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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Significant birthday dress

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This is the dress I made for my significant birthday party in December. Inspired by a Dior dress I saw in a magazine which I could never hope to create but which kickstarted the need for a puffball skirt. It’s a full circle plus 16 extra inches around the waist for four box pleats, two at the front and two at the back. The hem is all gathered up into a mini a-line underskirt, both of which are attached to the bodice at the waist seam.

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The bodice is from a vintage Weldons pattern, undated but I’m assuming late 40s, early 50s. Just by nature of the really basic instructions and the hair do on the illustrated cover!

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I used a black and red, two-tone dupion silk which was a dream to work with. And I sewed cockerel feathers to the yoke, just because!

ooobop party dress back

 

More details and photos over at ooobop!

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· A Christmas Pixie! ·

By on December 23, 2016

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Merry Christmas to all of you! I’m sharing some photos today of my sister wearing a “vintage Hallmark Christmas card”- inspired dress that my mom made for her a couple years ago, and thought you all might appreciate the festive vintage look! 🙂 Swing on by my blog- Mode de Lis– for more photos!

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Gretel made all the faux fur accessories- detachable collar and cuffs, muff, and pixie hat! I’m hoping that if I ask very nicely she might let me wear it on Christmas…. 😉

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1950s | Burlesque / Pinup | Dress Forms | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

The Little Red Dress Project, Butterick 5603

By on December 22, 2016

The holidays are now in full swing and I knew I had to hurry and stitch up my holiday dress! Fortunately I was able to fall into the “Little Red Dress Project” guidelines with my 1956 Butterick 5603!

Butterick 5603 | Vintage on Tap

Butterick 5603 | Vintage on Tap

Butterick 5603 | Vintage on Tap

Butterick 5603 | Vintage on Tap

 

I used silk dupioni, silk charmeuse to underline the whole thing, and silk organza to stabilize it. Surprisingly, for a dress with so much hand sewing, it didn’t take more than a few days to complete. The fit itself also wasn’t too difficult, though I did need to change the bust darts into pleats to be able to handle a full bust adjustment of 2″. From the waist, I cut about 5-6 inches to accommodate a small waist length as well.

To see more photos and read more about my specific tips sewing this dress, please check out my blog.
To watch the whole start-to-finish making of video, head on over to YouTube! 

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1950s | Burlesque / Pinup | Dresses | Mad Men Inspired | Modern Patterns

By Hand London – Kim Dress – The Pinup-Perfect Party Dress!

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Hi pinups! To round up this year’s sewing pattern reviews, I thought I’d end on a festive note with my By Hand London ‘Kim’ Dress! The perfect dress for pinup-perfect party style this Christmas.

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Sewing Summary:

Pattern: By Hand London Kim Dress

Fabric: Plain Cotton Poplin Fabric – Scarlet Red

Notions: 22″ concealed zip

Sewing time: Half a day.

Modifications: None.

Fit: I know I’m going to love the fit of this dress even more with a full bust adjustment.

Difficulty: Medium.

Watch out for: Getting even gathers and under-stitching the lining of the bodice.

Make Again?: Yes! I see this pattern being my go to Summer dress pattern once I made the bust adjustments. Simple, pretty quick and a gorgeous result!

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

Thank you!
xo

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