1940s | Burlesque / Pinup | Dresses | Mad Men Inspired | Modern Patterns

Butterick Patterns by Gertie B6380 – 1940s Style Tea Dress

By on March 13, 2017

I’m so excited to share this dress with you! I feel so lucky with my sewing mojo having made my two of my new favourite dresses in a row (the first being THIS Simplicity number). I’ve be lusting after this Butterick B6380 pattern since it came out and have had it in my pattern stash since last year, waiting for the right fabric to come along! It’s a classic 1940s vintage style tea dress, designed by my sewing muse Gertie.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Butterick Pattern by Gertie 6380 Sweeheart Neckline Dress with Gathered Bodice

Fabric: 2m (with plenty left over) of viscose and a satin lining

Notions: 22″ concealed zip & 3 buttons to finish

Sewing time: 1 day and the hem on the following day

Modifications: I used a concealed zip instead of a lapped zipper and altered the pattern size (as stated above)

Fit: After a few tweaks, it fits perfectly!

Difficulty: Simpler than I thought, but certainly a challenge. Great project for confident beginners and for advanced seamstresses alike.

Watch out for: Getting even gathers and making sure the centre front point is precise.

Make again?: Yes! I really enjoyed this pattern.

Overall, you can probably tell, I’m over the moon with this dress. I think the design is super flattering on me and will be great for ladies with a larger bust and hourglass figures. I wore it with my favourite Coffee Seamed Stockings from my shop for a true 1940s look and I think they were meant to be.

To see this dress in action, I wore it in my Sew & Tell | February 2017 video over on my NEW YouTube channel. Please do subscribe!

Thanks for reading, pinups!
xo

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Join the Easter Spring Dress 2017 Sewalong

By on March 2, 2017

I’m super excited to share with you guys the official kickoff of the #EasterSpringDress2017 sewalong.

Easter and the coming of spring are all about welcoming the new. Which I thought was also the perfect excuse for treating yourself to a new dress/outfit.  So, I (Akram at Akram’s Ideas) have teamed up with Judith of Judith Dee’s World to host the #EasterSpringDress2017 sewalong.

Akram's Ideas : #EasterSpringDress2017 Sewalong

The sewalong requirements are pretty lax as you can sew whatever pattern you desire and style, using a Spring/Easter themed print or color scheme.

Vintage Spring Inspiration

While the sewalong is open to all styles of patterns, I can’t help but think of classic vintage style dresses when I think of Easter.  The flowy full skirts of the 1950’s are the first to come to mind. Along with the light cotton weight fabric and of course the pastel floral prints.

Akram's Ideas : #EasterSpringDress2017 Sewalong

For this sewalong, I’ve decided to use Vogue 1397. While it’s not officially a vintage pattern the dress does have a lot of vintage inspired elements, such as a full lining and flared skirt. I also adore the pockets and tie back bow.

Akram's Ideas : #EasterSpringDress2017 Sewalong
Still debating between the blue of pink fabric

I’m super excited about co-hosting this sewalong and would love to see some super stunning vintage/retro styled projects.

Join the Fun

If you plan to join in the fun post your creations between Wednesday, April 12 thru Sunday, April 16 on Youtube, blog or Instagram using the hashtag #EasterSpringDress2017

For full details on the sewalong and to sign up be sure to see my full blog post at: http://wp.me/p3yKY3-2ox

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1940s | Dresses

A 40s wool dress with sunray-darts

By on February 24, 2017

While spring is already knocking at the door, I had the idea to sew a wintery wool dress. This pattern is included in a booklet with fabric-saving-pattens from 1944. It features a very slim skirt, slightly puffed sleeves and sunray darts around the neck.

I used a pure wool fabric in dark green for the dress and a black wool fabric for the contrasting belt and  bow. Unfortunately I was a bit over-ambitious and sized the pattern down too much, now it fits a little tight and has sleeves that are a little on the short side. But I do love it and am very happy with the result.

Here is a the original pattern drawing:

More photos and details I included on my blog parvasedapta.ch

Greetings from Switzerland,

ette

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1950s | Burlesque / Pinup | Dresses | Mad Men Inspired | Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 1459 – Vintage 1950s Shirt Dress

By on February 18, 2017

Hi pinups! This dress is the perfect vintage Valentine’s Day dress, which I’ll certainly be rocking well into the Summer. I’ve been keeping an eye on this vintage 1950s Simplicity 1459 pattern for a while as I’m a sucker for a shirt dress, especially a vintage one! So in collaboration with online haberdashery Weaver Dee it felt like the perfect time to try it, paired with a classic floral cotton for a true retro vibe.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Simplicity 1459 – Weaver Dee

Fabric: Poly Cotton Fabric – Navy / Pink Rose Garden – £3.00 per m – Weaver Dee

Notions: Medium Weight Iron on  Interfacing & 22″ & Concealed Nylon Zip [817 Cerise Pink] – Weaver Dee

Sewing time: I spent two afternoons on this.

Modifications: Added 3 buttons instead of 2, and I used a concealed zip instead of a lapped zipper

Fit: Perfect! I know, I’m surprised too.

Difficulty: Straightforward. I was pleasantly surprised at how simply this came together (ignoring my stupid mistake!). I’d also recommend this for adventurous beginners.

Watch out for: Don’t forget to sew the collar points properly like me!

Make again?: Yes!

 

 

For my full review & images, check out my blog The Crafty Pinup.

Thank you!
xo

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1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

1950’s Cocktail Dress Revival

By on February 15, 2017

I hit a sewing bump 2 months ago. I lost all motivation to keep sewing. I stopped even trying to find a project to inspire me and then last week as I was cleaning out my closet I stumbled upon this 1950’s cocktail dress that I bought to fix up over a year ago. My fears of fixing it had sent it to the back of my closet where it had been forgotten.

It was riddled with holes. I started picking it apart piece by piece. This also allowed me to create a pattern out of the dress for future creations!

I created a lace overlay for all of the pieces, basted it on and then re-assembled the whole dress.

Once it was re-assembled I found I had created my dream cocktail dress out of what was once something I had at the bottom of the repair pile.

You can read more about this save over on my blog. In the meantime, I will be busy tackling that repair pile in hopes of finding another gem!

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