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.

Akram's Ideas: Parrot Print Gathered Skirt
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.

Akram's Ideas: Parrot Print Gathered Skirt
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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1950s | Accessories | Lingerie

· Vintage Petticoat Comparison ·

By on October 28, 2016

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Anyone who wears 1950s styles will know that a good petticoat will take your dress from “meh” to “fabulous” in an instant! But the world of petticoats can also be overwhelming and, let’s face it, expensive. I’ve tried several different styles in the 7+ years I’ve been wearing vintage and I’m excited to finally put all my thoughts in one place! I have a few economical ideas, a few reviews of popular reproduction brands, and mainly- loads of photos! Hop on over to my blog, Mode de Lis, for the full run-down!

Happy petticoating! I’d also love to hear of any experiences you’ve had with petticoats- do you have any favorites?

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1950s

Chocolate Bonbon 1950s Dress

By on October 26, 2016

 

 

 

On my blog today, I’m sharing about a dress I made earlier this year in a super-fun polka dot pattern.  The pink accents on the brown background reminded me so of chocolate bonbons, I couldn’t help but name the dress as such!!  😉

The dress features a rever-type color, edged with ricrac, and a center front opening.  The sleeves have a slit detail that is edged with ricrac as well.

Hop over to my blog to read more about the details!!  🙂  Have a great week, ladies!

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1950s | Dresses

Vintage Butterick 8038- Flamingo Version!

By on October 18, 2016

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I was such a huge fan of my first version of vintage Butterick 8038 that I knew another version was the perfect excuse to buy this fabric!

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I know I must really love this pattern if it meant that the fabric successfully avoided a, ahem, maturing period in the stash… 😉 I made the dress just as called for on the pattern and it quickly became my ultimate favorite summer dress! The fabric came from Hobby Lobby (they’ve had such great prints this year!).

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Stop by my blog for some more details and photos- Mode de Lis

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1950s | 1960s

Cherries!

By on September 6, 2016

Hello!

So, I’ve been studying a lot lately and I simply needed a break! And what better way to relax than sewing something, right?

I’ve been eyeing this fabric for a long while now. It had been on sale, then back to it’s original price and the last time it was on sale I finally decided to buy some yards. Hopefully I’ll find it again online so I can buy some more and make a swing skirt or a dress with a fuller skirt. It’s also a 100% cotton (so a total desaster in terms of wrinkles :/ )

Anyhow, I didn’t have a lot of time so I skipped on the lining of the skirt (which I will add in a week or two, depending on how much time my exams will leave me) and I also need to buy new buttons. I don’t like the white ones.

Let me show you :3

 

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