1950s | 1960s | Dresses | Mad Men Inspired | Modern Patterns | Vintage Sewing

“Ray of Sunshine” Dress

By on July 7, 2015

Hello all!

I’ve recently completed what I’m naming my “Ray of Sunshine” dress (the reason why is in my blog post), which was redone from an old dress I’d made back in 2011. It’s made from Simplicity 1459, a reprint from what looks like an early sixties pattern, with a couple alterations.

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More photos and details are up on my blog.

That’s it for now, until next time!

 

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1950s | Dresses | Introduction | Mad Men Inspired | Modern Patterns

Roses Dress

By on December 27, 2014

Hi everyone! My name is Eleanor and this is my first post on WeSewRetro. I am Dutch but currently living in sunny South Africa. I have been sewing for a couple of years now and love wearing and sewing clothes with a vintage feel.

This dress is one of my favourite recent makes. The bodice is from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing, the Sultry Sheath Dress. I combined it with a half circle skirt.

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I made this for no particular reason but then an opportunity to wear it presented itself when I went with my husband for a work dinner. I say that like I was dressed appropriately, but I was terribly overdressed as everyone else was in jeans. Didn’t stop me though, I love wearing this dress!2014-12-19 09.25.12

For more pictures and a review check out my blog.

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1960s | Dresses | Mad Men Inspired | Vintage Sewing

First Fall Frock

By on October 6, 2014

Hi everybody! I’m back with another dress. While I’m usually the flared skirt type of girl, I wanted to try sewing something else this time, taking into consideration that Autumn is coming. Actually, the day I made this dress, the Autumn came in her full gloomy glory. So that was a very timely sew!

Sewing this one was surprisingly easy and quick. It only took one day or 12 hours from copying the pattern to making the last stitch on the hem. I had the pattern from a vintage German magazine called Neuer Schnitt, issue 8/1963. Here’s the photo of the original deisgn.

When I was first looking through the bunch of these magazines that I had, I dismissed any type of garment that wasn’t what I’m usually into but then, after more careful reading, I’ve found a multitude of different patterns that I loved and wanted to give them a try. I really liked the kimono sleeves and loved the inverted collar detail in this one. I’d had a fabric perfect for this type of dress: a nice, warm and soft cotton in a sort of greyish or beige-ish colour. The sewing started right away.

Easy! And lovely. And highly practical, I believe, what with the colour and the warm fabric. My only concern is that I’m not sure if the skirt isn’t a bit too wide. It IS the shape that was given by the pattern but I’m not sure it’s flattering. It’s something between A-line and pencil. What do you think? Should I make it more pencil-like?

If you’d like to see a few more photos of the dress, details included, head over to the adequate post on my blog.

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1940s | 1950s | Dresses | Mad Men Inspired | Pattern Drafting | Vintage Sewing

mono dress & faux film noir

By on May 28, 2014

self drafted dress film noir

This dress is my second attempt at pattern drafting. I re-drafted my bodice block and made further alterations but still I need to take some volume from the back.

This was apparent when I came to draft the skirt. There was precious little difference between the back hip and waist measurements!

But I went with it after checking the measurements of the bodice.

It all works reasonably well but the side seams sit a little bit too forward for my liking and I’m sure by taking out the excess at the back it will make them sit properly. And will also give the back skirt a better shape at the waist!

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Hoping to prove myself right with the next version.

The design is based on a general 50s shape but I really like the angular necklines of the 40s. I’m not sure of the fabric content. It could be upholstery material! About 6 meters was given to me so I figured I could use it for this test dress and have plenty left over if I messed up!

As for the crazy  photos, Mr Ooobop was determined to practice with his new camera flash and who am I to argue?! A little wave of the Photoshop wand and abracadabra, all sorts of crazy faux film noir was achieved!

self drafted wiggle dress

More over on the blog

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Another Megan Draper inspired dress

By on April 28, 2014


Last year I made a dress inspired by Megan Draper from Mad Men and this year I did the same. What can I say, I think she’s awesome! 🙂

I used fabric from Mood and the Colette Patterns Laurel dress pattern with the bell sleeves. The construction for Laurel is so straightforward and great for those days when you want a dress by the end of the day. It’s my third version and has become a TNT pattern in my sewing life. It’s also cool because it’s a good base for making adjustments or additions to end up with a different look. I chose to do a simpler version because my fabric choice is so wild! For more photos please check out my newly revamped blog.

Happy Monday! xo

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50’s Retro styled wiggle dress , V back neck , sleeveless , linen fabric , diamond pattern , based on Burda Style 7178

By on April 21, 2014

 

50’s Retro styled wiggle dress , V back neck, based on Burda Style 7178

I use a thick linen fabric .

The  diamond pattern makes me choose the  simplest design , model C : sleeveless , without collar .

 

 

 

 

more on my blog : http://crazeegirl-wears-vintage-dress.blogspot.fr/

 

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Mad men, dress in the style of Joan

By on April 15, 2014

For Julia’s third Mad Men challenge, and my first, I tried my first ever knit dress. I was after a look inspired by Joan. Joan wears many gorgeous figure hugging frocks and often some amazing long necklaces to complement her look.

I used Simplicity 1653 which is a mock-wrap style with wool modal knit. It was a steep learning curve sewing knit for the first time. I have more info over on my blog. Thanks for reading and happy sewing.

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