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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1960s

The jade

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Hello!
The first post of 2017 is actually a past make. I had made this dress in October 2015 and it was my first “big” project: first time with silk, first time with evening clothes, first time with two fabrics treated as one, finally-first time with overcasting by hand all the seam allowances.

The pattern is Vogue 5456 from 1961 and the main fabric is a silk dupioni in a shade of jade green.
It is fully backed with a medium-weight cotton canvas in dark green, to give the dress more body, to reduce the crazy-wrinkling properties of dupioni (seriously, it crinkles from even looking at it) and to have something to hand sew to without marking the outside fabric. Dupioni is a wonderful silk to start sewing with-it’s stable, doesn’t shift and takes the corrections gracefully.

Too see the finishing details and read more, I invite you to my blog, rvdzik.blogspot.com. Thank you for visiting! 🙂

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1960s | Blouses | Skirts

Two-piece dress based on Simplicity 4906

By on December 27, 2016

Hello everyone,

This will be my debut on this page. I have been sewing vintage-inspired clothes for some time and recently started using authentic patterns from my favorurite era, 1950s-1960s. My newest project is a two-piece dress, based on Simplicity 4906 pattern.

What I like most about this pattern is how it fits on the shoulders. Made from non-elastic fabric it does not constrain movement. And the wide collar has enough room for a woolen scarf in a matching colour.

The original pattern

I altered the top a bit, as the original had short or 3/4 length sleeves and I wanted long, plus I eliminated a side zipper – who needs a zipper in a loose-fitting boxy-shaped top? Also, I decided not to use the original skirt pattern as my fabric was too thick for a skirt with a long back pleat. I went for a Burda skirt pattern from 2/2013 issue, but to my disappointment, the pattern did not work with my fabric either – elastic band are not friends with thick fabrics… Anyways, I ended up making a simple skirt with darts and a waistband. But the overall result is I think satisfactory. I also used the original belt pattern, which was meant for the dress, but can work with the top as well.

Top with black pants

The greatest thing about two-piece dresses is that you can wear them as separates.

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1960s

60(s) squares

By on December 26, 2016

Some time ago I made the Simplicity 1609 repro pattern for a gift and I liked it enough to give it a try as a nice, breezy summer dress (yay for sewing warm weather garments in mid-December…). I had some vintage, but still fresh and luminous white cotton sateen in a period-perfect abstract/square print.

 

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I made only minor adjustments, including a suble lengthening of the dress and interfacing its hem to make the A-line shape more pronounced.

To keep things simple, I didn’t line it, as it’s supposed to be a way out of my constant summer dilemma, “how not to expose too much skin but be able to stay cool in a sizzling city”. I think this pattern was made for cheerful, light dresses; it’s so simple and unfussy.

 

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I hope you like this little project of mine. To read more, visit my blog, rvdzik.blospot.com. Have a wonderful day! 🙂

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1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Grey dress from a 1960s Burda pattern

By on December 7, 2016

In summer I stumbled upon a beautiful and simple pattern for a dress in a 1962 wedding edition of Burda and immediatelly made a few versions of it, including one for a client who loved it as much as I did.

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The pattern proved very versatile and looks great with a variety of fabrics –no wonder, because it’s just such a simple and staple piece. I really love the short sleeves, they add elegance to an otherwise simple design. I made it with different skirts. I usually freehand them, pinning tucks as I go but I also made one version with a circle skirt that I need to photograph.

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This is one of my iterations of the pattern: I added a collar with a bow to it. For a moment there I was afraid it looked too much like a hotel personnel outfit! But I guess the bow helps distract the mind from this easy association ;). It’s fully interlined but with no lining. I’m having second thoughts about interlining this one… turned out quite stiff, even though the outer fabric was quite thin. I finished the skirt with a blind hem stich by hand.

Check out the original blog post for more photos.

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1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

A sixties dress

By on December 2, 2016

Sixties dress

So, I’m kinda terrible at picking fabric. I get hung up on whether it will suit the era, the mood, me, and then I end up taking forever to decide. This fabric was originally supposed to be a skirt, but then I saw this pattern and decided it would be so much better as a dress.

Simplicity 4429

This is Simplicity 4429 from 1962. I made view 2, but raised the hem line and change the fabric tie belt so that it closes at the back with snaps. The fabric is cotton with a small amount of spandex that I got from a local shop for $10 a meter.

Sixties dress back

I really like this pattern. A definite remake, but next time I’m making version 1 with the added pocket.

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1950s | 1960s | Jumpers / Pinafores

A jump(er) into a deep end

By on November 27, 2016

Hello!

Lately I’ve been convinced by the freezing November temperature that it’d be a good idea to sew something warm to wear around the house or/and in my informal time. I had some soft, fluffy wool that I’ve bought few years ago; I decided to give Burda Vintage 50s inspired Mary jumper a try.

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Because I only had a small piece of the fabric, I had to squeeze in the pattern pieces. So I shortened the sleeves, got creative about the facings (I’ve pieced them) and omitted the belt (I already had one in almost the same color as the one of my fabric). I like that the armhole is quite tight and high, which helps to look slimmer even though the jumper is trapeze-shaped. What makes Mary stand out is her collar-cut on the bias. It’s easy to mould; to retain the draping quality I decided to omit the interfacing. I stabilized the edge of the neckline with a strip of cotton selvage.

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Because I don’t like the fuss of having many buttons to fasten at the back, I’ve sewn the opening shut except for the last 5cm; that is closed by two hidden snaps. I decorated the back with 3 big buttons, which are purely ornamental. To make them unobtrusive, I had covered them in the main fabric.

In invite you to my blog, rvdzik.blogspot.com, to see and read more. Have a wonderful day! 🙂

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