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This is my Halloween costume, I’m McCall’s 6351, view A from 1962! This was super easy to do and perfect for the vintage sewing lovers out there!  Come Read all about it over at my blog: Erika Made It

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V for Victory!

by Bex on September 22, 2013 · 11 comments

in 1940s,Mildly Insane Photo

I know it’s not technically sewing, but I thought some of you might like to see my finished 1940′s victory jumper…

The pattern is Patons 876, and was really enjoyable to knit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Victory’ clothing was worn either before the War (WWII) ended to show support for the troops - or after, to celebrate the ‘Victory’ of War ending.

The skirt is made from Simplicity 3688 (1940s re-issue) using navy gaberdine – it’s actually my favourite suspender skirt with the suspenders removed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was abit touch and go with working out how much yarn I needed to make this – in the end it only took four balls of light grey, just over one ball of charcoal and half a ball of red.  Even though I love the jumper to death it’s not something I would make again – it’s very distinctive!

The full story and technical info is on my blog if anyone’s curious.

x

Bex

 

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I swooned when I saw this dress over at ButchWax Vintage - it’s divine! It would be perfect for weddings, parties and picnics – every occasion, but such a tiny waist!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I knew I needed to make my own (modest) version if I was to ever sleep at night. So, here goes….

1950s Gingham Dress

I used the Billie Jean Pattern, from Blue Ginger Doll – and drafted my own collar to suit.

The Billie Jean pattern comes together really easily, and i’m fairly sure i’d use it again as the base for other dresses. The size 16 ended up being the best size for me at a 39.5″ bust (it’s meant to have zero ease, but I found that too tight for this style).

I can’t wait to wear this dancing! (and excuse the headless photos, it’s way too early in the morning).

More details, as always, on the blog

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There’s nothing better than finding vintage (or looks-like-vintage) fabric at an op-shop!

 

This pirate border print begged to be turned into a 1950s dirndl skirt (basic dirndl instructions are on my blog here). It’s a beauty, a 5 meter length with pirates, parrots, ships and treasure.

Arn’t dirndl’s just the most easiest skirts to sew? I’m about to teach a sewing classs and am getting everyone to sew a one.

Yarrrrrrr!

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