1920s

Daisy Buchanan inspired dress

By on November 13, 2013


I missed the Great Gatsby Challenge but couldn’t stop thinking about making a Daisy inspired dress. I loved all the colours Casey Mulligan wore in the movie and had some pinky prints and solids in my stash. I used the Burdastyle double layer dress pattern I had already assembled for my Downton dress but this time without adding a sash so it was more flapper-esque. Here is one of the gorgeous costumes I was inspired by, but you can see more at my blog thehollywoodsew.com

 

 

 

 

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1920s | Swimwear / Sunwear

1920s Swimsuit

By on November 9, 2013

I made myself a vintage 1920s swimsuit using Vintage Fashion Library 145, which is a reproduction of Simplicity 7041:

Simplicity 7041
Simplicity 7041 via the Vintage Patterns Wiki

I made the one-piece with scoop back, using some lightly textured, black swimwear fabric and matching white fabric for a contrast belt. The repro is a B38, so I needed to grade it down to fit me. I didn’t alter the length of the shorts, only the belt and straps. I added white topstitching along the top and bottom edges of the bodice, with contrasting black topstitching on the white belt.

My wife took some photos of me in the suit at Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion in Toronto’s west end. Worn with a coverup, it’s almost indistinguishable from a playsuit:

I was able to cheat and sew the 1″ buttons directly through the straps:

And yes, you can swim in it! I’m considering making the low-backed view in a lighter swimwear fabric for next summer… I’ve posted more details at my blog, PatternVault.

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1910s | 1920s | 1940s | 1950s | 1960s | Vintage Sewing

Frocktober 2013

By on October 31, 2013

In Australia October is known in many vintage circles as Frocktober. It’s a chance to wear a Frock every day of the month & raise money & awareness for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. It was started by two fabulous Swing dancers.
This year my aim was to go Vintage every time I left the house & raise $1000.
I’m just shy of my target, but I promise to wear my 1950’s style wedding dress tomorrow if I get there.
Here’s a taste of what I’ve worn


Luckily I am a costume designer & was able to borrow back a whole stack of dresses I’ve made from about 10 years of school productions, plus a few from my own personal collection.
I think after this I might be doing a regular vintage outfit every week. it’s been a blast.

https://frocktober.everydayhero.com/au/Mizjayne

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1920s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

My Boardwalk Empire challenge part one

By on October 27, 2013

I want to repair a big injustice. There’s always a lot of Mad men challenge; but what about Boardwalk empire!!?

There’s a lot of wonferful suits and gorgeous dresses, and skirts, and shirts! So, here is my own Boardwalk Empire challenge!

I looove the dress that Margaret Shcroeder wear in Season 1, episode 3. Look at this gorgeous low-cut dress, this buttons line, the knot, the skirt.

My version will be in a printed and a yellow viscose. I will do some covered buttons for the back. there will be a flare skirt.

I’ve copied a very basic Burda dress in order to modify it very easily.

 

The modified pattern on the next episode! 🙂

 
More details on my blog: http://swingandsew.blogspot.fr/2013/10/mon-challenge-boardwalk-empire.html

It will be in French, but if anyone have some questions i can answer 😉

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1920s | 1970s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

How do you top off a vintage look?… With a hat of course!

By on October 21, 2013

I have always been open and honest about my obsession with sewing. You only have to take one glance at my life to see it is completely consumed by the hobby. As well as my blog, I have numerous sewing machines stashed away throughout my house  (and in my garage) and the largest bedroom in my house has been turned into a sewing room. Now this interest developed over a period of time. The more I attempted to sew garments, the better I became and the more obsessed I grew. A natural progression some might say.

