1950s | 1960s | Jumpers / Pinafores

A jump(er) into a deep end

By on November 27, 2016

Hello!

Lately I’ve been convinced by the freezing November temperature that it’d be a good idea to sew something warm to wear around the house or/and in my informal time. I had some soft, fluffy wool that I’ve bought few years ago; I decided to give Burda Vintage 50s inspired Mary jumper a try.

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Because I only had a small piece of the fabric, I had to squeeze in the pattern pieces. So I shortened the sleeves, got creative about the facings (I’ve pieced them) and omitted the belt (I already had one in almost the same color as the one of my fabric). I like that the armhole is quite tight and high, which helps to look slimmer even though the jumper is trapeze-shaped. What makes Mary stand out is her collar-cut on the bias. It’s easy to mould; to retain the draping quality I decided to omit the interfacing. I stabilized the edge of the neckline with a strip of cotton selvage.

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Because I don’t like the fuss of having many buttons to fasten at the back, I’ve sewn the opening shut except for the last 5cm; that is closed by two hidden snaps. I decorated the back with 3 big buttons, which are purely ornamental. To make them unobtrusive, I had covered them in the main fabric.

In invite you to my blog, rvdzik.blogspot.com, to see and read more. Have a wonderful day! ūüôā

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1960s | Jumpers / Pinafores | Modern Patterns | Vintage Sewing

A 60s Twist on a Modern Pattern! Tilly and the Buttons Cleo Dungaree Dress

By on November 14, 2016

Hi everyone!

Whilst I love vintage styles, I’m definitely a lazy 60s style girl in the colder months and save the 1950s for Summer. And luckily a lot of Tilly’s patterns lend themselves to a little 60s twist so they fit in to my wardrobe very nicely indeed!

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Sewing Summary:

Notions: 2 buttons
Sewing time: Half a day Рneed time to concentrate on that top stitching.
Modifications: I also opted for a hem half way between the two options.
Fit:¬†Good! It’s a tighter fit on me that some I’ve seen online because of my figure. I think when I make it again, I’ll add a little extra on the hips. But I like the tight fit with the denim fabric. It makes these dungarees feel accidentally sassy!
Difficulty: Easy-peasy! Beginners – get this pattern!
Watch out for: Tidy top-stitching takes extra care and making sure your pockets are central/even.
Make Again?: Yes! I have lilac needle cord and dungaree clips waiting in the wings for my next one!

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

Thank you!
xo

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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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1960s | Dresses | Jumpers / Pinafores | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

Sweet lolita dress from 1960 Simplicity

By on June 8, 2014

I’ve been very eager to write this post! This costume took about a month of planning and a week of sewing. However, the dress itself took 2 1/2 days to complete.

As mentioned in my¬†previous post¬†on my blog, I also made another dress for my friend during the time frame as mine. It got a bit hectic and stressful, there were a couples nights around 1 in the morning when I questioned myself “Am I actually going to finish everything on time?” Well, I made it!!! I will be posting about the dresses separately. But you will get a bit of a preview of what the other dress looks like!

The pattern I used was Simplicity’s 3828 from 1960 and the pop tart fabric is by Benartex 100% cotton. I also used vintage lace from my stash.

This is the outcome.

For more pictures and info on the rest of my costume, you can check that here.

-Allie

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1960s | Dresses | Jumpers / Pinafores | Vintage Sewing

1966 Jumper dress

By on January 26, 2014

 

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.¬† But it was enough to check for fit.¬† The fabric looks a bit shiny thanks to my camera flash.¬† In real life it isn’t so shiny.

 

The back is quite simple but I’m pleased with the fit.¬† I used an invisible zip as I prefer the clean line they give.

This is my copy of the pattern.¬† The envelope is a little ‘dog eared’ but the pattern itself is OK.

I made a different belt to on the pattern.¬† I used the instructions on ‘Jennifer Lauren Vintage’ Bow belt tutorial.¬† I think it finishes off this dress perfectly.¬† It makes it a bit cute but not too cute!

I’d like to make this dress again but for summer.¬† I may play around with the bodice pieces as it could be interesting… using stripes maybe?

 

 

 

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1950s | Jumpers / Pinafores | Skirts

Retro Restyle: Wool Stadium Blanket

By on January 2, 2014

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 that I can actually breath and bend and eat.  And I even have enough blanket left over to make a matching bolero.  More pics on my blog.  Stay warm, Everyone!

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