1940s | 1950s | Blouses | Vintage Sewing

A Kitschy Kimono Blouse

By on September 2, 2014

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I recently finished a mid-century style kimono top with Pictorial Review 5929. I’ts a simple kimono sleeve tunic from the early 1930’s.  I found a fantastic southwest themed novelty rayon at Stone Mountain and Daughter and wanted to choose a simple design to let the great print stand out.  I’ve sewn it twice already in silk and have also made the lounge pants out of a wool twill.

Pictorial Review 5929
Pictorial Review 5929

 

I changed the square neck to a scoop neck and added rows of kelly green, pink and red ric rac.  I really enjoyed the process of combining the different ric rac colors and sizes and I can see myself doing another neckline like this, maybe a 50’s style peasant top with a fun metallic ric rac yoke.  Here I am wearing the blouse at the farmer’s market.

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I’ve just launched my vintage sewing blog,  She Dreams In Deco , come and check it out!

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1930s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Screen Star Pattern 865 with a Dash of Plaid

By on October 24, 2013

 Hello fellow sewists! I recently finished this dress and the sudden drop in temperature here in the bay area means I should get some use out of it soon. I was  inspired by this post by Jill of Tea With the Vintage Baroness.

The pattern is Screen Star Pattern 865 from the New York Pattern Company and the envelope features actress Helen Mack

I changed the cuffs to french style and used matching fabric covered buttons
I do so love a big 'ol 30's collar. Its so huge I think this could pass as a Pilgrim costume for Thanksgiving.

The main fabric is a heavy rayon crepe purchased at Britex fabrics. Its difficult to find rayon crepes that are really heavy so when I saw this one I didn’t hesitate. The plaid collar, cuffs and mock pockets are made with a vintage feedsack I bought at the Alameda Flea Market.

‘Till later!

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1930s | Dresses | Introduction | Vintage Sewing

A House Dress Fit for Ginger Rogers

By on October 11, 2013

Hello. This is my first post. I’ve really enjoyed watching all of your projects and it was high time I got in on the fun myself!

This is a dress I finished a few months ago. Its only a humble house dress but made up in a lightweight cotton voile I think its pretty darn glamorous. When I wear it I feel like Ginger Rogers.

I used the Vintage Pattern Lending Library’s Ladies Hooverette Day Dress from the early to mid 1930’s. Aside from the 5+ yards of hemming that I did by hand, the pattern was a cinch to sew and I will be making it again. The lines are so simple that I even think it would be dreamy made up in a chiffon for evening. Then I could really channel Ginger!

 

  Oh, and look, here I am doing my best twirl a la Ginger!

I’ve got lots of recent finished projects I look forward to posting here, so i’ll be seeing  you soon!

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