1940s | 1960s | Jumpsuits / Pantdresses | Vintage Sewing

Another jumpsuit, 40s meets 60s

By on July 27, 2016

Forties gown plus 60s palazzo pants.

Vogue 273 Couturier design detail

Another jumpsuit….This time I used the bodice from Vogue 273, which I completed earlier this year, and the pant pieces from Vogue 6435, which has been the basis of all my jumpsuits so far.

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As I am now hooked on jumpsuits, I have been looking at creating more variations on the bodice, so after I sewed up Vogue 273, I knew it would work well together.

Vogue 5435 front

Jumpsuit one, styled for a Speakeasy Party.

Vogue 6435 dancing

Jumpsuit two, in wool crepe with a matching cape.

Vogue 6435 blue waist long groovy

Jumpsuit three…for practical life with work and kids.

Here is the result! You can read more about it on my blog, and I am of course contemplating a new version for summer.

Vogue jump suit mash up great wide legs

Yes! It’s winter here, and it feels like it has been raining for weeks….

Vogue jump suit mash up dancing

This jumpsuit works so well, I can dress it up with a hat, gloves and a necklace, I can put on a black belt and cardy for a bit more of a casual look.

Vogue jump suit mash up back

Anyone else into jumpsuits too?

Happy sewing xo

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1970s | Jumpsuits / Pantdresses

The BEST Pile of 1970s Patterns EVER

By on October 11, 2014

I drove an hour to an estate sale last weekend expressly for sewing patterns. All because there was a PUCCI pattern that was shown. I am SO glad I went! I ended up buying almost 100 patterns. There were some of the most awesome 70s jumpsuit patterns I’ve ever seen as well as some basic ones. I am keeping some, and letting go of some of the others (a girl can’t keep allllll the patterns, you know). And my biggest problem? Which to sew first!?

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1970s | Jumpsuits / Pantdresses | Vintage Sewing

It’s a Jumpsuit! McCall’s 5366

By on May 30, 2014

I won this pattern a little while ago in a competition run by the lovely Stacey Stitch, and wanted to make the jumpsuit as soon as I saw it:

 

I used a poly cotton gaberdine  and came up with this version:

 

I made a few adjustments, specifically adding a waist seam with elastic, and slanted pockets at the front. To see some more details head over to my blog,  NicoleNeedles.

 

 

 

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Dresses | Jumpsuits / Pantdresses | Pattern Drafting

‘Frankenstein’ Tarten pinafore dress

By on April 5, 2014

Hi Everyone!

I’m back with a pinafore dress I’ve made using various patterns and ideas.  I’m quite pleased with it and hope you like it too?

Apologies for the back photo first – I’m having problems getting photos into the right place on here?

Anyway… I used 5 different pattern pieces from 5 different patterns to make this dress.  The back bodice is from a 1960’s pinafore/jumper dress I loaded onto here recently.  The front bodice top piece is from a purple 1960’s dress I posted too.  The midriff section is from a 1950’s dress that I drafted the pattern from.  The front skirt is from a pencil skirt I drafted and the back skirt is a half circle pattern I just chalked onto the fabric and cut out.

I wanted to play with the check pattern on the fabric and see how it turned out.

 

I added self made black piping to bring attention to the waist and midriff part.  There is an invisible zip on the side and I fully lined this dress.

Some of you may recognise me and this fabric from a circle skirt I posted recently.  In the shop I asked for 2 metres hoping there was enough on the roll.  As it happened there was about 2 and a half metres on the roll and the shop gave me the extra half metre for free as it was the end.  Happy days!  That is how I managed to get a dress and a skirt out of the same length 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1960s | Jumpsuits / Pantdresses | Rompers / Playsuits | Vintage Sewing

A Psychedelic Playsuit

By on August 4, 2013


As soon as I received this groovy 1960s psychedelic nylon in a package from a dear blogging friend I knew it would be the perfect for making up into a festival playsuit (or “pantdress”, as it’s called on the pattern envelope).

The 1967 pattern is a MacCall’s 8978- a gift from another generous blogging friend.  It fastens at the back with a metal zip I’d rescued from a ruined dress I’d bought from a jumble sale.

Although I did make the pockets I wasn’t keen on how they looked once they were attached so I promptly unpicked them and relegated them to the patchwork pile.

The playsuit got it’s first outing at Glastonbury 2013 on the only wet night, worn under a 1960s white fake fur coat with my trusty vintage high heeled wellies.

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1960s | Jumpsuits / Pantdresses | Skirts

Watermelon Surprise Ensemble

By on January 30, 2013
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I am so freaking excited to finally be able to share this outfit with you guys.  I got the idea for this outfit a few days before Christmas.  I bought the watermelon fabric from Spotlight a while ago and was always planning to turn it into a skirt but when I was going through my pattern stash before Christmas I decided to do something more.  This project is not, as you might assume, a skirt a top.  No my friends!  It is a skirt……………..and a jumpsuit!!!

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Oh yeah! Isn’t that the most awesome thing ever.  When I was going through my pattern stash before Christmas I came across this pattern and I realised that this watermelon fabric had to be paired with a green jumpsuit.  I was so excited to make it that I made Corey take me to Spotlight straight away so I could grab the green linen.  I cut into it as soon as I got home and started sewing.  Obviously, the sewing got put aside for Christmas day and while we went to Melbourne.  But as soon as I got home I picked it up again.  I finally got around to finishing it all last week and had planned to get Corey to take photos on the weekend.  But as I am sure you would have seen on the news we were hit by an horrendous amount of rain and gloom so I couldn’t get any till this afternoon.


50s watermelon circle skirt

50s watermelon circle skirt

This watermelon print is just too much fun!  It might possibly be a little too kiddish but I love it anyway.  And so what if I am a grown woman wearing a bright pink watermelon print skirt.  I love it!  I used green buttons for a bit of contrast.  I love the green/pink combo.  I actually saw a really cool crochet blanket in green & pink the other day that I want to recreate.  But that is getting a bit off topic.  I also used the leftover green linen to make the pockets for another pop of colour.

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The jumpsuit is just as cute by itself as it is with the skirt.  I actually think I will get more wear out of this by itself rather than with the skirt.  It is just so summery and fun and I can’t go past a good jumpsuit.  Plus I don’t really love how it gets all bunchy at the top when paired with the skirt.  But that is the only downside to this outfit.  Everything else I love so I can deal with that!

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1930s | 1940s | Jumpsuits / Pantdresses | Rompers / Playsuits

A Christmas Jumpsuit

By on December 27, 2012

I have had this pattern from the lovely Folkwear Patterns for a little while now, its Rosie the riveter #240

I decided I needed something for Christmas to wear and that one seemed a quick one to do the night before.

I made it from cotton because here in Australia it gets pretty hot at Christmas (and it was nearly 40 C)

and here is a quick photo.

I will do more posting next year have great new year

Lady A 😀

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