1970s | 1980s | Blouses | Skirts

Gingham! (Simplicity 5900)

By on August 31, 2017

 

I’ve been sewing with so much gingham this summer!  This particular checked cotton, which I bought on sale in the LA fashion district for 99 cents a yard a few years ago is especially light and perfect for the hot days of late summer and early fall.  The 1980s-era pattern I used to sew this blouse was a surprise: the sleeves are very puffed!  And the fit is quite good without any adjustments—you know how wonderful that feels for a seamstress!  I’m wearing it with one of my 1970s-era Simplicity 7880 skirts, made of $2 a yard black poly-cotton broadcloth.  For more information about the pattern and the construction (and more photos), please visit the blog that I share with my husband: Mr and Mrs Rat.

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1980s | Blouses | Shirts

Two Versions of Butterick 4625

By on May 25, 2017

 

 

 

I’m learning the benefits of sewing tried-and-true patterns, and Butterick 4625, dating from the 1980s is quickly becoming one of my favorites.  I love the fit of the blouse, the shape of the sleeves, and the collar options.  The top version is made of brown cotton I found at the thrift store; I added little sleeve-heads out of scraps of the same fabric to help the puffed sleeves keep their shape.  The second blouse is made of striped stretch cotton-blend shirting, also found at the thrift store.  I moved the buttons up slightly on the front band, and didn’t add any collar, but otherwise constructed it much the same as the first.  In both photos, I’m wearing my home-made blouses with home-made skirts, made from 1970s era Simplicity 7880.  For more details on sewing construction, and more photos of both blouses, please visit mrandmrsrat.weebly.com.

 

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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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