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.



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.

sewing one


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.

sewing 2

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1950s | 1960s | 1970s | Accessories | Hats | Vintage Sewing

Faux Zhivago: self-drafted faux fur hat

By on December 29, 2014

handmade faux fur hat

December is definitely a month for quick satisfying projects that can slot into the madness of work, shopping, entertaining and visiting! And a faux fur hat is most welcome when the temperatures take a dive into freezing.

handmade vintage style fur hat

December is also a great month for finding the best range of faux fur. This fur is so soft and silky and feels so real I had to double check the backing to make sure it wasn’t! It’s a bit pricey but you really don’t need much more a hat of this kind.

I’ve got fond memories of snuggling up on the sofa with my mum, lots of years ago, watching Doctor Zhivago on the telly. So this hat is cosy in more ways than one. It has a wonderful vintage vibe but I can’t attribute it to any one era. 50’s? 60’s? 70’s? or 2015’s? Maybe it’s just timeless!

I’m planning on posting a tute and a pattern real soon so keep an eye on my blog for more details.

In the meantime, I’d like to wish you all a very happy and healthy new year! x

Handmade faux fur hat Doctor Zhivago style

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1970s | 1980s | Blouses | Children | Dresses | Jackets | Jumpers / Pinafores | Rompers / Playsuits | Shirts | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

Vintage Patterns, 70s, 80s, 90s

By on November 22, 2014

I’ve been searching Craigslist for sewing notions, patterns, and fabric, and yesterday I made a huge find!  For $20, I purchased over 150 vintage patterns from the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

It’s been a lot of fun going through the patterns.  There’s a good selection of 70s and 80s dresses, women’s suits (pants/skirts/blouse/blazer combos), and skirts, as well as adorable little girls’ dresses.


Happy vintage sewing!

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