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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1960s | Coats | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Les Fleurs Swing Dress (Simplicity 6820, 1966)

By on January 31, 2017

I posted my leopard print version of this pattern last week and today I’m back with a dark floral variation–specifically the gorgeous Les Fleurs in navy from Cotton and Steel’s collab with Rifle Paper Company. I lovvvve this fabric, and I wanted to use it with few seam lines, so Simplicity 6820 seemed perfect. I’m wearing it with my pink bow coat made last year from Simplicity reprint 1197–a perfect match!

See more on my blog here!

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1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Leopard Swing Dress (Simplicity 6820, 1966)

By on January 24, 2017

A few months ago I decided I really wanted an easy, floaty dress that would be less structured than the shift or full-skirted dresses that I normally like, and picked up Simplicity 6820 on etsy. It’s a “Jiffy” tent or trapeze dress from 1966 and it is basically a raglan sleeve mumu! It’s the perfect easy pattern for a bold print since it has few seam lines. This is the first of three versions I’ve made since purchasing the pattern, so I think it was a good buy!

Read more on my blog (and see another leopard print garment too!) here.

xo allie

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1960s | Dresses

Beatles Dress – a simplicity reprint

By on January 22, 2017

This dress was made using Simplicity 3833 a reprint from the 1960’s.  Its a simple shift dress with some interesting detailing in how it creates the bust darts/fit and with options for top stitching to enhance the features.  I think the dress would look great in block colours like a 60’s mod look but I used a quilting cotton that was part of a Beatles collection – called yellow submarine.

Unfortunately I don’t quite fit the dress at the moment but hopefully this year I will see that zip shut again.  For this reason you see the dress modeled by Mavis my dressform.  The fit of this dress is really flattering.  Unlike some shifts it has enough shaping in the waist to give a real pleasant silhouette without being “clingy”.  I made the short version and I warn that this version is very short, if I were to make again I would use the longer option.

For more details you can visit my blog 🙂

Happy sewing.  My machines are in service now so hopefully I will have some more current projects real soon.

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1960s | Dresses

Chambray Summer Dress

By on January 17, 2017

I passed over Butterick’s vintage reprint 6318 dozens of times because I already have similar patterns and I really thought I was just being sucked into the adorable pattern illustrations: 

I mean, that’s just SO CUTE. But I really didn’t need it.

Just kidding, I totally did! This is another super simple pattern thanks to the kimono sleeves. Mine is relaxed fit since I was unfamiliar with Butterick sizing. There’s a lot of extra room in the back especially that I’d take out next time:

I skipped the wrap ties in favor of a simple removable tie belt using the wrong side of the denim, same as I used on the sleeve cuffs.

More details on my blog here!

xo allie

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Navy Midi Dress

By on January 10, 2017

This is my third (and probably NOT final!) version of Simplicity 4475, a simple raglan-sleeved dress from the early 60s. I love this pattern so much! This time I made it in a lightweight, flowy, wool/viscose blend with a modern midi length.

Since I made this back in August, I’ve worn it to parties, evenings out, work… it’s very versatile due to its solid navy color and can easily be dressed up or down. More details on my blog here! (And see my other versions of this pattern here and here.)

xo allie

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1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Coral Eyelet Raglan Sleeve Sundress

By on January 6, 2017

I have a bit of a backlog of dresses to share here, so this one is from July back when it was sunny and warm…

This coral eyelet dress is Simplicity 4475, my go-to full-skirted dress. It’s so simple to make with the raglan sleeves–no setting in sleeves!

I made a few differences this time, the biggest one being I changed the front bodice darts to gathers into the waistline. I love it–and the scalloped edges of the eyelet meant no hemming so it was a super quick make! More details on my blog here.

xo allie

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