What has taken me by surprise, however, was how quickly this developed into a secondary interest…. an interest in vintage sewing. I found it really enjoyable to search for, collect and try out vintage patterns, hunt down vintage machines, source vintage fabric and of course take inspiration from vintage fashions. Why we follow current fashions I will never know, because in my opinion people were so much more stylish 50+ years ago!

cloche hat and vintage dress by made with hugs and kisses

Lately I have been really trying to incorporate my love of vintage fashions into my every day wardrobe. I am so proud of myself as I am finding I have developed such an extensive handmade wardrobe that I am able to wear handmade for at least half the week, if not more (depending on how up to date with the washing I am!) And by attending vintage fairs and stores I have begun to pick up a few accessories that finish off the look perfectly. My latest favourite being hats! I never realised until recently, but I think In really suit them 😀

cloche hat floral dress by made with hugs and kisses

So, what does all of this rambling have to do with my latest project? Well, this dress is based on a vintage pattern from the 1970’s that I borrowed from a friend. Luckily we are exactly the same size which made everything nice and easy.

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I already loved that it was vintage, but what was even better was that by using this particular material I think it looks even more retro… I can’t quite pinpoint which era it reminds me of… I want to say 20’s perhaps.

Anyway, this then gave me the idea of teaming it with one of my vintage cloche hats to see if it would finish of the look…. and it did!

When we took these pictures I felt like I had stepped right out of an old movie 😀

hat with floral vintage dress by made with hugs and kisses

 

I do plan on making this dress again,but next time I might add an extra inch around the waist , and even though that pattern calls for bodice facings to be used, I felt that these proved to be more of a hindrance than a help, so I would instead go for a full bodice lining  instead. Overall though a successful creation and one I am sure I will get plenty of wear out of, especially if I team it with tights for the winter.

floral vintage with hat by made with hugs and kisses

Well, it certainly is nice to be able to share another project, I know it has been a little while since my last one. Turns out work is hard and tiring!

With it being half term this week I am hoping to get a lot of sewing and blogging done, and perhaps some refashions and pattern making too… it is going to be a busy, but very enjoyable week. I have lots in store so please feel free to pop on over to my blog 😀

Happy sewing everyone

oXo

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1920s

Mrs. Depew Patterns

By on October 11, 2013

This year for Halloween, I’m hoping to make a 1920s flapper-style dress, preferably something I can wear again.  I’ve been looking around for inexpensive pattern options, and stumbled across Mrs. Depew’s patterns on Etsy.  After doing a search for pattern reviews, I only found reviews for her lingerie, bras, and bathing suits.  Has anyone made one of her dresses?  Was it complicated to do so without a printed pattern?  I would love to read a review if someone has posted one!

Here are the two dresses I am considering:

Option 1:

Option 2 (not exactly flapper, but so pretty!)

Thank you for your help!

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1920s | 1940s | 1950s | Buttons | Vintage Sewing

I So Lucked Out …..

By on September 17, 2013

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A fantabulous friend made the find of the century as far as I am concerned. In Malta a moth balled warehouse, delapidated but full of vintage haberdashery. She braved 30 degree heat, no light bar a head torch, no help just her, collapsing wooden shelves and many bugs and creepy crawlies (we Brits are not at all hardy when it comes to bugs). Untouched for over 50 years, she delved in and rescued what she could, all with the blessing of the owner I hasten to add.

I so lucked out to have such a buddy as she has so kindly shared some vintage goodies with me. Trim, lace and buttons ranging from 1920's through to the 1950's.

So in for a penny, in for a pound I'm sewing up an upcycling storm. Buying vintage fabric online to fully compliament the goodies. The grand plan to have a wonderful selection of items for Christmas. I've made some samples today…. Baubles made from trim with vintage button on either side and a heart with glass 1920's red and white buttons. Thinking the heart can work as a bauble for a tree, a mirror hanging or a proper fancy pants pin cushion even!

Tomorrow I am sampling some hair accessories, my thinking is at the vintage fair in November people likely will be looking for either stocking fillers or beautifully unique handmade vintage items with the bonus of saving the planet as its all up-cycled. Everything is of my own design, many sleepless nights with creative juices going CURAZEE with ideas for my goodies which finally are now becoming real things rather than a head full of ideas 🙂

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