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The Great Vintage Bra Debate

By on May 9, 2013
Vintage 1950's Perma Lift

Okay, Ladies! Let’s talk brassieres! The more vintage sewing I do, the more I hate my bras. The grapefruit shaped T shirt bra just looks all wrong. So, here’s the $64,000 question. What sort of shape do you prefer under your vintage style clothes? Do you go all out for the torpedo shaped bullet bra or is that just too much? I personally like a 1940’s shape, which is right between the grapefruit and torpedo. Sort of like the brassiere equivalent of Goldilocks. Just right! Have any of you made your own bras? Would you buy a vintage style bra pattern? Thoughts?

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1950s | Buttons | Lingerie

Vintage Pajama Party!

By on May 6, 2013

As a three-time cancer survivor, my mom has had more than her share of challenges.  This year, I’m especially happy to give her a pair of hand-made pajamas – her favorite garment – for Mothers’ Day.  Since she grew up in the 1950’s, this terrific vintage pattern was the perfect find:

1950's Pajama Pattern - Simplicity 1325

I chose View 3, with shorts, because she lives in the South.  Instead of the two hip pockets though, I did just the single upper pocket from View 1.  Here’s the result:

Pajama top

The fabric is a crisp cotton in yellow (her favorite color) with ribbons and pale pink roses.  I trimmed the sleeves and pocket with lace.  I love the boxy shape of the top.  The bottoms have a cute front pleat, which truly gives them 1950’s flair!

Pleat detail on pajama shorts

 

Pajama shorts

I accomplished a few sewing ‘firsts’ with this project:  first collar, first set-in sleeves and first project finished with my new machine ( a Husqvarna Emerald 116, which I’m absolutely loving!).  This machine makes near-perfect button holes, automatically:

Woohoo, a buttonhole!

And here is perhaps my favorite detail, the pink vintage buttons:

Pretty buttons

Altogether, a fun and worthy project.  I know my mom will love them!  And I’m looking forward to making a few more pair, for summer and winter.

Has anyone else made vintage pajamas or lingerie?  I’d love to hear your advice.  Thanks for reading!

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1960s | Lingerie | Vintage Sewing

1960’s Babydoll Nightie

By on May 2, 2013

This week I have been working on a gift for my friend’s lingerie party: a 1960’s babydoll style nightgown!  Because what girl doesn’t need one of these in her lingerie chest??? 😉  (I know I do–might be making on for myself next!)

You might notice some pulling on the yoke–I need to give it a final press still, which hopefully will eliminate most of that.  I also still need to hem it.  I really LOVE how it has turned out so far, though!

You can read more about this project and see more detailed pics at my new blog, The Vintage Home Sewist!

Bessie

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1940s | 1950s | Dresses | Lingerie

I Am Victorious! Sew for Victory Complete

By on March 31, 2013

 

Hi everyone! This is my first post here. I wanted to share with you all what I made for the Sew for Victory Sew Along hosted by Rochelle at Lucky Lucille. I decided on Simplicity 2486 from 1948 to make this great dress:

Simplicity 2486

I tweaked it a bit to fit me and I just love it to bits! I made it from some unknown blend that feels like a crepe and is semi sheer. Because of that see-through issue, combined with the fact I’m a bit of an overachiever, I also made a slip to wear under it in some stretch cotton poplin I had yards and yards of. I used Advance 6333 from 1953 and changed it to make it into what I wanted.

Advance 6333

I am so proud of myself. It’s my first completed sew along ever! You can read more about it on my blog.

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1950s | Lingerie | Vintage Sewing

Advance 5876 Kitty Pajamas

By on February 18, 2013
Advance 5876

This little 1950s gem was in an eBay lot I purchased last summer.  It has the name of the owner (Barbara Gilliam – Homeroom 111) written on every piece – the envelope, instructions, and every single pattern piece.  She even did the hard work for me and identified each piece (front, back, etc.)!  This pattern was probably her school project.  My store-bought scottie dog pajamas, worn nightly for 5 years, bit the dust the same week Joann’s had a sale on flannel AND a 20% off coupon.  I took it as a sign to get to work making these up and chose a kitty fabric as a contrast to my previously worn dogs.

I cut View 2.  I didn’t have to make any major alterations to the pattern, but I did lengthen the pants by about an inch, and extended the wrist cuff by an inch so it wouldn’t cut off the circulation to my hand.  It took about 2 days of sewing to complete, but only because I did french seams, turned and stitched seams, and bound the armhole and uh-hum…[crotch] seam with bias tape.

Armhole showing all three seam finishes

I know, the bias tape doesn’t match!  I had this self-made tape left over from another project and didn’t feel like making matching tape for a part of this garment that only I will see.  Besides, waste not, want not!

Pocket

 

Pocket detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pattern has two front pockets.

Finished Pajamas

These are perfect for the frigid winter nights, and I’m hoping they will last me even longer than the store-bought ones did!

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1910s | Downton Abbey Inspired | Lingerie

Edwardian Unmentionables

By on February 12, 2013

I’ve been quiet on here for a while. One reason is that I’ve been super busy, but the other is that I’ve been working on Edwardian undergarments for more Downton Abbey type sewing this year!

My 19teens corset! I made it from a pattern that the blogger Festive Attyre made from an antique corset that she thinks is from 1916 or so. This is my first real corset that I made with coutil and steel boning.

I also made a 19teens early brassier from a pattern made by blogger Historically Dressed from an antique brassier and 1913 combinations made from a reprint of an antique pattern.

I adore my combinations! They are super fun to wear!

I’m already working on a 1914 dress but in the meantime you can see more of my Edwardian sewing here: Dressing Downton Projects, brassier and combinations, corset.

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1960s | Lingerie | Vintage Sewing

Frothy Pink PJs

By on January 13, 2013

I finally finished another project that has been languishing on the sewing table for a while, waiting to have the finishing work completed. It’s a pair of bubblegum pink shortie pajamas from a 1960s pattern that I’ve had for a while.

The pattern I used was Butterick 7559.

Image courtesy Vintage Patterns Wiki

I’ve wanted to make these for a long time, but have just never gotten around to it until recently. I made View A, with a couple of alterations to the bloomers which I will address in a minute. The fabric I got online for pretty cheap. It’s a cotton/poly blend lawn in light pink, with a monochromatic polka-dot pattern.

 

 

Instead of using the bloomers from this pattern (since they sit at the natural waist), I wanted to make some that would continue to fit me during my pregnancy. I used the Colette Mini Bloomers pattern. I decided to cut out one size larger than my measurements, so that they would be extra poufy, and I also added about 3/4″ of length to the crotch so they would sit a tad higher. I’m very glad that I did. I really should have read more reviews before cutting my fabric because these mini bloomers turned out to be MICRO mini! They are completely wearable, just not quite what I was expecting. If I make them again I will definitely cut them to a larger size and add a couple more inches probably to the height in order to make them slightly less… revealing… shall we say? I will say, it is nice that these sit so low because they do sit comfortably below my stomach, so as it continues to expand they will continue to fit comfortably.

It’s fun to have something pretty and girly to sit around in despite the fact that I often don’t really have the energy to get off the couch for very long right now.

Ta Ta!

 

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