1940s | Blouses | Modern Patterns | Shirts | Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 1590

By on February 16, 2015

So Simplicity 1590 is finally finished! I chose View A and it’s been on my sewing table for the past two weeks completely finished but without buttons. I’m in love with this adorable top and it’s exactly what I need more of in my wardrobe. I was really unsure how I would feel about the peplum but I really like the way it looks now that everything is put together.

I was short on fabric so I had to do the front facing in solid white. *pouts* I hate doing that on a piece I plan to wear that isn’t a muslin. But in the end it turned out alright!

I got my overlocker/serger back up and running, after much fussing and fighting, and was able to finish the inside seams of this blouse as well! I’m so pleased with how much more professional and finished it looks. In fact I’m kicking myself in the pants for not getting it back up and running sooner. Oh, how many garments could have been saved and worn longer!

I actually got over my fear of the buttonhole with this project. The pattern only calls for five, but I decided I didn’t like the open flap at the bottom front of the peplum, so I added a sixth button. I honestly don’t’ know why they scare me so much, but I think I was just afraid to mess them up. My machine has an automatic buttonhole feature and I’m so in love with how easy it is to whip them up!

My new headless helper Millie gets her debut with this blouse also! So, everyone meet Millie, as in Thoroughly Modern! I love that song, it’s one of my favorite dance tunes, so I thought it would be the perfect name for her! I honestly don’t know how I’ve manged to sew anything worth a darn before having her assistance. It’s amazing!

I noticed that the front hem is longer on one side than the other. But it’s minor and totally fixable I believe. I also have a button that is slightly lower than it should be and it is puckering. Again, totally fixable.

Lastly, some up close and personal pictures.

I’m very pleased with how this blouse turned out and I’m really looking forward to wearing it once the subzero weather we are currently experiencing here in Central Ohio decides to go back to wherever it came from.

This completes the first of my Vintage Sewing Pledge 2015 makes! It’s also going toward my Wardrobe Architect Challenge for 2015 for making a capsule wardrobe (which, I’m admittedly quite behind on as things have been a bit hectic at home). I’ll have to remedy that quickly and get caught up. Perhaps this weekend.

Thanks for following along with that long post! Check me out at www.shessewbettie.blogspot.com and follow along on Instagram @misskacysews!

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Vintage Modern Dress for Valentines Day

By on February 10, 2015
Vintage organza print with silk/linen blend underlining.
Vintage organza print with silk/linen blend underlining.

I love to sew vintage and nothing inspires me more than a fantastic, bold and beautiful print.  When I was visiting my favorite vintage fabric source, Upcycle Exchange in St. Louis, I came across this print that just screamed BUY ME!  It was an amazing vintage organza.  It was perfect and I decided it would make for the most perfect valentines day dress.  I knew exactly which pattern to use – the zip front day dress form Gertie Sews Vintage.  It has been a favorite patter as of late.  It has just the right flare to feel vintage but not so much that I feel like I am in a costume.  The collar is just lovely and I like the ease in just zipping it up and out you go!

The amazing floral print organza needed something underneath, so I decided to underline the dress with this amazing silk/linen blend I had in my stash.  It has been so long since I worked with linen and it really threw me on the cutting.  After some very slow cutting, I decided to use fusible tricot cut on the bias to re-enforce all of the edges.  Assembly was a bit slow too as I had to hand-baste all of the layers together on the bodice.  After some time in assembly, I put it on the dress form to hang.  Wow did that bias really stretch on the silk/linen!  I am super happy with the final result!

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Red Poppy Dress

By on January 29, 2015

This is a dress I made as part of my travel wardrobe last summer! I love the red poppy print.
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The bodice was made from a modern pattern (Simplicity 1803, from their “Project Runway” line), but I think the dress still has a very vintage feel. I got the fabric on a trip to France a couple years ago, and used it to make a dress in time for our next trip to France!

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More pics of the dress, inside and out, on my blog here. 🙂

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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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Last dress of Summer

By on September 25, 2014

 

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Well, maybe “first dress of Fall” would have been a more suiting title but it doesn’t make as nice a reference to a song, right? Right.

Just wanted to share this quick dress (only took me a day from start to finish) made from the fabulous free pattern available at Sew Mag. It was my third attempt. First two were pretty much ok, but this one came together especially nicely. I like the way my zipper insertion seems to be gradually improving and I’m learning to take more care about details like gathering the skirt evenly and making the seams in clean lines. It’s my sixth dress ever and I believe I’m still under ten self-made garments. Getting better and loving the process!

Feel free to take a look at my blog for more photos of the dress if you like it.

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Little dress blue

By on September 21, 2014

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A year ago I sewed my first dress ever. It was a retro style, simple, free pattern from Sew Mag and I just gave it a go. I liked it enough to make another garment based on it and here it is!

But before it came to be, I made a whole lotta mess that I never would have expected! I laid out the fabric, the pattern pieces, pinned them down, cut, sewed and everything was going smoothly and lovely until I first put the finished bodice on. Because, well, it was big. Like, a few sizes too big. I sighed while the cause of the problem unveiled in my mind: I’d forgotten this pattern had already had the seam allowances added to it and I added my own. And so, long hours of ripping the seams and fitting and sewing again (and trying not to swear) proceeded. The final product of said long hours is fully lined, fits really nicely and the only real problem is the separating zipper that I partially fived by adding a button and loop at the back. I’m currently too lazy to insert a new zipper, especially after taking so much time to sew such seemingly simple dress.

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I’m really happy with the result. It’s a beautiful, simple dress and I’ve already worn it three days straight, and am currently sitting in it as I type. Gonna squeeze every last drop of summer out of it while the late summer still lasts here in Poland. If you like it, take a jump to my blog for more photos.

I’m now scheming another dress from this pattern, with bodice altered to sport a smaller neckline peter pan collar. Stay tuned!

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Mad About Plaid! (Vogue 8811, c. 1940)

By on September 15, 2014

Hands up who loves a good plaid?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I came across this plaid fabric in my local Spotlight, I knew immediately that it was perfect for Vintage Vogue 8811.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the dress has my favourite design detail – a pocket!

The Good:
– Everything? I love the drape of the skirt, the fit of the bodice, the fabric. Also, one of my best side zipper insertions.

The Bad:
– nothing

The Meh:
– I think I need to make a further short waist tuck, as it’s probably still a fraction long in the torso. I can live with it though.

Mods:
– Not using shoulder pads
– Made sure the plaid didn’t make a ‘+’ shape at my bust apex (boobs) as that would look awkward…. Hello girls!

This pattern is super easy, I’d definitely recommend it as a different way to use tartan/plaid fabric.  It’s also a great everyday vintage style, perfect for work.

As always, more about it on my blog…

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