1950s | Dresses | Jackets

A Spot of Elegance: B5882

By on August 8, 2015

Who here will take any excuse to make a new dress? Because I’ll unashamedly put my hand up for that one! When my sister decided to have an elegant high tea to celebrate her birthday, I seized the chance to make up a pattern I’ve been coveting for awhile: Butterick 5882!

I was so thrilled with how it turned out! The fabric I used was vintage, and very special too: a sky-blue swiss dot purchased by my great-grandmother some years ago. It was lovely to sew with, too! I love the style of this dress so much, and all the vintage-esque details in the construction: the full lining, the boned bodice and the waist stay.I had enough fabric left over for a little matching bolero, too – which I made from a free pattern!

I had a lot of fun sewing AND wearing this dress, and I can’t wait to make up the pattern again 🙂 For more pictures and construction details (and a link to the free bolero pattern!) check out my blog post all about it.

Until next time,

Miss Maddy x

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1950s | 1960s | Jackets | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

A “White Christmas” -inspired Skirt Suit

By on January 7, 2015

After sitting on the pattern for waaay too long, I finally got up the gumption to sew Advance 7745 with some red wool that I snagged for super cheap at the thrift store.  Needless to say, I love it.

I omitted the collar called for in the pattern, in part because I didn’t like it and in part because there wasn’t enough fabric!  I’m thinking I’ll get a little white fur peter pan collar to finish it off for winter, and I might find a leopard print collar to swap out for fall and late spring.  The pattern didn’t call for lining the jacket, but I opted to make up a quick lining with some leopard print stuff from JoAnn Fabrics.  I was hoping for a plaid, but no such luck…

I was thinking of adding the belt at the bottom of the jacket (seen on the short-sleeved view on the pattern, barely) but I had quite a hard time picking buttons and finding a matching belt buckle might take a while.  All in all though, I’m super happy with how it turned out!

More pictures of the project are on my blog here and some pictures of the skirt without a jacket over it are in this post.

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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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1950s | Jackets | Vintage Sewing

The New Look Suit

By on November 15, 2014

A very, very long project has reached its end, and a couple of weeks ago my suit and I walked the streets of Paris. My inspiration is the 1950’s, Christian Dior and the New Look.

StinaP New Look suit

StinaP New Look suitThe suit is in black wool crêpe and lined in emerald green viscose. The buttons are vintage (from France!). The deep shawl collar and padded peplum are hand worked, as are the buttonholes and the lining.

StinaP New Look suit shawl collarStinaP New Look suit peplumI’ve used lots of suits from the era as inspiration for the design, and the pattern was drafted by myself and my teacher. I’ve used multiple resources to find the best way to make it, the vintage way so to speak. You can of course read all about it on my blog!

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1910s | Blouses | Jackets | Skirts

Simplicity 9723 With a Twist

By on October 10, 2014

9723Simplicity 9723 is an approximate 1900’s based stage costume pattern. A friend is having an old West themed Halloween party and my plans to make this and go as a school marm were set.

Unfortunately (fortunately?) when I went to the fabric store, my mind started wandering. Add in that the theme of the party was subtly changed to “post-apocalyptic old West” and I started looking at more fun fabrics than I had originally planned. Somehow that landed me in the section with the pleathers and other odd-ball fabrics I just don’t use.

An hour later I came out of the fabric store a lot poorer, and with almost 20 yards of fabric. I actually over-bought on two of my fabric choices by a total of about 2.5 yards because this pattern is not terribly clear on the allowances concerning the changes I planned on making.

Still, better to over-buy than to not have enough, right?

This pattern calls for the blouse and skirt to be made as one piece, which I did not want to do. It also calls for a lot of trims and laces added, only one of which I used- the collar. After making all my changes and adjustments, I’m really pleased with the outcome and the jacket is so wild!

The ruffles on the petticoat caused me some grief and I had to pleat the skirt rather then gather it because it just would not pull along my gathering threads, but otherwise I feel really good about it. Stop by my blog at Deb’s In Stitches and see more about what I did.

The site seems to be having a loading issue with some images right now- if the pictures of my finished project aren’t loading, please click thru to my blog!

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1940s | Coats | Jackets

Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenge #15: The Great Outdoors

By on September 13, 2014

For my second entry for the Great Outdoors challenge I made a red wool version of Simplicity 4366.

I love Ike jackets and I wanted one of my own for a while but then I found the red wool and decided that I would pay homage to the Ike jacket but make it my own. I have to give credit to Tasha from By Gum By Golly for starting the sewing bug for the jacket. Tahsa made a great 1940’s jacket for Rochelle’s Sew for Victory last year (2013) in a wonderful green fabric. From the moment I saw the jacket I knew I had to make one and here it is. The shoulders are gathered into a yoke and the waist of the jacket is gathered into a waistband. The sleeves are gathered at the wrist and finished with a cuff that buttons. The buttons are self covered and the red wool cooperated in waves that Murphy’s buttons couldn’t dream of doing. Oh and I swear the fabric is red the camera appears to have made it a bit pink.

The pattern called for self made shoulder pads but instead of stuffing them I used two layers of crinoline. The crinoline made the jackets shoulders keep their shape but don’t make me look like a linebacker (which I appreciate). The Jacket is also fully lined; the pattern didn’t call for it but I knew I wanted it lined because of the wool. I had to adjust the facing piece because of the change but that was a quick fix. For all of the buttonholes I used my grandmothers Singer 9134 which is cranky but works most of the time. I added the pockets to the front, they’re from Colette Pattern’s blog Coletterie and can be found here. For attaching the pockets I had to wing it since I don’t have the original Colette pattern the pockets actually go to.

The Scoop:

Fabric: Red Tango Wool and Medieval Blue Lining
Pattern: Simplicity 4366
Year: 1940’s if anyone knows the specific date I would be grateful
Notions: 9 self covered buttons
First worn?: Only around the house, it’s not cool enough outside to wear wool
Make again?: Yes but the peplum version in green corduroy with flannel lining
Total cost: Pattern $12 but I’ll say $6 because there’s a skirt pattern with the jacket, Wool Fabric $19.24, Lining $9.98, Self Covered Button Kit $5.99 so total $41.21

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1950s | Jackets | Mens | Vintage Sewing

1950s suit jacket – first step in tailoring process – Leachway pattern

By on May 1, 2014

Hello everyone!

I would like to present you the latest big work I am working on : a 1950s suit jacket! It is based on a vintage british jacket I bought on ebay :

I only made the muslin for now, modified the pattern and chose the fabrics! I also read a lot about the traditional interlining and structure of a suit. Now I can’t wait to start sewing it! 🙂

If any of you have any advices for me for this kind of work, I would be very happy to read them!! 🙂

If you want to see more about this project, come and visit my blog 🙂

Thanks for reading!!

 

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