Jumpers / Pinafores

  Hi, this is me in a jumper dress I made recently using Simplicity 6555 from 1966. I really like the shaping on the front bodice.  I needed to move the bust darts down slightly on my muslin.  Glad I made one!  I only made a bodice muslin and only half of one at that.  [...]

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After many cold, winter days of just dreaming about this project… I finally awoke to success! I paired McCalls 3730 and a wool stadium blanket to sew up a fabulously warm and comfy jumper.  The pattern worked up easily with no major alterations.  I was smart enough to leave enough ease through the waistline so [...]

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I’m still plowing on with my attempt to have a completely wearable 1940s wardrobe – either by buying or making the outfits I want need. And the latest gap to be filled – a 1940′s jumper dress! The pattern is Mail Order 2082, and I (hesitantly) used the sweetheart neckline version, with heart patch pockets. [...]

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Yesterday I post View A of this pattern here, and despite its currently wrinkled appearance, I had to make view C with its fitted bodice and fuller skirt. For those of you who commented on it, I do have an iron, just no place to use it, but I will have an ironing board on [...]

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Simplicity 3673 is a pattern I picked up because of its retro styling. I loved the idea of a jumper, but decided to just wear it as a dress once I finished it. This was one of the easiest patterns I have ever sewn, and I am beyond pleased with how it turned out- it [...]

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I am so excited to finally be able to share my Sew For Victory outfit with you all.  I finished this outfit at the start of last week but every time Corey was home to take pictures for me the rain would come back.  But finally here we are. When this sew-a-long first popped up [...]

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“You’re making a what?” my sewing group giggled. “It’s a 1950s wiggle dress.” I repeated. “Because back then they made them so tight certain things wiggled when you walked.” I said with a suggestive shake. Sorry for the lack of wiggling. I’m still learning how to take better pictures of my wearable projects. This pattern [...]

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I named this past year’s Christmas dresses after the Johnny Cash song because they’re frankenpatterned from three vintage patterns each.  The collar and cuffs are done with Victorian fagoting stitching, the pinafores are thirties for the bigger one and forties for the smaller one, the bodice and skirts and collars are fifties dresses, and the [...]

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Grace has been asking for an “apron dress” since last August.  I’m not certain this was what she had in mind, but I loved the idea of two dresses for the price of one, and since her track record for actually wearing pinafore dresses is dismal, I thought it would be a good idea to [...]

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I posted the sunsuits I made from this pattern a while back.  It’s been too long since I made a new vintage style, but this week I finally put together this little pinafore dress. I love the little cap sleeves.  It took me quite a few tries to figure out how to bind the edges.  [...]

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