Sleeveless aline dress in retro style, Burda 7680 , London map pattern
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
Today I completed Butterick 4838, a reversible summer shift or cover-up with only two pattern pieces. It’s still winter here, but after prolonged illness and also a huge house move I just felt like sewing something – anything – to get back into sewing. I’d always wanted to make this well-known 1960s pattern, because it looks cute, easy to wear, and would be a great summer dress (I suffer terribly with the heat). I’ve also recently grown out of much of my wardrobe, ahem, so can justify the make because I NEED new clothes. Really. Especially because my daughter has started stealing all my old ones because she has grown INTO them.
I didn’t bother doing a test run, as it’s such a simple pattern (please keep tsking and chuckles to a minimum). Contrary to the envelope illustration, where the waist seems somewhat raised and as if the cut-out ends at the back waist, it turns out that the cut-out is quite wide AND low, and not only that, is also quite open and revealing due to the generous cut of the mod, shift-like shape. I think if I were standing in a queue and there was someone right behind me and they bothered to look down, they’d probably be able to see right down to my undies! Whoops. I think I’ll only be wearing this over my swimmers to go down the road to the pool. You could say the clue was in the pattern description, which used the word ‘cover-up’.
Still, I’m happy with it – and I used up some original 1960s psychedelic fabric I thrifted years ago: a sheer synthetic, light as air, with a faint crepey texture to it. I have the perfect buttons for the dress – huge lime green plastic ones – but haven’t added them yet as I still havent unpacked my haberdashery stash (I can’t even find the box!). I won’t be making them functional buttons, because it’s loose enough to just be pulled over my head.
I will make this again and make it truly reversible (not just lined like this one) and will adjust the cut-out to be more wearable. I really recommend this fun mod pattern!
I’ve been eyeing this site for a while, but never thought I had anything worthy of posting here. I have been collecting vintage patterns for a while – I have accumulated quite a collection, so I have plenty of sewing to do. But, I also had been away from garment sewing for a long, long time. Last year I decided to get back to it. I am not normally a huge fan of 60s styles, but I have really loved this blouse for a while. A contest at PatternReview got me to finally make the blouse.
Here is my blouse:
This is the pattern I used:
I used a cotton lawn I had in my stash. Though I had (and still have) some issues with the front french dart and the collar, I am happy with the blouse. It is very comfortable and a perfect summer blouse!
More on my blog: 1960s blouse
I bought this SUPER cute 1960’s backless dress pattern on Etsy a few months ago. I already had the PERFECT fabric to make it with, a blue cotton floral with a it of stretch. It almost has a Hawaiian feel to it, doesn’t it?
This pattern definitely satisfied my sewing fix as it was very fast and easy to sew. I made no changes to the pattern (save the measurements…a size 10? I wish!), and I used two vintage pearly flat fisheye buttons at the back.
I really like this design because of the peek-a-boo back. It’s low, but not TOO low, so it’s perfect for concealing my “love handles”. I think it turned out great!
Thanks for looking!
Betty Draper eat your heart out. Now If this isn’t the most 1950s garden party dress you’ve ever seen, then I don’t know what is! And it isn’t even marked as a vintage pattern! But I think my choice of fabric and styling certainly gives this little number some serious retro credentials.
For my full pattern review & images, check out my blog The Crafty Pinup.
Forties gown plus 60s palazzo pants.
Another jumpsuit….This time I used the bodice from Vogue 273, which I completed earlier this year, and the pant pieces from Vogue 6435, which has been the basis of all my jumpsuits so far.
As I am now hooked on jumpsuits, I have been looking at creating more variations on the bodice, so after I sewed up Vogue 273, I knew it would work well together.
Jumpsuit one, styled for a Speakeasy Party.
Jumpsuit two, in wool crepe with a matching cape.
Jumpsuit three…for practical life with work and kids.
Here is the result! You can read more about it on my blog, and I am of course contemplating a new version for summer.
Yes! It’s winter here, and it feels like it has been raining for weeks….
This jumpsuit works so well, I can dress it up with a hat, gloves and a necklace, I can put on a black belt and cardy for a bit more of a casual look.
Anyone else into jumpsuits too?
Happy sewing xo