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Vintage Vogue 8789, Fitting and sewing videos!

By on April 20, 2017
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Hello, everyone!

A couple of my favorite sewing bloggers (Abi and Akram) have both posted their Easter dresses, so I figured it was about time I posted mine 😘

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For my Easter/Spring dress I made the super popular Vintage Vogue 8789, which always seems to make a return this time of year.

I actually really love how versatile the pattern is and it still continues to be a vintage sewist favorite, even if the reproduction pattern is out of print!

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I made my version out of a stunning linen fabric that sews like butter and has such a yummy hand that looks great over a petticoat.

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I went all out on the interior of my dress, stabilizing the neckline like crazy, using petersham ribbon this way and that to stabilize the seams, and added a waist stay for good measure. I’m equally- if not more so- happy with the interior than the exterior!

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I actually filmed a fitting video for the girls out there that have to do some insane FBA action, with a petite frame. Shifted some darts around, shortened the length, took in the shoulder seam. In the end, it fit like a glove.

Check out the video for fitting Vogue 8789.

And if you just want to see my sewing tips for it, check out the sewing video for Vogue 8789.

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1940s | Burlesque / Pinup | Dresses | Mad Men Inspired | Modern Patterns

Butterick Patterns by Gertie B6380 – 1940s Style Tea Dress

By on March 13, 2017

I’m so excited to share this dress with you! I feel so lucky with my sewing mojo having made my two of my new favourite dresses in a row (the first being THIS Simplicity number). I’ve be lusting after this Butterick B6380 pattern since it came out and have had it in my pattern stash since last year, waiting for the right fabric to come along! It’s a classic 1940s vintage style tea dress, designed by my sewing muse Gertie.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Butterick Pattern by Gertie 6380 Sweeheart Neckline Dress with Gathered Bodice

Fabric: 2m (with plenty left over) of viscose and a satin lining

Notions: 22″ concealed zip & 3 buttons to finish

Sewing time: 1 day and the hem on the following day

Modifications: I used a concealed zip instead of a lapped zipper and altered the pattern size (as stated above)

Fit: After a few tweaks, it fits perfectly!

Difficulty: Simpler than I thought, but certainly a challenge. Great project for confident beginners and for advanced seamstresses alike.

Watch out for: Getting even gathers and making sure the centre front point is precise.

Make again?: Yes! I really enjoyed this pattern.

Overall, you can probably tell, I’m over the moon with this dress. I think the design is super flattering on me and will be great for ladies with a larger bust and hourglass figures. I wore it with my favourite Coffee Seamed Stockings from my shop for a true 1940s look and I think they were meant to be.

To see this dress in action, I wore it in my Sew & Tell | February 2017 video over on my NEW YouTube channel. Please do subscribe!

Thanks for reading, pinups!
xo

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Simplicity 1459 – Vintage 1950s Shirt Dress

By on February 18, 2017

Hi pinups! This dress is the perfect vintage Valentine’s Day dress, which I’ll certainly be rocking well into the Summer. I’ve been keeping an eye on this vintage 1950s Simplicity 1459 pattern for a while as I’m a sucker for a shirt dress, especially a vintage one! So in collaboration with online haberdashery Weaver Dee it felt like the perfect time to try it, paired with a classic floral cotton for a true retro vibe.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Simplicity 1459 – Weaver Dee

Fabric: Poly Cotton Fabric – Navy / Pink Rose Garden – £3.00 per m – Weaver Dee

Notions: Medium Weight Iron on  Interfacing & 22″ & Concealed Nylon Zip [817 Cerise Pink] – Weaver Dee

Sewing time: I spent two afternoons on this.

Modifications: Added 3 buttons instead of 2, and I used a concealed zip instead of a lapped zipper

Fit: Perfect! I know, I’m surprised too.

Difficulty: Straightforward. I was pleasantly surprised at how simply this came together (ignoring my stupid mistake!). I’d also recommend this for adventurous beginners.

Watch out for: Don’t forget to sew the collar points properly like me!

Make again?: Yes!

 

 

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

Thank you!
xo

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By Hand London – Kim Dress – The Pinup-Perfect Party Dress!

By on December 22, 2016

Hi pinups! To round up this year’s sewing pattern reviews, I thought I’d end on a festive note with my By Hand London ‘Kim’ Dress! The perfect dress for pinup-perfect party style this Christmas.

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Sewing Summary:

Pattern: By Hand London Kim Dress

Fabric: Plain Cotton Poplin Fabric – Scarlet Red

Notions: 22″ concealed zip

Sewing time: Half a day.

Modifications: None.

Fit: I know I’m going to love the fit of this dress even more with a full bust adjustment.

Difficulty: Medium.

Watch out for: Getting even gathers and under-stitching the lining of the bodice.

Make Again?: Yes! I see this pattern being my go to Summer dress pattern once I made the bust adjustments. Simple, pretty quick and a gorgeous result!

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

Thank you!
xo

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Butterick B5930 – The Ultimate 50s Party Dress!

By on July 28, 2016

Hi everyone!

Betty Draper eat your heart out. Now If this isn’t the most 1950s garden party dress you’ve ever seen, then I don’t know what is! And it isn’t even marked as a vintage pattern! But I think my choice of fabric and styling certainly gives this little number some serious retro credentials.

 

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

Thank you!
xo

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Retro Butterick ’53 B5708 – Shoulder Tie Dress

By on June 9, 2016

Hi everyone! This is my first time posting on We Sew Retro and I hope your enjoy my vintage inspired makes!

As soon as I saw this vintage Butterick pattern I knew I needed it! I love the tie shoulders and the multiple styling options displayed on the front of the packet. It’s also something totally different to anything I already have in my wardrobe or in my pattern stash. I wanted to create a striking vintage style dress perfect for special occasions, sunny walks along the river and general Summer-time frolicking! I also thought this would be a fabulous edition for my Vintage Pledge 2016!

I love the Retro Butterick pattern range, in my dreams I own them all. I’ve previously reviewed the infamous Butterick 4790, otherwise know as the walkaway dress, and hoped the Butterick 5708 pattern would be equally as straight forward…

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

Thank you!
xo

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Vogue 9838 redux

By on October 7, 2015

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Hi everyone! Long time reader, first time poster here. So recently I decided that instead of simply swooning over the fabulous vintage patterns that fill the internet; why not buy some! And even better, make them!

Recently I found two fabulous vintage Vogue patterns from 1959 that were selling for only $4 uncut and in great condition! As the rest of you pattern lovers know, finding vintage patterns for $2 a piece is hard enough as it is, let alone two vintage Vogue’s!

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I decided to do a blend of views A and B. Adding the collar from view A to view B. And instead of adding the pencil skirt, I decided that it might be more fun to add a full skirt with gathers that start from the princess lines and radiate around, leaving the front smooth.

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As with many Vintage Vogue patterns, there is quite a bit of steps involved in putting together a piece. Luckily however it wasn’t too tough. I would say the hardest bit was adapting the collar from a detachable one, to a permanent one. The final collar however I am absolutely in love with! I love how glamorous it looks. And in the back it has a graceful curve that is swoonworthy (which is a word I just made up). It had quite a bit of hand stitching involved too. Including a technique that involved slashing the facing behind the bound buttonholes and hand stitching it back to allow the buttons to go in. In the photos I included a sash belt and a petticoat I made a while back. I think it almost took on a very early 1960’s look to it. The pattern was made in 1959, so I am totally okay with that.

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