1950s | Dresses | Embroidery | Vintage Sewing

A 1950’s Embroidered Peasant Dress

By on December 10, 2014

Wow! It sure has been a long time since I’ve posted over here!  I sure am glad to be back in this space. 🙂

I’m so happy to share my embroidered 1950’s peasant dress with you.

50s peasant dress 1

This dress is made out of a turquoise cotton broadcloth and I used Simplicity 3893, a vintage pattern from the 1950’s.

I’ve loved peasant dresses for a long time and have always wanted one.  My inspiration came from many photos I’ve seen over the years of peasant (or patio) dresses from the 50’s.

[sources: via Pinterest]
I freehand embroidered the neckline with pansies, which took me a couple of months to finish.  This was the first embroidery project that I’ve had for a very long time and made me happy to get back into it.  I considered doing some more embroidery on the skirt, but went with ribbon instead.

As this dress is basically a tent, I always intended to wear it with this silver and leather concho belt that I also made.

This dress was truly a labor of love for me from grading it up substantially to spending many nights on the couch embroidering it.  It’s something that I’ve always wanted and a dress that I love to wear, so it was definitely worth it.

Happy Sewing!

For more photos/info, please check out my blog:  Mrs. Hughes

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1950s | Dresses

Patriotic Seersucker Picnic Dress

By on September 30, 2013

Hello!  I just finished this dress the other day for the Fall for Cotton challenge.  It is a vintage reproduction pattern from 1954 (Vintage Vogue 2960).

I made this dress out of cotton seersucker and lined the bodice with swiss cotton dot.  I made a self fabric belt with a vintage pearl-ish buckle from my grandma’s notion stash that almost perfectly matches my buttons.  I’m wearing this with my lightweight summer petticoat made of cotton muslin that you can kind of see as I twirling around with the skirt before the photo was taken. 🙂

1954 Seersucker Picnic Dress

This dress blended together a lot of things that I have been clamoring for in my closet, like seersucker, a patriotic dress, gingham (orcheck?), and more 50’s garments to parade around in.

Happy Sewing!

 

 

 

PS There are more photos and info on my blog!

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1920s | Downton Abbey Inspired | Dresses | Hats | Shirts | Vintage Sewing

Going Gatsby for an Afternoon

By on September 9, 2013

This year I finally made up my mind to create a historically correct 1920’s outfit for the Art Deco Society of California’s Gatsby Summer Afternoon in Oakland, California.  This Art Deco picnic was held at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate and the attire is daywear from 1920-1940 (the Art Dcco period of course!).  It is a living history event with no spectators as everyone is a participant.

Gatsby Summer Afternoon

I made not only my outfit, but my husbands’ as well, even venturing into hat-making, which is a pursuit that I have never delved into before.  My dress is a seafoam green floral poly chiffon with a yellow crepe back satin slip.  It’s made using Vogue 2535, a 1928 design pattern that is out of print.

Vintage Vogue 2535, Original 1928 Design

I added a sash out of my slip fabric and fabric rosettes made from my dress fabric.  I love this pattern and it’s very comfortable to wear, even with synthetic fabrics and a hot afternoon.  The cape is most definitely my favorite feature and I also love the handkerchief hemline.

My hat is a 1920’s garden party hat made with maize silk dupioni and a buckram base.    The sash is the same yellow fabric I used for my slip and I added vintage silk millinery flowers.  I used Butterick 4697, a “Making History” pattern that is also out of print.

Butterick 4697

As a history scholar, I try to get my vintage repro outfits historically correct.  I am ….mostly …. with the exception that I could not find any crocheted gloves in time and my lace glovemaking pursuits were futile.  Also, it was very hot that day and I couldn’t stand wearing my seam-back pantyhose….. I think stockings and garters are the way to go!

If 1920’s men’s patterns were readily available I would have used them for my husbands’ outfit, unfortunately they are not easy to find.  Fortunately, men’s fashion has not changed much in the last 100 years, so I improvised.  My husband’s shirt is McCalls 2447 and is made of blue Burberry herringbone stripe shirting.  It has collar stays and French cuffs with vintage blue sapphire cufflinks that were my grandpa’s (which of course, you can’t see!).  His vest is Vogue 8497 (out of print) and is made of navy cotton poplin with vintage metal buttons and lined with striped shirting.  His trousers are vintage from a thrift store.  I bought him a 1920s vintage silk foulard tie with a geometric design, but what do ya know?  I forgot to pack it….

His golf cap is Vogue 8869 and is made of a black/midnight blue wool coating from my stash.

Overall it was such a great day, albeit HOT, and we are already planning for next year!  I’d like to make Vogue 2535 in a silk/cotton voile and use some contrasts.  I have in mind making my husband a seersucker suit, so if anyone knows of any great vintage suit patterns, please let me know!

