Vintage Sewing

Late 40s Teal

By on April 1, 2014

I’ve been trying really hard to bolster my winter wardrobe (and only sort of failing). This dress is part of that effort.

I used Simplicity 3010 which is from the late 40s. I choose a teal corduroy to make it up in.

Of course, I had to do the view with the pockets! I really do love this dress. The color is great.

Alas, it’s already time to pack this dress away for warmer weather. More photos over on the blog.

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1940s | Dresses

1940s Valentine

By on February 23, 2014

I know I’m a bit late posting this but I made a cute pink 40s dress for Valentine’s Day!

I made up Simplicity 3583, an early 40s shirtwaist dress pattern, in some great pink rayon.

I opted to pair this outfit with a blue knit bolero for a non-traditional color pairing.

I just adore this dress. The pleats are so flattering. One thing I dislike about early 40s patterns is that they usually have darted sleeve caps. This dress had pleats instead. They were much easier to make and look so much more flattering on me.

Do you like pink or is it best left for Valentine’s Day treats?

More construction details *coughwoescough* on the blog: http://star-spangledheart.blogspot.com/2014/02/hsf-3-pink.html

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1940s | Skirts

Blue and Green

By on February 19, 2014

I’ve been sewing and knitting again and have added two new basics to my wardrobe.

The skirt is made from green twill and McCall’s 7032.

The sweater vest is a sports vest made from a 40s pattern in A Stitch in Time Vol. 2. It was quite fun to knit up.

I also opted to wear a new vintage hat with this outfit! I just adore hats even if I’m not much into millinery.

Who else here enjoys vintage knitting along with vintage sewing?

More details on the blog: http://star-spangledheart.blogspot.com/2014/02/back-to-basics.html

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1950s | Skirts

There’s nothing like a circle skirt

By on February 7, 2014

What can I say about circle skirts? I love wearing them. I love making them. I love love love them!

I had my heart set on making a circle skirt from this great pink and purple fabric but alas, I didn’t have quite enough!

So it was math to the rescue and I made a 3/4 circle skirt instead. Slightly less full but no less fun! Do you like circle skirts?

More details here.

 

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1940s | Blouses | Skirts

A Rayon Dream

By on January 24, 2014

I adore rayon! It’s the fabric I most wish would come back into modern fashion. I’m always on the hunt for rayon with a great retro style print and I fell in love with this divine polka dot yardage.

It’s the size of the print and the color that make this perfect for late 30s/early 40s rather than 50s/60s where polka dots often shine. I ended up pairing this with Wearing History’s Dahlia blouse pattern. Originally, I had a button down blouse in mind but once I got this fabric in my hands, I knew it was screaming to be something more drapey.

The version I made has a cute little bow in the back! And the back is longer to help it stay tucked in to skirts and pants. 1900s and 1910s blouses often have this feature and I have to say it’s quite handy.

I also love, love the neckline! It’s high but not too high. And the edge of the wrap is cut on the grain rather than the bias like most wrap dress/blouse patterns I’ve worked with so there’s no bias stretch to make your neckline gape open.

To finish off the look, I also whipped up Simplicity 3457, an early 40s 12 gore skirt, in some fine whale corduroy.

For a more in depth pattern review of the Wearing History Dahlia blouse pattern and more photos, feel free to pop on over to my blog.

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