1950s | Accessories | Dresses | Jackets | Vintage Sewing

Hommage to Audrey Hepburn – Chic in late 50s

By on October 1, 2017

Hello everyone
This is my first time posting here.
Therefore I’d like to introduce myself shortly: I am 23, live in the heart of Switzerland and started sewing about 2 years ago. With my mom and sister I blog at PeterSilie&Co – you are of course welcome to visit us.

Vintage Dress Beyer Mode, PeterSilie&Co, 60s
Just like you, I love to sew vintage sewing patterns. Just sometimes it is really frustrating. It can take forever to recreate a vintage sewing pattern. So, when I spotted this pattern, I knew this would be an easy to sew dress.

And because I am ambitious and the dress alone would be to easy to sew, I decided to make a matching jacket. For the jacket I used a pattern, I’ve sewn before from Neuer Schnitt 1962.
The dress was quite easy to make. But of course I had to change the darts – they were way to high. And it took some time to pleat the skirt in the perfect way to match with the bodice.
Because I made the jacket the second time, I didn’t have to make any changes. Due to the fact, that I wanted to wear the jacket with other dresses as well, the jacket is black. The plaid is only on the inside, so I can always decide, if I want to show the plaid (or not).
But my highlight of the look are the belts. At first I thought that it is just a long belt wrapped around the waist several times. Instead the fabric is draped. The instructions were very short (as usual) and I just made them up on the go. And I love, love, love the outcome. (I even wrote a little tutorial: Right now only in German, but if google translator is not working out for you, let me know.)
If you wish to see more swoon worthy pictures, you can hop over to our blog PeterSilie&Co – and yes, the shooting was definitely Audrey Hepburn inspired.
I only wish, I would have written more text (to be able to show more photographs).
Till next time

Sabine

Vintage Plaid dress, Beyer Mode PeterSilie&Co

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1920s | Accessories | Capes | Downton Abbey Inspired | Vintage Sewing

Make a 1920’s Inspired Shrug for added Glamour

By on June 29, 2017

 

My friend Jonathan invited me to his 30th birthday party.  He wanted to leave his OWN roaring 20’s in style and asked everyone to come dressed up for the occasion.  What a great opportunity to play dress up and put on a made-by-me gown from my favorite era!

Original dress and wrap

Yay!  I had everything – Dress, shoes, stockings, gloves, hand bag and wrap.  But the truth is, I didn’t really want to wear a wrap.  I wanted something a little more glamorous. So why not turn my metallic gold organza wrap into something more special?  I could throw it together in a couple of days, right?  So I did.  It’s not 100% accurate to the era and time, but I think it evokes the glamour of the era (and my inspiration photo – see below) and went perfectly with my dress already (see this post for more info about the dress)

The Finished Look!
My Vintage Inspiration

Here is the finished look.  I am happy with the way it turned out.  It was created from a metallic organza wrap that I owned already, and a vintage white fox collar that was purchased online. The stitching was done entirely by hand and the collar is removable.

If you are interested in how I created the Shrug, visit my blog post about making it.

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1940s | 1950s | Accessories | Burlesque / Pinup | Hats | Vintage Sewing

Vintage Headscarf + Free Pattern

By on March 26, 2017
Vintage Headscarf, free sewing pattern | Vintage on Tap

Its been a beat since I originally completed this project over on my blog, but it occurred to me that I never posted this project here, which is a shame since I know there are plenty of readers here who would be super interested!

Inspired by some old-school vintage traveling hoods and vintage headscarfs, I had to make my own from a vintage 1940s pattern, ASAP!

Vintage Headscarf, free sewing pattern | Vintage on Tap

My leopard print headscarf has already seen a bunch of wear since I made it- and all in all, it stitched up about an hour, start to finish. Perfect for protecting your pincurl sets and generally protecting you from the wind and humidity.

Vintage Headscarf, free sewing pattern | Vintage on Tap

I actually am super surprised at how much I love this headscarf- it was such a simple project but it feels super Old Hollywood Glam haha!

Vintage Headscarf, free sewing pattern | Vintage on Tap

I made the drafting instructions available over on my blog if you were interested in making this yourself. Since the pattern is from the 1940s, I figured it would be a good idea to just draw the pieces out (total of 4 pieces, if you’re making a lined version)- and put them online. I also went ahead and did a short video, showing you step by step how to make the hood as well, over on my YouTube channel.

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Click to Watch the YouTube video!

I’m actually already planning on sewing this up in a white lawn for the summer time. Its also a good reminder to pick up some fabulous glam sunglasses to rock with it 🙂

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1920s | Accessories | Bags / Purses | Blouses | Embroidery | Hats | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

A 1920 Ensemble

By on March 15, 2017

This outfit is my foray into the world of the late teens and early 20’s.  I used two patterns from Past Patterns, dated to circa 1920, for both my blouse and skirt, while my purse was made from a tapestry remnant and Vogue #7252, from the year 2000.  My hat is a thrift store find which I decorated to make-do and my shoes are close reproductions from Jeffrey Campbell.  I used primarily cotton for all pieces – even thread!  There are so many fine details to this set – the blouse has my hand-stitched floral designs on the neck, shoulders, and sleeves while I used old original glass teens/20’s era buttons for the front closure of the blouse.  There are real brass buttons along the pocket panel of the skirt…and check out those awesomely enormous pockets as big as mini suitcases!  My background was one of the very first “arcade” indoor shopping malls in our country, a lovely Gothic place built in 1919.  To see and read more, please visit my blog post here.