Mr. and Mrs. Hughes at the Gatsby Summer Afternoon

Happy Sewing!

 

 

 

More details and photos from this event on my blog.

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1960s | Dresses

1960 Tangerine Eyelet Sundress

By on July 12, 2013

Hello fellow vintage sewists!

Just stopping by to share my latest creation using Retro Butterick 5748, a pattern reissue from 1960.

Retro Butterick 5748 in tangerine and ivory eyelet

I made this out of tangerine cotton eyelet shirting that has butterfly print border and ivory floral eyelet.  My tangerine eyelet was in a Fabric Mart bundle, so I was working with limited yardage (2 1/2 yds) and had to be very careful to be able to cut out the circle skirt.  I barely had enough left to make the bow on the bodice!  I cut the skirt out of the solid part of the eyet and then cut the border and sewed in on to the hem.  I ended up with only a couple of small scraps left after this project!

Tangerine cotton eyelet shirting
Ivory cotton eyelet

I used ivory cotton eyelet for the bodice and also made a tie sash out of it as well.  I lined my dress with white cotton batiste and made a light summer petticoat with Simplicity 5006 in white cotton muslin.

Retro Butterick 5748 in tangerine/ivory cotton eyelet

I just love this dress!  This is the second time that I’ve used this pattern and it goes together quickly.  It’s perfect for summer and mine is light and airy and twirl-worthy. 🙂

Definitely twirl-worthy!

 

Happy Sewing!

 

 

 

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1960s | Dresses

Jungle Print 1960 Sundress

By on June 17, 2013

Hello fellow vintage sewists!

This is one of my latest retro creations made using Retro Butterick 5748.  I wanted something quick and easy to make and this fitted the bill.  I also had this lovely blue and white cotton lawn in my stash and it worked quite well to make this dress.  I lined it with cotton batiste and the combo makes this quite breathy and comfortable.  I didn’t change anything from the pattern other than adding a faux belt of blue grosgrain ribbon.  This is definitely a dress I will make again!

Pardon the photobombing border collie….. 🙂

Retro Butterick 5748 1960 sundress in blue/white jungle print cotton lawn
Retro Butterick 5748 1960 sundress in blue/white jungle print cotton lawn

 

Happy Sewing!!

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1940s | Dresses

1946 “Owl Eyes” Challis Dress

By on April 15, 2013

Hello fellow vintage sewists!

This dress is probably one of my favorites that I’ve made for myself.

Butterick 5281

This dress is a 1946 reproduction Retro Butterick 5281.  The fabric I used is Anna Sui “Owl Eyes” Rayon/Cotton Challis.  I’ve never sewn with challis before and found it to be a pretty easy sew fabric.  After prewashing it got pretty soft and goes perfect with the light tan cotton batiste that I used for the lining.  I used a cotton twill for the belt and added some fuschia buttons for a faux closure on the bodice.  I made this dress to enter in Fabric Mart’s Julie’s Picks contest (which starts this week for voting!) and also for Lucky Lucille’s Sew for Victory.  I wore this to a meeting last week and it got some rave reviews!  There is nothing that I don’t like about this dress and as it’s a very wearable vintage inspired garment, I definitely plan to be sporting it for years to come. 🙂

Butterick 5281

 

Happy Sewing!

 

 

 

 

 

Further info/photos on my blog

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1940s | Dresses

Polka dots and Sunshine

By on March 27, 2013

Hello fellow vintage sewing enthusiasts! 🙂

It’s spring and I am ready for warm weather!  I just completed this red polka dot sundress that I definitely will be wearing all summer long (and spring, if it stays warm!).

Red and white polka dot sundress, Vogue 8812
Red and white polka dot sundress, Vogue 8812

This is made out of stretch cotton broadcloth and is made using Vogue 8812, a Vintage Vogue design from 1940.  I pretty much followed the pattern, although I added wider straps and fully lined it with cotton batiste.  I also put a ribbon tie on the bodice instead of the self fabric tie and put in a zipper instead of the suggested buttons.

Red and white polka dot sundress, Vintage Vogue 8812

As I didn’t want this to be as low cut as it would have ended up being, I shortened the straps and the gathered bra on the bodice is more of a neckline feature than a full encompassing bra.  The next time I make this I shall cut the bra and stay larger so that it covers me more.  The photo on the pattern and the model do not show how low-cut this dress is and I don’t like showing off much of my cleavage.  And yes, I would have figured that out, had I made a muslin…..but I am happy with my dress and that’s what counts to me. 🙂

Red and white polka dot sundress, Vintage Vogue 8812

And now I finally have taken photos of myself in my creations rather than just taking photos on my dressform!  I do not think it’s bad for a tripod and sewing blogger newbie! 🙂

Happy Sewing!

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