Blouses

In my attempt to keep up with recent goals of making things for myself and also using my vintage pattern stash, I chose this 1965 blouse pattern – View 4: This was my first button backed top pattern. I like the idea, but honestly I’m not sure why this was so popular, as doing it [...]

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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 [...]

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About a year ago I rediscovered sewing as a hobby and made a blouse after Burda’s retro 1950s  pattern Nr. 7255 and shortly after that another one because I was so enthusiastic about it. Unfortunately I was much less happy with my second version - the cheap polyester fabric that I used had small blemishes and made the blouse [...]

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Hello everyone! I am back with my latest make, a blouse made from the 1930s  Smooth Sailing pattern from Wearing History. I had the perfect Spitfire fabric and wanted to make a RAF blouse with a slight touch of ‘uniform’. I altered the giant puffed sleeves  into shoulder pleats, and added tabs to the shoulder. [...]

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A couple of months ago, I joined a sew-along. I thought it would be a good way to stretch my new skills. It was hosted by Seamstress Erin and I thought I’d share what I accomplished with you all. The most tedious part of sewing: cutting out the pattern. The point at which I realized I had [...]

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Hi everyone! A few weeks ago I made this white gypsy top… I had been wanting one for agessssssss and have always loved them! I made the cropped version as it is perfect for summer and can be paired with high waist skirts, short or jeans etc. I found the pattern at a op-shop (thrift [...]

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I adore rayon! It’s the fabric I most wish would come back into modern fashion. I’m always on the hunt for rayon with a great retro style print and I fell in love with this divine polka dot yardage. It’s the size of the print and the color that make this perfect for late 30s/early [...]

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In my spare time this summer, I’m adding lots of lovely vintage pieces to my wardrobe. I bought this pattern before Christmas. McCall’s 8849 circa 1952, an adaption of an Italian Couture Design, as it says on the front. Straight out of the movie Roman Holiday, don’t you think? I’m picturing myself as the queen [...]

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  This post is about a muslin I have made for a vintage blouse.  The pattern came from ebay. And I think the ladies look rather stylish, don’t you?! I’ve made my muslin from a rather thin old sheet, as I wanted to test the fit and style before cutting into good fabric. I think [...]

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Just sneaking my last bit of vintage sewing into the end of 2013 – some basic women’s summer tops using Simplicity 2118 (circa late 1950s).                                   This is what the pattern sleeve looks like – I went with View 1. [...]

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