Vintage Vix

The last time I made this top I’d used a vintage polycotton bed sheet and it turned out to be disappointingly stiff and unflattering but this  emerald green sari silk (surplus from my military maxi waistcoat lining) turned out just right. The 1976 pattern –  Simplicity 7569 – was fantastically easy to follow . View [...]

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This 1970s Maudella pattern (5800) was a joy to make.  The instructions were really straightforward and it took just one (rainy) afternoon to make up. I did cheat with the fastenings, the cross-over straps are supposed to have buttonholes but I’m never made any before so I cheated and used press studs – but if [...]

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I was lucky enough to find 6 yards of this psychedelic acetate in a charity shop on the same day I found the 1969  Simplicity pattern and according to the instructions, exactly the correct amount of fabric required for View 2 – my favourite outfit!  Although too big I had a dressmaking friend on hand [...]

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I couldn’t wait to get home and get to work sewing this Barbie fabric I bought at the car boot sale. There wasn’t quite enough fabric to lay the pattern pieces out properly so I had to improvise and the print doesn’t match as well as I’d like it to it have done. The 1970 [...]

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As soon as I received this groovy 1960s psychedelic nylon in a package from a dear blogging friend I knew it would be the perfect for making up into a festival playsuit (or “pantdress”, as it’s called on the pattern envelope). The 1967 pattern is a MacCall’s 8978- a gift from another generous blogging friend. [...]

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My brother was going to throw these military curtains away. They’d be hanging in his bedroom in our parental home since he was born in 1968. I knew they’d be the perfect bold print I needed for the 1970′s Butterick 5597 waistcoat pattern. Lined with emerald green Indian sari silk and some vintage frog fastenings [...]

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I caught the sewing bug four years ago and never looked back. Entirely self-taught I regularly trawl charity shops, flea markets, car boot sales and jumbles for vintage 1960s and 1970s patterns, notions, fabrics and thread. To this day I’ve yet to buy anything new. This culotte suit suit was made following a 1960s Le-Roy [...]

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