1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

My dream 40s Noir dress – complete!

By on June 25, 2016

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This was one of those projects that scared me a bit, and was on the go for ages….But it’s a much loved dress now!

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This dress is the first vintage couturier pattern I have completed, it is so lovely and elegant, it is also my first vintage sewing project using a 40s pattern. So, despite sewing for a few years now, lots of firsts!

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I enjoyed wearing this with some of my favourite vintage accessories, a fascinator with a net, earrings, kid gloves that were my nana’s.

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And some lovely 40s shoes!

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Overall, this pattern was fairly straight forward to make, I talk about some of the challenges over on my blog post about this project, including concerns about the fabric choice (curtain fabric, which just felt so right for this…..) and having to baste and check those lovely draped folds at the front.

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While there were some challenges, this dress exceeded my expectations! I enjoy wearing it soo much. And I can’t wait to make another one..or two.

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I have photos coming up soon of another one of my vintage vogue jump suits. After making this dress, I decided that the bodice from this pattern would team up perfectly with the pants from my go-to 60s jumpsuit pattern…

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On the go…

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Retro Butterick ’47 – B5209 – 1940s Tea Dress

By on June 20, 2016

Hi everyone!

I made the Butterick B5209 dress as part of the Big Vintage Sew Along. Overall, this dress gave me a headache but it was all my own fault. The fabric is beautiful and suits the style perfectly. Even though I know the dress has mistakes, to the untrained eye I think it looks very nice indeed and I’ll still be very proud to wear it! I find the style flattering, it fits me nicely and will be great for dressing up and dressing down.

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For my full pattern review & images, check out my blog The Crafty Pinup.

Thank you!
xo

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1940s | Dresses | Pattern Drafting | Vintage Sewing

Wrestling With Rayon

By on June 11, 2016

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Everyone loves a good LBD right? I recently began a quest to create one for each of the eras I wear the most often (20s-50’s) and found some amazing quality black rayon to use for a forties dress! The only problem was I had to fight the silky stuff to do my bidding! A lot of rayon seam binding was involved with the creation of this dress!

I took my usual bodice pattern and modified it so that the sweetheart neckline was higher so I could wear dress clips at the neckline. I also used a puffy sleeve pattern with 1/4 inch shoulder pads sicking out just over the shoulder line into the sleeve puff for a stronger structured 40’s shoulder. I think most late 30’s and 40’s dresses look just a little bit more vintage with shoulder pads inside, don’t fear the shoulder pad! The most time consuming part of making this dress was simply spent focusing on not screwing up at any point and binding all of the interior seams since rayon likes to fray. I am not the most patient so working on this dress over several weeks seemed like an eternity to me!

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Now that my new 40’s LBD is finished, I am so happy with how everything came together and I can’t wait to wear it again and again with different hats and accessories. For more photos of this dress visit me at The Closet Historian!

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My 1943 dress

By on May 31, 2016

Item number five for this year’s Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge. It took me a couple of years, but I’m on a roll now!

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plaatjeI made this dress using a pattern from the sewing magazine Beyer’s Mode from the summer of 1943. This pattern was in my size theory and when I made a muslin, it turned out to be pretty close to a good fit. I just had to add some length to the front bodice, which is a very unusual alteration for a small busted girl like me. I also left off the pockets. I thought double welt pockets in a slim fitting linen skirt were just asking for trouble and their position seemed really awkward.

achter1All in all, I’m happy with this dress. It looks better on me than I had expected (I don’t usually sew or wear 1940’s styles) and it also looks surprisingly much like its illustration.

More about it on my blog!

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1940s | Blouses | Shirts | Vintage Sewing

A Long Time Ago, In a Galaxy Far Far Away…

By on May 8, 2016

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Hello everyone! Long time no post 🙂 I thought I’d pop over here to admire what everyone else has been working on, and to share one of my own recently finished projects. There was an awesome Star Wars themed event at the local aviation museum last weekend and I knew I wanted to combine my love of the 1940’s with the Star Wars theme. Enter some truly great black and gold cotton from Joanns and an idea was born!

I used my favorite (self drafted last spring) kimono sleeve basic blouse pattern and got to work. The blouse buttons up the back and is fitted almost like a dress bodice with 4 darts in the front and two in the back. The edges of the sleeves are simply serged and them turned over with a hand stitched hem and the neckline is finished with a self fabric facing. The blouse only took me half a day to complete, which was good as I made it the night before the event!

 

 

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For more photos from the event, check out the full outfit post over on The Closet Historian! Thanks for reading 🙂

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• 1940s Tropical Print Rayon Dress •

By on April 20, 2016

Today I’m posting about a dress I made for a vacation to the Gulf Coast a couple of months ago. I had some very tropical, vacation-appropriate rayon fabric that I thought would make a perfect 1940s dress!

I used Simplicity 1692 for the basic bodice shape, but altered it by adding darts, and changing the neckline and sleeves. The skirt is from Butterick 6266.

Hop over to my blog to read all about it! Have a lovely day, ladies! 🙂

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Advance 5232 Blouse in Liberty Silk

By on April 10, 2016

A few days ago, someone on the WeSewRetro fb page asked if anyone ever used liberty silk, which prompted me to revisit and finish this blouse. I started last Autumn.  I had picked up some Liberty Silk a few months previous, and as it was relatively expensive and I was only buying it on a whim I bought .75m, which was really limiting my making options.

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I got this pattern on Vintage Pattern Bazaar and thought it perfect for the Liberty, which it really was.  I had to grade up one size, as well as taking a small bit of the shoulders as I was not going to put shoulder pads in.  I cut it out and it all just about fitted (the selvedge were incorporated into the back seam.  I also decided to sew it on an old Brother/Jones machine as it had a silk setting and I was curious to know what that was.  I soon found out it means sewing in tiny tiny stitches which ended up being a bit of a pain, and if I was to do it again, I would just sew on my usual singer at usual settings.  The main reason it was a pain, is that I also did the gathering (what was I thinking) and the top-stitching in this stitch.  The top stitching looked awful.  it made the shirt look ‘country and western’ style and as I was in no mood to take out tiny stitches, I popped it into my wardrobe so not to look at it for a while (head in sand etc).

Anyway, when the post came up on facebook, it was a timely reminder to finish the blouse.  I undid the top stitch and sewed the yoke underneath, and it looked way better.  I hand hemmed, and put a cream button and loop (I couldn’t remember where the fabric scraps were to cover the button and make a new loop – so now – blouse finished.  Liberty silk is lovely to work on.  the weave is very dense and fine (and very strong!).

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