1940s

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! This is my newest make, the Stepford Wife does Christmas Dress. This dress is actually the result of one of those rare ‘happy’ sewing mistakes that apparently do pop up on occasion (who knew!).   This dress started out originally as a plain red Anna dress, number one on my Summer Sewing [...]

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I am finally back with a finished project! I’ve been very busy this semester with writing my Master’s Thesis so there has not been much sewing. But I did want to make  dress for graduation and here it is. Tada! I used Simplicity 3997 c. 1940 and some lovely blue wool for this dress. This [...]

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It’s been about two months since I last posted anything on here…but they have been some of the busiest months I have ever experienced! I’ve been trying to set aside time for myself to sew something here and there, even if it’s just small steps to completing a project. These small time increments have fortunately [...]

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I recently made a simple gathered skirt as a basic separate, and I’ve been wearing it as often as I can, so I thought I’d share it with you here. It’s easy as pie to make and given the right fabric can look dressed up or down, and makes a quick addition to the vintage [...]

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I’m finally getting somewhere with my everyday wardrobe. I tend to wear a few favourite garments all the time, and having something like two skirts and three tops that I love to death in constant rotation isn’t really ideal. All those favourites are getting worn out, too. I’m on a complete ban on sewing silly [...]

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It’s dark and grey here in London, so I fancied making something highly inappropriate and summery to cheer myself up. Here’s Vogue 8728 to the rescue: I used a lovely poly-cotton from Minerva fabrics with a cute little nautical print:   The dress has a yoke on the front bodice, with a gathered bust section, [...]

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I know PinhouseP has shared her 1940s Wearing History overalls before, and I just couldn’t resist sharing with you the pair that I stitched up! This is such a great pattern to sew up, and the overalls are so much FUN to wear!   I also had to get a shot of this Rosie doing [...]

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I wanted to make an “American Horror Story: Coven” inspired dress for Halloween that could be worn on other occasions too. I chose the vintage 1940′s pattern Butterick 5152 and made it up in some black poly chiffon. I had originally wanted to use burnout velvet but because of the cost I decided to try [...]

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The first snow fell today, where I live! I love snow and skiing, and this inspired me to go look up some vintage skiing images from the 30s, 40s and 50s. With the colder months ahead I am seriously considering sewing up a woolen skiing ensemble.     You know, they are just as chic [...]

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  Being a fashion designer has it’s advantages. Creating your favorite version of sailor pants in a summer corduroy is one of them. After much pattern searching and coming up empty-handed, I decided to work off of my vintage wool sailor pants. I found a great piece of military blue corduroy at the local goodwill, [...]

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