1940s

I made this beret as a part of The Historical Sew Fortnightly 2014 and this is the first challenge I have completed. It is a  wool beret in pink/rust tartan and the pattern is The Three Hour Beret, a reproduction pattern from New Vintage Lady, dating from the early 1940’s.  I have wanted to do this beret for [...]

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I know I’m a bit late posting this but I made a cute pink 40s dress for Valentine’s Day! I made up Simplicity 3583, an early 40s shirtwaist dress pattern, in some great pink rayon. I opted to pair this outfit with a blue knit bolero for a non-traditional color pairing. I just adore this [...]

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I’ve been sewing and knitting again and have added two new basics to my wardrobe. The skirt is made from green twill and McCall’s 7032. The sweater vest is a sports vest made from a 40s pattern in A Stitch in Time Vol. 2. It was quite fun to knit up. I also opted to [...]

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Hi All! I’ve finished another sewing project! This one is a mid 1940s day dress. I knew the pattern would be a touch large for me, but I went ahead and made it up anyway without making any alterations. And guess what? Yup, it was a little too big! Well, actually it’s quiet wearable but [...]

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Hi everyone! I haven’t posted on here in a couple of months, but for good reason. I’ve been busy working on a WWII-era coat. I’m talking knee-length, heavy weight, filly-lined and warm coat. I am thrilled with how it turned out…from the lovely shoulder dart detailing, to the added on welt pockets. It was constructed [...]

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Hello Vintage Friends, While I’ve been a faithful reader for the last year I didn’t get to sew very many vintage patterns. This is something I’m determined to change in 2014! I started with a January birthday and broke out an adorable 1940 McCall pattern. It was the perfect project to ease me back into [...]

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Hello everyone! I am back with my latest make, a blouse made from the 1930s  Smooth Sailing pattern from Wearing History. I had the perfect Spitfire fabric and wanted to make a RAF blouse with a slight touch of ‘uniform’. I altered the giant puffed sleeves  into shoulder pleats, and added tabs to the shoulder. [...]

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Hello, Ladies! It seems so long since I’ve posted here!  I temporarily switched gears from vintage attire to historical costuming when I had to sew half a dozen costumes to wear to the Jane Austen Festival last fall.  (I have tons of Elizabeth Bennet pictures on the blog!)  But once I returned from my costuming [...]

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I have finally taken a few photos of the other two projects I finished in the last couple of months. They’ve been worn and washed, and worn and washed repeatedly, so they are not quite as neat and tidy as they looked when I first completed them, but they have already been well loved in [...]

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Hello everyone! I want to share this pattern with you, as I have just made it up, and really love it!   The pattern is printed in 1943, and features three versions of a box pleated, A-line skirt. I made version 2, which has pleats both front and back, and a side button placket. I [...]

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