1950s

Hi, I’m here again with a 1/2 circle skirt I drafted myself and a bolero that I knitted from a vintage pattern. As circle skirts are notorious for being difficult to hem I decided to add a feature of self made black bias around the bottom edge.  I really like the way this picks out [...]

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A Burns’ night supper, some red taffeta in my stash and Simplicity 2444 in my unmade pattern pile; mix the three and what do you get a ruby dress.  I was pretty pleased with the result, but I made a really silly mistake.  I took half and inch from the shoulders rather than shortening the [...]

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Hello all! I this is not (mostly) sewing, but to be technical I knitted the fabric and had to sew it into a sweater, so I’m counting it as sewing Besides, I really want to share my latest make with you all, and of course this lovely part of Norwegian culture! This is a traditional [...]

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I actually made this dress (extremely last minute, as usual) for my friend Robyn’s wedding, whose wedding dress I made and blogged about here. It’s become one of my favorite dresses to date so I thought I’d share how I spliced it together. The skirt is using the pattern of the overskirt in Butterick 4790, [...]

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What can I say about circle skirts? I love wearing them. I love making them. I love love love them! I had my heart set on making a circle skirt from this great pink and purple fabric but alas, I didn’t have quite enough! So it was math to the rescue and I made a [...]

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Firstly an explanation of the name! I sewed these shorts up with my 1950 Singer Featherweight 221k sewing machine, the first garment project I have used it for. My Featherweight purrs like a kitten so I named her Miss Kitty… and so the Miss Kitty Shorts were born. It was lovely to have sewn up [...]

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Can’t  quite believe that it’s done! This is the resulting coat from the pattern I bid for on Ebay about 7 months ago! The only alterations I made were to take 2 inches from the bust. I actually took half an inch from fronts and back panels all the way down. There was masses of [...]

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It’s been a while since I posted, but I promise I’ve actually been working on lots of projects. It’s just taken me forever to get anything finished and photographed. The boy makes it difficult to work on things steadily, and my project ADD doesn’t help (especially when I’ve got 6 or more projects in the [...]

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I think this is my favorite project I’ve sewn, so much so, I even laminated the pattern pieces so I can make more then one or two or three.  I needed a new dress for an event for the cold winter we had and I wanted to be comfy.  My odd fabric for this one [...]

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Unlike most of my vintage-inspired sewing projects, this one isn’t from a self drafted pattern, but made from a late ’50s – early ´60s sport shirt pattern that mysteriously existed among my sewing patterns. The fabric is from a Scandinavian fabric store chain called Stoff&Stil and with such lovely ’50s style rocket ships I just [...]

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