1940s | Blouses | Pants / Trousers | Vintage Sewing

40s separates

By on March 12, 2017

I normally sew big skirted dresses but I got a bee in my bonnet to make some pants for practicality in the cooler months. I have seen many lovely renditions of Simplicity 3688. Since I already had the pattern in my stash it was a natural choice.  I made these pants up in a linen/rayon blend from Jo-anns. For the top I pattern hacked Simplicity 1590 by removing the peplum and and changing up the darts. I sewed this up in a premium broadcloth from Fabric.com

 

I added a little embroidery to the collar points of the blouse for something a little extra special.

 

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Pants / Trousers

Butterick #5895 – Party Pants!!

By on June 28, 2016

Hello everyone!

It has been such a long time since I posted anything on here. I have had a long break away from sewing, but I have slowly gotten my sewing urge back. And now,  after all the fabulous inspiration on WeSewRetro, I have a new make to share with you all!

 

I am sure many of you have already used this pattern by Gertie , as it was released a few years ago, but it is such a classic retro style and can certainly stand to be repeated! This was my first time sewing fitted pants/capris, something I have actually dreaded, and procrastinated for years. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that not only was this pattern easy to sew, it was also a lovely style and fitted me with only minor adjustments.

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I really wasn’t sure I even wanted to sew these initially, because of the high waist style. I have made some wide legged swing pants earlier, but came to realize the high waist, palazzo-style trousers just wasn’t for me. I am actually baffled to have these look rather flattering! Don’t you just love it when that happens??

If you, too, are new to sewing fitted pants, why not give this pattern a go? Who knows, you might make your favorite summer capris! I know I’ll be making these again 🙂

If you want to read more about the making of these pants, and see more pictures, you are all welcome to Pinhouse!

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1950s | 1960s | Blouses | Dresses | Pants / Trousers | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

2 New Vintage Pattern Makes: Simplicity 3257 and Advance 8288

By on April 4, 2016

Hi y’all!

I’ve recently sewn/photographed/blogged about two new vintage makes. Simplicity 3257 is a c. late 1950s combo skirt/trouser pattern and went together really beautifully. I highly recommend it for the skirt, though I haven’t yet tried to sew up the trousers. The skirt only used three pieces and was very true to size. I enjoyed the instructions for certain vintage craftsmanship that we don’t often use today, like the lapped zipper. I’ve been doing it the “hard” way all this time!

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My other creation was inspired by c. 1957 Advance 8288. It’s a “sub-teen” pattern for coordinating separates. I LOVE having options and variety, and even though it looks like a dress I can wear each piece on its own! So wonderful. I didn’t actually sew with the pattern, but rather I used the art as inspiration and Frankenstein-ed two patterns from my collection to make the blouse. The skirt is a simple dirndl style with two side pockets. Both are made with vintage metal zippers from my stash, though the rayon fabric is new (from Gertie’s collection at Joann). My friend, who sewed up this project with me, did have the pattern and noted that it was simple to make but included a lot of wearing ease.

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Links to the blog posts for more pics + sewing/pattern details:

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Thanks for looking!

xx Lauren

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1950s | Pants / Trousers | Vintage Sewing

Pin-Up Stripe Cigarette Pants

By on March 29, 2016

I recently made my first foray in to pants-making – although I was super apprehensive before getting started, it turned out to be so much more straightforward than I expected! I used the cigarette pant pattern from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, and I’m so pleased with how they turned out 🙂

I sewed them up in a gorgeous vintage wool suiting fabric that was bought by my great-grandmother, and given to me last year by my grandmother – a very special fabric indeed! It was amazing to work with, especially on my vintage Singer 201P machine – it was vintage sewing heaven 😀

I can’t wait to sew these up again! There fantastic for placement, and so much nicer than any RTW trousers I own. To read more about these and see more photos, head over to my blog! 🙂

Until next time,

Miss Maddy xx

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1970s | Pants / Trousers

Now with flare

By on January 18, 2016

Last week, I was looking at some pieces of corduroy in my stash and realized one, a very dark brown fine-wale version, had stretch. Immediately, I thought it could become one thing only: 1970’s style flared trousers.

3So, I made the trousers. I used a pattern I had drafted last year for a pair of jeans and just added a lot more flare to the the lower legs.

5Although I hardly ever try for a 1970’s look, I know it is one that suits me. I also seem to have a lot of things in my wardrobe which lend themselves to the look. The tweed jacket, for example, is one I made years ago (as in: pre-blog…) with the intention of making it look 1950’s (which it does, when worn with a skirt).

And I secretly quite like to finally be able to wear this big hat to good effect…

As usual, more about these trousers and more pictures on my blog!

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1960s | Pants / Trousers | Vintage Sewing

Another vogue 6435 jumpsuit….

By on November 26, 2015

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Yet another 60s style jumpsuit!

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I made this little baby earlier this year, using some dark green wool crepe. I had made the true-to-the-pattern version for summer, (Vogue 6435) and enjoyed styling it 1920s for a Speakeasy party. I loved how versatile it was, how comfy, and stylish. And, while I can still reach around to unzip it, how these jumpsuits have become fun, unique everyday wear!

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The first version used straps, and I wanted something that I could wear across the seasons, so I used a kimono bodice pattern I adapted from a 50s dress and the wonderful wide leg pants. Voila! Happiness.

The same week I finished the green wool crepe jumpsuit, I cut out another one, using some woven acrylic deep/navy blue I had in my stash… Kind of awful fabric, but in the real world with kids and grime, and once a fortnight laundromat missions, it’s amazing, foody finger smears just wipe right off, if they even stick! The fabric is not so scratchy, I lined the bodice, but not the pants, the fabric has a great drape and is not too hot.

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It is nice with a brooch, a necklace.

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But add a belt, and gloves…

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And it’s fun!

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I love the 1920s, and this is great for the easy wear, beach pajama look (I need to find a halter top for another one..). I also love the 60s with the sci-fi futuristic Spacewear, and like to imagine the people of the world living in harmony and stylish jumpsuits….but that’s another story! I love how changing the accessories makes this little jumpsuit work with many stylish decades. Eep, can’t wait to make another one….

More over on my blog, of course, Vogue 6435.

Angela xo

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1940s | 1950s | 1980s | Pants / Trousers

The Fourth of July Shorts

By on August 19, 2015

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I didn’t actually wear these on the Fourth of July. I did, however, cut them out that day. Also, high waisted shorts instantly feel vintage and a little forties/fifties-style patriotic to me! The pattern is actually from the eighties (thanks to my wonderful mom who saved all her old sewing patterns!), but I’m going to forgive it that mild transgression. ‘Cos these shorts are so darn cute, if I do say so myself.

The deets

Pattern: Simplicity 5499, copyright 1982

Fabric: 7/8 yd denim, maybe 1/2 yd of random lining fabric my little sister let me use

Size: 12 (26-1/2″ waist, which explains a lot about that waist)

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The pattern sewed up a dream, with wonderful guidance through the alterations (though I perhaps need some work on figuring out how I need to alter trousers for my body). Altogether, keeping in mind these are my first pair of trousers, I’m pretty happy.  The short of it (pun unintended but duly appreciated!) is that I really love these shorts! More details and pictures on my blog here!

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