1950s | Introduction | Pants / Trousers | Vintage Sewing

Intro and 1950s shorts

By on June 8, 2018

Hi Everyone! I’m Natalie and I live in the UK, I’ve been learning to sew for just over a year now. I’ve been an avid reader of this blog for some months and have found this to be truly inspiring to give using vintage patterns a go. I’m so glad to share my first project using a vintage pattern, hopefully the first of many projects.

I fell in love with McCall’s 4022 shorts pattern from 1957. It just looks so Audrey Hepburn. And for a quid at the local charity shop was an absolute bargain. I wasn’t originally planning to make them up but I’m glad I did, these fit so much better than ready to wear and weren’t as difficult as I imagined. I made the shorts up to wear for a walking holiday as the weather has turned surprisingly really warm here.

I only made some basic adjustments to the pattern. Luckily this was the correct hip measurement, but the waist needed to be enlarged, and a section removed from the back and front to shorten the crotch. Though if I make them again, I plan to remove even more from the crotch length in the front. On the whole, I’m really happy with the way these turned out and they are super comfy, as well as being wearably retro; though it’s a bit strange only having a pocket on the left side!

I feel my shorts did end up looking like the pattern envelop and I love the buttoned tabs on the sides.  I plan to make this up again in a blue denim – I think they would be versatile.

Nat x

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1950s | Blouses | Pattern Drafting | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

My new spring outfit

By on May 7, 2018

Hello everyone,

since it is so quiet here, I decided to write a short post about my new favourite outfit for spring. The whole look started with the idea of an green outfit inspired by Karlotta Pink’s latest fabric collection. The colour of the print is quite difficult to describe, but it was very important for me that the colour of the skirt would make the colour of the blouse shine.

The pattern of the blouse is self-constructed, because I had fallen in love with a no longer available Simplicity Schnitt 1624. A very similar pattern was reissued by Simplicity, but due to my last experience I became a bit cautious with regard to fit. It should be a figure-hugging blouse and not a nightgown.

The Blouse

For this reason I set about reconstructing the pattern myself. That sounds a lot more awesome than it was. Since I prefer to adapt existing models out of pure laziness rather than develop a pattern myself, I am not particularly experienced at it. The drafting was quite easy and there were only little to adjust – for more information on drafting the blouse check out my blogpost here.

The Fabric Desaster

I wanted to use a lime green satin for the skirt, because it is always available at my regular fabric shop. They didn’t have the fabric at the time, but it was supposed to arrive soon. No luck. (They still don’t have it.) Then I went on a fabric shopping trip to Zurich and I was sure I’d find something. But: Nothing.

A little annoyed and under time pressure, due to to a sewing blogger meeting, I ordered 5 different green fabrics. I didn’t want “okay”, I wanted perfect (at that time I was really obsessed with the right material for the skirt). And in the package were even three possible fabrics. I then decided for the most harmonious combination with the kiwi green cotton-linen blend.

Grünes Set 5

 

In the end everything did go as planned. The blouse was a fast sew and the skirt did go together easy too.

If you wish to see more pictures and read the whole background story (there were more drama than mentioned in the text), you can hop over to our blog PeterSilie&Co or directly to the longer blogpost.

Till next time,

Sabine

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1950s | 1960s | 1970s | Blouses | Jackets | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

Vintage Denim (Simplicity 8458 and McCalls 2592)

By on November 15, 2017

 

I’m wearing two new vintage sewing projects in these photos: my peplum top made from the late 1960s/early 1970s pattern McCalls 2592, and a 1950s skirt from reproduction pattern Simplicity 8458.  For more details about the process of sewing each pattern, please visit my sewing blog.  Please click here for more information and photos about the skirt, and click here for more information and photos about the blouse/jacket.

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1940s | 1950s | Dresses | Modern Patterns | Vintage Sewing

Colette Patterns, Penny Dress

By on October 27, 2017
Vintage on Tap, Colette Penny dress with full tutorial | Vintage on Tap

Modern with retro flair! The Colette Penny was my last summer hoorah before I transitioned over to Fall and Winter pieces.

Vintage on Tap, Colette Penny dress with full tutorial | Vintage on Tap

 

This particular October in San Francisco has been super warm, so I’ve gotten the opportunity to wear this dress more frequently than I anticipated!

