1940s | Dresses

My 1940 Sew for Victory Cotton Dress

By on March 12, 2013

I’ve just finished my first sewing challenge — Lucky Lucille’s “Sew for Victory” challenge!

1940 Peacock Blue Cotton Dress

Lucky me, I already had the pattern (Vintage Vogue 8811) and the fabric and the intention of making this dress for myself anyway.  I previously made this dress for a client and thought it would be cute to make for ME as well!

1940 Peacock Blue Cotton Dress

I used a peacock blue stretch cotton broadcloth and fully lined it.  I thought that a self fabric covered buckle would be a bit too monotonous for this dress and instead used this vintage buckle that I found at a sewing show in the Bay Area a few weeks ago.

1940 Peacock Blue Cotton Dress

I opted not to put the darts in the back and added a little fabric to the bodice so that I’d have more of a blouson effect.

Vintage Brass Button

I found this vintage buckle in my grandma’s button box.  It was used and probably from the 40s-50’s.  I opted not to make a thread loop for the back as I was lazy…..plus, I like ribbon better anyway. 🙂

I can’t wait to wear this dress and liven it up with some snazzy jewelry and some espadrilles!  I promise to have photos of myself in a dress the next time I post on here. 🙂

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1950s | Capes | Jackets

1950 Velveteen Capelet

By on February 24, 2013

Hello my fellow vintage sewing enthusiasts!

Have you ever had a project that you started and then for some reason put it away for a year?  Well, this vintage capelet is one of mine!

1950 Velveteen Capelet

This capelet is made from Vogue 2934, a Vintage Vogue reproduction pattern.  I made this  in some vintage black rose embossed velveteen that my MIL had in her stash.  I started making this last year and had planned to wear it on Valentine’s Day 2012, but didn’t get it finished in time and then, of course, I got more interested in other projects and it sat in my unfinished garments box until last month when I took it out because I needed something warm to wear that was fitting to my retro dresses.

1950 Velveteen Capelet

It did not take me long to finish, except for the hand sewing of the lining.  It’s a pretty easy pattern to make with some vintage instructions.

1950 Velveteen Capelet

I didn’t fold the cuffs and pin them up like the pattern instructed and  instead allowed for it to be worn either straight or cuffed.

Detail of embossed black velveteen
Art Deco button

My favorite part of this capelet is this gorgeous button that I got from Britex Fabrics in San Francisco.  It was described as Art Deco, but is a little bit Roccoco to me.  I love it <3

Unfortunately, I have not been able to wear this capelet yet as it looked too black with a midnight blue silk faille 60s dress I made to wear to a luncheon last month.  It goes perfect with the red silk dupioni and black lace dress I made to wear on Valentine’s Day, but unfortunately, my husband has not taken me out for our V-day dinner yet. 🙁  So, hopefully I can wear this before spring arrives!  If not, at least I will have it to wear in the future. 🙂

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1950s | Dresses

1950’s Christmas Dress

By on November 13, 2012

Hi Everyone!  I have been a lurker on here for a while and this is my first post. 🙂

 

I fell in love with this barbie as soon as she was released and decided to make myself a Christmas dress inspired by her.

Yuletide Yummies 2012 Barbie

I used Butterick 5556, a retro pattern from 1955, and altered the neckline.  My Christmas dress is made of emerald green taffeta with red lace edging and red and green plaid taffeta sash.  I also put a back zipper in instead of the side zipper as the pattern called for.

My 1950s Christmas Dress

Figuring that I would be dry cleaning this dress anyway, I opted to sew a petticoat on to the lining.  I used red netting with a red lace ruffled edging over pongee lining.

I also added red lace on the cuffs like the Barbie inspiration.

I finished this dress last week and wasn’t having very much luck finding some red and green plaid, so my mother-in-law gave me this plaid taffeta that she had.  It wasn’t quite enough fabric to make a bow like I would have liked, so I may change the sash if I can find some fabric that will work for me.  I am wearing this dress for our family Christmas photo and am hoping to find some by then, but just in case I don’t, at least I have this sash.

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