1970s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 8013, a retro 70s gown reprint

By on December 29, 2015

When Simplicity released their latest (I think) retro collection I totally swooned over this 70s dress… but its 10 yards of fabric, which can get expensive. Solution? Use rayon! While this would look stunning in a silk chiffon or charmeuse, rayon has all the drape and none of the sheen, making it a bit more flexible–it can be dressed up like a gown or down like a maxidress!

I really enjoyed sewing this pattern–I made no size alterations (I cut between an 8 and a 10) but I did change a lot of the construction.

Read more about this project on my blog, allie J.

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1910s | 1930s | 1950s | 1970s | Dresses | Pattern Drafting | Vintage Sewing

The great white dress

By on December 17, 2015

Hi all you wonderful crafting & sewing fellows!

It’s crazy, I haven’t posted anything in here for years, but the great big white deserves a mention, methinks ūüėČ

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My inspirations for this dress was all over¬†the place. I was looking at Edwardian wedding gowns, 1930’s drapes and flowy sleeves, 1950’s circle skirts and 1970’s hippie layers and lace stuff… You can imagine the confusion and headaches I had over design choices!

In the end I went for a completely self drafted design, with added details from all the periods I was inspired by, and I think it worked pretty well! I used my standard bodice pattern for starters, cut it up to find the “perfect seam lines” (and of course that meant having a seven-piece bodice. Smart), and then made a few muslins to try to perfect it.

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The skirt is four layers – four different fabrics – full circle.

IMG_1284cFor a bunch more pictures, come over here: http://sewewellyn.blogspot.se/2015/12/finally-wedding-dress-pictures.html

And here’s the post with some of my inspiration:¬†http://sewewellyn.blogspot.se/2015/05/wedding-dress-inspiration.html

 

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1960s | 1970s | Coats | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

raincoat and a-line skirt , 60s patterns

By on December 6, 2015

 

Raincoat based on Simplicity pattern 8591 (1969) with some alterations (zipper, pockets )

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simplicity 8591 raincoat vintage pattern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A-line mod mini skirt based on Maudella 5626 pattern  , with huge front zipper instead back zipper

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vintage vinyl fabric maudella 5626 pattern aline skirt front zipper 60 1960 mod space age twiggy

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fabric is a kind of thick crinkled vinyl with woolen back , found in yard sales .

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more here : http://crazeegirl-wears-vintage-dress.blogspot.fr/2015/12/addicted-to-my-sewing-machine-suit.html

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1970s

Simplicity 6161: A Swinging Seventies Polka Dot Blouse

By on September 7, 2015
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Simplicity 6161 circa 1970

I love the 1970s.  I was a teenager then, and a pretty happy one, so these styles make me grin.  This pattern reminds me of junior high.

I bought this polka dot fabric to match my eyes and hair, besides, polka dots are cheerful, just right for a wide-collared shirt with turn-back cuffs.

Yup, should’ve made a swayback correction.

This pattern is a size 16; I normally start with 14. ¬†I compared the pattern with a RTW shirt that fits and is comfy. ¬†This size 16 pattern wouldn’t need added width in the torso, it was right on!

That doesn’t mean zero changes. ¬†I shortened 1″ at the waist, did a 3/8″ high back adjustment. ¬†Why didn’t I do my usual swayback correction? ¬†Uh, dunno. ¬†Should have.

Didn’t think ¬†about the¬†shoulder seams, which are about one inch¬†off my shoulder. ¬†The stand-up gathered sleeves balance everything out.

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I’m in my happy shirt.

The buttonholes are too far from the edge. ¬†I’m learning to pay attention to that dimension. ¬†The pattern calls for 1″ buttons and the buttonhole markings on the blouse front are 1″ from the fold. ¬†Is that a rule? ¬†Place your buttonholes the same distance from the edge as the diameter of your buttons? ¬†I’ll make a note to practice it on my next projects. ¬†But today I used¬†three 5/8″ buttons from¬†my stash, and they would look¬†better closer to the blouse edge.

Doesn’t any of it matter, because I LOVE LOVE LOVE this shirt! ¬†It makes me happy.

Pattern: Simplicity 6161 circa 1973, eBay
Cloth:  Michael Miller Ta Dot, from M&L Fabrics
Buttons: Stash

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1960s | 1970s | Vintage Sewing

STYLE 2283 – When is a jumpsuit not a jumpsuit?

By on August 24, 2015

When it’s a 2 piece! but I love it anyway.

Hello everyone, this is my first post on the site after lurking for a long time, so I hope I do everything right. I started sewing 2 months ago and have been playing with self drafted patterns and online tutorials, I finally built up the courage to try my first pattern (style 2283) and thought I would share it here.

At first I thought this pattern was a jumpsuit, its actually a two piece culottes set which is even better. I can use the pattern over and over because I love culottes and want to make some with a more wartime feel.

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I was a little nervous about following a pattern and trying a lot of new techniques so I behaved myself and followed the pattern almost to the letter. For comfort I decided not to interface the waistband or the weird polo neck area thing? Instead I finished the neck and armholes with red bias tape which I think works really well.

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The pattern was printed in 68 so I felt safe pairing it with these awesome 70’s platforms I thrifted. I also thrifted all the materials for this project, Overall i’m really happy with how it turned out and can’t wait to make some more. more pictures and information are on my blog if you are interested.

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