1940s | 1950s | 1980s | Pants / Trousers

The Fourth of July Shorts

By on August 19, 2015

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I didn’t actually wear these on the Fourth of July. I did, however, cut them out that day. Also, high waisted shorts instantly feel vintage and a little forties/fifties-style patriotic to me! The pattern is actually from the eighties (thanks to my wonderful mom who saved all her old sewing patterns!), but I’m going to forgive it that mild transgression. ‘Cos these shorts are so darn cute, if I do say so myself.

The deets

Pattern: Simplicity 5499, copyright 1982

Fabric: 7/8 yd denim, maybe 1/2 yd of random lining fabric my little sister let me use

Size: 12 (26-1/2″ waist, which explains a lot about that waist)

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The pattern sewed up a dream, with wonderful guidance through the alterations (though I perhaps need some work on figuring out how I need to alter trousers for my body). Altogether, keeping in mind these are my first pair of trousers, I’m pretty happy.  The short of it (pun unintended but duly appreciated!) is that I really love these shorts! More details and pictures on my blog here!

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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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1970s | 1980s | Blouses

Vintage Simplicity 6371

By on September 7, 2014

Last week I tried a pattern that I had just ordered to save shipping costs on Etsy when I ordered another pattern. The cover illustration looks not very interesting but I was in the mood for sewing a blouse and thought that I could just give it a try. It is Simplicity 6371 from the early 80’s and promises a “Fuss Free Fit” – and oh boy, is this true, I am so delighted! I used view 5 with a pin tucked yoke and black trim. I had bought the floral cotton fabric last year at a fabric market in Cologne and thought that this pattern and fabric combined would look like one of my beloved 1970s Jessica’s Gunnies blouses. The pin tucked yoke looks much more complicated to sew than it actually is and I enjoyed sewing it a lot, it was a bit like a crafting smaller objects or doll clothes. The insertion of the collar and sleeves was a dream and the blouse has such a nice and comfortable fit, I am sure that I will make this pattern again and again. Maybe I will try to make my own collar designs? Today I paired the blouse with an actual Jessica’s Gunnies skirt and a hat and we took some pictures of it this afternoon when we took a walk the outskirts of Cologne, the later summer light was so dreamy…

There a few more images on my blog, Draped in Cloudlets.

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1980s | Blouses | Skirts

Hello 1980’s!

By on April 23, 2014

So, on the 3rd, my boyfriend and I are going to an 80’s themed party and while I have a few things that might work in my closet, I wanted to really, really look the part. I had a skirt pattern I thought would be good, and I had big plans for coordinating my skirt and blouse, but I ended up going a completely different direction.

My blouse is from a 1986 Kwik Sew 1262 View A pattern, which I did in the worst fabric I have ever worked with in my life. Gold lame’. You so much as look at it, and it ravels strings of tinsel all over the floor. My sewing room looks like Christmas blew through it after making this blouse. I can die happy if I never have to use this fabric again and wish I would have gone the liquid lame’ fabric instead.  Aside from that, I did like the pattern, but would make it in a moderate knit next time. The sizing was a bit off- supposedly this was supposed to fit up to a 45″ bust, and I measure 42″ and you can see its pretty tight through there. Ignore the icky face I’m making- it’s super bright and sunny today and I was half blinded so not looking up.

The skirt pattern is View A from McCall 5184 from 2006, but without the flounce added to the bottom, and with an extra 2.5″ added to the length. I made this skirt up in another fabric as printed without the flounce and it was a micro-mini. A little too short for my tastes. Cute, but no. I’m 33 years old… lol. I made the skirt out of white satin, fully lining it as the fabric was a bit thin.

I stitched the zipper in first in a yellow thread, then once it was how I wanted it, used white thread and picked out the yellow. I’m really happy with how the zipper turned out, and even though its white and I’ve no idea where I’ll ever wear it again, I quite like the skirt.

I spent about $15 total on fabrics, the skirt pattern I bought years ago at Joann’s, and the blouse pattern I bought in a small lot, and it probably costs me about $2. Either way, I have the perfect outfit for the party, for under $25. I’m still undecided on shoes, but will be crimping my hair for the night and playing with crazy make-up. I make jewelry so will be making earrings and maybe a necklace, probably out of super bright polymer clay.

Anyway, that’s my share for today! I dont have this one up on my blog yet, but you’re welcome to pop by anyway! Deb’s In Stitches!

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1970s | 1980s | Children | Mens | Shirts | Vintage Sewing

Two (yes 2!) Vintage Western Shirts for a friend & his little boy

By on April 2, 2014

McCall’s 7456 & Simplicity 6693, from the 1980s & 1970s, have been getting lots of use at my place…ever since I saw the guitar gods in Cracker, both wearing Western shirts at a concert & thinking, “Hey, the Roommate should be able to dress like a guitar god, even if he doesn’t play guitar!”  A request from a friend for a similar shirt, led to me making 2 shirts, because I couldn’t resist doing one for his little boy, too.  The yoke/cuff/placket contrast for both is from some fabric I got on our trip to West Africa, so it’s authentic wax print.  I’m running out of that, though, so used some regular cotton for the main part of the boy’s shirt, and some Marimekko from Crate & Barrel Outlet for the main part of the men’s shirt.  Find out more on my blog, Bella Industries, Inc. 

 

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