1940s | 1950s

50’s Jacket wants to be a Lilli Ann Jacket.

By on December 1, 2015

I love the jackets, coats and suits from Lilli Ann and so i needed a jacket with a peplum, a big shawl collar and a little bit of the “New Look” shape.

I used a pattern from a german magazine “Der neue Schnitt” 10/1956. I added the peplum and collar, made a full bust adjustment and a handstitched lining.

There are some wrinkles in the back collar, because it’s a little bit too long, but that does not stand out in motion.

I’m very happy with my jacket – i could wear it with dress and with pants too.

Now i plan a matching pencil skirt for a suit!

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Swingdress from Praktische Mode 03/1958

By on May 28, 2013

Hello Ladies, i want to show you my last dress.

The Dress is from the german Praktische Mode June 1952. There are no instructions, but only a pattern with few clues. So I’m very proud that it worked anyway.

The fabric is incidentally from the flea market, so I have no idea what it is for a material. But it is very lightweight and drapes beautifully.

Because the dress at the waist is too wide, the button placket – luckily – only decoration.

I love the dress very much, so i hope it will soon be very hot, so I can wear it.

I named it swingdress, because the wonderfully wide skirt and the loose top is great for dancing. More information you can find on my blog Beswingtes Allerlei.

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1950s | Dresses

Dress from Schwabe – Der neue Schnitt June 1957

By on May 9, 2013

Hello Ladies,

I wished for a long time a Hawaiian inspired dress. After I then ordered fabric from the USA, I have found the perfect pattern. From the “Schwabe der neue Schnitt” from June 1957 comes this great piece.

Unfortunately I have to be brief because my English has not improved even since the last time 🙂

The dress has a beautiful sweetheart neckline, a pleat in the back skirt for more movement and a bolero actually part of it, but the fabric was not enough.

Unfortunately it is a tiny bit too tight, but I hope that I easily get it under control with a little less ice cream and much more hula.


Oh, and that’s the original:




And the whole history of sewing this dress called “Tropenkleid” (tropicdress) you can see here.

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1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Dress from Elsa December 1950

By on January 29, 2013

Hello everyone,

this is my first post here and I’m a little nervous (mainly because of my bad english), but we get right to the point: I’m a German girl in her mid-twenties and trying to sew vintage sewing patterns. This I also collect old magazines from the 30s to late 50s.  In December there was a German Sew-Along for Christmas dresses and I chose a dress of the handmade book Elsa and this is the result:


“Elsa Handarbeit und Wäsche” December issue of 1950

nullThat was the original. I have changed something on the sleeves and decorative stitching attached.


It was my first dress and i’m very proud of it! And here you could see the whole story.

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