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1950s | Accessories | Lingerie

· Vintage Petticoat Comparison ·

By on October 28, 2016

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Anyone who wears 1950s styles will know that a good petticoat will take your dress from “meh” to “fabulous” in an instant! But the world of petticoats can also be overwhelming and, let’s face it, expensive. I’ve tried several different styles in the 7+ years I’ve been wearing vintage and I’m excited to finally put all my thoughts in one place! I have a few economical ideas, a few reviews of popular reproduction brands, and mainly- loads of photos! Hop on over to my blog, Mode de Lis, for the full run-down!

Happy petticoating! I’d also love to hear of any experiences you’ve had with petticoats- do you have any favorites?

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Accessories | Giveaway | Vintage Sewing

A Tutorial ~ DIY Vintage Hair Tie

By on May 2, 2015

Remember the vintage styled hair tie I debuted in this outfit post?  Today I want to show you how to make your own version of this cute hair accessory! This tutorial is great if you have a hankering to try sewing, and would like a simple, easy project to begin with.

If you already have sewing skills, you can just download the free pattern for The Vintage Bow Hair Tie and jump right in!  {Note: You still might want to skip down to the end for the giveaway however!   ♡~ (^ ε ^) }

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Materials you will need:

  • Fabric:  92cm (36.5”) x 12cm (4.75”)  or  46cm (18.5”) x 24cm (9.5”)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread to match fabric
  • Needle for hand sewing
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Vintage Bow Hair Tie Pattern
  • Pins

Vintage Bow Hair Tie Pattern:  Download here

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How to make your own Vintage Hair Tie:

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Step One:  Print out Vintage Bow Hair Tie Pattern twice, and cut out pattern pieces. There should be four in all.

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Step Two:  Join pattern pieces together as indicated.  The broken line tabs should go under the un-broken line tabs.  The last piece of the pattern, the rounded tip piece will have to be upside down to sit correctly.  The pattern should end up looking like a very long canoe!

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Step Three:  Fold your fabric over and place pattern on top.

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Step Four:  Slide any excess fabric back under so that the raw edge of the fabric is under the bottom edge of the pattern, and the fold of the fabric under the top edge of the pattern. This way, when you cut the fabric, there will be very little waste.

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Step Five:  Cut fabric.

(Option): If you have the smaller width of fabric you can ‘piece’ this pattern together by cutting HALF of the pattern TWICE as shown above.

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You should end up with a piece like the one on top if you cut the whole pattern, or two pieces like the ones on the bottom if you cut half of the pattern twice.

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Step Six (Option for pieced pattern):  If you have pieced the pattern, put the right side {the bright side of the print} of the fabric together and pin.

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Step Seven (Option for pieced pattern):  Sew along the straight edge to join the two pieces of fabric together.  Allow 1/4” to 1/2’’” for the seam allowance.

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Step Eight:  Fold the fabric in half ~ right sides together.

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Step Nine:  Starting at one end, allowing 1/2” for the seam allowance, sew along the outside edge of the fabric.  (Option):  You can sew this seam by machine, or by hand.

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Step Ten:  Leave a 1 1/2” gap at the opposite end to pull the fabric through the right way.

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Step Eleven:  Pull the fabric from the inside of the tube, turning it the right way out.

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Step Twelve:  Press flat with an iron.

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Step Thirteen:  Tuck the raw edge of the gap in and press.

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Step Fourteen:  Thread needle, and sew up gap. Start off by passing the needle from inside the fabric tube to the outside, so that the knot end stays hidden inside. You can use the “Stitch in the Ditch” technique to hide your hand sewing, as explained below.

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The idea behind the “Stitch in the Ditch” technique is to hide your stitches inside the seam, such that you cannot see the stitches once you have finished.  To stitch in the ditch, you pass the needle through the fabric that is tucked INSIDE the gap, and repeat a little further along on the opposite side.  Continue up the sides until the gap is ‘bridged’ by the rows of stitches.

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The hand sewing sits below the crease made by pressing the raw edges in, and when you pull it tight, it closes the gap and hides the stitches.  Knot your work, and pass the needle down into the seam and out through the fabric. Pull the thread taunt when you snip, and the tail of the thread will pull back and disappear into the inside of your fabric tube.  Invisible stitches!

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Step Fifteen:  Enjoy your new vintage-inspired hair tie!  A fabulous accessory for those ‘around the house’ days to keep your hair out of your face, or when you are fancied up for day out in your favourite dress.  Make a new one every time you sew up a project and you can have co-ordinated hair and wardrobe!

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have fun making your own vintage hair tie. If you have any questions about anything at all, please don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll do my best to help out.

As always, I’d love to see your creations so please do let me know about them ~ you can share by leaving a comment or link to a blog post, tweet a picture @bjvear or share on Instagram by mentioning @missbjvear, or hashtag #DIYLavenderandTwill so I can take a peek!

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Now for the exciting part:

Giveaway

If you’d like the chance to win this sweet floral print hair tie, check out my blog Lavender & Twill for more details!

 

xox,

bonita

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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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