I finally finished my first vintagey dress, although I’m not really sure how I feel about it. The fabric I used had been packed away for a number of years by a friend-of-a-friend’s grandmother, and was given to me since no one in the family sewed. I’m not sure what type of fabric it is, but it’s really thin but pretty. I used a Sew Simple pattern (A2004) and the result? Eh. It reminds me of an old lady’s nightie, unless you wear a belt.
Rather frumpish, really...
Here’s a close-up of the fabric. I was pinning the bias tape to it, thus the large amount of pins.
The dress as a whole is sort of cute with a belt and cardi, but I’d definitely use a different material AND make it a size smaller. Next on my plate- for myself, anyways- is the very popular Butterick B4790 wrap dress. With dinosaurs.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but it hasn’t stopped me from lurking I have finally broken down and taken a sewing class with my mother-in-law (we made a pillowcase) as well as signing up for the next class (we get to make aprons!). She and I have also started investing in patterns that we will be sharing. We found some fantastic vintage patterns- one I bought is a fantastic Anne Adams pattern for a sleeveless jacket or shirtdress that still has the mailing envelope, postmarked 6.22.64, costing a whole 2 1/2-cents to mail
My question is this- this patter is marked a size-13 and is terribly small. I, on the other hand, am about a 16-18 and not-so-small. What would be the best way to resize this to fit? I absolutely love it, even though I’m usually more drawn to the 1940s stylings, and would to have this wear in the spring.
Hi all! My name is Simoree (most people call me Smee) and I’m relatively new to sewing. I was gifted a simple little Brother XL-5340 that I named Lynette, and so far together we’ve made a few simple costumes (Arthur and Patsy from Monty Python for my girl and I last year is my favourite so far). As a WWII history nerd, I’m drawn the styles of the late 30s-early 40s with a little 50s and 60s thrown in. I’ve lurked here for a long time but have never felt qualified to really post anything, as I am mainly a knitter and am looking to get into more sewing projects as a way to preserve my wrists.
I’m looking forward to getting into my grandmother’s stash and seeing what she has collected over the years. Already she’s given me a few Christmas decorating and craft books from the 70s, and I’m sure there are some from before that hidden somewhere. I am also looking forward to getting to know everyone here and possibly picking your brains for helpful hints and tricks to become better with sewing.