1950s | Mens | Modern Patterns | Shirts | Vintage Sewing

A Classic Tiki Shirt

By on July 22, 2013

After some uncomfortably warm temperatures and my poor fella only having one decent cool-weather shirt, I decided to try something new and sew a men’s shirt.

I used a contemporary pattern with a classic, ageless style (Vogue 8800) and picked a blue and brown tiki print cotton fabric. I thought the combination evoked a very retro feel.

The pattern worked up quickly and incorporated some nice techniques like flat-felled seaming.  It made for a fast, fun project and I’ve already purchased more fabric to make another.

Check out my blog for a bit more.

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1950s | Embroidery | Mens | Modern Patterns | Shirts | Vintage Sewing

It aint too shabby-COWBOY GINGHAM SHIRT FOR BF

By on May 20, 2013

Hey YAWLL!
It’s been a long time, well ive actually made something wearable but unfortunately its not for me its for my boyf as a valentines prezzie awww. <3
I used kwik sew 3506 i cut a medium it was massive i took in a couple of inches. the most annoying bit was the facings-i get mixed up with them alot left right front back confusion. as it was valentines and i wanted to put my stamp on it, i tried to stitch I <3 U on the inner pocket flap.
does anyone know of a good book to help the drafting of muslins, converting measurements to drafted clothing? and not hating the fabrics i have thats a big problem for me. but i feel newly inspired by all the gorgeous pieces that you ladies are creating 🙂

hope to see you all soon

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1970s | Buttons | Embroidery | Mens | Shirts | Vintage Sewing

Make Do With Vintage Fabric Folds

By on April 2, 2013

I was at Hawthorne Vintage when I found the blue plaid Pendleton I used for my Peony as well as this more manly 1970’s beige plaid wool. I decided it was high time I created something more inticate (well, not necessarily more intricate, but tailored in a way that I was less accustomed to) and I purchased the Colette Patterns Negroni shirt.

I was also gearing up to make my Sew For Victory dress, which has a button-up bodice. I was nervous to try a shirtwaist dress for the first time using a vintage pattern. As always, the instructions in my Colette Pattern Booklet lead me through this Negroni project with ease and when it came time to make my Doris Dress, it was a breeze! I <3 colette.

Having only just 3 yards of fabric I went ahead and cut it out in size small. As it turns out, small men’s Pendleton shirts are in high demand in PDX. I found a friend who was interested in buying this shirt, even though I didn’t have enough fabric to make full-length sleeves. Yes, it is a bit awkward to have a heavy wool shirt with short sleeves, but as my mother said, “Men usually end up rolling the sleeves up anyway.” I think I did a good job of making due with what I had and gave life back to this bit of old wool, don’t you?

 

For more pictures and construction details, visit my blog. Thanks!

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1970s | 1980s | Mens | Shirts | Vintage Sewing

Vintage western shirt #2

By on September 3, 2012

Flowery vintage western shirt

This is the second time I have made this shirt for Mr Ooobop!, using Butterick 5007. The last one was quite literally a year ago. I added some contrasting detail this time. Under the collar, the inside collar stand, under side of pocket flaps and inside cuffs.

contrast red detail

I also added some bias trim on the hem to retain some length but I love how it has ended up defining the shirt-tails and adding some more popping red!

bound hem

I made a couple of adjustments namely to the chest, shoulders and sleeve length but the most time-consuming thing of all on this shirt was the topstitching and flat felled seams.

Defo worth the effort though! More info over at ooobop!

 

 

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Dresses | Mens | Mildly Insane Photo | Pants / Trousers | Shirts | Skirts

DYNAMITE Denim!

By on August 22, 2012

I found a bunch of these Simplicity books wedged in with the patterns. This one just tickled me pink! Denim is worn everyday out here even to church on Sundays. I’m guessing this catalog must be 70s. I cannot find a date on it. Here’s a few pages. Enjoy!

Can't you feel the love!
Don't you love his patchwork pants!! I want to see those at the next rodeo!
Love the red details on the right jacket. Who doesn't have trim that needs used up.
Evening gowns anyone?

Are you feeling the need to sew with denim yet? I am impressed with some of the details on some of these garments. Do you like to sew with denim?

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1970s | Mens

Blue Steel

By on July 4, 2012

I made another version of McCall’s 6383 for my husband. This is a groovy pattern from the 70’s I’ve made once before. I used a dark chambray for the the body and a colorful plaid for the under-collar, collar stand, and the inside of the pocket flap. The only pattern changes I made were to make this short sleeved, I toned down the large collar and I took 4 inches off of the length. I really love this pattern! I’ve made him a shirt from a modern pattern (McCall’s 6044 if you’re interested) and I find this vintage pattern to have a better fit, better directions and is better drafted than the modern one. More photos and details can be found in my blog Dapper Duds. 

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1970s | Jackets | Mens

1970’s Mens Safari Jacket (with a few modifications)

By on May 21, 2012

This is my most recent project.  Straight out of 1975 a safari style leisure suit.  The pattern is Simplicity 6887, and it’s easily found on Etsy and Ebay.  Was it really popular, or was it a dud.  Who knows?  My goal was to bring it into the present. 

 

Safari leisure suit circa 1975.  Oh man!

 

I know some people may think “ick” when they hear safari jacket, but I’m thrilled with the result.  It really turned out to be more a mini trench coat.  Perfect for early Spring and Fall.  

 

Safari for the modern man 

I did make some changes to the pattern.  

1.  I made the collar smaller and eliminated the 70’s disco look.  

2.  I angled off the bottoms of the patch pockets.  I think this is a more authentic safari look.  

3.   I replaced the button cuff sleeves with a two piece vented sleeve.  I think this gives a more tailored look.  

4.  I added a full lining.  

 

I’m ready for the safari comeback!   

Please visit my blog Mainelydadswintercoat.blogspot.com to see how it all came together.  

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