy I picked up at Joann’s Fabrics.

Read all the details and see more pics on my blog.  Make sure to check out PumpkinTruck’s etsy shop.  They have lots of vintage fabric!

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Sassy Librarian Blouse

By on August 5, 2012

I completed the Sassy Librarian Blouse by Christine Haynes on Craftsy.com.  This was a fun blouse to make.  I chose the sleeveless version with the pintuck detailing and contrasting bow.

The fabric I chose was a quilting cotton.  To go along with the vintage feel of the blouse I used some vintage buttons I got for a dollar at an antique store over the past weekend.

The front of the blouse has bust darts and release pleats.  The back also has release pleats.  I like the way it conforms to your curves and doesn’t look boxy.  The only alterations I had to make was to the back neck.  I added a 1 inch dart on each side of the CB to eliminate the gape I had in the neckline.

See more details and pics on my blog post here.

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1960s | Dresses

Modern Retro Simplicity 1803

By on June 22, 2012

Forgive me this is not a vintage pattern nor is it vintage print but the moment I put on this dress it reminded me of the style of dress one would see in Mad Men.  The first thing my husband said about it was, “You look like one of those ladies off that show you watch all the time (Mad Men), the skirt sits up high like those dresses they wear.”   He’s so funny.  So I thought I would share it with you as I am rather proud of myself for finally completing it.

Love the keyhole neckline
The back is my favorite part.
You can see more details on my blog.  My next project will be my first vintage pattern I purchased from ErikawithaK’s etsy shop.  I just love her shop by the way.  I’m going for the one in the middle…so cute and unique.
1960’s Simplicity
Looks fairly easy so it shouldn’t take me to long to make.  Look forward to sharing it with you all. 

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1950s | Pattern Catalogs | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

A gift from Granny…

By on May 13, 2012

Wanted to share this Singer reference book my Grandma gave me recently.  Published in 1955 this book only cost 95 cents.   My Granny would of been around my age, 35, at the time she was learning from this book.

Singer Sewing Skills Reference book

I can’t wait to go through this book.   It discusses a little bit of everything and a lot of things I’ve never heard of.  Adjustable hemmer , zipper closures and everything in between.

I myself need to pay particular attention to this section…my posture is horrible…

Sit up straight my dears!

There are 6 sewing lessons in this book and each lesson has a little packet of scrap fabric to practice on.

  • Lesson 1 – Sewing Machine Principles
  • Lesson 2 – Stitching Methods and Fashion Details
  • Lesson 3 – Sewing Machine Attachments
  • Lesson 4 – Fashion Stitches
  • Lesson 5 – Zipper Closures
  • Lesson 6 – Hems and Hem Finishes

I love my Grandma’s cute little notes various places in the book and each of the lesson packets still has the fabric she practiced on.






















This is so precious to me and something I will cherish forever!


I also wanted to share a brand new skirt I just made for myself that I am so super pleased about!  My Granny will be pleased as well.   Simplicity 2226, it’s not a vintage pattern but the polka dots give it vintage flare don’t cha’ think!?!?

You can see more pics of it on my blog here.

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