1920s | 1940s | 1950s | Buttons | Vintage Sewing

I So Lucked Out …..

By on September 17, 2013

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A fantabulous friend made the find of the century as far as I am concerned. In Malta a moth balled warehouse, delapidated but full of vintage haberdashery. She braved 30 degree heat, no light bar a head torch, no help just her, collapsing wooden shelves and many bugs and creepy crawlies (we Brits are not at all hardy when it comes to bugs). Untouched for over 50 years, she delved in and rescued what she could, all with the blessing of the owner I hasten to add.

I so lucked out to have such a buddy as she has so kindly shared some vintage goodies with me. Trim, lace and buttons ranging from 1920's through to the 1950's.

So in for a penny, in for a pound I'm sewing up an upcycling storm. Buying vintage fabric online to fully compliament the goodies. The grand plan to have a wonderful selection of items for Christmas. I've made some samples today…. Baubles made from trim with vintage button on either side and a heart with glass 1920's red and white buttons. Thinking the heart can work as a bauble for a tree, a mirror hanging or a proper fancy pants pin cushion even!

Tomorrow I am sampling some hair accessories, my thinking is at the vintage fair in November people likely will be looking for either stocking fillers or beautifully unique handmade vintage items with the bonus of saving the planet as its all up-cycled. Everything is of my own design, many sleepless nights with creative juices going CURAZEE with ideas for my goodies which finally are now becoming real things rather than a head full of ideas ūüôā

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Buttons | Modern Patterns | Rompers / Playsuits | Vintage Sewing

Finished Playsuit

By on September 6, 2013

I finally finished my playsuit, just in time for the end of summer! I used McCall’s 6331
I actually wanted to make a matching skirt to make it a vintage inspired playsuit ensemble.
I switched out the zipper closure in the pattern for bound buttonholes.

The blue and white polka dot fabric was super shear so I underlined the whole thing with lightweight white cotton. the bodice is additionally lined with a solid blue cotton that matches the polka dots, causing the overturned pieces on the bodice to contrast.

I think I can still wear my playsuit as long as it is still warm out (which it is).

Way more info about the making of this and this on my blog, Belle Clara

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1920s | 1940s | 1950s | Accessories | Blouses | Buttons | Hats | Introduction | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

A hello plus 4 finished projects!

By on August 19, 2013

hi dolls! My name is Ines and I’m from Lisbon, Portugal. I’m a beauty and vintage fashion blogger (you can check my blog here www.madameturbante.blogspot.com )
More recently I discovered the wonderful world of sewing! Both my grandmothers were seamstresses, and I always have been interested in this kind of art, but I was very busy learning and doing other stuff. Some months ago I decided to create a brand inspired by the vintage acessories (all decades) called Madame Turbante, and so my mother in law offered me a sewing machine! At the time I didn’t knew anything about sewing! I searched on google and a whole new world opened up for me ūüôā I’m still very new to this, but with your help and inspiration I feel that I can do so much more!

My very first sewing project were my turbans, which I’m most known for! Turbans are very easy to sew. Have you tried?
I created Madame Turbante brand and I sell it all over my country in flea markets. Its funny, because I only own one of my turban designs! :p

 

The other thing I wanted to show you is my very first attempt to sew two pillow cases from a retro fabric available at IKEA (I love IKEA, don’t you?). I loved the result! I watched a video on youtube and I was able to sew them easily!

 

Now the fun projects: Clothes! I was afraid of making clothing, I confess. I can picture some patterns in my head, but taking the measurements is kinda hard for me. Well, in a week I lost all fear and tried to make a blouse inspired by the 20’s and art deco. I drew the pattern myself based on a simple blouse I own, and made the adjustments necessary. I have to say that the most difficult part was to hand sew the buttons holes! God, what a mess! The great thing is that they are kinda hidden from the actually buttons. The fabric ripped a lot. So, it was a challenge, but I loveeee the result! Also, the buttons are vintage, I bought them in a flea market a couple of years ago and I was starting to think that I’d never get to use them.

And finally, but not least, my 40’s skirt with removable suspenders! Another challenge. I drew the pattern from a skirt I already own, sew the suspenders et voila! I didn’t have the chance to use it outside because it is freakin’ hot here in Portugal. I need the winterrrr!

