1950s

Vintage Vichy Blouse Butterick 6217

By on February 15, 2017

Hi y´all,

dear me, it´s been a long time since my last post…but that´s about to change.

My vintage and vintage-inspired wardrobe is going to take shape over the course of this year, yeah.

A first is my new blouse, Butterick 6217, designed by Gretchen Hirsch.

I love the cute bow over the chest, especially as I am an A-cup gal, so this pattern was in my stash quite soon after it came out. It took me a while to really get to sew it up, but the result is really nice.

The sizing of the pattern proved to be a problem though. I cut exactly after the measurements stated on the envelop, but the result was a bodice much too big for my frame. Funny as it may seem, the armholes were too narrow, even on the bigger bodice!

So I cut it out again two sizes smaller, lowered the armhole about an inch and lengthened the bodice about two inches.


Now I´m quite happy with the result and there´s the idea of a second version in white already in my head…

Feel free to check my blog for more information.
Cheers and hopefully sooner than the last time.

Milan

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1950s

Is it spring yet?

By on February 11, 2017

I’m sure many of you are like me and can’t wait for the warmer weather so you can don your cotton frocks. Unfortunately I live in Denver so legitimate warm weather is still a ways off  ( though the last few days have been a pleasant reprieve, it was even warm enough for me to take down the Christmas lights!). In any case I started my spring sewing early this year and the first dress was a winner.

 

I used simplicity 8051 and added a bit of hand embroidery to make it extra special. To learn more please visit my blog lizsews.com .

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Tea Length Formal

By on February 7, 2017

Long time reader/ First time poster!

This dress was a long time in the making. I started it back in September with the petticoat.

I ran into a design block in October and it’s been sitting in my sewing room ever since.  A UFO contest on Pattern Review was the kick in the pants to get it finished and I am so glad I did!

The skirt is from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress book. It’s the box pleated circle skirt. The book’s bodices just don’t work for me but I have had great luck with just using the skirts. The bodice is self drafted and has little grey glass pearls and beads hand sewn to the neckline.

 

Don’t know yet were I will wear it…maybe I should just vacuum the house in true 50s fashion!

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1950s

The Elvis Dress

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This dress was made from a 1950’s original pattern.  I can’t locate the exact one but I believe it was a mail order pattern.

I call this the Elvis dress because even though it looks a little stripy it is actually small images of Elvis’ face.  Purple isn’t normally my colour but I could not resist this fabric, a quilting cotton.

I really like the fitting details of the bust darts and the box pleats as well as the fact that it fit right out of the pattern (bust 36) and continued to fit even after I put on a lot of weight.  I was still able to wear this part way through my pregnancy, seriously the pattern is like the magic fit all!!

For more details you can check out this post on my blog

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1950s | 1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Blue Jacquard 1950’s Dress

By on February 6, 2017

I imagine many people here on We Sew Retro are big fans of Gretchen Hirsche’s wonderful fabric designs for Fabric Traditions available at Joanns, and I have seen so many lovely things made from her fabrics around the community! I recently picked up a few yards of the blue jacquard from one of Gertie’s fall fabric collections in the red tag area of Joanns (always check out the red tag area, is it usually full of dated sad decorator fabrics? Well, yes. Are there occasional hidden gems? Also yes!). I decided the shining sapphire blue jacquard would make a perfect 1950’s style wiggle dress and got started right away!

It was really important for this dress to make sure the raw edges of each seam were finished in some way since I knew I didn’t want to bother with a lining. Also with most jacquards and brocades I like to finish the edges no matter what as they seem to looove to fray apart the moment they are cut! So the first thing I did after cutting out this dress was overlock all of the edges with my serger. The bodice is a simple “kimono” sleeve style which is super simple to make up (just 6 darts total and the side seams) as you don’t have to fiddle with setting in proper sleeves as they are cut into the design. I totally recommend this style of bodice for those who have trouble with sleeves! The neckline was finished with a self fabric facing that I tacked down with tiny thread tacks to help it stay smooth. With a center back zipper and hand sewn hem finished, it was ready to wear! Too bad I didn’t make this number in time for New Years Eve as it would make a perfect holiday party dress! Next year perhaps 🙂

For more photos visit the full outfit post over on The Closet Historian!

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1940s | 1950s | Burlesque / Pinup | Dresses | Modern Patterns

Tilly and the Buttons – Cleo Dungaree Dress – Button-up Pattern Hack!

By on January 25, 2017

Hi pinups! I’m so excited about this make, I couldn’t wait to share it with you, so I bumped it right to the top of my blog post queue! Lets get into it… I recently made a button up skirt and combined with my Pinterest sewing inspiration board and a girl in working in my local H&M, I was inspired to make my own button up dungaree dress, using the Tilly and the Buttons Cleo Pinafore & Dungaree dress Sewing Pattern as the base…

Sewing Summary: 
 
Fabric: Lightweight Stretch Denim
Sewing time: This would make a great weekend project. I made mine in a day, including the pattern hacking and taking progress photos.
Modifications: See my full post for my pattern hack!
Fit: Exactly what I wanted.
Difficulty: Nice and simple.
Watch out for: A tidy front facing and neat top stitching will make all the difference to the final look. Take your time.
Make Again?: Yes!

For my full review, step by step pattern hack guide & images, check out my blog The Crafty Pinup.

Thank you!
xo

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1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

My last 2016 project, Simplicity 8252

By on January 2, 2017

So excited to have finished up 2016 with a bang! The last project I worked on was Simplicity 8252.

Vintage sewing, Simplicity 8252, chiffon and crepe | Vintage on Tap

Vintage sewing, Simplicity 8252 | Vintage on Tap

 

Vintage sewing, Simplicity 8252 | Vintage on Tap

 

Lots of fiddling with chiffon, lots of fiddling with crepe, and a ridiculous amount of hand sewing. I actually jumped on this pattern when Simplicity released it and I’m glad I did- because even though it was a bunch of work, in the end it all came together.

Shortly after snapping these pictures, I actually added some hidden snaps along part of the center front (total of 3) to “close up” the front just a little bit more. The original pattern had the front fully closed, but to be honest, I knew that the buttoned up look wasn’t going to work for me or be very practical for how I like to wear my clothing.

I definitely would want to make this for myself again in the summer. Probably a cotton underdress and a light eyelet redingote, which would be awesome for a day adventure.

More photos are on my website.
Making Of video (including how I solved me accidentally cutting into the chiffon bodice *sigh* ) on my YouTube channel.

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