1940s New Years Day Dress

By on January 8, 2012

After learning of a vintage car event  happening at a nearby town centre in New Years Day, I decided to make a frock to go with the occasion. I made this dress relatively quick (with was something I was keen to see if I could do) and fitted along the way. I used a cute vintage pattern, Simplicity 4867 and whilst I bought it because of the scalloped version, I decided for the easier one this time.

The construction was fairly easy. The only problem I had was with my own lack of patience reading instructions. I inserted the skirt yoke about 3 times. To my defence I had a cold and wasn’t feeling 100%. The fabric is some sort of linen blend I had in my stash. I wasn’t aiming to be true to vintage style but I think the subdued colours and material ring a bit true with the 1940s. Not too flashy! I added a little brooch and used my gorgeous Miss L Fire shoes.

The event was very nice and full of gorgeous vintage automobiles. I wanted to ask to take some photos whilst sitting in one of these gorgeous cars but alas, I am too shy.

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Vintage Sewing

And introduction and a vintage pattern muslin

By on November 27, 2011

Hello everyone! My name is Suzy and I blog over at www.suzysewing.blogspot.com. I have been a avid reader from Sew Retro for months and thrilled to be part of it in its new gorgeous format.

I’m currently working on the above gorgeous vintage pattern. I will be using a soft and cozy wool flannel fabric, which so far as been the most expensive fabric I have bought. I have to say I am quite nervous to cut into it and for that reason have done a muslin to assess fit. As per usual the bodice is too big, especially at the back. Any help and advice in how to fit this is more than welcome. You can find more photos on my blog.

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