1950s

I bought this vintage 1950s pattern a online and I bought the fabric from a thrift store for on $2, the fabric is not vintage. I love the beautiful colours of this fabric and how light the fabric is which is perfect for an Australian summer. The pattern is also perfect for summer, especially with [...]

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A couple of years ago, I found an amazing vintage Mens’ robe pattern on Etsy and fell in love. I snapped it up, ordered some gorgeous rayon fabric and some ultra-soft micro fleece to line it with. When the pattern arrived  I was so excited… and then somehow I never made it. You know how [...]

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Just sneaking my last bit of vintage sewing into the end of 2013 – some basic women’s summer tops using Simplicity 2118 (circa late 1950s).                                   This is what the pattern sleeve looks like – I went with View 1. [...]

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I’ve been busy the last couple months with sewing that wasn’t vintage.  There were a couple of zombie events where I needed to make a Pride and Prejudice costume and a steampunk-ish costume.  Then I needed to make three Santa themed costumes. I digress, this post isn’t about those projects. A bit of back story [...]

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I can’t believe how much time I spent on this sweater! At some point during knitting, I had good hopes of finishing it before Christmas… This is the second real garment I’ve made on my old knitting machine. Again, it’s based on a pattern from the 1950′s (1957, to be precise) and this one was [...]

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Firstly a frankenpattern is a PR (pattern review) term for getting several patterns and taking elements you then combine to make your own unique item. In this case it was butterick 5556 and lisette 2246. I made my usual adjustments to the bodice. Adding a little to the side seams usually doesn the trick. And [...]

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I’ve been promising my daughter a pair of pjs for far too long. Most of the patterns I own are vintage ones but I must say that a vintage pyjama is much the same as a modern one! I can’t find a date on this one. Perhaps 1950s or maybe 1960s. What do you think? [...]

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After many cold, winter days of just dreaming about this project… I finally awoke to success! I paired McCalls 3730 and a wool stadium blanket to sew up a fabulously warm and comfy jumper.  The pattern worked up easily with no major alterations.  I was smart enough to leave enough ease through the waistline so [...]

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This was a last-minute, impulse project – that’s the only way I sew anything for myself, to be honest. The pattern is Vogue 9059 – one of my favorite Vogues of all time. It took me the better part of two years to find it in my size for a price I could afford – [...]

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Merry Christmas Eve everyone! This is my newest make, the Stepford Wife does Christmas Dress. This dress is actually the result of one of those rare ‘happy’ sewing mistakes that apparently do pop up on occasion (who knew!).   This dress started out originally as a plain red Anna dress, number one on my Summer Sewing [...]

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