 

Vintage on Tap, Colette Penny dress with full tutorial | Vintage on Tap

 

The vintage-inspired selling points for me were the following:

  • The cummerbund (super 50s and I love how it looks like my waist is smaller than it is haha!)
  • The A-line skirt (flattering and very 40s in its simplicity)
  • Buttons all the way to the top (very vintage-office-chic)

 

Vintage on Tap, Colette Penny dress with full tutorial | Vintage on Tap

 

The change I would probably recommend right off the bat is…

to add hooks, rather than snaps, to the cummerbund “belt”, especially since it ends right where your arm might pop off the belt (having the hooks there just makes more sense to me, anyway!)

More detailed photos, including a How to Sew video over on my website. 

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1950s

Double trouble

By on October 12, 2017

Dear WeSewRetro Readers,

meeting the Tailleur Bar in my ensamble

I had been searching for a vintage Simplicity 4538 pattern for some time, never having any luck with buying it. When I discovered that Simplicity has just reissued this design as a repro 8452, it landed straight into my shopping basket. The blouse is in fact a two-seam rectangle, but what a glorious rectangle it is. It is quick to make (it took me one afternoon form cutting to giving the final touches), drapes beautifully and has two glorious 1950s characteristics: it gives a wide yet soft-shouldered look and accentuates the waist like a solid cincher.

The black skirt is the bottom part of a vintage Butterick 6976 form 1954. Side note: it was one of the very first vintage patterns I have ever bought… The skirt has 6 panels and features 4 box-pleats, which amounts to a great fullness at the hem and creates very graceful movements.

To see and read more, I invite you to my blog, rvdzik.blogspot.com 🙂 Thank you for visiting!

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1950s | Accessories | Dresses | Jackets | Vintage Sewing

Hommage to Audrey Hepburn – Chic in late 50s

By on October 1, 2017

Hello everyone
This is my first time posting here.
Therefore I’d like to introduce myself shortly: I am 23, live in the heart of Switzerland and started sewing about 2 years ago. With my mom and sister I blog at PeterSilie&Co – you are of course welcome to visit us.

Vintage Dress Beyer Mode, PeterSilie&Co, 60s
Just like you, I love to sew vintage sewing patterns. Just sometimes it is really frustrating. It can take forever to recreate a vintage sewing pattern. So, when I spotted this pattern, I knew this would be an easy to sew dress.

And because I am ambitious and the dress alone would be to easy to sew, I decided to make a matching jacket. For the jacket I used a pattern, I’ve sewn before from Neuer Schnitt 1962.
The dress was quite easy to make. But of course I had to change the darts – they were way to high. And it took some time to pleat the skirt in the perfect way to match with the bodice.
Because I made the jacket the second time, I didn’t have to make any changes. Due to the fact, that I wanted to wear the jacket with other dresses as well, the jacket is black. The plaid is only on the inside, so I can always decide, if I want to show the plaid (or not).
But my highlight of the look are the belts. At first I thought that it is just a long belt wrapped around the waist several times. Instead the fabric is draped. The instructions were very short (as usual) and I just made them up on the go. And I love, love, love the outcome. (I even wrote a little tutorial: Right now only in German, but if google translator is not working out for you, let me know.) But the blogpost about the dress is now available in english.
If you wish to see more swoon worthy pictures, you can hop over to our blog PeterSilie&Co – and yes, the shooting was definitely Audrey Hepburn inspired.
I only wish, I would have written more text (to be able to show more photographs).
Till next time

Sabine

Vintage Plaid dress, Beyer Mode PeterSilie&Co

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1950s

The Paris coat

By on September 30, 2017

Dear WeSewRetro Readers,

as I was planning an autumn holiday trip to see Dior haute couture exhibition, I knew that I had to make a coat as it’s the most important piece of a travel wardrobe; not only due to the fact that it keeps you warm and cozy in a plane or during long walks, but also because a good coat is the simplest and quickest style statement you can make, covering all the in-between clothing beneath.


I have bought this beautiful wool because of its outstanding deep red shade. When I got my hands on Marfy 1961 I knew I had a match and a trip was a perfect excuse to sew it up. The coat was beautifully drafted, with a spectacular collar, interesting front shaping and – last but not least – the best-fitting sleeve that I have worked with. My modifications included lengthening the garment to make it more 1950s-appropriate (I was going for a mid-century swing coat silhouette), changing the collar gathers to small pleats, adding rows of topstitching, removing pockets and putting and emphasis on the sleeves by accentuating the cuffs.

Too see and read more, I invite you to visit my blog, rvdzik.blogspot.com. Thank you !

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