I feel like such a cheater by not using actually patterns. What do you think about that? Are you used to draw your own patterns?

xxx

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1940s | Buttons | Children | Kids | Notions | Rompers / Playsuits | Swimwear / Sunwear | Vintage Sewing

Super Cute Sun Suit from 1947

By on August 1, 2013

 

I have had this pattern, which is Simplicity 1944 from 1947, in my collection for a while. My cousin just had a baby girl, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to make up this cute little sun suit. The pattern is a size 3, so it will be awhile before she grows into it, but it was so darn cute I had to give it a  whirl. I used plaid lightweight cotton, and went with a rickrack trim in fuchsia. There is a fuchsia stripe in the fabric, but it is not showing up well on camera. This is View 1, which has self made ruffles. View 2 uses purchased trim. I also contemplated using elastic in the legs, but in the end I went with the self made bias tape that is called for in the pattern. I did some quick and dirty hand bound buttonholes, which look less than great but do the job. Definitely more practice needed in that department. Unfortunately, the brim pattern piece for the matching bonnet was missing. I contemplated drafting a new one, but decided against it because I already have a giant pile of stuff in my sewing stash I need to get to, so I kept in simple with just the sun suit. Enjoy!

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1940s | Buttons | Dresses

Gingham is Great!

By on May 7, 2013

I love gingham! It’s such a classic look. So when I wanted to make a simple summer dress just right for those hottest of summer days, I chose a black and white gingham cotton.

Fabric: black and white gingham cotton ($4/yd)
Pattern: Simplicity 2502
Year: 1948
Notions: buttons (from stash)
Hours to complete: 6-ish
First worn: May 2012
Total cost: ~$12

I had some fun with the seam finishes and special vintage construction details.

Black and white striped bias tape!

Sneaky hidden buttons in the fly front!

There are more photos and construction details over on the blog.

Also, I’m destashing some plus sized vintage patterns c. 1950s-1970s. If any of you would be interested in giving them a new home, check out all of the details here.

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1950s | Buttons | Lingerie

Vintage Pajama Party!

By on May 6, 2013

As a three-time cancer survivor, my mom has had more than her share of challenges. ¬†This year, I’m especially happy to give her a pair of hand-made pajamas – her favorite garment – for Mothers’ Day. ¬†Since she grew up in the 1950’s, this terrific vintage pattern was the perfect find:

1950's Pajama Pattern - Simplicity 1325

I chose View 3, with shorts, because she lives in the South. ¬†Instead of the two hip pockets though, I did just the single upper pocket from View 1. ¬†Here’s the result:

Pajama top

The fabric is a crisp cotton in yellow (her favorite color) with ribbons and pale pink roses. ¬†I trimmed the sleeves and pocket with lace. ¬†I love the boxy shape of the top. ¬†The bottoms have a cute front pleat, which truly gives them 1950’s flair!

Pleat detail on pajama shorts

 

Pajama shorts

I accomplished a few sewing ‘firsts’ with this project: ¬†first collar, first set-in sleeves and first project finished with my new machine ( a Husqvarna Emerald 116, which I’m absolutely loving!). ¬†This machine makes near-perfect button holes, automatically:

Woohoo, a buttonhole!

And here is perhaps my favorite detail, the pink vintage buttons:

Pretty buttons

Altogether, a fun and worthy project. ¬†I know my mom will love them! ¬†And I’m looking forward to making a few more pair, for summer and winter.

Has anyone else made vintage pajamas or lingerie? ¬†I’d love to hear your advice. ¬†Thanks for reading!

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1970s | Buttons | Embroidery | Mens | Shirts | Vintage Sewing

Make Do With Vintage Fabric Folds

By on April 2, 2013

I was at Hawthorne Vintage when I found the blue plaid Pendleton I used for my Peony as well as this more manly 1970’s beige plaid wool. I decided it was high time I created something more inticate (well, not necessarily more intricate, but tailored in a way that I was less accustomed to) and I purchased the Colette Patterns Negroni shirt.

I was also gearing up to make my Sew For Victory dress, which has a button-up bodice. I was nervous to try a shirtwaist dress for the first time using a vintage pattern. As always, the instructions in my Colette Pattern Booklet lead me through this Negroni project with ease and when it came time to make my Doris Dress, it was a breeze! I <3 colette.

Having only just 3 yards of fabric I went ahead and cut it out in size small. As it turns out, small men’s Pendleton shirts are in high demand in PDX. I found a friend who was interested in buying this shirt, even though I didn’t have enough fabric to make full-length sleeves. Yes, it is a bit awkward to have a heavy wool shirt with short sleeves, but as my mother said, “Men usually end up rolling the sleeves up anyway.” I think I did a good job of making due with what I had and gave life back to this bit of old wool, don’t you?

 

For more pictures and construction details, visit my blog. Thanks!

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