1950s | Skirts

Making Peace

By on November 22, 2016

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Do you ever have one of those projects that just fights you at every turn until finally you have to resign your own opinions on the matter and let the project call the shots? This skirt started out as a rather cute 1950s style dress, but it apparently wasn’t meant to be….

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More details on the skirt as well as some shots of this darling original wool sweater (and a few ramblings, for good measure!) on my blog. ūüôā

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And please share! What was a project that didn’t go according to your original hopes? Did you end up liking it more after all, or are you still a bit resentful? ūüėČ

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1940s | 1950s | 1970s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

A pattern mash up, 50 plus 70s equals 40s

By on November 20, 2016

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Perhaps the pièce de résistance that a woman might have in the 50s, that rather special pattern in the stash of work and household clothes. Advance 6190 was a delight to work with! And I am so pleased with the results.

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I was very short on fabric for this project, but the fabric, a wool blend crepe, given to me by a friend, was perfect, so perfect, I had to use it, so I teamed the 50s bodice up with a simple skirt from a 70s pattern, and voila!

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I now have a very 40s looking dress, win!

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I have more photos and making details over on my blog.

I hope your sewing projects are going well as we approach the end of the year.

Happy sewing, Angela x

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1950s

WDW Dapper Day Dress

By on November 19, 2016

We decided to brave the crowds on Veteran’s Day weekend and headed to Walt Disney World for our first ever Dapper Day! I spent several weeks procrastinating/agonizing over which pattern from my stash to sew and ended up choosing Butterick 6820. Vintage Pattern Wikia dated it as 1954.¬†img_2002This pattern ended up being one of those small miracles where something fits with almost zero alterations. It didn’t call for it, but I chose to line the bodice and used the lining as my fit muslin. The only things I had to change were to let the side seams out just a hair and to adjust the hem length. I also put in a longer zipper than called for. It was a side zip and I could barely get it over my head at first. The bodice fabric is vintage cotton that I found on Etsy and the skirt is just Kona cotton from Joann’s. I wore two lightweight crinolines, one vintage and one that I made previously. The skirt was pretty heavy and probably needed a stiffer crinoline, but I just didn’t have time to make one. I also made a little bolero using non-vintage Simplicity 3921 and cotton flannel. I used some of the bodice scraps to give it cuffs. All in all I’m really happy with how it turned out and it was a pretty comfortable dress to wear. And those giant pockets were great for stashing candy and lipstick! Dapper Day was a blast! So much fun seeing all the unique, handmade dresses and chatting with other sewists!

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1950s | Blouses | Shirts

Autumn Leaf Gable Top

By on November 12, 2016
Akram's Ideas: Autumn Leaf Gable Top

A while back I made the Gable top by Jennifer Lauren Handmade and fell in love. Immediately after making the top I knew I wanted to make a second one, but had to find the right fabric.

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My first Gable Top

Luckily for me, I came across a great autumn leaf print stretch fabric I had in my stash. Not only was it theme appropriate for the season, the colors were all jeweled tones.

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I love the print on my latest Gable Top

 

While it may be a modern pattern, it¬†has a great 1950’s feel to it with the slash neckline.

As with the first top, I’m in love with this one as well. I love the colors and how soft the fabric is.

This is definitely not the last Gabel top I plan to make, it’s just such an easy and lovely pattern to make.

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This top looks great with a skirt or over jeans.

 

To read more about my process for making my latest Gable top check out my blog Akram’s Ideas (http://akramsideas.com/latest-gable-top-in-autumn-leaf-turquoise-print/)

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1940s | 1950s | Skirts

Parrot Print Gathered Skirt

By on November 10, 2016
Akram's Ideas: Parrot Print Gathered Skirt

I love big novelty print skirts!¬†Novelty skirts are kind of a staple of 40’s and 50’s fashion.

While I do love novelty print skirts, I actually have very few in my wardrobe. Since I get my fabric second hand I don’t usually come about interesting prints, mostly solids or modest floral prints.

However, when I came across this lovely vintage (or at least old) parrot print fabric I knew I was destined to make myself a novelty skirt.

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This print makes the prefect Novelty Skirt

Originally I wanted to make a nice full circle skirt but alas, I didn’t have enough fabric. So in the end, I did a traditional gather skirt with waistband.

While the light weight cotton or print may not be autumn appropriate¬†I’m still very happy with this skirt and can’t wait¬†to get some serious wear out of it this summer.

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Can’t wait to wear this next summer

To read more about my process for this fun novelty skirt see my blog Akram’s Ideas (http://akramsideas.com/vintage-inspired-gathered-skirt-parrot-print/)

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1950s | Dresses | Kids

Vintage for Halloween and Everyday

By on November 1, 2016

I just love when I get to do a Halloween costume that will be worn as an everyday outfit as well. Because who really wants to put a ton of work into a dress that will only be worn once. I was beyond thrilled when I asked my 2 year old daughter what she wanted to be for Halloween this year and she responded with an enthusiastic, Lucy!! Followed by her favorite quote, “do you poop out at parties?”.

Her dress was created by altering a pattern I already had on hand (The Dainty Darling dress) in one of my favorite sewing books, “Sew Classic Clothes for Girls” by Lindsay Wilkes.

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My dress was created using Butterick’s B6018.

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I have to admit, I am so beyond pleased with this pattern. I think I am going to have to sew it up again in view b.

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But the best part of our costumes, is the fact that only the aprons were the costume-y bits and we can wear our dresses out again for a wonderfully vintage mommy and me look!

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You can read more about my make at my blog, Seams Sew Retro.

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1950s | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

Spider Web Taffeta Circle Skirt

By on October 31, 2016

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I really do try my best to buy natural fibers, I’m just not a fan of polyester or acetate, nor nylon or spandex. Then of course there comes along a fabric so fun or downright special that I have to break my own rules… like flocked velvet spider webs on black taffeta! It may not be silk, but this fabric was too great to pass up!

The pattern for a circle skirt is so simple to cut and sew together it’s no wonder the style remains popular among vintage reproduction¬†sewers. The hardest part is the zipper, but then again perhaps zippers and I just don’t get along and other seamstresses don’t fear them the same way I do! The hems on these skirts sure do take ages to finish if you are doing them by hand though.I usually finish circle skirt hems with bias tape sewn on by machine then ironed under and stitched down by hand. It takes two and a half packages of pre-made bias tape to do such a hem, but it is so worth it in the end! No hassle, just time consuming!

 

 

 

 

 

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The skirt has a lot of natural body to it as the taffeta is quite stiff on its own, but of course I still wore it over a petticoat too for maximum flair. Another way to get this kind of body in a circle skirt with a less stiff fabric is to use horsehair braid in the hem, but I didn’t have to bother for this skirt. I have been putting twill tape in all of my waistbands though so they don’t stretch out on me after the first wearing. There is nothing more annoying than having a waistband suddenly grow a few inches out of nowhere as it isn’t a fun repair to make!

For more photos of this outfit visit me over on The Closet Historian. Happy Halloween everyone!

 

 

 

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